JG Summit to use AI to grow businesses

Iris Gonzales - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — JG Summit Holdings Inc., the listed conglomerate of the Gokongwei Group, will utilize artificial intelligence to further grow its businesses as it aims to be the first “truly digital conglomerate in the Philippines.”

“Infosys and Microsoft are working with the Gokongwei Group to use artificial intelligence to drive monitoring and operations control, which aims to increase productivity for the company in the coming years. With the Gokongwei Group’s drive to innovate, the company is a step closer to its goal of becoming the first truly digital conglomerate in the Philippines,” JG Summit said.

The holding company announced over the weekend that it has secured its digital future with a full migration to the Cloud.

The digital transformation of the Gokongwei Group, composed of JG Summit, Robinsons Retail Holdings, and Summit Media, started in 2018, with a holistic data center modernization project that saw the conglomerate migrating its main data center in the Philippines to the cloud, it said.

In 2019, JG Summit partnered with Infosys and Microsoft as part of its digital transformation journey.

“Our vision and purpose have steadfastly remained – an unrelenting commitment to provide our customers with better choices, creating shared success with our stakeholders. We knew that achieving that requires an entrepreneurial mindset, and our ambition needed to be on a foundation of integrity. Which is why when it came to digitalizing the organization, across all companies, we knew it needed to be through Microsoft Azure, the industry’s most trusted and comprehensive cloud offering,” said Carlos Santos, chief information officer of JG Summit.

Microsoft Azure provides cloud services and security needed by businesses of all sizes – from startups to large enterprises. More than 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies use Azure.

Infosys helped in formulating and executing the Gokongwei Group’s transformation strategy.

Aside from Microsoft and Infosys, the Gokongwei Group also partnered with ePLDT.

ePLDT, the information and communication technologies arm of PLDT Enterprise, provided the colocation services at its VITRO Data Center, which enables the Gokongwei Group to host their critical IT infrastructure in a world-class data center facility.

With the combined support and guidance from industry experts, the group completed its cloud migration at the end of 2021.

Jojo Gendrano, first vice president and head of PLDT and Smart Enterprise, said the group is excited to partner with the Gokongwei Group for its end-to-end digital transformation journey through ePLDT’s VITRO Data Center colocation services.


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