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New Leaders Blog - November 2017

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Thursday, November 9, 2017
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017

David Levy
Vice President of Marketing
J9 Technologies
Operations Bridge Group SIG Leader

David is the Vice President of Marketing at J9 Technologies. 

J9 is the premier systems integrator laser focused on IT operations management. Large enterprises with the most complex ITOM challenges rely on J9’s OpStream product and their world class consultants to enable tools which guarantee high availability and optimized performance of critical infrastructure and applications.

Prior to J9, David spent 4 years at InterMapper, a pioneering network monitoring, mapping and alerting vendor.

As a B2B focused strategic marketing executive with a diverse background in all aspects of awareness building and demand generation, he has over 15 years of experience creating world-class marketing functions at high growth technology companies. 

"My goal for the Operations Bridge SIG is to have a forum where practitioners can learn about how to effectively leverage the features of Ops Bridge to bring true business value to their organizations. I envision a community where end-users, Micro Focus staff, channel partners, consultants and others are actively sharing case studies, best practices, tips and tricks, industry trends, thought leadership and more."


Francesco Colavita
ADM EMEA Business Consultant 
Micro Focus
DevOps SIG Champion 

Imagine Francesco talking with friends in his small Italian village on a sunny day with a fresh drink in his hand, and you probably can imagine his passion for communication. 

This passion moves Francesco in every step of his life, and during the last 28 years that he has spent working in IT, he always merged his technical skill with his passion, dedicating his attention to team motivation. Is there a better challenge than developing a DevOps message for HPE and Micro Focus where communication between teams is key? IT people are used to communicating with computers that don't need motivation or goals to reach; they don’t ask questions and don’t need to share or understand. People and organization intercommunication requires experience and passion that could come from experienced, technological skill but also from a motivation that arrives from a fresh drink shared with friends in a small Italian village.

Francesco Colavita works at Micro Focus, and his role is ADM EMEA Business Consultant focused on DevOps. In his 28 years spent in IT, he developed broad experience starting as a software developer, evolving in Project & Program Manager, IT Governance consultant, Service Manager in Greece, Strategy solution leader, and Business Developer.

He started his career in R&D for a big Italian software house, Engineering S.p.A., where he was focused on military software development and was called to help on technologically advanced projects to solve technical and project management issues.

After nine years, he moved to Computer Associates (CA), covering EMEA roles as Program Manager for international projects, Service Manager in Greece market for CA professional services and became an IT governance expert. He helped a lot of customers build robust solutions to manage the entire application lifecycle and had the opportunity to enrich his skills in all the IT areas, managing and selling big projects from strategy to operation.

After ten years at CA, he moved to HP with presales and delivery responsibility of IT Governance projects for HP Professional Services. Thanks to his experience and his attitude to be proactive and proficient, he was quickly promoted to Lead Solution Consultant (LSC) to manage and lead big deals and strategic tenders. In the LSC role, he was recognized as able to share skills and information through the team and was promoted to EMEA business developer for ADM and Education.

In April 2015, he moved to HP Software as Business consultant EMEA focused on ADM and DevOps. Since the Micro Focus acquisition, he covers the same role for Micro Focus.

His experience and his natural attitude to complex problem solving helps him to find solutions that can contribute to business customer growth. His real passion is interpersonal communication that motivated him to complete a masters degree in counseling in communication. This helps him in his daily job to easily transmit his ideas and better understand customer needs behind the words.

He loves spending his free time taking care of his two children, Michele (25) and Alessia (21) years old, giving free counseling sessions to people in need, and flying his paraglider around the mountains of Italy anytime he can.

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Social Media 101

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, October 31, 2017


In social media, acronyms are both common and useful. They enable the delivery of complex messages with just a few keystrokes.

The real challenge is being able to recognize the litany of mismatched consonants, vowels, and numerals that comprise these acronyms.  Understanding social media acronyms plays an important role in your texting life. You will also find them being widely used in business meetings, sales and marketing reports, and—most notably—by anyone who works in IT. Before you get too frustrated by all the ICYMIs and IDKs, take a look at this list. Chances are in this list you will find the one that has been baffling you for the longest time.

Social Media Networks

For starters, it’s a good idea to become familiar with the acronyms that identify specific social media networks. When viewed in context, they are very intuitive.

