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Vivit's May Rockstar Speakers

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 9, 2019
Updated: Monday, May 6, 2019

A big thank you to all our speakers who represented Vivit this past month. Let Vivit help you take your career to the next level by joining our speaker’s bureau today. We offer outstanding opportunities for you to speak virtually or live on our behalf. If you are interested in joining our speaker’s bureau, please click here.

Germany – Freiburg LUG event
Jan Dietrich
Infoserve GmbH+Co.KG

Germany – Freiburg LUG event
Isabelle Farina
Infoserve GmbH+Co.KG

ADM Summit 2019
Chris Trimper
Independent Health

ADM Summit 2019
Bob Crews
Checkpoint Technologies

Universe 2019
Richard Bishop
Lloyds Banking Group
Vivit Webinar
Matt Snyder

ADM Summit
John Ferraiolo
Checkpoint Technologies, Inc.

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Vivit's April Rockstar Speakers

Posted By Jill Stefan, Thursday, April 11, 2019
Updated: Monday, April 8, 2019

A big thank you to all our speakers who represented Vivit this past month. Let Vivit help you take your career to the next level by joining our speaker’s bureau today. We offer outstanding opportunities for you to speak virtually or live on our behalf. If you are interested in joining our speaker’s bureau, please click here.

Service Management
SIG Webinar
Martin Moralo
Software Lifecycle Integration
SIG Webinar
Carmen DeArdo
Software Lifecycle Integration
SIG Webinar
Michelle Shuttleworth
Deloitte Consulting
Automation & Cloud Builders
SIG Webinar
Darren Blumenthal
TQA SIG Webinar
Christoph Brachmann AG

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Cast Your Vote in the 2019 Board of Directors Elections

Posted By Mark Ford, Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, April 2, 2019

By Mark Ford, Nominations Chair
Vivit Board of Directors

Elections for three Vivit Board of Director seats will run until Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Eligible voters are defined as all active members as of April 1, 2019 and who are not employed by Micro Focus. It is important for our community to continue to provide you with another dedicated team - we urge you to vote now.

You will be prompted to sign-in to ensure integrity of the election process.

Vote Now

The few moments that you take to vote will allow three of the outstanding candidates to begin representing the new Vivit Board of Directors while providing strategic guidance and direction and help oversee the organization’s operations. All candidates appearing on the ballot indicated that they are willing to volunteer their time and talents to the betterment of our organization and were painstakingly reviewed by the nominating committee.

During the review process, this year's candidates were required to be interviewed and complete a questionnaire. To help our voters make an informed decision, we have provided each candidate's responses to the questionnaire. I highly recommend that you review each candidate's responses before voting by clicking on their name below. Voting only takes a few minutes but is very important to the organization in that it allows you to have a voice in the selection of our leaders.

This year's candidates are as follows:

Cast your vote online now! Thank you very much for participating in this election. And please keep in mind that in order to vote, you'll need to be signed in to the Vivit website. Please sign in on the top right or right side of the website using your username and password.

Your vote on the Directors elections is very important, so please take the time to cast your vote!

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Vivit's March Rockstar Speakers

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 14, 2019
Updated: Monday, March 11, 2019

A big thank you to all our speakers who represented Vivit this past month. Let Vivit help you take your career to the next level by joining our speaker’s bureau today. We offer outstanding opportunities for you to speak virtually or live on our behalf. If you are interested in joining our speaker’s bureau, please click here.

SIG Webinar
Ameet Patil
Patson USA
SIG Webinar
Brent Westwood
Southern Companies
Florida LUG Meeting
Victor Grant
Checkpoint Technologies
Florida LUG Meeting
Bob Crews
Checkpoint Technologies
Vivit Webinar
Sarah Ware
Seattle LUG Event
Chris Carpenter
Bienabee Technologies
SIG Webinar
Gerd Fladrich
Consorsbank BNP Parisbas
SIG Webinar
Günther Schneider
Sulzer GmbH
Vivit Webinar
Jay Batson
Greenlight Group

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Arizona LUG Meeting Features Updates on RPA Technology and UFT

Posted By Mark Herbert, Thursday, February 14, 2019

The first Vivit Arizona Local User Group (LUG) event of 2019 was held on the 23rd of January at the Capital Grille in Phoenix. Vivit members representing nine area companies gathered together for a delicious dinner and an evening of networking, sharing best practices and lessons learned using the Micro Focus solutions.

