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Spotlight on a Volunteer - March 2017

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Thursday, March 9, 2017
Updated: Monday, February 13, 2017

This month, Vivit would like to recognize Mark Herbert as our outstanding volunteer.  Whenever asked, Mark is there to serve our global community but takes great pride in co-leading the Arizona Local User Group.  He constantly strives to meet the needs of these members while delivering great content at their events!


Mark Herbert
Software Quality Analyst III
Dignity Health
Arizona LUG Leader

  • Software Quality Engineer Leader with over twenty five years of I.T. experience, including 18 years as a software quality engineer specializing in test automation
  • HPE Certified Instructor and Accredited Solutions Expert in the HPE Application Lifecycle Management suite of tools
  • Founded the Pittsburgh Local User Group of Vivit and now acts as a co-leader of the Arizona Local User Group of Vivit and also serves on the Vivit Board of Directors
 
"The things that I like most about being a Local User Group leader for Vivit are the opportunities to share and to learn.  There are so many bright and talented people that are part of our Arizona Local User Group membership, all of which have a wide array of experiences from their years of using the HPE software solutions.  So being able to (along with my co-leader Thomas Ethington) facilitate a group that comes together to help each other learn and share ideas is one of the most enjoyable parts of my Vivit Local User Group leadership experience."

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New Leader Blog - March 2017

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Thursday, March 9, 2017
Updated: Monday, February 13, 2017
Get Connected

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



Darren Blumenthal

Alliance Solution Architect
Accenture
Cloud & Automation SIG Leader

  • Passionate technologist and enthusiastic Solution Architect with over 20 years’ experience in the IT Industry.
  • Darren works for Accenture’s Alliances Team as a pre-sales technical consultant designing complex solutions often involving the complete stack of cloud and datacentre infrastructure ranging from storage and networking, security and virtualisation to disaster recovery and business continuity.
  • He was made in South Africa but now lives in London with his wife Dominique, two young boys, Lake (7) and Kairo (6), and three small dogs, Sushi, Onagi and Skabenga (means ‘troublemaker’ in Zulu).
  • In his spare time, he practices the traditional martial arts of Aikido and Pencak Silat and is a close up magician.

 
"It is not technology that excites me. It is how technology is used that excites me.”

"You must all be asking yourselves, why would an infrastructure guy be interested in leading a software group? That is the key to what I hope we can achieve together. By sharing our experiences and our different areas, I believe we can all learn from each other as we all travel on this journey to cloud. Let’s see where this rabbit hole takes us…"

 

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SIG Talk

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Thursday, March 9, 2017
Updated: Monday, February 13, 2017
Software Lifecycle Integration SIG


Jeff Downs
Software Lifecycle Integration SIG Leader

 


 

 
Vivit Software Lifecycle Integration SIG is a virtual community of software practitioners and managers who discuss how to create tool infrastructures and processes that increase the collaboration and interaction among the members of the software development and delivery team.
This group focuses on seamlessly connecting our HPE tools with the third-party tools that inevitably exist in our ecosystems.  We share our stories (good and bad), share ideas and work together to eliminate a longstanding pain point in the software development lifecycle.  We hope you join this SIG if this is of interest to you.




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SIG-ing It

Posted By Stephanie Konkoy, Thursday, March 9, 2017
Updated: Friday, February 17, 2017

Do you have a burning technical question or want to watch a topic specific on-demand webinar recording?  The Vivit Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are your answer.  All 19 SIGs can be found on Vivit's website under the LUGs and SIGs tab and clicking on Special Interest Groups.  They are:

Agile SIG

Big Data

Business Intelligence SIG

Business Service Management SIG

Cloud & Automation SIG

Configuration Management System SIG

DevOps SIG

HPE Service Management SIG

HPE Software Education

Mobile SIG

Network Management SIG

Performance Engineering SIG

Project & Portfolio Management Forum SIG

Security & Privacy SIG

Software Lifecycle Integration

Testing, Quality, Application Lifecycle Management SIG

TRIM SIG

US Federal SIG

Vertica SIG


To join a Vivit SIG, simply go to the SIG page of interest and click on "Join Group” after logging into the Vivit website.  You can join as many SIGs as you like, and the Vivit SIGs are global groups.  Being a part of a SIG connects you to other software users like yourself around the world with much experience to share.

