Women in Leadership at CA Technologies | Stefania D’Alessandro

As part of our “Bring What You Bring – Women in Leadership” blog series, we’re celebrating several of our women in leadership to find out what they bring to the organization.

Meet Stefania D’Alessandro. She’s a Presales Consultant, Agile Management.

What does a Presales Consultant do?

The first requirement of a Presales Consultant, according to Stefania, is that they have clear, strong knowledge of CA’s solutions. They must be thorough and knowledgeable, as she states the worst mistake someone in this position could make is to assume.

‘If I had to use a metaphor, I would say that Presales folks are a bi-directional translator between business and technology: we solve industry-specific customer challenges through a solid understanding of CA solutions.’

‘In a nutshell, my daily job consists of working closely with Customers, Sales, Business Development, Marketing, Services and Partners to ensure that we have a data-driven understanding of the needs of our customers. Secondly, we must develop a tailored value proposition to our customers, based upon CA’s industry-leading software, as well as unrivalled engagement quality.’

Bring What You Bring

The core philosophy of the ‘Bring What You Bring’ concept is that every CA employee’s own talents, interests and passions are recognized and utilized. The team then builds upon individuals’ strengths, generating the best possible results. When speaking to Stefania about what she brings to CA, this is what she had to say:

‘My former and present co-workers at CA say I bring strong work ethic, reliability and trustworthiness on both professional and personal levels, proactiveness, a detail-oriented and analytical mindset. Not only this but I bring a passion for solving problems, learning and sharing new things every day. I do think that the learning curve (both professional and personal) should always be reasonably steep, in order for us to constantly break our barriers and fight against inertia.’

 Advice for current or future Women Leaders

Stefania is a firm believer in the great important in listening to achieve success. Being approachable and staying focused on success is a vital part in achieving your goals. Her top four pieces of advice are:

  • ‘Make data-driven decisions only (be as unbiased as possible)
  • Practice “selective hearing” to not lose your focus
  • Let your work speak for you
  • Empower your co-workers and promote open dialogue’

 My female inspiration

Stefania said that her biggest female role model is undoubtedly her grandmother, Maria:

‘Born in 1922 in Southern Italy, she soon proved to have an avant-garde mentality, which led her to increasingly resent the narrow-mindedness of that period and to be thrown out of the house. She then emigrated alone and led a life full of adventure (not without sacrifices as well as hard work). The most important things she taught me are the priceless value of education- which highly motivated me to complete my PhD studies in Mathematics- and the importance of being independent (financially as well as emotionally). Last but not least, she taught me the importance of not taking things too seriously, which she kept doing until she died in 2015, aged 93- still amazing, ironic and witty.’

 Women in Leadership qualities

CA Technologies has a core of DNA that align with the company’s mission, to eliminate the barriers between ideas and business outcomes. Stefania has selected the most important DNA trait that she feels will make her a successful woman in leadership at CA Technologies.

‘If I had to pick the top three DNA traits that will make me a successful woman in leadership at CA, they would be:

  • Resilient – I am simply too stubborn to give up.
  • Collaborative & Creative – I feel very lucky to be part of two incredible teams here at CA: the Digital Presales team, based in Prague, and the EMEA Agile Management Presales team. The key to our success is that we always go the extra mile to help each other and to share our knowledge/resources, for which I am very grateful. I am also very proud of the creative results we come up with when we join forces!
  • Results-Oriented – I don’t like shortcuts and I believe success shouldn’t be based on self-promotion, but on measurable criteria, validated by key stakeholders, such as co-workers, partners and ultimately customers.’

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Stefania D’Alessandro- Presales Consultant, Agile Management

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Intern at CA: Laura Pianin

Laura Pianin, CA Product Communications Intern

Every year, CA Technologies invites our intern class to seize the summer and make an impact on our business. We asked a few of this year’s interns to share their experiences and give insight to what it’s like to be an intern here at CA.

Meet Laura Pianin, Product Communications Intern in the Santa Clara office.

What attracted you to an internship at CA?

“I grew up surrounded by technology and in a family of engineers. My dad would bring home e-wasted parts and set up computers for my brother and I to use; we taught ourselves new programs, played games, and just explored. Growing up with engineers, it was always a “figure it out” type of culture in my house. If something broke, how do you fix it? If you don’t know how to do something, teach yourself. I think that type of learning instilled a general interest in exploring the technology industry as a whole and there really is no better place to do that than in the heart of Silicon Valley.”

Technology runs though Laura’s veins. Being surrounded by a family of engineers growing up, and exposure to tech at an early age it’s no surprise that this summer wasn’t Laura’s first internship.

 “I was previously a communications intern at the Center for Women and Business at my college, Bentley University. We were a small team, but it allowed me to get to know my co-workers and develop good working relationships. Now, coming to CA, it was a big adjustment to work in a large global company. I’m thankful to have both perspectives as I figure out what working environment suits me best.”

