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Advanced Training to Kick-Start Your Career

Posted By Susan Russel, Sunday, April 28, 2013
Updated: Sunday, April 28, 2013

Is it time to kick-start your IT Career?

Did you know that companies are looking to fill FTE's in the IT organization, but the skill set is nowhere to be found?

I can't tell you how many times I hear:

  • "We can't find the skill set required to support solutions we need."
  • "We have open Req's for IT Staff and can't fill them."

This is a common theme in corporate IT organizations, and Vivit wants to help you kick-start your IT career.

The Vivit user community is made up of the best and brightest. The talented individuals within our user community have years of experience with HP Solutions around the world. We can help you make a difference!

I have years of experience running Vivit local chapter events in Ohio, Michigan, and Illinois in the HP Operations suite of products (NNMi, OM, Omi BSM, SM). I often tell users "don't get too comfortable with the current technology” and "you have to grow in order to support your organization.” Sometimes I recommend they dive deeper into available products, effectively using these tools to help solve IT issues and concerns.

Through the years, we often hear that "our companies don't send us to training." Why? "It costs too much money,” "time away from the office means we return to put out fire after fire,” and "we can't seem to solve the problem right the first time"

Vivit (the official user group for HP Software Solutions) and its partners are working together to provide ways to help educate our user community. View the different training opportunities on Vivit's website.

One of the education offerings is Vivit Advanced Training, 10 different 4-hour, deep-dive training classes offered at in-person events like HP Discover on June 11, 2013. On HP Software conference surveys, you requested more deep-dive sessions. You spoke, and your Vivit user community has answered!

Vivit Advanced Training is a great solution to more in-depth sessions at HP Discover. This program has been successful in helping IT Managers and Administrators ask value-building questions, the kind of questions that result from a consulting engagement with a team of experts. There is no other venue at HP Discover that will give you four hours to focus on a particular HP Software Solution, to discuss detailed functionality, integration, and end user experience in technologies that will impact your career and company requirements.

Key features of the deep-dive classes include:

  • Four hour focus on solutions that affect your career
  • Learn from practitioners in the field at a low cost of $99/session
  • Network with peers and get answers from real-world experiences
  • Walk away with technical information and consulting level deliverables

Seating is limited to 35 attendees per session, so please register today. We look forward to meeting with you at HP Discover's Vivit Advanced Training Sessions.

Learn more about each of the 10 Advanced Training Sessions at HP Discover, June 11, 2013. 

Tags:  ALM  BPT  BSM  Data Protection  Mobile  Performance Testing  Test Automation  Training  uCMDB  UFT 

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It’s coming…The Discover Performance Tour

Posted By Susan Russel, Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Achieve IT without borders.

We predict an interesting future for CIOs and IT leaders – where you’ll move from being the IT builder to becoming the power broker. We see an agile, mobile, cloud-enabled world, where IT needs to become embedded more deeply into the business.  IT leaders will bring innovation by mastering a digital supply chain, and agilely designing and launching business processes that take advantage of new markets and opportunities.  To thrive in this world, IT needs to operate without borders. And dissolving the boundaries between your development and operations teams is a critical place to start.     

Here’s your chance.  Join the Discover Performance Tour to engage with industry-leading solutions, experts and your peers as you get started on your journey. During this interactive event, you’ll gain perspective from industry leaders, benefit from the insights of IT leaders, interact with the solutions and get started on your DevOps journey.

Mark your calendar now! 






Wed., Sept 5

Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza


Thurs., Sept 6

Ritz Carlton Denver

Santa Clara

Tues, Sept 11

Hyatt Regency Santa Clara


Thurs., Sept 13

Sheraton Reston


Thurs., Sept 20

W New York


Tues., Sept 25

Hyatt Regency Cambridge


Tues., Sept 25

St. Andrews Club & Conference Center


Thurs., Sept 27

Wyndham Grand


Thurs., Sept 27

Hilton Austin


Thurs., Sept 27

Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver


Tues., Oct 2

W Atlanta Downtown


Thurs., Oct 10

Arizona Biltmore (Waldorf Astoria)

Registration will be available by August 6.


