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EMEA/APJ Elite Leader Recognition 2015

Posted By Annemarie Stuiver, Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Vivit Leaders were recognized during the Leader Dinner at HPE Discover in London on Monday, November 30, 2015. The Leaders who did an outstanding job for Vivit by organizing events, growing the Vivit community and building their Chapter or Special Interest Group were recognized and honored with the Elite Leader Award. Below are the names of the Elite Leader Award winners who received a certificate. Thank you all for your great contribution to our community!

Mark Laird
BSM SIG Leader

Richard Bishop
UK Chapter Leader

Cheikh Sadibou Deme
France Chapter Leader

Stevan Zivanovic
Agile SIG Leader

Andreas Birk
TQA SIG Leader
Vadim Gordadze
Russia Chapter Leader

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Success Story of a Vivit Leader: Neil Suryanarayana

Posted By Annemarie Stuiver, Monday, November 3, 2014
Updated: Friday, October 24, 2014

Here is a great example of how to grow your career with Vivit!

Neil Suryanarayana, Vivit Member since 2013, became a Vivit Chapter Leader of the Nebraska Chapter in the United States. Together with his co-Leaders, he organized his first Chapter Meeting in January 2014 and about 40 people attended this event.

Being satisfied with the results from HP Software for his employer, Physicians Mutual, where Neil is an IT Test Manager and Test Practice Leader, he cooperated with HP Global Customer Referencing making a video to share his experiences. This video is now shown in the HP Video Gallery and got picked up by the HP Software Marketing Management Team. Neil received an invitation to attend one of their meetings to speak to his success with HP’s ALM suite – showing the internal team a real example of how a customer can succeed with HP Software.

On top of this, Neil has been nominated for the HP 2014 Award of Excellence. On the Nomination sheet there, was an additional comment:

"This model was presented at the Vivit HP Software users group Northeast chapter meeting and was received well by other user groups within town using the HP technology stack. Suryanarayana is also a leader for this part of Vivit’s chapter."


Start with the first step: the organization of a Local Chapter Event and use it to become visible and grow your career at Vivit!


Tags:  HP Quality Center  HP Unified Functional Testing  leader  test automation 

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Spotlight on a Volunteer - March 2014

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Thursday, April 10, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Damian Versaci
Practice Leader, Systems Integration and Testing
SMS Management & Technology
Melbourne Chapter Leader
TQA SIG Leader

Damian Versaci is a software testing consultant with 10 years of experience specializing in test management, performance testing and test automation of large scale enterprise projects and smaller scale Scrum Agile projects. Amongst other technologies, he is familiar with HP Quality Center / ALM, HP Quick Test Professional, HP Loadrunner and is a HP Accredited Integration Specialist (AIS) in HP ALM, QTP and Performance Center. Damian is Australian, and lives in Melbourne, where he partakes in local activities such as watching Australian rules football games and enjoying coffee at local cafes.

Tags:  Leader  Spotlight  Spotlight on a Volunteer  Volunteer 

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New Leadership - September 2013

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Updated: Thursday, August 8, 2013

Get Connected

We welcome the following leader and his expertise. We invite you to join his Local Chapters to share tips, best practices, and real-world experiences. Join a group by clicking on the Chapter name under the new leader and select the "Join Group” icon which will appear at the top of a group if you aren’t already a member. Connect to the leader by clicking on his name. Member sign-in required.

William Sheridan

Advanced MarketPlace
Chicago Chapter Leader
Minnesota Chapter Leader

"I have been the VP of Sales & Marketing of Advanced MarketPlace for 13 years. Over that time, I feel the greatest value I bring to the people I work with is showing them how to maximize every ounce of value from the solutions they own. Too often, the software industry has failed to help its customers get the most value from the products they purchase. Many customers are left with a tactical point solution when they could have an integrated enterprise system with a little help and direction.

With my new role as a Chapter Leader in the Minnesota and Chicago Vivit groups, I would hope to facilitate an understanding of how clients can leverage more of the functionality in their individual HP solutions, as well as how their investments can work in concert with their other existing investments to provide impactful solutions to their business."

