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Align IoT Investments to Your Business: World Wide Technologies Inc

 Silicon Review
   2016-12-24

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‘A proven and innovative approach to help large public and private organizations discover, evaluate, architect and implement advanced technology.’

World Wide Technology, Inc. (WWT) is a leading technology integrator providing technology products, services and supply chain solutions to customers around the globe. WWT understands today’s advanced technologies, including Unified Communications, Security, Datacenter, Wireless Mobility and eCommerce. When properly planned, procured, and deployed, these business solutions reduce costs, increase profitability and ultimately improve a company’s ability to effectively serve their customers. Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, WWT has several Integration Labs in the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific

Founded in 1990, WWT has grown from a small product reseller into a technology solution provider with more than $7 billion in annual revenue, and over 4,000 employees. WWT is Cisco’s top US reseller (ranked 2nd globally). WWT counts more than 40 of Fortune 100 companies as customers and within the federal space, WWT holds several major federal purchasing contracts including ITES-3H and SEWP, and is on the GSA Schedule. WWT continues to achieve consistent financial growth and provides its partners with uncommon strength and stability.

The company serves the technology needs of large public and private organizations around the globe, including many of the world’s best-known brands. WWT ranks 51 on Forbes’ Largest Private Companies list and 28 on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list.

Big Data: WWT experts can build for you a big data platform, as well as architecture and analytics that take into account how layers speak to each other, as well as appropriate configurations. This process ensures data is transferred accurately from its source throughout all parts of your system.

Cloud: The Cloud practice at WWT takes an application-centric approach to the discipline. WWT believes that a customer’s cloud journey starts with choosing the right applications to build or migrate to the cloud based on the business value that will be realized by doing so, and then architecting the environment accordingly. As a result, the company’s practice focuses as much on the organizational change aspects of a cloud implementation as the technological ones.

Collaboration: With thousands of collaboration solutions deployed, WWT has established itself as a trusted advisor for enterprise collaboration and continue to lead this rapidly evolving market. Cisco recently named WWT its #1 Enterprise and Federal Collaboration Partner, and the company is a top Cisco video partner globally.

Compute: WWT’s compute practice is aimed at the creation and integration of best of breed abstracted and automation reference architectures. By mapping and customizing these reference architectures to a customer’s environment, the company can establish the foundation necessary to extract specific required outcomes for the upstream application need.

Mobility: WWT offers a variety of workshops on the latest in mobile technology. And our Advanced Technology Center gives you hands-on access to solutions for secure mobility, bring your own and choose your own device initiatives, device onboarding, location services, mobile point of sale, mobile applications and location analytics.
Networking: WWT provides a broad set of services and products from the top global-networking OEMs. By tapping into its Advanced Technology Center, WWT offers demonstrations of emerging SDN architectures, proof of concept labs for mission-critical network designs, tech briefings, training sessions and other exclusive services. In addition, WWT’s professional services organization can plan and deploy complex solutions that meet your specific requirements.

Security: To help large private and public organizations achieve this state, WWT created RADAR, an innovative approach to threat management that considers readiness, awareness, defense, analytics and response.

The company couples this methodology with CARA, its cybersecurity reference architecture, which combines network access tools, aggregated sensor data, threat feeds and security analytics within an integrated OEM framework.

Software Development: While the company’s project teams use best practices to ensure the software is developed the right way, customer acceptance tests at weekly demonstrations validate the software does the right things. The emerging solution evolves and improves through an ongoing cycle of team learning and customer feedback. Instead of merely mitigating the risk of change, WWT leverages unforeseen changes to create solutions that are better than what could have been envisioned at the start of a project.

Storage: Advanced Technology Center is a proving ground where you can test the latest storage and data protection technologies. From flash bake-offs to object-based storage proofs of concept that use petabytes worth of data, WWT slashes evaluation time from months to weeks.

Meet the Master

David L. Steward, Chairman: David L. Steward co-founded WWT with Jim Kavanaugh in 1990. With more than two decades of experience in the technology industry, David spends the majority of his time developing strategic supplier, customer and employee relationships. He plays a key role in WWT’s pursuit of large contract bids within its industry specific operating companies. Prior to starting WWT, David held various senior-level management positions with Wagner Electric, Missouri Pacific Railroad and Federal Express Corporation. Steward holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Central Missouri State University.  Steward was also awarded Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters by Harris Stowe State University (2002) and Lindenwood University (2010).

James P. Kavanaugh, Chief Executive Officer: Jim Kavanaugh co-founded WWT with David Steward in 1990 and serves as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. Kavanaugh and his proven management team have guided WWT from a small startup technology company to a world-class organization that is recognized as a market-leading technology integrator.
During WWT’s early years, Kavanaugh solidified the company’s financial position through profitable growth and a $27.5 million venture capital investment that was repaid in 2005. The company regularly achieves average growth of more than 20 percent per year. Kavanaugh currently focuses his time in the areas of long-term planning, strategic acquisitions, financial performance, employee development, and passionately overseeing WWT’s unique corporate culture. Prior to founding WWT, Kavanaugh worked at Future Electronics and played professional soccer. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from St. Louis University (SLU) in 1986.

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