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Wrap up of HP Discover!

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Knowledge is Power

"Knowledge is Power. Get Charged with Vivit by connecting with other members, special interest groups, local user groups, Vivit staff and the elected board of directors” was the overall theme for Vivit at HP Discover in Las Vegas, June 2 – 4, 2015. If you didn’t attend the conference, we hope you will consider the same opportunities to get charged with Vivit now.

Vivit has over 30,000 members worldwide and is proud to have some of the IT industry top thought-leaders as members and volunteers. These individuals volunteer their time to lead local user groups (LUG) and worldwide virtual special interest groups (SIG). Leaders from around the world gathered at HP Discover to represent their groups and discuss the latest HP Software developments and game changing technologies.

Get Charged with one of Vivit’s Local User Groups and Special Interest Groups

There are 76 LUGs in 29 countries and 19 virtual SIGs. Each LUG and SIG has its own focus and personality. Members of LUGs meet face to face to share best practices, tips, and tricks. Members of SIGs meet online and can participate in blogs and webinars. Locate your LUG and SIGs of choice and select the "Join group” icon which will appear at the top of the group page if you aren’t already linked. Don’t see a local user group near you or a particular SIG? Contact us to start and lead a new group.

Get Charged with Vivit’s Award Winning Leaders

2014 Vivit Board President, Karen Semonson, presented the Americas awards at this year’s reception at Vivit’s booth. This year marks the seventh anniversary of the awards presentation recognizing outstanding volunteers. Connect with these leaders who are at the forefront of community activity.

Karen Semonson
2014 Vivit Board President presenting the Americas Awards.

This year’s winners are as follows:

Top Virtual Contributor – Steve Williams
Champion of the Year Award – Amy Heindel
Speaker of the Year Award – Bernard Szymczak
Leader of the Year Award – Dan Boswell

Americas Award Winners
(left to right) Bernard Szymczak, Steve Williams and Dan Boswell
(not pictured, Amy Heindel)

Vivit is the longest-standing independent, worldwide HP Software user community providing an infrastructure of support for members through advocacy, community and education. We're your only source of information on HP Software that is completely unbiased, uncensored, and field-tested. We have worked hard to build a community platform where relevant conversations happen. Our booth at HP Discover provided many opportunities for individuals to connect and interact with each other. Over the past seven years, Vivit has successfully changed, grown, and adapted to align with the new style of IT. Many conversations took place during HP Discover, both members and non-members had the opportunity to discuss and learn more about Vivit, plus individuals had the opportunity to charge their electronic devices while entering to win some great prizes.

Vivit Booth
​ Individuals visiting the Vivit booth.

Vivit Drawings
Individuals entering in the Vivit drawings.

Susan Russel
Susan Russel, Global Marketing and Services Liaison
with one of the Vivit prize winners.

Get Charged with Vivit
Welcoming guests to "Get Charged” with Vivit.

Get Charged with Vivit’s Board of Directors and Staff

Nine outstanding members and thought leaders serve on the Board of Directors. They met face to face for two days prior to HP Discover to discuss the state of the user community and programs to serve members going forward. Many of the dedicated staff attended HP Discover as well. If you didn’t get a chance to meet them in person, feel free to contact them anytime.

Vivit 2015 Board of Directors
2015 Vivit Board of Directors

We hope to see as many members as possible at future events. Mark your calendars for HP Discover in London, December 1 – 3, 2015. We are already working on our community program. It is our mission to help fellow members tap into the wealth of collective knowledge in Vivit, the trusted, unbiased, and field-tested HP Software user community. If you have any suggestions or requests, please contact us.

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Vivit Names the 2015 Americas Award Recipients

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015
2014 Board President, Karen Semonson presented the 2015 Americas award winners at the HP Discover Conference in Las Vegas on June 2, 2015. The Champion of the Year Award went to Amy Heindel, Leader the Year Award went to Dan Boswell, Speaker of the Year Award went to Bernard Szymczak, and the new Top Virtual Contributor Award went to Steve Williams.

Karen Semonson
Vivit Awards

This year marks the seventh anniversary of the awards presentation recognizing outstanding service to the Vivit community. Winners are chosen from submissions by members worldwide. "The volunteers in our organization are exceptional,” said Laura Walker, Local and Special Interest Group Chair, Board of Directors. "As full-time employees, they also make time to organize and lead invaluable events, either online or in-person, to enhance the careers of their peers. Because of their efforts, our organization has been able to provide our membership with education, networking, knowledge sharing, and career opportunities. Our award winners this year have gone above and beyond the call of duty. Without these volunteers, the HP Software community would lack much of the innovation and knowledge sharing that makes the HP client base so successful in delivering real value to their business.”

