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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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Spotlight on a Volunteer - Matt Angerer

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Updated: Thursday, December 6, 2018

Matt Angerer
Matt Angerer
Senior Presales Solution Architect, TaskTop Technologies
Software Lifecycle Integration SIG Leader

In March of 2018, Matt Angerer, active Vivit member, became the co-leader for the Software Lifecycle Integration SIG. Matt is a Senior Presales Solution Architect with Tasktop Technologies and has acquired a diverse background in IT, including 15+ years of ERP (SAP), Agile, Software Start-Up, and IT Software Delivery experience. As the founder of VerticalRent, he quickly adopted Agile principles to build a scalable software platform that is now used by over 50,000 landlords and renters across the United States. He continues to oversee operations while applying Agile principles to help his creation innovate and stay in front of the market. Matt has also consulted with many organizations filling the roles of: Product Owner, Integration Lead, Project Manager, and Integration Analyst.

With this practical experience at Tasktop as a Presales Solutions Architect, along with being a Certified Scrum Master, Certified Product Owner, and Certified Micro Focus ALM and UFT practitioner, Matt wanted to share his experience with the Vivit Community and has been organizing webinars themed around various software integration challenges and opportunities. He has helped organize and deliver two such webinars since July:

These webinars were very well received by our audience and we look forward to more Tasktop initiated Webinars in the coming year, led by Matt Angerer. Keep an eye out for a round-table discussions with 2-3 “thought leaders” and “practitioners” that will bring both the 30,000-foot view and the 2,000-foot view to the table during discussions on various topics.

Thank you Matt for all that you do for the Vivit Community!

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Vivit's November Rockstar Speakers

Posted By Administration, Thursday, November 15, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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.

Matt Angerer
PreSales Engineer
Tasktop
Gary Brandt
OpsBridge Product Management
Micro Focus
 
Joe Friedrichsen
Managing Director
BCBSRI
Bob Johnson
Chief Marketing Officer
StreamWeaver
   
NaveenKumar Namachivayam
Performance Test Lead
Infosys Limited
Petar Puskarich
Performance Engineer
Bank of America AVP
   
 Nate Rich
IT Operations Practice Expert
StreamWeaver
 Saumya Upadhyaya
OpsBridge Product Management
Micro Focus

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Micro Focus Unveils Go4SAP Program

Posted By Michael Procopio, Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, November 7, 2018

 


by Michael Procopio
Product Marketing Manager, Operations Bridge
Micro Focus

For companies that use SAP it is one of their most important applications because it supports critical business processes. Micro Focus recognizes this and have developed a cross portfolio set of solutions with tuned HANA-compatible, SAP-focused content with unique intellectual property.

For Operations Bridge (OpsBridge) this means assuring your SAP environment is performing well. Also that all stakeholders have maximum visibility into how SAP and the business it is support are doing.

The goal for the solutions are that they be simple, fast, smart, and easy. For Operations Bridge this means:

  • Pre-packaged content and proven use cases
  • Operational in less than 1 FTE month, including focused SAP HANA content or less than a day using SiteScope with SAP solution templates
  • Enable business innovation, support automation and risk mitigation
  • Non-SAP expert staff can act on first time fix recommendations

Prepackaged content for Operations Bridge

  • Management Pack for Infrastructure – this covers operating system availability and performance
  • Management Pack for SAP – this covers SAP ABAP and J2EE, given a starting point it will discover all the dependencies and automatically start monitoring, it also provides specific cross domain correlation
  • Management Pack for SAP HANA – adds SAP HANA database monitoring, HANA specific discovery and monitoring
  • Operations Connector for SAP Solution Manager – collects data from SAP Solution Manager monitoring tool to bring the information into Operations Bridge for AIOps based analysis and consolidation of data to a single screen

A Business Value Dashboard showing transaction and system metrics for SAP. Click on image for a larger version.

BPM and RUM

Business Process Monitor (BPM) and Real User Monitor (RUM) are now components of OpsBridge. BPM does synthetic user transaction monitoring, Real User Monitor (RUM) monitors application traffic as it crosses the network both have specific support for SAP protocols.

Think of going to an SAP web UI to place an order. BPM will go through all the steps you do and report back availability and how long it to get from one page to the next. In addition to web UI testing BPM supports many other protocols including SAP protocols.

SiteScope

SiteScope provides both application, or digital experience, monitoring and infrastructure monitoring. It does agentless monitoring so it is very fast to set up, less than a day or with basic set up in less than one hour.

For application monitoring it can test application URLs and process a transaction like placing an order. For infrastructure monitoring it can log into a system and run commands to get performance data, for example run commands to see which processes are running. It has specific monitors and solution templates. A solution template is a set of specialized monitors, default metrics and thresholds, proactive tests, and best practices for a given application or component being monitored.

The SAP specific content includes:

  • SAP CCMS
  • SAP CCMS Alerts
  • SAP Java Web App Server
  • SAP Performance
  • SAP Work Process

For more details read then Monitoring SAP with Operations Bridge blog post or the Accelerate Your SAP Basis Work with the Go4SAP Solution Program product flyer.

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Spotlight on a Volunteer - Augustine Tumi Magashoa

Posted By Administration, Thursday, October 11, 2018
Updated: Friday, October 5, 2018

Augustine Mogashoa
Augustine Tumi Mogashoa
Director, ASQE
South Africa LUG Leader

Located in a town close to Johannesburg, South Africa, Vivit leader Tumi Mogashoa is working to revive the Local User Group in that area. In early September she attended the Micro Focus Universe in Sandton. This was a very successful event where she represented the Vivit Community and informed people about the benefits of joining the user group. Several people joined Vivit that day. Now Tumi is planning a launch session to start the discussion of the Micro Focus products.