CA Technologies has a vast portfolio ranging from mainframe to cloud and everything in between, and Laura was tasked with learning the CA product portfolio and then writing about it in a way that makes sense to all audiences.

What’s it like writing for a large tech company like CA?

“Writing about CA and the technology industry brings some unique challenges. I remember being completely overwhelmed by the shear depth and breadth of CA’s product portfolio and then realizing I have to take these complex products, themes, and ideas and tell effective stories. As someone who has always loved writing, I wanted to embrace this; I think part of the “magic” and one of the most satisfying aspects of writing and storytelling is conveying complicated ideas in accessible ways.”

Describe your day-to-day

“I usually get to the office early, right around 7:30. It’s kind of a calm before the storm feeling at that time, but I like the quiet and solitude especially when I’m working on a writing assignment. Because I work with both internal and external communications, I get varied items on my to do list. Some days I’m working on internal memos or blogs while on others I’m working on social media research or communications for upcoming events. Having a wide variety of tasks is something I value.

“Then it’s off to lunch with either my team or the other interns. We’ve had some fun intern ping pong matches and have explored the other floors together. It’s nice to connect with other people going through similar experiences and learning about all the projects we’re working on.”

“Usually, I’ll have a conference call to listen in on what the wider team is doing or have a weekly one on one with one of my managers to report back on some of my action items.”

An internship is the opportunity to act like a sponge, and absorb as much information as possible. At CA, we provide an environment that exposes our interns to as many different areas as possible, in hopes that they leave our offices at the end of summer loaded with new knowledge and with a sense of pride for the projects they worked on.

“Working in the product org, I get a good holistic perspective on lots of different areas of the company. I feel like I’ve been able to get to know CA at a much quicker pace because of this. It’s also rewarding to see a blog post or memo I worked on be published—it moved from my just cube to being accessible to thousands of people.”

What is the best part about your office?

“10th floor balcony. I hate being trapped inside all day, especially during the summer. I usually always take at least ten minutes in the afternoon to go outside and clear my head. Often, it’s where I do my best thinking if I’m having some writers block or stuck on a brainstorm.”

How would you describe your relationship with your manager?

“I get to work with two managers, one located in my local office and one in Denver, CO. Both are kind, receptive to questions, and provide helpful feedback. They let me work independently but are there if I need some guidance.”

What advice would you have for an Intern candidate coming to interview?

“Research and connect. Research CA, know the company’s mission and values, the industry it operates in, and catch up on the latest news about the company. Then, with that in mind, think about how your story, values, interests, experience, classes, projects, etc. connect to the company. This doesn’t mean don’t be yourself to try to fit perfectly into CA; in fact, one of the things that really drew me to CA was that they embrace uniqueness, so the interview is really an opportunity show who you are. Before I have an interview, I like to ask myself what do I want the interviewer to take away from our conversation, what are the key points I want to get across?”

Many people that are new to the tech industry do not know CA Technologies. What advice or comments would you have for them about choosing to intern for a lesser-known B2B technology company, rather than a better-known brand like Google, Facebook, Microsoft, etc?

“Although big name brands and consumer electronics companies are much more visible in the press and well-known, working at a B2B technology company gives you an interesting experience and perspective. The products CA makes allows many of these companies to actually successfully develop solutions or run critical systems effectively.”

If you’re ready to bring what you bring to CA, learn more and search our positions here.

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Intern At CA: Laura Haldane

One of CA’s interns, Laura Haldane, took the time to discuss her time at the company and her perceptions after having worked ‘behind the scenes’. A Business Management graduate at Oxford Brookes University, she wanted to get an insight into the inner workings of a software company of CA Technologies’ calibre. Laura’s internship lasts until the 24th of August 2018, upon which she shall return to university and hopes to go on to work in a multinational company in the technological industry.

What attracted you to an internship at CA this year?

Having studied Business Management at University for 2 years before taking on an internship, I knew I wanted to get experience working in a software/tech company. It became clear to me over the course of the two years that effectively every company needs to undergo a Digital Transformation in order to keep up to speed with demand online and on apps. CA helps customers manage their online portfolio and compete strategically in the marketplace. In addition, the office here at Ditton Park in Datchet is fantastic. There are gym facilities, outdoor basketball courts, which are great to use during lunch breaks or after work.

Tell us more about your role in the EMEA Communications?

My role has allowed me to gain hands on experience with our Create Tomorrow program, which is where our CSR efforts are focused in EMEA. I’ve had the opportunity to volunteer at local schools and speak on panels. In addition, I’ve had the opportunity to travel across Europe and a highlight so far has been attending the European Digital Assembly 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria. I’ve also had the opportunity to gain experience with our PR Agencies in London, helping them write pitches for press and create social content calendars.

