8 Big Bets World Wide Technology CEO Kavanaugh Is Making In 2018

World Wide Technology CEO Jim Kavanaugh talks to CRN about where the company is placing its big bets this year and what he looks forward to in 2018.

Feb 6, 2018 2 minute read

Posted by CRN on February 6, 2018:

James Kavanaugh, co-founder and CEO of the solution provider powerhouse World Wide Technology, is placing some big strategic bets around application development and specific vendor technology in 2018.

"I'm as fired up as I've been in 27 years," said Kavanaugh, in an interview with CRN.

Maryland Heights, Mo.-based WWT is a top global Cisco partner, a Dell EMC Titanium Black partner and is ranked No. 10 on the CRN 2017 Solution Provider 500 list. The solution provider giant grew revenue in 2017 by nearly 12 percent year over year to $10.4 billion, while also adding 500 new employees. Kavanaugh talks to CRN about where WWT is placing its bets this year.

Opportunities With VMware vRealize Automation

We see a big opportunity with VMware. VMware continues to get more and more traction in different areas specifically around private cloud and what they're doing with VMware vRealize Automation– that's an area that continues to see a lot of growth in the public, private and hybrid cloud environments. There's been a lot of talk in that space, but I think customers – with the right partners – are now deploying true hybrid cloud environments. VMware in the private space is definitely the lead in that area. We see a lot of opportunity there.

Working With Lines Of Business

We're focusing on transforming how [customers] go to market. How the customer experience is relative to their mobile app. For health-care organizations, for example, not only are we helping them build out their IT infrastructure around security, networking, cloud and converged, but we're working with their lines of businesses in regard to the patient experience and applications we're building that will layer on top of the infrastructure to connect IT with the line of business. That's a big focus area we have in building out practices that sit on top of all of these [technologies].

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