For technical questions, post your question in the relevant SIG blog.  Simply click on the blog icon located in the right rail of the appropriate SIG page. Next, click on the blog name, which is the name of the SIG, then click on "Add New Post”.  Once finished with your posting, click submit.  Shortly, you should receive comments from fellow SIG members that you can check as often as you like.  You can also scroll down on the SIG page to "Recent Blogs” to view all blog content and comments.

Archived on-demand webinar recordings can be viewed from the SIG pages as well.  Simply click on “Group Pages”, and a wealth of webinars await you.  All webinars available are topic specific for each SIG.  Additionally, upcoming product specific events are also listed on the SIG pages as well.

What a great way to network and get help at the same time.  Enjoy SIGing it!

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Vivit Membership Updates

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Thursday, February 9, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Mark Ford, Membership Chair
Vivit Board of Directors


Hello everyone!   I would like to take a few moments to update you on some great accomplishments that Vivit achieved in 2016 and mention some areas where we are focusing next.

Vivit Refresh – I’m sure you’ve noticed the new Vivit logo and color scheme.  It’s a new look and a purposeful recommitment that we aren’t going anywhere but are here to serve you – our valued Vivit Members!  If you are looking for a great way to explain Vivit to others, please download our New Membership Brochure.  It’s a great conversation starter and explains who and what Vivit is – with quotes from Vivit members just like you!

Vivit Website – If you haven’t been to our refreshed Vivit website, you really need to check it out!  Our website provider now uses Vivit as an example when showing other customers how to refresh their websites.  Our team did a great job, and I couldn’t be more pleased.  It formats so much better on mobile devices as well so you can continue your Vivit experience on the go!

Vivit Webinars – We have a new Webinar platform provider to improve the content that Vivit delivers to you!  We’ve enhanced Webinar registrations so you don’t have to fill in all of your details when you register – saving you time! We’re continually working on streamlining and improving our Webinar registrations, event access, and more.  Our Webinar platform provider is rolling out additional updates this year as well, so stay tuned for that!

Vivit InForum – The monthly InForum also received a refresh, but did you know that you can now receive targeted content that is more relevant to your business needs?  Simply update the HPE Products Used sections on your Vivit member profile to include the products you are most interested in.  We’ve broken them up into five different categories to make them easier to find.  You'll get special editions of the monthly InForum delivered to you based on your product choices!

Vivit Membership – We’re closing in on 40,000 Vivit members with a goal of 42,000 by June 1st.  That’s a lot of members!  The Vivit Membership Committee meets bi-monthly to discuss ways to not just grow the membership but increase the value of Vivit for existing members as well.  We’re always looking for new committee members, so if you are interested, please let me know.  Conferences and Webinars are big draws for new members and of course your word of mouth helps too!

Vivit Gamification - We're working on a new gamification program to encourage members to contribute to Vivit. We'd like to see virtual networking grow this year through options such as: lively online forums, curated content, user case stories, mentors, and of course, social media participation.  We know that driving more and better content into Vivit will help drive membership!

Vivit Mobile App - We're also considering the feasibility of creating a mobile app for Vivit.  It will likely be something simple vs. a full blown native app.  For instance, it could provide options to download archived Webinars to watch offline later, options to receive mobile notifications of Vivit related content, upcoming webinars you’ve registered for, and other targeted communications.  Of course, shortcuts to the Vivit Website, profile updates, and more could be very handy.  Imagine how cool it would be to have the new Vivit logo on your Android or iOS home screen!

Thank you so much for being a part of the Vivit family.  We value your input, opinions, and contributions large and small.  If you have any questions or would just like to share a thought, please contact me.

Thanks!
Mark Ford
Vivit Membership Director
mark.ford@vivit-worldwide.org

 

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Spotlight Volunteers - February 2017

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Thursday, February 9, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, January 17, 2017

HUGS is the Swedish Local User Group of Vivit. The Board of HUGS consists of 7 members who are in charge of organizing events for more than 500 Vivit members in Sweden. As a member of HUGS, you have the opportunity to participate in the two half-day seminars that they organize every year. 

This year, the Board of the Swedish User Group consists of:

Chairman: Jan Pontéus

Vice Chairman: Lena Brelin

Secretary: Jan Hellenberg

Member: Klaus Zeuge

Member: Mostafa Moussavi

Alternate member 1: Ylva Johansson

Alternate member 2: Håkan Romanus

We appreciate all that the HUGS Board does; some of the members have served on the Board for quite some years already! We especially mention the contribution of the current vice chair, Lena Brelin, who attended Discover in London last December and helped in the Vivit Booth together with a previous HUGS Board member, Jan Czajkowski. Thank you, HUGS, for your support of the HPE User Community.