  • FB stands for Facebook
  • IG stands for Instagram
  • G+ stands for Google+
  • YT stands for YouTube
  • LI stands for LinkedIn

Twitter-Specific Acronyms

There are a number of acronyms used regularly on Twitter that are helpful to know. Among them are:

  • RT = “Retweet,” which is when you publish another user’s Tweet to your own Twitter feed.
  • DM = “Direct Message,” or a message that is only visible to the individuals involved in the conversation.
  • MT = “Modified Tweet,” and is used as a courtesy to inform of changes made when retweeting. For example, the tweet could have been shortened to meet the character limit or to remove the poster’s handle.

Business Social Media Acronyms

Businesses have always implemented its unique language, heavily built upon acronyms. Most of these aren’t specifically “social media acronyms.” Since they show up frequently on social media, you should know and understand them.

  • B2B = “Business to Business,” referring to companies that market to other companies
  • B2C = “Business to Consumer,” describing a company that markets to individuals
  • CTA = “Call to Action”—a statement that encourages the reader to take action. It usually denotes a specific action that relates to maximizing a company’s social media presence, or facilitating a buying decision
  • CMS = “Content Management System”—a tool used to edit, schedule, and publish any kind of online written material
  • CPC = “Cost per Click,” defining the amount of money advertisers pay for each person who clicks to view an ad, or another piece of online content.
  • PPC stands for “Pay per Click” and means the same thing as CPC.
  • CPM = “Cost per Thousand,” which is tricky because the “M” is for the Latin “mil,” which means thousand.
  • CTR = “Click-Through Rate,” and it is a certain type of conversion rate where the specific action is to click a link.
  • UGC = “User Generated Content,” encompassing any and all visual or written content individuals create on a specific platform. This includes comments, blog posts, photos, video clips, and more
  • PV = “Page Views,” which is self-explanatory
  • ROI = “Return on Investment,” measuring the money made as a result of what was spent to make it

Technical Acronyms

While some of these do not frequently appear on social media, it is a good idea for anyone who works in social media to understand the relevant ones. These acronyms cover a broad range of business terms that could easily come up in a meeting or chat, particularly with your company’s IT team, or on a support ticket. In any event, you need to understand them, so here they are:

  • RSS = “Really Simple Syndication,” describing a feed of all content posted from a specific source, primarily a blog
  • HTML = “Hypertext Markup Language.” This is the foundational coding language used in the development of webpages
  • ISP = “Internet Service Provider,” the company powering your Internet service and that of your employer’s
  • SEO = “Search Engine Optimization,” a type of Search Engine Marketing (SEM). It governs written content that is strategically developed to help a page rank higher in a search for specific criteria
  • UI = “User Interface,” the visual display a person uses to manipulate data in a program. The buttons on your cell phone screen are common examples of UI
  • TOS = “Terms of Service.” Nearly every website and online entity has one. It designates a set of rules that individuals must agree to, if they want to use the site or serviceUX = “User Experience,” referring to someone’s reaction and response to utilizing online tools

Fun Conversational Acronyms

Easily the largest and most diverse set of online acronyms, this a list that continually grows. The ones on this list are found most frequently in public posts or in comments on social content posts. We’re sure there are more, but these are the most common ones. Some have also become popular hashtags used by both brands and individuals to create a buzz