Amy Heindel

Champion of the Year
Amy Heindel, Presales Enterprise Software Consultant, Hewlett-Packard, received the Champion of the Year Award for expanding the Vivit community in the United States. Heindel has been a consistent advocate, participant, and supporter of Vivit, beginning with OpenView Forum Local User Groups in Michigan in the late 1990s. She has shared her knowledge by presenting at Local User Group meetings, and she encouraged customers to collaborate and share best practices in Vivit meetings and online events to drive the most value from their HP Software investments.

Heindel has over 19 years of experience as an HP Software Technical Sales Solution Architect focused on IT Management solutions, with over 10 years of experience working in Corporate IT and Internet consulting before her tenure at HP.

Dan Boswell

Leader of the Year
Dan Boswell, Manager of Testing for the ATC contract at the USDA, Ace Info Solutions, Inc., received the Leader of the Year Award for his outstanding guidance of the Kansas City and St. Louis Local User Groups. Boswell organized meetings for HP customers in both cities, creating plenty of events and collaboration opportunities. He frequently spoke and extended the reach to members not in the local area by broadcasting the meeting virtually.

Boswell has worked in testing and automation for over 15 years and has been in the IT field for over 25 years. He has expertise in Application Lifecycle Management and Unified Functional Testing.
Bernard Szymczak

Speaker of the Year
Bernard Szymczak, IT Systems Engineer Lead – Enterprise Software Services and Architecture, Progressive Insurance, received the Speaker of the Year award for presenting on Software Quality topics at Local User Group Meetings, at Ohio State University, and through a series of well-attended webinars.

Szymczak has more than 12 years of Software Quality Management experience and is a leader in his field, specializing in IT Service Management Incident and Problem Management for quality insurance systems from HP and others, HP software infrastructure design, consulting best practices, training for HP systems at Progressive’s IT University, and upgrades and new solutions for HP and others in the Business Innovation Garage. He supports an HP Software user base that is currently over 3,500 and across 18 business platforms.
Steve Williams

Top Virtual Contributor
Steve Williams, GTM and Offering Manager for HP Helion Managed Cloud Broker for HP Enterprise Services, received the Top Virtual Contributor Award for his participation in and contributions to Vivit’s website which is the hub of the worldwide community.

Williams works with the US Public Sector region and is based in Maryland near Washington, D.C. For the last 15 years, he has helped enterprise customers evolve into agile IT by utilizing enterprise automation solutions and focusing on process enrichment for true IT and business transformations.

For a complete listing of past Vivit Award winners, visit the Vivit Hall of Fame.

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Registration Now Open for HP Discover 2015 Las Vegas

Posted By Jill Stefan, Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, February 18, 2015


Use this unique Vivit Worldwide Link:

and you will receive $300 off the $1795 registration fee
for HP Discover 2015 Las Vegas.

Register Today!

Vivit members, HP Software invites you to join more than 10,000 IT executives, managers, architects, engineers, and experts from around the world at HP Discover Las Vegas from June 2 - 4. At HP’s largest conference of the year, you will be able to explore technology developments, strategies, and best practices and learn about HP’s latest software and solutions for the new style of IT.

When you attend HP Discover, you join an active, dynamic conversation on the hottest trends shaping your industry today – whether it’s Cloud, Big Data, Security, Mobility or more – it’s happening at HP Discover. Benefit from time to network with your software peers, talk to industry experts, and discuss unique software needs with colleagues.

Register now through this unique Vivit Link to enjoy $300 off the $1795 HP Discover Las Vegas registration fee.

Knowledge is Power and with the list of events Vivit has planned to bring to HP Discover Las Vegas, we don’t want you to miss out. We want our independent HP Software community to connect with other HP Software users and collaborate with some of today’s top thought leaders in the industry. Take a look at the great networking opportunities in our booth, breakout sessions, and deep dive training sessions.

