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Welcome New Leaders - June 2013

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Updated: Thursday, May 30, 2013

Get Connected

We welcome the following leaders and their expertise. We invite you to join their Local Chapter or Special Interest Group (SIG) to share tips, best practices, and real-world experiences. Join a group by clicking on the Chapter or SIG name under each new leader and select the "Join Group” icon which will appear at the top of a group if you aren’t already a member. Connect to the leaders by clicking on their name. Member sign-in required.

Behsad Shiki

Teito Sweden AB
Sweden Chapter Leader


Wade Morris
Dallas Chapter Leader

"I would like to grow the chapter in both people count and in relationships.   I plan on providing local leadership to the chapter to help build a community that can help each other out and build a network of support resources."

Todd DeCapua

Agile Special Interest Group Leader
Philadelphia Chapter Leader

Arnon Borensztajn
HP Service Management SIG Leader

"Information sharing is key to furthering process improvement, innovation and creativity. As leader of the HP Service Management SIG, I intend to promote information sharing among all SIG members. SIG members will be encouraged to bring to the round table an array of topics that trigger curiosity and strengthen our desire to innovate and improve within the field of IT service management."

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Advanced Training to Kick-Start Your Career

Posted By Susan Russel, Sunday, April 28, 2013
Updated: Sunday, April 28, 2013

Is it time to kick-start your IT Career?

Did you know that companies are looking to fill FTE's in the IT organization, but the skill set is nowhere to be found?

I can't tell you how many times I hear:

  • "We can't find the skill set required to support solutions we need."
  • "We have open Req's for IT Staff and can't fill them."

This is a common theme in corporate IT organizations, and Vivit wants to help you kick-start your IT career.

The Vivit user community is made up of the best and brightest. The talented individuals within our user community have years of experience with HP Solutions around the world. We can help you make a difference!

I have years of experience running Vivit local chapter events in Ohio, Michigan, and Illinois in the HP Operations suite of products (NNMi, OM, Omi BSM, SM). I often tell users "don't get too comfortable with the current technology” and "you have to grow in order to support your organization.” Sometimes I recommend they dive deeper into available products, effectively using these tools to help solve IT issues and concerns.

Through the years, we often hear that "our companies don't send us to training." Why? "It costs too much money,” "time away from the office means we return to put out fire after fire,” and "we can't seem to solve the problem right the first time"

Vivit (the official user group for HP Software Solutions) and its partners are working together to provide ways to help educate our user community. View the different training opportunities on Vivit's website.

One of the education offerings is Vivit Advanced Training, 10 different 4-hour, deep-dive training classes offered at in-person events like HP Discover on June 11, 2013. On HP Software conference surveys, you requested more deep-dive sessions. You spoke, and your Vivit user community has answered!

Vivit Advanced Training is a great solution to more in-depth sessions at HP Discover. This program has been successful in helping IT Managers and Administrators ask value-building questions, the kind of questions that result from a consulting engagement with a team of experts. There is no other venue at HP Discover that will give you four hours to focus on a particular HP Software Solution, to discuss detailed functionality, integration, and end user experience in technologies that will impact your career and company requirements.

Key features of the deep-dive classes include:

  • Four hour focus on solutions that affect your career
  • Learn from practitioners in the field at a low cost of $99/session
  • Network with peers and get answers from real-world experiences
  • Walk away with technical information and consulting level deliverables

Seating is limited to 35 attendees per session, so please register today. We look forward to meeting with you at HP Discover's Vivit Advanced Training Sessions.

Learn more about each of the 10 Advanced Training Sessions at HP Discover, June 11, 2013. 

Tags:  ALM  BPT  BSM  Data Protection  Mobile  Performance Testing  Test Automation  Training  uCMDB  UFT 

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Spotlight on a Volunteer

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Friday, April 26, 2013
Updated: Sunday, April 28, 2013

Mostafa Moussavi
Test Specialist
Sweden Chapter Leader

Mostafa is the Chairman of the Vivit Sweden Chapter, HUGS, for a second year.

He has 23 years of experience in IT. Mostafa is a testing specialist with 8 years of experience with Performance Testing, Performance Test methodology and Test Automation.  Mostafa wants to be a bridge between the end users of HP Software tools and the supplier, HP.  He believes that the end user working with the HP Software tools should be able to influence the development and improvement of the tools. It serves both HP and the end user.  HP becomes aware of what users want, and the end users will get a tool that is designed for them.

Mostafa lives in a terraced house in Stockholm together with his wife, his two daughters and two rabbits. He loves to barbecue with his specially commissioned stainless steel grill that stands in the yard year round. In the winter, he will even shovel snow in order to reach the grill.

