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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.

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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.

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Once 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, Marcy Nunns Sr Support Engineer, CA Technologies.

 

Attached photos are Marcy, and one of her dog Oliver.

 

Location: Plano, TX

Current Gig:  Technical Support for DevTest Solutions Application Test

One word that describes how you work:  Enthusiastic

How do you use CA Communities and any suggestions for others?  First place I go to and would suggest to users if you cannot find it in the documentation.

Mac or PC?  PC, but wish I had a MAC too

Mobile Device? Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Apps/software/tools you can’t live without?  Viber, Facebook Messenger, CA Labs on Demand (no way I could have 20 machines in my office)

Besides your phone and computer, what's your favorite gadget?  Garlic Peeler

What’s your daily work space like?  Small, but perfect for what I need.  The more space, the more to clean.

How do you balance life/work?   Sometime I do not think I do, but I love my job and enjoy coming to work each day.

Best advice you can give and you have received? Do not try to resolve everything on your own, it’s okay to ask for help.

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else? Talking fast….

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Once 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 Rick Brown, Pre-Sales Application Delivery Team, CA Technologies.

 

Attached photos are Rick with his three daughters, at his eldest daughter’s wedding, a couple of years ago. Also one with his wife at their wedding this autumn.

 

Location:

I’m a CA employee, based out of the UK, but my role is EMEA, so I could be in Spain, Slovakia, Belgium, Denmark, etc. I live 30 minutes drive from London Heathrow airport, so it’s no trouble getting a red-eye service for a day working in continental Europe.

 

Current Gig:

Pre-sales in the Application Delivery team. I joined iTKO in December 2009, so I have been working with LISA for 6 years, since v4.6.

 

For 10 years, I was pre-sales at Mercury Interactive (EMEA SE of the Year, 2000). When we were acquired by HP, I decided to move to a smaller company. I chose IBM. I soon discovered that I was not an IBM person, so after a year at Rational, I went to Oracle, and from there to iTKO. For all of these, I was pre-sales for testing tools, so if you want to know about WinRunner, Quality Center, Rational Quality Manager or Oracle Application Testing Suite, I’m your man. I suppose you could say that I’ve been arguing with testers since 1997!

 

It’s great being able to play with CA’s DevTest every day, because it’s a great framework for testing, as well as having the marquee service virtualization capabilities.

 

One word that describes how you work:

Laconic (is that a commentary about this question rather than a description of how I work, though?)

 

How do you use CA Communities and any suggestions for others?

We need repositories of user-centric information. We’ve always needed it, and I’ve always tried to be active, regardless of whether it’s CA Communities, Twitter & Facebook, or, historically, forums, BBS systems (and even Usenet for others like me who have grey hair).

 

As a suggestion, don’t forget to vote all my ideas up! If we don’t engage, and engage fully, Product Management won’t be able to decide which ideas get the highest priority when looking for next features.

 




Mac or PC?

When I joined iTKO, I was given a free choice. I asked about Windows, and was told that Lenovo machines were supported. I had worked for IBM, so I knew about the build quality changes that were happening with Lenovo laptops, so I asked instead about Linux. I was told that Linux was supported … on Lenovo laptops. I therefore fell into Mac use simply to get away from Lenovo. Frankly, I am constantly surprised by the hardware quality of the MacBook Pro, and I would hate to be forced back to Windows now!

 




Mobile Device?

My work phone is an iPhone 4S. It works, and I haven’t found a need to upgrade. This might be because my personal phone does everything I need; it’s Android, I’m on a plan that includes calls, texts and data in 17 countries, and I’m currently using an LG G3 (with 128Gb SDXC expansion to give me music to listen to when I’m traveling).

 



Apps/software/tools you can’t live without?

