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Congratulations Newly Appointed 2019 Vivit Board Directors

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 9, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, May 7, 2019

 

by Mark Ford
Vivit Board Director
Secretary/Nominations Chair

I would like to take a moment to thank those of you who took the time to vote in our recent election. Your vote to choose who leads are community is extremely important. 

The Vivit Board of Directors that consists of nine directors who manage, oversee and provide leadership and direction to our Local User Group (LUG) and Special Interest Group (SIG) leaders throughout the world.  Vivit had 3 opent seats, each at a 3-year term for this 2019 election. 

It is my distinct pleasure to announce the newly elected 2019 Vivit Board Directors:

Jonathon Wright
Jonathon Wright

Digital Assured
London, United Kingdom
Christopher J. Scharer
Christopher J. Scharer

CJS Consulting, L.L.C.
West Des Moines, Iowa USA
Mark Herbert
Mark Herbert

Dignity Health
Phoenix, AZ USA

I would also like to thank the other nominated candidate who although was not elected to the board this year, he was an exceedingly strong candidate who volunteers his time as a Special Interest Group (SIG) leader. Vivit is proud to have him as a leader within our organization and hopes he will consider standing for election in the future.


Pedro Miguel Jeronimo Mendes

Proefit
Lisbon, Portugal

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The Value of being a Vivit Member

Posted By Mark Herbert, Thursday, April 11, 2019
Updated: Monday, April 8, 2019
by Mark Herbert
Vivit VP of Operations
Arizona LUG Leader


I have proudly been a Vivit member since 2006. While there are many things that I love about Vivit, one of the main things that I excite me about this user group community (and the reason I joined in the first place) is the opportunity to be connected to other folks like me that are using these same software solutions at their places of business. I felt that by joining the Vivit community I could learn from my industry peers by hearing them share their experiences using these software solutions that I also use on a daily basis. I also felt that Vivit would give me a platform to share my years of experience using these solutions and contribute my knowledge to the community. I have enjoyed every minute of being a Vivit member, learning from and sharing my experiences with my peers, both the successes, and the lessons learned. Being a Vivit member has truly been a rewarding experience on many levels.

One of the ways that Vivit members share their experiences is at Local User Group (LUG) meetings. As a member (and leader) of one of the Vivit LUGs I can tell you first hand that the most heavily attended, highly interactive LUG meetings are those where members of our LUG share their experiences using the Micro Focus solutions. The success stories, as well as the lessons learned from the Vivit members, are so incredibly valuable and give you the knowledge that you can take back to your organization to use those solutions even more effectively and efficiently that you already are. The ability to ask questions of and share ideas with folks that are using these solutions out in the field is truly an incredible opportunity.

My message for all Vivit members is to keep contributing your valuable knowledge into the community in any way that you can! I know that we are all very busy, both professionally and personally, but any little morsel of experience that you can share about your use of the Micro Focus solutions is a key value added to the community. As I tell the members of my LUG, it doesn’t have to be an elaborate presentation where you get up in front of the room with a spotlight on you, it can be as simple as starting a conversation at a LUG event or presenting virtually through one of our Special Interest Group (SIG) events. The more we all bring our knowledge and experience to the table and share what we know about how to effectively and efficiently we use the Micro Focus solutions, the better our community will be!

Please consider reaching out to your LUG and SIG leaders today and ask how you can help share your success stories and lessons learned with the Vivit membership!

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Digital Trends - The year of AIOps [World Quality Report 2018-19]

Posted By Julanne Rutten, Friday, January 11, 2019
Updated: Monday, January 14, 2019
by Jonathon Wright

Vivit Board Director
Advocacy Chair

January is always a fantastic month for reflection, New Year’s resolutions or making plans for future. Looking back at accomplishments over the last year and edging big bets on what to focus on next?

That’s why I have always looked forward to last quarter of the year, when the analyst communities publish their major predictions around leading industry trends. Along with the associated quadrant or wave for what is deemed as ‘hot or not’ in the software industry.

