Telecoms and multimedia service provider Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) has thrown its weight behind efforts to standardise the core platform and accelerate big data delivery worldwide, by joining the Open Data Platform (ODP). Launched in the US in February this year, ODP has evolved into a worldwide consortium of 15 ‘Big Data’ global technology leaders that includes GE, Hortonworks, IBM, Infosys, Pivotal, SAS, Altiscale, Capgemini, CenturyLink, EMC, Teradata, Splunk, Verizon Enterprise Solutions, and VMware. Described as a ‘shared industry effort’, ODP is focused on promoting and advancing the state of ‘Apache Hadoop’ and Big Data technologies for the enterprise segment.
Commenting on the move, PLDT executive vice president for enterprise & international and carrier business, Eric Alberto, said: ’As the PLDT Group sustains its digital transformation, our group-wide big data initiative will enable game-changing capabilities and insights for our clients, most especially in the enterprise space.’ Alberto, who is also president and chief executive officer of ePLDT, added that the group is: ‘very enthusiastic about the transformative power of this technology in enabling its corporate customers to optimise operations and more importantly, to engage with their consumers in ways previously not thought possible’. PLDT’s Big Data service lines include Platforms-as-a-Service, Data Warehousing-as-a-Service, and Insights-as-a-Service, among others.