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Ahead President: 8 Bets On Dell, AWS, Cisco And New Talent In 2022

Mark Haranas

Here’s why Ahead’s Stephen Ayoub is placing his biggest bets in 2022 on AWS, Cisco, Dell Technologies, ServiceNow, SnowFlake and VMware, as well as hiring new top talent to drive service sales.

Stephen Ayoub: Ahead’s Biggest Investments For 2022

IT visionary Stephen Ayoub has big plans in store for Ahead in 2022 around vendors like Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Dell Technologies and ServiceNow, while at the same time aiming to hire new top talent and to potentially execute some acquisitions to drive services revenue growth.

“We’re going to invest in sales talent and technical talent, as well as all the operations teams to support the business,” said Ayoub, president of Chicago-based Ahead in an interview with CRN. “From a technical standpoint, there will be a heavy focus on our service and delivery teams to help support our growth as our customers continue to ask Ahead to do more from a services perspective.”

Ahead ranked as the No. 3 fastest growing solution provider in CRN’s Fast Growth 150 list this year, while also climbing to No. 28 on CRN’s Solution Provider 500 in 2021. The managed services, cloud and security specialist has been growing at a rapid pace over the years thanks to a healthy mix of organic and inorganic growth.

In an interview with CRN, Ayoub breaks down the eight biggest IT bets Ahead has in store for 2022.

 
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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