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New Vivit Chapter/ SIG Leader - January 2012

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Monday, January 9, 2012
Updated: Monday, January 9, 2012

Audra Kutz
Minnesota Chapter - Join Now

I made the unlikely jump from Language Arts Secondary Instructor to the technology industry in 1999. In a matter of weeks I went from teaching Shakespeare to solving Betrieve Error 20 and writing SQL statements. Although I only spent two years as a help desk engineer and software trainer (for a company that went on to become acquired by Microsoft), it was a fantastic foundation for my career in the IT Service Manager industry and my ultimate love of sales (i.e. making friends for a living.) Subsequently, I jump started a fledgling start up consulting company's sales and marketing endeavors in late 2001 and experienced great success as I grew their business year after year until I came aboard for a larger HP partner, Advanced MarketPlace (AMP) in 2009. My past two years at AMP have been spectacular! Our footprint has literally exploded in the Minneapolis/St. Paul region and the true reward is seeing our customer's ecstatic embrace of an HP partner in the region made up of not just developers, but best practice experts, Project Managers who are ITIL certified and intimate with the HP toolset, and consultants with the deepest expertise in existence. AMP's ability to successfully deploy large scale implementations is second to none and I am proud to be affiliated with this professional team. We possess not only experience and industry knowledge, but stand on a belief in integrity that is our trademark. That rare combination keeps our customers coming back and makes me happy to wake up every morning and go to work for such amazing people.

I am excited to be a part of Vivit. User groups play an integral role for our customers and for us. I co-founded an HP Service Manager User Group in St. Paul in 2009 that still meets quarterly today. It's value to the community has been tremendous and I look forward to providing that same value to the Vivit community in the months and years to come!

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Knock knock… Are you still there?

Posted By Susan Russel, Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Please be sure to update your Vivit profile by December 31, 2011 so you can be entered into the final drawing for an iPad 2. The information you enter will be used to provide meaningful content and services.

1. Sign in to Vivit Worldwide

2. Select "Manage Profile” from the "My Profile” menu on the left hand side.

3. Select "Edit Bio” under "Information & Settings.”

4. Complete all * required fields. In order for changes to be recorded, click on the "Save Changes" button at the bottom of your profile page. You will automatically be entered into the final drawing for an iPad 2.

If you updated your profile since October 1, thank you. You'll be included in the final drawing.

Conditions and restrictions: To enter into the final drawing towin an iPad, make sure all the required fields in the Edit Bio section of your profile are complete byDecember 31, 2011. One random drawing for one Apple iPad 2 16GB with Wi-Fi will be conducted onJanuary 2, 2012. Chances of winning depend on the number of entrants.

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Vivit Leaders in Action at HP DISCOVER Vienna 2011

Posted By Stephanie Konkoy, Friday, December 9, 2011

A big thank you to all Vivit Leaders who attended HP DISCOVER Vienna and helped with the many Vivit activities throughout the conference. The conference was a big success for the Vivit community. New members, new chapters, new leaders, video interviews, coffee talks, tweets, and webinar content resulted from the conference.

Vivit activities started a day before HP DISCOVER, 28 November, with a Chapter/Special Interest Group Leader meeting and Vivit Advanced Training classes.

We would like to thank all the Leaders who attended the Leader meeting and who instructed the advanced training courses. Your expertise, feedback and insight make Vivit what it is.

That night, we celebrated and presented awards to the Vivit Leader of the Year EMEA 2011, Martijn Stuiver, and the Vivit Champion of the Year EMEA 2011, Paolo Cattolico, at the 1516 Brewing Company at the heart of the city center of Vienna. Congratulations again!

The first day of the conference, 29 November, opened with a bang. The Vivit booth was busy with many members, Leaders, Directors and staff. All were engaged in conversation through the day and night. And yes, we had a wheel to spin for a prize. This time it was a virtual wheel. Very fun! Throughout the conference, many video streamed interviews of Vivit Leaders and Vivit Directors took place along with a Tweetup the first evening.


During lunch the first day of HP DISCOVER, Vivit Leaders hosted round table discussions. The discussions included:

  • Upgrading to HP Quality Center/ALM 11 – Olli Laiho, Product Manager, Assure, Vivit TQA SIG Leader
  • Performance Testing – Richard Bishop, Senior Performance Consultant, Intechnica, Vivit Director and UK Chapter Leader
  • Agile - DevOps and How They Work Together- Paul Peissner, Director, Business Development, CollabNet, Vivit Silicon Valley/San Jose Chapter Leader
  • HP Service Manager OOTB (Out of the Box) a good or bad starting point? – Martijn Stuiver, COO & Floris Verschoor, President –Westbury, Vivit HP Service Management SIG Leaders

On the second day of HP DISCOVER, Leaders and Directors met with EMEA HP Software Marketing to further the interests of the user community.

