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Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 9, 2018
Updated: Saturday, August 4, 2018
Project & Portfolio Management SIG New Leader

Abraham Delgado
Digital Business Process

In this competitive, digital market, organizations must continuously focus on business strategy when delivering applications. PPM has expanded its capabilities to support value-driven portfolios, optimize value streams, and manage agile and legacy projects that help organizations stay aligned to what matters the most for their business. We are excited to reignite the Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) Special Interest Group (SIG), where we will have industry leaders sharing their best practices with you. It is a great resource for you to learn and share PPM as well as to gain knowledge and experience with the PPM processes.

Plans for the PPM SIG:
  • Strengthen the Vivit PPM SIG community by bringing PPM worldwide users together
  • Provide thought leadership on PPM trends
  • Evangelize PPM by sharing experiences on PPM and project planning and management methodologies
  • Increase adoption of Micro Focus PPM within the existing customer base and support potential PPM customers

Welcome our new SIG leaders, Abraham Delgado and Derek Giedd. They would appreciate hearing your thoughts and ideas as they grow this community. Feel free to contact them:
Abraham Delgado
Derek Giedd

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

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Spotlight on a Volunteer - Simon Schelin

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 9, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Simon Schelin
Simon Schelin
Performance Tester, UniQuode AB
  Sweden LUG Member

One of the youngest volunteers of Vivit is assisting the Local User Group Vivit Sweden. Simon joined Vivit in 2014 and soon became an active member in the community. In the annual meeting of Vivit Sweden that took place in December 2017, Simon was elected as a board member for this local user group. He has been a performance tester for the Micro Focus tools (Performance Center) at several large companies in Sweden and currently he is working as a Performance Tester at UniQode AB as well as as a Test Automation Consultant at Svenska Spel - a state-owned company operating in the regulated gambling market in Sweden. Recently Simon attended the Micro Focus Experience Tour in Stockholm, where he represented Vivit. We are proud to have Simon as a part of the team!

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Fantastic Vivit Florida LUG Meeting!

Posted By Bob Crews, Friday, August 3, 2018
Updated: Thursday, August 2, 2018

by Bob Crews
Vivit Board Director/
Co-Leader Florida LUG

The Florida LUG held an exciting, informative and successful meeting at Cigar City Brewery in Tampa, FL on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. It was a unique meeting in that it included members from two user groups local to the Tampa Bay area - the Florida Vivit LUG and TBQAA (Tampa Bay Quality Assurance Association). Coordinated by Vivit Co-leaders, Paul Shovlin and myself, as well as the TBQAA board. Seventeen attendees enjoyed complimentary beer (sponsored by Checkpoint Technologies – a Micro Focus Platinum partner), pizza (provided by Kforce), and a raffle to any members who “brought a friend”.

Opening the FL Vivit chapter meeting.

Paul Shovlin presented an overview of Vivit, highlighting the mission of Vivit and the many benefits of being a Vivit member. I took the opportunity to emphasize to the attendees the significant value of belonging to Vivit even if one is not a Micro Focus solutions user citing the accessibility to a network of knowledgeable IT experts and SIG (Special Interest Groups) webinars covering a variety of topics relevant to today’s IT and software testing landscape.

An overview of Micro Focus DevOps Suite

Sneha Crews, Checkpoint Technologies’ Director of Support Services, did an excellent job of capturing attendees' attention with a presentation of, “A Day in the Life of a DevOps Engineer”! She provided a DevOps Market overview, common challenges of DevOps at the Enterprise scale, and a deep-dive into the solutions within the Micro Focus DevOps suite. The discussion and questions at the end of the presentation were outstanding!

Sneha discussing “Life in the Day of a
DevOps Engineer”

The meeting resulted in the registration of five new Vivit members with considerable praise from members of both user groups for conducting a joint meeting! It introduced local professionals, who otherwise might not have known, to Vivit and its support of Micro Focus.

If you haven’t joined your local user group through Vivit, be sure to do it today!

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Welcome New Leader - Stephen McNair

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 12, 2018
Updated: Friday, July 6, 2018

Steven McNair
Stephen McNair
Alabama LUG Leader

Vivit is pleased to have Stephen McNair join as a co-leader of the Alabama Local User Group. Stephen is a Lead Test Automation Engineer (TAE) at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). He has over 14 years of comprehensive business/technical skills and knowledge in software quality assurance, test management/strategy, test automation, performance and load testing, agile project management and Enterprise Resource Planning systems. Since 2006, he has worked as a contractor at the NASA Agency Applications Office in Huntsville, AL. As the lead TAE on the Quality Assurance team, he’s at the forefront of strategic discussions and implementations related to new automation initiatives, innovations, and process improvements. He also provides guidance, training, and mentoring to internal test automation team members. Stephen also spends much of his time developing tests using tools such as Unified Functional Testing, LoadRunner, and Quality Center.

