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Awards and Recognition

Each year, Connect recognizes community members for various achievements.  Annual awards include:

Connect Volunteer of the Year - Presented to a Connect member who has gone above and beyond in sharing their time and talents to advance Connect's mission of delivering education, networking opportunities and advocacy to its global members.

HP Recognition Award - Like the Member of the Year award, the HP Recognition Award acknowledges outstanding contribution.  This award is presented to an HP employee who is passionate about Connect and goes beyond or even outside of their responsibilities to support the community.

NonStop Availability Award: This international award recognizes companies that keep high standards to meet customer expectations of availability 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  

OpenVMS Availability Award: The program a focus on best practices for better optimization and increased utilization of existing environments. Additionally, entries give HP a more accurate view of OpenVMS product performance in real-world working situations, not just the subset of outages that those customers report to HP’s support centers.


In 2012, Connect recognized:

Neil Barnes - Volunteer of the Year
This year’s Volunteer of the Year has been a member of ITUG and now Connect for many years. He has served as chapter leader for the active BITUG chapter and continues to serve BITUG in planning their chapter and annual events. He also serves on the Connect chapter committee bringing his great experience and expertise in chapter development to the entire Connect community.

While he is very passionate about the NonStop community, he selflessly serves the entire Connect global community in this role. He recently wrote a paper on ‘How to run a successful chapter’ and rarely misses He holds many technology credentials including an HP Master ASE and manages a large data center for Lloyds Bank in London. Connect congatulates this year's winner of the Volunteer of the Year Award, Mr. Neil Barnes!

 Brad Harwell - HP Recognition Award
Each year, Connect recognizes an HP employee who not only helps support Connect, but is also a passionate volunteer often going above and beyond their job description to give to our great community of HP business technology customers around the world. Due to our rule about not awarding volunteers currently serving on the board, this year’s recipient has never formally been recognized for all that he has done to serve, support and grow the user community.

Through the years he has not only helped us by championing Connect within HP, he also contributed his business acumen to the board of directors and staff. We owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude for all that he has done and seen us through. Whether it was moving an entire trade show from New Orleans to Orlando in 30 days or a legal consolidation of three user communities in less than 9 months, this HP "super hero” was always by our side to save the day. For 9 years, he has given his blood, sweat and tears (yes tears) to the user communities. He stood for and continues to stand for the best interest of Connect and the HP customer. Above all, we are proud to call him friend. With sincere appreciation, Connect congratulates this year's winner fo the HP Recognition Award, Brad Harwell!

In 2011, Connect Recognized:

Clyde T. Poole - Volunteer of the Year
Clyde is fondly known as the ‘conscious of Connect’. He is passionate and giving of his time and expertise and is always there when you need him.  As a former board member of Encompass and DECUS, he is best known for being our resident parliamentarian – always following the letter of the ‘by’law.

Wendy Bartlett - HP Recognition Award
Wendy is always available and willing to serve to ensure we provide the most relevant content and technology focused benefits to our members. She will roll up her sleeves and jump in to help when asked and has been steadfast in her support over the years. Her support of HP’s NonStop customers is not only recognized by the Connect board but also by its members and her HP peers.

MasterCard Worldwide - NonStop Availability Award
This year, entrants from around the world were judged on numerous criteria, including system and network availability, complexity of environment, quality of outage data, and best practices. Three finalists were honored in 2 categories: "Winner” and "Honorable Mention”.  Finalists honored in their respective categories were MasterCard Worldwide, BV Zahlungssysteme GmbH, and VocaLink


In 2010, Connect recognized:

Oliver Bach, Volunteer of the Year Award

Oliver is a volunteer taking the role of the Connect Community Manager in Germany. In that role he is working with Connect Worldwide to promote and support its online plaorm and the social media presence and using it as a means to grow membership.

He is a student of Computer Science at a major technical university in Germany and volunteered to be the Chairperson of the OpenVMS 'Research and Teaching' Community in Germany.

In addiRon, Oliver has led the iniRaRve to integrate Connect Germany with Connect Worldwide's YM/myCommunity, schedules and runs local webinars and supported Connect Germany's annual event. He is also very acRve in driving parRcipaRon both at the member and leadership level.

Dlaine Maox, HP Recognion Award

Dlaine Maox's knows no boundaries when it comes to supporRng Connect. She is an incredible resource who has given her Rme so generously to the community to assist in meeRng the needs of members.

In her 'official' role with Connect, Dlaine serves as liaison to the Connect chapter leaders and supports Chapter acRviRes. She also coordinates quarterly meeRngs with all HP staff who provide support to Connect to ensure that everyone is on the same page and aware of all of Connect's acRviRes and opportuniRes to contribute.

When Connect needed a 'few' extra hands at HP Tech Forum, Dlaine rallied the troops to help ensure Connect's parRcipaRon and support was world class. And she delivered.

NonStop Availability award

Each year Connect and HP award a member of its NonStop community the coveted NonStop availability award. The trophy is passed each year to the new winner and this year was presented to:


2009 Awards and Recognition Archive

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