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.
by Mark Haranas
Kavanaugh’s View Of Cisco, Amazon And Cybersecurity In 2021
World Wide Technology CEO Jim Kavanaugh has guided his company from a small startup to a $13.4 billion IT behemoth over the past three decades. Kavanaugh, who was a professional soccer player before co-founding WWT in 1990, understands where the technology puck is heading better than most.
In an interview with CRN, the channel icon discusses Cisco’s future in as-a-service, WWT’s plan to hire 1,000 new employees this year, and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos handing the baton to AWS CEO Andy Jassy.
“I don’t believe that Bezos is going away. Andy Jassy is going to have Jeff Bezos close to him, and they’re going to be collaborating,” said Kavanaugh.
WWT’s CEO also talks about the biggest takeaways from the massive SolarWinds hack that rocked the IT world as well as his advice to channel partners on how to combat such security issues.
“There needs to be a collaborative effort between IT, the line of business, the policies in place, but also trying to reduce the number of technology security products that you have in your environment to standardize on,” Kavanaugh said.