The World Quality Report by Hewlett Packard (now Micro Focus) and Capgemini (Sogeti) has been published every year since 2009 focusing on the trends in software testing and application quality.

The tenth edition has a big focus on Artificial Intelligence as one of the leading key trends in IT. Especially, with a focus on Smart Analytics and its ability to help Quality Assurance improve decision making (both Predictive & Description Analytics).

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I had discussed the results (above) at a recent Enterprise AI conference last year on bridging the Cognitive Skills gap (https://www.slideshare.net/Jonathon_Wright/enterprise-augmented-intelligence-bridging-the-cognitive-gap-between-humans-ai).

On Wednesday, January 16th I will join Malcolm Isaacs, Solution Marketing for Micro Focus in a webinar to explore the finding of the World Quality Report 2018-19 with a focus on the financial services sector:

  • How end-user satisfaction is top priority for QA and testing
  • Why an increase in digitalization is driving disruption in the Financial Services sector’s approach to application development and delivery
  • How the emergence of new technologies in Financial Services such as blockchain, Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence are reshaping how QA and testing is done
  • Trends over the next two to three years that will combine automation, AI, and analytics to become a key differentiator for Financial Services organizations

Based on my previous exposure within the investment banking sector, along with the recent challenges around the OpenBanking API, GDPR, Blockchain and Fintech’s (Challenger Banks) have resulted in post-modern approach to testing and QA practices been adopted:

  • Digital Experiences (DX) – Focusing on digital interactions between banking systems (i.e. Bot2Bot (NLP), API economy (Microservices), Data Quality and Lifecycle Virtualization (everything as code, continuous testing and vTDM)).
  • Lean Thinking – Shift from Centre of Excellences (CoE) to Centres of Enablement, focused shared specialist teams with specific capabilities such as Cognitive skills (i.e. Data Science, Analytics or Engineering).
  • Enterprise AI - Strategic bank wide adoption of Artificial Intelligence (A.I.), Machine Learning (ML) and Natural Language Processing (NLP) (i.e. A.I. as a Platform).
  • Intelligent Automation – Combing Robotic Process Automation (RPA) with Cognitive technologies (such as Computer Vision) to provide reliable (self-healing / failing forward) pipeline automation.
  • AIOps – Leveraging Continuous Monitoring to power intelligent (A.I. enabled) next generation Application Performance Management platforms.

Call to action – Download the World Quality Report 2018-19 and presentation slides, and register for the on-demand webinar (Live online Jan 16 10:00 am CST or after on demand).

In summary, my top 10 predictions for 2019:

  1. Enterprise Artificial Intelligence (AI Strategy / Chief AI officers)
  2. Augmented Intelligence / Public Facing Bots (Bot2Bot)
  3. Digital Cybersecurity (Self-healing security)
  4. Cognitive Skills gap (Centres of Enablement)
  5. Data Engineering over Science (Unstructured/Structured)
  6. Ethical AI (GDPR Ready)
  7. Digital Engineering - Enterprise IoT / Smart Analytics (AI / ML)
  8. Intelligent Automation (Robotic Process Automation)
  9. Lean Thinking / Engineering
  10. Digital Experiences (DX) - Digital Reality (AR/VR) / Smart Infrastructure (I2X)



Live online January 16th at 10:00 am CST or after on demand.


Sources - YouTube – (https://youtu.be/CKZ-Vmq-kRo) / Podcast - (https://www.innopsis.org/13/12/2018/the-second-day-of-christmas/)

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ADM Customer Forum - Vivit Meetup London

Posted By Jonathon Wright, Thursday, July 12, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, July 11, 2018
by Jonathon Wright

Vivit Board Director
Advocacy Chair


The Vivit community has been pretty quiet in the UK over recent years as our focus has shifted towards web-based content and knowledge sharing. This was partly due to travel restrictions after the financial crisis and partly because our members felt that they couldn't spare time away from their desks to attend meetings. Over recent months we've seen more people travelling to tester gatherings and events, so we decided to host a Vivit meeting immediately after the ADM Customer Forum hosted by Micro Focus in London.