What is a typical day for you?

Wake up at 7am – make myself a cup of tea and read the news, check Instagram and Facebook…( I like a slow start to the day, I hate rushing around in the morning). Leave for work and drive to the office around 8:30am. I grab a coffee before getting to my desk and always check my email first thing. Depending on how busy I am, I will take a lunch break around 12 and play basketball/netball or take part in Yoga or Pilates. I leave work around 5:30pm and usually meet up with a few of the other interns for dinner or drinks.

Favourite part of the internship?

The opportunity to travel and work with a European team. My team have been extremely welcoming and collaborative, involving me in as much as they can. I have helped run Deploy Your Talents events in Germany and attended a Security Roundtable discussion in Brussels.  I also attended a Quarterly Communications Team meeting in Milan and received training in Crisis Communications Management.

Would an intern might want to consider a lesser-known B2B Technology Company as opposed to a better-known brand?

I’ve always enjoyed the reaction I get when I tell people I work at CA Technologies, especially when I tell people my age. 8 time out of 10, nobody has heard of CA as they are a B2B company, so I quite enjoy telling them who CA are and how our products are enabling companies to digitally transform. Despite being lesser-known, our products are actually used by some of the biggest brands in the world, such as Netflix, L’Oreal and BT.

Favourite aspect of the DNA mission?

COLLABORATIVE: I truly enjoy working as part of a team to make sure a task gets finished. My European team are great at giving me advice where needed and providing me with constructive feedback on work. They understand that in order for me to get the most out of my internship, they need to work closely with me on tasks that they feel I would be good at. It is hugely satisfying to work with a team that are passionate about what they do too.

Advice for a candidate coming for an interview at CA Technologies?

Come prepared and do your research. Having confidence is also key, but being able to show that you’ve done your ‘homework’ for the interview shows you plan ahead. In addition, don’t be afraid to talk about your hobbies and interests outside of work. Wellbeing and having a work/life balance is something that is encouraged by the Wellbeing at CA team and shows to the interviewer that you have passions and interests beyond the world of work.

CA is extremely happy to welcome Laura to its vast family and wishes her success for her career ahead.

If you too want to work for a happy company like CA and are ready to bring what you bring to an internship, learn more and search our open positions here, or see if we’re coming to your campus.

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Laura Haldane – Communications Intern EMEA
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Intern At CA: Vasu Sharma

Through our Intern @ CA blog series, we cover the stories of such enthusiastic interns who have joined CA Technologies. Vasu Sharma is a final year student of The UPES College, Dehradun, who had interned with CA as a Cyber Security Developer.

How did you know about CA Technologies?

On asking Vasu about how he came across CA Technologies, he said “My answer to this question is a bit different from those of other interns. CA Technologies is a B2B company which creates products for large enterprises. I came to know about CA Technologies when it visited my college for the first time. And to be honest, once I heard the news of CA visiting my campus I did my research around the company and was very much overwhelmed by its products.

How was the Intern Program selection process?

Fulfilling dreams isn’t very easy and requires hard work and dedication and it is only then that one relishes the fruit of labor. For Vasu, the selection process was intensive but worth it.

“Getting an internship with a corporate that has such a great product base was quite surprising. I never thought of getting into a company this big as an intern, but thanks to CA’s business structure of having a separate business unit for Security, I got the opportunity I was looking for. I have done B-Tech with a specialization in Cyber Security and the company came to the campus for recruitment with a single vacancy in Cyber Security. Fortunately, I was selected for the role after 3 rounds of interviews. The first round was an aptitude assessment which was held on Cocubes, an online platform. This was followed by an online video interview which analyzed my technical knowledge of Java and the details of the projects I had done in the past. The final round was an online HR interview which focused on behavioral and situation-based questions. A week later I was offered an internship with CA technologies as a Developer in the Cyber Security business unit.

What exposure did you receive on your CA Internship?

Internships are there to provide an extensive learning experience which prepares you for the actual challenges you’ll face in the fast-paced, dynamic, competitive and ever-growing industry. This is exactly what CA provided Vasu with as well as such freedom within what he delivered.

He said, “I worked within the Security business unit and was assigned a server-side migration project. Apart from this main assignment, I worked with logarithms for some functionality engraving in existing products. I also took up a project that belonged to a completely different business unit and this was possible because CA gives you the freedom to select, work and learn about any project that interests you”.

How did your assigned CA mentor benefit your Internship experience?

As part of the internship program, it’s crucial interns feel supported through their time at CA. Vasu was no different and spoke positively of the great support he received from his mentor Venky Venkata Swamy Karukuri.

“On the first day of my internship I was introduced to an architect (basically a product designer) named Venky and I feel fortunate to have worked under him. He assigned me to challenging projects and despite his busy schedule, he would arrange for weekly meetings to ensure that I was on the right track. He would guide me around various aspects of technology and life, clearing all my doubts regarding my project and the industry. He introduced me to several experienced colleagues who were a great source of learning for me. The experience of being an intern at CA was unlike any other.”

