By Jonathon Wright
Vivit Board President
“My fellow Vivit members: ask not what your community can do for you – ask what you can do for your community!” Compared to the historic words borrowed from JFK, my inaugural address may or may not inspire you to see the importance of taking action and becoming more involved. I hope that I can help you re-ignite the spark that leads you to join this community of 40,000 users in over 120 countries.
When I began my own career back in the 90s with X-Runner from Mercury Interactive, the community around me played a massive part in my own personal development. Connecting with like-minded users on a similar journey provided me with the support and guidance needed to succeed at ‘Automation Awesomeness’. Founded back in 1993, Vivit continues to boldly embrace the next chapter of the independent Micro Focus community with a rich heritage of world-leading products. (and yet, did you know that apparently “Three quarters of all daily business transactions are still processed in COBOL”?).
One thing does hold true in our industry more than most others, rapid change is inevitable. Whatever the future may hold, the Vivit community will be here to provide users with a voice to help expedite change. Together we are stronger! The community has always been at the centre of everything Vivit does, with over 80 active local user groups (LUGs) meeting face-to-face creating opportunities to not only network but to share our individual experiences and knowledge. However, I appreciate that the time involved traveling to meetings may be difficult for many of you. Therefore, this year it is my privilege to introduce Vivit Virtual Days. Our plan is to provide two-day online conferences - totally free, featuring the very best from the Micro Focus R&D and product teams combined with real users and interactive Q&A hosted by the one and only Joe Colantonio.
The newly elected Vivit Board of Directors have big plans for the community - so stay tuned and together we can make the Vivit Worldwide even greater!