At home, I have a couple of things I can’t live without. One is my Amahi server (LAN server, DNS, DHCP, everything you would expect a network administrator to look after) and the other is my Proxmox server (virtualization, allowing me to run VPN server, Plex media server, websites, provisioning new machines within a few seconds, and everything else for a media-centric life). I built both of these servers, with hot-swap disk drives, mini-ITX motherboards, and multiple versions of Linux, and I’m pleased that they both “just work”, with little required maintenance. I even have them (and my wifi router and network switch) attached to a UPS, so my home LAN is running even if we have power troubles.

 

Besides your phone and computer, what's your favorite gadget?

I’m an anti-coffee-snob. I prefer instant coffee to filter coffee. As such, a fast way to get hot water is a must, and we have an induction water heater, giving me nearly boiling water within 3 seconds, taking about 30 seconds to fill a mug. I think it’s the gadget I use most, apart from computer and phone.

 



What’s your daily work space like?

I’m pre-sales, so I live out of a backpack. I’ve found that having no desk is the only way to keep my work area tidy at the end of a day. Before I learned to work like this, when I had my own desk, my desk would be cluttered with X.400 & X.500 books, the K&R C manual, print-outs of everything I hadn’t finished with, and columns of empty disposable coffee cups. I’m sure everyone appreciates me being a hobo!

 




How do you balance life/work?

A lot of people I need to communicate with are a number of hours behind me, so I am often sending emails and updating Communities discussions in the middle of the night. To offset this, and to make sure I don’t start to hate computer screens, I try to use the Internet for relaxation as well, playing an online browser-based RPG. I am a lapsed lindy-hopper, although I’m sure I can still “Shorty George” with the best of them!

 




Best advice you can give and you have received?

When asked this question in interviews, I never answer “Don’t let the bastards grind you down!”, although I often think it (it’s a quote, by the way, from the 70s British comedy series, “Porridge”).

 

As I’m sure is common around the world, the vicar who married me the first time, gave the advice “don’t go to bed angry”. The marriage lasted for nearly 20 years, so I suppose it was good advice.

 

The best advice I can give to anyone I meet is to always assume that my wife is right. This statement might sound inflammatory, but I mean it! I can count on two fingers the number of times I’ve been right when discussing facts with her, and we’ve been together for 9 years.

 



What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else?

I am pretty sure I’m better at being a rubbish cook than just about anyone else. I even have a personal blog about the cookery disasters I have.

 

Once 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 Kevin Bowman, Senior Principal Software Engineer, CA Technologies.

 

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Location:  Austin, TX

Current Gig:  Developer and Knower of Things about asynchronous messaging.


One word that describes how you work:  Autonomously.

 

How do you use CA Communities and any suggestions for others?

I watch several forums for topics I can help out with.  I consider it zeroth-level support.  If someone wants to post about an issue on the forums then my suggestion is to treat it like official support and give as much detail as they can, within reason (don't expose confidential information).  It also never hurts to say the same thing in a couple of different ways to make sure you're understood right from the start.

Mac or PC? Mac for work. PC for play.


Mobile Device? Android.

 

Apps/software/tools you can’t live without? bash and UNIX tools, IntelliJ Idea

Besides your phone and computer, what's your favorite gadget? My blender.


What’s your daily work space like? Most of the time I'm in a room set aside for work, with a small table and a second monitor. It's nice and quiet, except when I hook the iPod up to speakers.  Other times I'm working from wherever I am in the house: living room, kitchen, patio, etc.

 

How do you balance life/work?  Other than taking time out every day to ride a bicycle and make a home cooked meal, I basically don't.

Best advice you can give and you have received? Know what's in your toolbox. That goes for both developers (language features, libraries, debugging tools) and support (troubleshooting tools, command line tools, and if all else fails, Google).

Best advice I've received:  Don't Panic.


What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else? Cardio.


 

Once 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 Jessica Pennington, Market Analyst Intern/ Full time Student.


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Location: Long Island/Philadelphia

Current Gig:  Market Analyst Intern/ Full time Student

One word that describes how you work:  Quickly

How do you use CA Communities and any suggestions for others? I use CA Communities to write about everything. Conferences I’ve attended, general experiences or thoughts about my time at CA or a topic within my area (Application Delivery) that I find interesting. My advice is, “When it doubt, write it out!” Don’t be afraid to use every feature of the communities to the fullest.

