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Welcome New Leaders - March 2013

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, February 27, 2013

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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.

Pamela Bishop
Big Data Special Interest Group Champion
"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 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 big data."

David Hunt
Agile Special Interest Group Leader
"I started my career in IT back in 1970 as a Fortran programmer and quickly took on a variety of system testing roles. I always adopted many of the principles of "agile” development, although there was no such term in those days. For the past 15 years I have been providing independent change and transition leadership services to a variety of businesses and will bring a number of management and entrepreneurial skills to the Agile SIG.”" I will be looking to work closely with the ALM SIG to build on synergies and will seek to build up the Agile SIG membership through the provision of useful information and thought leadership resulting from my work with Infuse Consulting.”

Suresh G P
Bangalore Chapter Champion
"I look forward to collaborating and bringing value to all the Bangalore Vivit members by organizing webinars and face-to-face sessions on areas of interest."

Simone Rosignoli
Riversman SRL
Italy Chapter Leader
"I'm very happy to co-lead the Italy Vivit Chapter; my goal is to expand the Vivit community within Italy. I hope to meet other professionals that would like to share their experiences and thoughts with the aim to learn from each other."

Doug Stone
Taradale Consulting Services
Melbourne Chapter Leader
"Melbourne is fortunate in that it has some amazing experts in the use of HP software. Through the Vivit Chapter, I hope that we can continually educate and challenge our members so that Best Practice is the norm for Melbourne."

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Simon LaRosa
Italy Chapter Leader


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Sandeep Srivinas
Samarth Infosolutions
Bangalore Chapter Leader


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New Leaders - February 2013

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Friday, February 1, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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Join a group by clicking on the Chapter or Special Interest Group (SIG) name under each new leader and "Join Group”. Connect to the leaders by clicking on their name. Member sign-in required.


Janos Bartok
Hungary Chapter Champion

Adrienne DiPaolo
Project and Portfolio Management Special Interest Group
"Looking forward to working with Derek on the PPM SIG to breathe some life back into the group and share some great ideas, approaches and best practices."

Tamas Erdei

T-Systems Hungary Ltd
Hungary Chapter Leader

Wilson Ho
Long View Systems
Alberta, Canada Chapter Leader
"My initial goal as Chapter Leader is to engage long time member as well as plans to engage new and prospective members. My background in software and HP BTO is a significant part of my skills. I was a Vivit Chapter Leader back in 2006 to 2008 in Calgary, and feel that I'm ready to re-engage with Vivit. I look forward to working with Vivit members and other Vivit Chapter Leaders."

Derek Hornby
New York/New Jersey Metro Chapter Leader

Jason Kennedy
University of British Columbia
Security and Privacy Special Interest Group Leader

Martijn Stuiver
Business Intelligence Special Interest Group Leader
"I would like to give you the opportunity to learn from others about real pitfalls or accelerators regarding Business Intelligence implementations, best practices around KPI definitions, and how to address cockpit definition questions within your organization.  Additionally, data governance, process improvement processes and reporting as a service are interesting topics in which different organizations could  learn from each other."

Ewout van Driel
Serial Testers SLU
Iberia Chapter Leader
"My goal for the Iberian Vivit chapter is to create a highly connected group of professionals who actively share their thoughts and experiences to the benefit of all members.”

Damian Versaci
SMS Management & Technology
Melbourne, Australia Chapter Leader
"I am very happy to be on board as a Vivit TQA SIG leader and look forward to expanding the Vivit community within Australia, especially in new HP areas such as Service Test and Virtualisation."

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Vivit At Your Service

Posted By Mihai Grigorescu, South Africa Chapter Leader, Monday, January 28, 2013
Updated: Monday, January 28, 2013

Just like every other major player in the IT market (eg, Oracle, Microsoft, SAP), HP has its own user community that is run by actual HP users and practitioners. Membership is free and the community is used mainly for shared learning and networking.

So whether you are an HP software practitioner or whether you are at the other end of the spectrum and are only interested in hardware, this community is the place where everything is happening. From face to face meetings, to webinars, forums, tagging other members and forming virtual relationships, we’ve got it all…

Add to the mix an ever growing community and plenty of discounts available for HP events (such as HP Discover), as well as special deep-dive trainings, and you’ve got a crisp snapshot of what Vivit is all about.

