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New Leaders Blog - November 2017

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Thursday, November 9, 2017
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017

David Levy
Vice President of Marketing
J9 Technologies
Operations Bridge Group SIG Leader

David is the Vice President of Marketing at J9 Technologies. 

J9 is the premier systems integrator laser focused on IT operations management. Large enterprises with the most complex ITOM challenges rely on J9’s OpStream product and their world class consultants to enable tools which guarantee high availability and optimized performance of critical infrastructure and applications.

Prior to J9, David spent 4 years at InterMapper, a pioneering network monitoring, mapping and alerting vendor.

As a B2B focused strategic marketing executive with a diverse background in all aspects of awareness building and demand generation, he has over 15 years of experience creating world-class marketing functions at high growth technology companies. 

"My goal for the Operations Bridge SIG is to have a forum where practitioners can learn about how to effectively leverage the features of Ops Bridge to bring true business value to their organizations. I envision a community where end-users, Micro Focus staff, channel partners, consultants and others are actively sharing case studies, best practices, tips and tricks, industry trends, thought leadership and more."


Francesco Colavita
ADM EMEA Business Consultant 
Micro Focus
DevOps SIG Champion 

Imagine Francesco talking with friends in his small Italian village on a sunny day with a fresh drink in his hand, and you probably can imagine his passion for communication. 

This passion moves Francesco in every step of his life, and during the last 28 years that he has spent working in IT, he always merged his technical skill with his passion, dedicating his attention to team motivation. Is there a better challenge than developing a DevOps message for HPE and Micro Focus where communication between teams is key? IT people are used to communicating with computers that don't need motivation or goals to reach; they don’t ask questions and don’t need to share or understand. People and organization intercommunication requires experience and passion that could come from experienced, technological skill but also from a motivation that arrives from a fresh drink shared with friends in a small Italian village.

Francesco Colavita works at Micro Focus, and his role is ADM EMEA Business Consultant focused on DevOps. In his 28 years spent in IT, he developed broad experience starting as a software developer, evolving in Project & Program Manager, IT Governance consultant, Service Manager in Greece, Strategy solution leader, and Business Developer.

He started his career in R&D for a big Italian software house, Engineering S.p.A., where he was focused on military software development and was called to help on technologically advanced projects to solve technical and project management issues.

After nine years, he moved to Computer Associates (CA), covering EMEA roles as Program Manager for international projects, Service Manager in Greece market for CA professional services and became an IT governance expert. He helped a lot of customers build robust solutions to manage the entire application lifecycle and had the opportunity to enrich his skills in all the IT areas, managing and selling big projects from strategy to operation.

After ten years at CA, he moved to HP with presales and delivery responsibility of IT Governance projects for HP Professional Services. Thanks to his experience and his attitude to be proactive and proficient, he was quickly promoted to Lead Solution Consultant (LSC) to manage and lead big deals and strategic tenders. In the LSC role, he was recognized as able to share skills and information through the team and was promoted to EMEA business developer for ADM and Education.

In April 2015, he moved to HP Software as Business consultant EMEA focused on ADM and DevOps. Since the Micro Focus acquisition, he covers the same role for Micro Focus.

His experience and his natural attitude to complex problem solving helps him to find solutions that can contribute to business customer growth. His real passion is interpersonal communication that motivated him to complete a masters degree in counseling in communication. This helps him in his daily job to easily transmit his ideas and better understand customer needs behind the words.

He loves spending his free time taking care of his two children, Michele (25) and Alessia (21) years old, giving free counseling sessions to people in need, and flying his paraglider around the mountains of Italy anytime he can.

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