Mac or PC? I’m definitely a Mac person—I’ve got an ipad mini, an iphone 6 and a macbook! I don’t need much customization and I don’t do any coding, so I haven’t felt the need for a PC even though they are great and I use one at CA.
 
Mobile Device? iPhone 6, but not without issue--I’ve shattered 6 screens in 4 years!
 
Apps/software/tools you can’t live without? I can’t live without gmail/google chrome. Having my browser history and passwords synced through my email is a godsend.

Besides your phone and computer, what's your favorite gadget? My favorite gadget is probably my portable amplifier for my guitar. It’s the size of a pack of gum. I can connect it to mp3 speakers, my headphones, or any Bluetooth speakers! It controls everything a regular amp would.
 
What’s your daily work space like? My cubicle is minimal, but accented with many neon post its. I also have a giant painting of a shark I made for the CA Technologies Hackathon in Islandia last summer!

How do you balance life/work?  I try to avoid procrastination as much as possible. I also set reminders for myself, even for simple things like emailing a professor, grocery shopping and inviting a friend to dinner. It helps me stay organized.

Best advice you can give and you have received? Best advice I’ve ever received is to trust yourself. If you can’t trust in your own capabilities, it’s hard to trust others. Trust is the basis of all relationships—with friends, coworkers and family.

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else? I can flip an egg to make it over easy without a spatula and without cracking the yolk.

Earlier today (or this week as we space it out) we announced that CA World ’15 registration is now open.

 

This year, the CA Community member price is $1,295 if you register by September 18, which is $700 off the regular price. We’re also offering “Buy One, Get One” on conference passes and introducing a “Team Pass” program for companies planning to send five or more people to the event.

 

Get all the details here: https://communities.ca.com/community/ca-world/blog/2015/05/19/ca-world-15-registration-is-now-open

 

And make sure you’re following the CA World ’15 Community to get updates and alerts about the event.

Once 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 Surya Anil Kumar Suravarapu, Senior Associate at Cognizant Technology Solutions.


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Location:  Atlanta, GA

 

Current Gig:  Senior Associate at Cognizant Technology Solutions


One word that describes how you work:  Awesome!


How do you use CA Communities and any suggestions for others? I use CA communities as a platform for me to learn and grow. You learn not only by getting help from others but also by helping others. It is an excellent platform to keep oneself up to date on latest features, implementations and how the various solutions are being used at other customers. This in turn can give ideas on different ways to use the product for better results. My suggestion would be "Login at least once every day"

Mac or PC? PC
 
Mobile Device? Google Nexus and Apple iPad Mini
 
Apps/software/tools you can’t live without? Of course.. CA Communities.. apart from that News Apps, Internet Browser, Saavn (Indian music app), Netflix, You tube, Google mail, Maps and Fit.

Besides your phone and computer, what's your favorite gadget? iPad, Guitar

What’s your daily work space like? Productive and clean.

How do you balance life/work? Sometimes work can be really demanding, I still ensure I spend time with family, make it to Religious activities, Toastmasters speech club, guitar classes, health club etc. which keep me motivated.

Best advice you can give and you have received? Best advice I received is from my Dad, which is that Hard work always pays and a person who works hard will definitely get his due recognition.

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else? Public Speaking, I have been a member of speech clubs right from my college and currently a member of Toastmasters.

 


Once 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 Rich Burke, Support Analyst, Aviva.


Location:  United Kingdom


Current Gig:  Service Virtualisation support


One word that describes how you work:  Efficiently


How do you use CA Communities and any suggestions for others? I help answer questions using my knowledge and experience. I’d like to be able to use it to share best practice, so I can learn from other organisations how they’ve implemented Service Virtualisation, and all the processes and tools around it.


Mac or PC? PC

Mobile Device? I don’t have a mobile ‘phone.


