Vilden Associates, Inc. was founded in 1978 by Armando Villavicencio, who had acquired extensive experience in the maritime shipping industry as Director of Information Systems for a large stevedore company that provided consulting and computing services to numerous steamship lines and steamship agencies. During the first five years of operation, the company served its client base primarily as consultants and systems developers, performing tasks from feasibility studies to contract programming.
By 1985, the company was offering an array of new services which included design and implementation of data communications networks, applications development, EDI, business process improvement, and hardware sales and installation. By this time the company had developed packaged and customized software applications for liner and agency companies, LTL trucking, NVOCCs, container freight stations and container drayage. These developments were evolutionary as well as complementary to the original service offerings and Vilden was one of the first organizations to offer complete turnkey software applications.
By the turn of the last century, the company’s strategy changed from selling solutions for clients to operate and manage at their own data centers to hosting turnkey and customized solutions at Vilden’s global data center in Mobile, Alabama. This strategy has been successful beyond management’s expectations and offers clients the ability to deploy best of breed applications globally with a very low cost of entry and minimal cost of operation; beyond doubt, the lowest Total Cost of Ownership of any similar offering.