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So, who is Micro Focus and why is it the right partner for HPE Software?

Posted By Chris Hsu, Thursday, August 10, 2017
Updated: Thursday, July 13, 2017

"When you prepare for a global merger of this scale, it gives each company an unprecedented opportunity to look at all of their processes and take steps to optimize. We have had the luxury of stepping back and asking “how do we transform our IT platform to support our strategy for tomorrow?” Few of us ever get this opportunity."

So, who is Micro Focus and why is it the right partner for HPE Software?
By Chris Hsu | July 11, 2017


Since the announcement of the planned spin merge of HPE Software with Micro Focus, many customers have asked me a simple question: “Out of all the software companies out there, why did you select Micro Focus as your spin merge partner?”

Well, it’s actually a pretty easy question to answer—and it comes down to two things:  experience and performance. 
Micro Focus was founded over 40 years ago with a focus on COBOL. If you thought COBOL was a thing of the past, you might be surprised to learn that the COBOL business has tripled in size since 2001. In fact, in the first half of last year, COBOL grew at 14% YOY. This was driven by innovation with Visual Cobol, which allows customers to move legacy workloads on to modern deployment models such as cloud and mobile. 
On the other side, HPE Software made its debut 30 years ago with Data Protector and Network Management, products that are still core to us today and where we are still innovating. Both HPE Software and Micro Focus have grown through organic innovation and a series of acquisitions—have a look at just a few of these key acquisitions below:

To hear more from the Future Micro Focus CEO, Chris Hsu, join his highly anticipated Vivit webinar on Wednesday, August 16th at 1:00pm EST.

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How GDPR Can Be a Business Differentiator

Posted By Claude Couillard, Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, August 8, 2017

By Claude Couillard
Field Marketing Manager
Canada, HPE

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect in May 2018, giving firms just one year to comply. The incoming regulation requires businesses to transform the way they manage data, with fines of up to 4 percent of company turnover for data security breaches.

Most companies are aware of the GDPR, which replaces the Data Protection Directive in place since 1995. But many see compliance as a time consuming, box-ticking exercise.

This is the wrong way of looking at the regulation, experts say. There are, in fact, many hidden benefits of GDPR compliance, including the potential to unlock previously untapped, valuable information and streamline data policies. For example, some experts say GDPR could aid businesses with cloud adoption, improve data management or even help facilitate a smoother M&A process.

Taking this into account, firms should change the way they see compliance, says Tim Grieveson chief cyber and security strategist for enterprise security products, EMEA, Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

He says: “Yes, it’s about compliance, but it is also about two other things: operational efficiency and revenue generation capabilities.” He explains: “If you understand the data you have, you get better insight into customers.”

In other words, classifying data could be a money-maker, rather than a money pit, according to Joe Garber, HPEs global vice president of marketing for information management and governance software.

"Once you get your data in order, and you gain insight into your information, you can mine it,” he points out, while noting that organisations will need to have legal basis and customer content to do this. “This will reveal valuable, strategic information about what your customers really want."

Unstructured Data

Another benefit of GDPR is it gives firms the impetus to get a handle on vast amounts of unstructured data that has been building up for many years.

“It puts you in a position where you have no choice but to tackle unstructured data head on,” says Jamal Elmellas, CTO at Auriga Consulting. “If you want to be compliant, you have to understand where personal data sits and what the business does with it. Unstructured data is the enemy of those things, so it is one of the biggest challenges.”

Firms can also use the regulation as a driver for rationalising their application portfolios, which in some cases may have grown over the years due to mergers and acquisitions.

Indeed, when businesses are drowning in data and producing more information all the time, GDPR offers much needed visibility. “The data flow and mapping exercise …allows firms to know what information they hold,” Elmellas says.

Getting started on this task can appear overwhelming. But Elmellas recommends that companies assess the data they have and then implement a targeted operating model. Firstly, he says, businesses should embed and implement GDPR requirements such as ‘the right to be forgotten’.

At the same time, Elmellas says, firms can start to build efficiencies. “They can look for duplicates and examine how they can extract efficiencies while doing GDPR implementation. This will prove to be quite successful for those who haven’t examined their data for a long time.”

This approach can help businesses derive even more value from their data, with the streamlining of information enabling companies to extract more value out of the data. Elmellas points out: “You are essentially looking at your data goldmines.”