What do you like most about CA Technologies?

The company believes that in order to hone one’s skills and perform well, employees require a conducive, lively and relaxed environment and that is only possible when people come together and feel like a single unit.

“To be honest, the best thing about the company is the collaborative nature of its employees who make time to respond to queries despite being busy. There is a strong team spirit among the members of staff and a zeal to excel as a team rather than an individual.” says Vasu.

How was the success of your Internship rewarded?

A dedicated and passionate student, a proficient mentor and a jubilant environment make the perfect potion for success. But being appreciated and rewarded makes the success even sweeter. On being asked about the appreciations and rewards he received during his internship, Vasu replied, “I did receive appreciation for the three projects I worked on”. But being offered a permanent role at CA was the biggest reward for him.

“To be honest, getting a pre-placement offer from a product-based company is the best feeling in the entire world for a B-Tech graduate. I was thrilled the moment I received a call from the company saying that I’d been offered PPO. I was overjoyed by the news and I didn’t think twice before agreeing to take the offer.”

What do you like most about the ITC?

Vasu was extremely complimentary of the India Technology Center in Hyderabad and the facilities available. We asked Vasu as to what were the main things about the ITC that made him look forward to coming to the CA campus every day?

His response was, “CA has a great campus with a lot of greenery and open spaces. The workstations are spacious and comfortable and the refreshment station on each floor is loaded all the time. The cafeteria too gives a variety of food options”.

What advice would you offer to those who are currently looking for an Internship?

On being asked as to what he would advise to others on choosing a company to work for, he happily stated, “CA is a B2B company and hence many may not be aware of the brand, but CA has a presence in every sector from banking to e-commerce and other applications. As CA is a product-based company I would recommend aspirants to know about algorithms and data structures from a technical point of view. Also, in terms of why CA is an employer of choice, CA employees enjoy a great work life balance and flexibility at work.”

CA is extremely happy to welcome Vasu to its vast family and wishes him all the success for his career ahead.

If you too want to work for a happy company like CA and are ready to bring what you bring to an internship at CA, learn more and search our intern positions here,  or see if we’re coming to your campus.

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A Day In the Life at CA: Ramesh Manickavel, Director for Agile Program Management

What it’s like to work at CA as a Director

When searching for a role or starting your career in the tech industry, you’ll typically find bulleted information on a company’s job description, benefits, and culture. We want to go a step beyond and give you insight from a real CA employee. This Director for Agile Program Management profile is part of our careers blog series “A Day in The Life At CA”.

Meet Ramesh

Ramesh Manickavel is the Director for the Agile Program Management unit, located in the CA India Technology Center, in Hyderabad. He joined CA Technologies in 2009 but took a short break of 5 months from the organization in 2011 post which he re-joined the organization. He says, “That tells you about how much I like CA”.

Before joining CA Technologies, Ramesh had worked for GE (General Electricals) as a developer/architect for online Parts Store as well as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt involved in the organization-wide process improvement projects. Post this he joined Oracle India Development Centre as a Technical Staff Member. Today he works as a Director for Agile Program Management where he’s tasked with enabling product development teams to provide predictable on-time delivery with improved quality.

 

 

An average day.

Ramesh is an early riser and reaches office by 8:30 am after an hour of jogging. He then plans his day meticulously by going through e-mails, pending items from the previous day and preparing for meetings to be scheduled for the day. He reviews the various agendas for the meetings and ensures he has the required data & details. He likes spending the lunchtime with his peers and colleagues and occasionally steps out with them for team lunch.

“Walk around the campus is a must post lunch for me. I try to keep half hour for myself post lunch to be able to plan for rest of the day or to catch up on items that I couldn’t do in the morning. Late afternoons and evenings are mostly consumed in meetings.”

Ramesh likes reading in his free time and tries to make time for it whenever he can.

“I make time for myself to go over blogs and videos shared with me by my team members, peers or anyone else on leadership or technical staff. And my day ends with some reading (fiction mostly) even if it is for 10 to 15 minutes.”

The best part of the job.

On being asked about what part of his job he likes the most, he said, “Interacting with people – whether it be technical discussions or brainstorming on new ideas, it’s amazing to see how diverse we are in terms of functional/technical knowledge, skills, experience yet aligned to a common vision. Making a difference by working with such great minds is what I love about my job.”

He also loves his workspace which is right in the middle of his floor which makes it easier for him to interact with the team. “It’s bright and comes with my favorite two whiteboards. I have the habit of writing a lot on them when I have my discussions with teammates.”

