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New Leader Blog - July 2017

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Thursday, July 13, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

We welcome the following leaders and their expertise. We invite you to join the Local User Group or Special Interest Group to share tips, best practices, and real-world experiences. Join a group by clicking on the group name under the picture and select the "Join Group” icon which will appear at the top of the group web page if you aren’t already a member. Connect to the leader by clicking on his name. Member sign-in required.

Dr. Jones Lukose Ongalo

Information Management Officer

International Criminal Court, The Hague

HPE Content Manager SIG


We welcome Dr. Jones Lukose as a new Vivit HPE Content Manager SIG leader who is responsible for the design, implementation and maintenance of integrated digital repositories for the Court. This responsibility involves the execution of the Information Management Strategy that covers both administrative and judicial areas of the Court.

He is a Senior Information management practitioner with more than 20 years of national and international experience in developing and implementing strategies to achieve operational effectiveness and regulatory compliance by leveraging ICT. His expertise includes practical experience in implementing information governance processes and systems to modernise business processes and increase information transparency. He has worked on all sides of program and system implementations from industry, independent consultant, vendor and management.

His industry experience includes: engineering, central & local governments, energy & utilities sectors, international and judicial organizations in Africa, Europe and Americas.

Key clients and projects include: International Criminal Court (ICC), United Nations International; Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) Local & Central Government Uganda, National Water Corporations (Kenya & Uganda), Electrogaz Utilities (Rwanda), Central Bank Uganda, USAID, GTZ and Government of Jamaica.

His specialties: E-government, transparency & governance, managing delivery teams, information governance, artificial intelligence, enterprise content management, ERP, document management systems, data management, program management, archives & records management, information security, business change & stakeholder management.

He holds a BSc in electronic engineering, Msc in Organisational Development, a PhD Computer Science and an MBA. He is currently doing research on staff motivation and digital culture in judicial areas.


Wolfgang Pagenkopf
Managing Director
Pagenkopf IT-Consulting GmbH (PITC®)  
Vivit Germany Local User Group

Wolfgang Pagenkopf is the Managing Director of Pagenkopf IT-Consulting GmbH (PITC®) and also an ITSM Managing Consultant with almost 20 years of experience in the IT Service Management area. Wolfgang has worked in several consulting and managing positions in different companies. As an ITIL Expert and an HPE AIS, his focus lies on designing and implementing ITSM processes and (HPE) tools.

“As a Vivit leader, I will try to extend the HPE Service Management product focus within the Vivit Germany Local User Group

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SIG Talk

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Thursday, July 13, 2017
Updated: Friday, June 23, 2017
Automation & Cloud Builders SIG


Darren Blumenthal
Alliance Solution Architect
Autmation & Cloud Builders SIG Leader


Oliver Hoehne
IT Consultant AG Business Solutions
Automation & Cloud Builders SIG Leader

The Vivit Automation & Cloud Builders SIG is the discussion platform for the newly released suites from the Cloud and Automation Sector of HPE. Next to this it is also the community for the users of the tools under the hood of the suites. This means Tips, Tricks and Tools from end users and HPE to all people interested in this topic.

 Solutions to be discussed in this SIG are the following:

Operations Orchestration, Cloud Service Automation, Server Automation and all others parts of the new Data Center Automation (DCA) and Hybrid Cloud Management (HCM) Suites.

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Shining Star Award Presented to Vivit Leader

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Updated: Monday, July 10, 2017

Shining Star Award Presented to Vivit Leader

During the EMEA Customer Forum in Dublin this past May, our Vivit Service Management SIG Leader, Mark Laird, was awarded the Shining Star Award for his presentation, The Next Generation - HPE ITSM Automation in Containers:  What’s in there for me? Mark Laird along with his Sopria Steria colleague and fellow Vivit member, Stuart Crann, discussed industry change triggers including the digital transformation, evolving customer expectations, and innovation. Challenges like a high level of customization and the need to quickly scale the architecture when onboarding new customers led them to become a part of HPE’s EPR Program for HPE ITSM Automation in containers. Moving forward, they expect benefits like faster and easier upgrades and the ability to delegate administration.