Get Charged with Vivit at HP Discover Las Vegas when you visit our booth in The Discover Zone with other members, special interest groups, local user groups, and the elected board of directors. Vivit is proud to have the best and brightest as members and volunteers. Bring your colleagues by to charge your device and enter into one of our prize drawings. We’ll be giving away HP Slates and Dr. Dre Beats headphones. Obtain all the details at our booth located in the HP Software area in the Discover Zone.

Plus, be sure to stop in at the Vivit booth for the following scheduled activities:

                  -Networking opportunities for all!

                 -Celebrate with Vivit and HP Software award winners! Champagne for all!

                -Get updates on Vivit Worldwide

Vivit Breakout Sessions

Hear from Vivit’s best and brightest by attending a breakout session. Be Sure to login to the Agenda Builder to register for your Vivit Breakout Sessions when planning your session scheduler for HP Discover Las Vegas:

Breakout Session B1535– Tuesday, June 2 – 9:30 – 10:30am

Session Title: How U.S. Government clients are leveraging HP ALM solutions in a " CLOUD " based environment.
Track – ALM
Speaker: Robert Linton

Abstract: HP ALM software implemented & utilized in a Private Secure Cloud Environment for Government Agencies – to support their Agile Development & Test efforts. Presentation explains the need & a solution that met that need. Attendees will see how the HP ALM software is provisioned in a Virtual Data Center Cloud "Dev & Test” environment.On-demand offering with flexible pricing, allow agencies to leverage their investment in HP Software & dramatically increase their ROI & simultaneously reducing risk.

Breakout Session B575  Tuesday, June 2    4:30pm  5:30pm

 Fox Entertainment leverages the 21st century Cloud with HP solutions
Track  Software
Speaker: Bill Walker

Abstract: Fox Entertainment Group delivers IaaS and PaaS based on automation, orchestration and Cloud management solutions. Learn how a customer portal reduced server provision time to 15 minutes. See how HP’s partnership with Fox helped integrate with configuration management databases and service request fulfillment systems. Explore and gain important insights from the development of relationship mapping between servers, applications and business services.

Breakout Session B961– Wednesday, June 3 – 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Session Title: Traveler’s shares journey in resource-management-process standardization using HP PPM
Track – PPM
Speakers: Rhonda Commins, Deb Sahu and Rahul Kudeshia

Abstract: Travelers will discusses PPM Resource Management concepts to balance resource demand and supply to achieve strategic business objectives. Learn about the process, dashboards, reports and best practices developed around PPM Resource Management to satisfy current and future demand with changing business priorities. Join us to discover how Travelers addressed workforce planning challenges for multiple divisions with different needs by partnering with HP professional services.

Breakout Session B1703– Thursday, June 4 – 10:30 – 11:30am

Session Title: OMi10 Best Practices Approach
Track – BSM
Speakers: Jeff Jamison & Paul Almay

Abstract: Whitlock has developed a custom deployment kit that will walk existing and new customers through a value based planning process, guide them on best practices for deployment and integrations, provide basic Event process design as well as initial integrations to existing processes such as Incident, and provide knowledge transfer with a transition support plan to allow customers to come up to speed on the new interface and features of OMi10.

Deep Dive

Vivit Deep Dive Sessions

Vivit is pleased to be offering Deep Dive Sessions again at HP Discover in Las Vegas. These sessions will allow you to hear real-world implementation experiences and examples from practitioners who are in the field solving business problems with HP Software tools every day. These sessions will be held the day before HP Discover begins on Monday, June 1, from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 pm. Conference attendees can sign up for these sessions as part of the HP Discover conference registration or add it to an existing registration account.

Session ID





Equipping the modern IT asset manager to know/do more with HP Asset Manager and Universal Discovery


Murano 3203


Mobile Testing & Monitoring with Mobile Center 1.10


Murano  3204


Scaling agile to the enterprise with HP Agile Manager
*Session cancelled, but please attend the live webinar for this in August 2015, brought to you by Vivit. Webinar registration information coming soon.


San Polo 3404


Lean Functional Testing (LeanFT) – Test automation solution built specifically for continuous testing, Agile and Dev/Ops


Del Fino 4104


It’s a win-win: Maximizing the value you deliver to your customers with lifecycle virtualization
*Session cancelled, but please attend the live webinar for this on August 18, 2015, brought to you by Vivit. Webinar registration information coming soon.


Murano 3304


Transforming HP ALM: Leveraging a scriptless, data driven framework
*Session cancelled, but please attend the live webinar for this on August 4, 2015, brought to you by Vivit. Webinar registration information coming soon.