Tags:  20/20  Agile  Application Lifecycle Managerement  Automating  Cloud  HP Enterprise  Mobile  Mobility 

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Vivit Advanced Training -- What Registrants Are Saying

Posted By Chris Scharer, Education Chair, Board of Directors, Friday, May 25, 2012

I've talked with some of the registrants for the
Vivit Advanced Training and have compiled their input on what they are looking to get out of our classes. Following are some of the courses with what registrants have to say. You can click on their name. For a full list of Vivit Advanced Training courses and registration instructions, click here. Training will take place on June 4, 2012, in Las Vegas. It's not too late to register.

Deep Dive into HP ALM 11 (Assure)

>> Steven Hulse, Quality Assurance Systems Support Specialist with Cabela's

HP Service Manager Performance Tuning Workshop (StrataCom)

>> Laura Gardner, Developer/Administrator (HP ServiceCenter) with BD

>> Darla Burk, PR SWE


Deep Dive into HP ALM 11 (Assure)

Steven Hulse, Quality Assurance Systems Support Specialist with Cabela's says…

I’m the admin for our instance of ALM. I performed the upgrade from v10 to v11 and will be performing the installation of Performance Center soon. I also administer our Serena Business Mashups application and enterprise Architect.

I’ve been a tester for about 7 years now (ISTQB certified in 2007) but since ALM came on board I haven’t really tested much other than my own stuff as ALM keeps me very busy! When we upgraded to ALM we saw this as an opportunity to change and fine tune some of our processes and have been working on utilizing the cross project customizations and template features of ALM. In the past we would set up a domain and project(s) for each project that was being worked on, now we are aligning them based on the various lines of business Cabela’s has. This way we can be more efficient with test cases and requirements.

I’m also in the process of getting things ready to perform the installation of Performance Center. It looks to be like a fun challenge and a great learning experience.

I’m hoping to further my knowledge on ALM and Performance Center with not only the Deep Dive class but also obtain my certification in ALM. I’m looking forward to this year’s event and meeting other ALM, QTP and Performance Center users and "talking shop” and possibly helping them with any issues they may have. I’m in the process of teaching myself VBScripting so I can start doing more with the OTA development.

I try to be as active in the HP community as I can by participating in the Vivit, HP and Linked in forums and groups. I know there are others out there that have questions and need help and I try my best to help them as much as I can. Work keeps me busy with supporting a little over 300 users and several offshore teams so I’ve gone from an eight hour workday to almost a 24x7 support role for ALM. I don’t mind it as I know these folks need to be productive so Cabela’s can deliver legendary service and products!

HP Service Manager Performance Tuning Workshop (StrataCom)

Laura Gardner, Developer/Administrator (HP ServiceCenter) with BD says…

I am the System Administrator as well as the developer for our HP ServiceCenter 6.2 implementation. We currently use the Interaction, Incident and Change Modules as well as the Configuration Management module. Our system is highly customized on the front end, but we have made no changes to the RAD. We are pushed out to an oracle database. We plan to upgrade to ServiceManager in February 2013. I have been the Admin/Developer for over 10 years, and I still learn something new almost every day.

Darla Burk, PR SWE says…

I have worked for my current company for 16 ½ years, I have been working within the team responsible for Service Manager for 12 years. We are currently running Service Manager 9.21. We plan on upgrading to 9.3 by the end of Q3 this year. Within Service Manager we utilize all modules with the exception of Request Management which we are in the progress of implementing this year as well. We have a large volume of transactions that come in from both the client as well as web services. When we migrated to SM 9.21 at the beginning of this year we went from the majority of our users utilizing the desktop client to everyone utilizing the web client. We continue to hear complaints about the slowness of the application, hopefully I will gain some helpful tips from attending the class that we can implement to improve the overall customer experience with Service Manager.

Tags:  ALM  BSM  Executive Scorecard  HP Service Manager  Mobile  Performance Management  Training  uCMDB 

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