Only four months on the job as Kyndryl’s global practice leader for networking and edge compute, and Paul Savill already has grand plans for how the IBM spin-off can dominate the space.
The former senior vice president of product management and services at Lumen Technologies views Kyndryl’s various practice areas and bringing them together for customer services as the way to outdo the competition.
“At Kyndryl, we’ve had a lot of conversations between myself and those two other practice leaders about how we really have a good opportunity to approach the customer in a way that not many companies can,” Savill told CRN in an interview. “When you combine our security practice capabilities with our cloud practice capabilities and our networking and edge practice capabilities, we can really create these tightly managed and complete solutions for customers that can really simplify the amount of integration that they have got to do between all these different technology areas that have to coexist.”
And although Savill missed Kyndryl’s time as a managed infrastructure services business within IBM, he sees the newfound ability to expand partnerships and explore technologies outside of IBM as a value add. This week, the company announced a new partnership with Nokia around 5G and edge technologies. The company has also announced partnerships with cloud providers Microsoft and Google Cloud.
“The tie was so tight to IBM that it was like we majored in IBM technology, and so this other stuff that was out there was interesting, but we weren’t permitted to explore and seek that stuff out and innovate with that technology,” Savill said. “But all that’s changed now. And so there’s a real desire in the company to be innovative, to look outside the company’s capabilities at emerging things.”
Here’s what else Savill had to say to CRN about Kyndryl’s growing edge practice.