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2014 Board Election Results

Posted By Richard Bishop, Thursday, May 8, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, May 6, 2014




Richard Bishop, Director, Nominations Chair, UK User Group Leader

I’d like to take a moment to thank those of you who took the time to vote in our recent election. As most of you know, Vivit has a Board of Directors that consists of nine directors who manage our staff of four and provide leadership and direction to our Local User Group and Special Interest Group leaders throughout the world. Each year, Vivit holds 
staggered elections to elect three of the nine board members.

I would like to reassure our members that Vivit makes every attempt possible to be a non-intrusive organization and keep the number of emails that we send to a minimum. We are conscious that in our attempts to drive up voter numbers, at this time of year we send a large number of emails to members regarding the elections. This year we managed to reduce some of these emails by not emailing those who are ineligible to vote (i.e. HP employees) and not sending "please vote” emails from our automated mailing system to people who had already voted. Local User Group and Special Interest Group leaders also sent their own emails that may have contributed to "email overload”. 

I’m pleased to say that this year, we have managed to conclude our election process more quickly and with more members voting than ever before. Despite this success, we are working to streamline the voting process for future years and reduce the number of unwanted election emails. We need to ensure that our desire for a streamlined voting process doesn’t reduce the board’s electoral accountability. We’d appreciate feedback from members on how we can do this and I’d be happy to hear from members who’d like to contribute to this discussion.

2014 Elected Board Members

Karen Semonson
Transformation Program Manager
CUNA Mutual Group
Madison, WI USA

Christian Gerdes
Senior Performance Engineer
Lights In Line AB
Stockholm, Sweden


Colin Fries
Test Automation Specialist
Avaya Government Solutions
St. Louis, MO USA

I’d like to thank the other board candidates who although they were not elected to the board this year, they were exceedingly strong candidates who volunteer their time as Local User Group or Special Interest Group leaders. We feel proud to have them as leaders within our organization and hope that they’ll consider standing for election in future years.

Additional Vivit Board Candidates

Bernard Szymczak
Lead IT Systems Engineer
Progressive Insurance
Mayfield Village, OH USA

Mihai Grigorescu
TCoE Tools Lead
Cape Town, South Africa

Eric Gee
Manager, Software Quality Engineering
MTS - An Omnicell Company
St. Petersburg, FL USA

Mike Peckar
Managing Consultant
Avent, Inc.
West Boylston, MA USA


I’d also like to take a moment to thank Jim Murphy who is departing the Vivit board this year. Jim decided against standing for re-election due to work commitments and he’ll be a loss to our team. We wish Jim well and hope that he’ll stay in touch.

Vivit Departing Board Members

Jim Murphy

Vernon Hills, Illinois
United States





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HP Software EMEA Customer Forums

Posted By Richard Bishop, Thursday, April 11, 2013

The IT environment that we're working in is radically different from that of 10 or 20 years ago. "Game-changing” trends such as cloud or hybrid-cloud computing, agile software development methods, DevOps integrations and the proliferation of mobile devices are making fundamental changes to the way that we live and work.

HP has arranged two customer forums in Brussels that will help you to get to grips with these new trends and give you the opportunity to share your own experiences with your peers from leading EMEA companies and HP product managers. These events are free for HP Customers and Channel Partners.

16th – 17th April 2013 
HP Software Customer Forum EMEA – Service and Portfolio Management
Over two days this event will cover the key aspects of service and portfolio management including asset, configuration and demand management as well as PPM and HP Service Anywhere. Customer speakers include Barclays, SAP, SPAR, Continental, Turkcell and others.

18th – 19th April 2013

HP Software Customer Forum EMEA – Application Lifecycle Management
The ALM forum includes hot topics from the world of testing such as TMMi, network virtualisation, agile development and testing and security. Speakers come from companies including Steria, Atos and Iovio and there will be breakout sessions covering test automation, performance testing, agile ALM and mobile application delivery.

25th April 2013
HP ALM 360°
As well as the customer forums, HP's ALM roadshow is in Brussels on 25th April. I attended the UK ALM roadshow in Leeds and found it extremely informative. As well as providing roadmap information and customer "best-practice sessions”, it was a great opportunity to share experiences with other HP software users.

At the Brussels event you'll hear how to accelerate application delvery with ALM as well as security and QA case studies. The afternoon session will consist of three separate tracks, allowing you to choose sessions that suit your own needs or interests. Sessions include QA and mobile application testing, application security, functional testing, DevOps and continuous delivery.

Vivit leaders will be at these events too, so as well as the opportunity to mix with other attendees, make sure that you get in touch with them as well. Why not take the opportunity to have a small get-together with other Vivit members and make the most of your trip to Brussels.

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Announcing New Board Member

Posted By Vivit Staff, Monday, August 1, 2011

Announcing New Board Member

Vivit is pleased to announce that Richard Bishop, Senior Performance Consultant, Intechnica, and leader for the United Kingdom chapter, is filling the open Board seat for the coming year. Richard is a testing specialist with over ten years of experience with Performance Center and Quality Center, and he is looking forward to representing and growing the European user community.

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