Matt Halcomb has been in the IT industry for more than 20 years. Before getting into IT, he was an electrical engineer and AutoCAD draftsman. He’s been at World Wide Technology since spring of 2004 and started as a systems administrator in the internal IT department. From there, he moved to the Advanced Technology Center (ATC) team in 2012 and then in 2014 to the global data center team.
Q&A with Matt Halcomb
- Tell us about your background and how you got into technology.
- I got into technology as a math and electrical engineering major while at SIUE. I worked five years at a control system design company in Glen Carbon, Illinois where I was the lead AutoCAD draftsman and a control panel design lead.
I moved from this location to a business right down the street from World Wide Technology where I became their IT staff. I supported Windows desktops, Novell servers and the core network infrastructure. My biggest accomplishment at this location was implementing a new ERP system to help the company run its business more efficiently.
I then moved to an aviation company where I managed their IT team of three, supporting end users, servers, core networking, and a new phone system. My biggest accomplishment at this location was again installing a new ERP system that brought two companies under the same accounting umbrella.
I made the leap to WWT back in 2004 after being told of a opening by a close friend. I interviewed for four hours in one day and the rest is history. I’ve been here ever since!
- What is your role at WWT?
- My role at WWT has changed as I’ve moved teams. Today, I am the lead architect on our global data center team that is focused on building and supporting all the data center compute, storage, virtualization, HCI, CI and automation solutions. My primary focus is to help develop and validate all the CI, HCI, compute and virtualization lab service asks along with helping build out new innovations around those technologies.
- What innovation is happening in data center that has you really excited?
- I can’t say that just one technology area has me excited about the future. Things seem to be changing every month. Hyper-convergence has everyone buzzing, software-defined storage is forcing large organizations to ask questions, network speeds are growing and network technologies are now software solutions, and next generation flash technologies are beginning to make things look like “high performance compute” (can you say Mainframe?!).
It’s a great time to be at WWT, where we are leading the industry in being able to assist our partners and customers with helping them understand how all this can make a difference for them.
- Describe a recent interaction with a customer that led to solving a problem.
- Being the lead ATC architect around CI, HCI, compute and virtualization, I get the chance to not just talk about different solutions in these verticals, but I also get to show customers how they work.
I’ve worked with several customers utilizing our labs to test out solutions. These engagements are great for our customers because we give them a working environment to test in before moving forward with a solution and can offer guidance along the way.