Del Fino 4102


Streamlining your IT Management with the HP Operations bridge v10 - What's inside, who's gained value, how will it work for you


Del Fino 4103


Collaborative and strategic integration of HP ALM, HP UFT and HP Mobile Center


Murano 3205


Discover the dark side of your Apps before your users


Del Fino 4105


Automation Best Practices

Greenlight Group

Del Fino 4101A/B


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HP Discover 2014 Information & Call for Papers

Posted By Lisa Nordhoff, Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, February 18, 2014


 HP Discover Las Vegas is the must-attend conference of 2014 featuring hundreds of sessions focused on the hottest topics in the industry today – Big Data, Converged Cloud, Mobility, Security, Risk Management and more. Don’t miss this event!

Early registration is now open. Register now and enter code swvivit to save money and ensure that you receive Discover information tailored to your needs. Plus, if you register between now and March 7, using code swvivit, you will be entered into a drawing to win a free pass to Discover 2015.

Additionally, the HP Discover 2014 call for papers has just opened. We encourage Vivit members to submit a paper for possible inclusion in the session offerings. Please note that partner submissions must include a customer speaker. If you are interested, please submit your papers before the February 28, 2014 deadline.


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Get linked at HP Discover

Posted By Susan Russel, Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, June 4, 2013

When Vivit began planning for HP Discover, members agreed that one of the most important functions of Vivit is to link members to each other and to HP resources. From this input, we developed opportunities for members who are attending HP Discover in Las Vegas, June 11-13, to "get linked.” 


Start the conference early with Vivit Advanced Training. This is a great opportunity to get linked to practitioners who are in the field solving business problems with HP Software tools every day and to advance professionally.

In addition, HP ExpertOne is offering free training and certification exams. It’s a great way to save—for HP Partners that need to meet compliance requirements, and for individuals looking to extend their technical credentials.

Meet HP experts and trusted advisors

Talk with HP experts and advisors who can share road maps, tips, and insights with you in the Vivit booth at the times listed below. We encourage you to register for these meetings ahead of time.

Application Lifecycle Management

Wednesday, June 12
11:00 AM

Reserve your seat

Cloud and Automation

Wednesday, June 12
1:15 PM

Reserve your seat

Performance Testing, including Mobile Performance Testing

Thursday, June 13
11:00 AM

Reserve your seat

Vertica (Big Data)

Thursday, June 13
1:15 PM

Reserve your seat

Trusted Security Advisor, Rafał Łoś

Thursday, June 13
1:15 PM

Reserve your seat

Attend a customer-led session

While many Vivit members are presenting sessions, here are a few unique opportunities endorsed by Vivit that you might want to add to your session scheduler.

Customer-led Roundtable

Resolving the development and QA collaboration challenge

Come share your own dev and QA collaboration experiences, issues and challenges and hear your peers share theirs in this informative, free-form discussion. Mark Ford, Process Management Analyst – IT, TIAA-CREF, and Sampada Salunkhe, Quality Manager – IT, TIAA-CREF, are leading this roundtable. Mark is also the leader of the Vivit Carolinas chapter and will be the host of two Google Hangouts at HP Discover.

ID RT4196

Customer-led Roundtable

Testing Times

Richard Bishop, Vivit Director and Leader of the U.K. Chapter, is leading a roundtable discussion on industry trends such as cloud computing, agile software development methods, DevOps integration and the proliferation of mobile devices.

ID RT4213

Customer-led Session

Application management with HP Service Manager and UCMDB

Jeffery Chilton, Development Supervisor, UC-Davis Health System, is presenting a session on the use of HP Service Manager, HP Asset Manager, and the HP Universal Configuration Management Database (uCMDB) to manage a portfolio of nearly 500 unique applications. Its internally-developed application profile view combines data from all those apps—and other sources—to provide comprehensive insight into all the information available. Hear how the solution combines data from several HP products to deliver a complete overview of an application from a variety of perspectives, including acquisition, infrastructure, utilization, support, demand, and business continuity.

