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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 Jim_Murphy@Vivit-Worldwide.org  or myself Christopher_Scharer@Vivit-Worldwide.org

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.
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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.
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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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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!

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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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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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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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Message from Michael Collins, President of Vivit

Posted By Michael Collins, Thursday, June 30, 2011

Entering the third year of my term on the Vivit Board of Directors, I am very excited by all of the opportunities that we are presented with at this time. Recently appointed by my peers to the President position, I am humbled by the chance to work with such a great group of Board members, chapter leaders, staff, and most importantly, the user community which makes this organization so great.

We recently launched a long awaited Vivit website community which is vibrant, well organized and easy to use. We continue to migrate all of the functionality of the old site and introduce new features so that it makes for a better user experience.

Recently, we held our semiannual face-to-face Board meeting which took place at HP Discover in Las Vegas. The board reviewed overall organizational health and current direction. The stability and health is at the highest point in many years both as an organization and in membership.

 

We also held a chapter and SIG leader meeting at the conference which provided the perfect opportunity to discuss improving processes, relationships, and tools to serve the entire community even better. We can't thank Vivit chapter and SIG leaders enough for their hard work throughout the year as well as their participation in the Vivit exhibit at HP DISCOVER.

  

          

 

Vivit members also convened for the annual meeting, followed by deep dive round table discussions. We presented the status of the user community in an open forum, Karen Semonson passed the "President” torch to me, and then members shared their knowledge and best-practices on HP Service Management, Functional Testing with BPT/QTP, Performance Testing and Engineering, and Quality Center API.

The Advanced HP Software Implementation Training organized by Jim Murphy, Vice President, was another success. Subject matter experts from the Vivit community provided eight different deep-dive training sessions in the hours leading up to HP DISCOVER.

 

To top it off, we co-hosted a user community appreciation party for existing and new members. We presented Laura Walker with the 2011 Leader of the Year award for the Americas region.

 

       

 

 In my opinion, HP DISCOVER was one of the most exciting events in the past several years. The combination of the various conferences, as well as bringing the hardware and software constituents together, worked out better than I had imagined. Appealing to and surpassing 10,000 attendees was a feat in itself, but the way in which the event was organized, as well as the DISCOVER Zone show floor, lent itself to fantastic collaboration and presentation.

   

   

I would also be remiss if I did not mention the phenomenal exclusive musical event. I have no idea how Paul McCartney could be topped, but I am excited to find out next year!

Likely, what I am most excited about is the current state of our local chapters and membership. We have a very active user base which is reflective in the individuals who make up Vivit. The new chapters which have improved the global presence of the organization are key to further success. I am also excited for our next meeting in conjunction with HP DISCOVER in Vienna later this year to see how we build upon the successes of the first part of the year.

Vivit will continue partnering with HP, partners and other user groups while we remain your independent voice of the HP Software User Community, promoting community, education and advocacy. Check out the new website and all is has to offer. Be sure to update your profile

Michael Collins
President, Board of Directors

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