WWT’s CEO On Jeff Bezos, Cisco’s Future And SolarWinds Hack
‘As large as Amazon is on both the cloud side and I’ll call it the retail side of what they do, to bring in their technologist to lead the company, that’s something that they are leaning toward: technologists to drive the future of that business along with Bezos still being intimately involved in where they’re going,’ says WWT CEO Jim Kavanaugh.
What does WWT’s hiring forecast look like in 2021?
Even during COVID we hired 600 or 700 people last year. We have a budget this year to hire over 1,000 people. We’re watching the market very closely as we still continue to work through the pandemic and some macroeconomic things both domestically and globally. With that being said, we have plans to continue to grow this year.
The last two years we have grown 12 [percent] to 15 percent top line, bottom line, which is part of our five-year plan. The largest areas of investment and growth that we’re looking at is around services and those areas would tie to things like software development in our digital portfolios. So as we go out and design and implement mobile-based solutions, web-based solutions, digital solutions, digital strategy implementation, etc. ,we have the software side as well as management consultants that go along working with those software engineers.
Also, big data and AI is an area of growth for us. Security is another big area of growth. We’re also watching some of the networking pieces as 5G starts to take hold, and the type of engineers and architects that are going to be required to help customers build out some of their networks and leverage that capability. The last area is cloud. We have a big focus on helping customers evaluate private, public, hybrid cloud and how that aligns with Microsoft, Amazon and Google.