This event gave us a chance to discuss topics which came to light during the day (at this time no mention of the recent SUSE sale), but was an opportunity to facilitate meetings and introductions between fellow users of Micro Focus ADM software and to allow knowledge sharing and wider interactive discussion.

The goal of the meeting was to share knowledge, learn from one another, and identify topics for discussion at future events (be they online or face to face). Both Richard Bishop and I welcomed the 15 new Vivit members who attended through registering via the Meetup community page.

Our new Vivit members raised some really interesting topics ranging from experienced practitioners utilising Micro Focus products with connected Internet of Things (IoT) based platforms to enterprise customers looking for guidance on how to best migrate from ALM to Octane:

  • Adopting Enterprise Agile (i.e. SAFe 4.5 which Micro Focus uses internally) with Multi-Modal delivery such as V-Model (CoreIT), Agile (FluidIT), or Lean Start-up (AdaptiveIT) at different delivery paces (Experiments, Stories, or Requirements) and providing portfolio value stream mapping across all modals.
  • Becoming Enterprise AI ready, steps towards Insight-Driven Analytics, Predictive ADM and DevOps Hub (across multiple Micro Focus heritage platforms).
  • Offline mode for testing Internet of Things in remote locations such as Connected Car (C2X) or Infrastructure to Everything (I2X).

Active contribution from the legendary Riccardo Sanna provided essential insight into the Micro Focus camp regarding decentralisation of structured data to enable beyond Application Lifecycle Intelligence (ALI) capabilities to enable predictive analytics.

Along with sharing some of the insights from the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Alliance as part of representing the European Commission community around open source AI and Machine Learning (ML) enabled platforms that could also help provide insight-driven delivery capabilities (such as ReportPortal).
Both Richard and I spoke at the event covering the following topics:

Richard Bishop, Senior Test Engineer at Lloyds Banking Group.

  • Using UFT and LoadRunner within a Jenkins pipeline
  • Planning a migration to Performance Center 12.60

Jonathon Wright, Co-founder of Digital-Assured.com

  • The use of LeanFT with Docker (see below)
  • Using UFT with Legacy platforms such as mainframe (Terminal Services)

The above slides from the Vivit Meetup are now available to download from the event.
After the event we spoke to Raffi Margaliot around his continued commitment to the Vivit Community and how we can work even closer to align with future Micro Focus events.

Call to action – Sign up to the Vivit-Worldwide Meetup community page or email jonathon.wright@vivit-worldwide.org for a Slack invite.

 

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Discover the New ADM

Posted By Jonathon Wright, Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Last week, I attended the Micro Focus Open Horizon Summit in Berlin as the recently elected Vivit Board Director for Advocacy along with our Engagement Director, Stephanie Konkoy.

“Discover the new Micro Focus” is something that we have heard continuously over the last 250+ days since September 1st when they became one of the world's largest pure-play software companies, but what does that actually mean for you?

Let us start with the 300+ products (including heritage Hewlett Packard Enterprise / Mercury / Open View product families). Micro Focus is now managing with over 4,800 software engineers across 30 locations. To deal with this size and scale, they have had to align the end to end process:

  • Market Opportunity
  • Product Offerings
  • Enablement (Go To Market)
  • Implementation Capabilities
  • Tracking Performance

This includes a massive Digital Transformation across the new Micro Focus, including Agile Transformation (i.e. adopting SAFe 4.5) and Digital Engineering effort to enable reference architectures and next generation DevOps + delivery platforms (built with technologies such as Vertica / Kafka / Spark to provide machine learning and predictive analytics).

After speaking with Jerome Labat, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Micro Focus, at some lengths around the next generation products they have planned to go to market, I can confidently say that there is plenty to get excited about with the new Micro Focus.

