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Vivit's May Rockstar Speakers

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 7, 2018
Updated: Monday, June 4, 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
Ricardo Garza
Emerging Technologies Softtek
Chicago LUG Event
Mihai Grigorescu
Alabama LUG Event
Darren Hileman
SIG Talk – IT Operations
Nels Hoening
PNM Resources
Colorado LUG Event
Joe Madden
Greenlight Group
Chicago LUG Event
Ameet Patil
Patson USA, Inc.
Chicago LUG Event
Kulvinder Singh
SIG Talk – Quality & Testing
Ramesh Subramaniam
Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare
Quarterly Leader Meeting
Chris Trimper
Independent Health
SIG Talk – IT Operations
Bogdan Vosnjak
S & T Slovenija d.d.
Alabama LUG Event
Brent Westwood
Southern Company

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SIG News - June 2018

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 31, 2018
The Vivit Leader for the Software Education SIG

Chris Trimper
Independent Health

The Vivit Software Education SIG focuses on education and training for the Micro Focus software community. The mission of the SIG is to provide a forum to:

  • Discuss experiences related to user adoption of the software solutions by sharing success stories and challenges that may help the group
  • Exchange knowledge and ideas around industry best practices and trends in education and share insights within the group on what is working/what is not from a technology stack perspective
  • Provide corporate updates to members on general training news out of Micro Focus such as new course releases and recommended free online learning

Members and non-members alike have probably seen many changes over the past few months at Micro Focus, including the new education portal at At this time, our emphasis will continue to be around the solutions that came across with the HPE software merger, but over time, we plan to expand our scope to include solutions from the original Micro Focus stack in this SIG.

You’ll be seeing us adopting a new name over the next few months. Micro Focus is a pure play software company – one of the largest in the world. So we no longer need to clarify “software” education. The internal Micro Focus team is transitioning their name to “Education and Training”, and so the SIG will be following with that change in the future.

Look for informative webinars coming soon from this newly engaged Special Interest Group. Remember, your software is only as powerful as those who use it; Education and Training matter!

Tags:  education  training 

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Spotlight on a Volunteer - Brent Westwood

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 31, 2018

Brent Westwood
Southern Company

Our newest Vivit Local User Group, the Alabama LUG, recently held their second meeting in Birmingham at the Alabama Power Headquarters. Thanks to our leader Darren Hileman for coordinating and also to our host Brent Westwood from Southern Company.

Brent went above and beyond to ensure the success of this User Group meeting by reserving the conference room, handling all the visitor logistics, internally promoting the event, and even sharing in depth the framework that his company uses for automated testing of their websites.

A little bit about Brent: He started his career as an application developer where he developed Visual Basic applications, COM objects, and ASP web applications (one major application has been used at Southern Company since 2001). Then he moved into the Testing Center of Excellence when it was formed at Southern Company and transitioned from manual testing to automated testing. He also became product support/administrator for HP ALM, Performance Center, UFT, and Sprint.

Brent has been working with automated testing tools, mostly QTP/UFT, since 2011. In this time he created automated regression test suites for several desktop and web applications at Southern Company using UFT tests and BPT Components and created his own custom framework which has been used by 5 automated testers on 6 applications to date. Now his primary role is in the robotic process automation field where he architects the environments for production automation and has started developing automated processes to do production activities.

Brent, thank you for being our spotlight on a Volunteer for June! It is members like you contributing your knowledge and talent that makes Vivit the thriving IT Community that we are!

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2018 Board of Directors Election Results

Posted By Mark Herbert, Friday, May 11, 2018
Updated: Friday, May 4, 2018

by Mark Herbert
Vivit Board Director
Vice President Operations/
Nominations Chair

I am pleased to announce that the 2018 Board of Directors election is complete.

I 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. Vivit had 5 open seats for the election: 33-year terms, 1–2-year term, and 11-year term.

