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A Look Back at Vivit and Micro Focus in 2018

Posted By Richard Bishop, Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, December 5, 2018

By Richard Bishop
Vivit Board President

As the year draws to a close, it seems appropriate to look back on a year of change in both Vivit and Micro Focus. Throughout 2018, Micro Focus has continued to work on the merger with the former HPE software division and admitted that the merger was taking longer than anticipated. As with all mergers, there have been staff changes and Vivit has had to build relationships with new faces at Micro Focus. These relationships are now growing and we’re looking forward to working more closely with Micro Focus in 2019.

Through 2018 we have experimented with a series of SIG Talks, these represented a change from our usual hour-long webinars by giving multiple speakers a chance to share their knowledge, in 15-minute slots describing their “real world” experiences with Micro Focus software, sharing best practice advice and demonstrating best practice. If you missed the SIG Talks in 2018, recordings can be viewed on our website.

Major topics at conferences and our user meetings this year have included Application Delivery, Security, IT Ops and GDPR. In 2019 we expect to hear more about continuous integration and deployment, IoT testing and monitoring as well as increased adoption of AI in platform monitoring and testing. Mobile test automation and device monitoring appears to be of interest to our members so we’re likely to arrange sessions to cover these topics. If you have any topics that you’d like us to cover, please get in touch and let us know.

As well as hosting SIG Talks and webinars, we’ve attended numerous conferences and summits with Micro Focus. These are great opportunities for us to meet our members and other software users. Vivit leaders are regularly invited to talk at these events and in the last 12 months we’ve spoken at TEDx, Micro Focus Government Summits, ADM and ITOM events in the US and Europe as well as at Micro Focus Universe. We’re already working on plans to get involved in similar events next year. If you’re running or attending a Micro Focus event next year, please let us know so that we can share details with our other members.

Please let us know if you hear of an interesting concept for events, we’re contemplating podcasts, lightning talks as well as other ways of engaging with our membership and we’d love to hear of other ways to increase member involvement in our community.

Best wishes for the festive period and 2019 from Vivit!

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My Micro Focus Universe Experience

Posted By Richard Bishop, Thursday, April 5, 2018
Updated: Friday, March 30, 2018

By Richard Bishop
Vivit Board President

Earlier this month I was very fortunate to be able to attend the Micro Focus Universe conference in Monte-Carlo. I can’t recommend this type of conference enough to anybody who wants to meet other users of Micro Focus software to share their experiences and learn about the latest trends in the software world.

In my “day job”, I work in software testing, so naturally my attention leant towards the ADM (Application Development and Management) tools that were showcased as well as the ADM tracks sessions. There were also tracks related to “application modernization, connectivity and end user productivity,” “IT operations management,” as well as “Protect – (IT security but with a significant focus on GDPR)."

Upon arrival at the conference every attendee was given a small token made by a company called LOOPD. This tiny device acted as an electronic business card as well as tracked your movements through the conference space. Every time people met others with whom they wanted to share contact details, they simply touched their LOOPD device to another's, and the devices logged that contact. After returning home I received an e-mail summarizing every track session that I visited as well as all the people that I met in chronological order. This was a great way of remembering people that I met as well as the context in which I met them. (Presumably it is also a great way for Micro Focus to gauge the relative popularity of different track sessions).

In between track sessions, there was a large area known as the “Discover The New Zone.” This maintained the theme launched last September when Micro Focus merged with HPE Software. As well as the usual booths where attendees were able to see demonstrations of various software products, this was also a large communal area where people could meet other delegates and eat. There were also booths for various user groups such as Vivit and Open Horizons which provided convenient meeting places for delegates.

As well as attending the conference, I was invited to attend a customer advisory board session the day before the conference started and also to deliver a presentation describing the changes that Lloyds Banking Group is making to accommodate increased test automation due to DevOps adoption. I would recommend speaking at a conference like this to anybody. My audience was very friendly, and speaking at a conference is a great way to get to know other people within your industry. If you haven’t joined the Vivit speakers bureau, join today!

I would recommend taking every opportunity to join in either by speaking or attending customer advisory board meetings and workshops. These are the best opportunities to meet other people who are facing the same day to day problems that you are. I came away from the conference with a list of ideas and initiatives to try as well as a list of people who are keen to meet up and discuss our use of Micro Focus software regularly either face to face or via WebX/conference calls.