On office surroundings and facilities

“We have an amazing campus to walk around, especially the location near the amphitheater introduced by my friend Satbeer. It’s serene. That’s the place I choose to unwind and spend some quiet moments with myself. I have brought my family several times on site and my mom just loves our campus. She thinks that her son has the coolest job in the whole world and its kind of true!”

Ramesh was full of praise for the CA facilities and the team that takes care of it. He says, “We have one of the best facilities team in the world. I have worked with them on several occasions for different events at the team level and organization level – we just need to make it known, they make it happen.”

CA benefits

CA Technologies has an employee champion program which nominates people who help solve issues/grievances at workplace and promote various benefits for employees. Ramesh has himself been an employee champion and knows a lot about CA benefits.

“I have been an employee champion and it’s wonderful to see how much CA invests in the wellbeing of its employees. Personally, I have had emergency situations where I couldn’t go through the suggested medical procedures, but the support and help I got from CA is amazing. I also like the gesture of inviting family members to the health sessions that take place at work.”

Some words of advice

Many people that are new to the tech industry may not know CA Technologies. We asked Ramesh what advice or comments would he have for them about choosing to work for CA. He replied, “While the branding and advertisements like ‘Bring What You Bring’ has increased awareness about CA significantly, a lot of folks think that we are chartered accountants. Personally, I like CA primarily because of the growth opportunities it has provided me with. I will tell the individuals that their career growth aligning with their aspiration is more important than the brand of the company. I choose to have a personal brand myself along with my company’s brand rather than just associating myself with a brand. With a wide range of product development teams in CA, there are variety of challenging opportunities in every area.”

If you too would like to experience the life at CA, search here for open positions or create a custom job alert to get notifications on teacher roles that match your search.

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Thrive At CA: Meet Tara Dilzer Alexander, Sr. Marketing Communications Analyst

Thrive at CA: Tara Dilzer Alexander, communications analyst

As part of our Thrive program, an internal initiative at CA focused on driving a diverse and inclusive work environment, we’d like you to meet a few of our employees and learn what unique attributes they bring that allow them to thrive at CA.

Meet Tara Dilzer Alexander, Senior Marketing Communications Analyst, and hear how her job is like a puzzle and why she loves volunteering to help kids with their communication and presentation skills.

Check out #LifeAtCA and #BringWhatYouBring on social media to learn more about our culture, and meet some of our great people first-hand and see what they bring to CA each day.

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A Day In the Life at CA: Steve Tait, Digital Demand Strategist

What it’s like to work at CA as a Digital Demand Strategist

When searching for a role or starting your career in the tech industry, you’ll typically find bulleted information on a company’s job description, benefits and culture. We want to go a step beyond and give you insight from a real CA employee. This profile of one of our Digital Demand Strategists is part of our careers blog series “A Day in The Life At CA”.

Meet Steve

Steve Tait is a Digital Demand Strategist located in the CA Vancouver office. He came to CA Technologies in 2013 through its acquisition of Layer 7, where he had worked for two years. He just celebrated his five-year CA anniversary in June.

At Layer 7, Steve ran the Digital Demand Generation side of the Marketing department, and when he first came to CA he worked across business units helping to execute on digital campaigns through our digital agency. He then moved to the Marketing Operations team and worked on executing CA’s global search campaigns across business units and regions.

Now, Steve has come full circle back to API Management, working within CA’s Digital Demand Center running the global digital demand strategy.

“My job is to create digital marketing campaigns that create leads for sales to generate pipeline. I target potential customers through online marketing tactics like search engine marketing, social media and display,” said Steve.

Outside of work, Steve’s main focus is spending time with his family.

“I have two young children, Noah and Stella, who are the light of my life. I coach both of them in hockey – a perfect day for me is spending the day at the rink watching both of them on the ice.

“I have an awesome wife and we love traveling to her home country, Germany, when we get the chance. I love spending time with our German side of the family and enjoying the German culture when we’re there.”

Steve Tait, Digital Demand Strategist

An average day at work

A typical day at work for Steve involves a lot of time on calls with his team, which is spread throughout North America, including Boston and New York.

“The rest of my time is spent managing the digital campaigns from my desk in Vancouver. I generally eat lunch at my desk on the fly – a lot of the folks I work with are on the east coast so often I’ve got meetings scheduled over lunch. And I do work from home a couple of times a week as well. My job is pretty exciting, never boring.”

The best part of the job

Steve says the best part of his job is working with so many extraordinary, smart and talented people on a day-to-day basis.

He also enjoys the Vancouver office. “It’s located right in the heart of Vancouver so there are lots of options for lunch, with food trucks all around, cafés, restaurants and bars. Transit options are good as well for commuting into the office. The trains and buses are within walking distance from the office,” he said.

Many people who are new to the tech industry may not know CA Technologies. We asked Steve what advice he would have for them about them about choosing to work for a lesser-known B2B technology company, rather than a better-known brand.

