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Vivit Awards: Nominations are Open! (Americas Region)

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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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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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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Laura Walker is the 2011 Vivit Leader of the Year Award Winner (Americas Region)

Posted By Susan Russel, Monday, June 20, 2011

Vivit is pleased to announce Laura Walker as the 2011 Leader of the Year for the Americas region.

Each year, members nominate Local Chapter and worldwide Special Interest Group Leaders who are volunteers from the Americas and EMEA region for the award. The Americas title is awarded in June; the EMEA title is awarded in December. Laura Walker was one of eleven nominees from the Amercias region. She shares her talents and strong leadership as a Local Chapter Leader in Chicago, Kansas City, Texas, and Richmond, Virginia. She has formed strong local communities centered on IT Service Management, and she also helps to organize and lead IT Service Management events for other Local Chapters around the United States as well as the worldwide HP Service Management Special Interest Group.

Laura was presented with the award on June 7, during the Triple Crown community appreciation event at the HP DISCOVER conference in Las Vegas, NV. The Vivit board thanks Laura for her ongoing efforts to help build the community that now spans over 6000 members worldwide and 55 chapters and special interest groups in 18 different countries.

Laura Walker is the Director of Business for StrataCom, an HP Gold Partner specializing in IT Service Management, and has been employed in the IT Service Management industry for 10 years. Laura holds a B.S. in International Business and an MBA degree. She is an active industry volunteer within the IT industry.

Laura is also the itSMF Dakota President. She has served on Dakota and Minnesota itSMF extended boards and on a variety of committees including programs and membership. She loves working in information technology because of the continuous change.

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America's Leader of the Year Award 2011

Posted By Karen Semonson, Friday, May 13, 2011

We are pleased to announce the 2011 nominees for the Americas Leader of the Year Award. Vivit is positively bursting with activity, due to the efforts of all volunteers. These twelve nominees for Americas Leader of the Year Award exemplify the best of what all of us strive to be. Each of these individuals has special talents and strengths and has stepped forward to share them with this worldwide community.

As a whole, they all exemplify the best of leadership qualities: honesty, forward-looking, competence, inspiration and intelligence. As strong leaders, the willingness to share and be courageous in the face of persistent challenges and obstacles is the reason that members of their Chapters and SIGs nominated them for this award. From the voices of Vivit members, they are being recognized for their ability to shape the future of many, as a community and as individuals, through their leadership abilities.

The special magic of Vivit comes from the essence of what makes us human—the need for connection. These leaders understand that special magic and work to create a thriving community where member voices can be heard and knowledge-sharing and collaboration are welcomed. While diversity of thought can prompt barriers, these leaders have mastered the art of listening, and they guide our members to open dialog and open connection so that at the end of the day, personal growth and expertise can develop.

The Vivit Board of Directors thanks each one of these nominees for their ongoing efforts to help build a community of people that spans 14 countries, 53 Chapters and SIGs, and 5800 worldwide members. These individuals are growing to be outstanding leaders of the future: for this community, for their organizations, for their families and for their friends. Through the Americas Leader of the Year Award, Vivit expresses our gratitude and recognizes the contributions of these twelve nominees for their excellence

Scott Anderson
Scott Anderson
Co-Leader, Iowa Chapter

Viral Desai
Viral Desai
Leader, New York/New Jersey Metro

Pam Eifel
Pam Eifel
Co-Leader, Ohio Regional Chapter

Mark Ford
Mark Ford
Co-Leader, Carolinas Chapter

Mark Herbert
Mark Herbert
Co-Leader, Arizona Chapter

Steven Kiss
Steven Kiss
Leader, Toronto and Montreal Chapters

Chuck Masters
Chuck Masters
Co-Leader, Mid-Atlantic Chapter

Denver Meeks
Denver Meeks
Co-Leader, Ohio Regional and Kentucky Chapters

Warren McLeod
Warren McLeod
Co-Leader, Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter

Chris Scharer
Chris Scharer
Co-Leader, Iowa and Nebraska Chapters and Testing, Quality, and ALM SIG

Floris Verschoor
Floris Verschoor
Co-Leader, HP Service Management SIG

Laura Walker
Laura Walker
Co-Leader, Chicago, Kansas City, Texas Region and Richmond, VA Chapters


We would like to recognize Chris Scharer from the Iowa and Nebraska Chapters and TQA SIG of Vivit. As a Vivit board member, he is not eligible for the 2011 award, but his work as a leader is still very much appreciated and acknowledged by many members.

The 2011 award recipient will be announced at HP DISCOVER in Las Vegas, June 6 - 10. We will also announce the recipient in the July issue of the InForum News. Stay tuned.



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