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Technology companies find Greater Fort Lauderdale provides a stimulating environment for business success. The region’s assets include a readily available base of skilled knowledge workers, a warm climate for creative activities, convenient access to world markets, and a cooperative spirit that helps turn research discoveries into commercial products.
South Florida has deep roots in the technology sector, including the distinction of being the birthplace of IBM’s PC in the early 1980s. Today, the technology landscape continues to attract global companies, along with successful “home-grown” businesses and innovative start-ups. Greater Fort Lauderdale’s IT/telecom companies employ more than 50,000 people, according to recent surveys. Overall, the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metropolitan area is one of the nation’s Top 100 Tech Centers as defined by bizjournals.com, with a recent ranking of 62.
Fort Lauderdale-based Citrix Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of virtual computing solutions that help companies deliver IT as an on-demand service. Founded in 1989, Citrix combines virtualization, networking, and cloud computing technologies into a full portfolio of products that enable virtual workstyles for users and virtual datacenters for IT. The $1.6 billion company serves more than 230,000 organizations in 100-plus countries.
On the up-and-coming side of the spectrum is Pompano Beach’s ServusXchange, LLC, which was ranked No. 17 on the Forbes inaugural ranking of "America's Most Promising Companies." The IT company’s flagship product is MyOnlineToolbox, a community platform that brings business innovations to contractors who repair and remodel homes.
Other Greater Fort Lauderdale IT companies include Microsoft Latin America, Cbeyond, Inc., a Miramar managed services provider to small businesses, and Blue Frog Solutions in Pompano Beach, a leading provider of middleware solutions for life insurance carriers, underwriters and their distributors and agents. DataBridge Corp. in Oakland Park is a computer engineering consultancy that develops turnkey computing solutions for its clients.
In the online sector, Saveology.com is a national consumer comparison-shopping provider, while eDiets.com, Inc., is a leading provider of convenient at-home diet, fitness and healthy lifestyle solutions. ReStockIt.com in Hollywood is an online retailer of restaurant, janitorial and office supplies.
As worldwide demand grows for “smart” handheld devices with powerful new applications, Greater Fort Lauderdale is home to a strong and growing cluster of wireless technology companies serving consumer, business and governmental customers. Key players include:
1,700 Employees - Plantation, FL
Motorola developed an advanced two-way portable radio for use by police, fire rescue and other first responders. The group is part of Motorola’s growing Enterprise Mobility Solu¬tions division.
Research in Motion
400 Employees - Sunrise, FL Research in Motion, a worldwide designer and manufacturer of wireless communications devices and services, including the famous BlackBerry family, has a major facility in Sunrise.
200 Employees - Sunrise, FL
General Dynamics C4 Systems makes wireless communica¬tions and mobility information systems for military, homeland security and business customers.
“General Dynamics chose Broward County to build its engineering center which is focused on designing innovative mission-critical technologies for military users on the battlefield and mobile workers across a variety of commercial and industrial markets. South Florida is blessed with a sizable and established workforce of software and systems engineers with rich background in wireless technologies. The availability of top talent, coupled with high quality of life and access to a wealth of educational institutions, is proof positive that growing roots in South Florida makes good business sense.”
- Mark Johnston, Business Unit Director
300 Employees - Sunrise, FL Foxconn manufactures wireless communication devices, including the iPhone, computer and consumer electronics products in its Sunrise facility.
50 Employees - Sunrise, FL
xG Technology develops a broad portfolio of intellectual property designed