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Spotlight on a Volunteer - Pedro Mendes

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 3, 2018
Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2018

Pedro Mendes
Manager, Datasmart
Portugal Local User Group Leader

Celebrating five years of Vivit membership! Pedro Mendes joined Vivit as a member in 2013. His involvement within the community has developed over the years, and we are proud to share his Vivit journey so far.

After two years of “regular” membership, Pedro visited the Vivit Booth at 2015 Discover in London for a conversation with the Vivit team to discuss the volunteer role of a Vivit Leader. He joined the leadership team in December 2015 as a leader for the Portugal Local User Group. He shared his knowledge as a speaker at several webinars in the security space. Due to his consistent dedication to sharing his practitioner’s expertise through Vivit webinars and sessions at the annual Discover conferences in Europe on data protection and recovery, Big Data, and Internet of Things, Pedro received the Vivit Speaker of the Year Award in 2016. Members value his focus not only on the technology but on the benefits of the technology. Mendes said, "Sometimes there is a gap between technology and benefits; that’s where I think we can make all the difference.” The past 2 years Pedro has been nominated for a position on the Vivit Board of Directors.

Pedro Mendes is a Business Unit Manager at DataSmart. Previously, he worked as a Client Manager for a French Multinational company called GFI. He has a post-graduate degree in project management, and he is a Microsoft Certified System Engineer.

Pedro, thank you for all that you do for our Vivit Community.

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Our Focus is on the Customer

Posted By Mark Ford, Thursday, May 3, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, May 2, 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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Welcome New Leaders - April 2018

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 5, 2018
Updated: Friday, March 30, 2018
Uwe Moenig
Owner SecCloud IT
Security & Privacy SIG
Jameel Kusugal
Austere Technology Services
Security & Privacy SIG

Uwe Moenig graduated from high school in 1979 and then went on to study civil engineering and geology at the Ruhr-University-Bochum and TU Munichm, graduating in 1989. Since then, he has been self-employed concentrating in classic telecommunications and mobile, then hardware and software trade with corresponding services. Due to an accident, Uwe was unemployed from 2008 – 2014, but subsequently then specialized in Security and Big Data.

Uwe wants to create awareness for security and solve security issues by using Micro Focus’ broad range of security features and solutions to help defend. He plans to share his knowledge with those who are under attack and threatened, especially resellers and implementers which will be able to help support those enterprises with Micro Focus solutions and add-ons to offer additional benefits.

He joined the Security & Privacy SIG recently and is planning to organize quarterly virtual events as well as local events in Europe.


Jameel Kusugal is an IT Pro working with fortune 100 companies to deliver IT solutions to address their complex business requirements. He has gained a rich experience working in different geographies like North America, Europe, Asia and Middle East.
In the past, he has worked for some of the best Silicon Valley companies like Borland Software, Mercury and Hewlett Packard in various roles.

He also served as board member for Hewlett Packard (HP) Partner Advisory Council, which is an advisory group suggesting and recommending HP on building the best partner eco-system in EMEA region.
He has not only won many accolades and awards personally but also helped his organization to win many industry awards.

A proponent of ‘Extreme Automation’ in every facet of software delivery and operations. He is a proactive leader and a strategic visionary with one goal, to make his customers successful!
Jameel is an enthusiastic technologist who is eager to share his knowledge with the community and is an active participant in many local technology user groups.

 

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SIG News

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 5, 2018
Updated: Friday, March 30, 2018
TQA (Testing, Quality and Application Lifecycle Management) SIG

The Vivit leadership team for your TQA SIG is:

Andreas Birk Mihai Grigorescu Robert Linton Christopher Scharer

This TQA SIG addresses organizational, methodological, and technical questions surrounding the application of products like Quality Center/ALM, Performance Center, Storm Runner Functional and ALM Octane.

The team fosters experience sharing among users and communicates feedback to Micro Focus to influence future software enhancements and upgrades. Andreas Birk facilitates face to face meetings for this SIG in Germany. The rest of the leadership team is focused on bringing you webinar content several times in 2018. If there is a specific subject you would like to learn more about, share your request with your leaders.

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Spotlight on a Volunteer – March 2018

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Dr. Andreas Birk
Vivit Germany TQA Leader

Dr. Birk, Founder and Principal Consultant of Software.Process.Management in Germany, has more than 25 years of experience in the testing software domain. His focus is on requirements management and large-scale agile development, and he helps organizations establish tool-supported work practices.

Andreas Birk co-founded the Testing, Quality, and Application Lifecycle Management (TQA) Special Interest Group (SIG) ten (!) years ago in 2008, and since has driven TQA activities, particularly in Germany and Switzerland. With his facilitation and support, the TQA SIG created several new regional networks. His contributions have resulted in a thriving TQA community with group meetings in Europe and webinars for members worldwide. Currently, the Germany TQA Leadership team consists of four people and Dr.Birk is a great mentor sharing his knowledge and experience in organizing events to serve the Vivit membership and to grow the skills of his co-leaders.

