Ranging from Internet Service Providers, data processing and hosting services, to custom computer programming and design services, the various fields within the information technology (IT) sector are well-represented throughout the Corridor’s nearly 5,000 IT companies, which employ more than 43,000 people and generate a total payroll of more than $3.4 billion.
Josh Gagliardi, Chief Technology Officer
Information technology is the common thread connecting all technology sectors across the Florida High Tech Corridor. It’s difficult, if not impossible, to find any industry, individual business, or even an individual consumer that doesn’t depend upon digital information and its pervasive, diverse applications. Even in non-tech sectors like tourism, companies are advancing their IT efforts to better the customer experience, such as Walt Disney World’s launch of the RFID-embedded MyMagic wristbands, which allow park guests to make purchases, make reservations for attractions and dining, and more.
Information Technology at a Glance
- 5,000 IT companies in the region
- Employs more than 43,000 people
- Generates payroll of $3.4 billion
IT provides the backbone for the telecom systems that support the defense, aerospace and modeling, simulation & training hubs within the Corridor. The steady stream of computer science and engineering graduates produced from the Corridor universities join the ranks of IT professionals working at network and communications giants like Tech Data Corporation, Northrop Grumman, L-3, Harris Corporation, Lockheed Martin and Honeywell.
Also, IT permeates the medical technologies sector as patient records are becoming digitized for more efficient health care practices. In addition to paperless record-keeping, the hospitals within the 23-county region lead the industry with advanced new programs for robotics and computer-aided surgical systems.
Information Technology Organizations and Institutes
- Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA)
- Association of Information Technology Professionals
- Florida Center for Cybersecurity
- Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)
- Society for Information Management
- Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition