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New ways to experience the worlds of sports, music, and entertainment 

The global pandemic has highlighted amazing displays of human flexibility, creativity, and technical ingenuity. Unfortunately, many treasured group experiences like going to a sporting event, a concert, or a museum remain beyond reach for safety’s sake. When you stop and think about it, live events and experiences transform human lives, and a large part of...Read more

Medical imaging, AI, and the cloud: what’s next? 

Today marks the start of RSNA 2020, the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America. I participated in my first RSNA 35 years ago and I am super excited—as I am every year—to reconnect with my radiology colleagues and friends and learn about the latest medical and scientific advances in our field. Of course, RSNA will be...Read more

Cloud exit planning guidelines for financial services institutions 

The financial services industry has evolved into a highly dynamic, technology-driven business with many institutions looking at the public cloud as an answer for delivering new solutions. Adoption and use of the public cloud has accelerated in 2020 as a result of the global pandemic which in some cases created highly urgent needs for innovation...Read more

Responding at the pace to meet new needs 

When the pandemic began earlier this year, public servants working in governments around the world faced challenges they never had before. The public sector had to adapt quickly to work almost 100 percent remotely and to collaborate across teams to deliver new benefits and services to communities. The importance of accurate data was irrefutable in...Read more

Reshaping our cities: Microsoft at the Smart City Live Expo 

Today more than half the world’s population lives in urban areas (75 percent in Europe), and according to the United Nations, that figure will increase to 70 percent by 2030. It’s no wonder then that cities consume 75 percent of natural resources, produce 50 percent of global waste, and emit 80 percent of global greenhouse...Read more

Why defense and intelligence organizations are embracing the commercial cloud 

People and organizations must often make decisions quickly, with incomplete information, and in military situations, this can be particularly true. The mission of the military has not changed since the time of antiquity: if you can observe, orient, decide, and act faster than your opponent, you gain an advantage. As a retired British Army officer,...Read more

Holiday 2020: Five consumer habits that are transforming retail 

2020 has already triggered unprecedented agility and innovation from retailers, but the year’s greatest test comes as the holidays approach. Even the most reliable shopping patterns have transformed as consumers keep safety and convenience top of mind. Their holiday plans won’t look the same, but they’re still searching for ways to spread cheer. Now is...Read more

Top use cases for IoT-enabled by 5G 

5G opens the doors for new enterprise IoT cases. The fifth-generation cellular standard offers increased security, support for large numbers of connected, low-power devices, and both low-latency and higher-speed performance. However, building an end-to-end IoT solution with cellular connectivity is complex. It requires expertise in embedded systems, connectivity, real-time, time series-based systems, antenna design, cloud...Read more

Walgreens: transforming customer experience in the COVID-19 era 

For Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), it’s always been about serving people and communities. Even before the pandemic, this global pharmacy retailer took great pains to be close to the people it serves. Today 80 percent of the population in the US live within five miles of a Walgreens store, while in the UK, over 90...Read more

The pandemic has dramatically accelerated digital transformation in public sector 

If we’ve learned anything from this global pandemic, it’s that digital technology and data are truly critical infrastructure to enable business resiliency and continuity for all governments as they adapt sudden and unexpected changes to “normal” ways of delivering services. With a digital transformation journey already underway, the Government of Canada was able to swiftly...Read more