The challenges of Public Sector institutions are growing more complex, be it
the impact of globalization on economies and the earth, evolving security
threats or the ability to provide education, healthcare and other vital
services to their citizens. In the face of the global economic challenges of
the past few years the Public Sector has to address those expanding
concerns, and create jobs and economic opportunity with a shrinking set of
Innovation is central in addressing that challenge for any country,
community or institution. That need is matched by new and transformative
opportunities for governments & their citizens to harness benefits of
technology. The emergence of cloud computing is opening up ground-breaking
ways for Public Sector institutions to realize dramatic modernization in how
they operate, transform their interaction with citizens and unleash the
potential of their economies, societies and all their citizens.
Microsoft’s approach, built on more than a quarter century of experience in
Public Sector, focuses on helping leaders and institutions innovate on their
own terms through secure and flexible end-to-end solutions and an array of
partnerships and programs designed to address the specific needs and
priorities of local institutions and local populations. Microsoft
helps governments, schools, hospitals and other public institutions
strategically harness the power of innovation to enable New Efficiencies,
New Engagements and New Opportunities across their societies.
Innovation within Public Sector institutions, including emerging
opportunities through Cloud Computing, can bring about not just
modernization, but fundamental transformation in how they work and operate.
At a time when the Public Sector is increasingly asked to “do more with
less”, finding new efficiencies is a top priority for many organizations.
Cloud computing is helping governments, schools and health organizations to
do just that. It is about solutions that can be implemented in days or
weeks, not months or years. It is about focusing your time on what you do
best – not keeping your IT systems up and running. It is about reducing your
carbon footprint and freeing up resources for the core mission of any
institution – while having the confidence that your information is secure
and accessible whenever and where ever you need it.
It is also about enabling and empowering your civil servants. Making them
more productive, but also helping them tap the information to do their job
when and where they need it. New efficiency is also about helping any
agency, hospital or school make faster, and smarter decisions. It’s about an
evolution from the Information Age to the Insight Age, with consumable and
actionable data that helps institutions large and small make faster and more
informed decisions on how they use their resources.
It is far beyond doing the things we have always done – but just doing them
a little faster. It is about turning technology into a strategic asset to
transform the work and the impact of Public Sector institutions.
That increased agility and responsiveness also allows any institution to
connect in new ways with the citizens it serves. Governments increasingly
can deliver services anywhere and anytime, responding to the needs of
citizens as an enabler, instead of a roadblock. Institutions can bring
information to life for citizens, giving them a better understanding and
increased confidence in how public resources are used.
Innovation is also enabling a genuine two-way conversation between
institutions and the individuals they serve, enabling the citizen to be part
of the solution. Citizens can have a bigger voice, sharing their ideas and
their local knowledge with leaders and across their communities.
Patients can take a bigger role in their own health and wellness. Students,
parents and teachers can collaborate to best meet the specific needs and
learning style of each child. It is about tapping the best resources of any
country or community …the collective wisdom of their people.
Technology is not just a means to serve and engage citizens more efficiently
and effectively, it is a catalyst for local innovation, sustainable
development and new opportunity citizens young and old.
Microsoft’s 700,000 local partners are spurring local innovation and
job creation in their local communities. We work with those partners to
foster ongoing local innovation and opportunity through support and training
to local startups, partnerships on new innovation with universities and
local governments, and through programs like Imagine Cup, the world’s
largest technology competition for top IT students.
Technology skills are more important than ever for all citizens,
representing providing a passport to new opportunity in today’s competitive
global economy. Through an array of programs, Microsoft works with
local stakeholders to provide market-driven workforce skills, training, and
technology access to unemployed or underemployed workers and expand skills
and access to underserved communities.
Nothing is more critical to the future prospects of any country or community
than the education of their young people. Our
Partners in Learning program works with local schools, governments
and communities on holistic efforts to help schools and teachers more
effectively use technology to advance learning for their students. These
efforts have provided professional development to 8 million teachers and
reached more than 185 million students since 2003.
We believe that innovation can be a remarkable tool to help unleash the
talent, creativity, and passion of your citizens. With strategic focus
and the collaborative efforts of all stakeholders, Public Sector
institutions can develop virtuous circles of New Efficiency, New Engagement
and New Opportunity. They can harness the power of innovation to realize the
full potential of their societies and their citizens.