Stephen is excited to take on the leadership role with his co-leader, Darren Hileman so together they can continue the growth and momentum of Vivit’s newest LUG in Alabama.

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Arizona LUG Gathers at Topgolf

Posted By Mark Herbert, Thursday, July 12, 2018
Updated: Monday, July 9, 2018

by Mark Herbert
Arizona LUG Leader

Last month, the Vivit Arizona Local User Group gathered at Topgolf in Scottsdale. Greenlight Group and Orasi hosted the event. They were excited to show Vivit members the latest offerings and updates from Micro Focus, and announced at this year’s software Summits!

From the IT Operations Management Summit, Greenlight Group delivered a presentation on Hybrid Cloud Management (HCM). HCM delivers DevOps-driven hybrid and multicloud management, application release automation, end-to-end orchestration, along with cloud service brokering and governance. HCM allows you to quickly design, provision, and orchestrate cloud services utilizing cloud analytics, capacity planning, and showback. HCM enables your team to provide anything as a service through platform as a service (PaaS), database as a service (DBaaS), and anything as a service (XaaS) capabilities.

From the Application Development Management Summit Micro Focus delivered a presentation of how we can deliver speed and quality at scale with Micro Focus' next generation of solutions, ALM Octane, StormRunner Load and StormRunner Functional.

After the presentations we networked over food, drinks, and of course golf! One lucky attendee (Randy Wong of Honeywell) won our door prize (an Amazon Echo)! It was an informative and fun evening! We look forward to our next event!

If you haven’t joined your local user group through Vivit, be sure to do it today!

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SIG News - July 2018

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 12, 2018
Updated: Monday, July 9, 2018
The Vivit Leader for your Mobile SIG is:

Ajay Pandey

The Vivit Mobile SIG brings Mobile expertise, training and advocacy to the Micro Focus user community. In this manner, Micro Focus’ user community will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of Mobile in general and an understanding of how Mobile will enhance their return on investments made in the Micro Focus software solutions.

As we build this community, please feel free to share your ideas or comments with me, Ajay Pandey, your SIG leader. We welcome other users to share their experiences with Mobile Center so we can all learn from each other. A webinar that will share the vision for Mobile leveraging Micro Focus’ capabilities is currently being finalized. I invite you to join our Mobile SIG today!

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Vivit's June Rockstar Speakers

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 12, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, July 11, 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 – IT Operations
Chip Sutton
EView Technology
SIG Talk - IT Operations
Brian Bowden
Greenlight Group
SIG Talk - IT Operations
Jay Batson
Greenlight Group
London Meetup Event
Richard Bishop
Lloyds Banking Group
Arizona LUG Event
Joe Madden
Greenlight Group
Arizona LUG Event
Mark Herbert
Dignity Health
London Meetup Event
Jonathon Wright
Digital Assured

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Vivit Announces 2018 EMEA Partner of the Year

Posted By Administration, Monday, June 11, 2018
Updated: Monday, June 11, 2018
Congratulations AG - Vivit Worldwide 2018 EMEA Partner of the Year!
Jonathon Wright, Advocacy Chair on the Vivit Board of Directors, presented Jan-Erik Senf, Key Account Manager, with the Vivit Worldwide EMEA Partner of the Year award for 2018.

Vivit has a history of rewarding companies and people who are great supporters of the community and who contribute extensively by organizing activities, sharing their knowledge with fellow members, and encouraging participation by other parties.

We had the privilege to announce the 2018 Vivit EMEA Partner of the Year award at the Open Horizons Summit in Berlin. This Micro Focus channel partner event allowed Vivit to present this award in person to AG at the awards ceremony. Vivit recognizes the efforts of a Micro Focus Legacy Partner who has gone above and beyond to grow and build the Vivit community in EMEA. AG is a leading expert in IT Quality Management and Cloud Automation. As a Micro Focus platinum partner, their policy is to support its customers from the very beginning of their IT optimization processes. AG concentrates mainly on German speaking countries and works with both large and small companies. With over 75 flexible and motivated employees, they guarantee innovative and highly sophisticated quality management at the respective project sites. "WE MAKE IT WORK" is more than just their slogan, it is their guiding principle. AG has encouraged their employees to volunteer their time in several ways:

  • Speak and Moderate at both local and virtual meetings
  • Serve as a Vivit Leader for Special Interest Groups and Local User Groups
  • Act as a Vivit representative at Micro Focus events, summits, forums, and conferences.
Left to Right: Vivit Board Director Jonathan Wright, Vivit Engagement Director Stephanie Konkoy, and Vivit Leader Carsten Neise.

One example of a dedicated volunteer from is Carsten Neise, Managing IT Consultant. AG has supported Carsten in serving as a Vivit Leader since September 2015. Carsten worked with other leaders in Germany to organize local and virtual events, and he started with events for the Germany Testing, Quality and Application Lifecycle Management (TQA) Group and helped organize meetings in Munich, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Berlin. Working with Micro Focus Senior Principal Business Consultant, Dirk Hedderich and others, Carsten continues to share the latest information about Micro Focus tools with Vivit members in Germany.

Since one of Carsten’s focuses is on Performance Testing, he noticed there was a demand for sharing knowledge about this topic and worked with Vivit to start a new local Special Interest Group for Performance Engineering in 2017. This TQA SIG recently held a meeting at the AG office in Berlin. Thank you to CTO, Thomas Jähnig, who also dedicates his time and office space for Carsten to organize these Vivit meetings. AG has allowed employees to volunteer at the Vivit booth at the Discover conference in London, serve as moderators on several webinars, contribute as speakers on Vivit Quarterly Leader Meetings, and write blogs for the Vivit website about the events that they represent and attend. also extended the community in Germany and honors special thanks to Dr. Andreas Birk (SWPM), who is always managing the overall Vivit affairs in an excellent manner. Secondly, wants to thank Mr. Michael Thiere (SQS) with whom they are collaborating in the Vivit group north/east. Special mention also goes to Marcus Seyfert (Sogeti) who is helping in the Performance Engineering group. Last but not least, says thank you to Mrs. Annemarie Stuiver of Vivit because she is always a very good voice and helps direct efforts with the Vivit staff. All these factors result in setting up a very connected community in Germany.

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Welcome New Leader - Dan Shallenberger

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 7, 2018
Updated: Thursday, May 31, 2018

Dan Shallenberger
Dan Shallenberger
GreenLight Group

Dan Shallenberger is an IT expert with broad experience across the IT Operations Management (ITOM) space. Dan began his career in IT as a tools admin in charge of both monitoring and ITSM tools. Since joining GreenLight Group he has become a respected member of the ITOM community by expertly advising both customers and vendors alike on both cloud (AWS) and on-premise technologies. Through his deep understanding of technologies and ability to learn quickly, Dan also specializes in building and deploying integrations using a wide array of protocols and scripting languages. He has designed, tailored, tested, and implemented solutions for both large Fortune 500 and smaller regional organizations for the purpose of increased productivity, matured processes, and fewer outages.

Dan is excited to lead the active Minnesota Local User Group for Vivit!

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Vivit Takes Action to Ensure GDPR Compliance

Posted By Mark Ford, Thursday, June 7, 2018
Updated: Friday, June 1, 2018



By Mark Ford
Vivit Board Director/Community Chair

How did you celebrate GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) Compliance Day? If you reside in the EU, then you likely participated in an email blitz of opt-in requests from various organizations. Perhaps you even took advantage of this opportunity to remove yourself from a few mailing lists. Folks outside of the EU were included in the GDPR party as well with many receiving an unexpected barrage of Privacy Policy updates and acknowledgement requests. There was a lot of activity leading up to the May 25th GDPR compliance deadline, so what did Vivit end up doing to ensure compliance?

Vivit took advantage of this opportunity to perform a reassessment of the data we collect from Vivit members and how we communicate our usage of that data. This enabled us to brush up our Privacy Policy to fully outline this important piece of information. We also realized that our Privacy Policy was not easy to locate so we updated the Vivit website to provide a link in the following places:

  • On the initial new member registration page
  • On the About Vivit page
  • In the Quick Links section located on the footer of every Vivit web page

We felt it was important to have this document easily accessible since it outlines the data we collect, who has access to that data, and how we use it. Don’t worry, we won’t sell or misuse your data in any way – guaranteed – it’s all there in our Privacy Policy.

We also took advantage of this opportunity to make the following updates as well:

  • Removed several optional fields from your Vivit member profile that we don’t even use like business address, website, fax number, home address
  • Updated our website’s new member registration process to require opt-in approval for a Welcome email with a link at the end of the registration process to opt-out of any Vivit communications if desired (anyone can adjust their communication preferences at any time from their Vivit member profile)
  • Created a new Data Protection Policy to reflect how we keep your data secure
  • Updated our Leader Affiliation Agreement to reflect guidelines set forth by GDPR (more info on that to come)

We also emailed all of our Vivit members living in the EU to ensure they wanted to continue to be a Vivit member. Many reconfirmed their membership and some took the opportunity to cancel or opt-out of further communications. We also did some clean up with our membership database and feel that we are now in an even better position to be good stewards of your data. Thank you for your assistance and patience during this process. I think we’ll all benefit from the improved focus and attention that GDPR brings to data privacy and security.

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