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Vivit Keeps Your Membership Data Private

Posted By Mark Ford, Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Updated: Monday, March 5, 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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Professional Development and On-Demand Recordings

Posted By Stephanie Konkoy, Tuesday, March 6, 2018

By Stephanie Konkoy
Vivit Engagement Director


Need documentation for continued learning or for your job performance management with your boss? Vivit can help! If you have attended Vivit webinars or local user group events, then you received Professional Development points and certificates on the Vivit website. To view your points and certificates once logged into the Vivit website, go to Manage Profile and scroll down to Professional Development found under Content & Features.



Click on Professional Development and then on the Certifications/Programs tab. Here you will see a listing of all credits with the option to view and print your certificates.



Another great feature on the Vivit website is the option to watch webinars on demand. All Vivit webinar recordings can be found in 3 different places. First, on-demand webinar recordings can be found under “News & Events” and then “On-Demand Recordings”. Secondly, the webinars can be watched through Vivit’s BrightTALK channel or from a chronological list by date just below the BrightTALK channel listing shown below.


All webinar recordings are listed by topic and sequential order in each of the Special Interest Groups as well. To see these, click on “Group Pages” or on the “Webinar Archives” button to see all the webinar recordings.


Finally, SIG Talk on-demand recordings are located under their own new tab on the tool bar on the Vivit website shown below.



If you are interested in presenting and sharing your knowledge for a webinar or SIG Talk, please email your topic and a brief description to Stephanie Konkoy. Happy viewing and we look forward to seeing you at upcoming Vivit events!

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Nominations are Now Open!

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Updated: Monday, January 29, 2018


 

 

 


By: Mark Herbert, Vice President of Operations

Vivit Board of Directors

Vivit is pleased to announce the 2018 Board of Directors Call for Nominations.

Nominations for the 2018 Vivit Board of Directors are being accepted between February 8 and March 2, 2018. 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 2, 2018 eastern standard time.

There will be five openings to fill (three at a 3-year term, one at a 2-year term and one at a 1-year term), 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 mark.herbert@vivit-worldwide.org.

Nominate Now

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SIG NEWS Article – February 2018 Newsletter

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Computer security threats are very inventive. These threats constantly evolve to find new ways to annoy, steal and harm. You can arm yourself by getting good information and resources to safeguard against complex and growing computer security threats. Where do you get this information for your organization? In the Vivit Security & Privacy Special Interest Group (SIG)!

Recently, we added a new co-leader to the Vivit Security & Privacy SIG; his name is Soma Bola. He is the Vivit Ivory Coast Local User Group leader. We welcome Soma as a part of the Vivit Security & Privacy SIG leadership team. 

 
Soma Bola
LayereDefense & IT INCEPT
Security & Privacy SIG
 
Dominic Listermann
Pyrafractal LLC
Security & Privacy SIG

Together, Soma and Dominic J. Listermann, the existing leader, are planning SIG webinars for the first half of 2018. The topics for these webinars include:

  • Cyber Security (SIEM) with ArcSight
  • CAC enablement with all HPE Web Servers
  • Isosceles Security
  • DevOps Security Story

The next upcoming Vivit Security & Privacy SIG webinar is:

February 14, 2018
How to Build an Efficient Security Operation Center with the ArcSight SIEM
7:00 - 8:00 AM PST (Los Angeles), 10:00 - 11:00 AM EST (New York), 16:00 - 17:00 CET (Frankfurt)

For Information about the most recent Security & Privacy SIG webinar, “5 Digital Asset Security Risks Someone Should Have Warned Me About", go here.

If you are interested in becoming a speaker at one of the upcoming events, or if you want to learn more about co-leading this SIG, feel free to reach out to Annemarie Stuiver, Vivit EMEA/APJ Liaison – annemarie.stuiver@vivit-worldwide.org or +31 642911385.

 

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New Leader Blog - February 2018

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, January 30, 2018


 

Joe Madden
President
Greenlight Group

Vivit Worldwide is thrilled to welcome Joe Madden as our new Leader for our Colorado Local User Group (LUG).

Joe has spent the last 25+ years entrenched in the IT Operations environments. After a series of increasing technical responsibilities, and then management, Joe founded Greenlight Group in 2004.

Joe’s vision for Greenlight is to be the premiere Engineering Services company focused around the challenges of IT Operations Management, including operations monitoring and management, IT service management and automation. Most recently Joe has been focusing on the value and challenges that hybrid cloud automation brings to his customers.

He looks forward to helping the local Colorado Vivit community share ideas and best practices in this ever changing IT world.

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