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Spotlight on a Volunteer

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Friday, April 26, 2013
Updated: Sunday, April 28, 2013

Mostafa Moussavi
Test Specialist
Sweden Chapter Leader

Mostafa is the Chairman of the Vivit Sweden Chapter, HUGS, for a second year.

He has 23 years of experience in IT. Mostafa is a testing specialist with 8 years of experience with Performance Testing, Performance Test methodology and Test Automation.  Mostafa wants to be a bridge between the end users of HP Software tools and the supplier, HP.  He believes that the end user working with the HP Software tools should be able to influence the development and improvement of the tools. It serves both HP and the end user.  HP becomes aware of what users want, and the end users will get a tool that is designed for them.

Mostafa lives in a terraced house in Stockholm together with his wife, his two daughters and two rabbits. He loves to barbecue with his specially commissioned stainless steel grill that stands in the yard year round. In the winter, he will even shovel snow in order to reach the grill.

Tags:  Leader  Mostafa Moussavi  Spotlight  Sweden  volunteer 

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The 2012 EMEA Award Winners!

Posted By Susan Russel, Friday, December 14, 2012
Updated: Friday, January 4, 2013
Vivit presented the 2012 EMEA Awards in Frankfurt, Germany on December 3, 2012. The Leader of the Year Award recipient is Olli Laiho, Leader of the global Testing, Quality, and ALM Special Interest Group (from Finland), the Champion of the Year Award recipient is Stefan Mohr, Leader of the Germany Chapter, and the Speaker of the Year Award recipient is Mihai Grigorescu, Leader of the South Africa Chapter. All three were nominated by fellow members for their outstanding contributions. Congratulations!!!

Martijn Stuiver, Vivit Chapter and SIG Chair, Board of Directors, and Jason Kennedy, Vivit President, Board of Directors, presented the awards during the HP Discover event. View complete details and the press release here.

We snapped some candid photos...

(left to right) Martijn Stuiver, Chapter and SIG Chair, Board of Directors,
Olli Laiho, Leader of the Year, Jason Kennedy, President, Board of Directors


(left to right) Stefan Mohr, Champion of the Year,
Martijn Stuiver, Chapter and SIG Chair, Board of Directors


(left to right) Martijn Stuiver, Chapter and SIG Chair, Board of Directors,
Mihai Grigorescu, Speaker of the Year,
Jason Kennedy, President, Board of Directors

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Spotlight: Vivit Germany Chapter Meeting

Posted By Stefan Mohr, Co-Leader for Vivit Germany Chapter, Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Stefan Mohr
Principal Consultant
Leiter Consulting
Vivit Chapter Leader

Dear Vivit Community!

On 25th and 26th September the 12th annual Vivit local chapter meeting took place in Bad Honnef, Germany. Almost 100 participants joined the event to see 20 presentations, live demos, discussions and tips & tricks sessions in 3 parallel tracks covering a broad range of topics and applications like, BSM, Operations, Automation, CMS, ITSM, as well as Testing, Quality + Applications (TQA SIG).

We would like to thank all presenters (customers, HP and partners) and everybody else who helped us to make this event successful. The feedback of the participants was very positive. All of them said in the feedback forms that the event was valuable for their business, which encourages us to go on organizing this event. Further information can be found on and Slides can be downloaded on and

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Spotlight on a Volunteer - September 2012

Posted By Stephanie Konkoy, Friday, August 31, 2012
Updated: Friday, August 24, 2012

Mihai Grigorescu
Independent Testing Consultant
Vivit Chapter Leader
South Africa

Mihai Grigorescu has a BSc in International Economics and has furthered his
studies in Business Communications. He has been in the software testing
industry for +5 years; 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 & processes which assist the overall testing
efforts/projects (testing tool-smith).

He is also currently a board member of the SIGiST committee (Special
Interest Group in Software Testing for South Africa) and as an active
speaker in national and international events, Mihai is contributing to the
enrichment of the testing community knowledge by raising awareness through
various testing topics presentations and as well by organizing and running
testing related workshops.

Mihai also serves the HP Software Community as a Vivit Chapter Leader in
South Africa and he is currently organizing (as well as presenting) a series
of webinars for the VIVIT members on best practices and real life practical
usage of HP ALM.

Join Mihai on September 19, 2012, in his next webinar, "Managing Requirements in ALM: A Short Practical End-to-End Best Practice Demo."

