IT & Software Development
Did you know? The fifth node of the original Internet was at the University of Utah. And in 1985, Utah was home to two of the three largest software companies in the world – Novell and WordPerfect. (Mircosoft was the third.) Utah has been the home of strong IT and software companies for more than two and half decades.
There is no question that Utah is poised for continued strong growth in information technology and software. Utah’s software/IT industry has been growing jobs over the last several years at a strong rate, significantly outpacing the national average and gaining the market share in jobs. In the last twelve months, Utah’s “Silicon Slopes” has garnered national attention from USA Today, CNBC, TechCrunch, Fast Company and other major media outlets. Inc. Magazine has noted that “Utah has become the epicenter of the ‘Inc. 500 Fastest-Growing Private Companies’ in recent years.” In February 2015, even the New Yorker joined the chorus with “How Utah Became the Next Silicon Valley.”
The industry is well represented by several industry associations, including the Utah Technology Council and Silicon Slopes, which recently merged with Beehive Startups.
- Akami Technologies’ national rankings = Forget “west of the Mississippi.” Utah’s internet infrastructure is the fastest west of the Potomac. The state’s broadband capability is #4 in the U.S., according to the newly published Akamai Q1 2015 State of the Internet report. Only the District of Columbia, Virginia and Delaware have faster average connection speeds.
- What are the best cities for IT professionals when it comes to job satisfaction? Salt Lake City is #4 on the nationwide list produced by Glassdoor Employment.
- The Milken Institute has released its fifth State Technology and Science Index. Utah is #5 overall and #1 in the Technology Concentration and Dynamism Composite index for the fourth year in a row. The index evaluates technology outcomes to assess how effective policymakers and other stakeholders have been at parlaying regional assets into regional prosperity.
- The Provo area has been called one of the country’s top up-and-coming tech hubs, according to SpareFoot.
- In September 2013, Salt Lake Comic Con blew past Denver’s first year attendance of 27,000, hitting an estimated 70,000.
Links to important IT and software organizations and resources in Utah:
Utahtechnetwork.com – See who is hiring!
Utah Technology Council – Utah’s premier technology industry association
Utah Corporate Tax Incentive Program
EDCUtah – Utah’s premier business expansion and relocation service provider
Utah TCIP – $1.6mm a year invested to commercialize university technology
USTAR – Innovative state-funded university research teams