Immediately after the conference, I received the surprising news that Chris Hsu was leaving Micro Focus. I was fortunate to meet Chris on three occasions and admired the “customer first” vision that he promoted. Since this news, I’ve spoken to numerous people at Micro Focus and have been reassured that his mantra is still foremost in their minds. There was a significant focus on obtaining customer feedback from delegates at the conference, and I am looking forward to continuing to work with fellow users of Micro Focus software through Vivit.

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Happy New Year from Vivit

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Monday, January 15, 2018
Updated: Sunday, January 14, 2018

By Richard Bishop
Vivit Board President

I’d like to wish all of our members a very Happy New Year from Vivit. We are already looking forward to our first full year as the Micro Focus user group following the 2017 merger between HPE Software and Micro Focus.

The new year is likely to bring more opportunities for Vivit as we work closely with existing Micro Focus communities and build new relationships between Vivit members and Micro Focus. We’ve already started talks with user groups representing SUSE, Attachmate and Novell and look forward to close working relationships with these areas of the Micro Focus business.

In the meantime, it is “business as usual” for Vivit. Our existing relationships with the former HPE Software ADM and ITOM business units are showing growth in members around the world, and we now have more than 41,000 members in over 150 countries. We will continue to offer local user group meetings as well as global webinars to keep you informed and educated about changes in the world of Micro Focus software.

SIG Talks #VivitSIGTalk
In my review of 2017, I described how Vivit is reinventing itself to meet the demands of our expanding user community. As well as the usual webinars and local user group meetings, we recently introduced SIG Talks. As we’ve grown, members have told us that although they value face to face meetings when possible, it is often easier to view webinars than travel to remote meetings. Unfortunately, traditional webinars are a less immersive experience than face to face meetings. To counter this, we’ve introduced SIG Talks. These monthly events are designed to encourage more interaction and Q&A than traditional webinars, and we’d like members to help us to choose suitable content. An imminent upgrade to our webinar platform means that soon we’ll be able to switch between video discussions and live product demos. This will help us to bring the “live” meeting experience to remote viewers. The schedule for 2018 SIG Talks as well as links to recorded content is on the Vivit website, please take a look and let us know what you think.

SIG Talks involve 3 or 4 short presentations (less than 15 minutes each) with an opportunity for Q&A. These short presentations will be available for download so they can be used to provoke discussions at your local user meetings or even in your place of work.

So far we have SIG Talks planned for our ADM-focussed special interest groups, and we’re working on a series of ITOM SIG Talks. Over time, we expect to develop SIG Talks for Lifecycle planning, Big Data and Business Intelligence as well as software development. Please let us know if you have any ideas for SIG talks; we’re keen to hear from you with ideas for SIG Talk sessions as well as offers of help. If you’d like to help out by providing a short demo or discussion topic, please let us know.

Be sure to join a #VivitSIGTalk in 2018!

Micro Focus conferences
Vivit has always attended Micro Focus conferences when possible to meet members as well as our colleagues at Micro Focus, and 2018 will be no different. Last year we attended the EMEA Customer Forum in Dublin, ITOM Summit in Dallas , ADM Customer Forum – NYC, ADM Customer Forum – Las Vegas, and Protect Conference in Washington DC . I also attended the Discover the New event in London where it was great to hear the vision for Micro Focus directly from Chris Hsu.

If you have a customer story to share with the community, be sure to contact us at

If you’d like to share your experiences of Micro Focus software, share best practices, or get involved in our new SIG Talk sessions, please register for our speaker’s bureau. Whether you’re a seasoned conference speaker or a “newbie”, we’d love to hear from you if you have a story to tell.

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“Discover the New” – My First Impressions of the New Micro Focus

Posted By Richard Bishop, Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Updated: Saturday, October 7, 2017

I was pleased to be invited to the Micro Focus “Discover the New” event in London on the 7th of September. This was an event that Micro Focus had billed as an opportunity for partners and customers to meet the Micro Focus leadership team. After the merger of the HPE Software and Micro Focus businesses, the new Micro Focus is the 7th largest software company in the world with an extensive portfolio of software including brands such as SUSE, Attachmate, Borland, Novell, and Serena as well as the former HPE owned brands including Mercury Interactive, Shunra, Peregrine, and the HP Operations Management products.