Standing Out

Compliance can also be a differentiator from a customer perspective: Getting it right can make a business stand out in a crowded market. “It’s really just being customer friendly; it’s being transparent about how you use data and trying to sell that value,” says Will Robertson, partner at law firm Osborne Clarke. “If businesses get this right, it’s a positive way to tell employees or customers that you really value them and take them seriously.”

Part of this includes crisis management, he says, citing the example of the recent TalkTalk cyber-attack in the UK, which was notoriously handled badly by the firm.

However, he points out, a data breach doesn’t have to be a disaster. As part of GDPR, companies should work out how to manage their communications when something goes wrong.

“In tomorrow’s world of GDPR there is a business differentiator in the fact that there’s a real difference in those who handle a breach well,” says Robertson. “You will maintain the confidence of customers and employees and may be less likely to get heavy treatment from the regulator.”

The regulation can also help a business differentiate itself through efficient technology. Firms can use GDPR to get their data in order by moving to compliant cloud services, Grieveson says: “It is also a better way of doing business – cheaper, faster and you can do it anywhere and then you can create new revenue streams.”

However, as firms move towards GDPR compliance, it is important to have a strategy. With this in mind, outside expertise will help many businesses. For example, Hewlett Packard Enterprise provides a range of risk assessments and technology to support GDPR compliance.

Cyber-security is an essential element of GDPR. Firms such as HPE can offer capabilities in this area as well as the ability to protect data throughout the lifecycle.

David Kemp, EMEA specialist business consultant, HPE says: “We have engines that deal with defence of the outer core but also tools to prevent issues such as insider trading in the financial industry.”

The deadline is only one year away, so it is important that businesses start taking steps towards compliance now. Companies should first ensure that they have visibility of their data. Once this information is streamlined and reorganised, the benefits of revenue generation and operational efficiencies can be achieved.

Ultimately, the GDPR should be seen as a business differentiator, rather than an issue to be managed. But it is also important to note that no business is perfect. Robertson advises: “The practical angle is: most businesses will not be 100 percent perfect by next year. So, look at GDPR in bite sized chunks and prioritise.”

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Be sure to schedule your Vivit sessions at Protect 2017

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Friday, August 4, 2017
Updated: Thursday, August 3, 2017

The sessions presented by Vivit will feature “Peer to Peer Success Stories – Lessons Learned from Security Professionals.” Vivit’s sessions will discuss how they as a customer have leveraged HPE products to overcome security challenges.

Here are a few of your fellow members speaking at on Vivit’s behalf and delivering presentations onsite. Hear from them and ask them your individual questions.

Todd DeCapua, Senior Director, Technology and Product Innovation/CSC

5 digital asset security risks someone should have warned me about
Tuesday, September 12, 11:00am – 12:00pm
Breakout Session B38130 – Intelligent Security Operations

Todd DeCapua is a passionate software executive and leader. Current Sr. Dir. of Technology and Product Innovation at CSC []. Prior with HPE and co-founder of Is also VP of Innovation and Strategy on the Vivit Worldwide Board of Directors. Active online contributor and O’Reilly co-author of “Effective Performance Engineering.”

Ben Walker, Header of Security and Data/Medibank Health

Isosceles Security
Tuesday, September 12, 2:45pm – 3:45pm
Breakout Session B38165 -  Intelligent Security Operations

Ben Walker is the Head of Data and Security for Medibank Health, Australia’s largest private health insurer. Ben’s career in Information and Cyber security spans a 15 years working as a secure network administrator, project, program and portfolio manager, business development manager and information technology manager in the Defence, engineering, medical and insurance industries.

Tom Haakma, Director, Security Solutions/Merito Paper

Failing Fast: A DevOps security story 
Tuesday, September 12, 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Breakout Session T38133 – Application Security

Tom Haakma has spent the last 7 years in application security sales and consulting, most recently as Director of Security Solutions at Merito Solutions Inc and previously with the Fortify team as a sales rep working with companies such as, TD Ameritrade, FICO, Sony and Discount Tire. Tom studied computer information systems at San Diego State University where he also played football. Tom has been in the IT industry for over 24 years working with the Department of Justice and San Diego Unified Schools.

View the content catalog to browse all sessions offered onsite


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New Leader Blog - July 2017

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Thursday, July 13, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

We welcome the following leaders and their expertise. We invite you to join the Local User Group or Special Interest Group to share tips, best practices, and real-world experiences. Join a group by clicking on the group name under the picture and select the "Join Group” icon which will appear at the top of the group web page if you aren’t already a member. Connect to the leader by clicking on his name. Member sign-in required.

