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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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Vivit Awards: Nominations are Open! (Americas Region)

Posted By Stephanie Konkoy, Global Chapter and SIG Liaison, Wednesday, February 29, 2012

 It's time for the Americas awards, and we are extending our award program from two to three awards this year to recognize the outstanding contributions of Vivit members as leaders, advocates, and innovators. Please take a moment to nominate someone for any or all of the following awards by April 6. Your input matters.

Leader of the Year
Have your worldwide Special Interest Group or Local Chapter Leaders organized valuable community-building, educational, and advocacy services to your Vivit group(s)? Are they from the Americas? Have they positively impacted you?

Champion of the Year
Who in the Americas HP Software ecosystem has displayed outstanding efforts to advance or grow the Vivit community? HP Software Partners, employees, clients, consultants, and end users are eligible.

New! Executive Innovator of the Year
Do you know IT Executive/C-Level employees from the Americas who have shown innovation within their organization using HP Software? Are they in touch with real solutions within their organization? How has this person's innovation successfully brought together their organization's People, Process and Products (Success Story)?


Vivit will present the awards and recognize the winners and nominees at HP Discover in Las Vegas, 4-7 June 2012. Past winners are not eligible for the same award. Vivit Board and staff members are not eligible. HP employees are not eligible for the Leader or Executive Innovator of the Year Awards. Nominations for the EMEA region will take place in September 2012.


Tags:  award  champion of the year  executive innovator of the year  leader of the year 

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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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