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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.

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Paul Edmunds - Recognized by Vivit for 20 Years of Service

Posted By Lisa Nordhoff, Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Updated: Thursday, July 18, 2013

As of July 31, 2013, Paul Edmunds, one of Vivit’s initial founders, announced his retirement from Duke Energy after 39 years of service. The current Board of Directors, staff and members of Vivit would like to congratulate Paul on his retirement and sincerely thank him for over 20 years of service to Vivit.

Paul has been instrumental in building Vivit into the successful organization it is today. In November of 1993, Paul helped to organize the first HP Software user group meeting in Dallas, Texas, which had over 450 attendees. Since that time, Paul has been dedicated to supporting the needs and interests of HP Software users everywhere, helping grow the Vivit community to over 15,000 members, through 74 local chapters, spanning 25 countries and 13 worldwide Special Interest Groups.

"When Open View Forum (initial name of Vivit) was started back in 1993, the organization had a very technical focus,” said Paul in a recent interview with Vivit staff. "It has been amazing to see how Vivit has expanded worldwide as the IT industry has changed over the last 20 years.”

Paul mentioned that when he started in this industry, the worldwide web wasn’t even in existence. He has really enjoyed seeing how the IT industry has evolved and how Vivit has really helped the software user community by educating users around the world. He feels the IT world will continue to evolve especially with the new strategic "game changers,” big data, cloud, mobility and security. He also mentioned that he felt he was able to be successful in the IT industry because he was able to embrace change and challenges, and had the opportunity to communicate with others in the industry through Vivit.

"Vivit is very important to the software user community,” Paul said. "Vivit is an ideal outlet for learning best practices using HP software, plus, it gives IT professionals the opportunity to network with others in the industry to learn what others are doing, what is working well or not working well, discuss the direction of the industry, and develop a network of peers on a local and worldwide level. The value Vivit brought to me over the years was instrumental for my career and I really encourage others in the industry to get involved.”

Paul also shared that the one thing he was looking forward to in retirement was "no schedules.” He is also looking forward to spending more time with his family, especially his grandchildren and plans to do some traveling, continue to be a fitness instructor and stay active with biking.

Vivit co-leaders Jim Copio and Mark Ford of the North Carolina Chapter recently presented Paul a plaque recognizing and honoring him for his years of service. A surprise luncheon was also held in his honor. Many attending the luncheon shared special memories of Paul’s accomplishments and talked about all the fun they have shared together. Vivit is very fortunate to have had the benefit of Paul’s leadership, expertise and friendship the past 20 years.

Congratulations and best wishes to Paul as he enters this new phase in his life.

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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.

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Best of both worlds: boost your career and be appreciated while doing it!

Posted By Martijn Stuiver, Chapter and SIG Chair, Vivit Board of Directors, Monday, November 26, 2012
Updated: Monday, November 26, 2012


I am not aware of many programs or career paths in which you are awarded during the journey. Active leadership within the Vivit community will provide you with such an opportunity. Moreover, it boosts your skills in organizing and hosting events and networking, and it boosts your career by carving the way you look for and follow trends and by providing a unique stage that creates visibility for you, your skills and your organization. And sometimes it just drives you into other realms like developing your killer presentation skills.

Over 120 amazing members from around the world have already started this journey with Vivit as leaders of local chapters and worldwide Special Interest Groups (SIGs), speakers, or directors. As it is time for our annual EMEA awards, I am pleased to put the spotlight on a few of our members who have been nominated by fellow members for their outstanding skills and contributions.

Andreas Birk

Founder and Principal Consultant
Testing, Quality, and ALM SIG Leader
Nominated for Champion of the Year


 Jan Czajkowski
QC Specialist Manager
SQS Sweden
Sweden Chapter Leader
Nominated for Champion of the Year


Cheikh Sadibou Dome
France Chapter Leader
Nominated for Leader of the Year


Mihai Grigorescu
TCoE Tools Lead
South Africa Chapter
Nominated for
Champion and Speaker of the Year

David Jenkins

SAP QA Test Manager
Dael Computer Services Inc
Nominated for
Leader and Speaker of the Year

Nils Johannessen
Solutions Architect
Rubik Solutions AS
Norway Chapter Leader
Nominated for
Leader and Champion of the Year

Martina Koehler
IT Organizer
Axel Springer AG
Nominated for Speaker of the Year

Olli Laiho
Senior QA Consultant
Testing, Quality, ALM SIG Leader
Nominated for Leader of the Year

Stefan Mohr
Manager Consulting
Germany Chapter Leader
Nominated for Leader, Champion, and Speaker of the Year