ID TB1200

IT4IT Customer Consortium panel discussion

New Customer Consortium tackles End-to-End IT Value Chain

Recently, a group of global enterprise customers formed a consortium around the common challenge of implementing IT management as an end-to-end value chain. This international consortium consists of Munich RE, PwC, Royal Dutch Shell, University of South Florida, Accenture, Achmea, HP and ING Bank. Join them to discuss the importance of the end-to-end IT value chain with chief IT4IT architects involved in the consortium and hear their novel approach toward managing the business of IT. The topic scope covers the whole life cycle of IT from plan through deliver to operate, including the end-to-end value chain. It will also dive into a reference architecture approach. Find out how this can apply to you and how to get involved. The panelists include Chris Davis, PhD, University of South Florida, Philippe Geneste, Accenture, Sue Desiderio, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Brian Hodgdon, HP IT, and George Bock, HP Software

ID BB3456

Join a Google Hangout#

Join Mark Ford at a Google Hangout from HP Discover or from home to get a glimpse of what is happening at the event.


>>Vivit Awards Hangout: Tuesday, June 11, 6:30 - 7:00pm PDT

To watch the hangout live go to: during the hangout or later on to watch the recording.

>>Vivit Booth Hangout: Wednesday, June 12, 10:15 - 10:45am PDT

To participate interactively in the hangout go to: and add Vivit Carolinas to one of your circles. Then watch for an invitation to attend the hangout when we go live and join when you receive it. You'll be linked live via audio/video and can ask questions, etc.

To just watch the hangout live go to: during the hangout or later on to watch the recording.

Stop by the Vivit booth, get linked and win!

Get linked to other members, special interest groups, local chapters, and the elected board of directors. Vivit is proud to have the best and brightest as members and volunteers. Bring your colleagues by to get linked and get an entry into the prize drawings for every person you link into Vivit, including yourself. You can even challenge the HP Cloud and Automation staff and enter to win the new HP Slate 7! We'll have all the details at the booth. 

If you haven't registered for HP Discover, it's not too late. Use code Vivit and receive a $300 discount off the conference price. In addition, five individuals who enter code Vivit when registering will be entered into a drawing to win a free pass to HP Discover 2014. This offer can’t be combined with other codes or discounts and is valid only for new registrations.

We hope to see you there!

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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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Call for Vivit Advanced Training courses and instructors

Posted By Laura Walker, Education Chair, Vivit Board of Directors, Thursday, July 26, 2012

Once again, Vivit is looking for practitioners with advanced knowledge and implementation of HP Software products to provide Vivit Advanced Training for members in conjunction with the HP Discover conference in Frankfurt, Germany, 4-6 December 2012.

Vivit has successfully provided Advanced Training classes on HP Software solutions at HP conferences since 2007. Even with the culmination of the new HP Discover conference, these deep-dive classes are still in high demand. Vivit is finding that members are achieving success from these classes by helping them become the best and brightest in their field(s).

"This class broadened my understanding of the capabilities of ALM 11 in only 4 hours. I am now able to create my own roadmap of best practices for my test team.”

"Instructor clearly has real-life experience to help attendees avoid pitfalls.”

"If there were more of these classes, more users would become more confident users.”

–Vivit Advanced Training Participants, June 2012

Some practitioners that have provided training in the past include:

  • Olli Laiho (Assure) – Application Lifecycle Management
  • 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 and are interested in instructing a deep-dive course at HP Discover in Frankfurt, please contact me at

Please note that we are working with HP to determine the best time to hold the training as well as whether or not the training should be sponsored and offered to delegates for a nominal fee. More details will be identified in the coming weeks; however, knowing your interest at this point will accelerate the inclusion of Vivit Advanced Training in the HP Discover registration system.

Note: This is a call for Vivit Advanced Training classes (training courses offered by HP Software practitioners in conjunction with HP Discover) and not a call for papers (track sessions during the event).

Tags:  HP Discover  HP Software Training  Training 

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Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud

Posted By Michael Collins, Vivit President, Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Through more than the last 10 years, I have gotten to know so many of you through attending HP events and the evolution that has taken place from Software Forum to HP Discover. It has been great to evolve through my career as I have gone from working within IT and networking within telecommunications to now leading a technical presales team with xMatters, an HP ISV partner. In parallel, I have gone from practitioner and chapter leader with OVFI to board member and President of Vivit Worldwide. And I am more excited than ever for this year's HP Discover event!

What particularly interests me this year are the sessions on Cloud and hosted delivery of products and services. So many thrilling innovations are coming about due to the predominate development of cloud technologies and offerings. From IT to the business to client interaction, hosted solutions are offering a rich availability of features, availability, time to market, latest technology and so on. This demands that the cloud direction no longer be a buzzword but now a critical business technology and direction that can longer be ignored.