HP DISCOVER Las Vegas will be here before we know it in June 2012. Many more success stories and fun times to look forward to with Vivit. Hats off to our Vivit Leaders who make Vivit amazing!

Tags:  Championof the Year  HP DISCOVER  Leader of the Year  Vienna 

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Backstage Interview with President, Michael Collins, and Vice President, Jim Murphy, at HP DISCOVER Vienna 2011

Posted By Susan Russel, Friday, December 9, 2011
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New Vivit Chapter/SIG Leaders- December 2011

Posted By Stephanie Konkoy, Thursday, December 8, 2011

David Jenkins
TRIM SIG - Join Now
Current TRIM User Coordinator EMEA

David has spent all of his working life (rather longer than he cares to admit!) as an IT professional, mostly working on the user-facing side, and he has very much enjoyed it. Now semi-retired, he was until recently responsible for the electronic Information Management and implementation of TRIM at Wiltshire County Council. Since his involvement with TRIM he has been active in the user group, including previously having been chairman for 2 years, and remains as keen as ever to promote it's usage and best practice throughout the user community. He relishes the chance to cultivate the group with the UK Vivit TRIM SIG. His hobbies are sailing, golf, cycling, and caravanning & camping… and his 6 demanding (but very rewarding) grandchildren, who live close to him in rural Oxfordshire.

D.B. Cummings
St Louis Chapter - Join Now
Principal Consultant
J9 Technologies

DB Cummings is a Principal Consultant with J9 Technologies (, a certified HP Elite Enhanced Partner, specializing in Business Service Management and Application Performance Lifecycle management. Prior to joining J9, DB was the Director of IT for United Seating & Mobility, a national DME company.

Russ King
PPM SIG - Join Now
Vice President of Product Development


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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Thoughts on another successful Vivit event.

Posted By Michael Collins, Vivit President, Wednesday, December 7, 2011
As I fly back to America from the HP Discover show in Vienna this week, I have plenty of time to reflect on the years of participation by so many colleagues. Vivit has truly become an amazing organization which now has several interesting features. The organization has been around long enough now to see many of its member grow in their careers from initial technical administrators into specialists, management, architects and executives.

All the while, membership has not lost its technical edge with the individuals continuing to represent the "best and brightest” that we proclaim you are. However, just as interesting is the global nature and of the organization now. We are almost exactly split in our membership 50/50 between members in the Americas and with the rest of the world. Then it becomes even more interesting to look at the product representation of our membership – almost 50/50 between Operations products and Applications products.

Our membership has increased significantly and we have expanded into 53 Chapters spanning 19 countries, with 7 worldwide Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and 110 Chapter and SIG leaders. We are working on having the Vivit members once again provide Track Content and Chairs for HP Discover and collectively the group of all the members has reached new heights. I found the picture below that I snapped with my phone very ironic at the welcome reception so I thought I would share it here. Most importantly though, is participation. The ability to interact with our EMEA HP counterparts, HP Partners and most importantly Vivit members has been one of the most exciting events for the EMEA region in years, with over 7,000 participants in total! But actively participating in local chapter events, Special Interest Groups, Forums, Blogs, Training, Webinars, Road Shows, Presentations and everything else that Vivit offers is the key to the organization helping to grow the careers of you, its members.

Vivit is very proud of the membership, in particular due to the fact that we require active participation by all members within the past 12 month period in order to continue being counted as a member. While some organizations may have a large list of people that may have been involved or on the mailing list at one time, Vivit is a community of individuals who participate. I know that I am looking forward to attending the next event. Michael Collins, Vivit President.

Tags:  career  HP DISCOVER  HP Software  vivit  Vivit Worldwide 

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EMEA Champion & Leader of the Year, 2011

Posted By Jason J. Kennedy, Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Hello from Vienna!
While I drink my Latte Machiatto and eat my croissant and wait for delegate access to HP Discover 2011 EMEA to open to delegates, I will update any who are following this on our presentation last night of the Vivit Worldwide Champion and Leader of the Year, 2011.
What seemed like the largest number of chapter and SIG leaders to gather for dinner yet converged on the upper floor of the 1516 restaurant in downtown Vienna last night. The dinner was for Vivit to have an opportunity to recognise our leaders who keep the machinery of Vivit moving - without them there would be no Vivit Worldwide. At the dinner we recognised both our EMEA Leader of the Year and Champion of the Year.

