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Helping governments reimagine collaboration and modernize services 

For decades, child welfare agencies have struggled with finding technology solutions to support consistent connection and communication between case workers, families, vulnerable youth, and an extended team of stakeholders. COVID-19 exacerbated those challenges, bringing to a head the need for states to provide its workers and constituents tools that bring continuity and communication despite disruption....Read more

3 key outcomes of a more collaborative government 

As governments worldwide consider how best to safely welcome a majority of their employees back to the workplace, a fair question is how much that in-person interaction adds to the digital collaboration that has taken place over the past year. In other words, what exactly does it mean to facilitate collaboration within, and between government...Read more

3 ways digital transformation makes governments more responsive 

COVID-19 placed enormous demands on government services—demands that are not likely to go away. Moreover, the private sector now looks to government to facilitate the data transparency, digital processes, and data security needed to fuel recovery. Governments now understand those old ways of doing business no longer work. They need to become agile and flexible...Read more

How digital transformation is advancing Defense and Intelligence 

Technology is advancing at an unprecedented rate, largely driven by exponential improvements in compute power, storage capacity, and global connectivity. These advances have ushered in a new ‘digital age’ in which data is the most valuable commodity and drives disruption across all industries—Defense and Intelligence included. As in other industries, defense customers are accelerating digital...Read more

3 core ideas for empowering citizens, societies, and governments 

Promote citizen well-being, influence positive societal change, and enhance your government services Exponential change is happening in the world around us and within governments. This change is being driven by one core idea, expectations of governments are changing. Modern technology is causing a shift in societal behavior. Citizens and residents expect their governments to adapt...Read more

Key learnings for building smart communities at Smart City Expo World Congress 2019 

The 9th year of the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC), held in Barcelona from November 19–21, did not disappoint. In fact, after nine years of attending, I’m surprised each year at how the event continues to grow, improve, and remain exciting. The numbers suggest that I’m not alone in finding value in the conference...Read more

Innovation now for the Smart City of tomorrow 

Barcelona may be one of the world’s major global centers for tourism, the economy, trade and culture but, starting today, it’s the apex for smart cities. Our Microsoft for Smart Cities team and partners are excited to join government and civic leaders as well as experts at the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC2019) to...Read more

Transforming smart cities with AI, IoT, and cloud technologies 

According to the United Nations, more than 55 percent of the world’s population now lives in urban areas—and by 2050, that number could jump to 68 percent. With rapid urbanization on the rise, cities around the world face pressure to keep up with the pace of change and meet the growing demand for better, faster,...Read more