The title of my last blog post was Legacy is your Legacy, and I was equally impressed that the case study showcase was helping Sage UK rediscover the old by helping to modernize the legacy system safeguarding their investment in Micro Focus. The following three focal points will help future-proof any investments across Application, Process, or Infrastructure Modernization:

  • Pre-integrated containers, unified licensing and shared cross portfolio services.
  • Flexible deployment options, deploy on any infrastructure (i.e. on-premise to public cloud, including mobile and mainframe (even Cobol as a Service)).
  • Zero downtime upgrades, auto-scaling, HA/DR, self-healing and most importantly secure.

After personally investing over 20 years in the heritage Hewlett Packard Enterprise / Mercury Interactive product family, I was keen to discover the new within the Application Development Management (ADM) product family, especially within the Functional and Non-Functional Testing portfolio:

  • Unified Functional Testing (UFT) Enterprise
  • Unified Functional Testing (LeanFT) Pro
  • Business Process Testing (BPT)

Hidden Gems - LeanFT now natively supports docker containers, which support Remote Desktop (RDP) and screen capture within the results.

  • StormRunner Functional

Hidden Gems – StormRunner Functional (SRF) supports root cause analysis to help to pinpoint failures.

  • LoadRunner
  • Performance Center
  • StormRunner Load

Hidden Gems – StormRunner Load 3.0 supports AWS and Azure easy to import scripts from LoadRunner, JMeter or Gatling, combined with native support for Network Virtualisation Analytics along with new support for Application Performance Management platforms such as New Relic, Dynatrace, Splunk, and now App Dynamic.

  • Service Virtualization

Hidden Gems - Service Virtualisation community edition can now help target delays due to dependencies of micro-services or lack of systems alignment (only SAP certified solution)

  • Mobile Center

Hidden Gems - Mobile Device Testing in the cloud and on premise with physical devices, free security testing provided by Fortify, synthetic monitoring by AppPulse with mobile analytics.

Hopefully this will give you just a taster of the hidden gems of what “Discover the new Micro Focus” is all about. Personally, I discovered more around the cross portfolio capacities than I have ever seen before when Hewlett Packard was behind the wheel. The synergy between product families has earned Micro Focus a seat at the table as one of the largest software players across the following four pillars:

  • DevOps: enabling the rapid delivery of quality, secure applications with end-to-end visibility across a tool chain of commercial and open source offerings - leveraging the largest portfolio in the industry.
  • Hybrid IT: simplifying the management of a complex mix of platforms, delivery methods and consumption models to help organizations address business needs, control costs, and ensure availability and performance at global scale.
  • Security & Risk Management: Securing data, applications and access; powering security operations and governance to mitigate risk and maintain compliance; and harnessing the power of secure DevOps practices to ensure end-to-end risk management.
  • Predictive Analytics: Helping customers translate siloed data into real-time proactive analytics at scale, anchored on supporting open and cloud-based stacks to create new insights across applications, operations, security and the business.

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Our Focus is on the Customer

Posted By Mark Ford, Thursday, May 3, 2018
Updated: Thursday, May 10, 2018

By Mark Ford
Vivit Board Director/Community Chair


Last month, I attended the Micro Focus ADM Summit in Dallas as the Vivit representative at the Communities booth along with Micro Focus blog editor/community manager, Kim Lock. Vivit was featured as one of three customer community offerings for Micro Focus with Blogs/Forums and TechBeacon rounding out the trio. I spent most of my time at the Communities booth meeting and talking to fellow and new Vivit members and leaders. As a customer, I’m a big fan of the Micro Focus ADM Forums and working with Kim who manages those forums brought greater insight to me and many other Vivit members who stopped by the booth. If you haven’t checked them out lately, please do. They are a great source for timely answers to your software questions:

“Our focus is on the customer” was the message heard several times throughout the ADM Summit from Micro Focus Senior VP and General Manager, Raffi Margaliot. It was present in the CABs, highlighted in the keynotes and discussed at the Communities booth and part of the discussions I had with Micro Focus employees. All were eager to lend an ear to listen to what I as a customer was looking for with Micro Focus software. It was also great to reaffirm that Vivit is well known in many Micro Focus circles and that we are appreciated for our efforts of education, advocacy, and community. Of course there was also plenty of talk about Octane, Stormrunner, and Deployment Automation in addition to roadmaps, innovation, enterprise scalability, and accelerating application delivery. It was a jam-packed couple of days spent focusing on all things ADM (Application Delivery Management).

