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Matthew Portsmore, IT Manager, Breakthru Beverage New Jersey

Matthew Portsmore
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Name: Matthew Portsmore
Title: IT manager
Company Name: Breakthru Beverage New Jersey
Company’s Function: Wholesale beverage distribution
HQ: New York, New York
Years in IT: 13

The biggest challenge my data center is facing today is storage growth. As we centralize, virtualize, replicate and back up—it all adds up!

The next big thing for my business will be getting new areas of the business to use analytics to make decisions.

My favorite IBM product is IBM i because of its reliability and versatility.

If I weren’t in IT, I’d want to test drive and review new car models.

My favorite musical artist varies. I stream a lot of alternative rock, but right now Muse and Mumford & Sons are my go-to artists.

The best movie I’ve seen recently is “SkyFall.” I’m a lifelong James Bond fan.

My guilty pleasure is pizza, but the level of guilt I feel has substantially decreased over time.

My favorite book is Joseph Heller’s “Catch-22.”

The superpower I wish I had is the power of regeneration—because you can get hurt, learn from it and try again.

If money were no object, the one thing I’d purchase is a huge bakery for my wife to run.

The innovation that’s made the biggest impact on my life is personal computing. When desktops and laptops became affordable, that created an opportunity for me to learn and develop programming skills at home.

The trend affecting my work is the explosion of mobile devices and online services versus the slower pace at which a medium business can innovate and support employee access to enterprise data.

The favorite part of my day is playing with my kids! They are a bundle of energy that can always make me happy.

The business skill I’d most like to acquire or improve is strategic planning.

I ended up in IT when I decided computer science was more fun than all of the other subjects they make you take!

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