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Technology

Technology in Greater Fort Lauderdale
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Why are so many techology companies locating in Greater Fort Lauderdale?

•  Numerous IT degrees and programs provide a continuous graduating talent available for recruitment

•  Greater Fort Lauderdale is ranked among the top 50 U.S. tech talent markets

•  Nearly 80,000 information & communications technologies workers are employed in the region

•  South Florida has a long history of technology innovation including being home to the 1st IBM PC and the 1st smartphone, the Simon

•  Florida is the 3rd largest state for high-tech establishments

•  Florida is the 3rd largest exporter of high-tech products 

Please click here or visit TechGateway.org to see a map of some of the IT companies in South Florida. 

A Diverse IT Cluster

Throughout the Greater Fort Lauderdale region, innovative IT companies are making their mark on the technology sector while gaining new customers in their chosen markets. For example, Magic Leap, a developer of novel human computing interfaces and software, has received $1.3 billion in investment financing, led by companies such as Google, Qualcomm, Legendary Pictures, Alibaba, and others, ranking it as one of the biggest venture capital deals ever.

Other leading players in Greater Fort Lauderdale include:

• AAJ Technologies, a Fort Lauderdale company that helps clients develop and implement digital transformation strategies.

• ARM, recently purchased Sunrise Micro Devices in Deerfield Beach, and will continue to grow in Deerfield Beach, which is home to members of ARM’s Wireless Connectivity Business Unit. ARM is the world’s leading semiconductor IP company, developing and licensing technology at the heart of many of the digital electronics devices sold each year, from smartphones and tablets to sensors and servers.

• Chewy, an online retailer of pet food and other pet-related products based in Dania Beach that was purchased by PetSmart for $3 billion in 2017.

• Citrix, a “homegrown” IT company that is transforming how people, businesses and IT work and collaborate in the cloud era. In 2014, Citrix GoToAssist was named the global market share leader among remote support solutions for the sixth year in a row by leading analyst firm IDC. With market-leading cloud, collaboration, networking and virtualization technologies, Citrix powers mobile work styles and cloud services, making complex enterprise IT simpler and more accessible for more than 400,000 enterprises. Since its founding in Fort Lauderdale in 1989, Citrix has grown to $3.14 billion annual revenue in 2014.

• Club Domains, LLC, the registry for “.CLUB” online domains. Based in Fort Lauderdale, the company offers “.CLUB” names for businesses, nonprofits and individuals.


• Cybraics, a Fort Lauderdale company that provides advanced security analytics and an AI platform delivered as a service.


• Data Core Software Co., a software-defined storage (SDS) software company based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Its parallel server recently set a world record for storage performance.

• e-Builder, a pioneer in fully integrated, cloudbased construction program management software.

• Eyecast, a global leader in cloud-based video surveillance service for residential and business customers that recently added 100 employees to its Sunrise facility.

• Flexential (formerly Peak 10), which has a centrally located 66,000-square-foot data center – one of the region’s largest Category 5 rated commercial facilities.


• Ford Engineering, which recently acquired Blackberry’s Sunrise R&D operation for its “connected cars” initiative. Ford expects to have up to 200 sotftware engineers within the next few years who will be based in Sunrise.

 iCare.com LLC (iCare), a Fort Lauderdale company that provides secure access to cloud-based electronic health records (EHR) solutions.

• Magic Leap, a cutting-edge company developing “mixed reality” interfaces and software, drew a massive $542 million initial venture investment in 2015, led by Google and including Qualcomm and Legendary Pictures. This was followed up by an additional $793 million round of funding led by Alibaba group in early 2016. The two funding deals rank as two of the biggest venture capital deals in history. With hundreds of “Leapers,” as they call their employees, already on board, the company is currently upgrading a 260,000-square-foot headquarters facility in Plantation.

• MD Live, a telehealth service provider based in Sunrise, which recently attracted $50 million in new investment from companies including units of Cigna and HCSC.

• Microsoft Latin America, regional headquarters for the technology giant, has been located in Fort Lauderdale since 1994. Latin America is Microsoft’s fastest-growing market, serving more than 46 countries and territories, all managed from its offices in Fort Lauderdale.

• Motorola, whose Plantation facility developed an advanced two-way portable radio for use by police, fire rescue and other first responders. The group is part of Motorola’s Enterprise Mobility Solutions division.

• MotionPoint Corporation, based in Coconut Creek, offers a turnkey platform that provides website synchronization, translation, localization, and management services for client.

• Peak 10 Data Center Solutions, which has a centrally located 66,000-square-foot data center – one of the region’s largest Category 5 rated commercial facilities.

• ProcessMAP Corporation, a web-based software and service provider that is expanding in Sunrise.

• Prolexic Technologies, a provider of cyber security services for global enterprises and government agencies. The Fort Lauderdale company is now part of Akamai, a global leader in content delivery network services.

• ReStockIt.com, an online retailer of restaurant, janitorial and office supplies.

• SATO Global Solutions, a developer of customized solutions leveraging IoT technologies to a diverse range of industries including retail and healthcare. SATO Global Solutions is a new venture of Tokyo-based multinational SATO Holdings, which invented the first thermal transfer barcode printer in the early 1980s.

 Sirius XM Radio, a publicly traded American broadcasting company that provides three satellite radio and online radio services operating in the United States, has its research and development facility in Deerfield Beach. The facility is responsible for most of the technology developed for communications between car and satellite.

• ServusXchange, LLC, a Pompano Beach company whose flagship product, MyOnlineToolbox, brings business innovations to contractors who repair and remodel homes.

• SpeedETab, a mobile ordering and mobile payments company used by restaurants, cafes and venues in Fort Lauderdale, Miami and New York allows consumers to order and pay from a mobile phone.

• Sunera, a Sunrise-based provider of IT and data risk consulting services.

• Synechron is one of the nation’s fastest growing digital, business consulting and technology services providers with a major office in Sunrise. In 2017, the company received the Best Distributed Ledger Technology Initiative of the Year by FTF News for its blockchain accelerators.

• TradeStation is an online broker-dealer offering a variety of services from its headquarters office in Plantation.

• Ultimate Software, a leading cloud provider of people management solutions with headquarters in Weston. Ultimate’s awardwinning UltiPro delivers HR, payroll, talent, compensation, and time and labor management solutions that seamlessly connect people with the information and resources they need to work more effectively. In 2014, Ultimate was ranked #20 on FORTUNE’s list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For; ranked #8 on Forbes magazine’s list of the 100 Most Innovative Growth Companies; and recognized as a “Leader” in Nucleus Research’s HCM Technology Value Matrix.

A Strong Cloud/Mobile Cluster

As worldwide demand grows for advanced mobile devices and applications, Greater Fort Lauderdale is home to a cluster of cloud technology/mobile communications companies serving consumer, business and governmental customers. Key players include:

• Motorola, whose Plantation facility developed an advanced two-way portable radio for use by police, fire rescue and other first responders. The group is part of Motorola’s Enterprise Mobility Solutions division.

• BlackBerry, a worldwide designer and manufacturer of wireless communications devices and services, has a major facility in Sunrise.

• FoxConn, which manufactures wireless communication, computer and consumer electronics products in its Sunrise facility.

For more information regarding technology business location and expansion information, please contact the Alliance's technology expert, David Coddington, at 954-627-0123 or via email at dcoddington@gflalliance.org