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Discover The New

Posted By Chris Hsu, Monday, June 12, 2017


With our sights set on September 1st for the planned launch of the new combined company, we are preparing to join forces with Micro Focus to become the 7th largest pure-play software company in the world, with combined estimated annual revenues of $4.5 billion and 18,000 employees that will serve 40,000 customers. This will set the stage for us to shape the software industry delivering enterprise-scale solutions across the hybrid IT landscape, while focusing on value-creating M&A to further expand the portfolio.

I’m honored to have been named CEO of the new combined company following completion of the transaction, and I am excited to have appointed my leadership team for the new combined company, which will take effect on our expected "day one”, September 1st. The new team will bring together a strong, balanced mix of leaders from both HPE Software and Micro Focus, and marks a major milestone on our road to close.

At HPE Software, our mission is to provide our customers with a best-in-class portfolio of enterprise-grade scalable software with analytics built in. We put customers at the center of our innovation and build products that our teams can be proud of. This mission is absolutely critical to helping our customers Discover the New– across our company, innovations and portfolio while leveraging the IT environments they have today.

As we approach this new chapter, I look forward to keeping you informed on our progress. To help with this, we are excited to launch our new externally-facing microsite today as well, fully dedicated to HPE Software news, innovations, and updates on the spin-merge. Please check it out and Discover the New!

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Presidents' Blog

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Monday, June 12, 2017
Richard Bishop, President
Vivit Worldwide 
Board of Directors
 Mark Herbert, Vice President
Vivit Worldwide 
Board of Directors

Despite uncertainty and industry speculation about HPE Software’s future, we’ve been as busy as ever working with HPE to bring you information and updates about HPE software in general and hot topics such as DevOps, BigData, ITSM and Cloud Computing.

Since the last President’s blog we’ve continued to grow dramatically and have increased our membership by over 20% in less than 6 months.

As HPE restructures in anticipation of the merger with Micro Focus later this year, we’ve seen some changes in people at HPE that we deal with on a day to day basis. We’re delighted to be working more closely with John Jeremiah who is one of the founders of TechBeacon. John has a passion for sharing insight and advice on key industry trends and it’s great to be working with him to bring more information to our members and help HPE Software to remain engaged with their customers.

This isn’t the first time that Vivit has faced a period of change. Vivit started as OVFI and was focussed primarily on the OpenView toolset. As HPE software expanded through the acquisition of Mercury Interactive and other software companies, we reinvented the user group to cater for the expanding customer base. The merger with Micro Focus provides us with an opportunity to re-evaluate what we do well and look for areas to improve to ensure that we remain your trusted software user community.

Until details of the merger are announced in greater detail, all we can be sure of is that we face a period of change. After all, nothing stays the same for long in the technology industry. Ahead of the merger, we’ve already had conflicting requests from our members as well as our sponsors at HPE. Some people want more webinars, others want more face to face meetings. Faced with these conflicting viewpoints, we’re doing our best to keep everybody happy. We’ve invested in a new webinar platform to help make our web content more engaging (we can now include live and recorded video as well as screen sharing in our webinars). As well as this we’re working on a Vivit mobile app to help members stay up to date with the latest news and view on-demand content.

Vivit will have a presence at the US ITOM summit, ADM summit in Dublin, HPE Protect conference and other events and conferences throughout 2017. It is likely that we will attend a larger number of smaller conferences rather than a small number of larger ones. We hope that this will allow us to become more engaged with our membership and continue to work with you and HPE / Micro Focus to help you get the most from the software that you use and the user community as a whole.

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Spotlight on a Volunteer - June 2017

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Thursday, June 8, 2017
Updated: Friday, May 19, 2017

Laura Walker
Director of Business Development
Colorado LUG Leader
Minnesota LUG Leader
Ohio LUG Leader
Wisconsin LUG Leader
HPE Service Management SIG Leader

We would like to thank and recognize our Vivit Leader, Laura Walker, for the time she spent in the Vivit booth the first day of the Americas ITOM Summit in Dallas recently. This was the busiest day of the Summit, so it was extremely helpful to have Laura sharing her knowledge about Vivit with the people that stopped by. Just that day, Vivit registered 20 new members at the booth alone! The event was a great success for Vivit, thanks in part to our volunteers like Laura.