After dinner, Eric Fisher from Micro Focus presented an exciting solution called Robotic Process Automation (RPA). He explained that RPA technology creates digital factories to automate and integrate any repetitive administrative tasks. RPA reduces labor-intensive processes by imitating human effort to complete tasks, thereby boosting the capabilities of companies that perform high-volume transactional processes. Operating non-invasively on the surface (UI layer) without compromising the underlying IT infrastructure, RPA bridges the technology gap between fragmented, semi-structured legacy systems. Also, the RPA solution is based on industry leading products Operations Orchestration (OO) and Unified Functional Testing (UFT). The LUG members were able to see a live demonstration of the solution.

Paul Bratlien from Micro Focus wrapped up the event with a presentation on what is new in UFT 14.51. We all learned that there are a lot of exciting new features in this latest release of the UFT product.

In addition to the great information that was shared, and the wonderful networking that took place over awesome food and drinks, one lucky attendee went home with a door prize. Barrie Sager - TSYS won an Amazon Echo, courtesy of Micro Focus. We look forward to seeing you at our next Vivit Arizona LUG event!

“Great evening last night… the topics and presentations were informative. And timely for some internal discussions. The sidebar discussion with Eric also gave me some insight into a few other areas not related to the evening’s topics.”
- Attendee comment

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ADM Summit 2019

Posted By Raffi Margaliot, Thursday, February 14, 2019
Updated: Saturday, February 9, 2019


By Raffi Margaliot
SVP and GM Application Delivery Management, Micro Focus

Join us at our premier Application Delivery Management (ADM) event of year. This year’s ADM Summit will be held April 9-11 at the Loews Chicago O’Hare.

My team is all set to share our latest innovations, designed to give your business a competitive edge as you accelerate application delivery and ensure quality at every stage of the application lifecycle. We’re bringing in multiple customer speakers as well to deliver 360-degree product insight and invaluable usage tips.

The ADM breakout sessions and demos will dive deep into the latest product releases and proven best practices for addressing the market shifts of Agile and DevOps. As always, the ADM leadership team will be available to address your questions 1:1 in the Meeting Center or during the numerous networking opportunities.

NEW for 2019 is our instructor-led workshop program, where you will have the opportunity to get hands-on with our products in a classroom environment. Make sure you sign up when you register, as spaces are limited and we expect them to fill quickly.

I look forward to seeing you in Chicago!

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Vivit Florida LUG Provides Exciting Insight on ADM Solutions

Posted By Paul Shovlin and Bob Crews, Thursday, February 14, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The Vivit Florida LUG (Local User Group) held a very interesting, exciting meeting at The Break Room in Clearwater, FL on Thursday, January 24th, 2019! Coordinated by Vivit Co-leaders Paul Shovlin and Bob Crews and sponsored by Checkpoint Technologies (a Micro Focus ADM Platinum partner), the meeting presenters were Doug Moody (Micro Focus ADM Business Development, Inside Sales Americas), John Falk (Micro Focus Manager – ADM Presales Strategic Services), and Bob Crews (CEO of Checkpoint Technologies and Vivit Community Chair).

Bob presented an overview of Vivit highlighting its mission and the many benefits of being a Vivit member. Emphasis was placed on the significant value of belonging to Vivit explaining members have an added stream of information available to them (as this meeting clearly demonstrated). Not only do members receive additional insight into the solutions but they also have opportunity to share their input and questions about the Micro Focus solutions.

Doug, John and Bob provided a very interactive presentation covering the Micro Focus 2019 ADM Roadmap. The focus was to share with the attendees Micro Focus’ directional intention at this point in time in a constantly evolving IT landscape. Portfolio & Lifecycle Management, Intelligent Test Automation, StormRunner Functional & Mobile Center, Service Virtualization, and Optimized Performance were just a few topics addressed and to say the roadmap is exceptionally interesting and exciting is an understatement! The discussion and questions at the end of the presentation were outstanding!

Brian Odgers, Manager of QA Automation & Vendor Service at FCCI Insurance Group, gave his enthusiastic input on the meeting and wrote ”It was a very informative meeting! It was obvious Doug, John and Bob, are experienced Micro Focus experts and they did a great job providing an overview of the solutions and product road map. Equally, the LUG provided an opportunity for me to interact with other users in the Tampa Bay area. Excellent!”

