IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - July 2018 - 32
X COSIMO DAMIANO
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NAME: Cosimo Damiano Gianfreda TITLE: CTO and a 2018 IBM Power Systems Champion COMPANY NAME: E4 Computer Engineering
S.p.A COMPANY'S FUNCTION: Hardware, software and services provider HEADQUARTERS: Scandiano, Italy YEARS IN IT: 30
IT? Professional runner. I'm an avid runner, and when I need clarity in
How did you end up in IT? Since I was a boy, I was attracted to IT.
my thoughts I put my running shoes on and I keep running for as long
I'm proud to say that I was one of the first owners of the Commodore
as I can, letting my mind focus on the subject. // What's one thing
C64 on my block, and since then my interest has been growing. I
that most people don't know about you? I am left-handed, but
envisioned that these gadgets might be used for better purposes than
my school teacher forced me to become right-handed writer.
entertainment by people around the world over the next decades.
Now I'm in a process to learn how to be fully left-handed again.
I figured that I could be among those visionaries who could
// What business skill would you most like to acquire or
look past the conventional wisdom and find the missing
improve? Financial analysis. Today, being a technologist is
pieces of the future. // What do you think the next big
not enough to envision, design and develop a product. //
thing for your business will be? I could say the obvious,
What's your favorite part of your day and why? Lunch
like artificial intelligence (AI) or high performance data
When I'm not traveling around the world for business,
analysis (HPDA), and E4 Computer Engineering is already
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I take time to have lunch with my family. // If money were
looking after these technologies. In my honest opinion, I
no object, what would you purchase and why? A method
see nurturing the next generations to exploit the benefits of
to eliminate the hunger in the world and give the possibility for
unlimited computational presence (be it AI, machine learning,
everybody to have a job. // What's the best piece of advice you've
deep learning, high-performance computing, HPDA) as a responsibility
ever been given? My father always told me to put your head down
of our generation. Therefore, personalized education via multimodality
and work hard. Never wait for things to happen; make them happen
data and computational creativity is the area where I see a bigger role
for yourself through hard work and not giving up.
in the future. // What do you think you'd be doing if you weren't in
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