The Champion of the Year is a new recognition category this year, beginning this fall as a decision by your Vivit Directors. We find that as we are an organisation that is accountable to our members, we have always held the policy that HP employees cannot be leaders in our organisation. That long standing and popularly supported by-law has led us to a conundrum however; what happens when an HP employee goes above and beyond in their support for the Vivit Worldwide community and goals? In order to rectify this oversight, we created the category of Vivit Champion of the Year.

This year, while receiving a couple of strong nominations, we did eventually make the decision to award this honour to Paolo Cattacolio from HP in France. Paolo has been instrumental this past year in bringing the European user community of the TRIM product into the Vivit family. TRIM was acquired by HP, as a great asset to their software portfolio, but the well-established local user groups of the product were left without a global connecting community to HP Software. This is where Paolo, and Vivit Director Richard Bishop identified a need and worked tirelessly to support these users. So in recognition of his support of the Vivit user community worldwide, and the TRIM software users need to interconnect globally for advocacy, education, and community, Vivit President Michael Collins and myself (Director of SIGs & Chapters, and co-leader of the BSM SIG) presented the beautiful trophy for EMEA 2011 Vivit Champion of the Year to Paolo.


After a rousing round of applause, Michael called attention to the awarding of the Vivit EMEA Leader of the Year. I believe this is the third year for this reward, which has gone to the passionate and thorough work of our German leaders in years past. This time we moved the trophy north in recognition of the efforts this past year, and years previous, of Martijn Stuiver. Martijn is a co-leader of the SM SIG, and has recently integrated existing customer and partner communities in Holland into a Dutch local user group.
Michael extended a sincere thanks, and warnings to carry the trophy carefully! Martijn shared with the rout his secret passion for 5-pin bowling, but we aren't sure when he would possibly have the time! We just hope he doesn't use the globe from the trophy!


Thank you to both Paolo & Martijn, all the leaders who were present, and all our leaders around the world who couldn't join us in Vienna, but whose passionate work for Vivit is noted year round. If you know a great Vivit leader in your local chapter or special interest group, or an HP employee who goes above and beyond to support the HP Software user community, please make sure you let myself or Stephanie know about them, and be certain to nominate them for the next Champion and Leader of the Year.

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Tags:  Champion of the Year  EMEA  HP Discover  Leader of the Year  Martijn Stuvier  Paolo Cattolico  Vivit  Vivit Worldwide 

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Two more chances to win an iPad simply by updating your profile!

Posted By Susan Russel, Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Vivit is growing and so are our offerings! We want to understand who you are and what you are interested in so that we can provide relevant services and content to help you succeed. By updating your profile,we can deliver specific webinars, promotions, white papers and other pertinent offerings.

If you updated your profile during October, thank you! Your name has been entered into our iPad drawing for the three months of October, November and December. If you haven't updated your profile yet, you still have two more chances to win an iPad.

Update and complete all * required fields in your Vivit profile during the month of November, and you will automatically be entered into the last two drawings for an iPad 2. Member login required. In order for changes to be recorded, click on the"Save Changes" button at the bottom of your profile page.

Two more chances to win! Drawings will take place on:

  • December 1, 2011
  • January 1, 2012

Don't delay. The sooner you update your profile, the more chances you have to win. 


Conditions and restrictions: To enter into the remaining two drawings to win an iPad, make sure all the required fields in the Edit Bio section of your profile are complete by November 30, 2011. One random drawing for one Apple iPad 2 16GB with Wi-Fi will be conducted on December 1, 2011 and January 1, 2012. Chances of winning depend on the number of entrants.

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Vivit Leader and Champion of the Year EMEA 2011 Nominees

Posted By Stephanie Konkoy, Monday, October 31, 2011

Vivit Leader and Champion of the Year EMEA 2011 Nominees

Paolo Cattolico
Champion of the Year EMEA Nominee

Paolo Cattolico, who lives in France, founded and initiated the Vivit Information Management TRIM Chapters in UK, Ireland, Netherlands. Those chapters are e new incarnation of the former TRIM user groups, inherited from a company acquisition, and have now happily joined the Vivit community to extend their share of knowledge and welcome new members. Some Kickoff meetings, face to face, have been organized in UK, and recruitment for further member countries, such as Italy or South Africa, in now planned.

