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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.

Tags:  Awards  Champion  EMEA  Leader 

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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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Advanced Training at HP DISCOVER Vienna 2011

Posted By Christopher Scharer, Education Chair, Board of Directors, Monday, October 3, 2011
Updated: Tuesday, October 4, 2011

For those of you that are new to Vivit, you may not have heard about the Vivit Advanced HP Software Implementation Training that will be available at HP DISCOVER Vienna in November. This is the first year that Vivit will be offering the Training at the EMEA conference, and we are very excited about this opportunity for our members. The Vivit Advanced Training began in the US in 2007 and has since been an ideal opportunity for end users to gain valuable training on current topics. These much-demanded and highly ranked classes are four-hour deep dive implementation and integration tutorials from Vivit members who are consultants and vendors in the HP Software space. The classes start where most others leave off and provide real-world implementation experiences and examples from practitioners who are in the field solving business problems with HP Software tools every day.

Following is the course listing. You can register for these courses in conjunction with your HP DISCOVER registration account. Simply add a course as a registration item. The cost per training course is 300€. If you have questions, email me at

1. Deep Dive into HP ALM 11
Time: Monday, 28 November 13:00-17:00
Location: Courtyard Vienna Messe
Instructor: Olli Laiho, Senior QA Consultant and HP ALM expert, Assure

After participating in this Deep Dive training, you'll know what it takes to gain full benefit of the new features in ALM 11, including e.g. Project Planning & Tracking and HP Sprinter. The course also includes many overall best practices of using and maintaining HP ALM. The training is based on extensive experience in deploying HP ALM and teaches how to successfully implement HP ALM while avoiding pitfalls.

The course is suitable for both HP Quality Center and HP ALM users.

Course level: Intermediate to Advanced

Prerequisites: Participants should have at least ½ year of experience in using HP Quality Center or HP ALM.

Target Group: Test Managers, Software Quality Engineers, QA Managers, Tool Specialists, QC Administrators

2. Deep Dive on Application Performance Engineering with Shunra Software
Time: Monday, 28 November 13:00-17:00
Location: Courtyard Vienna Messe
Instructors: Mark Tomlinson, Senior Performance Engineering Consultant, and Matthew Brady, Senior Performance Engineering Consultant, Shunra Software

Take your performance testing skills to the next level! This deep dive session helps testing engineers learn a structured and repeatable approach to application performance engineering using a combination of several products from HP and Shunra Software. The Shunra Application Performance Engineering framework is a common-sense arrangement of practices, processes and deliverables that help to organize the performance engineering activities into a more comprehensive and efficient program. You'll learn how to enhance the planning of your performance tests by first discovering the real-world conditions of the end-user environment, leveraging information from production monitoring. You'll learn how to effectively incorporate real-world conditions into your testing labs or staging environment. Then we'll spend time digging into the workings of a real application and infrastructure, analyzing the performance issues and limitations. At the end, we'll help you learn how to bring all the raw data together and produce a business case for solving and improving the performance of your application and validate the remediation of the real performance issues.

Specific skills acquired will include:

  • Introduction to a repeatable framework for Application Performance Engineering
  • How to enhance performance test planning with data collected from and about the real world of the end-user. How to include more than just the basic business flows or SLAs.
  • How to recreate the real world in your testing lab – with various solutions from HP and Shunra combined
  • Single User performance testing and diagnostics – looking into application behaviors, resource abuses, application scoring
  • Multi-user performance testing – how to repeat the real-world load of multiple users consuming resources from the application systems and the infrastructure
  • Steps for Application Performance Analysis and how to correlate the information from multiple sources into actionable format for decision-making
  • Hands-on exercises for analysis and cost justifications for performance optimization or remediation

The course is suitable for users of HP products related to performance testing, monitoring, analysis and diagnostics.

Course level: Intermediate to Advanced

Prerequisites: Participants should have at least 1 year of experience in using HP LoadRunner and/or HP Diagnostics. Knowledge of Shunra products and solutions is not mandatory.

Target Group: Performance Engineers, Performance Testers, System Administrators, Network Administrators, System Analysts and Managers, Performance Management Specialists, Tool Specialists


3. A Practical Approach to Operational Reporting from HP Service Manager / HP Service Center
Time: Monday, 28 November 13:00-17:00
Location: Courtyard Vienna Messe
Instructors: Richard Verburg, Technical Consultant, and David Van Heusden, Product Manager, Westbury

Attend this class and learn about the reporting options from HP Service Manager and gain practical insight into how you can access data from HP Service Manager.

