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Meet Scott Krawitz of People Driven Solutions

Today we’d like to introduce you to Scott Krawitz.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today. You can include as little or as much detail as you’d like. When asked to provide some details about my story, I can sum it up with four words – “Why not . . . sounds great!” Backpacking through Jamaica and Cuba, diving the Great Barrier Reef, piloting friends over the NYC skyline, launching PDSI and just today – Ashtanga yoga. As I trace my childhood interests into adulthood achievements, my personal and professional roles today have continuously evolved because I’ve chosen to be passionate about life.

Technology, business, adventure travel, and personal growth feed my soul. I was born and raised in New Jersey. In grade school, while kids were on the playground, I was totally happy writing code for my first computer, a Commodore 64. During the summer I’d take classes in programming or robotics rather than do a sport. It wasn’t a surprise to my family when I received the computer technology award at eighth-grade graduation. I earned it through a program called the Computer Tutors.

We were given a new software to teach the teachers. My love of technology continued throughout high school. As a freshman, I took a senior level course in Pascal, a procedural programming language. During summers I worked at temp agencies in tech support gigs for companies. With computer science evolving at lightning speed, I surmised a 4-year degree would be next to useless, so I chose economics. Yet not wanting to let go, I took a job in a computer lab where I learned Windows and troubleshooting.

Upon graduation from the University of Delaware, I wanted to overlap technology with business. Since my father was an attorney, intellectual property law sounded like a plan. Why not? I arrived in San Diego at the California Western School of Law, and I loved the city! During this time, I found an adventurous way to take a break from the pressure of law classes. I started diving and earned my PADI certification.

I quickly learned I respected the practice of law, but more importantly, the classes reignited my passion of building and creating technology. I dropped out, and as luck would have it, my grandmother alerted me to a one-year visa program in Australia. Why not, sounds great! My passion for travel went into high gear—with diving the Great Barrier Reef a highlight. I found my niche in a temp agency and got Microsoft Certified – leading to a position with an American software company in Sydney. At the end of the contract, the manager asked if I’d like to help set up an office in India. Over the next few years, I served in an IT managerial role in the Asia Pacific. I went from staying in hostels to 5-Star hotels.

I returned to New York City, became a project architect for a boutique systems integrator and learned the ropes of consulting with large companies. This is when the lightbulb went off again. Add more education, get an MBA in Global Management from Thunderbird in Phoenix. It was a great region for aviation. I took flying lessons and got my pilot’s license–fueling my passion for adventure and freedom. I moved back to San Diego with my wife and wrote a business plan for my first of five start-up companies. I did technology and business consulting work for a variety of companies. This chapter led me to my getting my project management and executive coaching certifications.

It was because of all this experience that six years ago my vision for my current company, People Driven Solutions, became a reality. I blended my love for technology, business, travel, and personal growth. I knew there was a dire need for technology advisory services to help companies better leverage technology as a profit center. They would benefit from a company that could advise on and delivers technology solutions through a vast network of partners. The rest they say is history.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I don’t think any road is ever smooth. There have been some bumps and pivots as we align with market demand. People Driven Solutions operates with a zero-bench model, enabling ‘just-in-time’ hiring. We focus on delivering the right talent, with our fractional CTO our premiere offering. Positioning strategic advisors when and where they are needed—all the while learning what works and what doesn’t.

Bench refers to employees who are between projects and are not billed to customers, remaining on standby till they are deployed to the next project by their employers. At present, 10-12 percent of the 1.3 million engineers employed in the IT services sector are on the bench, say industry observers. Just as Uber doesn’t own vehicles and Airbnb real estate, PDSI has access to more than 400 partners and thousands of resources.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with People Driven Solutions – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Ten years ago, you could get away with having a couple of desktop support people and a webmaster. Only larger companies needed the breadth and depth of technology options and support that we provide now. We’re known for the breadth and depth of our impressive network across the technology landscape.

Our partners pretty much cover the entire business agility and customer journey layers of a business–meaning all the applications and infrastructure that are used in and outside of the business. PDSI offers solutions via onshore, offshore and nearshore resources. It’s our goal to serve as a trusted advisor to small- to mid-sized companies to help them leverage technology as a profit center.

Our signature service is the fractional CTO providing strategic guidance to make the right technology decisions for a company to remain competitive as well as grow exponentially at a fraction of the cost of a full-time CTO. On the solution side, we’re finding the right partners to deliver our recommendations–not just a 50-page report on a desk. And with talent acquisition, we’re helping companies find the right technology leadership on a full-time basis.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I’m looking forward to continuing to grow People Driven Solutions and enjoying the gift of every moment!

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