So what is Vivit actually about?

Vivit, simply put, has started off as a "bunch” of practitioners coming together and talking shop on HP products from a pragmatic and operational viewpoint, backed up by years of experience using these products, in order to offer assistance to less experienced teams and companies, and enriching the overall quality of the community.

The members are doing the work voluntarily and are getting great positive outcomes out of everything.

As an example, here’s a snapshot of VIVIT’s goals for the last year – 2012.

Vivit fortes are the following (as a member, one would be able to tap into the potential of each and every point mentioned below):

ADVOCACY & COMMUNITY – a Vivit member could engage with the HP teams directly, without having to go through partner channels and the long way around. In Vivit, we have access to product managers, HP fellows, evangelist, etc. Connecting with peers and fellow IT professionals (all non HP employees) has given birth to many successful business relationships.

EDUCATION & DISCOUNTS – self-explanatory, people can attend free live rooms/webinars, and as attendance to HP conferences can sometimes be prohibitive from a monetary perspective for one or more individuals, Vivit is offering free passes and discounts to help the people attend these fabulous HP events.

So how does it work?

The way it works is pretty simple: In EMEA, each country has its own chapter (for instance, I lead the chapter for South Africa where we have around 100 members, and we’re all meeting around 2 times a year). The chapters themselves are linked altogether at a global level, so in essence these local groups are only relating to physical/geographic locations/boundaries.

Each chapter organizes their own events, where practitioners get together face to face, at a function, where they can talk shop or simply network. Since Vivit is supported by HP marketing, these functions are free, but they are only available to Vivit members.

Otherwise, members can just simply attend online events organized by the different special interest groups within Vivit.

What groups do we have?

For HP Practitioners, we’ve got:

Business Service Management

Configuration Management System

Data Center Automation

HP Service Management

Network Automation

Project & Portfolio Management Forum

Testing, Quality, ALM


For decision makers, we’ve got:


Business Intelligence

Cloud Builders



Security & Privacy- New

Big Data - New

So who does actually attend these "things” and what does the member base look like?

Well, see for yourself below. Our presence is mostly in the US and Europe, but rapidly expanding in Africa, Asia and India. We’re now over 14k members worldwide (stats as of end of 2012).

What are the demographics on these 14k members?

We’re looking at ~40% decision makers, ~40% operational end users, while ~20% are unknown.

Also, out of the total number of members, >60% have used HP software for more than 5 years…

So does it actually work out for the members or is it just a lot of talking?

ABSOLUTELY YES! – it works brilliantly…

For example, our few last webinars attracted between 150-200 people per webinar! And it looks like the people want more. The people we’ve connected through our network have engaged in long-term relationships and are now doing business together. We’ve saved others time and money by simply pointing them to the right people in HP at the right time, etc.

See the community calendar.

So, I’m an Accenture employee, is it really worth it joining the HP community?

Absolutely! One gets to meet peers and exchange information, exactly in the same manner we would on our Accenture Community of Practices (CoPs). Only that Vivit is global and only with an interest in HP products. So in other words, if you don’t get an answer from the CoP, or from HP, you would definitely find what you’re looking for in the Vivit community.

As 2012 grew to an end, we realized (as the trend showed us) that people were more inclined to attend online events than anything else, so we will pursue this model for 2013 and offer a great deal of interesting webinars, so join the Vivit community and make the most of our webinars!

Also, during the HP Discover events, we managed to get ~150 people registered to free deep dive training sessions offered by different HP and Vivit partners, as well as our own customer driven round table discussion.

Another record in registrations which simply confirms that in the ever changing world of IT, the hunger for information is out there. Vivit is just a means to quench that thirst, so join us, we’ll be glad to have you around and learn from each other.

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Connect with the Vivit Award Winners from EMEA

Posted By Martijn Stuiver, Chapter & SIG Chair, Board of Directors, Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Hear from and get connect to three of the most recognized community leaders in Vivit and their field.