Laura is the Director of Business Development for StrataCom and leads our Vivit Local User Groups in Colorado, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin, as well as our Special Interest Group, HPE Service Management. Her expertise is invaluable to our community; thank you, Laura, for all that you do for our community!


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SIG Talk

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Thursday, June 8, 2017
Updated: Monday, June 5, 2017

Rocky Pisto
SIG Leader
A New SIG for Vivit
With recent reorganizing of the HPE Application Performance Management product suites, it was appropriate for Vivit to form a new Special Interest Group (SIG) supporting this area of focus. The Application Performance Management SIG will cover the following HPE products:

We welcome your involvement in this new SIG in multiple ways:

  • You can co-lead this SIG with Rocky Pisto, an experienced Vivit SIG and LUG (Local User Group) Leader
  • You can share your knowledge and best practices with this SIG on a webinar
  • You can share your comments and ideas on how better to serve our members in this particular space by contacting Rocky Pisto at

As always, we will keep you informed with other HPE changes as Vivit is your place to go for relevant and timely information.

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2017 Board of Directors Election Results

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 1, 2017

We are pleased to announce that the 2017 Board of Directors election is complete.

We would like to take a moment to thank those of you who took the time to vote in our recent election. For those that do not already know, Vivit has a Board of Directors that consists of nine directors who manage our staff and provide leadership and direction to our Local User Group and Special Interest Group leaders throughout the world. This year Vivit held staggered elections to elect four of the nine board members.

It is our distinct pleasure to announce the 2017 class of elected Vivit Board Members:

Todd DeCapua

Corporation Service Company
Wilmington, Delaware, USA

Christopher J. Scharer

Berkley Technology Services
West Des Moines, Iowa, USA

Karen Semonson

Smart Solutions, Inc.
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Chris Trimper

Independent Health
Buffalo, New York, USA

We would also 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.

Pedro Mendez

Lisbon, Portugal

Alvin Sumter

ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Finally, we would also like to take a moment to thank Robbie Clay-Ament who is departing the Vivit Board this year. Robbie is stepping away from the Board due to work commitments and personal obligations and will be a loss to our team. We wish her well and hope that she will stay in touch.

Robbie Clay-Ament

Delta Air Lines
Atlanta, Georgia, US

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New Leader Blog - May 2017

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Thursday, May 11, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Get Connected
We welcome the following Leader and her expertise. We invite you to join this Local User Group to share tips, best practices, and real-world experiences. Join this group by clicking on the group name under the picture and select the "Join Group” icon which will appear at the top of the group web page if you aren’t already a member. Connect to the leader by clicking on her name. Member sign-in required.
  • Executive level and Test and Environment Manager with 13 years of experience in software testing, change management, client engagement management, Cloud data center management, and project management.
  • Provides advice to senior or executive management on relevant technology trends and their applicability to business enhancement through the different committees.
  • Established fit for purpose budgets for efficient and effective operations by translating strategy into current and future needs for testing and other information technology.
  • Provides leadership to the team and ensures a motivated, proactive, and effective working environment is maintained.
  • Previously held executive level positions in non-profit organizations.
  • Established Hands of Hope organization that empowers, develops, and influences young people using education and entrepreneurial actions to transform and sustain their lives.
"I'm the fast driver and loves speed (that makes me speed junkie)-   "In this digital era, customers are the pillar of the business strategy and require super turbocharged services. Companies are compelled to deliver quality software at turbocharged speed to stay ahead of the curve. Today's challenge is- quality at speed": (Cognizant Quality Engineering) and this is why I joined ViVit - to learn from other experts and leadership skills development, and to grow the community.”

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Spotlight on a Volunteer - May 2017

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Thursday, May 11, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Tony O'Rourke
Managing Director
FTL Group
Ireland LUG Leader

Tony O’Rourke is the Managing Director of FTL Group Technologies Limited based in Dublin, Ireland. FTL Group is an HPE ADM and Security Software Partner. FTL Group is also a strategic partner with NNIT A/S of Copenhagen, Denmark,  bringing an IT advisory, development, and outsourcing value proposition to the Life Sciences Domain. Tony has been the Ireland LUG Leader for the past 4 years and is a firm believer in the benefits of a strong HPE Software user group where peer group networking and knowledge sharing are to the forefront.

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