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Connect with the Vivit Award Winners from EMEA

Posted By Martijn Stuiver, Chapter & SIG Chair, Board of Directors, Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Hear from and get connect to three of the most recognized community leaders in Vivit and their field.

Leader of the Year

Olli Laiho 100 x 125.jpgOlli Laiho was recognized for his outstanding leadership for the online Testing, Quality and Application Lifecycle Management (TQA) Special Interest Group. He is a qualified expert on HP's Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and Quality Center products and a Quality Assurance specialist. He is also driving the value of utilizing Business Intelligence tools in Quality Assurance and Testing to improve the output and performance of Quality Assurance organizations worldwide. He has helped lead the TQA Special Interest Group for four years, adding blogs, tips and tricks, and webinars for members around the world. Olli is a frequent speaker and roundtable leader at the international HP Discover conferences and an instructor for Vivit Advanced Training, focusing on HP ALM and Quality Center. Olli works as a Senior QA Consultant for Assure "The QC Guys" in Finland.

Hear directly from Olli in the video interview below.

>>Connect with Olli

>>Join the TQA Special Interest Group

Champion of the Year

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Stefan Mohr was recognized for his outstanding effort to advance and grow the community. Stefan has been a Vivit member and Chapter leader for five years and has helped to organize the two-day German User Group Meetings for more than seven years. He was the 2009 Leader of the Year Award winner, and because of the expansive community he has built throughout Germany and the outpouring of member nominations, Vivit awarded him with Champion of the Year. Stefan is the Consulting Manager and a Principal Consultant for the ITC GmbH in Germany. Stefan has more than 15 years experience in implementing, customizing, training and selling of HP Software products and ITSM Consulting. As a certified ITIL Service Manager, he focuses on integrated ITSM solutions for enterprise and SMB customers based on HP Software and 3rd party products.

View my interview with Stefan at HP Discover in Frankfurt, Germany.

>>Connect with Stefan

>>Join the Germany Chapter

Speaker of the Year

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Mihai Grigorescu is co-leader for the South Africa Chapter and was recognized for a series of outstanding webinar presentations for members on best practices and real life practical usage of HP Application Lifecycle Management (ALM). Mihai also led several roundtables at the HP Discover conference in Frankfurt, Germany, December 2012. He has been in the software testing industry for over 5 years and is now the TCoE Tools Lead at Accenture in South Africa. He has a passion for testing in general and for business as well as technical processes. He is an avid fan of making optimal use of available tools and processes which assist the overall testing efforts and projects. He is also currently a board member of the SIGiST committee (Special Interest Group in Software Testing for South Africa) and is an active speaker in national and international events.

Hear Mihai's inspiring speaker message in the following video.

>>Connect with Mihai

>>Join the South Africa Chapter

>>Become a Vivit Speaker

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New Chapter & SIG Leadership - August 2012

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Monday, August 6, 2012
Updated: Thursday, August 2, 2012

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Join a group by clicking on the Chapter or Special Interest Group (SIG) name under each new leader and "Join Group”. Connect to the leaders by clicking on their name. Member sign-in required.

Leandro Demari
Global Capability Manager
Brasil Chapter Leader

Leandro Demari is the leader of the Vivit Brazil Chapter. Leandro earned an MBA in IT Service Management from Fundação Getulio Vargas in Brazil and also completed a program in international management at the University of California, Irvine. He is an Accredited Integration Specialist (AIS) in the HP Operations Manager and has been working with HP Service Management & Operations Center toolsets since 2003. He lives in São Paulo, Brazil with his Wife Leticia. Leandro`s hobbies is photography and travel.





Rodney Detrick
Director of Sales
Orange County Chapter Leader



Rodney Detrick is the leader of the Vivit Orange County, CA Chapter. He is the Director of Sales for HP Elite Partner, Techport Thirteen, and has held numerous leadership roles in the software industry over the past 16 years. He's worked for large organizations, including IBM and Borland Software and maintained leadership roles in the growth of numerous successful technology startups. Rodney is a certified trainer for Dale Carnegie's Leadership Training for Managers and The Sales Advantage. Other accreditations include a Bachelors of Business Administration and a Masters of Business Administration in Executive IT Management. Rodney has held a variety of leadership roles in the community including the Saddleback YMCA Child/Parent Program, Cub Scouts of America, Jr. All-American Football, AYSO, Mission Viejo High School Football Boosters. A Southern California native, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids traveling, skiing and hiking. He has been practicing & performing magic for over 30 years and loves to incorporate a little prestidigitation into his business meetings and training.


