IT Companies Making a Name for Themselves in Henrico

03/24/15
IT Companies Making a Name for Themselves in Henrico

Keeping computer and telecommunications systems running efficiently is an important job – one that inevitably keeps the economy going. Each day, over 100 Information Technology companies in Henrico County produce hardware and software and provide network and consultancy services to thousands of large and small businesses across the region.

From data center support services, to agile training, to systems integration, Henrico companies like Achieve 1, CapTech Ventures, Livewire and SyCom keep our economy vibrant.

Well Suited for IT

IT companies in Henrico vary in size and services offered, and several are growing rather quickly. Topping the 2014 RVA 25 List is Achieve 1, LLC – one of the fastest-growing storage, network, virtualization and compute technology integrators in the Mid Atlantic. The company has grown over 14,000 percent in the last three years, and its employee head count more than tripled from 2011 to 2013. (Learn more.)

CapTech Ventures is an IT management consulting, system integration and data management firm that recently relocated its corporate headquarters to an expanded location in Glen Forest Office Park, along the I-64/Glenside Drive interchange. Besides being named to the Inc. 5000 list of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies and Consulting Magazine’s list of the best consulting firms to work for multiple times, the firm was also recently named to Vault.com’s 2015 list of the 50 Best Consulting Firms.

Other Henrico County IT companies that made the 2014 Inc. 5000 list include Genesis Consulting, a strategic management consulting firm focused on delivering Enterprise Resource Planning implementation services and support; Tridium, a global leader in open platforms, application software frameworks, automation infrastructure technology, energy management and device-to-enterprise integration solutions; and SyCom, reported to be one of the largest system integrators in the Mid Atlantic.

SyCom President Tom Cricchi explains the company’s offerings: “SyCom has carved out a specific niche in the local IT solutions provider community with our depth and breadth in all aspects of technology ‘infrastructure.’ Our product and services solutions range from collaboration, to security, to cloud, to virtualization, to full managed services.”

SyCom’s corporate headquarters is also located in Glen Forest Office Park, at 1802 Bayberry Court. Cricchi explains the value of the company’s location in Henrico: “SyCom has the scale of a national company combined with a high-touch local presence of 100-plus people working out of our Bayberry Court headquarters. The ability to deploy these highly talented IT professionals with a local, personal touch has provided real value to our Henrico County-based customers.”

There are other reasons SyCom prefers Henrico. “Henrico County has been SyCom’s home since the company was founded in 1996,” explains Cricchi. “In addition to being centrally located and easily accessible for our headquarters-based employees, travel from Henrico County throughout the state is very manageable and allows for less overnight travel to the other locations we serve. Our Henrico County location right off Glenside Drive has also been an excellent recruiting and retention tool for employees who appreciate the good schools, safe neighborhoods, excellent restaurants and other family lifestyle amenities.”

SyCom makes 2014 Top Workplace List Read more

BRINGING TECHNOLOGY HOME

It’s not just big business that is demanding more from IT companies. More and more residential customers are relying on technology to make their homes safer and more comfortable. A growing number of homeowners have remote access to their security and heating and cooling systems, and many have entertainment systems that are connected to their internet service. These types of services are provided regionally by Livewire, another company on the 2014 Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Companies list that is headquartered in Henrico. 

Livewire’s tagline is “Home Technology Made Simple,” and the company specializes in a wide range of state-of-the-art technology integration services – from home theatre to networking, security, solar power systems and more. Its customer base includes residential consumers, builders, architects, interior designers and commercial customers.

Livewire employs 25 people and serves customers across Central Virginia. Why is Henrico County a great location for the company? Livewire president Henry Clifford says, “We’ve been at our Henrico location for nine years. I find that, culturally, Henrico County seems to want small businesses to do well. I’ve witnessed this a number of times – from getting a zone credit for completing modifications to a building to receiving visits from county personnel to see how I’m doing. I didn’t experience this kind of ‘business first’ culture in the other localities where I’ve had a business.”

Clifford continues, “At the end of day, Henrico County doesn’t seem to have the bureaucracy and red tape that I’ve experienced in other localities. The county has a culture that says, ‘I really want your business,’ and that’s important to me.”

Over 25,000 companies do business in Henrico County. Many of them appreciate Henrico’s business-friendly environment. From IT and financial services to manufacturing and distribution, businesses from a variety of sectors have discovered it’s good business to do business in Henrico. Learn more.

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