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Nominations are Now Open for 2019

Posted By Mark Ford, Tuesday, February 5, 2019


By Mark Ford, Vivit Secretary
Vivit Board of Directors

Vivit is pleased to announce the 2019 Board of Directors Call for Nominations.

Nominations for the 2019 Vivit Board of Directors are being accepted between February 5 and March 5, 2019. 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 5, 2019, eastern standard time.

There will be three openings to fill (three, 3-year terms) 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

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The Value of Being a Vivit Leader

Posted By Rocky Pisto, Thursday, January 17, 2019
Updated: Monday, January 14, 2019


by Rocky Pisto
Vivit IT Operations SIG Leader

Have you ever wondered why someone would volunteer their time as a Vivit Local User Group (LUG) or Special Interest Group (SIG) Leader to bring Micro Focus customers together to share best practices? I would like to share my leadership journey of 16 years with you. My IT career started when I worked for PCI, an HP/HPE/Micro Focus partner, for 30 years in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. As my career moved from selling hardware (PCs, Servers, Networks, and Storage) to Enterprise software with HP in 1993, things got very interesting.

In 1996, PCI landed its first multi-million-dollar HP OpenView deal with CompuServe in Columbus, Ohio. You may remember them as one of the first Internet companies. In fact, they owned half the Internet bandwidth at the time. To learn more about CompuServe, check them out here. (

As CompuServe evolved their implementation over the next couple of years with PCI’s help, more and more staff were hired to support the many silos of the business. The following questions at CompuServe would always come up: "Are there other companies using these tools in our area, and how can we find out how they are using them to support their businesses?” “How can we learn from other companies the best way to leverage these tools?” For over 30 years I learned that if you want to keep your customers, you have to listen to them.

In working with my customers to answer their questions, I discovered that there was an organization that brought users, partners, and HP folks together in the HP OpenView user community. This organization was running local events in a number of cities like Chicago. It was called OpenView Forum International (OVFI), the independent user community for HP Software customers run by partners and end users, but supported by HP Software.

Not being technical whatsoever, I decided to drive to Chicago to learn how to bring an OVFI user group chapter to Michigan and Ohio. These events were run in Chicago by a partner (Pepperweed, Jim Murphy) and customer (Walgreens, Henry Wojak) with support from HP Software. The chapter meeting was well attended (over 50 people), and everyone seemed to enjoy the networking and learning from each other. I liked the meeting format and decided I could build chapters and do the same thing.

As a partner representative with PCI, I decide to start a chapter for Ohio in 1999 and then in Michigan in 2000. OVFI was a very small organization run by a Board of Directors and one Executive Director. I was sent a packet that included a T-Shirt, a welcome letter, and an affiliation agreement. I was on my own with the responsibility of bringing Local User Group events to the area—no pep talk, no hand holding, with the charge to just do it. My motivation was supporting my customers, so I reached out to my best customer, Tracy Staats, and asked him to help me make sure we brought the content the community would appreciate to help grow their careers. This content included end user best practices, use cases, and events at customer sites so that we could see the operations or live demonstration right from their NOC or Data Center consoles.

It wasn't easy to convince end users to present or take the time to go through security to reserve a room for our events, but once it was arranged and the events took place, everyone saw the value of bringing fellow peers together to learn from each other and to visualize different environments and methods of using the same software toolset.

We also reached out to HP, asked for product updates, and asked them to invite their customers in the area to help bring awareness to our events and share best practices. These events were standing room only in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Detroit and Grand Rapids over the next 16 years. We had great hosts for our events in the area from HP Offices to customers like CompuServe, WorldCom, JPMorgan Chase, Limited Brands, Big Lots, Sterling Commerce, Nationwide in Columbus; Key Bank, Sherwin-Williams, Smuckers, Jones Day, Diebold, Federal Express, Progressive Insurance, and Eaton Corp in the Cleveland-Akron Area; and Auto Club Group, Trinity Health, DTE Energy, Chrysler, Comerica, Meijer, La-Z-Boy, Spectrum Health, and Grand Valley State University in Michigan.

OVFI was renamed Vivit Worldwide after HP acquired a number of additional software solutions. The new name for all these acquisitions became HP Software.