Leader of the Year

Olli Laiho 100 x 125.jpgOlli Laiho was recognized for his outstanding leadership for the online Testing, Quality and Application Lifecycle Management (TQA) Special Interest Group. He is a qualified expert on HP's Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and Quality Center products and a Quality Assurance specialist. He is also driving the value of utilizing Business Intelligence tools in Quality Assurance and Testing to improve the output and performance of Quality Assurance organizations worldwide. He has helped lead the TQA Special Interest Group for four years, adding blogs, tips and tricks, and webinars for members around the world. Olli is a frequent speaker and roundtable leader at the international HP Discover conferences and an instructor for Vivit Advanced Training, focusing on HP ALM and Quality Center. Olli works as a Senior QA Consultant for Assure "The QC Guys" in Finland.

Hear directly from Olli in the video interview below.

>>Connect with Olli

>>Join the TQA Special Interest Group

Champion of the Year

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Stefan Mohr was recognized for his outstanding effort to advance and grow the community. Stefan has been a Vivit member and Chapter leader for five years and has helped to organize the two-day German User Group Meetings for more than seven years. He was the 2009 Leader of the Year Award winner, and because of the expansive community he has built throughout Germany and the outpouring of member nominations, Vivit awarded him with Champion of the Year. Stefan is the Consulting Manager and a Principal Consultant for the ITC GmbH in Germany. Stefan has more than 15 years experience in implementing, customizing, training and selling of HP Software products and ITSM Consulting. As a certified ITIL Service Manager, he focuses on integrated ITSM solutions for enterprise and SMB customers based on HP Software and 3rd party products.

View my interview with Stefan at HP Discover in Frankfurt, Germany.

>>Connect with Stefan

>>Join the Germany Chapter

Speaker of the Year

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Mihai Grigorescu is co-leader for the South Africa Chapter and was recognized for a series of outstanding webinar presentations for members on best practices and real life practical usage of HP Application Lifecycle Management (ALM). Mihai also led several roundtables at the HP Discover conference in Frankfurt, Germany, December 2012. He has been in the software testing industry for over 5 years and is now the TCoE Tools Lead at Accenture in South Africa. He has a passion for testing in general and for business as well as technical processes. He is an avid fan of making optimal use of available tools and processes which assist the overall testing efforts and projects. He is also currently a board member of the SIGiST committee (Special Interest Group in Software Testing for South Africa) and is an active speaker in national and international events.

Hear Mihai's inspiring speaker message in the following video.

>>Connect with Mihai

>>Join the South Africa Chapter

>>Become a Vivit Speaker

Tags:  Award Winners  Champion of the Year  Chapter Leader  EMEA  SIG Leader  Speaker 

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New Leader - December 2012

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Monday, January 7, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, December 19, 2012
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Russ King
Agile Special Interest Group

Russ King joined ResultsPositive from HP where he was most recently responsible for the PPM Product Management Team. Russ has over 20 years of experience helping Enterprise IT organizations gain value from solutions primarily focused in the ERP and PPM spaces. He spent the past 15 years with Chainlink, Kintana, Mercury, and HP in varying roles associated with the PPM Product. Prior to that Russ spent time with Oracle managing ERP implementations at several fortune 500 companies. He is originally from Montana and has spent the last 24 years in metro Phoenix Arizona.

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Vivit is Changing

Posted By Richard Bishop, Director, U.K., Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Updated: Friday, December 14, 2012

On Thursday 6th December at HP Discover in Frankfurt, Jason Kennedy, Martijn Stuiver and I were asked to discuss how Vivit is changing from a primarily US-centric, practitioner-focused user community to one which helps support our members as the IT world changes around them. The interview covers the changing demographics of the Vivit user community, how we plan to alter our content to suit our membership, our development of new social media channels, the growth of our membership as well as the development of new special interest groups such as "Cloud Builders” and "Security” alongside our existing special interest groups.

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The 2012 EMEA Award Winners!

Posted By Susan Russel, Friday, December 14, 2012
Updated: Friday, January 4, 2013
Vivit presented the 2012 EMEA Awards in Frankfurt, Germany on December 3, 2012. The Leader of the Year Award recipient is Olli Laiho, Leader of the global Testing, Quality, and ALM Special Interest Group (from Finland), the Champion of the Year Award recipient is Stefan Mohr, Leader of the Germany Chapter, and the Speaker of the Year Award recipient is Mihai Grigorescu, Leader of the South Africa Chapter. All three were nominated by fellow members for their outstanding contributions. Congratulations!!!

