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Posted By Susan Russel, Friday, June 28, 2013
Updated: Friday, June 28, 2013

Helping members connect to each other and HP resources was our goal at HP Discover in Las Vegas, June 11-13, 2013. If you didn’t make it to the conference, we hope you’ll consider the same opportunities to get linked now.

Link to Local Chapters and Special Interest Groups

Over 100 HP Software customers and partners volunteer their time to lead local chapters 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.

There are 74 local chapters in 26 countries and 13 virtual SIGs. Each chapter and SIG has its own personality and focus. Members of local chapters meet face to face to share best practices, tips, and tricks; members of SIGs meet online and can participate in group blogs and webinars. Locate your chapter 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 chapter near you or a particular SIG? Contact us to start and lead a new group.

Link to Award Winning Leaders

Karen Semonson, President, Board of Directors, presented the community awards for the Americas region at the HP Discover welcome reception in conjunction with the HP Impact Customer Awards. Get linked to these leaders who are at the forefront of community activity.

Scott Anderson
, Americas Leader of the Year
Iowa Chapter

Mary Kay Petersen
, Americas Champion of the Year
HP Service Management SIG, Oregon Chapter

Todd DeCapua
, Americas Speaker of the Year
Mobile, Agile, and DevOps SIGS;
Delaware & Philadelphia Chapters

I am also happy to report that Brian Pohl (left), Leader of the San Antonio Chapter and Mobile SIG, was presented with the HP Customer Impact award.

Link to HP Experts and Advisors

Vivit teamed up with HP Software’s IT Experts community and Cloud and Automation teams to connect members to HP resources, experts and advisors at HP Discover. This collaboration resulted in constructive two-way communication.


HP’s online IT Experts community is another place you can add your independent voice, exchange ideas, and access HP resources. Use the Vivit avatar to recognize your Vivit membership status.

We thank the IT Experts community and Cloud and Automation teams for their interaction and for supplying many of the great prize drawings for the new HP Slate, Beats, backpacks, and more in the Vivit booth! Here are a few of the lucky members who were linked and won.


Link to the 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.

We hope to see as many members as possible at future events. Mark your calendar for HP Discover in Barcelona, Spain, December 10-12, 2013. 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.

Tags:  chapters  IT Experts Community  leaders  SIG  Special Interest Groups 

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2013 Vivit award nominees (Americas region)

Posted By Martijn Stuiver, Chapter & SIG Chair, Vivit Board of Directors, Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Updated: Thursday, May 30, 2013

There are many career-building and growth opportunities within Vivit. The nominated Vivit Leaders below are real live evidence of those who were appreciated by peers for their time, energy, and commitment to make relationships and community events succeed—a proof of growth.

But what does it mean to grow one's career? It often sounds empty, cumbersome, and time consuming. Well we all know that the success of a team or organization always succeeds the growth of people. At least I hope so. 

And yes this is a journey of learning. And how do you learn? It does make me think of high school learning programs on dull topics I was not always interested in. Well the learning styles of Kolb show us: experience it, reflect on it, think about and act on it. Or pick your own personal learning style at Bottom line: start experimenting.

These nominees started to invest in this process some time ago. Asking and discussing feedback on hosting their sessions, organizational skills, or presentations. So what I really want to thank this year’s nominees for is showing us what it's all about: growing and learning professionally by experiencing it!

I think this is a great example for us. But keep in mind, "what needs to be instantly perfect, does not get the opportunity to grow.” And that’s just what they pragmatically did.

Also interested in organizing your growth? Please refer to some suggestions:

Laura Walker
Vivit Director, Chapter/SIG Leader
Leader of the Year

Todd Decapua
Chapter/SIG Leader
Leader, Champion, and
Speaker of the Year

David Broerman
Florida Chapter Leader
Leader and Champion
of the Year

Chuck Masters
Mid Atlantic Chapter Leader
Leader of the Year

Bernard Szymczak
Ohio Chapter and
TQA SIG Leader
Leader of the Year

Rocky Pisto
Chapter Leader
Leader, Champion, and
Speaker of the Year

Mary Kay Petersen
HP SM SIG and Oregon
Chapter Leader
Leader and Champion
of the Year

Scott Anderson
Iowa Chapter Leader
Leader and Speaker
of the Year

Steven Kiss
Chapter Leader
Champion of the Year

Wendy Wheeler
Network Management SIG Champion
Champion of the Year

Chuck Fugee
Chapter Leader
Champion of the Year

Bob Crews
Florida Chapter Leader
Champion of the Year

Mark Herbert
Chapter Leader
Speaker of the Year

Donna McJunkin
IT Project Manager
Speaker of the Year

Swamy Mandavilli
Functional Architect
Speaker of the Year

Laura Walker, Todd DeCapua, and Rocky Pisto have won the awards they were nominated for again this year, so they are not eligible to receive the award a second time. However, we want to thank and recognize them for their contributions.

Tags:  awards  career  chapter  leaders  nominees  SIG 

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Vivit At Your Service

Posted By Mihai Grigorescu, South Africa Chapter Leader, Monday, January 28, 2013
Updated: Monday, January 28, 2013

Just like every other major player in the IT market (eg, Oracle, Microsoft, SAP), HP has its own user community that is run by actual HP users and practitioners. Membership is free and the community is used mainly for shared learning and networking.

