by Mark Haranas, CRN

While many tech companies are laying off employees this year, World Wide Technology is on pace to hire 700 net-new employees as sales are spiking upward of 40 percent in 2023.

"We've hired just under 500 employees so far this year. We're still on target for [700 in total]," said Jim Kavanaugh, co-founder and CEO of World Wide Technology (WWT) in an interview with CRN.

"Starting World Wide back in 1990 compared to where we are today, I feel like we're in an entrepreneurial position. And we need to be entrepreneurial as much or more today than ever," Kavanaugh said.

The $17 billion St. Louis-based solution provider has been driving up to 40 percent revenue increases across the board in 2023 and sees no slowdown in the second half of this year. This growth is due to WWT's IT and entrepreneurial strategy of being critical to customers' operational success and growth.

How WWT Is Hiring And Growing

The company's services' business is growing faster than its traditional systems integration and VAR business by providing a slew of high-demand services around customer success, strategic resourcing, supply chain, application, professional, consulting and infrastructure services, as well as WWT's own Advanced Technology Center where customers can test out solutions.

Kavanaugh said sales growth and hiring more tech employees can also be attributed to its strong momentum in software development, mobile applications, digital and building the best IT infrastructure for each customer. With all these skill sets, WWT provides top-notch help to organizations around the complexity of IT, which has "become even more complex because of the distributed nature of the environments" that customers need to manage.

"With all the macroeconomic turmoil around things like interest rates, employment softening, etc., we've seen customers being very thoughtful and prudent about what they're doing. But they know they need to continue to invest to put themselves in a strong position," said WWT's CEO.

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