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Dario Silvestri on IBM i

The Italian IT developer talks about cycling, soccer, family and more.

Dario Silvestri with his wife and daughter.

Image by Giuliano Del Gatto

Title: Senior IT developer
Company name: Cassa di Compensazione e Garanzia (CC&G)
Company’s function: Central Clearinghouse
Headquarters: Rome
IT Experience: 16 years
Favorite activity outside of work: Cycling, playing soccer, hiking and spending time with the family


How did you end up in IT? I’ve always worked in IT; I’ve just been drawn to it since I was little. My dad is an electrical engineer, so that obviously helped foster an interest. In primary school, I knew I’d become a developer when I created my first hypertext. There’s something in computer science that quiets me.

What do you think “the next big thing” for your business will be? I think AI and quantum technology will increasingly change our world. We’re experiencing some first PowerAI applications and understanding the strength of this new paradigm that will be disruptive. Looking ahead, quantum processing will make a big difference in research and development for many science applications. For our business, the ability to identify anomalies and patterns in an unsupervised way will deliver more reliant data, thereby reducing operational risk.

What IBM product could your company not function without? It’s very important to have cutting edge platforms but resiliency is also key. The power of IBM i is the integration with the new technologies alongside the security and stability that has distinguished this platform for a long time.

What do you think you’d be doing if you weren’t in IT? If I wasn’t in IT, I’d rather be an Italian chef because I love to eat and cook food.

What’s your favorite part of your day and why? I love evenings because I can go back home and play with my little daughter. She is my life and I can’t live without her.

What’s been your biggest accomplishment? When I finished the Dolomiti Superbike challenge in July 2017. It’s considered to be one of the most impressive and scenic mountain bike races (and also one of the toughest).

What’s your favorite activity outside of work? I like cycling, playing soccer with my friends, hiking and spending time with my family.

What’s the first thing you do when you get home from work each day? A hug with my wife and daughter makes the work stress disappear.

What’s your favorite book or movie (and why)? “The Matrix” is my favorite movie. I was 15 when I first watched it and I realized for the first time that there could be a future in which machines take over. 

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