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Ola Perman

Test Manager
Sweden Chapter Leader
Nominated for Speaker of the Year

Johan Sodergren
System Engineer
Nominated for Speaker of the Year

Sami Suro
Unit Manager
Finland Chapter Leader
Nominated for Speaker of the Year

The Leader of the Year award is presented to an individual for outstanding local chapter or SIG leadership. The Champion of the Year award is presented to an individual for outstanding effort to advance and grow the Vivit community. The new Speaker of the Year award is presented to an individual for outstanding presentations to the Vivit community. The comments and nominations were extensive this year. Congratulations on your nomination! And on behalf of the community, I would like to thank you for your contributions. Keep up the terrific dedication in which you serve the community.

The award winners will be revealed and celebrated at the Vivit Leader Dinner at HP Discover on Monday evening, December 3rd, in Frankfurt, Germany.

Apfelwein-Wirtschaft Dauth-Schneider
D-60594 Frankfurt am Main, Alt-Sachsenhausen
Neuer Wall 5-7 / Klappergasse 39
Be aware, your life might change after this nomination and perhaps even more being honored with the award.    

How can YOU boost your career and earn some credits?
Vivit is always looking for dedicated volunteer leaders and co-leaders to help support chapter and SIG activities as well as drive new initiatives. Motivated individuals who would like to be considered, click here for a list of volunteer opportunities and the application form.

If you are interested in sharing your knowledge with fellow members at local chapter events or worldwide SIG webinars, join the Vivit Speaker Bureau.

Are you the next Follower, Leader, Speaker, or Nominee? Please keep the movement going! And remember, it is not always the Leader who contributes to a movement


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Spotlight on a Volunteer

Posted By Stephanie Konkoy, Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Updated: Friday, September 21, 2012

Jenny Sakka
Sub-Department Manager
Vivit Sweden Chapter Leader
"Meeting people who work with the same HP products in the same area through a Vivit local chapter can inspire you and give you great ideas.”

Jenny is a sub-department manager for Swedbank. She has been working at Swedbank for 15 years (the last 5 years with Performance) and is a graduate of System Analysis. Jenny contributes her time as one of the directors for the Sweden chapter of Vivit.

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Spotlight on a Volunteer - August 2012

Posted By Stephanie Konkoy, Monday, August 6, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Steven Kiss
VP of Sales & Marketing
Vivit Chapter Leader
Toronto & Montreal Chapters




Steven Kiss is co-Leader for the Toronto and Montreal Chapters and has worked with the user community for over 6 years. He and his co-Leader, Teresa Zhao, are currently planning two local events and a webinar focused on the IT Game Changers: cloud, mobility, big data, and security. The first Game Changer event will take place in early October in Toronto as will the webinar. The webinar will include a panel of HP Fellows who are on the cutting edge of where the IT industry is headed and who will answer your questions. The second Game Changer event will take place in November in Ottawa. Click on the Toronto and Montreal links under Steven's photo to join the local chapters and to receive notice of the events.

Steven is the VP of Sales and Marketing for Achievo North America East, which includes Achievo' s global HP practice. He and his team work closely with clients that are looking to maximize their investments in HP technologies that focus primarily on Testing / ALM and IT Service Management solutions.

Steven lives in Oakville, Ontario with his wife and 2 girls.

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Spotlight on a Volunteer - April 2012

Posted By Stephanie Konkoy, Vivit Global Chapter & SIG Liaison, Thursday, March 29, 2012

David Broerman
Technical Manager
CheckPoint Technologies
Florida Chapter Leader

David Broerman has 12+ years of IT experience in QA, test management, project management and application integration. He previously worked in both the mutual fund and credit industries, and has worked with HP Test Director/Quality Center for the past 6 years. David joined Checkpoint Technologies in December 2008 as a Sr. Engineer/Consultant and is now a Technical Manager in the area of ASMP-S (Authorized Service Management Partner-Software). Checkpoint Technologies is an Elite HP Business Partner & Certified Training Partner headquartered in the Tampa Bay Florida area. He is certified on HP Quality Center and is also an HP Certified Instructor.

In June 2011, David presented at the largest conference in HP history, HP Discover Conference in Las Vegas. The title of his presentation is "Elevating your Requirements Management Process to new Heights with HP Quality Center Best Practices”. He has also presented at the STAREAST Conference on "What's New in HP Quality Center 10”, along with many webinars/presentations on the Quality Center tool.

David has performed many installs/upgrades of HP Quality Center for both large and small companies. He has experience with reviewing hardware/software configurations, database migrations and upgrading project schemas. Additionally, he also teaches training classes every month - including at the world's largest retailer headquarters.