Tumi has 13 years of experience in management, strategy and roadmap formulation for business process engineering, business intelligence, quality assurance testing and project management in information communication and technology for leading corporates across diverse industries. She joined Vivit in May 2017 and became a leader shortly after. We are looking forward to what she can do to grow the Vivit Local User Group in South Africa!

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Vivit's September Rockstar Speakers

Posted By Administration, Thursday, October 11, 2018
Updated: Monday, October 8, 2018

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.

Bobby Allen
CTO and Chief Evangelist
CloudGenera
Mustali Barma
Worldwide SaaS Product Manager
Micro Focus
 
Andreas Birk
TQA SIG Leader
Michael Eckhoff
Executive Advisor
Assure
   
Amr Fahmy
Senior Consultant
Mannai Corporation QPSC
Mark Flemming
Marketing Director
FSS
   
 Dirk Hedderich
Senior Principal Business Consultant
Micro Focus
Daniel Horn
Senior IT Consultant
profi.com AG
   
 Tuomas Leppilampi
Product Manager
Assure
Carsten Neise
Profi.com
 
Jonathon Wright
Digital Therapist

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World Quality Report 2018-2019: AI Will Disrupt QA

Posted By Administration, Thursday, October 11, 2018
Updated: Monday, October 8, 2018

 


by Malcom Isaacs
Solutions Marketing Manager
Micro Focus

If you’re not moving toward using artificial intelligence (AI) to help teams test more effectively, you’ll soon fall behind the curve, according to the World Quality Report 2018-19. And end-user satisfaction is now at the top of enterprise testing strategy goals, according to the study, recently released by Micro Focus, Capgemini and Sogeti. Key findings include: 

  • The application of AI, machine learning and analytics to do smarter automation will disrupt and transform QA testing over the next two-to-three years.
  • Businesses are using AI and automation to optimize QA for end-user satisfaction. Organizations are putting the customer first.
  • New QA roles are emerging, including data scientists, AI QA strategists and AI testing experts.

What does it all mean? You’ll need to broaden your skills, and QA teams will need to develop new approaches to validation and verification in response to AI developments. After all, if you don’t keep a close check on what your AI algorithms are doing you won’t be able to ensure quality.

AI and automation are also key to DevOps success. While organizations are reducing time to market, quality has suffered. How do you increase speed without negatively affecting quality? Today, a lack of automation is the number-one bottleneck to progress. The other is a lack of skills needed to get teams to the next level.

Want to know more about what these developments mean for you? Drop in on my webinar on October 17. 

You can also download the full report here. With Micro Focus products our system operations are performed in microseconds.” said Avsar.

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Spotlight on a Volunteer - Jim Copio

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Jim Copio
Jim Copio
Manager, Whitlock Infrastructure Solutions
Carolinas LUG Leader
Operations Bridge Co-SIG Leader

In the ever-changing environment of IT, it is nice to have a constant. That constant can be a company, a product, or a person. For Vivit, we have that person in our member and Leader, Jim Copio. For 15 years, Jim has dedicated his time and talents to the Vivit organization for the enrichment of our members and for the enhancement of our User Group model. Jim is always one that will try to accommodate his schedule when asked to moderate a Vivit webinar, to represent Vivit at Micro Focus events, or to organize a Local User Group (LUG) meeting or Special Interest Group (SIG) webinar as the Carolinas LUG Co-leader and the Operations Bridge SIG Co-leader.

Most recently, Jim has contributed to several brainstorming sessions with Micro Focus around increasing support and awareness of the Vivit meetings. His experience and wealth of knowledge in the industry as a Manager at Whitlock Infrastructure Solutions (IS) has proven invaluable to Vivit. Just as he cares for his clients, Jim’s goal is to arm our members with the understanding, best practices, strategies, tools, and operational enablement to be successful.

Jim, thank you for serving our Vivit community!

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SIG News - September 2018

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Software Education Special Interest Group (SIG)

September is back to school time! And the Software Education SIG is here to support you, other members, and students all year long! Do you know the current Education and Certification offerings available to you from Micro Focus? This SIG is here to help you gain that knowledge and insight on these offerings, learn the certification process for you and your company, and understand industry trends all while networking with peers from around the globe!

First: On the Vivit website under the Training Tab and Drop down, you will now find a link to the Micro Focus Education Services where you will find all the ways to maximize your investment in Micro Focus software. And in partnership with Vivit, Micro Focus offers an exclusive 10% Discount for Vivit Members. Build the Skills to Succeed and take this opportunity to improve your performance or learn something new from the people who wrote the software.

Second: Join us early next month for a webinar on October 3rd from 7:00 - 8:00 AM PDT (Los Angeles), 10:00 - 11:00 AM EDT (New York), 16:00 - 17:00 CEST (Frankfurt) “How to Turn a Software Tester into a Learning & Development Champion with Virtually No Effort!”. The ability to complete more than one task at a time is KING! Learn how to create enablement content to train employees up or walk them through the next test case or software release without ACTUALLY doing anything extra using a content creation tool from Micro Focus called ART.

These are just some of the resources available to you. Your SIG Leader, Chris Trimper, welcomes your thoughts and ideas as we grow this community. Please contact him at: chris.trimper@vivit-worldwide.org.

If you are not already a SIG member, please join the Software Education SIG today!

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Vivit's August Rockstar Speakers

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, September 12, 2018

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 Talk – Quality & Testing
Todd DeCapua
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
SIG Talk – Quality & Testing
Matthew David
Consultant & Author
 
SIG Talk – Quality & Testing
Zak Cole
Whiteblock
SIG Talk - IT Operations
Kenneth Tan
Sardina Systems
 
Seattle LUG Event
Chris Carpenter
Bienabee

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