The first thing that I noticed was the apparent lack of familiar faces. I’ve been attending Mercury, then HP, then HPE events for some time, and so I expected to see lots of people that I knew. However, many people that I met were traditional “Micro Focus” customers including Novell and Serena software users. This reminded me how much of a “game changer” the merger is. Rather than a simple “lift and shift” of HPE software into another organisation, right from the start there seems to be a desire to mix fellow customers together, allowing them to learn from each other. One conference attendee told me how Serena software helped with his release management and I was able to advise him on how LoadRunner could help him with his IoT (Internet of Things) testing. I can already see the potential benefits of merging these two software companies as well as expanding Vivit to allow us to collaborate with existing Micro Focus user groups.



After a chance to meet other attendees, we were called into an auditorium where Chris Hsu explained his vision for Micro Focus. As well as highlighting the facts and figures of the merger, this informative session also gave insights into the future direction of Micro Focus.

Key points for me were:

  • Micro Focus is now the 7th largest software company in the world.
  • All the companies larger than Micro Focus have small software portfolios (typically fewer than 5 core products). Micro Focus by contrast has a very broad portfolio with good opportunities for them to “cross-sell” or build on the strengths of one product by introducing another.
  • Chris Hsu, stressed that the new company now has over 2,000 support people and highlighted the need to ensure that valuable software investments did not become “shelf ware”.
  • Chris has a military background, and he stated the fact that for him the “mission is everything”. He expects all his staff to be able to identify how each task that they undertake is helping towards that mission. He reiterated the fact that putting the customer at the centre of their strategy was key.
  • A key strategy is to target complex organisations who benefit the most from enterprise-grade software. Embedding features from the former HPE “big data” tools into all software is a key part of their strategy.



After the main session, Chris Hsu took part in a question and answer session with the audience and one person asked him what the greatest threat to Micro Focus was. Chris responded by saying that the biggest threat to all tech companies was "forgetting the customer". He said that it was all too easy to become wrapped up in “tech” and lose touch with customer’s needs and wants. He also went on to say that showing customers how to use the tools properly is vital to prevent them from being discarded when problems are encountered.

I’m really pleased that this re-connection with customers is a priority for Chris, because this aligns well with Vivit’s strategic direction for the user group. We’re working on several initiatives which will help us to encourage mutual support and knowledge sharing to help members to get the best value from their financial and technical investments in Micro Focus software.

After the main session, Chris and his team mixed with the attendees, demonstrating that the new Micro Focus is very keen to hear from customers and help them with their challenges. I had a very interesting conversation with Chris, who has agreed to help with one of my clients, and I would urge anybody attending the “Discover The New” events to take time to talk with the Micro Focus team as well as their peers at these events.


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HPE/Micro Focus Merger Officially Complete

Posted By Richard Bishop, Tuesday, September 5, 2017
It’s an exciting day for all of us at Vivit Worldwide and that includes YOU!

After months of anticipation, preparation and planning, the spin-off from Hewlett Packard Enterprise and merger with Micro Focus is now officially complete.  Newly appointed Micro Focus CEO, Chris Hsu rang the NYSE bell this morning. This merger unifies two companies with a proven track record of leadership in the software industry. 

On behalf of Vivit, I would like to welcome you to the new Micro Focus user group with an assurance that we’ll keep doing what’s right for our members and the wider Micro Focus software user community. We believe that there is great potential for a business, 100% focused on software and that the changes will benefit us all.

We’ve been working behind the scenes to make sure that Vivit stays relevant to our members. We’ve incorporated ideas from our recent member survey together with suggestions from our leaders and board of directors and we’re working on new plans for the future. We’re hoping to deliver more of what our members want, such as knowledge, sharing webinars and special interest groups focusing on our member’s needs.

We hope that you can join Micro Focus and Vivit at one of the “Discover the New” events starting this September – 14 events in 4 weeks, worldwide:

7-Sep | London 11-Sep | DC - Protect 11-Sep | Sydney
10-Oct | Paris 11-14 Sep | ADM Forums LV/NYC 13-Sep | Singapore
12-Oct | Frankfurt 20-Sep | Ottawa Government Summit 3-Oct | Tokyo
18-20 Sep | Dubai & Abu Dhabi 26-Sep | Dallas 5-Oct | Mumbai
27-Sep | Toronto  
  28-Sep | NY Roundtable  

If you are unable to join these events in person, we hope that you will be able to join an upcoming webinar, local user group meeting or stay updated with the Vivit newsletter in the months to come.

Happy Micro Focus Day!