  • BFF = “Best Friends Forever”
  • BTW = “By the Way”
  • AFAIK = “As Far as I Know”
  • BAE = “Before Anyone Else.” This one is more recent, and refers either to someone’s significant other or a close friend
  • IDC = “I Don’t Care”
  • BRB = “Be Right Back.” This is often used to signify that someone has temporarily left a real-time chat or conversation
  • FTW = “For the Win,” and is a throwback to game shows like “Tic-Tac-Dough” where the phrase was commonly used by a contestant who had achieved a competitive advantage over his or her opponents
  • FYI = “For Your Information,” and predates the Internet
  • ILY = “I Love You.” Awww…
  • ICYMI = “In Case You Missed It,” used most frequently when sharing a piece of content that is currently creating a buzz on social media
  • IMO = “In My Opinion.”
  • IMHO = “In My Humble Opinion,” which cushions the IMO blow in certain conversations
  • NM = “Not Much”
  • NSFW = “Not Safe for Work” is used as a warning that the material behind a link contains language or content not suitable for the workplace
  • IDK = “I Don’t Know”
  • JK or J/K = “Just Kidding.” This one is particularly helpful in conveying the kind of light-hearted tone that can escape the grasp of communication via text
  • LOL = “Laughing Out Loud,” and is one of the oldest on the Internet. It has variations like LMAO (“Laughing My A** Off ”), ROFL (“Rolling on the Floor Laughing”), and even a merger of all three:
  • ROFLMAO (Rolling on Floor Laughing My A** Off)
  • IRL = “In Real Life” is used to distinguish between things that happen in the physical, as opposed to the virtual world
  • NBD = “No Big Deal”
  • NVM = “Never Mind”
  • OMG = “Oh My God” or “Oh My Gosh”
  • SMH = “Shaking My Head.” It is used most frequently to express emotions like frustration or dismay
  • TBT = “Throwback Thursday,” and is now very popular at the time of this writing. It precedes posts of old pictures, products, etc. mostly from the person’s own past
  • YOLO = “You Only Live Once,” and has been popularized online by the Hip-Hop artist Drake in the last couple years

Bear in mind that there are scores of other acronyms out there. Some are more intuitive than others. This list, however, is a great place to start becoming acquainted with the lingo, and developing an intuitive sense when you see acronyms that are unfamiliar.

Blog source: Scott Sims, Co-founder, Buzzlogix

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Spotlight on a Volunteer - November 2017

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Updated: Monday, November 6, 2017

Robert Linton
VP Application Lifecycle Management
CorTechs, Inc.

Robert Linton has been very busy wearing his Vivit badge lately. This fall Robert generously contributed as a volunteer representing Vivit at both the ADM Customer Forum in New York City as well as the first LUG meeting for the newly formed Alabama LUG. He personally invited some local colleagues and customers to attend and supported the new Vivit leaders by supplementing their presentation on the Value of Vivit to our members.

Robert’s days at CorTechs are filled with sales, client delivery, and training or mentoring employees and customers, but he still likes to maintain an active role in Vivit. He co-leads the TQA Special Interest Group. Linton said his involvement in Vivit keeps him in touch with professionals that work together to help each other reach their goals. "It's nice to know that other organizations around the world face similar challenges, and jointly as a group, we can help solve some of those concerns and share the knowledge," Linton said.

CorTechs, Inc. is a Micro Focus Partner that provides ALM solutions implementation and technology services to clients in all markets. Mr. Linton appreciates Vivit's global perspective on best practices. "It gives me the ability to exchange ideas and provide valuable guidance to our clients and accounts we provide software and services to," Linton said.

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Vivit’s New Education Chair is Working for You

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Updated: Monday, November 6, 2017

 By: Chris Trimper
Vivit Board Director
Education Chairperson

At our recent Board of Directors meeting in Chicago this past June, I was honored to be voted in as your Education Chair.  Since then I have been working with my fellow board members on new ways to deliver valuable content to our Vivit community of over 41K members.


Recently, I have been involved in the closed beta and now the public beta for Storm Runner Functional. During this time, I had a chance to explore all the new features and work together with various Micro Focus R&D team members to better my understanding of the capabilities. All these team interactions gave me a great idea and a plan for a series of learning related content!    


Goal 1:   Leverage relationships with Micro Focus R&D Teams


I plan to work with various R&D and Technical roles within Micro Focus to talk about trending activities, new product solutions, and upgrades.  From our recent Membership Survey, we know that many of you are interested in the functionality of “new products”.  This collaboration with myself and Micro Focus will provide an avenue to not only see new features but have beta testers brought in for discussion and allow open questions from Vivit members to the R&D team. My  hope is that leveraging this sort of relationship can help all of us as members to better plan adoption of new technologies from Micro Focus.


Goal 2:  Shorter, more concise Education Video Library


Have you ever found yourself needing to watch a long webinar recording only to look for that 2-4 minutes’ worth of content that you required? I have. Have you ever had to read a lengthy advertisement filled blog for a solution to your problem? Me too! We are aiming to build a library of short and concise videos illustrating solutions and techniques to make your interaction with Micro Focus software solutions better!  My plan is to send out a quick survey to narrow our search in on what areas we should start with or areas that you may aid us with.