Specific topics will include:

  • Why ITSM reporting? Understanding the importance of reporting from HP Service Manager and the need for an iterative approach
  • Steps involved in the reporting process: from requirements gathering to the distribution of completed reports
  • Which reporting options are available from HP Service Manager? From dashboards within HP Service Manager to generic reporting technologies to point solutions
  • Where does HP Service Manager store the data you need and how can you access this data?
  • Dealing with some of the tougher data challenges from HP Service Manager: array fields (e.g. clocks, journals), CLOBS, BLOBS
  • Hands-on exercises for defining, building and running reports
  • Reviewing reports and understanding how and where to zoom in for added value


Target Group: HP Service Manager users


4. Advanced uCMDB Management and Extension Processes
Time: Monday, 28 November 13:00-17:00
Location: Courtyard Vienna Messe
Instructor: Chaim Amar, CEO, and Daniel Klevansky, CTO, UniViews

As uCMDB and BSM evolve and integrate, there is a growing need for easier, more generic integration and data management capabilities. Come for a refresh on the concepts of uCMDB and CMS in HP, specifically the architecture of the new uCMDB. Through the use of the generic DB adapter and the new uCMDB integration studio, we will demonstrate the process of customizing a discovery adapter, manipulating integrations and managing the process of CMDB population. Learn how to extend the out-of-the-box discovery capabilities and add new classes. Explore the new interface highlights and see previews of uCMDB management processes.

Target Group: uCMDB users



I look forward to seeing you in Vienna at the Vivit Advanced Training classes. And if you are interested, following is a list of our past course offerings:

2007 US Regional Event
  • Test Director, QTP Winrunner, Business Process Testing, Center Management
  • HP Change Manager Best Practices (CCM)
  • HP Radia x86 End User Computing management.
  • HP Service Center Implementation
  • BAC OVOW Integration
  • OVOU Best Practices
2009 HP Software Universe (US)
  • HP Operations Orchestrator: Implementation and Integration Strategies.
  • HP Quality Center/QTP: Enhancing Integration Using API Technology
  • HP Service Manager 7: Leveraging the Web Service Architecture for Secure, Reliable, Real Time Application Integration.
  • HP Service Manager 7: Advanced Tailoring, Concepts, and Best Practices.
2010 HP Software Universe (US)
  • Leveraging Web services architectures for secure, reliable, real-time application integrations (Monday Afternoon)
  • HP Service Manager advanced tailoring concepts and best practices
  • Run-Book Automation - What is it? What are the use cases? Is this just for the help desk? I heard it can be used for integrations?
  • Network Node Manager 8i implementation best practices
  • Advanced Sitescope VuGen scripting
  • HP Network Automation hints, tips, and implementation best practices
  • A practical approach to operational reporting from HP Service Manager / HP Service Center
  • Best practices for Customizing AlarmPoint Integrations with HP Operations Manager and Network Node Manager
  • Network Node Manager 9i Implementation Best Practices
  • HP Operations Orchestrator: Implementation and Integration Strategies.
  • Advanced uCMDB Management and Extension Processes
  • HP Service Manager v9.2 Implementation Best Practices
  • HP BAC for Siebel : BPM, RUM, SiteScope Monitoring Solutions for Siebel and Advanced VuGen Scripting
  • HP NNM 7.x to HP NNMi 9 Migration path and Implementation Best Practices
  • A Practical Approach to Operational Reporting from HP Service Manager / HP Service Center
  • Best Practices for Customizing AlarmPoint Integrations with HP Operations Manager and Network Node Manager


Christopher J. Scharer

Director (Education Chair)

Tags:  ALM  Application Performance Engineering  Assure  HP Service Center  HP Service Manager  Quality Center  Shunra  Training  UCMDB  UniViews  Westbury 

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Spotlight on Vivit Volunteers - October 2011

Posted By Stephanie Konkoy, Monday, September 26, 2011
Updated: Friday, September 30, 2011

Spotlight on Vivit Voluteers - October 2011


Jan Czajkowski
Sweden Chapter Leader - Join Now

Jan has worked with Test Director/Quality Center/ALM for the past 10 years as a product specialist. He is regularly teaching the HP courses on Quality Center, and also created his own 2 day course dedicated to Quality Center Scripting. Jan is currently working with several QC/ALM customers in Sweden as a consultant for SQS Nordic. He joined the leadership of HUGS, the Swedish branch of Vivit, in 2010. Jan has constantly been one of the top contributors on QC issues to the old Mercury forums, the current HP forums and also the independent site TDForums.


