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About UDI

Founded in 1982, our President, Jim Perrier, knew that our industry would be rapidly evolving. That foresight made us take a look at our business a little harder. Jim struggled with how to clearly communicate our culture so that all the employees would act and make decisions for our clients using the same set of values and knowledge as the employees in the rest of the company.

In a moment of inspiration, he referred back to a file he had started many years ago called his “philosophy epistle file” where he’d saved various anecdotes, musings and philosophical phrases that he admired or thought of himself beginning in high school, through college and up to this time in the business. He chose many examples to communicate the message that no matter how big the company became, our guiding principles and values would stay the same. Jim was nervous to be sharing all of these ideas that were so near and dear to his heart – but to his surprise they were incredibly well-received by the team!

Over the years, the vision that Jim shared were condensed into what are now our Core Values. By understanding and supporting these principles, we can all respond in unison to similar circumstances on behalf of our clients. In other words, we act as a unit, all working toward the same goal. Technology is far, far too situational to attempt to achieve anything through inflexible rules and policies. So, instead of using the typical procedural manual to guide our decision making, we use these Core Values to keep us on track, focused and fulfilled as employees for our clients! With this combination of values-driven business philosophies and a one-of-a-kind customer service, UDI’s goal, with all due humility, is to become the best IT Solutions Provider in America!

Our Story

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1982

In the Beginning

It was in the iconic One Shell Square, the tallest building in Louisiana and the first sky-scraper built in New Orleans, that UDI was founded as a word processing company for law firm.

1984

Paving the Way

Our specialized and effective process was adopted into law firms across NOLA.

1987

Inevitable Evolution

As Networking became the new wave of technology, UDI gave shape to its vision of meeting the changing needs of the hour. We began implementing the first multi-purpose PC network for enterprises across the state.

1993

WAN Success!

UDI successfully implemented the second largest Wide Area Network (WAN) in the country for Hibernia National Bank.

2003

Strength in Numbers

UDI became partners with Ingram Micro which allowed us to work on a maximum scale in case of disaster.

2005

NOLA & Katrina Meet

Disaster recovery became vital to organizational stability following the havoc caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The key to getting back into business was by ensuring a seamless recovery after disaster strikes.

2006

Moving on Up

We moved into our new location at Commons St. – a step towards greater progress.

2008

Giving Back

UDI began holding quarterly charity fundraisers in an effort to give back to our community.

2010

Here We Grow Again

Growing and moving another milestone ahead, UDI moved into 1400 Distributors Row, which continues to be our current headquarters.

2012

30 Years Strong

UDI completed 30 years in business and continued to grow and achieve greater heights.

2013

Our Team Rocks

As a recognition of our best industry practices, commitment to world class solutions and great work atmosphere, we were awarded the City Business Best Places to Work.

2014

Our Team Rocks for the Second Time

Continuing with our aim to be the best, we were awarded City Business Best Places to Work – Second Year in a Row!

September 2015

We are Growing!

Universal Data, Inc. was ranked #34 on CRN’s 2015 Fast Growth 150 List! Each year CRN ranks 150 of the fastest growing solutions providers across North America on its annual Fast Growth 150 List.

October 2015

We did it Again!

We were recognized as City Business Best Places to Work for 2015, 3rd year in a row!

April 2016

Team Work Paid Off!

Universal Data, Inc. was recognized by Ingram Micro as their Juniper Partner of the Year.
“Our clients are continuing to seek solutions that can improve the way they deliver their IT services,” said Jim Perrier, CEO at UDI. “We have the best ecosystem of strategic partners in the industry that provide the innovation in the practical solutions we deliver to our clients every day. We are privileged to count Juniper as a key go-to-market partner.”

June 2017

UDI named to CRN’s 2017 Solution Provider 500! Rapid changes in the are reflected in the 2017 edition of the Solution Provider 500, CRN’s annual ranking of the largest solution providers by revenue in North America.

September 2017

UDI earns CityBusiness 2017 Best Places to Work!

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