Goal 3:  Collaboration with Membership & Advocacy Chairs driving content


Education is important to Vivit at all levels.    I have been collaborating with Board Directors, Mark Ford (Community Chair) and Tammy Young (Advocacy Chair) to find new and creative ways to help build agendas and topics for discussion for our LUGs and SIGs.   As our newly appointed roles align with our three pillars of Education, Community and Advocacy, we’ll be working as one team to deliver amazing content to our members.  We plan to deliver great topics to spark conversations at our LUG events shifting the focus of conversation back to the members; such as we want to drive topics out of our global webinar events for deep dive sessions with LUG and SIG members.   We are excited to get started so stay tuned for more details!


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SIG Talk - October 2017

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Friday, October 20, 2017
Updated: Friday, December 15, 2017
Service Management SIG

Mark Laird
Technical Architect
Sopra Steria
Service Management SIG

Laura Walker
Director of Business Development
Service Management SIG


The Vivit Service Management SIG is the discussion platform for anything related to the ITSM Suite of software from Micro Focus. This suite of software covers Asset Manager, Service Manager, Service Anywhere, IT Service Manager Automation, uCMDB and Propel.

We will be looking to offer a varied program of events including technical presentations from Micro Focus Software, customer experiences, tip and tricks from practitioners and more.
Mark Laird: Mark has been in the IT industry for nearly 30 years having started out on Mainframe systems and moving through client server to virtualization and now to Cloud. Mark has been working on support Service Management systems since the early days and now forms part of the team architecting and supporting the multi-tenanted Service Management system for Sopra Steria UK. Mark has served as a SIG leader for the BSM SIG for a number of years now and moving over to help run the ITSM SIG. His hobbies include fused glass and lampworking and he runs glass workshops where he teaches.

Laura Walker: Laura, Director of Business Development for StrataCom, has been an active volunteer in the ITSM industry after beginning her employment with StrataCom 15 years ago. As Director at StrataCom, Laura is responsible for overall business development, sales, marketing, partnership, and community. Organizing and leading user group events is a big part of this role. Laura has served as a Colorado and Dakota itSMF boards in a variety of positions. She serves as both a SIG and local user group leader for Vivit and held a position on the board of directors for Vivit Worldwide for 3 years as well. Laura holds a B.S. in International Business and an MBA. Hobbies and interests include travel, cooking and baking, photography, and outdoor sports.

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New Leader Blog - October 2017

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Thursday, October 12, 2017
Updated: Thursday, September 21, 2017


Peter Lundsgaarde
Senior Solutions Architect
Möbius Partners
Dallas/Fort Worth LUG Leader

Peter has served various roles in his 25 year technology career, such as leadership and technical, where he has gained appreciation for the value propositions of the Micro Focus software portfolio. He has worked as both a customer and long-time partner with solutions, both prior to and after the spin-merge of HPE and Micro Focus. Peter has a unique appreciation for the capabilities of the overall portfolio as well as integration methods for broader ecosystem of solutions in the marketplace. In his current role as a Senior Solutions Architect with Möbius Partners, Peter focuses on collaborating with clients to define and implement solutions to a variety of complex challenges. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from the University of Kansas and holds a number of vendor credentials.

Plans for Dallas/Fort Worth LUG:
He is excited to work with Vivit and the DFW community to support skills in development, networking, and collaboration throughout the customer, partner, and vendor environment with a focus on both technical and business challenges effectively addressed by Micro Focus.


James Clarke
Business Development Director
Warde Associates
Ottawa Canada LUG Leader 

James has over ten years of experience in the executive arena, specifically focused on business development and partnership management. In his previous senior leadership roles, he worked to improve each company’s market position and maximize financial growth, identifying new business opportunities while adjusting to continually changing market trends. Building and maintaining strong partnerships and working to identify strategic goals are some of his many key strengths.

James’ expertise in leading teams has allowed him to be instrumental in the development of new solutions. His criteria for ensuring measurable success and business involvement in various projects are the fundamental principles that he believes should be incorporated into every engagement. His ability to analyze complex processes and translate them into manageable business terms has been critical to the success of his clients and the creation of new and/or the ongoing refinement of solutions.