My eye is heavily on the direction that HP will be going this year with their offerings and messaging. Any software organization knows best the positioning, features and capabilities of its own product. They are the experts in their own technology and are best positioned to create a Software or Platform As A Service offering that is a repeatable and cost effective offering. It is easy to see how entire software service organizations are disrupting the landscape as we talk; and in order for a software company to transform into a software service, it requires agility, flexibility, and most of all innovation!

The reason for my own personal interest in this matter is the same reason I am involved in user groups and working with other practitioners. The ability to learn from the experience of others is key to one's own success. Representing xMatters at the conference and learning about how our own hosted cloud infrastructures can offer quick time to deployment and an environment that is always up to date is important to me. We have embarked on an initiative internally in which we create a seamless client experience in getting clients live quickly and efficiently. In today's complex environment, with security concerns, audits, integrations, data loading and process engineering, it is a challenge to deploy efficiently in either a traditional premise based implementation or a hosted infrastructure. Our goal is to have all parts of the xMatters organization, Sales, Consulting, Assistance, Operations, etc. working together in order to partner together with the client for this seamless and efficient deployment model. With the current environment changes, it is easy to foresee many of the traditional software offerings in the marketplace dying. With such a competitive landscape, it is critical for organizations to focus innovation on the cloud solutions.

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Cloud computing a hot topic at HP Discover Vegas; Register now, save $300

Posted By Judy Redman, Tuesday, May 1, 2012
What would a current technology conference be without a number of sessions dedicated to cloud and hybrid delivery? At HP Discover Vegas 2012 cloud is one of eight key topics that will be explored in-depth with dozens of breakout sessions, technical labs and track keynotes.


If you can make it to only one IT event this year, Discover Vegas should be on your short list. But don't delay. Register now to save $300 off the conference fee and reserve the best sessions before they are closed. See below for details.

While more sessions are still being added, this year's session catalog for HP's premiere technology event is now available. With more than 800 sessions overall, it can be overwhelming to sort through the comprehensive offerings. To make it easy for you to find the sessions that are most valuable to you, use the advanced search for sessions by track or by topic. The Search by Track view provides the ability to search for sessions by track, by session type, by presenter type, by level, by session title, by keyword, or by sessions that provide practical solutions to specific challenges you are trying to address.

This blog post highlights a subset of valuable sessions for attendees interested in cloud. Check out the online catalog for the full listing of event sessions.


TK2093 - Track Keynote: Cloud enabling your data center

Cloud computing interest is at a fever pitch, with most organizations starting to explore the potential of this new IT sourcing model. Data center readiness is a critical factor for successfully implementing cloud computing, and this session will describe the steps that must be taken to ensure that data-center technology, staff and processes are fully prepared to maximize the benefits of cloud.


TK2039 - Track Keynote: Winning with HP's Cloud Solutions

Cloud computing is a key technology that delivers innovative services to customers, employees and constituents for both businesses and the public sector. In this session, we'll cover HP's cloud strategy and its implications for the enterprise and public sector. Attendees will learn about the key considerations in adopting cloud computing and how HP solutions can help put them on the right path to a successful cloud journey.

BB2123 - 5 big ideas that will change your data center in 2012 and beyond

Rapidly changing business needs, the cloud, Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and other forces have been driving IT to think differently. We invite you to join this session and check all your assumptions at the door as we unveil new breakthroughs that will transform the five core pillars in any data center. Get ready to turn the worlds of server, storage, networking, facilities and IT management processes upside down and reconsider each technology's role in the future of data center computing.


BB2593 - Amplify your business with HP SaaS: rapid time to value and lower TCO

In this session you will learn how HP Software as a Service (SaaS} can help you drive business outcomes by leveraging the cloud for your HP Application Performance Management initiatives. We'll show you how—by adopting HP Business Service Management 9 (BSM9) on SaaS—you can lower costs and accelerate time to business value. And we'll explain our flexible licensing options, secure architecture, and advanced implementation services, and present a case study. If you're considering a new implementation of BSM9 for application performance management or you have an existing on-premises deployment and want to know the advantages of SaaS. this session is for you!


BB2040 - Best practices for starting your cloud journey

This session will highlight what you need to know to get started on your cloud journey. Topics covered include: choosing the right deployment model to align with your business needs, the importance of planning and other tips to help you make the right choices for your business.

