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Some things about HPE Software summit 2017. Number three will shock you.

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 13, 2017
Updated: Friday, September 1, 2017

I came to HPE Discover 2017 with fairly low expectations. I was there to talk to customers about their agile and DevOps transformations, rather than for the formal analyst program. In case you haven’t been following the news in September a newco will be formed in what HPE is calling a “spin merge” with Micro Focus, based in Newbury in the UK, to create the world’s seventh largest pure play software company. Seventh might not seem a great target, but it has the benefit of being a clear position in the market, which HP isn’t trying to hide from. Once the merger is completed, we can expect more acquisitions as the company looks to grow aggressively and move up that pecking order.

I spent two days in sessions with customers, and they seemed very calm about the transition with an expectation that their investments would be protected, maintenance contracts supported, and new functionality delivered as promised. I spoke to one customer that signed a $15m software deal with HP in late 2016, and though concerned before the event kicked off, left a great deal more confident about next steps.

Partners I talked to were also in good spirits about the transaction. One reseller said he expected the deal to be good for his business because the HPE newco would be focusing entirely on software, rather than being confused about what to sell, and when. Companies like HP that make the majority of their revenues from hardware can find it hard to focus on software. The kind of salesperson used to selling 15 servers are not the same as the kind that appreciate the longer sales cycles of enterprise software sales. Getting corporate attention in marketing and strategy is also pretty hard when you’re only a small portion of overall sales.

The new executive team for the new co makes sense. I don’t know the GMs running security and data so well, but Raffi Margoliat and Tom Goguen, running application delivery management and IT Ops management respectively clearly both have a zest for what they’re doing. New global VP of Sales and Marketing Sue Barsamian seems pretty clear on go to market and narratives.

What really changed the game was Chris Hsu, who will be CEO. He did a bang-up job of kicking off the event on day one. His story was crisp, the strategy was clear and he did an excellent job of being forward looking while not trying to hide the fact many of the assets of the combined company are very much legacy assets. Legacy assets with really good cashflow. He was unapologetic about the fact that Cobol would be a significant revenue stream in the new business, and Micro Focus has done a phenomenal job recently of driving up revenues and share price from 2011-2016 – comparable with the performance of Amazon, Facebook or Microsoft in that time frame.

To be honest the Micro Focus portfolio is a bit of a grab bag and contains a bit of a pick and mix of legacy assets – Borland, Attachmate, Serena Software to name three. Micro Focus been pursuing the classic portfolio approach to growth. It also has some intriguing more modern assets too – it owns Suse, the enterprise Linux distribution company, for example, so there is some interesting technical leadership there. IBM doesn’t own a distro, HPE will.

From a competitive perspective, while it didn’t mention it by name, HP is clearly planning to compete aggressively with Splunk, and likely Cloudera, in the market for log analysis and security incident management. The company plans to use its Vertica column oriented database, with a Kafka based ingestion engine running on top of it, to compete in big data-related markets.

The newco is going to have to execute near flawlessly to make a significant impact as a progressive software company. It is making a multicloud play for now, but that may partly reflect the parent company’s push for a hybrid IT strategy. A new software company launched would almost certainly be SaaS only if not SaaS first, and would make a bet on a particular cloud provider. We may yet see the newco chose a cloud partner for its SaaS plays. On the other hand, HPE’s enterprise customers are indeed the kind of companies that expect hybrid and multicloud support, in terms of their deployment options.

It will be hard to avoid the desire to become yet another “new CA”, serially buying companies but not being seen for organic innovation.

But if you read Stephen’s The Software Paradox, which makes the case it’s becoming ever harder to sell software even as software eats the world it’s clear challenges are going to be very real. Cloud generally and SaaS specifically are the new convenient consumption models of choice. People want to pay for services, not software. Selling traditional on prem software also prevent the creation of new data aggregation oriented business models.

I don’t want to be overly positive about HPE’s future, but I came away with a far more positive view after a couple of days in Vegas, and I know for sure that many of HPE’s major customers felt the same way.

Disclosure: HP is a client. Paid T&E.

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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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More exciting information about the HPE Software Spin-Merge with MicroFocus

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Updated: Friday, September 1, 2017

We wanted to keep you up-to-date about some important questions that have been frequently asked by our user community members.

Why is HPE Spinning and Merging with Micro Focus?

HPE made the decision to spin-merge HPE Software with Micro Focus to create two businesses that are stronger, more focused, delivering faster outcomes to customers. The spin-merger creates a new industry player, Micro Focus, which will be valued at $4.5B and be one of the world's largest pure-play enterprise software companies.

Why is Micro Focus the perfect company to take on HPE Software assets?

Micro Focus has a proven track record of managing both growing and mature software assets. 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. The combination will enable higher levels of investment in growth areas, while maintaining a stable platform for mission-critical software products.

When will the HPE Spin-Merger with Micro Focus be complete?

The transaction is expected to be complete in the second half of HPE’s fiscal 2017, with customer and partner commitments remaining unchanged.

What will the HPE ownership of the new company be?

HPE will not have an ownership stake in the new organization – it will be an independent publicly traded company. HPE shareholders will own 50.1 percent of the new organization.

What will the leadership of the new company be?

Chris Hsu will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer of the combined HPE Software and Micro Focus company pending deal close, which is currently targeted to be completed by approximately August 31, 2017. Until then, Stephen Murdoch will remain chief executive of Micro Focus, and then become chief operating officer.

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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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SIG News - December 2017

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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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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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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