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SIG Talk

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Thursday, February 9, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Network Management


Chris Powers
Network Management SIG Leader

Jon Kies
Network Management SIG Leader









 As with Vivit, the Network Management SIG has undergone a few changes recently.  Our original co-leader (Wendy Wheeler) has moved on and has been replaced by Jon Kies.  Jon is responsible for the product marketing at HPE Software for Network Management and brings his insider-view.  Chris Powers will continue to co-lead this SIG with Jon.  Chris is an IT industry veteran and has presented both in Vivit sessions as well as at HPE Discover.  

The Vivit Network Management SIG focuses on Network Node Manager i (NNMi) and Network Automation (NA) with membership extending from new to seasoned levels of users /administrators, all who can share both their questions and insights.   As an example, we just held two sessions last December.  The first was around how to start out with Network Automation and the second on Performance Tuning of NPS on NNMi.  Go to Vivit’s Network Management SIG page where you will find:

  • the webinar content under the Group Pages
  • a link to the latest case studies
  • the ability to download the latest versions of NNMi and NA

JOIN THIS SIG and the passionate leaders:

  • 10% of Vivit’s worldwide membership are part of this SIG, and it is growing fast.
  • In 2016, a number of key speakers who work with the products on a daily basis have shared their expertise with the SIG: Brian Kaplan, Joe Reves, Prem Monica Raj Natarajan, as well our co-leaders Jon Kies and Chris Powers.
We look forward to you joining in the conversation.


 

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Micro Focus Names HPE’s Chris Hsu CEO of Group

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 25, 2017
It was announced January 17th that Chris Hsu, Chief Operating Officer of HPE and Executive Vice President of HPE Software will be appointed as the new CEO of the go-forward combined company once HPE Software merges with Micro Focus.

This is great news for the Vivit and software community. Chris has had a remarkable career at HP and HPE. In his current and previous roles, he has driven large scale transformations to enable greater company agility, instill operational discipline and drive profitability. As the leader of HPE Software, Chris is directly engaged with HPE Software's portfolio investment strategy, has a keen sense of the market and a strong commitment to a customer-centric culture.

Mr. Hsu will take up his role following completion of the proposed merger. Until then, Stephen Murdoch will remain chief executive of Micro Focus, and will then become chief operating officer for the enlarged group. Nils Brauckmann will remain chief executive of SUSE, and as previously announced, Kevin Loosemore will remain executive chairman until at least April 2018.

Micro Focus plans to announce further details of board composition and executive management of the enlarged group when the prospectus is published in the third quarter of 2017.

We hope you share our excitement at this news and the confidence it shows the market holds in Mr. Hsu, the HPE Software products and the HPE Software team.

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Spotlight on a Volunteer - January 2017

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Thursday, January 12, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Jagadish Reddy
EMS
Meeza
Sydney, Australia LUG Leader
Brisbane, Australia LUG Leader

 

"Customer-centric is an approach to doing business that focuses on providing a positive customer experience both at the point of sale and after the sale in order to drive profit and gain competitive advantage. Vivit hosts different events where the customer challenges are discussed and great ideas were shared."

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New Leader Blog - January 2017

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Thursday, January 12, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Get Connected

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

 


José Arteaga Salavarria
Sistemista Networking
DC Labs
Italian LUG leader 

  • Born in Venezuela and moved to Italy in 2003
  • Fell in love with networking and server's world after installing his first 10Base2 and the "ancient” Novell Netware operating system
  • Never stopped learning, implementing and managing several solutions. Netwrix Certified Engineer, Cisco CCNA R&S, Microsoft MTA, VMware VCA, IPv6 Forum Certified. Jose is a huge fan of Hyperconvergence.
  • He's looking forward to growing his knowledge and sharing it with all Vivit members.
"Italy calling here with new projects and ideas for 2017. Soon we are going to talk about End-to-end Application and Performance Monitoring, Disaster Recovery, Protecting Critical Servers plus Data in Virtualized Environments and secure backup strategies... of course following a pragmatical approach with tons of videos and live events.
We as a community are nothing without your participation, so I encourage you to post, share, and reply to content on our forums (our members are the most important part of the community), and don't forget to follow our talks and live events!”


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