I.T. Solutions of South Florida

We are a woman-owned, award-winning managed service provider, specializing in solving unique I.T. and business challenges for a vast array of small to medium size businesses. Our dedicated and professional staff deliver flat-rate I.T. and implement the proper technology to improve your bottom line.




Information Technology


Palm Beach County


72% increase from
2017 – 2020


25% increase from
2017 – 2020

Deana Pizzo


Tell us a little bit about your background. What led you to starting your company?

I went to school for geology. I’m a geologist and then had the chance to start this company with my husband. When the opportunity presented itself, I said to my husband, “I can run an office, I can do sales. I can do all that if you can fix computers.” That was kind of how it started. There’s an unquestionable benefit to working with your husband and it’s having a business partner that has the same goals and drive as you. I think the best thing is that you have a business partner that is truly your partner in every aspect.

Was being an entrepreneur something you wanted to do?

I remember when I was in college, I wanted to own a rock-climbing gym here in Florida, that sounded like a great idea. I always knew that I wanted to own something. My father was a business owner. Growing up and watching him, I became familiar with that kind of lifestyle and knew it was the kind of lifestyle I wanted. I wanted to be in charge of my own destiny. I’d say I always knew it was something I wanted to do, but never thought I would do it in geology.

Tell me a bit more about I.T. Solutions of South Florida and the value you bring your customers.

We are a pureplay managed service support company. At I.T. Solutions of South Florida, we don’t take on projects for companies unless they have an active agreement with us, and are a managed client. We do this so we can fully focus on our clients, without distractions. Our priority is assuring that we provide the highest degree of reliability, resiliency, and security. If we’re delivering only two of those, it’s not enough. That’s why we prefer to bring someone on as a full-fledged, managed client and we work with them, month after month. It’s never just a quick project and then goodbye.

Our engineers are people-people. We hire down-to-earth, approachable, and responsive team members. They’re all so intelligent, but it’s important to us that they don’t talk geek-speak to our clients. A big value for us is to hire people that don’t talk over our client’s head. I think that’s a big problem in our industry. We’re a Best Places to Work company and that’s because I truly put a lot of effort into finding the right people. Those people are a huge value to our customers. 

What’s the company culture like at your company?

We foster personal connections and growth with each individual, and we remember that everyone’s different. That is very, very important to us. We genuinely care about work-life balance. COVID, especially, brought that to the forefront. One thing we do is invest heavily in automation for simple tech tasks, which shows that we’re willing to invest in maintaining the happiness of our employees. They’re able to spend their time working on meaningful projects, instead of busywork.

We’ve always had a handful of fully remote employees, which allows us to always be available to our clients no matter what is happening in South Florida. So, when COVID hit, we simply flipped the switch and had everyone fully remote and fully functional immediately. To keep everyone engaged, we have a live feed up on multiple TVs throughout the office so I can still pull my remote people into our culture. I want them to feel as though they’re sitting right there in the office.

What separates you from the competitors in your market?

The first thing is that we are a certified woman-owned business in a 90% male-dominated industry. Automatically, that makes us different in the industry. We also provide free cybersecurity education to all our clients. Once a quarter we sit down and train their staff on how to be good cyber citizens. We do it because there’s always something new or changing in the world of cybersecurity, and none of our competitors provide that service. When we sit down with them, we’ll share things we’ve noticed their employees are doing that could be improved on. It’s free, customized cybersecurity education to benefit their business.

What are some of the challenges you faced over the years in growing your company?

Now that we’re in our 18th year of business, the challenges have definitely changed over the years. But a challenge that’s always been there is finding the people. I know that I’m not alone, though. I talk to so many of our clients, all in different industries, who are all hiring right now. It’s a big issue, not just in our state but everywhere. There have always been growing pains along the way, but I think working with my spouse has helped with that. There are two of us and we’re each helping the business continue to move forward.

Does operating remotely help to open your talent pool?

Not really. My staff has flexible schedules, but for my new hires, we do the first 60 to 90 days in the office. This is so they can understand our culture and really become part of the team. All of the team members that are remote were in the office at one time. I haven’t hired anybody straight to remote yet, but I sure am considering it though.

What are some of the goals you have?

A short-term goal of ours is moving into our new building we purchased about three weeks ago. We’re doing major renovations to it, and we’ll be able to move in next year. We’re super excited about it and to be able to establish a nice headquarters for I.T. Solutions. Beyond that, we want to continue to find new engineers to expand our client base and broaden our offering. Technology’s always changing. It’s important that we’re bringing on new offerings to our clients to keep up with the technology trends.

"Above all, we serve wholeheartedly."

What is your proudest moment so far?

The awards that we have won this past year, even in the past six months, have been mind blowing for me. I was recently named on the list of the South Florida Business Journal’s Influential Business Women, which was a very big honor. This year we were ranked in the Inc. 5000, we won the ATHENA

Organizational Leadership Award and then, of course, being selected as a GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch Honoree. Seeing the accolades and awards for all the work that we’ve done over the years are all proud moments.

What does it mean to you and your employees to be selected as an Honoree this year?

Being selected is the crowning achievement of a fabulous year. Kind of like the cherry on top. It’s an honor to be recognized as one of the fastest-growing companies in the state. It’s validation for all our hard work.

Anyone you’d like to thank?

My business partner and husband. I realize how lucky I am to have my business partner be the other person that’s equally invested as myself and that I can always trust. They say behind every strong woman is a strong man, but it goes both ways too. As a strong female, he’s always behind me supporting me and the business.

My advice to aspiring entrepreneurs is…

"Follow your dream. Don't take no for an answer if you truly believe in it. Set goals and just go for it. Another big thing is to remember that you won’t get anywhere trying to be an island. Ask for assistance and ask for input. Give people respect and treat them right."

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