Apps/software/tools you can’t live without? The only thing I can’t live without at work is…Post-it notes. I organize my world using these!


Besides your phone and computer, what's your favorite gadget? I don’t own any gadgets.

What’s your daily work space like? Minimal. I have a photo of my wife, a pen and a stack of Post-it notes

How do you balance life/work? I have a simple method – I arrive and leave at the same times each day, and I leave my work at work.

Best advice you can give and you have received? All situations are temporary. This can be easy to forget when you’re caught up in something, and it helps to remember that the situation will pass.

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else? Optimization.


Once 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 Koustubh Warty, CA Ser Eng Srvs Architect, DevOp SWAT.


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Pictured here with his wife Manjari, son Laksh and daughter Niharika in a photo taken last week during Holi festival (festival of colors).


Location: Plano (work) and Frisco (home) in Texas (a great place to work and to raise a family)

 

Current Gig: 

  1. Evangelizing DevOps and CA Application Delivery
  2. Serving the community and being Human!


One word that describes how you work: Work hard and play hard as if there’s no tomorrow!

 

How do you use CA Communities and any suggestions for others? [Koustubh Warty] CA Communities is an excellent site that enables the users of CA products to have their questions answered as well as voice their opinions. So much activity – so go ahead start putting your questions/ideas/opinions out there.

 

Mac or PC?  PC for sure. One of my first experiences with a Mac: Someone told me to use VNC to login to a Mac machine. After I did that….. I saw the screen, I was like – ok what do I do here, where is the task manager, what file do I use to start a program, etc….very basic questions. I closed the VNC session and have not seen a Mac since then 


Mobile Device? iPhone for sure and my feet for mobility!

 

Apps/software/tools you can’t live without? DbVisualizer, Notepad++, mRemote, Amazon and ESPNCricinfo

 

Besides your phone and computer, what's your favorite gadget? Kids (not surprising?) and my tongue (to yap!)

 

What’s your daily work space like? At the CA Plano office - I would want to say a clean desk (from a guy’s perspective) but my wife would disagree here!

 

How do you balance life/work? An interesting perspective here – At CA, I have the flexibility to balance both work and family life and I am thankful for that. The mantra is – CA assists me with the balance and I in turn assist CA during and outside the working hours! It is a win-win situation.

 

Best advice you can give and you have received?

This is what I have come up with – Decisions are made at run-time and not compile time. Software developers will understand where I am coming from. This is something I believe and have believed in over the past years – One can take a course, training, etc and know all the information, but if that cannot be applied when needed, it is of no use.

Another important thing is helping the community (this is far above CA communities and much more as you might have figured). In this extremely fast and competitive day to day life, we forget that there is a world out there that is not as blessed as us. So finding the time to contribute in whatever way towards mankind should be one of the personal goals.


What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else? Accessing the situation and taking actions accordingly. That is one of my strong points.


Getting to Know Rajeev Gupta


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Title: VP, Product Management - Application Delivery

 

Based out of: Santa Clara, CA

 

Former Job:  VP SV Strategy & Fellow

 

What do you enjoy about your work: Working with the customers and building software that solves really hard problems.

 

About your family: I am married to Parul for 13 years and have two kids – Suhani (means pleasant) who is 6 & Ronav (means grace) who just turned 3. It’s hard to say who is more crazier — and I include all 3 of them in that bucket.

 

Favorite 3 movies of all time:  Avatar, Matrix, Taken

 

Favorite book:  Service Virtualization: Reality is Overrated (of course), Innovation and Entrepreneurship by Peter Drucker.

 

Favorite hobbies: Sketching, Photography, Spend time with friends and family.

 

Interesting fact about yourself: I have to accept that I have OCD and also an incessant quest for finding answers. As an example, I don’t remember any toy that I didn’t open apart -- even opening up sophisticated watches and putting them back together. I pay very close attention to details which frustrates me because I expect the same from others. However, as my hairs are turning gray, I seem to be gaining more patience.