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Matt Hillman

Matt Hillman

Professional Certifications:

  • CompTIA A+, Cloud+, Server+
  • Citrix Certified Enterprise Administrator
  • Microsoft  MCSA 2000, MCP 2003
  • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: SQL 2005
  • Microsoft Windows 2003 Small Business Specialist
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate
  • Cisco Certified Design Associate
  • Cisco IP Communications Express Specialist
  • Cisco Express Foundation Field Specialist
  • Cisco Express Foundation Design Specialist
  • Certified SonicWall Security Administrator
  • HP APS – Proliant Servers
  • HP – APS – Desktop/Workstation/Notebook

How did you get into the technology field?

I started as a Computer Specialist at Radio Shack when computers were still a new concept for most people.  This was the time of Windows 2.0, when you had to purchase a time chip in order to for your PC to keep time, and dot-matrix printers were the “thing of the future”.

When did you join the Databranch team?

I worked for Databranch as a bench tech for most of 1995, left for a little while, and returned to Databranch in November of 2000.

What do you like best about Databranch?

What makes Databranch unique is the way that each of the Team members grows to depend upon one another.  Since we can’t all “know it all”, we can call on each other to ask questions when we need to, knowing what areas of expertise we can call upon from each other. We even get to have an office mascot, Maddie the dog!

How would you describe your role at Databranch?

I am the Senior Systems Engineer, specializing in Cisco, Microsoft and Citrix which includes phone systems, Remote Desktop Services, Business Networks, Application Delivery and Infrastructure.

What’s an interesting way that you use technology in your personal life?

I really enjoy Geocaching with my kids.  This uses GPS technology to locate items that have been placed by someone else and logged with their specific  coordinates.  It’s tons of fun, and gets us up off the couch and out exercising.

How many computers do you own?

Well, if you count all the ones in all the devices I own, then lots.  But, if we were talking just PCs, then that would be 3, one for myself and one each for both my kids.

Describe the first computer you ever purchased:

My family owned a Commodore 64, the one with the tape drive to load the BASIC programs and plugs into a black and white TV.

Hobbies:

Geocaching and RC Trucks (nitro)

Kids:

Two sons

Pets:

Angel, a Jack Russell/Beagle mix (we have questioned the choice of naming her Angel more than once!)