Paolo has been working in the IT industry for over 20 years, for companies such as NCR, Digital, Compaq and HP. He is currently responsible for Information Management marketing in HP EMEA. Paolo holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Milan, and one in clarinet from the Milan Conservatory of Music.


Olli Laiho
Leader of the Year EMEA Nominee

Olli works as Senior QA Consultant for Assure in Finland. He specializes in HP ALM and HP Quality Center. He serves the HP Software community as a leader for the worldwide TQA Special Interest group of Vivit.


Stefan Moore
Leader of the Year EMEA Nominee
(Not eligible - 2009 Award Winner)

Stefan Mohr is the Consulting Manager and a Principal Consultant for the ITC GmbH in Germany. Stefan has more than 14 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. Stefan has been a Vivit member and Local Chapter Leader for three years and has helped to organize the German user Group Meetings for more than six years.


Frank Rosenfelder
Champion of the Year EMEA Nominee &
Leader of the Year EMEA Nominee
(Not eligible - 2009 Award Winner)

Frank Rosenfelder has 15 years of experience with HP software and knows the products both from a user and vendor perspective. He currently works for IT unlimited AG, a Platinum HP business partner focused on implementing, supporting and operating IT management solutions. Prior to this assignment, he held several leadership positions in product management, business development and marketing at HP's OpenView business unit.

With the majority of his professional life being focused around HP Software, Frank is excited about the opportunity to serve the user community as a chapter leader. He has organized the German user conferences for the past 5 years, led the integration of users from other parts of the expanded software portfolio and strives to continually enhance the value, which the local chapter brings to its members.


Martijn Stuiver
Leader of the Year EMEA Nominee

This year's key focus within Vivit:

1. Organize the global virtual events of the HP Service Management SIG;

2. Host Roundtable discussions at HP Discover in Vegas and Vienna;

2. Cooperate with HP at the Customer Forum of the EMEAs in Paris and Berlin. Including hosting two lively roundtable sessions;

3. Cooperate with the Vivit Germany Chapter at their event near Frankfurt;

4. Establish contact among European Chapter leaders;

5. Establish a local HP Service Management Chapter in the Netherlands with Vivit and the local user group Interexperience.

Role at Westbury: Martijn is the Chief Operations Officer at Westbury and is responsible for the alignment of Strategy and Operations. Furthermore, he is a project management professional, servicing worldwide SMI implementation projects. These projects enable HP Service Management end-users to conduct operational ITSM reporting, thereby unlocking significant process improvements.

Martijn has worked in the field of service management tool implementations for 10 years now, and holds a BA in Marketing and a Masters in Science with a minor in Organization Anthropology. Martijn is interested in and enthusiastic about driving initiatives around execution, organizational change, social media and performance management.



The award winners will be announced and recognized at HP DISCOVER Vienna, 29 Nov – 1 Dec 2011.

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Knock knock… Are you still there?

Posted By Susan Russel, Monday, October 3, 2011
Updated: Tuesday, October 4, 2011

If you are…enter for three chances to win an Apple iPad 2!

Vivit is growing and so are our offerings! We want to understand who you are and what you are interested in so that we can provide relevant services and content to help you succeed.

When you update your profile, it allows us to deliver specific webinars, promotions, white papers and other pertinent offerings. Update your profile by October 31, making sure all * required fields in the Edit Bio section are complete and accurate, and you will automatically be entered into the three monthly drawings for an Apple iPad 2!

The drawings will take place on:

  • November 1, 2011
  • December 1, 2011
  • January 1, 2012

While you are updating your profile, you can also take a look at the other preference, content, community and career settings to help you make the most of your Vivit membership. These include auto update emails, ability to join Local Chapters and worldwide Special Interest Groups (SIGs) as well as managing your connections and resume. Don't delay, the sooner you update your profile, the more chances you have to win!

For any questions, contact us.

Conditions and restrictions: To enter into all three drawings to win an iPad, make sure all the required fields in the Edit Bio section of your profile are complete by October 31, 2011. One random drawing for one Apple iPad 2 16GB with Wi-Fi will be conducted on November 1, 2011, December 1, 2011, and January 1, 2012. Chances of winning depend on the number of entrants.

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