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Spotlight on a Volunteer - October 2017

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Thursday, October 12, 2017
Updated: Thursday, September 21, 2017


Ghaleb Aoude
LUG Leader
Ottawa, Canada LUG

The Vivit Organization would like to recognize our Ottawa Canada Local User Group Leader, Ghaleb Aoude. Ghaleb recently attended the Micro Focus Ottawa Government Summit and represented Vivit at the registration table. He spoke with the registrants to ensure they knew about Vivit and shared how they can get more engaged locally and virtually! Prior to the Summit, in partnership with Claude Couillard of the Micro Focus Americas Marketing Team, Ghaleb called over 100 local Vivit members to personally invite them to attend the Summit.

Ghaleb has a long standing relationship with Micro Focus software mainly as a Partner and IT Consultant in his home country of Kuwait. Moving to Canada was challenging for him yet joyful. He wanted to stay in touch with technology, but wanted to do that via something he was familiar with and enjoyed. Leading the Vivit Local User Group in Ottawa provides an ideal opportunity to stay connected and involved while learning about the technology community in Ottawa.

We are so glad you are a Vivit leader, Ghaleb, and appreciate all that you do for our community!

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The Survey Says…

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Updated: Monday, October 9, 2017




By: Rocky Pisto,
Vivit Engage Liaison

As an IT professional for 37 years, I've seen a lot of changes in IT and our careers. A peer once told me many years ago that “if you don't change and move forward, you will fall back and be left behind”. The same holds true for our members in the Vivit Community. Change is good, and learning new technologies helps grow your career.

Vivit recently surveyed its members to determine the value that the Micro Focus Independent User Group brings to its members - and what we can do to improve. To those that took the survey, we say thank you very much. Your feedback is key to the changes we make to support your career. For those that did not take the survey and want to know what your peers are thinking, I have highlighted the results below.

At a high level, the bullet list below contains a few examples of what do members want from the Micro Focus Independent User Group to help grow their careers:

  • Customer case studies was the # 1 request.  Real world experience end users have with the tools far exceeds all other answers
  • Micro Focus software and open source integration
  • More technical presentation
  • In depth technical knowledge sharing, round table virtual and physical location discussion
  • Non Micro Focus vendor comparisons, or comparison of legacy HPE tools and Micro Focus tools
  • More advanced deep topic discussion, typically integration topics
  • 3-4 hour deep dive presentations on how the tools work

In the survey we drilled down into "What core Micro Focus products are currently in use in your business?"

Through the years of this organization, the product mix has changed from a strictly operations community with HP OpenView solutions in the early 1990's to a larger testing user base with the Mercury acquisition in 2008. Based on current active member’s survey results, ALM related product use is still the strongest segment of our community at over 55.77%; followed by ITOM or Operations at 35.77%.

HP continued to fill gaps in the Enterprise Software solutions area with a number of acquisitions through the years which encouraged users to join Vivit. At this point we have been growing our membership base in Security, Big Data, Cloud, Information Management and Governance through conference membership and webinar activity. With the Micro Focus spin merge, we expect to gain additional members from future software silo consolidation and new tool acquisitions. Our expectation is that our 40,000+ membership will continue to grow at a steady pace and become even more engaged.

Vivit surveyed the membership to discover “What is your role in your organization?” Of the members that took the survey, 62.71% roles were management related. End user/admin roles represented 28%. Micro Focus partners at 6.47% as well as Micro Focus personnel at 2.82%.

This was surprising; the true ratio of our membership is represented with about a 50% management and 50% practitioner segments. Based on the high number of management surveys, it was interesting that the focus was still to have a better understanding of how other customers are using the products successfully; desiring to share that information with other members.

Based on our survey, Vivit members are telling us how we can do a better job to support their careers. The breakdown of service offering areas for improvement are the following:

  • Webinar topics
  • Local User Groups
  • Education
  • Advocacy
  • Blog topics 


What do our members want in future webinar content? Based on the recent survey, they are asking for a more technical focus in webinar content, more end user experience, case studies, third party integration discussions, and round table focused on best practices. There is a feeling that less time should be spent on setting up the business proposition before diving into the solution. They want Vivit to encourage Micro Focus to share more details on new features, functionality, and improvements in future releases and to be an advocate on what  features our members are most interested in. 

