The sector is well developed in the state, with more than 3,000 establishments, that use around 50,000 people (2013), and more than 70% are for the software sector.
Santa Catarina is home to some of the main system developing companies in Brazil. Local companies that take part in off-share projects with big companies in the sector such as IBM, HP, Siemens and Microsoft, also stand out.
Small and medium scale projects also stand out, the majority generated through incubators, which provide a physical structure and shared services for developing innovative IT projects. The sector has shown a growing qualification in its work force, progressing from 17% (2005) to 30% of workers with a higher education course.
MAIN IT PRODUCT MARKETS IN SANTA CATARINA:
Latin America (Argentina, Chile and Mexico)
Peru, Colombia and Saharan Africa countries.
The United States and European Union maintain local partnerships, with the transfer of know-how, technology and direct investments.
COASTAL INFORMATION AND TECHNOLOGY COMPLEX
In the state’s capital, the sector has becoming the most important in the economy, which makes Florianópolis a center of IT, telecommunications, electronics, as well as the development of hardware and software for telephone networks.
The Coastal Information and Technology Complex is composed of more than 1,800 companies, generating income close to R$3 billion reais.
INCENTIVES AND INVESTMENTS
The State Government, through tax incentives, and a private initiative, with new financial and structural contributions, has fully dedicated its attention to the software and telecommunications sector.
Between 2008 and 2012, the sector received investments of 59 million dollars, from North American and European companies, generating 485 direct jobs for the Blumenau, Joinville, Florianópolis and São José municipalities.
Source: fDi Markets