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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

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 – 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
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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Spotlight on a Volunteer - February 2018

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Updated: Friday, January 26, 2018


Syed Husain
DevOps SIG Leader

In just six short months, Syed Husain has accomplished what he set out to do when he became a Vivit leader; he wanted to give back to the community that he felt helped him grow in his career. We needed new leaders for our DevOps SIG, and Syed answered the call. In our initial conversation, he explained how valuable Vivit’s platform has been to him for education and learning. And through Vivit’s local meetings and deep dive sessions at conferences, he has learned from his peers and developed relationships with many individuals that helped to mentor and guide his career. At this time, he was ready to do the same for others.

Since becoming a leader just six months ago, Syed has helped to organize two webinars for the DevOps SIG:

He also represented Vivit at the ADM Customer Forum in New York City this past September. Syed spoke to current and potential new Vivit members to help promote the Value of Vivit.

Syed, thank you for being our Volunteer of the Month, for your passion about automation and your desire to give back. Vivit is lucky to have you!

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Spotlight on a Volunteer - January 2018

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Updated: Thursday, December 21, 2017

Darren Blumenthal
Alliance Solution Architect 

An infrastructure Solution Architect in Accenture’s Ecosystem and Ventures Practice and a Top Ten finalist in the 2016 British Computer Society IT Industry Awards for IT Manager of the Year, Darren is an incredibly enthusiastic Volunteer leading the Automation & Cloud Builders SIG at Vivit.

With Darren’s background in infrastructure, his vision is to bring together all like-minded members to create a global community sharing their experiences and benefiting from showcasing new and innovative technologies within Micro Focus around Cloud and Datacentre Automation. In his own company, Darren’s creation of a technical training and development initiative for the global non-technical teams, called “Darren’s Power Hour,” is a great example of this. The humorous and engaging manner in which the content is delivered and the excellent participant feedback has resulted in these sessions being used to brief clients on new technology solutions from within their Ecosystems of Alliances – creating new opportunities for sales of both products and consulting services.

In his first year as SIG Leader, Darren, with the help of his Co-Leader Megan Glick, Product Marketing Manager at Microfocus, hosted two well received and informative webinars around the new Datacentre Automation Suites. And with the positive feedback and valuable suggestions from the SIG's members, he looks to run a further number of suggested demos and webinars as a staple in 2018.

Darren’s ability to use real world examples, unrelated to technology, to explain exceptionally complex technological ideas in simple terms is imperative to ensuring successful use and understanding of IT and is refreshing. We thank Darren for offering his time, passion, and enthusiasm to the community.

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Vivit Proudly Sponsored TEDx Wilmington Salon

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Updated: Monday, December 11, 2017

On 28 November 2017, TEDx Wilmington “Technology and Innovation” was held, which we partnered with them. This event featured 14 global thought leaders, evangelists and practitioners who shared their experiences and knowledge on several key business and technology topics on: 

  • Agile and DevOps
  • Blockchain and Digital Currency
  • Big Data, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
  • Mobility, Cloud and Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Digital Security and Performance Engineering

    Vivit Worldwide Board Director/Vice President of Strategy and Innovation, Todd DeCapua hosted the TEDx event while our feature sponsored speaker was John Jeremiah, the Vivit / Micro Focus Liaison sharing his idea, “Leading Digital.” There were approximately 250 attendees at the sold-out event and approximately 900 viewing on the livestream.
    Partnering with TEDx on this event supports Vivit’s mission of providing education and advocacy, while building a community, driving collaboration across our membership. Moving into 2018, we have big plans to bring more of that to our members. Be sure to look for the TEDx Wilmington videos on YouTube next month.
    Membership is free. To learn more, go to now.

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New Leaders Blog - December 2017

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Thursday, December 14, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, November 22, 2017


Ronald Franklin
Diversant, LLC
Principal Consultant / Architect
Leader DevOps SIG
Leader Application Performance Management SIG

Ron Franklin is passionate about technology. In the 30 years he has spent working in IT, Ron has successfully architected solutions for Fortune 500 and Global 100 businesses which fulfilled mission-critical performance objectives and goals, directed cross-functional technology teams, and lead complex projects from conception to deployment.

He is excited to work with the Vivit community in promoting the MicroFocus portfolio and the opportunities available as a result of the HPE spin-merge. Ron has extensive knowledge of products in the MicroFocus portfolioa knowledge which reaches back to the Mercury days.

Ron is also active in user groups around the Dallas-Ft. Worth area and is an accomplished speaker.

When taking a break from technology, Ron loves to spoil his grandchildren, develop custom coffee blends with his home coffee roaster, and pilot aircraft privately.


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SIG News - January 2018

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Thursday, December 14, 2017
Updated: Monday, November 27, 2017

DevOps is a core part of the transformative technologies occurring in our industry today. Micro Focus has named DevOps as one of the main pillars as they move forward with the HPE Spin-Merge. Your DevOps SIG is excited to be an important part of that focus and the partnership with Micro Focus.

Before we move forward, we would like to introduce you to the DevOps SIG leadership.

Many Vivit Leaders were recognized during the Appreciation Dinner at Discover in Las Vegas on Monday, June 6th.  These Leaders did an outstanding job for Vivit by organizing local and virtual events that created value for our members and the Vivit organization as a whole. Their content was both relevant and timely, helping our members do their jobs better. For this, we would like to recognize them as Vivit Elite Leader Award winners. 

Francesco Colavita
DevOps SIG Leader

Ron Franklin
DevOps SIG Leader

Syed Husain
DevOps SIG Leader

We just completed our first webinar, How to Eliminate Inefficiencies in your IT Organization with DevOps, and were excited by the response from the Vivit community. For those who did not have a chance to see the webinar, use this link to watch the replay

We are planning our next presentation, so be sure to check in for updates.

The year ahead, 2018, appears to be an exciting time for the DevOps world. As we move forward, the DevOps SIG will be focusing on three main pillars:

1. Culture
2. Tools
3. Application/Use cases

Each webinar will be geared so members have a “take-away”something tangible to apply to the everyday.

We would like to hear what is important to you as we work on the schedule for the webinars and presentations for next year. We would also love to hear from you and hear your stories to share from the DevOps trenches, an idea for a webinar, or even a humorous DevOps anecdote.

Contact Us:

Francesco Colavita:
Ron Franklin:
Syed Husain:

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Spotlight on a Volunteer - December 2017

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Thursday, December 14, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Oops! This link was used for two different stories in the December Vivit newsletter. If you were trying to reach the SIG News Blog, click here.

Gary Gruver

On a recent DevOps SIG webinar, one of our Vivit members that is also an industry expert in the area of DevOps shared his insight with our Vivit community. Gary Gruver spoke on the key deliverables for successful DevOps implementations.

Gary is the author of the book Starting and Scaling DevOps in the Enterprise and co-author of two other books:

  • Leading the Transformation: Applying Agile and DevOps Principles at Scale
  • A Practical Approach to Large-Scale Agile Development: How HP Transformed LaserJet FutureSmart Firmware

He runs workshops with large organizations to help them transform their software development and delivery processes. Gary was formerly the R&D Director of the LaserJet FW group at Hewlett Packard that completely transformed how they developed embedded firmware. Gary also helped Macy’ lead the journey toward Continuous Delivery as their VP of Quality Assurance, Release, and Operations.
Thank you, Gary for your gift of time to our community and our DevOps leaders, ensuring the webinar was a success. Your flexibility during the planning process and the execution was much appreciated!

Website Twitter: @GRUVERGary

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