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Nominations are Now Open!

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Updated: Monday, January 29, 2018




By: Mark Herbert, Vice President of Operations

       Vivit Board of Directors

Vivit is pleased to announce the 2018 Board of Directors Call for Nominations.

Nominations for the 2018 Vivit Board of Directors are being accepted between February 8 and March 2, 2018. Please consider nominating members who are involved with Vivit and who you believe will provide leadership in continuing to advance our pillars of advocacy, community and education to the Micro Focus user community.

Directors have the opportunity to work with other leaders to help drive the future of our user community during this dynamic and exciting time of change. Board service provides a chance to grow both personally and professionally; it is an opportunity to develop skills while working with a team of other dedicated professionals.

Vivit’s policy is that members of the Board of Directors may not be employees of Micro Focus; however, employees of Micro Focus partners and Micro Focus customers may be nominated for and elected to the board. All nominations must be received by midnight March 2, 2018 eastern standard time.

There will be five openings to fill (three at a 3-year term, one at a 2-year term and one at a 1-year term), and though each member of the Vivit board serves as an officer or committee chair, nominations are for general positions on the board, not for specific offices. All nominations will be reviewed by a nominations committee made up of a subset of the current members of the board of directors, Vivit staff, and Vivit SIG and LUG leaders.

If you have questions regarding the nominations process, please contact

Nominate Now

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SIG NEWS Article – February 2018 Newsletter

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Computer security threats are very inventive. These threats constantly evolve to find new ways to annoy, steal and harm. You can arm yourself by getting good information and resources to safeguard against complex and growing computer security threats. Where do you get this information for your organization? In the Vivit Security & Privacy Special Interest Group (SIG)!

Recently, we added a new co-leader to the Vivit Security & Privacy SIG; his name is Soma Bola. He is the Vivit Ivory Coast Local User Group leader. We welcome Soma as a part of the Vivit Security & Privacy SIG leadership team. 

Soma Bola
LayereDefense & IT INCEPT
Security & Privacy SIG
Dominic Listermann
Pyrafractal LLC
Security & Privacy SIG

Together, Soma and Dominic J. Listermann, the existing leader, are planning SIG webinars for the first half of 2018. The topics for these webinars include:

  • Cyber Security (SIEM) with ArcSight
  • CAC enablement with all HPE Web Servers
  • Isosceles Security
  • DevOps Security Story

The next upcoming Vivit Security & Privacy SIG webinar is:

February 14, 2018
How to Build an Efficient Security Operation Center with the ArcSight SIEM
7:00 - 8:00 AM PST (Los Angeles), 10:00 - 11:00 AM EST (New York), 16:00 - 17:00 CET (Frankfurt)

For Information about the most recent Security & Privacy SIG webinar, “5 Digital Asset Security Risks Someone Should Have Warned Me About", go here.

If you are interested in becoming a speaker at one of the upcoming events, or if you want to learn more about co-leading this SIG, feel free to reach out to Annemarie Stuiver, Vivit EMEA/APJ Liaison – or +31 642911385.


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New Leader Blog - February 2018

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, January 30, 2018


Joe Madden
Greenlight Group

Vivit Worldwide is thrilled to welcome Joe Madden as our new Leader for our Colorado Local User Group (LUG).

Joe has spent the last 25+ years entrenched in the IT Operations environments. After a series of increasing technical responsibilities, and then management, Joe founded Greenlight Group in 2004.

Joe’s vision for Greenlight is to be the premiere Engineering Services company focused around the challenges of IT Operations Management, including operations monitoring and management, IT service management and automation. Most recently Joe has been focusing on the value and challenges that hybrid cloud automation brings to his customers.

He looks forward to helping the local Colorado Vivit community share ideas and best practices in this ever changing IT world.

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Spotlight on a Volunteer - February 2018

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Updated: Friday, January 26, 2018


Syed Husain
DevOps SIG Leader

In just six short months, Syed Husain has accomplished what he set out to do when he became a Vivit leader; he wanted to give back to the community that he felt helped him grow in his career. We needed new leaders for our DevOps SIG, and Syed answered the call. In our initial conversation, he explained how valuable Vivit’s platform has been to him for education and learning. And through Vivit’s local meetings and deep dive sessions at conferences, he has learned from his peers and developed relationships with many individuals that helped to mentor and guide his career. At this time, he was ready to do the same for others.

Since becoming a leader just six months ago, Syed has helped to organize two webinars for the DevOps SIG:

He also represented Vivit at the ADM Customer Forum in New York City this past September. Syed spoke to current and potential new Vivit members to help promote the Value of Vivit.

Syed, thank you for being our Volunteer of the Month, for your passion about automation and your desire to give back. Vivit is lucky to have you!

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Spotlight on a Volunteer - January 2018

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Updated: Thursday, December 21, 2017

Darren Blumenthal
Alliance Solution Architect 

An infrastructure Solution Architect in Accenture’s Ecosystem and Ventures Practice and a Top Ten finalist in the 2016 British Computer Society IT Industry Awards for IT Manager of the Year, Darren is an incredibly enthusiastic Volunteer leading the Automation & Cloud Builders SIG at Vivit.

With Darren’s background in infrastructure, his vision is to bring together all like-minded members to create a global community sharing their experiences and benefiting from showcasing new and innovative technologies within Micro Focus around Cloud and Datacentre Automation. In his own company, Darren’s creation of a technical training and development initiative for the global non-technical teams, called “Darren’s Power Hour,” is a great example of this. The humorous and engaging manner in which the content is delivered and the excellent participant feedback has resulted in these sessions being used to brief clients on new technology solutions from within their Ecosystems of Alliances – creating new opportunities for sales of both products and consulting services.