Richard Bishop
Vivit Board President

Micro Focus website

Discover the New webinar series: HPE Software joins forces with Micro Focus

Message from Micro Focus Chris Hsu

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Presidents' Blog

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Thursday, April 6, 2017
Updated: Monday, April 3, 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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Introducing Vivit's New Logo and Website

Posted By Richard Bishop, Tuesday, November 29, 2016

by Richard Bishop, President
Vivit Worldwide Board of Directors

We are proud to announce the launch of the new Vivit logo and website as part of the ongoing development of our brand and improvements to the services that we provide to our members around the world. In response to requests from our members we’ve made the site more usable on mobile devices and we’re working to improve the usability of the site.

Vivit has grown dramatically over the last decade and continues to evolve, consequently, we felt it was time for an update. The new logo represents the three foundation pillars of our user community; Advocacy, Community and Education. Despite changes over recent years and the changes yet to come, these have always been and will remain our core principles.

We are proud to be working on your behalf and provide our members with the opportunity to share information, collaborate, exchange ideas and develop their careers.

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Proposed HPE Software & Micro Focus Merger

Posted By Julanne Rutten, Friday, September 23, 2016
Updated: Friday, September 23, 2016

Message from the President:
Proposed HPE Software & Micro Focus Merger

by Richard Bishop, President
Vivit Worldwide Board of Directors

Most members of Vivit will by now have heard Meg Whitman's major announcement from her quarterly market update earlier this month.

Speculation about a potential "sell off" of the HPE software business to established software businesses or technology-focused venture capitalists was rife in the weeks leading up to the merger announcement. I was initially surprised to hear that Micro Focus was the company in negotiations with HPE because that name wasn't amongst the many rumours that I heard. Over 24-hours, the news wires buzzed with more and more information describing the transaction as a merger, rather than a straightforward sale. HPE shareholders will retain 50.1% of the new company through equity and several HPE execs including Robert Youngjohns and Chris Hsu are moving to Micro Focus as part of the deal. I think that this bodes well for HPE software users, this represents an ongoing collaboration, not a fire-sale.

Press Releases: HPE | Micro Focus

Many Vivit members may appreciate some background information about Micro Focus:
Micro Focus was founded in Newbury, England in 1976 and initially focused on software products based on COBOL. Micro Focus specialises in bridging the gap between modern and legacy systems, either by assisting in the migration from mainframe to newer platforms or by introducing newer concepts such as DevOps to the traditionally slow-moving world of the mainframe which remains key to many enterprises.

Over recent years Micro Focus has grown organically as well as by acquisition, notably in 2009 with the purchase of Borland and in 2014 when it acquired Attachmate. The Borland deal gave it access to the ALM marketplace and Attachmate added the Novell, NetIQ and SUSE product lines to its portfolio.

Micro Focus has a good track record of taking ownership of established software businesses and improving their profitability by simplifying business processes and strategy, consolidating similar business units and slimming down management structures. This could help to reinvigorate the HPE software business which has market-leading products, but has been in the shadow of the much larger hardware business units.

Micro Focus tends to retain the established brand names of the companies that it acquires, this is why SUSE, Borland, Novell and Attachmate brands are still in existence. Since it would be impractical to retain the name "HPE", this may mean that brands such as Mercury Interactive, ArcSight, Vertica and Autonomy could make a comeback. (This is speculation on my part).

How will this affect the user group?
As HPE's independent software user group, Vivit will obviously be affected by these changes. Over recent years we've grown significantly, gaining members at the HP and HPE Discover conferences and by running webinars to complement our traditional face-to-face meetings.

Vivit's last "re-invention" came in 2007, when following the acquisition of the Mercury Interactive business, it was no longer appropriate to use "OpenView" as part of the name of our user group. We chose the name Vivit to represent "living IT" and it has served us well.

As a thriving community with over 30,000 members, we're looking forward to working with Micro Focus and continuing to support our members in our three core areas:

  • Advocacy - providing customer feedback to the vendor
  • Community - providing opportunities to share best practice
  • Education - helping to educate software users to get the most from their investment

Over the coming months we'll contact our counterparts in the Micro Focus user communities to find out whether there are any opportunities for co-operation and collaboration.

What next?
The HPE press release includes these two statements which I feel demonstrate that the future remains bright for those products that Vivit members have built their careers upon.

"As part of the transaction, HPE software assets – including Application Delivery Management, Big Data, Enterprise Security, Information Management & Governance and IT Operations Management – will join a more focused portfolio better able to serve you as part of a company that’s purely dedicated to software. We believe this is absolutely the right move for HPE, our Software business, and most importantly you, our customer.