It is my distinct pleasure to announce the 2018 class of elected Vivit Board Members:

Richard Bishop
Lloyds Banking Group
Lancashire, United Kingdom
Mark Ford
Charlotte, NC USA
Bob Crews
Checkpoint Technologies
Tarpon Springs, FL USA
Chris Carpenter
Bellevue, WA USA
Jonathon Wright
Digital Assured
London, United Kingdom

I would also like to thank the other nominated 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. Vivit is proud to have them as leaders within our organization and hope that they’ll consider standing for election in future years.

Pedro Miguel Jeronimo Mendes
Lisbon, Portugal
Ramesh Subramanian
NTT Data
Boston, MA USA

Finally, I would also like to take a moment to thank Karen Semonson and Tammy Young who are both departing the Vivit Board this year. Karen and Tammy, both longtime Board Directors, are stepping away from the Vivit Board due to work commitments and personal obligations. Their departures will be a great loss to our team. Vivit wishes them both well and hopes that they will stay in touch.

Karen Semonson
Lands’ End
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Tammy Young
Aflac Worldwide
Columbus, GA USA
Thank you to all our Vivit members who took the time to participate in our 2018 Board Elections.

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It's Just That Simple

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

by Chris Trimper
Vivit Board Director
Education Chair
Western NY LUG Leader

As the Western NY Local User Group leader, last month I planned a meeting without any speakers, vendors, or heavy PowerPoint. Several of our frequent contributors and I collaborated about the question, "What problems are you facing with testing?" This question led to a brief survey which paved the way for what turned out to be a fantastic roundtable.

Our meeting started off with the typical housekeeping type of chat, but then the real fun began. The survey and a quick live poll of responses (with a low-tech show of hands) drove various conversations such as, "We don't know much about our unit test coverage how do we gain more insight?"' or "What are the various ways you consume/obtain test data?" The conversations were unscripted and had the whole group engaged. Our LUG is heavy in the ADM and Testing space, so most of our topics shared this focus. I encourage leaders to know your members well prior to a discussion like this to best drive conversations.

I share this as hopeful inspiration to drive vendor and presentation-free discussions which will allow the entire community to share their experiences. This is a great technique to change focus as well as help drive members to share with their peers.

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Welcome New Leader - Cormac Warde

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

Cormac Warde
Cormac Warde
CEO, Warde Associates Canada Inc.

Vivit Worldwide is thrilled to welcome Cormac Warde as our new Leader for our Canada Toronto and Ottawa Local User Groups (LUGs).

Cormac is the CEO behind Warde Associates Canada Inc. He has integrated knowledge and experience from over 20 years in the Quality Assurance and Automated Testing arena. A true visionary and accomplished executive, he possesses an extensive knowledge regarding ERP Enterprise Integration and achieving success through a collaborative approach with an organization's Quality Assurance department.

Cormac said, “I’m looking forward to growing the Vivit footprint, one member at a time, with a true focus on collaboration.”

Welcome aboard, Cormac Warde!

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SIG News - May 2018

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 3, 2018
Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2018
Meet the Vivit Leader for the Content Manager SIG

Dr. Jones Lukose
Information Management Officer
International Criminal Court

The importance of having control over your document and records management does not need to be stressed, we have all heard plenty about compliance with regards to GDPR recently! Micro Focus Content Manager provides you with the tools to regain control over your document and records management while saving time, improving accuracy, and easing your anxiety when it’s time to respond to compliance audit requests.

In the Vivit Content Manager SIG Micro Focus software users get together to learn more about the features in this tool. For example at the recent webinar, “Customer Spotlight: International Criminal Court,” Dr. Jones Lukose – Information Management Officer at the International Criminal Court – shared the impact of GDPR on his company. The obligations, challenges, processes, and future of content management were discussed, and there was plenty of time for Q&A. Here is a link to the recording if you missed this great session.

If you want to share your knowledge, want to exchange information, or have any questions about the way you can use the tools to manage the content in your company, sign up for this SIG and join a great group of Vivit members in this field.

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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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