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  • Blog Post: Microsoft CityNext: Rising to the code challenge

    Cities are our economic hubs. They've long attracted ambitious workers looking for better jobs. So it’s no surprise that today 80% of the world’s economic activity comes from urban areas. But the jobs that will drive our economy tomorrow will be very different from the ones that fuelled the...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft CityNext: Take a tour of the mega-trends that will drive the future of cities

    Did you know that urban areas: Are responsible for 80% of the world’s GDP? Will house 70% of the world’s population by 2050? Consume 80% of all electricity? Cities and other urban areas will be the UK’s engines of prosperity for decades to come. But all that growth...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft CityNext: How better customer service helped Sunderland City Council save money

    Sunderland City Council’s problem had a familiar problem. The city provided more than 700 services to its 280,000 citizens, but accessing those services wasn’t always straightforward. Citizens had to navigate multiple systems and access points to request services. These inefficiencies weren’t...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft CityNext: How the cloud transformed Barcelona

    Barcelona has 20 centuries of history to its name – but it’s not standing still. Changing the way a large city runs isn’t easy, and Barcelona has 40,000 employees offering a wide variety of services. But the city is committed to finding new ways to engage citizens, transform services...
  • Blog Post: Transform the Datacentre: Discover how cloud tools are shaping the future of IT

    Ahead of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the London Borough of Newham Council needed to accomplish two seemingly opposing goals. It needed to improve staff productivity by giving them remote access to data – but it also needed to find a way to reduce IT costs. By moving to a private cloud...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft CityNext: Grasping the digital age

    This story was written by Heather Jameson and originally ran in the print edition of The Municipal Journal . Much has been made of the technological age – as the use of technology becomes ubiquitous and infiltrates every aspect of our daily life. But we are also entering the age of the city...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft CityNext: How do you turn data into lower building costs?

    This article originally ran in the print edition of The Municipal Journal . At the recent Infrastructure Forum, Microsoft introduced its worldwide programme to help cities, agencies and citize ns work together to transform local services, engage citizens and accelerate growth. It’s called Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft CityNext: Nominate the UK Digital City of the Year! Just 2 weeks to go!

    This year, as part of the Microsoft CityNext initiative, Microsoft is partnering with the Municipal Journal to present the first ever UK Digital City of the Year award, honouring the city or city region best deploying a people-first initiative that transforms services, engages citizens and accelerates...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft CityNext: What does Big Data mean for the future of cities?

    Transformation is a major theme of Microsoft CityNext . To meet the unique challenges faced by urban areas, local governments must find new and better ways of doing business, instead of trying to simply do the same old thing a little bit better. But it’s one thing to say cities will need to...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft CityNext: Learn the 5 stages of healthy cities

    Cities have the potential to become economic engines, accelerating growth and creating opportunity throughout the UK. But their productivity and their sustainability is tied to the health of their citizens. Local governments and health organisations must work closely together, as they have a unique opportunity...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft CityNext: Is your city the UK Digital City of the Year?

    Guest Blogger: Neil Carter, Head of Local and Regional Government, Microsoft UK Growing faster than ever before, cities are economic and cultural hubs that drive economies and environmental change. But today’s cities also face unprecedented challenges. Microsoft believes the answers to these...
  • Blog Post: Energized! - A blog from our Worldwide team...

    Here's a great blog from our colleague Laura Ipsen (Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector) that we thought we'd share with you, enjoy!... As we transform into a devices and services company and look to the year ahead leading the Worldwide Public Sector business, I am energized by our opportunity...
  • Blog Post: A New Year's resolution: smarter cities in 2013

    From our Worldwide Government blog... As 2012 comes to a close and we look toward 2013, many of us will make New Year's resolutions to invite change and improvement into our lives. In the spirit of the New Year, today I'd like to reflect upon ways that governments are working to improve the communities...
  • Blog Post: A bright future for cities? Thoughts from the “Future of Cities” forum

    With more than 50% of the world’s population already living in cities, and projections that this number will grow to 70% plus by 2050, the accelerating trend of urbanisation raises many challenges and demands for governments. From September 20-21, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, under the auspices of...
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