Tags:  Chapter Leader  Leader  South Africa  TQA  Volunteeer 

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Spotlight on a Volunteer - March 2012

Posted By Stephanie Konkoy, Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Christian Gerdes
Senior Performance Engineer
Senior Partner
Sweden Chapter Leader
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Christian helps companies build and adopt Performance testing processes and methodologies, build and manage a Performance Center of Excellence (PCoE) and define effective goal oriented performance engineering strategies for many of the major companies in Sweden. His specialties include: Performance Engineering, Performance testing and optimization, Technical Quality Assurance, Business Technology Optimization, SLA Management, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), ITIL v3.

He Serves the HP Software community as a leader for the Sweden chapter of Vivit.


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New Chapter and SIG Leadership - February 2012

Posted By Stephanie Konkoy, Friday, January 27, 2012

John Bom
Utrecht - Product Manager
Netherlands Chapter
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John Bom is currently a Product Manager at Utrecht in the Netherlands. His experience includes ITIL process implementation, Incident-, Problem- Change Manager, ITIL Service Manager, Project Manager, Project Manager implementation and support of Service Management tooling (eg. HP OpenView Service Desk), Implementation and support of HP OpenView Service Desk and Implementation and support of HP Service Manager. John's specialties include: ITIL, Incident Management, Problem Management, Change Management, Configuration Management, HP OpenView Service Desk and HP Service Manager. He serves the HP Software community as a Chapter Leader for the Netherlands.

Todd DeCapua
Shunra - VP of
Worldwide Consulting
Mobile SIG
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DevOps SIG
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Todd DeCapua, VP of Worldwide Consulting for Shunra, is one of the tech industry's most respected thought leaders on Application Performance Engineering and a renowned speaker, author and visionary.

Todd's IT & QA background encompasses nearly all industries and over 70 organizations with extensive consulting experience. Before joining Shunra in 2010, he held senior leadership roles both within IT Development and IT Infrastructure at ING DIRECT, the largest internet bank in the United States -- providing him a uniquely authoritative view of the global business impact of the new best-practice models for performance engineering.

His expertise includes application development, global project management, partnership strategy, collaborative methods like Agile Scrum, infrastructure architecture, business continuity and disaster recovery. His role at Shunra is to drive professional services, training/education and partnership programs for nearly 2000 worldwide customers deploying applications in WAN, Web, Mobile and Cloud environments.

In 2009, he was invited to sit on the Customer Advisory Board for LoadRunner & Performance Center. He was named 2010 HP Software Universe "Best & Brightest" and 2010 Vivit Worldwide Leader of the Year. He is also a certified ScrumMaster, Scrum Practitioner, and Six Sigma Green Belt; and is also accredited with an MBA, Concentration in Finance.

Todd volunteers his time as a Vivit Chapter Leader for Delaware as well as a Leader for the DevOps and Mobile Special Interest Groups.

Kelly Harrington
Pacific Life - Director of QA & Technology Services
Nebraska Chapter
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Kelly Harington currently works for Pacific Life as the Director of QA & Technology Services in the Retirement Solutions Division. She serves the HP Software community as a Vivit Chapter Leader in Nebraska.

Kelly has thirty-one years of progressive Administrative, Information Technology and Client Services/Relationship experience. She has accountability as a senior management leader responsible for successful delivery and support of strategic initiatives and talent management with extensive experience in: Personnel and Resource management, Project management, Business development, Client Relationship management, Quality assurance and software testing management, Engineering/Design of Configuration, Conversion strategies, Implementation/Release/Change management, Information Security, Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Planning and Process Re-Engineering (DMAIC – Six Sigma Orientation). She has experience with Systems/software development, client relationship management to industries such as Financial Services, Insurance – multiple lines, Banking/Credit card issuance, State Government Application systems, Credit Collections and various business/technical architectures on multiple software and hardware platforms. Kelly's education and formal recognitions includeBellevue University – Bellevue, NE (2007 - 2010), B.A. Leadership – Summa Cum Laude, Certified Network Administrator - Novell (C.N.A.) Coursework (1997), Southeast Community College, Lincoln, NE (1985-1988), A.A. Microcomputer Technology/Application Programming, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO (1978 - 1980), Library Science/Liberal Arts major, NE Resident Agent License (Life, Annuity, Sickness, AD&D), CPIW Designation (Certified Professional Insurance Woman) via NAIW (National Assoc. of Insurance Women, a national organization that advocates women in the insurance/financial services industry). Kelly held all board and officer positions for LIWL (Life Insurance Women of Lincoln), a local affiliate of NAIW and held a regional board member position on behalf of NAIW for the Midwest region.