What was the value of being a Vivit Leader to me? The reward was meeting so many people in the ITOM solutions space and networking with these end users, along with helping end users reach out beyond their comfort zone by presenting to a peer group and seeing them grow before my eyes. The appreciation from Micro Focus, Micro Focus partners, and customers for bringing them together in an independent forum where they can share success stories and use case scenarios as well as discuss issues they may be having was riveting. Customers loved to travel to other customer sites and observe company practices, skill sets, and environments to level set them on how to improve with their own company. The enthusiasm by all was contagious.

As a partner, bringing everyone together gives you a sense of what the community is doing with the tools and how the relationships work with other customers, partners, Micro Focus marketing, and support groups. It’s more about the relationship than just the technology. We have since partnered with other partners to work on joint projects or have them take over the account with their special skillset to make sure the customer is well supported. This could not have happened if it wasn't for joint presentations at Vivit LUG events.

Additionally, the community sees a partner as an enabler of supporting their solution investment, especially if education budgets are limited or nonexistent. As a LUG or SIG Leader, you don't have to be a technology presenter, just the moderator and organizer of the event. As a small regional partner, PCI was able to network with all the Micro Focus teams and customers in the area; without the role of a Vivit Leader, that would not have happened. In many cases, Vivit LUG events were the first time the Micro Focus sales representatives met their newly assigned customers. As a Vivit Leader, I had the opportunity to work closely with the Micro Focus teams and provide services for their customers.

From a software product end user perspective, Vivit events are a learning experience and in some cases, the only exposure to the Micro Focus teams and other peers in a given region. The more end users who get involved in LUG meetings, the more they get out of it. Presenting, hosting, and leading at Vivit LUG events will help them network for future opportunities. For example, being a Vivit LUG Leader working alongside Leaders from around the world in the Vivit Community grows your network. Sometimes as practitioners, you don't always get the appreciation or respect you desire from your own company, but as the facilitator of a Vivit LUG event, everyone appreciates the work effort, not to mention the growth of your leadership skills.

Micro Focus looks to the Vivit Leaders to support the community with new updates. Partners look to LUG Leaders with the ability to share use cases, and end users appreciate the networking and camaraderie of sharing with peers.

I welcome a discussion with any practitioner or partner who would like to understand the value of running a Local User Group focused on a Micro Focus solution in these areas:

  • Analytics and big data
  • Application development, test, and delivery
  • Collaboration solutions
  • Information management and governance
  • Business continuity
  • IT operations management
  • Mainframe
  • Security

Be sure to view Vivit’s recent webinar, Transform your Leadership Skills into a LUG Leader & Maximize Micro Focus Relationships.

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Mark Laird Announces Retirement

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Mark Laird

This month brings major change for one of Vivit's best and brightest, Mark Laird. Mark is retiring from Sopra Steri and the IT industry to pursue personal interests and to spend more time with his family.

Mark has been in the IT industry for almost 30 years, and has been promoting, using and deploying Micro Focus (formerly HP(E) Software) for the past 15 years.  He worked as Group Technical Architect for Sopra Steria and was responsible for continuing to develop the HP(E), Cisco and VMware partnerships within Sopra Steria. Sopra Steria, as both an Micro Focus Partner and Customer, has a unique insight into the use of Micro Focus Software in the real world and as such, Mark served as a member of the Micro Focus Customer Advisory Board for Business Service Management, providing feedback and insight into customer requirements for future versions of the suite.

The Vivit community has had the pleasure of working with Mark for the past 8 years while he contributed in various areas.  He served as the co-leader of the Business Service Management (BSM) Special Interest Group (SIG) as well as participated in other virtual SIGs in related areas. He regularly presented within the wider Micro Focus community at conferences, webinars, roundtable events and had promoted Vivit at the HP UK Software Universe (in 2013). Mark also participated regularly in our yearly Board of Directors nominations/elections to help bring outstanding leadership to our community. Vivit proudly named Mark the EMEA Speaker of the Year in 2013 and the Top Virtual Contributor in 2014.  Mark earned these awards for his participation in live webinar events to acquire cross-training on Micro Focus products and services as well as regularly contributed to forums, blogs, and newsletters for solutions to issues or questions about Micro Focus Software product installations.

We extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to our dear friend and leader for all he has done to help grow and develop the Vivit Community.

Congratulations Mark Laird, we will miss you greatly - best of luck to you in your new chapter of life!

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