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How AI is helping solve our biggest environmental challenges

Today’s biggest environmental challenges—including climate change, the loss of biodiversity, water quality, and sustainably feeding a growing human population—are vexing issues without easy fixes. Solutions require a systems-thinking approach and sophisticated tools that allow collection and analysis of vast amounts of data to derive new insights and make impactful changes. Artificial intelligence (AI) already is...

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Five Ways the Cloud is Helping Cities Become More Sustainable

Cities worldwide are operating more sustainably, thanks to cloud technology. With real-time operations insights and sophisticated analysis capabilities, innovative solutions backed by Azure Cloud Services are driving continuous improvement and cost savings. These smart approaches to environmental challenges enable government agencies to provide more proactive, responsive, and customer-focused services, with five main benefits: Reduced waste—in...

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Newsrooms turn to cloud and data tools to stay ahead of the story

The modern newsroom manages a dizzying array of information. Due to the spread of social media and other communication tools, potential news sources can include almost anyone — from celebrities and corporate spokespeople to citizen journalists and brand influencers. And the speed at which this news travels means journalists must now monitor hundreds — even...

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Optimizing urban transportation with technology

Urban gridlock should be an anachronism in today’s world of sleek design, customer data and continual optimization. Yet as any commuter knows, that’s not the case. Fixed workday schedules and driving indignities such as bad weather, car trouble and accidents make driving a challenging experience. Meanwhile, public transportation users must research and navigate their own...

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Visual Studio updates empower developers to optimize code, build better apps

Creating a better customer experience is at the heart of many organizations’ missions today. To do this, having the right tools to improve productivity is paramount across industries. This holds especially true for building apps and software for the cloud, where changing hardware requirements, evolving user needs, and more mean you must adapt quickly to...

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How to drive retail profitability in the digital shopping era with advanced analytics

There’s a schism in modern retailing today that’s headline news: Some companies are creating a virtuous feedback loop with deep customer knowledge, while others are driving profitability into a sea of red with generic discounts and endless sales.  Nowhere is this more apparent than with online shopping. Cyber Monday grabs media attention and wallet share,...

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