In his first year as SIG Leader, Darren, with the help of his Co-Leader Megan Glick, Product Marketing Manager at Microfocus, hosted two well received and informative webinars around the new Datacentre Automation Suites. And with the positive feedback and valuable suggestions from the SIG's members, he looks to run a further number of suggested demos and webinars as a staple in 2018.

Darren’s ability to use real world examples, unrelated to technology, to explain exceptionally complex technological ideas in simple terms is imperative to ensuring successful use and understanding of IT and is refreshing. We thank Darren for offering his time, passion, and enthusiasm to the community.

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Vivit Proudly Sponsored TEDx Wilmington Salon

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Updated: Monday, December 11, 2017

On 28 November 2017, TEDx Wilmington “Technology and Innovation” was held, which we partnered with them. This event featured 14 global thought leaders, evangelists and practitioners who shared their experiences and knowledge on several key business and technology topics on: 

  • Agile and DevOps
  • Blockchain and Digital Currency
  • Big Data, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
  • Mobility, Cloud and Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Digital Security and Performance Engineering

    Vivit Worldwide Board Director/Vice President of Strategy and Innovation, Todd DeCapua hosted the TEDx event while our feature sponsored speaker was John Jeremiah, the Vivit / Micro Focus Liaison sharing his idea, “Leading Digital.” There were approximately 250 attendees at the sold-out event and approximately 900 viewing on the livestream.
    Partnering with TEDx on this event supports Vivit’s mission of providing education and advocacy, while building a community, driving collaboration across our membership. Moving into 2018, we have big plans to bring more of that to our members. Be sure to look for the TEDx Wilmington videos on YouTube next month.
    Membership is free. To learn more, go to now.

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New Leaders Blog - December 2017

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Thursday, December 14, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, November 22, 2017


Ronald Franklin
Diversant, LLC
Principal Consultant / Architect
Leader DevOps SIG
Leader Application Performance Management SIG

Ron Franklin is passionate about technology. In the 30 years he has spent working in IT, Ron has successfully architected solutions for Fortune 500 and Global 100 businesses which fulfilled mission-critical performance objectives and goals, directed cross-functional technology teams, and lead complex projects from conception to deployment.

He is excited to work with the Vivit community in promoting the MicroFocus portfolio and the opportunities available as a result of the HPE spin-merge. Ron has extensive knowledge of products in the MicroFocus portfolioa knowledge which reaches back to the Mercury days.

Ron is also active in user groups around the Dallas-Ft. Worth area and is an accomplished speaker.

When taking a break from technology, Ron loves to spoil his grandchildren, develop custom coffee blends with his home coffee roaster, and pilot aircraft privately.


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SIG News - January 2018

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Thursday, December 14, 2017
Updated: Monday, November 27, 2017

DevOps is a core part of the transformative technologies occurring in our industry today. Micro Focus has named DevOps as one of the main pillars as they move forward with the HPE Spin-Merge. Your DevOps SIG is excited to be an important part of that focus and the partnership with Micro Focus.

Before we move forward, we would like to introduce you to the DevOps SIG leadership.

Many Vivit Leaders were recognized during the Appreciation Dinner at Discover in Las Vegas on Monday, June 6th.  These Leaders did an outstanding job for Vivit by organizing local and virtual events that created value for our members and the Vivit organization as a whole. Their content was both relevant and timely, helping our members do their jobs better. For this, we would like to recognize them as Vivit Elite Leader Award winners. 

Francesco Colavita
DevOps SIG Leader

Ron Franklin
DevOps SIG Leader

Syed Husain
DevOps SIG Leader

We just completed our first webinar, How to Eliminate Inefficiencies in your IT Organization with DevOps, and were excited by the response from the Vivit community. For those who did not have a chance to see the webinar, use this link to watch the replay

We are planning our next presentation, so be sure to check in for updates.

The year ahead, 2018, appears to be an exciting time for the DevOps world. As we move forward, the DevOps SIG will be focusing on three main pillars:

1. Culture
2. Tools
3. Application/Use cases

Each webinar will be geared so members have a “take-away”something tangible to apply to the everyday.

We would like to hear what is important to you as we work on the schedule for the webinars and presentations for next year. We would also love to hear from you and hear your stories to share from the DevOps trenches, an idea for a webinar, or even a humorous DevOps anecdote.

Contact Us:

Francesco Colavita:
Ron Franklin:
Syed Husain:

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Spotlight on a Volunteer - December 2017

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Thursday, December 14, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Oops! This link was used for two different stories in the December Vivit newsletter. If you were trying to reach the SIG News Blog, click here.

Gary Gruver

On a recent DevOps SIG webinar, one of our Vivit members that is also an industry expert in the area of DevOps shared his insight with our Vivit community. Gary Gruver spoke on the key deliverables for successful DevOps implementations.

Gary is the author of the book Starting and Scaling DevOps in the Enterprise and co-author of two other books:

  • Leading the Transformation: Applying Agile and DevOps Principles at Scale
  • A Practical Approach to Large-Scale Agile Development: How HP Transformed LaserJet FutureSmart Firmware

He runs workshops with large organizations to help them transform their software development and delivery processes. Gary was formerly the R&D Director of the LaserJet FW group at Hewlett Packard that completely transformed how they developed embedded firmware. Gary also helped Macy’ lead the journey toward Continuous Delivery as their VP of Quality Assurance, Release, and Operations.
Thank you, Gary for your gift of time to our community and our DevOps leaders, ensuring the webinar was a success. Your flexibility during the planning process and the execution was much appreciated!

Website Twitter: @GRUVERGary

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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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