Catherine Schuman

Community Member Spotlight for April - Joel Nesmith

Blog Post created by Catherine Schuman Employee on Apr 19, 2016

Swiss_Alps.jpgOnce a month we'll shine our virtual spotlight on one of the CA DevTest community's members. It's just a fun, easy way for us to get to know one another a little bit beyond our work-related interactions here on the site. This month, we're featuring, Joel Nesmith Services Architect, CA Technologies.



Joel took this picture of the Swiss Alps while on an SV Engagement.


Location:  Cypress, TX (northwest of Houston)

Current Gig:  I am a Services Architect so I engage with new or existing DevTest Solutions customers every 8 – 12 weeks.

One word that describes how you work:  Diligent

How do you use CA Communities and any suggestions for others?  I’m unsure if there is a single person who understands all of the nuances of the CA DevTest product due to the breadth and depth of its capabilities.  The Communities are one of the first places I visit when I have a question about one of our products or a technique.  Everyone in the Community is helpful because they want you to be successful.  This is what I appreciate the most.  In terms of suggestions for others, I would say that one should never feel their question, idea, or contribution is unimportant or that it adds little value.  Get on here and go for it!  Someone will always try to help you find a solution.

Mac or PC?   I have a PC, but I have used a Mac on SV engagements.

Mobile Device? iPhone 5 – yeah I know, I need to upgrade.

Apps/software/tools you can’t live without? Waze & Google Maps / Candy Crush (I am on planes a lot) / Email

Besides your phone and computer, what's your favorite gadget? Not really a gadget, but my Harley Davidson

What’s your daily work space like? I spend the majority of my time at customer sites so work space varies.  I work from a large home office when not traveling.

How do you balance life/work?   I probably don’t do as good job of balancing as I should.  But, I try to complete my “honey do’s” as efficiently as possible and take trips to get away and relax.

Best advice you can give and you have received? The best advice I can give is that it is OK to make mistakes.  You just need to learn from them so they do not happen again.  My dad used to quote Yogi Berra.  So, I would say the best advice I have received is, ‘You can observe a lot by watching.’  Think about it for a while.

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else?  Describing situations using Southern euphemisms and hyperbole.  Just ask our EMEA-based CA colleagues.  Those poor guys & gals put up with my expressions for about 8 months (or ‘a month of Sundays’) while we worked together on an international SV engagement.