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WWT Jim Kavanaugh: 10 Big Cisco, Supply Chain And M&A Bets

Mark Haranas

From partnering with Cisco and boosting World Wide Technology’s supply chain to acquisitions and hiring, here are WWT CEO Jim Kavanaugh’s 10 big bets for 2022.

Cisco Software And SaaS  

We have a lot of activity with Cisco. So good growth in just about every sector with Cisco as they’re growing. Our numbers have been very strong every month and every quarter.

Some things that are very interesting is their business is very strong with a lot of demand across the board. Probably their biggest challenges are chip supply and some supply chain issues that they have. But overall, demand over the last several quarters has been very, very good.

Another thing is Cisco’s thoughtful and prudent transition into software and making sure that they don’t lose any of their core competencies and core business around infrastructure and hardware. So there’s still that opportunity and that focus on growing, but a significant focus on listening to their customers around how to drive a more software-enabled outcome and solution for customers. And that’s through the deployment of these large enterprise agreements that really help bundle and drive the enablement of Cisco’s overall portfolio of software and hardware. We have been working very closely with them to think through how that is being enabled to make sure that we’re hitting the mark with customers.

That is a big move for Cisco. Sometimes people from the outside may not recognize that, but they are absolutely moving more towards being a software and SaaS company.

 
Mark Haranas

Mark Haranas is an assistant news editor and longtime journalist now covering cloud, multicloud, software, SaaS and channel partners at CRN. He speaks with world-renown CEOs and IT experts as well as covering breaking news and live events while also managing several CRN reporters. He can be reached at mharanas@thechannelcompany.com.

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