Tags:  Leader  Mostafa Moussavi  Spotlight  Sweden  volunteer 

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HP Software EMEA Customer Forums

Posted By Richard Bishop, Thursday, April 11, 2013

The IT environment that we're working in is radically different from that of 10 or 20 years ago. "Game-changing” trends such as cloud or hybrid-cloud computing, agile software development methods, DevOps integrations and the proliferation of mobile devices are making fundamental changes to the way that we live and work.

HP has arranged two customer forums in Brussels that will help you to get to grips with these new trends and give you the opportunity to share your own experiences with your peers from leading EMEA companies and HP product managers. These events are free for HP Customers and Channel Partners.

16th – 17th April 2013 
HP Software Customer Forum EMEA – Service and Portfolio Management
Over two days this event will cover the key aspects of service and portfolio management including asset, configuration and demand management as well as PPM and HP Service Anywhere. Customer speakers include Barclays, SAP, SPAR, Continental, Turkcell and others.

18th – 19th April 2013

HP Software Customer Forum EMEA – Application Lifecycle Management
The ALM forum includes hot topics from the world of testing such as TMMi, network virtualisation, agile development and testing and security. Speakers come from companies including Steria, Atos and Iovio and there will be breakout sessions covering test automation, performance testing, agile ALM and mobile application delivery.

25th April 2013
HP ALM 360°
As well as the customer forums, HP's ALM roadshow is in Brussels on 25th April. I attended the UK ALM roadshow in Leeds and found it extremely informative. As well as providing roadmap information and customer "best-practice sessions”, it was a great opportunity to share experiences with other HP software users.

At the Brussels event you'll hear how to accelerate application delvery with ALM as well as security and QA case studies. The afternoon session will consist of three separate tracks, allowing you to choose sessions that suit your own needs or interests. Sessions include QA and mobile application testing, application security, functional testing, DevOps and continuous delivery.

Vivit leaders will be at these events too, so as well as the opportunity to mix with other attendees, make sure that you get in touch with them as well. Why not take the opportunity to have a small get-together with other Vivit members and make the most of your trip to Brussels.

Tags:  Application Lifecycle Managerement  EMEA  HP Enterprise  HP Performance  Richard Bishop  Testing 

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Enhancing Stakeholder Management Experience

Posted By Suresh GP, Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Updated: Monday, March 25, 2013

Suresh GP
Business Consultant

As you are well aware, every project stakeholder (project sponsor, project leader, team member, employee, project manager and shareholder) is different and has a vested interest in the outcome of the projects. Are we doing things correctly to address these expectations or will we continue to have gaps?

The following eight aspects will help you create a good stakeholder management experience that results in successful project outcomes.

1. Setting the context, objective and expectations—priority number one.
Project kick-off meetings are exciting and everyone leaves energized—but that energy often wanes. While we religiously follow the kick-off meeting for the project assigned, it takes more than simply a meeting for the context, objectives and expectation to sink in. It is worthwhile to have the context, objectives and expectations as your basis for all the discussions of project meeting. As we reinforce them, they become a part of employee internalization and then act as a magnetic compass to shape desirable behavior.

When considering your project stakeholders and your expectations for them, remember every stakeholder is different. Some are looking for a learning experience, some for a challenging task and some are hoping for better networking opportunities. Encourage your stakeholders by listing the benefits of the project to gain the necessary commitment and interest among stakeholders (employees and others).

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2. Understand the background, experience and attitude of stakeholders

This is a key aspect for every PM to understand the stakeholders better. This is by no means an easy task. There is a huge amount of homework and data to be collected; but in the end it is worth the effort. In the end you can deal better with the respective stakeholders because you have background information and can frame appropriate responses.

3. Everybody wants to be a part of the winning team

Stakeholders play diversified roles like sponsor, project leader, team member depending on the project. But one truth remains; they have an earnest desire to be part of a winning project. So as a PM, it is your responsibility to create the mental picture of how important this project is for the organization and your customers. Assure the stakeholders that they have been hand-picked based on their expertise and experience, and there is no doubt that this creates a winning combination. This makes those involved feel empowered and creates a sense of true belonging to the outcome of the project.

4. The power and influence matrix is only the beginning

We have been conditioned to start the stakeholder management exercise by developing a power vs. influence matrix to determine the necessary people to be satisfied for project outcomes. While this is a good start, it does not address the fundamental aspect of emotional disturbance. Discounting people because they neither have power nor influence only makes the situation worse. Remember, even when the numbers add up – a silent revolt or non-cooperation can break a smoothly running project.