 Audra Kutz
Regional Sales Manager
Advanced MarketPlace
HP Service Management
Special Interest Group Leader





I made the unlikely jump from Language Arts Secondary Instructor to the technology industry in 1999. In a matter of weeks I went from teaching Shakespeare to solving Betrieve Error 20 and writing SQL statements. Although I only spent two years as a help desk engineer and software trainer (for a company that went on to become acquired by Microsoft), it was a fantsastic foundation for my career in the IT Service Manager industry and my ultimate love of sales (i.e. making friends for a living.) Subsequently, I  jump started a fledgling start up consulting company's sales and marketing endeavors in late 2001 and experienced great success as I grew their business year after year until I came aboard for a larger HP partner, Advanced MarketPlace (AMP) in 2009.  My past two years at AMP have been spectacular! Our footprint has literally exploded in the Minneapolis/St. Paul region and the true reward is seeing our customer's ecstatic embrace of an HP partner in the region made up of not just developers, but best practice experts, Project Managers who are ITIL certified and intimate with the HP toolset, and consultants with the deepest expertise in existence. AMP's ability to successfully deploy large scale implementations is second to none and I am proud to be affiliated with this professional team.  We possess not only experience and industry knowledge, but stand on a belief in integrity that is our trademark.  That rare combination keeps our customers coming back and makes me happy to wake up every morning and go to work for such amazing people.
I am excited to be a part of Vivit. User groups play an integral role for our customers and for us. I co-founded an HP Service Manager User Group in St. Paul in 2009 that still meets quarterly today. It's value to the community has been tremendous and I look forward to providing that same value to the Vivit community in the months and years to come!


Douglas Vaughan
IT-Quality Control Anlst Leader
Principal Financial Group
Iowa Chapter Leader

Doug Vaughan has been working in software quality assurance since 2006 when he joined the IT department at the Principal Financial Group’s Health Division.  He became involved in automation shortly thereafter and quickly moved into a full time automation position.  Since then, Doug has been instrumental in developing the current automation framework for the Corporate System Support Division within The Principal.  Doug, a native Iowan, enjoys spending time with family, playing video games, and learning new ways to do just about anything. 

Laura Walker
Director of Business Development
HP Sercice Management 
Special Interest Group Leader


Laura is the Director of Business Development for StrataCom and serves the HP Software community as a leader focusing on ITSM for the Chicago, Texas, Southern California, Minnesota, and Kansas City chapters of Vivit. Laura currently also serves on the Board of Directors for Vivit Worldwide as well.
Laura’s career has focused on the ITSM industry for the past ten years working for HP ITSM partner StrataCom. In addition to her volunteer efforts with Vivit, Laura has been very active in both itSMF and HDI organizations as well, helping to organize, sponsor, and facilitate events. Laura was elected by Vivit as the Leader of the Year for the Americas region in 2011. Laura has been instrumental in making Vivit user group sessions available virtually to those who reside elsewhere or are unable to attend in person. Laura joined Vivit with an altruistic spirit to accomplish her goal of uniting the HP ITSM community through networking opportunities and bringing more and better information to HP Service Manager clients around the country.







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New Chapter & SIG Leadership - May 2012

Posted By Stephanie Konkoy, Friday, April 27, 2012

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Join a group by clicking on the Chapter or Special Interest Group (SIG) name under each new leader and "Join Group”. Connect to the leaders by clicking on their name. Member sign-in required.

