At 25, local tech firm sees bright future in the cloud

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Although it has seen the explosive growth of the local IT industry in the last 25 years, local systems integration group Micro D International (MDi) is still pretty excited of what cloud computing could bring to the country in the next few years.

At its silver anniversary bash held on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the New World hotel in Makati City, MDi chair Myla Villanueva said the company is looking at making a more aggressive push towards providing outsourced managed services and analytics solutions.

From left: MDi president and CEO Jennifer Ligones, MDi chair Myla Villanueva, MDi general manager for consulting practice Alan Alipao, and MDi chief operating officer Marivic Segismundo

“Our investment will be on people and the Internet of Things, which will become pervasive maybe by next year or three years from now,” Villanueva said, citing most devices will be connected to the cloud as mobile devices keep improving while their prices continue to drop.

She also mentioned the developments in API (Application Programming Interface) and IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6).

IPv6 has 128 bits for an IP address unlike IPv4 that uses only 32, and this translates to trillions of IP address capacities, which means that all devices in the world can have their own IP address and can have direct communication with one another.

Over the years, MDi built its foundation as a system integrator for IT systems and security infrastructure for local and foreign clients.

IT infrastructure will continue to be a pillar of the company, according to MDi president and CEO Jennifer Ligones, but managed services and business applications will now be as equally important.

Ligones said MDi today has around 600 workers and hundreds of full-time equivalent employees.

Among MDi’s notable clients since 1988 are Digitel, PLDT and ePLDT, Globe Telecom, Smart Communications, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Department of Public Works and Highways, Landbank, Social Security System, Petron, ABS-CBN, GMA 7, and Meralco, among others.

“We’ve worked with telcos and other clients with their internal infrastructure and they have evolved with us at MDi through the years,” Villanueva said, noting they are also in constant connection with their partners in Silicon Valley and Tel Aviv in Israel.

Villanueva also bared plans of moving its main headquarters next year within the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. At present, MDi holds office in Makati with branches in Cebu and Davao.

Marivic Segismundo, chief operating officer of MDi, said the company will announce their new partners and clients next month.

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