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.