Micro Focus’s proven track record of managing both growing and mature software assets will enable higher levels of investment in growth areas, while maintaining a stable platform for mission-critical software products. Together, HPE’s software assets and Micro Focus will have global reach and strong go-to-market capability with nearly 4,000 salespeople and deep R&D resources – ensuring that our customers continue to receive best-in-class software solutions."

Vivit has always been focused on the needs of our members. We will continue to help you get the most out of the software that runs your business throughout the transition to the new organisation. Assuming that the merger is approved by the regulators and shareholders of HPE and Micro Focus, we expect that the merger will take place in Q3 2017. Until then, we'll do all that we can to keep you informed as other announcements are made.

Additional Sources: Computing | CNBC | Reuters | BBC

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Wrap Up of HPE Discover

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Thursday, January 7, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Richard Bishop

Vivit Board President

In December, Vivit joined over 13,000 HPE customers and partners at the ExCeL in London where the new Hewlett Packard Enterprise was hosting its Discover event. This first "post HP-split” conference allowed the new HPE to "set out its stall” and describe how the restructure had left it in a position to respond more quickly to customer demands. As Meg Whitman said, "Success in the world favours companies that can invent and re-invent at warp speed”.

HPE Discover
The conference is an opportunity for HPE to meet customers and partners and share their ideas for the future. For me, it’s a great place to meet fellow users of HPE software and pick up "best practice tips” as well as getting the latest information from the product management and R&D teams.

As well as the keynote and general sessions, HPE and Vivit host technical breakout sessions and roundtables at the conference and as a result, the conference really has "something for everyone”. My only complaint is that there never seems to be enough time to see all the people that I’d like to and I often leave the conference wanting more!

If you missed the conference, the links below will take you to some of the highlights and general session presentations:
HPE Discover 2015 London - Highlights
HPE Discover 2015 London - General Sessions

Key themes
The split was a major theme (HPE was only one month old at the time of the conference). HPE was keen to share their experiences of the reorganisation and now consider themselves to be experts in the business of large scale transformations. HPE is keen to build on the legacy of Hewlett Packard to deliver more, faster with their new, leaner organisation.

As well as HP’s separation into multiple businesses there were four key business themes, running through the conference.

  • Transformation (to a hybrid infrastructure)
  • Protection (of the digital enterprise)
  • Enablement (of workplace productivity)
  • Empowerment (of a data-driven organisation)

Each of these themes boiled down to using IT to do more for business, at a higher speed and a higher quality than before. Whilst maximising the value of company data and ensuring the security of digital assets.

Vivit news
Over recent years, Vivit’s membership has been growing rapidly and each conference is an opportunity for the Vivit board to give HPE and our members an update on our growth and plans for the future. I’m delighted to announce that our membership has doubled in the last 2.5 years and we now represent over 33,000 members from more than 31 countries.

Get the most from your Vivit membership
As our membership grows, it can be hard to keep track of our members’ areas of interest. We know that we have an almost equal split of members who use HPE QA/applications products and HPE operations management products and a similar split of managers and practitioners. We’re keen to ensure that each of you receive relevant, timely information from Vivit. You can help us to ensure that you receive the right information from Vivit by updating your profile on the Vivit website. If you let us know the products that you use we’ll do our best to ensure that you receive only the most relevant information. Update your profile now!

Vivit has 80 Local User Groups (LUGs) in 31 countries and 19 Special Interest Groups (SIGs). Each LUG and SIG has its own focus and personality. Members of LUGs meet face to face to share best practices, tips, and tricks. Members of SIGs meet online and can participate in blogs and webinars.

To join a group relevant to you, log into the Vivit website - Find the LUG and SIGs that are most relevant to you and select the "Join group” icon which will appear at the top of the group page. If you can’t find a LUG or SIG that’s relevant to you get in touch and we’ll help if we can.

We’re looking forward to the next Discover conference in Las Vegas in June 2016 and beyond that, to the next EMEA conference which will be at the ExCeL in London in December 2016.

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A Message from Vivit's President

Posted By Richard Bishop, Monday, November 2, 2015
Vivit is your Hewlett Packard Enterprise software User Community

On November 1 Hewlett Packard separated into two companies: Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP, Inc. Vivit is excited to be a part of the new Hewlett Packard Enterprise team. We continue to be your unbiased, trusted and field-tested HPE software user community that will provide you with an infrastructure of support through programs centered around education, community-building, and advocacy for members. Welcome HPE!

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