IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - March 2018 - 40
X PETER LANGHAMMER
Photography by Sara Stathas
Peter Langhammer poses next
to Billy The Kid (or just "Billy")
on his farm. Billy's father was
an Australian shepherd, and his
mother was a standard poodle.
He has strong herding instincts
and is a certified therapy dog.
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NAME: Peter Langhammer TITLE: IT director COMPANY NAME: Fred Usinger Inc. COMPANY'S FUNCTION: America's finest
sausage since 1880 HEADQUARTERS: Milwaukee YEARS IN IT: 30
The biggest challenge our
data center is facing today is
modernizing our database and
homegrown ERP to closely align
with the business strategy.
The next big thing for our
business will be to develop and
follow a roadmap to modernization with a smooth transition.
My favorite or most impacting
book is "The Dark Tower" series
from Stephen King.
My favorite IBM product is
Rational* Developer for i.
My favorite activity outside of
work is going around on our hobby
farm with my 1939 Ford 9N, taking
the goats and the dogs for a walk.
My favorite musical artist is
Johnny Cash, followed by Mark
Knopfler, voice and guitar of
The favorite part of my day is
coming home to greet my lady
and all our creatures.
If I weren't in IT, I'd be an
outdoor guide for hunting, hiking,
sailing and scuba diving.
The innovation that's made the
biggest impact on my life is
probably the smartphone.
If money were no object, the
one thing I'd purchase is a
big farm up north with enough
space for friends, family and farm
The geekiest thing I've ever
owned is one of the early
laptops. Now it makes a good
My guilty pleasure is a Jack and
Coke with a cigarette.
The best movie I've seen
recently is "Murder on the
If I were stuck on a desert
island, the one item I'd want is
a Kindle loaded with books and
equipped with a solar charger.
I ended up in IT when my
grandfather got me started with
a Commodore and woke up my
interest in programming.
My greatest mentor has been
again, my grandfather. Without
him, I wouldn't be in IT.
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