5. Communication is key

As you know, 90 percent of projects fail miserably due to ineffective communication among the project team and stakeholders.
I have seen more vocal shareholders while some prefer not to disclose anything during a meeting. With this in mind, the communication strategy should have different channels and methods to understand, what each stakeholder means at a deeper level. More often, this deeper understanding comes through informal coffee talks and personal rapport. While co-location is a boon, most of the time we need to deal virtually with others and so adopt one-on-one calls to personalize the connection. The tone of the communication has to be just right to convey the message without being dictatorial.

6. Recognize stakeholder suggestions

Acknowledging stakeholders for valuable insights and recommendations is important to successful project outcomes: It sets the tone for people to share and contribute to the success of the project It brings in the concept of collective ownership as a team to make it a success.
In my experience, the biggest insights and recommendations have helped me do Risk Management effectively and be better prepared to steer projects successfully.

7. Be open and solicit help

Projects irrespective of deal size and magnitude can be demanding. All projects might need a lot of support and cooperation from stakeholders to turn the course into the right direction. The best way to approach this is to be open to all stakeholders and say, "We have a problem and I need all your support and suggestions to overcome.” When you give people the freedom to voice for a cause, they participate actively and are willing to take on additional responsibilities.

8. Trust and commitment makes it happen!

Experience shows that the most complex projects have been successful because of the commitment of stakeholders and their trust in the project leadership. This is a sign of transcending the boundaries and making things happen against all odds. For this to happen, the whole project environment must facilitate open and honest communication without a "blame-game”. If something is not working, it is recommended to condemn the act—not the person—and help them overcome the obstacles. When the PM starts fostering an environment of collective team work and complements, it helps build trust and commitment for winning big!

I would love to hear about your experience with project management and stakeholder involvement. Feel free to share your experiences in the comments section below.

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Welcome New Leaders - April 2013

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Get Connected

We welcome the following leaders and their expertise. We invite you to join their Local Chapter or Special Interest Group (SIG) to share tips, best practices, and real-world experiences. Join a group by clicking on the Chapter or SIG name under each new leader and select the "Join Group” icon which will appear at the top of a group if you aren’t already a member.  Connect to the leaders by clicking on their name.  Member sign-in required.

Nikos Ioannides
Cognity S.A.
Greece Chapter Leader

"My plan is to evolve the Greece Vivit Chapter into a dynamic and independent HP Software community which will act as the common interface for all HP software users in Greece and Globally. Among other, Vivit will enable the networking and sharing of valuable insights and experiences as well as provide a source of credible and easily-accessible information on industry news and assistance on common HP Software issues."

Audra Kutz
Advanced Marketplace
Chicago Chapter Leader

"I am extremely honored and enthusiastic to be a part of the Chicago Vivit Chapter! Advanced MarkertPlace’s expertise in HP Application Lifecycle Management will be a great asset for this group. Joey Howe, Advanced MarketPlace’s Senior ALM Expert is one of the best architects in the country. His "in the trenches” experience at a Fortune 500 financial institution coupled with his extensive work for HP constructing Proof of Concepts for high profile customers on ALM makes for an unparalleled perspective. If you want to know how ALM can work for you in your organization, my team is poised to provide assistance that will bring Chicago the value they’ve been craving in this space. I am looking forward to hosting some great events and getting to know the ALM Vivit community in Chicago!”

Abdul Rafi
Findessa Corporation
New York/New Jersey Metro Chapter Leader

Pablo Vegas
Bell Canada
Ottawa Chapter Leader

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Spotlight on a Volunteer

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Success through Partnering

By partnering with other local user groups, the Iowa Vivit group grew attendance for their Q1 2013 Agile meeting by over 300%.   Normally, they have approximately 40 people register for their meetings. The Agile meeting drew 140 registrants. 

After hearing from their users that they wanted to have a meeting focused on Agile Development, the Iowa Chapter Leaders reached out to the local Agile and Quality Assurance groups.  Scott Anderson, co-leader of the Iowa Chapter, found contacts for the groups by Googling Agile Iowa and Des Moines Quality Assurance.  He reached out to these groups three months in advance of the meeting to give everyone enough time to plan for a joint meeting. 

The Leaders of all the groups had an initial leader conference call where they discussed how each group would contribute to the meeting. Two meeting topics were chosen:

  1. A demonstration of HP's new Agile tool given by HP.
  2. A tool agnostic overview of the Agile Test Automation Pyramid given by a member of the Agile user group. 

