Benoun Leads IT Strategy With Vision
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|Name: Morris Benoun
Title: Director, IT Strategic Services
Years in IT: 28
Company Name: Wesco Aircraft Hardware Corp.
HQ: Valence, Calif.
Company’s Function: Distributor of aerospace fasteners and electronic components
What’s the biggest challenge your data center is facing today?
Developing a disaster-recovery plan.
What will be the next big thing for your business?
E-commerce and the capability to have customers and vendors interface with our systems.
What trends are affecting your work?
Mobility—the demand to have access to our systems from anywhere with any device.
What’s your favorite IBM product and why?
IBM i. It’s bundled with hardware, operating system, database and maintenance. It plays right into my “one throat to choke” philosophy.
How did you end up in IT?
I was elected to lead the project when we purchased our first computer system.
If you weren’t in IT, what job would you want?
What’s your favorite activity outside of work?
Who’s your favorite musical artist?
What’s the best movie you’ve seen recently?
“The King’s Speech.”
My guilty pleasure is É
watching football on TV.
Describe your favorite book.
“The World According to Garp.” Your life can change in an instant.
What superpower do you wish you had? The ability to heal people both physically and mentally.
What innovation has made the biggest impact on your life?
The cell phone.
If you were stuck on a desert island, what one item would you want with you?
A solar-powered flashlight.
What business skill would you most like to acquire or improve?
Vision! It’s the trait that all great business leaders possess.
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