So whether you are an HP software practitioner or whether you are at the other end of the spectrum and are only interested in hardware, this community is the place where everything is happening. From face to face meetings, to webinars, forums, tagging other members and forming virtual relationships, we’ve got it all…

Add to the mix an ever growing community and plenty of discounts available for HP events (such as HP Discover), as well as special deep-dive trainings, and you’ve got a crisp snapshot of what Vivit is all about.

So what is Vivit actually about?

Vivit, simply put, has started off as a "bunch” of practitioners coming together and talking shop on HP products from a pragmatic and operational viewpoint, backed up by years of experience using these products, in order to offer assistance to less experienced teams and companies, and enriching the overall quality of the community.

The members are doing the work voluntarily and are getting great positive outcomes out of everything.

As an example, here’s a snapshot of VIVIT’s goals for the last year – 2012.

Vivit fortes are the following (as a member, one would be able to tap into the potential of each and every point mentioned below):

ADVOCACY & COMMUNITY – a Vivit member could engage with the HP teams directly, without having to go through partner channels and the long way around. In Vivit, we have access to product managers, HP fellows, evangelist, etc. Connecting with peers and fellow IT professionals (all non HP employees) has given birth to many successful business relationships.

EDUCATION & DISCOUNTS – self-explanatory, people can attend free live rooms/webinars, and as attendance to HP conferences can sometimes be prohibitive from a monetary perspective for one or more individuals, Vivit is offering free passes and discounts to help the people attend these fabulous HP events.

So how does it work?

The way it works is pretty simple: In EMEA, each country has its own chapter (for instance, I lead the chapter for South Africa where we have around 100 members, and we’re all meeting around 2 times a year). The chapters themselves are linked altogether at a global level, so in essence these local groups are only relating to physical/geographic locations/boundaries.

Each chapter organizes their own events, where practitioners get together face to face, at a function, where they can talk shop or simply network. Since Vivit is supported by HP marketing, these functions are free, but they are only available to Vivit members.

Otherwise, members can just simply attend online events organized by the different special interest groups within Vivit.

What groups do we have?

For HP Practitioners, we’ve got:

Business Service Management

Configuration Management System

Data Center Automation

HP Service Management

Network Automation

Project & Portfolio Management Forum

Testing, Quality, ALM


For decision makers, we’ve got:


Business Intelligence

Cloud Builders



Security & Privacy- New

Big Data - New

So who does actually attend these "things” and what does the member base look like?

Well, see for yourself below. Our presence is mostly in the US and Europe, but rapidly expanding in Africa, Asia and India. We’re now over 14k members worldwide (stats as of end of 2012).

What are the demographics on these 14k members?

We’re looking at ~40% decision makers, ~40% operational end users, while ~20% are unknown.

Also, out of the total number of members, >60% have used HP software for more than 5 years…

So does it actually work out for the members or is it just a lot of talking?

ABSOLUTELY YES! – it works brilliantly…

For example, our few last webinars attracted between 150-200 people per webinar! And it looks like the people want more. The people we’ve connected through our network have engaged in long-term relationships and are now doing business together. We’ve saved others time and money by simply pointing them to the right people in HP at the right time, etc.

See the community calendar.

So, I’m an Accenture employee, is it really worth it joining the HP community?

Absolutely! One gets to meet peers and exchange information, exactly in the same manner we would on our Accenture Community of Practices (CoPs). Only that Vivit is global and only with an interest in HP products. So in other words, if you don’t get an answer from the CoP, or from HP, you would definitely find what you’re looking for in the Vivit community.

As 2012 grew to an end, we realized (as the trend showed us) that people were more inclined to attend online events than anything else, so we will pursue this model for 2013 and offer a great deal of interesting webinars, so join the Vivit community and make the most of our webinars!

Also, during the HP Discover events, we managed to get ~150 people registered to free deep dive training sessions offered by different HP and Vivit partners, as well as our own customer driven round table discussion.

Another record in registrations which simply confirms that in the ever changing world of IT, the hunger for information is out there. Vivit is just a means to quench that thirst, so join us, we’ll be glad to have you around and learn from each other.

Tags:  chapter  membership  SIG  South Africa 

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Tip of the Month: Connecting with Other Members

Posted By Julanne Rutten, Wednesday, February 29, 2012

There are several ways to reach out and connect with other Vivit members. You can start by joining one of Vivit's eleven Special Interest Groups (SIGs). Each of these has a home page open to all current members. Navigate to the SIG page, and then click on "Join Group” at the top of the page. You may also join any of Vivit's 60 local chapters, regardless of your proximity.

On the "My Bio” page in your profile, you may notice that your organization, city, state, country, and all custom fields have hyperlinks. Clicking on these links will provide a directory of other members who have the same information as yours. From the results, you can view the member's profile, message them, or add as a "Connection.” Once you have added another member as a "Connection,” you will be able to contact them more easily from the Connections link in the My Profile Box. You can also access your list of connections directly from the Bio, Wall or Feeds area of your profile.

If you want to find out when your connections update their profiles or upload new photos, you can enable this in the Manage Profile>>My Preferences area. Settings to control notifications about members in your chapters and SIGS are also available there.

You can always use the site's robust Community Search feature, which is located on the top left rail in a bright blue box on every page on the site, to find specific people, organizations or any other keywords. If you have any questions, you may always complete a Service Request form by clicking on Contact Us.

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