“The main thing to think about when joining the tech industry and working for CA is, it may be a lesser-known tech company, but we’re still one of the largest global Enterprise Software companies. Working for a company that’s a leader in the application economy, a company whose products are truly driving Digital Transformation on a global scale, is something to be very proud of.”

If you’re interested working in at CA, search here or create a custom job alert to get notifications on sales roles that match your search.

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Women in Leadership at CA Technologies | Marisa Chua

As part of our “Bring What You Bring – Women in Leadership” blog series, we’re celebrating several of our women in leadership to find out what they bring to the organization.

Meet Marisa Chua. She’s the Vice President, APJ Sales Operations.

What does a Vice President, APJ Sales Operations do?

Marisa’s Sales Operation role has broad scope and a deep impact on sales productivity, sales efficiency and performance. She highlights some of her responsibilities below.

“I lead the sales operations function, monitoring the effectiveness of sales efforts and ensuring they are aligned with the overall business objectives. My work involves assisting individuals in execution of their duties, ensuring constant improvement in their professional skills and preparing them for the next level in their career aspirations.

I partner with the senior leadership team in driving sales growth strategies, ensuring there is adoption at all levels in the organization. This includes balancing sales territories, customer segments, business planning, allocating quotas and positioning initiatives that further develop sales effectiveness and business growth.

I’m also very close to the execution of sales intelligence and data analysis that provide critical insights for the business on sales forecasting, sales effectiveness, and reporting of sales performance, to identify opportunities for growth. At the same time, I also drive the adoption and usage of sales automation solutions.

In my role I collaborate with cross-functional teams. With Marketing, we’re enhancing visibility of pipeline management. With the People team we determine effective performance in the sales organization. With Finance we execute financial analysis, reporting & sales forecasting, and with GIS we monitor and drive performance and functionality of our business systems.”   

“Sales Operations is a group of specialists there to support and optimize the sales team. If our Sales reps are Formula One drivers, we’re the engineers and pit crew.”

Bring What You Bring

At CA, employees are encouraged to work with one another, and build on each other’s strengths to create richer results. This is the core philosophy of the ‘Bring What You Bring’ concept. The ethos of this concept is spread right across the organization and when speaking to Marisa about what she brings to CA, this is what she had to say:

“My biggest asset is my experience which in turn is made up of 3 main ingredients:

  • Passion for the profession: My attitude has always been if I am going to do something, I should put every effort into it to succeed.
  • Team player: I thrive in a team environment and fully believe a team that is communicating well will be the most productive and successful.
  • Ability to work under time pressure: The ability to multitask and work across several projects at once, with regular deadlines throughout the year, is inherent in sales operations. Although there were very busy times and teething problems, I am usually calm and in control till the desirable outcome is achieved.”

Marisa has been frequently associated with a starfish, and she brings the following values to CA as well.

  • Ability to reinvent
  • Adapting to new environments
  • Blaze a trail  

She has the ability to take initiative and follow through, observe, analyze and make the most of opportunities around her, to make a difference.

One piece of advice for current or future Women Leaders

Marisa believes that women should always be curious and passionate about their work. They should also have the ability to help others to grow their careers professionally.

I try and emulate a quote that is close to my heart.

’Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that this impact lasts in your absence.’

There are four principles that I hold dear to me:   

  • Stay curious and learn something new every week.
  • Follow your passion. If you don’t love your job, you cannot be passionate about it.
  • Help others rise as people are our biggest assets.
  • Forward thinking is pivotal to organizations who undergo transformation.” 

My female inspiration

Marisa mentions her biggest inspiration is Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese politician, diplomat, author, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

“I draw inspiration from people who are genuinely fearless as they try to make the world a better place. People who are not necessarily in the limelight but who are committed to making a cause. My biggest female inspiration is Aung San Suu Kyi. I admire her refusal to let fear dictate her actions in a harsh environment and I love her definition of courage as ‘grace under pressure’. In addition, she has a British dimension about her. All of which I can relate to in my professional and personal life.”

Source – http://www.azquotes.com/author/8349-Aung_San_Suu_Kyi

Women in Leadership qualities

CA Technologies has a core of DNA that align with the company’s mission, to eliminate the barriers between ideas and business outcomes. Marisa has selected the most important DNA trait that she feels will make her a successful woman in leadership at CA Technologies.

 

Marisa mentions that at CA, all the DNA traits should run in our veins. She describes that ‘ARR’ is the key to being successful:

Agility allows you to move seamlessly through your career, finding ways to adapt to the issues at hand and pivot when necessary to avoid hitting road blocks.

Resilience allows you to tirelessly pursue your goal, despite the odds, in a way it is unstoppable as you keep going, keep fighting, to move forward.

Results oriented is the mindset of getting things done and it starts by defining the results you want to achieve and finding the people who are capable and motivated to achieve them.