Martijn Stuiver, Vivit Chapter and SIG Chair, Board of Directors, and Jason Kennedy, Vivit President, Board of Directors, presented the awards during the HP Discover event. View complete details and the press release here.

We snapped some candid photos...

(left to right) Martijn Stuiver, Chapter and SIG Chair, Board of Directors,
Olli Laiho, Leader of the Year, Jason Kennedy, President, Board of Directors


(left to right) Stefan Mohr, Champion of the Year,
Martijn Stuiver, Chapter and SIG Chair, Board of Directors


(left to right) Martijn Stuiver, Chapter and SIG Chair, Board of Directors,
Mihai Grigorescu, Speaker of the Year,
Jason Kennedy, President, Board of Directors

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Supercharge your HP Discover experience with Vivit

Posted By Susan Russel, Monday, December 3, 2012
Updated: Friday, November 23, 2012


Are you attending HP Discover in Frankfurt December 4-6?

Get even more out the conference by joining a Vivit roundtable
Meet keynote speaker and HP Fellow, Chris Moyer, for an in-depth and personal discussion on future trends and big bets in innovation. Or participate in a roundtable on data protection in virtual and cloud environments. Or maybe performance testing in the cloud. We have an extensive lineup of roundtables on a variety of topics at both the technical and business levels. Reserve your seat now before all seats are gone.

December 4, 2012
Make sure your mobile applications don't slow down the rest of your world 10:00 –10:45
Better Quality with Less Effort - Testing SAP with HP Quality Center 11:00 – 11:45
HP Network Automation 12:45 – 13:30
HP QC/ALM Performance Improvement 16:30 – 17:15

December 5, 2012
HP QC/ALM - What to measure and tools of the trade 11:45 – 12:30
ITSM, Service Manager, Service Anywhere 12:45 – 13:30
Data Protection in Virtual and Cloud Environments 13:45 – 4:30
Agile Development with HP QC/ALM 14:45 – 15:30
Requirements-Management with HP QC/ALM 16:00 – 16:45

December 6, 2012
An explosion is coming - future trends and big bets in innovation with HP Fellow Chris Moyer. 9:30 – 10:15
Applications: Performance Testing 10:30 – 11:15
Software Quality Assurance challenges and how to address them with HP ALM 11:30 – 12:15
Performance testing in the cloud. 13:15 – 14:00

Join us in the User Community Lounge on the Discover Zone show floor
Meet with your peers, network with like-minded professionals, and find out about upcoming community events. Plus, you can find out who won the EMEA awards and meet them in-person. Pickup your free member gift and enter into the prize drawings for a Kindle Fire or Beats by Dr. Dre Solo headphones!

Still wanting to get even more supercharged? Stop by the espresso bar.

Meet HP Experts
As an extra bonus, we teamed up with HP Software’s IT Experts Community to organize two times when you can stop by Vivit in the User Community Lounge to meet HP experts and industry leaders in Applications and Operations. They would love to talk with you. Attend, learn something new, make new friends and improve your overall app and ops development skills. Areas of focus will include:

  • Tips and Tricks
  • Common Troubleshooting
  • Installation/Configuration
  • Product Integration

Bring your questions and tips for success, and join your peers in sharing insights and best practices.

Meet the Experts Day 1: Tuesday, 4 December 2012 15:30 - 16:30 CET
Vivit in User Community Lounge in the Discover Zone. RSVP on Facebook!

Meet the Experts Day 2 Wednesday, 5 December 2012 11:30 - 12:30 CET
Vivit in User Community Lounge in the Discover Zone. RSVP on Facebook!

Or contact HP Software by email to register.

Advanced Training materials are now available!

Vivit hosted pre-conference Advanced Training on December 3rd. Both classes were full. If you were unable to register or if you’d simply like the materials, you can download the instructor presentations now. Member sign-in required.

Go backstage with HP Software
See exclusive videos, blogs and more. Find out from experts what it takes to move enterprise computing to the next level. Get behind-the-scenes videos from events, see previews of what HP Software is doing next, read the latest blog posts and get connected with a community of IT leaders and experts. Go backstage now.

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Best of both worlds: boost your career and be appreciated while doing it!