The option to attend virtually via Go To Meeting was added. Out of the 140 registrants, 75 people attended the meeting. If you would like to contact Scott, he can be reached at:

Scott is an Automation Engineer at Aviva. He is passionate about learning the latest trends in test automation and sharing them with the Vivit community. He enjoys meeting new Vivit members and helping them leverage their tools for success. He also keeps busy with his wife and five children.

Scott Anderson
Automation Engineer
Iowa Vivit Chapter Leader

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Board nominations open

Posted By John Baier, Nominating Chair, Vivit Board of Directors, Wednesday, February 27, 2013


It is a privilege to announce the call for nominations for the 2013 Elections for the Vivit Board of Directors. Your nomination submissions are very much appreciated, as they are a vital key to the success of the Vivit user group.

The Vivit Board of Directors is an international group of nine men and women who act as stewards of the organization and in the best interests of members from over 90 countries. The board meets twice a year in person in North America and Europe at the HP Discover conferences, as well as virtually weekly or bi-weekly for an hour to discuss pressing strategies and tactical and operational issues.

There are three Board positions to be filled during this year's election. Each seat is a three-year term, from June 1, 2013 to May 31, 2016.

To be eligible to serve on the Vivit Board of Directors, the following qualifications are required:

  • The candidate must be a general member in good standing with Vivit and not employed by HP
  • The candidate must have the desire to see the organization succeed
  • The candidate must possess the skills and abilities necessary to plan and direct strategic initiatives for the organization
  • The candidate must be willing to commit to the amount of time needed to serve
  • The Board meets virtually every week and face-to-face twice a year, usually in conjunction with the HP Discover conferences in America and EMEA.

In order to be selected as a candidate, he/she must be nominated by a fellow member. All nominations for candidates must be received by the end of business day on Monday, March 25, 2013.

Questions or comments? Contact

New Board members will be notified prior to the next face-to-face board meeting (June 9-10 in Las Vegas) so that they can plan to attend. We encourage individuals who are eager to dedicate themselves to the user community to consider this opportunity to become a Vivit Board member.

Thank you for your time and consideration.


Member sign-in required.

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Security and Privacy Special Interest Group – New!

Posted By Jason Kennedy, Vivit President and Security & Privacy SIG Leader, Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Security of systems, networks, and most importantly, the data moving through them is always a lively conversation. Join us to discuss how security and privacy legislation, controls, and demands are changing the game for IT professionals. Topics range from the strategic to the tactical. We want to hear from the community on ideas like:

  • Planning and budgeting to address security and privacy demands on your organization
  • How to implement practical system vulnerability assessments
  • product discussions
  • and slippery topics such as "Cloud Security” and impacts of international privacy legislation

It's all fair game in the Vivit Security & Privacy Special Interest Group (SIG) where we will engage global thought leaders and those dealing with these topics daily. Bring your tough questions and creative ideas to the virtual table; all are welcome.

To ensure you receive event notices, please go to the Security and Privacy Special Interest Group and select the "Join Group” icon which will appear if you aren't already a member of the SIG. 

Tags:  privacy  security 

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BIG Data Special Interest Group – New!

Posted By Pam Bishop, Big Data Special Interest Group Champion, Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Data, the most precious raw material in the 21st century. By the year 2049 a $1,000 computer will exceed the computational capabilities of the entire human species. Experts forecast that raw data will grow 50% per month and almost 800% in the next 5 years. Data could equal 35 zettabytes by 2020. In fact, there will be more text messages sent today than there are people in the world. Join the Big Data Special Interest Group (SIG) and participate in the largest explosion of our time – the explosion of big data and information. Webinars and discussions will feature Futurists, Inventors, Academics, IT prodigies and the everyday user sharing their thoughts, experience, ideas and predictions on:

  • Structured and unstructured data – more than 85% of data today is unstructured. How do we deal with the volume and the various devices?
  • Private and public data – who owns the data?
  • Inside the organization and outside in the yet-to-be-explored and mined world of social media. Each day, almost 300 billion emails are sent; 250 million photos are uploaded onto Facebook and 97,000 tweets are made. How do we deal with this volume of information and who's mining it?
  • The future of BYOD – but without the D.

Harnessing data and extracting its value is a major challenge and priority for IT and businesses. But is big data a big problem or a big opportunity? Join the Big Data SIG and get a 360 degree view on what is happening around the world in supply chains, social media channels and private and public sectors.

To ensure you receive event notices, please go to the Big Data Special Interest Group now and select the "Join Group” icon which will appear if you aren't already a member of the SIG. 

Tags:  big data 

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