Denver Meeks
Senior Sales and Support Specialist EView Technology
BSM SIG Leader



Denver works as a Senior Sales and Support Specialist for EView Technology. He has worked with Vivit Leaders and members for the last 14 years. Before working at EView Technology, Denver worked for several years with JP Morgan Chase. His role was Enterprise monitoring solution engineer and was then later promoted to Manager. He used an end to end monitoring solution with the help of PCI and HP.

Denver joined EView Technology after spending over 14 years as an EView customer in a very large customer location in the US. In his current role, he has the depth of experience and understanding of HP Operations Manager/NNM/ OVPI/OVIS/Capacity Performance monitoring for all platforms and the EView products, so he can be an additional resource outside of the product/support team at Eview, when it comes to IBM monitoring for Mainframes and Iseries Eview Technology.

Additionally, Denver is a volunteer 240 Fire Fighter/EMT card holder, and enjoys raising cattle and riding Harleys. He serves the HP Software community as a leader for the Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Michigan chapters as well as the Business Service Management Special Interest Group (BSM SIG).



Russel Parker
Golden Ratio, Inc.
Sacramento Chapter Leader






Russ Parker, President of Golden Ratio, has been helping companies solve their Asset and Materiel Management problems since 1995. His focus for the last eight years has been on Consulting in the fields of IT Asset, Financial, Service, and Software Asset Management. Russ is a regular speaker at industry conferences and has presented at multiple events sponsored by IAITAM, IBSMA, and HP. He has also authored several IT Infrastructure related articles and was selected by the International Business Software Managers Association as the "Software Asset Management Consultant of the Year for 2010".

In addition to using his general business consulting skills to help clients address their Infrastructure Management needs, Russ Parker is acknowledged as one of the top HP Asset Manager technical resources in the world. He has not only been involved with numerous standard implementations and upgrades, but has also worked with both his Clients and the HP Asset Manager Development team to extend the use of Asset Manager in new and innovative ways. Russ is also uniquely talented at sharing his specialized knowledge and makes a point of empowering his clients to maintain their systems without a dependence on additional consulting.

Russ has a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from the University of California at San Diego. He currently resides in Sacramento, CA with his wife and two children. He serves the HP Software community as a leader for the Vivit Sacramento chapter.

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New Chapter & SIG Leadership - April 2012

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

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Join a group by clicking on the Chapter or Special Interest Group (SIG) name under each new leader and "Join Group”. Connect to the leaders by clicking on their name. Member sign-in required.

Chris Powers
Senior Tools Engineer
SIG Leader
Network Automation SIG - Join Now

Chris is currently a Senior Tools Engineer for a provider of technology solutions to the financial world including: banks, credit unions, and securities processing organizations. He provides a wide range of services to the clients, as well as other support groups such as the Network Operations Center and Network Engineering. He has worked with clients in a variety of industries, mostly related to Wide Area Networks and Network Management functions. Chris is interested in Wide Area Network performance as well as SNMP scripting. He was able to utilize all of these skills as a Network Engineer at Zvolve where he provided configuration guidance to developers on a MPLS software solution. Then at SunTrust, he was exposed to HP Network Automation and fell in love. Now at Fiserv, he is able to take the next step and architect, deploy and support HP Network and Operations Orchestration.

Chris serves the HP Software community as a founder and co-leader of the Vivit Network Automation Special Interest Group (NA SIG).

Wendy Wheeler
Content Manager
SIG Supporter
Network Automation SIG - Join Now

Wendy has been working in the network tools and operations space since 1996.Currently, she works for HP Software as the Content Manager for HP NA, NNMi, and ISPi. She is also an HP Eco Advocate; she serves as an environmental speaker at conferences, plans HP environmental volunteer activities, and participates in various corporate environmental activities.

Wendy serves the HP Software community as a founder and co-leader of the Vivit Network Automation Special Interest Group (NA SIG).

New Chapter and Leader:

Michal Zarzycki
Quality Assurance & Test Engineer
Chapter Leader
Poland - Join Now

Michal is a Quality Assurance and Test Engineer, since October 2005, for Volvo. He acts as a Tester (Functional, Functional Automation and Performance). Michael is responsible for HP test tools: HP Quality Center, HP Quick Test Professional and HP Performance Center.