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Women in Leadership at CA Technologies | Heena Raval

Eleanor Roosevelt, the First Lady of the United States of America, rightly said: “A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” As part of our “Bring What You Bring – Women in Leadership” blog series, we’re celebrating the work of several of our women in leadership to find out what they bring to the organization. This month we cover a woman who is not only intelligent and smart herself but builds and drives intelligence into software products designed to make life easier. Meet Heena Raval, this month’s Woman in Leadership star. She leads the Data Sciences efforts for CA ITC.

Senior Director, Software Engineering at CA ITC, Heena works closely with global teams across CA to develop Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence solutions. Simply put, she builds intelligence into CA products and solutions so that the end user can do data-driven decision making, become more productive and efficient in their day job. In Heena’s words, “These end users play varied roles in large enterprises who are our customers going through their digital transformation journey. Through these intelligent products, we help optimize the outcomes that they care about.”

What do you bring to CA Technologies?

On being asked what she brings to CA, Heena said, “Best in class industry experience, customer empathy, thought leadership on digital transformation through a niche discipline of data sciences, and cutting-edge skills in the technology market today. I feel I bring an experience of developing entrepreneurial teams and creating a culture of high energy, innovation and outcomes.” She thus truly resonates with the CA ideology of “Bring What You Bring” uniqueness.

If you had one piece of advice to women considering, or in a leadership role – what would it be?

Women often forget how capable they are and what plethora of skills lies within them. Hence, we asked Heena to give a piece of advice to women considering a leadership role and her answer was truly inspiring. She quoted, “Don’t think about what if I fall? Think about what if I can fly? Why waste time trying to fit in when you are born to stand out. Harness your capability and intuition to lead and pave the path. Believe in yourself and the rest will follow. “

Who is your biggest female inspiration/role model that’s influenced you? In life/or specific to your career?

We require continual push and inspiration to move towards our goals and this comes from someone we look up to – a role model. Heena is a role model for many in the organization but we wanted to know as to her role model is.

“I don’t have any role models as such. I get inspired by actions of several people and take away nuggets from their experiences. For instance, Maya Angelou, poet, and author, her writing, life philosophy and spirituality is inspirational. Sushmita Sen, former Miss Universe, her decision of adopting a child at the age of 25, I wonder what kind of upbringing you need to have, to make such a big decision at such a young age? She has been a hands-on single mother for the last 18 years with 2 beautiful daughters. Serena Williams is another person I look up to. Particularly how she has dealt with criticism of her race, body type and temperament by continuing to have her game do all the talking. She has been inspiring and now how she stands up for pregnancy break and believes that it is not to be treated as an injury. My everyday inspiration comes from the tireless women I depend on, my nanny, my cook. Such potential, if only they had gotten the opportunity to exploit their potential, they would not be doing jobs but creating jobs for sure. My forever inner source of inspiration is my mother, her grit and ability to give is what I would like to learn from and live by.”

What are the most important DNA traits that will make you a successful woman in leadership at CA Technologies?

Our DNA defines us and our qualities help us excel in what we do. Being asked as to what are the most important DNA traits that will make you a successful woman in leadership at CA Technologies, she said “Self-Awareness and Resilience.”

Heena Raval is a true example of a woman of substance. Her combination of intellect and hard work has made her a woman worthy of leadership. CA takes pride and cherishes having Heena as an integral part of the organization.

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Intern At CA: Udatta Bhattacharya

Roy T. Bennett, self-help writer and author of the famous ‘The Light in the Heart’ was quoted, “Dreams don’t work unless you take action. The surest way to make your dreams come true is to live them.”

This stands very true for one of CA’s interns, Udatta Bhattacharya. A final year student of The UPES, Dehradun, Udatta always dreamt of working for a company that was a leader in the mainframe development industry and his dream materialized when he got the opportunity to work for CA India.

How did you know about CA Technologies?
On asking him about how he came across CA Technologies, he said “I heard about CA for the first time during the first year at UPES from my Mainframe faculty, when I was intrigued about the Mainframe industry and the companies involved in it. CA caught my attention since it stood out among others when it came to Mainframe based product development. All along, I was determined to pursue Mainframe technologies and got an internship in IBM. During that internship, CA again came up as the major developer of most of the non-indigenous products at IBM. The name CA was held in high regards when Mainframe-based tools were discussed.”

How was the intern program selection process?
But, fulfilling dreams isn’t very easy and requires hard work and dedication and it is only then that one relishes the fruit of labor. Udatta says it was quiet challenging to get through the internship selection process of CA.“The process involved one round of aptitude and technical screenings, one round of technical interview and one round of managerial interview. This process resulted in my selection at CA as an intern in the mainframe business unit. The process was challenging. It made me think, push boundaries, and above all, it tested my mainframe knowledge and skills, which was a unique experience for me since I never had such an experience in other selection processes. It was in this process where my knowledge in my own specialization was evaluated.”