Dr. Jones Lukose Ongalo

Information Management Officer

International Criminal Court, The Hague

HPE Content Manager SIG


We welcome Dr. Jones Lukose as a new Vivit HPE Content Manager SIG leader who is responsible for the design, implementation and maintenance of integrated digital repositories for the Court. This responsibility involves the execution of the Information Management Strategy that covers both administrative and judicial areas of the Court.

He is a Senior Information management practitioner with more than 20 years of national and international experience in developing and implementing strategies to achieve operational effectiveness and regulatory compliance by leveraging ICT. His expertise includes practical experience in implementing information governance processes and systems to modernise business processes and increase information transparency. He has worked on all sides of program and system implementations from industry, independent consultant, vendor and management.

His industry experience includes: engineering, central & local governments, energy & utilities sectors, international and judicial organizations in Africa, Europe and Americas.

Key clients and projects include: International Criminal Court (ICC), United Nations International; Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) Local & Central Government Uganda, National Water Corporations (Kenya & Uganda), Electrogaz Utilities (Rwanda), Central Bank Uganda, USAID, GTZ and Government of Jamaica.

His specialties: E-government, transparency & governance, managing delivery teams, information governance, artificial intelligence, enterprise content management, ERP, document management systems, data management, program management, archives & records management, information security, business change & stakeholder management.

He holds a BSc in electronic engineering, Msc in Organisational Development, a PhD Computer Science and an MBA. He is currently doing research on staff motivation and digital culture in judicial areas.


Wolfgang Pagenkopf
Managing Director
Pagenkopf IT-Consulting GmbH (PITC®)  
Vivit Germany Local User Group

Wolfgang Pagenkopf is the Managing Director of Pagenkopf IT-Consulting GmbH (PITC®) and also an ITSM Managing Consultant with almost 20 years of experience in the IT Service Management area. Wolfgang has worked in several consulting and managing positions in different companies. As an ITIL Expert and an HPE AIS, his focus lies on designing and implementing ITSM processes and (HPE) tools.

“As a Vivit leader, I will try to extend the HPE Service Management product focus within the Vivit Germany Local User Group

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SIG News

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Thursday, July 13, 2017
Updated: Friday, June 23, 2017
Automation & Cloud Builders SIG


Darren Blumenthal
Alliance Solution Architect
Autmation & Cloud Builders SIG Leader


Oliver Hoehne
IT Consultant AG Business Solutions
Automation & Cloud Builders SIG Leader

The Vivit Automation & Cloud Builders SIG is the discussion platform for the newly released suites from the Cloud and Automation Sector of HPE. Next to this it is also the community for the users of the tools under the hood of the suites. This means Tips, Tricks and Tools from end users and HPE to all people interested in this topic.

 Solutions to be discussed in this SIG are the following:

Operations Orchestration, Cloud Service Automation, Server Automation and all others parts of the new Data Center Automation (DCA) and Hybrid Cloud Management (HCM) Suites.

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Some things about HPE Software summit 2017. Number three will shock you.

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 13, 2017
Updated: Friday, September 1, 2017

I came to HPE Discover 2017 with fairly low expectations. I was there to talk to customers about their agile and DevOps transformations, rather than for the formal analyst program. In case you haven’t been following the news in September a newco will be formed in what HPE is calling a “spin merge” with Micro Focus, based in Newbury in the UK, to create the world’s seventh largest pure play software company. Seventh might not seem a great target, but it has the benefit of being a clear position in the market, which HP isn’t trying to hide from. Once the merger is completed, we can expect more acquisitions as the company looks to grow aggressively and move up that pecking order.

I spent two days in sessions with customers, and they seemed very calm about the transition with an expectation that their investments would be protected, maintenance contracts supported, and new functionality delivered as promised. I spoke to one customer that signed a $15m software deal with HP in late 2016, and though concerned before the event kicked off, left a great deal more confident about next steps.

Partners I talked to were also in good spirits about the transaction. One reseller said he expected the deal to be good for his business because the HPE newco would be focusing entirely on software, rather than being confused about what to sell, and when. Companies like HP that make the majority of their revenues from hardware can find it hard to focus on software. The kind of salesperson used to selling 15 servers are not the same as the kind that appreciate the longer sales cycles of enterprise software sales. Getting corporate attention in marketing and strategy is also pretty hard when you’re only a small portion of overall sales.