Key areas of interest for future webinars include Dev/Ops discussions, PPM, automation tools, Cloud offerings and an overall Micro Focus forward-look at tools and support. More information on third party integrations was another key request from customers. Third party solutions discussion for the most part would have to come from Micro Focus partners, though we are seeing some Micro Focus discussion around integration with open source solutions. If you are an end user company and would like to share your experience with Micro Focus Software please contact Vivit

Local User Groups

With regards to Local User Group (LUGs), members surveyed would like to see more events in their region. Peer-to-peer events where customers can learn from each other in a networking setting is the number one requested service. Second behind actual Vivit LUG events, is the ability to have more customer presentations at LUG events. Most of the current LUG events are focused on mainly ADM, and ITOM which includes some ITSM events.

Members are asking for other topic areas of the Micro Focus solutions like Application Security, Vertica, Big Data and Information Management events. Also, there is a desire to see more activity in Canada, New Jersey and LUG events in Nordic countries. We are always looking for volunteer Local User Group Leaders that focus on these solutions and/or other Micro Focus solution areas to support their community. Micro Focus partners and customers can become LUG Leaders. If you are looking for networking opportunities and supporting your local community, become a LUG Leader. Contact our Vivit liaisons today!


Vivit works closely with Micro Focus Software Education teams to bring awareness to training offerings to support our community. Listed below are some of the survey requests for more available training. Vivit is expecting a new strategic direction with future content sharing opportunities.

  • Live Training was the #1 request
  • Specialized Virtual Training programs
  • Tutorials
  • Training for Testing Cloud Apps
  • Deep Dive Sessions
  • App Services training with Fortify tools


Advocacy, one of three Vivit core pillars, also came up in the survey. Vivit has always supported sharing enhancement requests with Micro Focus Product Management teams. Survey participants suggested finding a way to coordinate with Micro Focus either on a link to a page or building a support landing page to show a listing of enhancement requests, current issues and resolutions; or a general FAQ landing page for topics of current fixes.

Listed below are some of the requests from the survey response:

  • The ability to influence priorities for product development
  • Landing page to voice request for changes to current products
  • Landing page for emerging issues and fixes
  • FAQ site for useful topics regarding real world customer issues

Blog topics

There were a few blog requests from the survey responses:

  • Hot topics of the week
  • A strategy for Service Desk to ITSM customers
  • Go forward strategy

We could work with Micro Focus product teams to share relevant topics of the week.

We appreciate all the feedback to date. If you would want to add additional feedback, we are always ready to listen.

Support the community that supports you and get engaged.

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Micro Focus Completes Merger with HPE Software Business, Creating One of World’s Largest Pure-play Software Companies

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Friday, September 8, 2017
Updated: Thursday, September 7, 2017

New, Combined Company Drives Customer-centered Innovation at Enterprise Scale to Deliver Software Solutions across Hybrid IT

