Those that follow the financial markets would have been forgiven for thinking that financial doom and gloom had turned an optimistic corner following the New Year celebrations. In the United States, we avoided falling over the fiscal cliff and markets rose sharply in response to the news, to levels not seen in many years. However, for many national, local, and city governments, there is still considerable financial pressure and scrutiny on public spending.
At the same time, there are many opportunities for governments, at all levels, to increase their operational efficiency and stimulate economic development, job growth, and private sector investment. Technology has a vital role to play in all of these areas, and with the New Year, there are new possibilities around the corner.
The recent launch and availability of Windows 8 will provide significant opportunities for governments to innovate and transform the way government employees work—within and between departments and with the citizens they serve. From enabling government employees to deliver vital services in new ways and with fewer resources to providing support for increased mobility, enhanced security, and improved productivity, Windows 8 can help government not only do more with less, but do new with less. Specifically, I believe governments will achieve this by leveraging Windows 8 in three distinct ways.
1. Modernizing employee productivity resources to help them better support the needs of constituents
2. Transforming how citizens interact with government by delivering services on new devices and via apps with a much more consumer-oriented look and feel
3. Helping government executives consume and interpret growing volumes of data and information to make better decisions by enabling mobile access to information on a variety of work devices
With Windows 8, the public sector now has a versatile platform that will enable governments to deliver new with less. The latest edition of our public sector Touch magazine has a special report that looks at the impact that Windows 8 is having across public safety and national security, government, health, and education. I encourage you to take a look, download the digital edition and read more about the innovation and transformation capabilities Windows 8 has to offer the public sector.
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