The new executive team for the new co makes sense. I don’t know the GMs running security and data so well, but Raffi Margoliat and Tom Goguen, running application delivery management and IT Ops management respectively clearly both have a zest for what they’re doing. New global VP of Sales and Marketing Sue Barsamian seems pretty clear on go to market and narratives.

What really changed the game was Chris Hsu, who will be CEO. He did a bang-up job of kicking off the event on day one. His story was crisp, the strategy was clear and he did an excellent job of being forward looking while not trying to hide the fact many of the assets of the combined company are very much legacy assets. Legacy assets with really good cashflow. He was unapologetic about the fact that Cobol would be a significant revenue stream in the new business, and Micro Focus has done a phenomenal job recently of driving up revenues and share price from 2011-2016 – comparable with the performance of Amazon, Facebook or Microsoft in that time frame.

To be honest the Micro Focus portfolio is a bit of a grab bag and contains a bit of a pick and mix of legacy assets – Borland, Attachmate, Serena Software to name three. Micro Focus been pursuing the classic portfolio approach to growth. It also has some intriguing more modern assets too – it owns Suse, the enterprise Linux distribution company, for example, so there is some interesting technical leadership there. IBM doesn’t own a distro, HPE will.

From a competitive perspective, while it didn’t mention it by name, HP is clearly planning to compete aggressively with Splunk, and likely Cloudera, in the market for log analysis and security incident management. The company plans to use its Vertica column oriented database, with a Kafka based ingestion engine running on top of it, to compete in big data-related markets.

The newco is going to have to execute near flawlessly to make a significant impact as a progressive software company. It is making a multicloud play for now, but that may partly reflect the parent company’s push for a hybrid IT strategy. A new software company launched would almost certainly be SaaS only if not SaaS first, and would make a bet on a particular cloud provider. We may yet see the newco chose a cloud partner for its SaaS plays. On the other hand, HPE’s enterprise customers are indeed the kind of companies that expect hybrid and multicloud support, in terms of their deployment options.

It will be hard to avoid the desire to become yet another “new CA”, serially buying companies but not being seen for organic innovation.

But if you read Stephen’s The Software Paradox, which makes the case it’s becoming ever harder to sell software even as software eats the world it’s clear challenges are going to be very real. Cloud generally and SaaS specifically are the new convenient consumption models of choice. People want to pay for services, not software. Selling traditional on prem software also prevent the creation of new data aggregation oriented business models.

I don’t want to be overly positive about HPE’s future, but I came away with a far more positive view after a couple of days in Vegas, and I know for sure that many of HPE’s major customers felt the same way.

Disclosure: HP is a client. Paid T&E.

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Shining Star Award Presented to Vivit Leader

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Updated: Monday, July 10, 2017

Shining Star Award Presented to Vivit Leader

During the EMEA Customer Forum in Dublin this past May, our Vivit Service Management SIG Leader, Mark Laird, was awarded the Shining Star Award for his presentation, The Next Generation - HPE ITSM Automation in Containers:  What’s in there for me? Mark Laird along with his Sopria Steria colleague and fellow Vivit member, Stuart Crann, discussed industry change triggers including the digital transformation, evolving customer expectations, and innovation. Challenges like a high level of customization and the need to quickly scale the architecture when onboarding new customers led them to become a part of HPE’s EPR Program for HPE ITSM Automation in containers. Moving forward, they expect benefits like faster and easier upgrades and the ability to delegate administration.

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More exciting information about the HPE Software Spin-Merge with MicroFocus

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Updated: Friday, September 1, 2017

We wanted to keep you up-to-date about some important questions that have been frequently asked by our user community members.

Why is HPE Spinning and Merging with Micro Focus?

HPE made the decision to spin-merge HPE Software with Micro Focus to create two businesses that are stronger, more focused, delivering faster outcomes to customers. The spin-merger creates a new industry player, Micro Focus, which will be valued at $4.5B and be one of the world's largest pure-play enterprise software companies.

Why is Micro Focus the perfect company to take on HPE Software assets?

