“The phenomenon is called Bring Your Own Device to Work,” Chief Operating Officer David Dabbiere said. “Employees wish to be able to access their company email from their own personal devices.”
Not only is motion its bread and butter, movement also drives its business plan as the 750-employee company relocated in April from 40,000 square feet in west Midtown to 120,000 in Sandy Springs.
Dabbiere said real estate agents told him former tenant Mirant, a Southern Co. trading arm, moved to Houston, Texas, leaving a remarkable asset in place.
“They were very familiar with this building and thought, based on our culture, an open office environment would be exactly what we were looking for,” Dabbiere said about a 45,000-square-foot trading floor reconfigured as a cubicle-free workspace for 450 of its 750 employees, whose average age is 25.
Other selling points included backup generators to ensure its servers never crash. “It’s perfect for us,” Dabbiere said. “Not to mention the fact I live 3 miles down the road.”
The 13-year Sandy Springs resident said he is a “big fan” of the city, which will attract more high-tech talent. “Here, over the course of the next year, we’re adding in the neighborhood of 400 to 500 employees,” Dabbiere said about high-paying, information-technology jobs, while branches in Washington, London, Bangalore, India, and Melbourne, Australia, beef up their ranks.
A growing client base — about 3,500 now and another 400 a month — means the company is here to stay, helping customers like Home Depot, the Coca-Cola Co. and the DeKalb County Schools System.
“AirWatch has been very efficient in helping us to manage and keep track of our mobile devices. It allows us to ensure our students are learning in new and exciting ways,” Jerome Francis, manager of desktop services for the school system, said in a statement.
The company encourages philanthropic activity by its employees, whether on a team for the Kaiser Permanente Corporate Challenge in downtown Atlanta on Sept. 13 or on an individual basis.
“We have employees active in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society,” company spokesman Victor Cooper said about the Buckhead-based nonprofit.
AirWatch was founded in 2009 by Dabbiere’s younger brother, McLain, Va., resident Alan Dabbiere, and Midtown resident John Marshall.
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