The Growing Risk of Cybercrime and Protecting Cybersecurity of the Planet 

The COVID-19 pandemic forced a massive transition to remote work, which according to Microsoft Canada’s National Security Officer John Hewie, it was also “a gift for cyber criminals.” Speaking at the Public Policy Forum’s Canada Growth Summit 2022, Hewie noted that malicious acts were easily carried out as organizations rapidly adopted new tech tools and…Read more

Microsoft Introduces New Artificial Intelligence Partner Advisory Board 

Recent years have proven that the future economy will be digital. For Canada to lead, we need to empower all organizations, including those viewed as “traditional,” to accelerate innovation by leveraging the right technologies. The adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) offers seemingly limitless potential for organizations across industries and sectors, including operational efficiencies, real-time data-informed…Read more

Building the future together: Microsoft ​Canada​ Economic and Social Impact Report 

While there have been many challenges over the past two and half years, one silver lining is that the pandemic has fundamentally reshaped the way we work and our priorities, ultimately distinguishing what’s important – health, family, time, purpose – and what’s not. We’re currently sitting at a crossroads in history, where every organization must…Read more

Driving a Culture of Innovation with Ontario’s Public Service 

The accelerated adoption of technology in recent years has meant customer expectations have shifted quickly to rely on seamless digital experiences – whether they are purchasing products or relying on services from the government. At Microsoft, we’re committed to empowering both private and public sector organizations to embrace digital transformation to stay ahead of these…Read more

Transforming digital financial services – and making lives easier  

Every day, people discover the efficiencies and value of digital financial services. Small, incidental transactions—like depositing a refund check—can be completed in a matter of minutes, and large, life-changing financial processes—like getting a mortgage—proceed more quickly and efficiently as well. Transactions and processes can be completed from anywhere, at any time, which reduces in-person banking…Read more

Cybersecurity is a priority in Alberta’s rapid digital service transformation 

Martin Dinel, Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Information Security Officer for the Cybersecurity Services division of Service Alberta, is leading the charge for innovation in cybersecurity. As recently as two years ago, the Government of Alberta had virtually no presence in the cloud, but with the onset of the pandemic, they were compelled by their…Read more

Driving digital transformation on the frontline 

Senior man and young woman, police officers, with protective face masks working together in police office. Creating safer communities is a universal goal, one that often sees the level of risk to our frontline offset by the situational awareness that they rely upon from their command center. But what happens when that support structure is…Read more

Enabling a data-driven public sector with the Microsoft Government Innovation Centre 

Futuristic monitor showing information data on a dark background. The Canadian public sector is ripe for digital innovation, especially when it comes to how government institutions can leverage data to drive transformation and address evolving citizen expectations, according to new research released today from Microsoft Canada. A survey of 658 business decision-makers from Canadian organizations…Read more

Modernizing court operations with digital innovation 

These past few years have seen unprecedented efforts by governments to find new ways of delivering the services and programs that their communities rely upon in a world that has faced the new realities of remotely connecting with the public.  Today, like never before, there is an urgent need for governments to build agility and…Read more

Building resilience in Canada’s Public Sector 

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended every aspect of society and, at the same time, the urgent need for a response has spurred collaboration, innovation and creativity. For Chris White, Managing Director at Microsoft Research, this global crisis crystalized the need to adopt a mission-oriented mindset to research that focuses on durability instead of efficiency, emphasizes…Read more

Microsoft Canada launches Azure Landing Zone for Canada’s Public Sector 

Microsoft Canada has launched its open-sourced Azure Landing Zone for Canada’s public sector. This is a purpose-built reference implementation to guide government departments to be compliant with Canadian standards. Security and compliance are top priorities for governments around the world. The Government of Canada has adopted a Cloud-First strategy, and has defined a security and…Read more