Micro Focus has a proven track record of managing both growing and mature software assets. Together, HPE’s Software assets and Micro Focus will have global reach and strong go-to-market capability with nearly 4,000 salespeople and deep R&D resources – ensuring that our customers continue to receive best-in-class software solutions. The combination will enable higher levels of investment in growth areas, while maintaining a stable platform for mission-critical software products.

When will the HPE Spin-Merger with Micro Focus be complete?

The transaction is expected to be complete in the second half of HPE’s fiscal 2017, with customer and partner commitments remaining unchanged.

What will the HPE ownership of the new company be?

HPE will not have an ownership stake in the new organization – it will be an independent publicly traded company. HPE shareholders will own 50.1 percent of the new organization.

What will the leadership of the new company be?

Chris Hsu will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer of the combined HPE Software and Micro Focus company pending deal close, which is currently targeted to be completed by approximately August 31, 2017. Until then, Stephen Murdoch will remain chief executive of Micro Focus, and then become chief operating officer.

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Discover The New

Posted By Chris Hsu, Monday, June 12, 2017


With our sights set on September 1st for the planned launch of the new combined company, we are preparing to join forces with Micro Focus to become the 7th largest pure-play software company in the world, with combined estimated annual revenues of $4.5 billion and 18,000 employees that will serve 40,000 customers. This will set the stage for us to shape the software industry delivering enterprise-scale solutions across the hybrid IT landscape, while focusing on value-creating M&A to further expand the portfolio.

I’m honored to have been named CEO of the new combined company following completion of the transaction, and I am excited to have appointed my leadership team for the new combined company, which will take effect on our expected "day one”, September 1st. The new team will bring together a strong, balanced mix of leaders from both HPE Software and Micro Focus, and marks a major milestone on our road to close.

At HPE Software, our mission is to provide our customers with a best-in-class portfolio of enterprise-grade scalable software with analytics built in. We put customers at the center of our innovation and build products that our teams can be proud of. This mission is absolutely critical to helping our customers Discover the New– across our company, innovations and portfolio while leveraging the IT environments they have today.

As we approach this new chapter, I look forward to keeping you informed on our progress. To help with this, we are excited to launch our new externally-facing microsite today as well, fully dedicated to HPE Software news, innovations, and updates on the spin-merge. Please check it out and Discover the New!

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Presidents' Blog

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Monday, June 12, 2017
Richard Bishop, President
Vivit Worldwide 
Board of Directors
 Mark Herbert, Vice President
Vivit Worldwide 
Board of Directors

Despite uncertainty and industry speculation about HPE Software’s future, we’ve been as busy as ever working with HPE to bring you information and updates about HPE software in general and hot topics such as DevOps, BigData, ITSM and Cloud Computing.

Since the last President’s blog we’ve continued to grow dramatically and have increased our membership by over 20% in less than 6 months.

As HPE restructures in anticipation of the merger with Micro Focus later this year, we’ve seen some changes in people at HPE that we deal with on a day to day basis. We’re delighted to be working more closely with John Jeremiah who is one of the founders of TechBeacon. John has a passion for sharing insight and advice on key industry trends and it’s great to be working with him to bring more information to our members and help HPE Software to remain engaged with their customers.

This isn’t the first time that Vivit has faced a period of change. Vivit started as OVFI and was focussed primarily on the OpenView toolset. As HPE software expanded through the acquisition of Mercury Interactive and other software companies, we reinvented the user group to cater for the expanding customer base. The merger with Micro Focus provides us with an opportunity to re-evaluate what we do well and look for areas to improve to ensure that we remain your trusted software user community.

Until details of the merger are announced in greater detail, all we can be sure of is that we face a period of change. After all, nothing stays the same for long in the technology industry. Ahead of the merger, we’ve already had conflicting requests from our members as well as our sponsors at HPE. Some people want more webinars, others want more face to face meetings. Faced with these conflicting viewpoints, we’re doing our best to keep everybody happy. We’ve invested in a new webinar platform to help make our web content more engaging (we can now include live and recorded video as well as screen sharing in our webinars). As well as this we’re working on a Vivit mobile app to help members stay up to date with the latest news and view on-demand content.

Vivit will have a presence at the US ITOM summit, ADM summit in Dublin, HPE Protect conference and other events and conferences throughout 2017. It is likely that we will attend a larger number of smaller conferences rather than a small number of larger ones. We hope that this will allow us to become more engaged with our membership and continue to work with you and HPE / Micro Focus to help you get the most from the software that you use and the user community as a whole.

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