ROBINSONS Land Corp. (RLC), the real estate arm of JG Summit Holdings Inc., furthers its digital shift by migrating 63 percent of its workload to Microsoft Azure through its strategic partner, ePLDT, the information communications technology (ICT) unit of PLDT.
This migration on-premise IT infrastructure to the cloud makes RLC as the first entity to do so within the Gokongwei Group, whose ambition is to become the first truly digital conglomerate in the country. Such move is expected to improve overall customer service, business efficiency and security, as well as optimize costs.
“We are continuously identifying opportunities to innovate so we can provide better services to both our internal and external customers. The adoption of Microsoft Azure, through our collaborative partnership with ePLDT, equips us with the infrastructure and expertise to accelerate our digital transformation,” said RLC President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Frederick D. Go.
Such partnership forms part of PLDT Group’s vision to support the national digitalization goals by working closely with homegrown businesses like the RLC.
“PLDT is fully committed to advancing the digitalization of enterprises in the Philippines. As a trusted business solutions partner, we stand ready to enable and support the needs of enterprises through our end-to-end connectivity and tech solutions across all industries, such as real estate,” said Alfredo S. Panlilio, PLDT & Smart president and CEO and ePLDT chairman.
With Microsoft Azure as the primary cloud platform of the developer, it helps lessen its IT costs by eliminating the need for hardware and software technology refreshes. Also, RLC can leverage on robust uptime for crucial operations and instantaneous maintenance updates which could contribute more to higher business productivity.
“We are pleased to scale up our partnership with RLC as they take greater strides in their corporate-wide digital transformation efforts. Through ePLDT’s multi-cloud solutions, we are confident that RLC will be able to deliver enhanced services and cater to their customers’ real estate needs more effectively than ever before,” said ePLDT President and CEO Victor S. Genuino.
For a secured transition, ePLDT has also fortified RLC’s security posture by implementing Palo Alto Networks’ firewall and backup solutions. Training and workshops were also given to the developer’s employees to continue a successful and safe cloud journey.
The IT team of the real estate company lauded the collaboration extended to them by ePLDT, according to RLC IT Head and Chief Information Officer Eric Nacional. He shared that they were pivotal in making sure that their cloud migration will be seamless and within the timeline while maintaining top-notch security measures. This enabled the developer to accomplish critical success factors with zero downtime.
RLC, whose operations span from lifestyle centers, offices, residences, hotels, destination estates and industrial facilities, plans to invest heavily in Artificial Intelligence or AI solutions in the coming years to better manage customer data, improve customer services and support, and simplify business processes.
“Providing solutions that empower partners like RLC to remain at the forefront of their industries and streamline operations is at the heart of our long-term commitment to them. As their trusted allies, PLDT Enterprise and ePLDT will continue our mission to foster their success in real estate. By fulfilling their digitalization needs and fueling their drive for innovation, we’re propelling their visions further into the realm of possibility,” stressed Mitch L. Locsin, first vice president and head of Enterprise and International Business Groups at PLDT and Smart.