David is Co-Leader of the Vivit Florida Chapter, and is also a member of Tampa Bay QAA and ASQ. He is listed in both the Cambridge Who's Who Registry Among Executives and Professionals, and Strathmore Who's Who.

David holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from California Southern University and an MBA in Management of Engineering & Technology from NorthCentral University. He was also accepted in 2010 to the part time PhD program at NorthCentral University.


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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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Spotlight on Vivit Volunteers - October 2011

Posted By Stephanie Konkoy, Monday, September 26, 2011
Updated: Friday, September 30, 2011

Spotlight on Vivit Voluteers - October 2011


Jan Czajkowski
Sweden Chapter Leader - Join Now

Jan has worked with Test Director/Quality Center/ALM for the past 10 years as a product specialist. He is regularly teaching the HP courses on Quality Center, and also created his own 2 day course dedicated to Quality Center Scripting. Jan is currently working with several QC/ALM customers in Sweden as a consultant for SQS Nordic. He joined the leadership of HUGS, the Swedish branch of Vivit, in 2010. Jan has constantly been one of the top contributors on QC issues to the old Mercury forums, the current HP forums and also the independent site TDForums.


Nishi Uppal
Colorado Chapter Leader - Join Now

Nishi works with Test Automation, Performance Testing, Test Management and uses HP QuickTest Pro, HP Quality Center and HP OTA for Cabelas for 5 years. He serves the HP Software community as a leader for the Colorado chapter of Vivit. Nishi holds a masters degree in Electrical Engineering.



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Spotlight on Volunteers: A Note from the President

Posted By Michael Collins, Friday, July 29, 2011

As things have calmed down from what I stated last month as the most exciting HP event in the past several years, I have had some time to settle into the position as Vivit's President. In doing so, I have had the opportunity to reflect upon and come to understand some of the efforts by those outstanding individuals who make up the Vivit organization. I truly value experience and history in any area of business and life in general.

Vivit is a group of people from a wide variety of backgrounds and has grown tremendously through the days of OpenView Forum International, Peregrine, Mercury, etc. I have said before that it is the group of Board members, chapter leaders, staff and, most importantly, the user community which makes this organization so great. I would like to use this month's note to provide some insight as to what has made the group so successful through its growth and transformation by recognizing some of the specific volunteers who have been key to sustaining and guiding Vivit.

To begin with, if there is one person who is the most recognized ‘face' of Vivit, it well may be Rocky Pisto. He has been involved in some way or another since the beginning. Rocky has held many positions within Vivit, including Ohio Chapter Leader (without a doubt one of the most active chapters we have year over year), Michigan Chapter Leader, Chicago Chapter Leader, Kentucky Chapter Leader, Indiana Chapter Leader, Board member, Membership chair and others. Rocky has always been one of the most positive influences in the organization.

Jim Copio is another individual who so deserves to be mentioned for his efforts. He has lead chapters in the Mid-Atlantic and Carolinas and has been involved with the Board through chairing Nominations, Elections, and Volunteer committees. Most importantly, Jim always has been one of the strongest advocates for the end user.

Brad Clark is an outstanding person who has been involved with Vivit for so many years. He has been a staple to the Michigan area user group as a leader, coordinating the ability for the west and east area of the state to collaborate. Additionally, the amount of personal time that he put forth as the Board Secretary to run and organize the business side of Vivit will likely never be known to most, but I assure you that for the years he volunteered in the position, the organization could not have run without him.

Of special significance is our President Emeritus,
Karen Semonson. Her leadership and vision are the basis of what so many of us know as Vivit today. To begin with, the transformation and consolidation of the organizations into Vivit required her guidance in all areas of the organization. Her belief that Vivit members are the best and brightest has allowed us to validate our value to HP and to one another. Karen's insight highlights that it is the volunteers, the leaders and, most importantly, the members that make Vivit so valuable. Her belief that we should appreciate and recognize Vivit volunteers has become an important part of the cultural fabric of the group.

Under Karen's tenure as President, Vivit has seen the launch of our new web site and social media efforts. We have opened doors and strengthened our relationship with HP while maintaining our independent voice. We have seen the integration of discussion forums and a presence in the HP Software Solutions Community. She truly has been a star of Vivit, and we are lucky to have her continue to serve on the Vivit Board for another three-year volunteer term.

People are what make up the Vivit organization and make it great. Time and time again I hear how small of an ecosystem the software world can be. While we continue to promote community, education and advocacy, the organization will always be about those who are Vivit.

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