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Aboitiz Data Innovation Launches Data Exchange Platform Parlay to Accelerate Aboitiz Group’s Great Transformation Initiatives


(MANILA/SINGAPORE – May 27, 2022)Aboitiz Data Innovation (ADI), the Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (DSAI) unit of the Aboitiz Group recently announced the launch of Parlay, a data exchange platform that will help further accelerate the organization’s digital transformation goals. On Parlay, businesses from across the Group’s various industries can share and gain unparalleled access to data from businesses across the industrial spectrum from power to banking and financial services, manufacturing, land, infrastructure, and food to name a few.

The first phase of Parlay’s rollout will be focused on signing up the Group’s businesses, with the aim of opening Parlay to external organizations as part of the second phase. Through Parlay, businesses will have unparalleled access to data sets from some of the region’s largest corporations to inspire possibilities for creating new opportunities or tackling business challenges. Parlay can help businesses find solutions to issues ranging from financial inclusion to emissions reduction, by comparing and exploring data from other sectors to solve problems in a way that is more straightforward than ever before.

ADI aims to simplify the complex world of data to advance the over 100-year-old company’s digital transformation journey by operationalizing DSAI across all business units. These efforts are part of the Group’s ‘Great Transformation’ plans to continue making the company more resilient and future-ready to respond to challenges and capture opportunities and growth in an increasingly digital world.

With the Asia-Pacific region accelerating towards a digital society, where it is estimated that at least 1 billion people will access digital services, data will be critical to meeting this demand and creating more equal opportunities in places like the Philippines and beyond. Data sharing enables infinite possibilities for tackling business, economic, social, and environmental challenges through new perspectives, patterns and synergies that can be identified through the comparison of different industry data sets.

While many organizations agree on the benefits of data sharing, its adoption remains low across the region due to a number of challenges. Data kept in silos, complicated and lengthy legal procedures and concerns around the loss of control of the data being shared have been cited as the main barriers to data sharing adoption – all of which Parlay addresses. The idea behind the platform is to create a place where businesses can come for inspiration and visualise possible new creative synergies by exploring data from other sectors. Comparing data enables businesses to find new approaches to solving problems that have hampered economic and social advancement in the region.

Dr. David R. Hardoon, Aboitiz Data Innovation Managing Director, emphasised, “Data is the business of the present. With Parlay, we’re really excited about providing a place where you can exchange the reams of data you have collected for something even bigger and better — an infinite number of possibilities. Ultimately, on Parlay we want users to engage with data of all kinds and leave inspired to do everything from creating new products and services to rethinking business models and ways of working to tackling challenges that can improve people’s lives.”

Parlay was developed in partnership with Harbr, a data sharing and commerce platform that enables data innovation through collaboration. Parlay was built on a Harbr platform with the objective of creating a centralized place to manage, share, and collaborate on data products across the AEV portfolio through automated data sharing agreements, the enablement of secure multi-party collaboration and connecting of data sets to generate new insights.

Harbr’s Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer Anthony Cosgrove comments, “Harbr was built to power the world’s data products and enable real-time collaboration to unlock insights and value in data. We are delighted to partner with ADI and AEV in their goal to bring together different companies in diverse industries to work on data together and deliver business as well as real-world outcomes to millions of people.”

Parlay is currently being used by companies across the Aboitiz Group’s key business units, with external organizations from the public and private sectors invited to join pilot programmes on Parlay in the roll-out’s second phase. The ultimate goal is to sign on more companies onto the platform over time to continue better facilitating the exchange of data across industries, companies and geographies. This flagship initiative helps Aboitiz Data Innovation further its goal of making lives better and easier by making data less monolithic, and turning it into a valuable resource that can help businesses digitize and create new products and services to increase accessibility for the wider community.

Learn more about Aboitiz Data Innovation and Parlay at https://aboitizdatainnovation.com/

About Aboitiz Data Innovation (ADI)

Aboitiz Data Innovation (ADI) is the Data Science and Artificial Intelligence arm of Aboitiz Group. It is advancing an over 100-year-old company’s digital transformation journey by operationalizing AI across all business units. ADI’s frameworks and solutions cascades to power, land, infrastructure, food, and banking industries to create a data-powered future that makes life easier, simpler and better for all. Apart from consolidating the Data Science & Artificial Intelligence operating model across the Group it also aims to promote a data-driven culture across the organization. Its chief responsibility is to transform data into business outcomes, exploit information to make better decisions, reinvent business models, and develop high-value solutions to create new processes, products, and services.

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