Robert, Release Administrator

My Job
I'm on our Infrastructure Services & Support team, and my primary customers are Railinc developers and business analysts. I manage our monitoring and DevOps systems and our job scheduling and business rules systems. These tools help us make sure our applications are working for our customers and that developers have the necessary infrastructure to do their jobs and serve our freight rail customers with innovative solutions.

My Day
My day might involve tweaking our automated builds to account for changes our developers make to their code. Nothing gets into production unless it builds successfully in our automated build system. In addition, I create dashboards for performance and uptime analysis for our different systems. I've done a lot of different things here—Java developer, business analyst, database administrator—and even today, I get to do things that don't fall into the typically defined IT roles. Because of that, I get to work with a lot of different tools, which is really fun.

What I Like
What I like most is my team. My group is full of talented people who care about their work. They want everybody else to succeed and are more than willing to help and teach. I'm always learning new things. I work closely with our technology architecture group, and we're always trying out new technologies to see if they fit our goals as a company. Railinc also has a flexible work environment that is more results-oriented than time-oriented. And what we do has an impact on our nation's economy. Our work has real meaning.

"What we do has an impact on our nation's economy. Our work has real meaning."


My Path
I got out of the U.S. Army in 1993 and took a job as a COBOL programmer at Union Pacific Technologies in St. Louis. I'm from Atlanta, and after a few years, I decided to move back to the Southeast. I worked as a developer and systems integrator before coming to Railinc in 2000 as a Java team lead. I had rail industry experience, and I thought it would be a great fit. I've had a chance to do a lot of different things here, including working for five years as a business analyst, and I haven't looked back.