Michal has a degree in Computer Engineering from Academy of Management and Finance in Poland and a Master of Science degree from Wroclaw University of Economics specializing in Computer Science in Management. He has additional skill training in Better Business Communication, Team Work and Coaching. Additionally, he has technical training in ISTQB, Certified tester, Foundation Level, Certified Test Manager, HP Fundamentals of LoadRunner 9.0, HP VuGen 9.0 Scripting for Web, HP Performance Center 9.0, MS Visual Studio Team System, Rational Functional Tester, HP QTP; SAP TAO; HP Quality Center, and ISTQB Advanced Level - Technical Test Analyst.

He serves the HP Software User community as a founder and leader of the new Poland Vivit chapter.

New Leaders:

Mihai Grigorescu
Test Process Manager
Standard Bank Group
Chapter Leader
South Africa - Join Now

Mihai Grigorescu has a BSc in International Economics and has furthered his studies in Business Communications. He has been in testing for the last five years and is currently in the role of Test Process Manager at one of the major financial institutions in South Africa. He has a passion for testing in general and business as well as technical processes. He is an avid fan of making optimal use of available tools which assist the test effort (testing tool-smith). He is also currently a board member of the SIGiST committee and an active speaker in national and international events.

Mihai serves the HP Software community as a co-leader of the Vivit South Africa chapter.

Evan Hamilton
President & Managing Director
Cravetek, LLC
Chapter Leader
Colorado  - Join Now


Evan is the President & Managing Director at Cravetek, LLC - a HP Software integration partner that wasfounded in 2007.  He started Cravetek after spending his first 10 years in the IT business working primarily in sales and management rolesin the ISP / datacom and OEM fields. He got his start in the HP software world working as a regional sales manager for VIP Consulting (a legacy Mercury Interactive partner). Cravetek's businessisfocused on ESM / Enterprise Systems Management, Monitoring,and Application Performance Management (BAC, DDM, BSM, uCMDB, Sitecope, Service Manager, RC, Opsware, NNM, OV, etc.). Cravetek works directly with many fortune500 enterprise clients, providing strategic HPS /BTO software project consulting services. Additionally, Cravetek works closely with many of the other HPS partners,along with traditional consulting firms (Accenture, CSC, Tata, Adecco, etc.); and Cravetek has worked with clients and partnersinternationally in both EMEA and LATAM.

Evan serves the Vivit&HP Software community as a co-leader for the Configuration Management SIG and also the Colorado chapter of Vivit.


Sandeep Jain
OpsHub, Inc.
Chapter Leader
Silicon Valley/San Jose - Join Now


Sandeep Jain is the CEO and founder of OpsHub, Inc. and is passionate about building winning products and great teams. Prior to founding OpsHub, he was the Head of the Device Management group at Openwave Systems with responsibilities for product management, engineering and sales support for the Openwave Mobile Device Manager product line. Prior to Openwave, he was the founder & CEO of Viquity Corporation. Viquity was a startup focusing on improving the efficiency of the intercompany direct material supply chain. At Viquity, he developed the initial business plan and raised three rounds of venture financing from Hummer Winblad, Atlas Ventures and JK&B Capital. Prior to Viquity, he was a nine-year veteran at Oracle Corporation. He held management positions at Oracle's Server Technology Division and Application Server Division. While at Oracle, Sandeep conceptualized and created the replication product line extension to Oracle Database Server.

Besides OpsHub, he is passionate about mentoring and entrepreneurship. He is on the advisory board of Astia, an innovative global not-for-profit organization that propels women's full participation as entrepreneurs and leaders in high-growth businesses, fueling innovation and driving economic growth. He is also leads the mentorship program for PAN IIT, an alumni organization for the alumni of Indian Institutes of Technology.

He received his B.Tech. in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, M.S. in Computer Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from Santa Clara University. He also holds several patents in the distributed systems area.

Sandeep serves the HP Software community as a co-leader of the Vivit Silicon Valley/San Jose chapter.

 Vivit now has 60 local chapters spanning 22 countries. Join a Chapter near you.
Vivit has 13 worldwide SIGs. View our complete list of SIGs.

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