In just 12 years, the IT solutions company has grown from a three-person operation in a small apartment to an industry leader with 30 employees making a name for itself around the world.
Smartbytes’ success can be attributed to the clever move of Evans to hire the often-overlooked IT experts — the hackers — and bring them into the fold of professional business. Also, his business model focused on professional IT services rather than technology, filling a gap in the market.
“Panama has great talent in IT, but they are working in the wrong places. There is no leader, nowhere to channel that energy to something good,” Evans said.
As Panama experiences significant changes in recent years, several companies face a multitude of challenges; but the country also gains more prominence on the world stage, Smartbytes has grabbed the attention of industry giants, such as HP, F5, VMware and Microsoft.
Yet, the most valuable asset of Smartbytes is its people. Evans’ priority is to grow its management team and workforce, while simultaneously, in the longer run, form more partnerships with foreign companies and thus, expand its network outside Panama.
“Smartbytes is a company of talent; talent in IT, talent in business and talent in helping you,” stressed Evans.