The pace of the ADM Summit was very different from HPE Discover conferences I’ve attended the past several years, but in a good way. On one hand, I missed the excitement and energy that came from attending a large conference but on the other hand, my targeted experience was more fruitful business wise. I was able to strike up conversations with others at breakfast and lunch on topics directly relevant to my needs. It wasn’t hard to find others using Micro Focus ALM for example.

I was also pleased to have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with Raffi. He’s an amazingly busy guy but very approachable and a fan of Vivit. He’s been around quality, testing, and application delivery software since his Mercury Interactive days so he’s a familiar face to many ADM customers. Raffi is a fan of these targeted summits, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we see this trend continue every six months or so. Dallas is a Micro Focus hub city, so we could also expect to see more of these in the Dallas area. We talked about how Vivit is well positioned to provide Micro Focus with customer stories on Octane and Stormrunner. Customers find a lot of value hearing how other customers use the software. He would like Vivit to aggregate customer feedback and share it quarterly with their head of customer success to help drive product direction. What do you think about Vivit conducting our own quarterly SIG CABs?

The ADM Summit was a great opportunity to learn more about the new Micro Focus, see ADM product directions, deep dive in a workshop, and talk to a lot of ADM customers. If you have an opportunity to attend an upcoming Micro Focus Summit, I would encourage you to do so.

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It's Just That Simple

Posted By Chris Trimper, Thursday, May 3, 2018
Updated: Thursday, May 10, 2018

by Chris Trimper
Vivit Board Director
Education Chair
Western NY LUG Leader

As the Western NY Local User Group leader, last month I planned a meeting without any speakers, vendors, or heavy PowerPoint. Several of our frequent contributors and I collaborated about the question, "What problems are you facing with testing?" This question led to a brief survey which paved the way for what turned out to be a fantastic roundtable.

Our meeting started off with the typical housekeeping type of chat, but then the real fun began. The survey and a quick live poll of responses (with a low-tech show of hands) drove various conversations such as, "We don't know much about our unit test coverage how do we gain more insight?"' or "What are the various ways you consume/obtain test data?" The conversations were unscripted and had the whole group engaged. Our LUG is heavy in the ADM and Testing space, so most of our topics shared this focus. I encourage leaders to know your members well prior to a discussion like this to best drive conversations.

I share this as hopeful inspiration to drive vendor and presentation-free discussions which will allow the entire community to share their experiences. This is a great technique to change focus as well as help drive members to share with their peers.

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Vivit Keeps Your Membership Data Private

Posted By Mark Ford, Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Updated: Thursday, May 10, 2018

by Mark Ford
Vivit Board Director
Community Chairperson


Hello everyone, as your Community Director,  I would like to give you an update on a topic that has a renewed level of interest recently, especially for our European members: Membership Data.

Vivit has always taken great care of your identifiable member data by keeping it secure and only using it to send you email correspondence. We never share your contact information with anyone, not even Micro Focus or HP/HPE before that. We value you as a Vivit member and we treat your data with the utmost care and respect.

European legislation known as GDPR will take effect in May 2018 and further clarifies how identifiable information can be stored and utilized for citizens of the EU. We are looking into the new policy to make sure Vivit is compliant. GDPR provides good guidelines to follow and other areas of the globe may require them at some point as well. We’ll be implementing the following for our Vivit members in the EU and in most cases, globally as well. This includes:

  • Individuals need to provide consent for using their data (opt-in vs. opt-out)
  • Individuals must be able to easily update their data and have an easy way to have their identifiable data removed (right to be forgotten)
  • Organizations must inform members explicitly how they accept, store, and utilize member data (privacy policy)
  • Organizations must remind members periodically to keep their data current (we already do this annually with our Knock a Little Louder campaign)
  • Organizations must store member data in a secure format and report data breaches within 72 hours (we use YourMembership.com and will report as soon as they inform us)

To facilitate the opt-in consent requirement for GDPR, over the next few months, we’ll email all members who have specified a residence in the EU to obtain their consent. Other items will be phased in on the Vivit website as we determine the best way to implement them.

