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Alan Fulton, 2018 IBM Champion for Power Systems

A closer look at Alan Fulton, an advisory engineer and a 2018 Champion for Power Systems.

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Name: Alan Fulton
Title: Advisory engineer and 2018 IBM Champion for Power Systems
Company Name: Fiserv Inc.
Company’s Function: To provide financial services technology and solutions
IT Experience: 25-plus years

How did you end up in IT? I was a short, fat kid that ended up with a Timex Sinclair computer for Christmas in the early ‘80s. It was pre-ordained.

What do you think you’d be doing if you weren’t in IT? Anything that is NOT stagnant.

What do you think “the next big thing” for your business will be? I think the next big thing for any business is to take their existing data and use it to provide more value to their clients while showing that value-add to new clients.

What IBM product could your company not function without? I think that virtualization and IBM PowerVM* is considered a must-have in today’s world. Not being able to use these as part of a bulletproof RAS design would be inconceivable.

What business skill would you most like to acquire or improve? I’d like to get better at delegating some tasks.

What superpower do you wish you had? Immortality. It will be amazing to see what’s coming.

Who’s been your greatest mentor? What role has that person played in your life or career? My greatest mentors have been Frank Fowler and Vicki Cantrell. The beatings and technological battlefields early in my IT career were epic and minstrels will one day sing songs about them. I cannot thank them enough. Along the way, many people have helped stretch the wrinkles out of my brain by challenging and encouraging me to be better than I thought possible.

What’s your favorite part of your day and why? Morning: You get a fresh start every day to go out and do amazing things.

What’s your favorite activity outside of work? I build and drive demolition derby cars. I also enjoy spending time outdoors, taking the quads through the back of the mountains.

What’s your favorite book or movie (and why)? “The Fountainhead” by Ayn Rand because Roark refused to accept compromise.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? There are two groups of people. Those looking to do the work and those looking to take the credit. You want to be in the first group—it’s a lot less crowded.

What’s one thing that most people don’t know about you? I can’t give away all my secrets.

If money were no object, what would you purchase and why? I just want to be rich enough to not worry about the upcharge on guacamole.

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