Combined company becomes world’s seventh largest pure-play software company, largest UK technology firm listed on London Stock Exchange, with revenue of $4.4 billion
Transaction valued at $8.8 billion in series of major moves by Micro Focus in three years (The Attachmate Group, Serena Software, HPE Software)
Merger brings together two software leaders with focus on helping customers extend existing software investments while embracing innovation in a world of Hybrid IT
Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO.L, NYSE: MFGP) today announced the completion of its merger with Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s (HPE) software business to create the seventh largest pure-play enterprise software company in the world.1 This merger brings together two leaders in the software industry to form a new, combined company uniquely positioned to help customers maximize existing software investments and embrace innovation in a world of Hybrid IT. Upon close, Chris Hsu, formerly COO of HPE and Executive Vice President and General Manager of HPE Software, was appointed CEO of Micro Focus. 
“Today marks a significant milestone for Micro Focus, and I am honored to be leading this team,” said Chris Hsu, Chief Executive Officer of Micro Focus. “We are bringing together a powerful combination of technology and talent uniquely positioned to drive customer-centered innovation at enterprise scale – enabling organizations to maximize the ROI of existing software investments while embracing the new hybrid model for enterprise IT.”
According to a recent report published by the Harvard Business Review, “Business leaders anticipate that even more of their applications will reside in various third-party data centers in the near future. But critical legacy applications may not be going anywhere for some time. So orchestrating a mix of systems will become even more critical. Hybrid IT will be the dominant approach—and developing robust hybrid IT capabilities will be a competitive advantage.” 2
Micro Focus is designed from the ground up to build, sell and support software. With more than 5,800 employees in R&D, the combined company helps solve the most complex technology problems for customers, delivering world-class, enterprise-scale solutions in key areas including:
DevOps: enabling the rapid delivery of quality, secure applications with end-to-end visibility across a toolchain of commercial and open source offerings -- leveraging the largest portfolio in the industry.
Hybrid IT: simplifying the management of a complex mix of platforms, delivery methods and consumption models to help organizations address business needs, control costs, and ensure availability and performance at global scale.
Security & Risk Management: Securing data, applications and access; powering security operations and governance to mitigate risk and maintain compliance; and harnessing the power of secure DevOps practices to ensure end-to-end risk management.
Predictive Analytics: Helping customers translate siloed data into real-time proactive analytics at scale, anchored on supporting open and cloud-based stacks to create new insights across applications, operations, security and the business.
“It is our mission to provide a best-in-class portfolio of enterprise-grade scalable software with analytics built in, and put customers at the center of our innovation building high-quality products that our teams can be proud of,” added Hsu. “Driven by this mission, Micro Focus is uniquely positioned to help customers and partners address opportunities and challenges within the new hybrid model for enterprise IT – from mainframe to mobile to cloud.”
“On behalf of everyone at DXC Technology, I would like to congratulate the Micro Focus team on this significant milestone,” said Mike Lawrie, chairman, president and CEO of DXC Technology. “This merger promises to greatly enhance our strategic partnership to help drive true digital transformation for our clients, and we look forward to further collaboration with a best-in-class partner like Micro Focus.”
This marks the fifth significant transaction in the past three years, and the largest to date for Micro Focus. It reflects the ongoing strategy to combine powerful software assets into a single company with a strong performance-based operating model. 
“Our business strategy remains sound: bringing together software assets that deliver a high degree of value to our investors and an expansive solution portfolio to our customers so they can maximize the value of existing IT investments and adopt new technologies – essentially bridging the old and new,” said Kevin Loosemore, Executive Chairman of Micro Focus. “We’re excited to have Chris lead the combined company as we embark on this journey of uniting our organizations to create a world-class, pure-play enterprise software company.” 
For more information:
Hear more about the merger and future of Micro Focus in a message from CEO Chris Hsu.
Witness the journey of two software leaders coming together.
Learn about the combined portfolio, and attend the Discover the New webinar series.
About Micro Focus
Micro Focus is a leading global enterprise software company uniquely positioned to help customers extend existing investments while embracing new technologies in a world of Hybrid IT. Providing customers with a world-class portfolio of enterprise-grade scalable solutions with analytics built-in, Micro Focus delivers customer-centered innovation across DevOps, Hybrid IT, Security and Risk Management. and Predictive Analytics. For more information visit
1 As measured by annual publicly reported revenue.
2 “Hybrid IT Takes Center Stage”, A Harvard Business Review Analytic Services Report, Nov. 2015


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Spotlight on a Volunteer - September 2017

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Thursday, September 7, 2017
Updated: Monday, August 28, 2017


Mark Laird
Technical Architect
Sopra Steria

Service Management SIG

With recent reorganizing of some Micro Focus Software product suites, it was appropriate for Vivit to make changes to a couple of SIGs and the SIG Leadership. 

Mark Laird, Technical Architect at Sopra Steria, used to be a Business Service Management SIG Leader and has moved to the IT Service Management Special Interest Group. He will be leading this group together with Laura Walker.

Mark is an engaged leader and an excellent speaker. Recently he attended the HPE Software Customer Forums in Dublin and helped with growing the community by informing people about Vivit and our activities. At the Forums, he presented “The Next Generation - HPE ITSM Automation in Containers: What’s in there for me?”. For this presentation, which Mark did together with Sopra Steria colleague, Stuart Crann, they received the Shining Star Award from HPE Software. We are scheduling a date to give you a recap of this content in a Vivit webinar. 

We would like to thank Mark for his contribution to the Vivit Community, his expertise, and taking the time to share his knowledge with Micro Focus Software Users all over the globe. Your contribution is highly appreciated, Mark!


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