Nishi Uppal
Colorado Chapter Leader - Join Now

Nishi works with Test Automation, Performance Testing, Test Management and uses HP QuickTest Pro, HP Quality Center and HP OTA for Cabelas for 5 years. He serves the HP Software community as a leader for the Colorado chapter of Vivit. Nishi holds a masters degree in Electrical Engineering.



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Planning Test Automation Webinar

Posted By Stephanie Konkoy, Thursday, September 22, 2011

Thank you for attending the Planning Test Automation webinar brought to you by the Vivit Colorado chapter and TQA Special Interest group.  Please leave your questions and comments for Avner Uzan, Test Automation Lead, American Honda Motor Company, Inc., Thomas Messerschmidt, QA Test Automation Architect, American Honda Motor Company, Inc. and Nishi Uppal, Colorado Chapter Leader. Please share your ideas for future webinars as well.

Tags:  Q&A and Comments  Webinar Feedback  What is tag 

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Considerations for Choosing a Mobile Testing Software

Posted By Perfecto Mobile, Wednesday, September 14, 2011

>>> Learn more about extending your HP ALM software to mobile and how to automate your mobile testing using QuickTest Pro in our upcoming webinar with Perfecto Mobile:

Register for the webinar now and enter the drawing for a Motorola Xoom!


Perhaps the easiest way to understand the challenge of mobile application testing is to consider this staggering fact: over 140 Android devices have been released since the beginning of 2011. New smartphones and tablets (a segment which didn't even exist two years ago!) are released to the market on a weekly basis, each with a unique form factor or set of features. With six major operating systems on the market and an ever-growing number of versions, models, screen sizes and network technologies, it's virtually impossible to keep mobile apps and services in sync with ever-changing market trends.

So what's the best way to test mobile apps and services in today's extremely fragmented and dynamic nature of the mobile market? This post presents some key recommendations for building a mobile testing strategy that meets business needs in a diverse and dynamic mobile environment.

Recommendation #1 – Automation is imperative for mobile testing

By automating the functional and regression testing of your mobile applications, you can ensure the quality and performance of your applications on any device, OS, network and location. Automation allows more tests to be performed on more devices in less time and with fewer human errors. The result is a shortened ALM cycle that allows for continuous QA, better coverage, easier re-creation of problems and substantial cost savings.

In a fragmented market, a device-agnostic testing approach is required to allow enterprises to build test cases that can be easily maintained, reused and ported to multiple mobile platforms.

Recommendation #2 – Cloud-based access to REAL mobile devices

Experience shows that you will probably need to test on up to 30-40 devices in your market and replace around 30% of those each quarter to stay up to date. This can easily turn into a logistical nightmare, especially if you are working offshore. Cloud-based access to REAL handsets alleviates the costs and logistics of procuring and managing new devices (i.e., shipments, network availability, active plans, SIMs, etc.) as they are released. Since all devices are available and managed in the cloud, there is no need for procurement, and devices can be added or replaced within a few hours in response to market needs. In addition, a cloud-based approach facilitates collaboration and enables globally distributed teams to share a device in "live" testing and to replicate issues for improved troubleshooting.

Recommendation #3 – Use Existing ALM Resources

Remember – at its core mobile testing is still software testing. There is no need to re-invent the wheel. For enterprises that have already invested in building an ALM infrastructure, implementing tools and workflows, and training QA teams, the goal is to preserve and leverage these assets by extending your existing ALM framework to support mobile testing.

Guest post by Perfecto Mobile, provider of ‘MobileCloud for QTP' – a native extension for QTP mobile test automation jointly developed with HP

>>> Learn more about extending your HP ALM software to mobile and how to automate your mobile testing using QuickTest Pro in the upcoming Vivit webinar:

Register to the webinar now and enter the drawing for a Motorola Xoom!

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Six Ways to get More Out of Your Vivit Membership

Posted By Susan Russel, Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, August 31, 2011

1. Community Forums

Utilize Vivit's discussion forums to ask questions and get feedback. Add your independent voice.

  • HP Support
  • HP Application Security Center
  • HP Business Availability Center
  • HP Client Automation Center
  • HP Data Center Automation
  • HP Network Management Center
  • HP Operations Center
  • HP Performance Center
  • HP Project & Portfolio Management
  • HP Quality Center
  • HP Service Management Center
  • HP SOA Center
  • Vivit Services

Vivit community forums can be accessed from members of the HP Software Solutions Community (hosted by HP) which extends your reach. Additionally, if you want to keep up with the product discussions happening in HP's community, you can access them from the Vivit site - click here. 


