As business-to-business and business-to-consumer products and services become increasingly reliant on technology to deliver their services or manage them, companies are finding that their portfolio of digital operations continues to grow.
These products and services are moving toward Internet and mobile-based platforms which will require continual innovation in front-end and back-end solutions. IT infrastructure demands will increase and become increasingly mission-critical, especially in the financial services industry
Oklahoma can offer information and financial services companies a compelling value proposition.
Oklahoma is presently home to over 70 data centers servicing the IT storage needs of a wide range of industries. Notable companies with data centers in the state include Google, IBM, Avaya, ADP, HP, AT&T, Cox Communications, Hyatt Hotels, Hertz, Avis Budget Group, Dollar and Midcon.
The state has a robust information and financial services ecosystem which supports these types of operations with incentives, a skilled workforce, and a state operating environment which supports growth in the sector.
Research and Commercialization Advantage
A number of organizations and public/private partnerships exist in Oklahoma which support Information and Financial Services companies.
Oklahoma offers a number of incentives to qualifying data centers including:
Information Services Companies in Oklahoma
|Cox Communications||Oklahoma City|
|Electronic Data Systems Corp||Tulsa|
|Level 3 Communications||Tulsa|
|Seagate US||Oklahoma City|
Oklahoma is home to 70 datacenters. Some of the notable centers include:
The 130,000-square-foot datacenter powers all of Google's services, including search, email, videos, productivity and mobile services. Despite its size, the datacenter takes up only 30 acres of Google's 800-acre campus at the Mid-America Industrial Park. Google has invested over $700 million in their Pryor datacenter, and has created approximately 150 jobs. The Google datacenter represents Oklahoma’s largest company investment in terms of capital outside of the energy sector.
HP occupies a 179,000 square ft. datacenter in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which includes 80,000 square ft. of raised floor space that can house more than 12,000 servers. HP Enterprise services doubled the size of their Tulsa datacenter in 2009. As of 2012, the Tulsa datacenter is one of 5 HP datacenters in the United States.
Boomer is the fastest academic supercomputer in Oklahoma state history. The supercomputer clocks in at a peak speed of roughly 109 trillion calculations per second and supports OU’s research initiatives. Researchers will employ Boomer to compute large amounts of data for a broad variety of research with emphasis on weather forecasting, molecular dynamics and high-energy physics, which explores the fundamental nature of matter and energy. Boomer also will support research in astronomy, coastal flooding, biomedical engineering, data encoding for disk drives, petroleum engineering, nanotechnology, groundwater contamination, biofuels, and wireless networks, among many other areas.
Oklahoma boasts some of the most highly regarded IT security programs in the nation.
With more than 125,000 students in area colleges each year, the Oklahoma City region educates as many youth as college towns like Boston or Philadelphia.
|University in Oklahoma||Associates Degrees||Bachelors Degrees||Masters Degrees|
|Oklahoma State University||0||616||214|
|University of Central Oklahoma||0||441||82|
|University of Oklahoma||0||305||122|
|Tulsa Community College||364||0||0|
|Northeastern State University||0||136||55|
Financial Services Companies in Oklahoma
In January 2013, Verizon announced plans to establish a financial services hub at its facility at Cherokee Industrial Park in Tulsa, OK. Verizon already employs 900 people at the site. The plan calls for creating an additional 500 new jobs in finance and accounting that will handle accounts payable, accounting and other select finance jobs. Verizon chose Tulsa for a number of very sound business reasons, including the fact that it is a fantastic place to live, work and generally do business.
In February 2013, this nationally recognized payroll and human capital management technology company announced plans to add an $11.8 million fully-equipped building adjacent to its current headquarters in Oklahoma City; which is expected to house approximately 700 additional employees.