eWEEK – Chris Preimesberger – 6/6/18
CA Technologies is one of those IT companies that makes important but under-the-covers-type software that people often take for granted. For example, when you swipe your credit card at a payment location, you're most likely hitting a mainframe somewhere in the world with CA's software that connects the dots for that transaction. The user sees Wells Fargo and Visa, for example, but certainly doesn't see CA, which is providing the handshake and perhaps the security authorization for the purchase.
CA also makes development and testing tools so that banking software works correctly every time you want to use a credit card. It develops high-end security authentication middleware and has an agile DevOps platform for new-gen software development. It has a highly successful API (application programming interface) products and services division. It has provided mainframe software for IBM z Systems and others for decades. All of these are important but not easily understood, thus they're often overlooked.
Our interviewee, Ayman Sayed, is Chief Product Officer at CA Technologies. He's a man who's seen a complete evolution in the IT business over a period of decades, and as the CPO, he's responsible for making sure that CA applications and platforms get to market on time and work as they're supposed to work. He described the role CA plays in the world of IT here in this interview, conducted at the company's Built for Change Summit on June 5, 2018.