Thank you for being a valued member of Vivit! If you have any questions, please let me know.

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Announcing… SIG Talks

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Updated: Monday, December 4, 2017

 

Announcing… SIG Talks

 

By: Todd DeCapua
Vivit Board Director
Vice President Innovation and Strategy

With a continued focus on speed, quality and results; our community members have a lot to share, and we are providing you with the platform and opportunity.

On the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 12noon ET, 3-5 speakers will share their knowledge, experience and learnings in 8-12 minutes each. Our objective is to be an advocate, providing 60 people with the opportunity to spread education throughout our community.

We believe there are several topics/themes that will come out throughout the year, which will result in further interest on behalf of members, enabling us to do even more with these sessions. To get you started in thinking, below are a few topics we are kickstarting, so you can contribute or build on them for your session.

  • 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

How will you contribute your expertise to the community?  If you are interested in participating as a SIG Talk speaker for one of our 2018 Quality and Testing topics or would like to offer another topic you could speak about, suggest a speaker or sponsor a SIG Talk please take a moment to answer our survey.


Check out the 2018 SIG Talk Schedule

 

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Vivit’s New Education Chair is Working for You

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Updated: Thursday, December 21, 2017
 By: Chris Trimper
Vivit Board Director
Education Chairperson

At our recent Board of Directors meeting in Chicago this past June, I was honored to be voted in as your Education Chair.  Since then I have been working with my fellow board members on new ways to deliver valuable content to our Vivit community of over 41K members.

Recently, I have been involved in the closed beta and now the public beta for Storm Runner Functional. During this time, I had a chance to explore all the new features and work together with various Micro Focus R&D team members to better my understanding of the capabilities. All these team interactions gave me a great idea and a plan for a series of learning related content!    

 

Goal 1:   Leverage relationships with Micro Focus R&D Teams

 

I plan to work with various R&D and Technical roles within Micro Focus to talk about trending activities, new product solutions, and upgrades.  From our recent Membership Survey, we know that many of you are interested in the functionality of “new products”.  This collaboration with myself and Micro Focus will provide an avenue to not only see new features but have beta testers brought in for discussion and allow open questions from Vivit members to the R&D team. My  hope is that leveraging this sort of relationship can help all of us as members to better plan adoption of new technologies from Micro Focus.

 

Goal 2:  Shorter, more concise Education Video Library

 

Have you ever found yourself needing to watch a long webinar recording only to look for that 2-4 minutes’ worth of content that you required? I have. Have you ever had to read a lengthy advertisement filled blog for a solution to your problem? Me too! We are aiming to build a library of short and concise videos illustrating solutions and techniques to make your interaction with Micro Focus software solutions better!  My plan is to send out a quick survey to narrow our search in on what areas we should start with or areas that you may aid us with.

 

Goal 3:  Collaboration with Membership & Advocacy Chairs driving content

 

Education is important to Vivit at all levels.    I have been collaborating with Board Directors, Mark Ford (Community Chair) and Tammy Young (Advocacy Chair) to find new and creative ways to help build agendas and topics for discussion for our LUGs and SIGs.   As our newly appointed roles align with our three pillars of Education, Community and Advocacy, we’ll be working as one team to deliver amazing content to our members.  We plan to deliver great topics to spark conversations at our LUG events shifting the focus of conversation back to the members; such as we want to drive topics out of our global webinar events for deep dive sessions with LUG and SIG members.   We are excited to get started so stay tuned for more details!

 

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