Florida has remained at the forefront of information technology innovation since the birth of the IBM PC in Boca Raton. The state's IT strengths include diverse sectors such as digital media, modeling, simulation & training, photonics/optics and mobile technologies. More than 25,000 information technology companies employ nearly 235,000 people in Florida.
Areas of Excellence: accounting and finance solutions, business intelligence software, ERP software, healthcare management solutions, cybersecurity applications, supply chain management and logistics systems.
Select Companies in Florida: Citrix Systems, Fidelity National Information Services (FIS), Allen Systems Group, Ultimate Software.
Areas of Excellence: gaming and simulation software, entertainment and theme park applications, 3D animation tools, digital recording equipment.
Select Companies in Florida: EA Tiburon, Onstream Media Corporation, n-Space.
Areas of Excellence: wireless and mesh networks, communications equipment, secure radio communications, mobile enterprise solutions, wireless infrastructure services.
Select Companies in Florida: Harris Corporation, Motorola Solutions Inc., Terremark, Brightstar Corp, Web.com.
Modeling, Simulation & Training
Areas of Excellence: virtual realities for training, entertainment, gaming, amusement applications, 3D experiences, medical simulation.
Select Companies in Florida: Lockheed Martin, Saab Training USA, SAIC, Indra Systems.
Areas of Excellence: microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), industrial and consumer electronic components, integrated circuits and microassemblies, semiconductors.
Select Companies in Florida: Jabil Circuit, Inc., AuthenTec, Roper Industries, Draper Laboratory, SRI International.
Areas of Excellence: lasers and sensor technologies, LED lighting, advanced imaging, ultra high-bandwidth communications, nano- and bio-photonics.
Select Companies in Florida: Northrop Grumman Laser Systems, FARO Technologies, LightPath Technologies, Ocean Optics.
- Florida is the 3rd largest state for high-tech establishments. )TechAmerica's Cyberstates 2011)
- Florida is home to over 25,000 IT companies employing nearly a quarter of a million workers
- Florida is the 3rd largest exporter of high-tech products
- South Florida is among the world's Top 5 Internet gateways