What exposure did you receive on your CA Internship?
Internships are meant to be an extensive learning experience which prepares you for the actual challenges in the fast-paced, dynamic, competitive and ever-growing industry and this is exactly what CA provided Udatta with.

He says, “The role assigned to me during my internship was that of a learner basically. There was a lot on my plate to learn, grasp and be familiarized with. I got introduced to a couple of programming languages namely Assembler and Metal C which are the two major languages used to build and develop the tools. After having a basic idea of the languages, I was assigned 3 projects to have a hands-on with certain DB2 tools such as RC/Merger, RC/Query, and RC/Extract.”

How did your assigned CA mentor benefit your internship experience?
The right learning requires a direction, which only a mentor can provide and every employee at CA is a unique source of information and knowledge. Udatta too was mentored by one of the best at CA and he feels extremely lucky to be a part of such a supportive and helpful team. This is what Udatta had to say about his mentoring experience:

“I was mentored by Lokesh Patel, who is a member of my team i.e. DB2 Rangers. He guided me through the entire process of building DB2 tools, especially the languages used. He helped me set up my development environment along with Sridhar Pratik in the same team. He also guided me whenever I got stuck or had difficulty understanding something. Overall, he introduced me to my work and in a way, helped me kickstart my professional life. Since I wasn’t familiar with these languages before joining CA, I needed some help, reference and guidance from people using the languages, and was fortunate enough to have a mentor who is an absolute expert in the field. I got a bit of both appreciation and encouragement from the Product Owner Srinivas Adupa, who’d set milestones for me to reach and guided me through to those. My work wasn’t perfect, hence he pointed out my flaws and let me improve upon them.”

What do you like most about CA Technologies?
Learning is just not limited to skills at CA. The company believes that in order to hone one’s skills and perform well, people require a conducive, lively and relaxed environment and that is only possible when people come together and feel like a single unit.

“The thing I liked the most about the company is the work culture. It is apparent from the satisfaction and enthusiasm the people have working around me. I became familiarized with the Scaled Agile Framework and was made a part of a team and as a result, as well as shared a strong professional bond with all its members. This provided a huge motivation to work collaboratively and never feel isolated from the entire process. They’ve guided me through all my difficulties, and the best part, made me feel comfortable working with them as soon as I joined the team.” says Udatta.

How was the success of your internship rewarded?
A dedicated and passionate student, a proficient mentor and a jubilant environment make the perfect potion for success. Post two months of persistent efforts and endeavor, Udatta finally was rewarded for his hard work with an offer to become a permanent and integral part of CA Technologies.

“I received a Letter of Intent for a permanent job at CA after two months of my internship, which was of course based on my performance at the company during my internship. I felt that this was the biggest appreciation or reward of what I had contributed so far and adding to that, the result of all my preparations during the college days to get this dream job. Initially, I had a bit of self-doubt about my performance as an intern as to whether I’d be able to live up to what was expected of me. Rather, the job offer came as a satisfactory answer to all such questions.”

What do you like most about the ITC?
People are frequently asked whether they like what they do and generally, the answer is a halfhearted yes. A knowledgeable person once said the best way to gauge this is to notice if you wake up in the morning looking forward to going to work. If yes, you and your company are set for success. CA takes pride in being that company. We asked Udatta as to what made him look forward to coming to the CA campus every day?

His response to this was “The best part about my office is the fact that it has every facility that you look for in a workplace. It has a perfect balance of everything required. Honestly, during these first few days, I tended to spend more hours at work and didn’t really feel like leaving the campus. The building has a positive vibe of welcoming you to spend a good portion of your day and be productive to the best of your abilities. To back that up, there are the facilities. Up until now, I’ve been regularly visiting the gym and the cafeteria. At times my team goes for a cricket match in the field and I enjoy a game of table tennis with my colleagues occasionally. These really contribute a major part to my physical and mental health.”

What advice would you offer to those who are currently looking for an internship?
Udatta has truly set an example for other students who aspire to work at CA as interns and employees. He is the first student from his college to have received an opportunity to work for CA technologies and post his experience at CA, more and more students from his college aspire to follow the path taken by him.

On being asked as to what would he advise to others on choosing a company to work for, he happily stated, “My only message to the aspirants would be to always stay positive because good companies like CA Technologies do exist. CA Technologies, unlike many other companies, values your specialized skills and provides the chance to build your careers upon them. I chose mainframe and CA gave me the perfect platform to kickstart my career on a high note. Further, I’d advise them not to take their specializations for granted or lose hope in it. Because in CA, these specialized skills are valued to a great extent and these may lead to you ending up with your dream job.”

CA is extremely happy to welcome Udatta to its vast family and wishes him success for his career ahead.

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Mahima Bararia– Marketing Specialist,
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