2. Community Blog

Get the lowdown on Vivit news.


There's also a blog for the lastest HP news.


3. Community Calendar

Get a quick view of all the upcoming Vivit events. 



4. Webinars

Want to stay on top of ways to extend your HP investment? Check out our webinars.

5. Local Chapter and Worldwide Special Interest Groups

Vivit has 52 local chapters spanning 18 countries and 5 global Special Interest Groups (SIGs). To participate and receive notices, be sure to join a group of your choice by navigating to the group's page and then clicking "Join" at the top of the page.


6. Career Center

Need a job? Need to post a job? Do it here. All members can post a resume and search job openings. Supporting members can also post job openings.

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Vivit Awarded “Site of the Month”

Posted By Susan Russel, Wednesday, August 31, 2011
 Each month, profiles an organization that is finding great success with its online community. Vivit was awarded with "Site of the Month” for June, 2011. made a donation to St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Vivit's name.

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Announcing New Board Member

Posted By Vivit Staff, Monday, August 1, 2011

Announcing New Board Member

Vivit is pleased to announce that Richard Bishop, Senior Performance Consultant, Intechnica, and leader for the United Kingdom chapter, is filling the open Board seat for the coming year. Richard is a testing specialist with over ten years of experience with Performance Center and Quality Center, and he is looking forward to representing and growing the European user community.

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Spotlight on Volunteers: A Note from the President

Posted By Michael Collins, Friday, July 29, 2011

As things have calmed down from what I stated last month as the most exciting HP event in the past several years, I have had some time to settle into the position as Vivit's President. In doing so, I have had the opportunity to reflect upon and come to understand some of the efforts by those outstanding individuals who make up the Vivit organization. I truly value experience and history in any area of business and life in general.

Vivit is a group of people from a wide variety of backgrounds and has grown tremendously through the days of OpenView Forum International, Peregrine, Mercury, etc. I have said before that it is the group of Board members, chapter leaders, staff and, most importantly, the user community which makes this organization so great. I would like to use this month's note to provide some insight as to what has made the group so successful through its growth and transformation by recognizing some of the specific volunteers who have been key to sustaining and guiding Vivit.

To begin with, if there is one person who is the most recognized ‘face' of Vivit, it well may be Rocky Pisto. He has been involved in some way or another since the beginning. Rocky has held many positions within Vivit, including Ohio Chapter Leader (without a doubt one of the most active chapters we have year over year), Michigan Chapter Leader, Chicago Chapter Leader, Kentucky Chapter Leader, Indiana Chapter Leader, Board member, Membership chair and others. Rocky has always been one of the most positive influences in the organization.

Jim Copio is another individual who so deserves to be mentioned for his efforts. He has lead chapters in the Mid-Atlantic and Carolinas and has been involved with the Board through chairing Nominations, Elections, and Volunteer committees. Most importantly, Jim always has been one of the strongest advocates for the end user.

Brad Clark is an outstanding person who has been involved with Vivit for so many years. He has been a staple to the Michigan area user group as a leader, coordinating the ability for the west and east area of the state to collaborate. Additionally, the amount of personal time that he put forth as the Board Secretary to run and organize the business side of Vivit will likely never be known to most, but I assure you that for the years he volunteered in the position, the organization could not have run without him.

Of special significance is our President Emeritus,
Karen Semonson. Her leadership and vision are the basis of what so many of us know as Vivit today. To begin with, the transformation and consolidation of the organizations into Vivit required her guidance in all areas of the organization. Her belief that Vivit members are the best and brightest has allowed us to validate our value to HP and to one another. Karen's insight highlights that it is the volunteers, the leaders and, most importantly, the members that make Vivit so valuable. Her belief that we should appreciate and recognize Vivit volunteers has become an important part of the cultural fabric of the group.

Under Karen's tenure as President, Vivit has seen the launch of our new web site and social media efforts. We have opened doors and strengthened our relationship with HP while maintaining our independent voice. We have seen the integration of discussion forums and a presence in the HP Software Solutions Community. She truly has been a star of Vivit, and we are lucky to have her continue to serve on the Vivit Board for another three-year volunteer term.

People are what make up the Vivit organization and make it great. Time and time again I hear how small of an ecosystem the software world can be. While we continue to promote community, education and advocacy, the organization will always be about those who are Vivit.

Tags:  Brad Clark  Jim Copio  Karen Semonson  Rocky Pisto  Volunteer 

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