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Call for Vivit Advanced Training Classes & Trainers

Posted By Christopher Scharer, Education Chair, Board of Directors, Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Vivit has been successful in providing Vivit Advanced Training classes at HP conferences since 2007. Even with the culmination of the new HP DISCOVER conference last year (which was the largest HP event ever), these classes were still in high demand. Vivit members who offer training are not only helping other members become the "Best and Brightest" in their field(s), but they are also growing their career and resume by offering their expertise through this instructional opportunity.  Once again Vivit is looking for HP practitioners with advanced knowledge and implementation of HP products to provide deep-dive training to our members.

Some practitioners that have provided training in the past (as recently as the HP DISCOVER EMEA event in Vienna, Austria this past November) include:

  • Olli Laiho (Assure) - ALM
  • Mark Tomlinson (Shunra) - Performance Center
  • Chaim Amar & Daniel Klevansky (UniViews) - uCMDB
  • David Van Heusden & Richard Verburg (Westbury) - Service Center/Service Manager

If you are an HP practitioner with advanced knowledge and implementation of HP products, then I look forward to hearing from you and working with you on the Vivit Advanced Training Classes at the 2012 HP DISCOVER conference at the Venetian in Las Vegas on June 4th.

If you are interested in providing a Deep Dive Advanced Training class at the 2012 HP DISCOVER conference in Las Vegas this June or would like more information, please contact Jim Murphy  or myself

Note: This is a call for Vivit Advanced Training Classes (training courses offered by HP Software practitioners prior to the event) and not a Call for Papers (track sessions during the event).

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2012 – The Recovery Year for HP?

Posted By Richard Bishop, Board of Directors, Wednesday, January 11, 2012

I'm writing my first blog post for Vivit on the first day of 2012, so it seems appropriate to consider the last 12 months as well as the future for Hewlett Packard from a user-perspective.

HP Discover
Along with other members of the Vivit board, I attended the HP Discover technology conference in Vienna in December. The board uses the opportunity of these twice-yearly conferences in Europe and the US to meet one another and prepare the Vivit strategy, as well as to meet our members and HP executives. The demographics of the two conferences appear to differ slightly. Attendees in Europe tend to come from management backgrounds, whereas those at the Las Vegas event are primarily hands-on practitioners. As a result of this observation, we may tailor our conference meetings and briefings to cater for these different audiences at future conferences. As well as this, we'll arrange follow-up webinars and local meetings for our members who are unable to attend conferences in person.

2011 – ‘Annus Horribilis' for HP
The conference in Vienna came towards the end of a difficult year for HP. Strategy U-turns such as the decision to leave and then re-enter the tablet market, indecision about the future of the PC business, and an unclear cloud strategy all caused concern for HP-watchers. As an HP-software user, I'm concerned at HP's relatively small and declining R&D spend. HP's R&D spend has fallen over recent years and is now approaching 2% of total revenue. This compares unfavourably with key competitors such as IBM, who typically spend around 6% of total revenue on R&D. The last time HP spent as much as IBM (as a percentage of revenue) was in 2002, so in my opinion they need to increase this spend to remain competitive.

Turning the corner
Towards the end of a difficult year, two things that HP seemed to get right in 2011 were the acquisition of Autonomy and the appointment of Meg Whitman as CEO. There was a great deal of talk about both of these events at the Discover conference. The Autonomy acquisition was ground breaking in terms of the amount of money spent (£7.1bn / $11.7bn). Despite this headline grabbing figure, attendees at the conference seemed unaware of what Autonomy means for HP. One of the best summaries that I've seen for Autonomy is from ZDNet. ZDNet describes Autonomy's technology as "the single most effective approach to massive sets of real world information — in other words, the bedrock of much corporate IT and many cloud strategies.” They go on to say that, "There are no other companies like it. It's Google in a suit.” A lack of in-house R&D means that technology such as Autonomy needs to be bought-in rather than developed internally, hopefully this will change.

Meg Whitman has conceded that HP may lose the tag of "world's top PC maker” to Apple in 2012 if tablet computer sales are included in the figures. Despite this apparent setback, she bullishly predicts that HP will be back on top in 2013 on the back of new Windows 8 tablet computers. Source

2012 and beyond
With Whitman at the helm of HP, the company already seems to be heading towards safer waters. In 2011, HP has launched a beta of their cloud service offering based on OpenStack and is reported to be in discussion with Microsoft about providing Azure PaaS from HP data centres. HP posted better than expected results in Q4 and has already announced planned increases in R&D spending as well as a period of stabilisation and a focus on smaller acquisitions of software companies. As well as this, HP is looking to recruit more client managers to look after its clients. Source

All of this suggests (I hope) that HP has turned the corner and is once again in a position to improve its support and product offerings. By continuing to innovate and improve support for existing clients, HP hopes to grow organically rather than by acquisition. This can only be a good thing; hopefully we're witnessing the first green shoots of HP's recovery.

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We knocked. You answered.

Posted By Susan Russel, Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 11, 2012

During the last three months of 2011, we asked members to update their profiles. Thank you for letting us know more about you: which HP Products you use, in which industry you work, your job level, etc. We'll use this information to provide valuable content, groups, and other offerings going forward. And you are probably wondering who won the iPad drawings. The October winner is a member from Germany. The November winner is from Brazil. The December winner is from the U.S.

If you aren't sure if you've completed the required fields in your profile and would like to do so, click "Manage Profile" from the left-side menu. Then select "Edit Bio."

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Spotlight on Vivit Volunteers - January 2012

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Monday, January 9, 2012

 Rene De Vleeschauwer
Belgium Chapter Leader
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Rene is Managing Director for IKAN and serves the HP Software community as the leader for the Belgium chapter of Vivit.

René has been in IT for over 25 years and is currently CTO of IKAN. IKAN is a software vendor that specializes in ALM. IKAN ALM has a focus on the lifecycle and looks after seamless communication between developers, Quality Assurance and Operations.


Mark Herbert
Arizona Chapter Leader
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Mark Herbert is the leader of the Vivit Arizona Chapter and is currently the Manager of QA Test Automation for the Apollo Group, Inc. Prior to moving to Arizona he served as a Vivit Chapter Leader in Pittsburgh, PA. He founded the Mercury Local User Group in Pittsburgh that is now the Pittsburgh VIVIT chapter. Mark is an HP Accredited Systems Engineer (ASE) in the HP (Mercury) testing tools, and has been working in software QA and using these tools since 1999. Mark is also an HP Certified Instructor in those tool sets. Born and raised in NJ, Mark's hobbies include drawing, comic book collecting, playing various sports, and coaching baseball and hockey.

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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.

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