Posted By Martijn Stuiver, Chapter and SIG Chair, Vivit Board of Directors, Monday, November 26, 2012
Updated: Monday, November 26, 2012


I am not aware of many programs or career paths in which you are awarded during the journey. Active leadership within the Vivit community will provide you with such an opportunity. Moreover, it boosts your skills in organizing and hosting events and networking, and it boosts your career by carving the way you look for and follow trends and by providing a unique stage that creates visibility for you, your skills and your organization. And sometimes it just drives you into other realms like developing your killer presentation skills.

Over 120 amazing members from around the world have already started this journey with Vivit as leaders of local chapters and worldwide Special Interest Groups (SIGs), speakers, or directors. As it is time for our annual EMEA awards, I am pleased to put the spotlight on a few of our members who have been nominated by fellow members for their outstanding skills and contributions.

Andreas Birk

Founder and Principal Consultant
Testing, Quality, and ALM SIG Leader
Nominated for Champion of the Year


 Jan Czajkowski
QC Specialist Manager
SQS Sweden
Sweden Chapter Leader
Nominated for Champion of the Year


Cheikh Sadibou Dome
France Chapter Leader
Nominated for Leader of the Year


Mihai Grigorescu
TCoE Tools Lead
South Africa Chapter
Nominated for
Champion and Speaker of the Year

David Jenkins

SAP QA Test Manager
Dael Computer Services Inc
Nominated for
Leader and Speaker of the Year

Nils Johannessen
Solutions Architect
Rubik Solutions AS
Norway Chapter Leader
Nominated for
Leader and Champion of the Year

Martina Koehler
IT Organizer
Axel Springer AG
Nominated for Speaker of the Year

Olli Laiho
Senior QA Consultant
Testing, Quality, ALM SIG Leader
Nominated for Leader of the Year

Stefan Mohr
Manager Consulting
Germany Chapter Leader
Nominated for Leader, Champion, and Speaker of the Year

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Ola Perman

Test Manager
Sweden Chapter Leader
Nominated for Speaker of the Year

Johan Sodergren
System Engineer
Nominated for Speaker of the Year

Sami Suro
Unit Manager
Finland Chapter Leader
Nominated for Speaker of the Year

The Leader of the Year award is presented to an individual for outstanding local chapter or SIG leadership. The Champion of the Year award is presented to an individual for outstanding effort to advance and grow the Vivit community. The new Speaker of the Year award is presented to an individual for outstanding presentations to the Vivit community. The comments and nominations were extensive this year. Congratulations on your nomination! And on behalf of the community, I would like to thank you for your contributions. Keep up the terrific dedication in which you serve the community.

The award winners will be revealed and celebrated at the Vivit Leader Dinner at HP Discover on Monday evening, December 3rd, in Frankfurt, Germany.

Apfelwein-Wirtschaft Dauth-Schneider
D-60594 Frankfurt am Main, Alt-Sachsenhausen
Neuer Wall 5-7 / Klappergasse 39
Be aware, your life might change after this nomination and perhaps even more being honored with the award.    

How can YOU boost your career and earn some credits?
Vivit is always looking for dedicated volunteer leaders and co-leaders to help support chapter and SIG activities as well as drive new initiatives. Motivated individuals who would like to be considered, click here for a list of volunteer opportunities and the application form.

If you are interested in sharing your knowledge with fellow members at local chapter events or worldwide SIG webinars, join the Vivit Speaker Bureau.

Are you the next Follower, Leader, Speaker, or Nominee? Please keep the movement going! And remember, it is not always the Leader who contributes to a movement


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New Leader - November 2012

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Monday, November 26, 2012
Updated: Monday, November 26, 2012

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Join a group by clicking on the Chapter or Special Interest Group (SIG) name under each new leader and "Join Group”. Connect to the leaders by clicking on their name. Member sign-in required.

Chuck Fugee
Houston Chapter Leader

Chuck Fugee is the leader of the Vivit Houston Chapter. Chuck recently joined Avnet Technology Services as a part of the acquisition of both Pepperweed Consulting and Genilogix. He recently retired after 32 years with Hewlett Packard, where he recently served as Presales Director for global accounts. A long time Vivit member, he is excited to take a more supportive role of Vivit now that he is outside of HP. Raised in FL but a Texan for 30 years, Chuck's hobbies include playing guitar, target shooting and supporting his community through his church.

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