BB3055 - Building a cloud for engineering and product development

Corporate directives on costs, quality and time-to-market are catalysts for transforming product development and engineering services. Cloud computing can be a major component of this transformation. However, there are significant differences between the IT needs of engineering and the rest of the enterprise. This session will provide a detailed look at these differences, why they exist and how to bridge the gap between the engineering community and the global IT organization. You'll learn about HP's own engineering IT transformation and the HP Engineering Cloud Transformation Services available to help you at any stage of your initiative.

BB2044 - Concept to cloud: a customer's journey

This session will focus on actual customer cloud environments. The customer will provide their perspective on the keys to success, like: how to get started, orientation of services, organizational readiness, ‘on-boarding' of services and the go-to-market options the cloud enables. Specific items to take away from this session will include: industry best practices, lessons learned, definition of goals and success, a vision for cloud at your organization, a model architecture based on service needs and how to obtain leadership support. Attend this session to find out how to make your cloud a success.

Register now and save $300 off the $1795 entrance price. Your resulting admission price will be $1495. Simply enter code DSCVRSW when registering to take advantage of the $300 discount.
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Why I, as a Sr. Quality Assurance Automation Test Engineer, plan to attend HP Discover

Posted By Christopher Scharer, Sr. Quality Assurance Automation Test Engineer, TEK Systems at Nationwide , Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Hello, my name is Christopher J. Scharer. As a Sr. Quality Assurance Automation Test Engineer for TEK Systems at Nationwide, I develop automated test scripts used to test the Nationwide Mainframe and Dynamic Web based applications. I also serve on the Vivit Board of Directors as the Education chair; co-lead the Iowa and Nebraska local Vivit chapters and the Testing, Quality, Application Lifecycle Management Special Interest Group (SIG).

While attending the HP Discover conference I will be coordinating the Vivit Advanced Training on Monday, June 4th, 11:00/11:30 - 15:30 and also plan to attend the following:

Vivit Annual Meeting:

04/04 11:00-11:30 Annual Meeting for all Vivit Members


Technical Breakouts:

04/05 11:15-12:00 TB2542 "HP ALM: migrating from HP QC to exciting new features-with control"

04/05 14:45-15:30 TB2150 "DevOps and successfully implementing HP APM"

04/06 11:15-12:00 TB2466 "The future of test automation"

04/06 13:30-14:15 TB2162 "Agile, DevOps, and continuous delivery in the modern enterprise"

04/07 10:00-10:45 TB2209 "HP Advanced Agile Accelerator: bridge the QA/development gap"

04/07 13:30-14:15 TB2923 "HP ALM: Development management roadmap"

04/07 16:00-16:45 TB2679 "HP Application Lifecycle Management and HP Quality Center Enterprise product roadmaps"


HP/Vivit Roundtables:

04/06 14:45-15:30 RT3122 "Applications: API integrations for HP ALM and QC"

04/07 11:15-12:00 RT3114 "Applications: application lifecycle management and test management"


Business Breakout:

04/06 16:00-16:45 BB2218 "HP ALI: Get your development and testing teams to stop working in the dark"


HP ExpertOne Certification Exams:

HP ASE - Application Lifecycle Management Implementations v11 (HP0-M97 Advanced ALM Quality Center 11 Software Exam)

HP ASE - Functional Testing v11 (HP0-M98 Advanced Scripting using QTP 11 Software Exam)


After Conference Events:

04/05 18:00-19:30 Madagascar 3 screening

04/06 20:00-22:00 Going for the Gold Member Appreciation Party at Gilley's Saloon (Treasure Island)

04/07 20:00-23:00 Concert with Sheryl Crow and Don Henley (Mandalay Bay)


I find these items to be of interest because they will allow me to collaborate with other experts in the community that are involved with test automation. I expect to get a better understanding of how other test automation experts utilize HP software, the custom solutions that they have developed to work around issues with test automation in different environments with different programming languages and the third party tools and solutions that they have implemented to make their Testing Center of Excellence provide more value to their clients. In addition these breakouts will help me to hone my knowledge and expertise with DevOps and how it is a large part of the future of test automation as well as the collaboration between applications and operations. Finally, I look forward to wrapping up my experience at the HP Discover conference by attending the concert performances of Sheryl Crow and Don Henley.

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