Microsoft CityNext Platform/Devices

Make informed decisions, decrease costs and streamline communication.

Microsoft CityNext's platform provides citizens, businesses, and government employees—including maintenance workers, safety inspectors, case workers, and police officers—the power of cloud computing and real-time information at their fingertips. The combination of cloud based Big Data and mobile devices and services enables people to work more efficiently and to make better decisions. Today, cities can tap into data assets and harness the potential of existing infrastructure quickly and affordably with Microsoft CityNext.
Communication and Collaboration
 
 
Communication and Collaboration

Despite all the transitions that city governments undergo, some constants remain: they want to engage as many people as possible and to deliver valuable services. Modern cities have IT organizations that provide the tools, technologies, and platforms that people need to communicate and collaborate. Microsoft CityNext draws on a platform of cloud, Big Data, mobile and social technologies that help cities worldwide improve services and work more efficiently.

Collaboration solutions from Microsoft and our partners are designed to meet the workflow needs of busy city leaders, employees, and citizens. Cloud-based productivity, communications, and BI tools help people collaborate better in real time using their favorite devices, whether PCs, smartphones, or tablets.

"Microsoft is the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud first world."

-Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft Corporation

Data Center and LOB Platform

Today's cities are often challenged to scale out services while contending with ever-shrinking budgets. Microsoft CityNext solutions, which draw on a comprehensive platform of cloud services, help cities reduce data center complexity and take advantage of virtually limitless storage and processing capacity while meeting security and compliance requirements.

With technology from Microsoft and our partners, cities can become more agile and productive. Integrating on-premises infrastructure with the cloud helps governments handle increasing workloads easily and affordably while taking advantage of existing IT investments. And, by deploying entirely in the cloud, they can cut management cost and complexity even further. Centrally managed, cloud-based resources offer multiple benefits. With a Microsoft cloud platform, cities can:

  • Handle growth and fluctuating workloads more efficiently and affordably.
  • Improve access to information and applications wherever users are located.
  • Control access without creating barriers by using Microsoft identity management tools.
  • Monitor performance and respond to problems more easily.

Now, cities can anticipate future needs and prepare for multiple possibilities with a more scalable, flexible, and affordable infrastructure.

"Microsoft is the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud first world."

-Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft Corporation

CRM and ERP

Cities today face increased pressure from citizens, businesses, and government workers to provide services and information quickly and affordably. And not only do they want better access to information, they also demand a more personalized experience across a broad range of devices, including PCs, phones, and tablets. To meet these needs, cities are taking a closer look at cloud services. Microsoft CityNext, with its platform of cloud, Big Data, mobile and social technologies, offers a citizen-centric approach that can help cities improve efficiency while controlling costs.

The most successful and economically competitive cities are powered by passionate individuals who have the right tools to create a leaner, more responsive government. Microsoft and our partners offer customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions that help the city workforce more easily adapt to increased expectations and constant change.

With Microsoft CityNext solutions, local governments can reduce costs and improve efficiency by automating processes such as tax and revenue collection. Equally important, they can engage citizens and improve collaboration by integrating CRM and ERP software with new communications tools, including social media. In addition, powerful, easy-to-use BI tools provide deeper insights that help cities strengthen their competitive advantage.

Using Microsoft CityNext solutions, governments can build better relationships with citizens, inform people about services and programs, and drive the specific outcomes that constituents demand.

"Microsoft is the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud first world."

-Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft Corporation

Identity, Security and Device Management

Today, data is no longer stored only on individual devices or in customer data centers. Instead of maintaining data locally, cities are looking to the cloud for ways to save money and become more agile and efficient. But while centralized, cloud storage offers multiple benefits, people also worry about security. Microsoft CityNext initiatives help city, municipal, and regional governments worldwide design innovative solutions for managing data more efficiently, affordably, and securely.

With security, identity, and access management solutions from Microsoft and our partners, cities can provide access to data from virtually any device or location while strengthening security and ensuring regulatory compliance.

Microsoft CityNext offers comprehensive private and public cloud solutions that help cities protect and extend their IT infrastructure. And they can scale out existing services and add new ones with confidence, because Microsoft commercial cloud services comply with US and international security best practices. Cities can provide authorized users with better access to systems and services, improve collaboration, and simplify management of the entire identity lifecycle.

"Microsoft is the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud first world."

-Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft Corporation

Big Data and Analytics

Businesses and government organizations face many of the same IT challenges, including the exponential growth of data from a wide variety of sources. Local governments—whether city, municipal, or regional—already own or have access to extensive information assets. Today, data comes from not just business software and traditional record-keeping processes, but also sensors embedded in building equipment and public infrastructure, CCTV and video feeds, and social media. Governments seek extensible, flexible solutions that will help them unlock insights, more easily adapt to future growth and technology trends, and not least of all, control costs.

Microsoft CityNext, with its people-first approach and solutions help governments gain actionable insights and provide an affordable, innovative platform drawing on cloud, Big Data, mobile and social technologies for delivering citizen-centric services. For example, by working with technology from Microsoft and our partners, governments worldwide can connect existing IT systems with external data sources such as social media, GPS signals, and video feeds. And by integrating cloud-based visualization tools, including mapping features, natural language search engines, and interactive charts and graphs, they can empower virtually anyone to get real-time, actionable insight from complex data. People can also work more efficiently by accessing data anytime, anywhere, using their favorite devices whether PCs, smartphones, or tablets.

With Microsoft CityNext solutions for Big Data and analytics, cities can enhance services and improve efficiency in multiple areas, including energy efficiency, public health and safety, and financial management.

"Microsoft is the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud first world."

-Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft Corporation

Geographic Information Systems

Cities are defined in part by their locations. This is also true for every asset and service within a city. Where's the pothole? Where's the bus? Where's the power substation? Having accurate location-based data, or geospatial data, is critical for cities to improve decisions that affect the quality of life of their citizens.

Government organizations at all levels need geographic information systems (GIS) to improve decision making. GIS solutions create and analyze geographic data such as maps and images to simplify insight into complex processes and behavior patterns and optimize planning.

Day-to-day city operations that require GIS range from land management, permits, and utilities to traffic planning and election management. GIS is more than simply access to geospatial data, it is also the ability to easily model and share information.

Microsoft's CityNext partner solutions provide access to geospatial data through powerful analytics and business intelligence tools. With these innovative solutions, analysts can work with data in familiar office and line-of-business applications, including customer relationship management (CRM) software. Resulting in solutions that can transform the operations of a city and provide citizen-centric services.

GIS solutions help agencies save time and money by improving workflow, productivity, and insight. At the same time, governments can enhance relationships with citizens by sharing real-time data on community projects and issues that affect people where they work, live, and play.

"Microsoft is the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud first world."

-Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft Corporation

Phones, Tablets, PCs, Embedded Devices

Data is being produced by more devices than ever before, including video captured from CCTV and webcams, and sensors used in automation systems, transportation, and utilities. Today's city governments look for ways to not only unlock insights on any data, but to simplify access for their citizens.

Government employees—including maintenance workers, safety inspectors, case workers, and police officers—benefit greatly from easy access to this real-time information to work more efficiently and make better decisions. Today, cities can tap into data assets and harness the potential of existing infrastructure quickly and affordably with Microsoft CityNext solutions. For example, by taking advantage of cloud and mobile technologies, people can work faster and smarter using devices such as tablets and smartphones to access, collect, and share data from virtually any location.

Microsoft and our partners provide end-to-end solutions, including cloud-based Big Data integration and analytics, business intelligence (BI) tools, and mobile-device management. With a Microsoft CityNext solution for mobile devices, governments empower people to find relevant data faster, make better decisions, and improve the flow of ideas and information between individuals and their local governments.

"Microsoft is the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud first world."

-Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft Corporation

Featured Partners

Microsoft CityNext partners will work with you to determine the right solution to create safer, smarter, healthier and modern cities. See a few of our featured partners below, or find partners based on solution or location.

Featured Partners

Microsoft CityNext partners will work with you to determine the right solution to create safer, smarter, healthier and modern cities. See a few of our featured partners below, or find partners based on solution or location.

Featured Partners

Microsoft CityNext partners will work with you to determine the right solution to create safer, smarter, healthier and modern cities. See a few of our featured partners below, or find partners based on solution or location.

Featured Partners

Microsoft CityNext partners will work with you to determine the right solution to create safer, smarter, healthier and modern cities. See a few of our featured partners below, or find partners based on solution or location.

Featured Partners

Microsoft CityNext partners will work with you to determine the right solution to create safer, smarter, healthier and modern cities. See a few of our featured partners below, or find partners based on solution or location.

Featured Partners

Microsoft CityNext partners will work with you to determine the right solution to create safer, smarter, healthier and modern cities. See a few of our featured partners below, or find partners based on solution or location.

Featured Partners

Microsoft CityNext partners will work with you to determine the right solution to create safer, smarter, healthier and modern cities. See a few of our featured partners below, or find partners based on solution or location.