In addition, Kelly is published in national trade periodicals: Today's Insurance Woman, Life and Health Insurance Sales, and company periodical The Bisonian Life (1992). She is a patented Inventor (1996). She is married with one son who presently lives in Moscow, Russia. Her hobbies include reading, biking, gardening, music, dogs, travel – and hopefully grandchildren someday!



Stephanie Grant Middlebrooks
Walmart - QA Manager
Arkansas Chapter
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Stephanie has 16+ years of Quality Assurance experience. During her career, Stephanie has played many roles from Engineer to Management. Her background includes finance, telecommunications, healthcare, and hospitality industries where she specialized in ecommerce applications. Currently, Stephanie is employed at Walmart as a QA Manager for the ecommerce division. Her passion lies in ecommerce, process and people. Stephanie serves the HP Software community as a Vivit Chapter Leader in Arkansas.


Paul Peissner
Collabnet - Director of
Business Development
DevOps SIG
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Paul Peissner is director of Business Development for Collabnet. In addition, he serves the HP Software community as a Vivit Chapter Leader for Silicon Valley/San Jose and for the new DevOps Special Interest Group.
For more than a decade he has built his IT Solutions career with a belief in 2 things...

1) User Communities and the collective wisdom it holds...and willingly shares to help its members solve a problem
2) IT Platform offerings' critical need for an Innovation Network of fast-moving 3rd parties' technologies that have the expertise and resources to solve complex and new problems that the Platform could not address in the short-term.

What drives Paul…
In working with IT customers, system integrators and technology providers, I have been amazed at how quickly people innovate when the "core problem” is presented to the "right person”. I sit in awe of how many "long-standing problems” can be permanently and globally fixed when the "right data and right relationships” can be connected. People have said that I have the "heart of IT development” in mind when I engage with business users and IT Operations teams. I believe DevOps is the effort that will pull all of IT together for organizations of all sizes.


Laura Walker 
Stratacom - Director of Business Development
Southern California Chapter
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Laura Walker is the Director of Business Development for StrataCom and serves the HP Software community as a leader focusing on ITSM for the Chicago, Colorado, Texas, Kansas City and Southern California Chapters of Vivit. Laura's career has focused on the ITSM industry for the past ten years working for HP ITSM partner StrataCom. In addition to her volunteer efforts with Vivit, Laura has been very active in both itSMF and HDI organizations, helping to organize, sponsor, and facilitate events. Laura was elected by Vivit as the Leader of the Year for the Americas region in 2011. Laura has been instrumental in making Vivit user group sessions available virtually to those who reside elsewhere or are unable to attend in person. Laura joined Vivit with an altruistic spirit to accomplish her goal of uniting the HP ITSM community through networking opportunities and bringing more and better information to HP Service Manager clients around the country.

Patrick Wolf
PMSoft Partners - CEO
Configuration Mangement System Special Interest Group

Patrick Wolf has thirteen years of experience with a variety of technical and functional roles within the software industry. He is the co-founder and CEO of PMSoft Partners, an independent software vendor and HP Gold Business Partner. PMSoft Partners specializes in sharing service models for Service Management and Cloud Services Orchestration projects.

Prior to founding PMSoft Partners, Patrick was Sr. Director Product Management for ASG Software. He was responsible for any product management, sales enablement and press and analysts relations for ASG's Service Management and Cloud Service Orchestration solutions.

Before joining ASG, Patrick worked for BMC Software and Perform SA in roles ranging from product engineer, project manager and product manager. He specially managed specifications for BMC Atrium Dependency Mapping Solution from the ground up and was instrumental in the enablement of BMC's Atrium CMDB ecosystem. Patrick serves the HP Software community as a Leader and founder of the Vivit Configuration Management System Special Interest Group.

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