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Building the future together: Microsoft ​Canada​ Economic and Social Impact Report 

While there have been many challenges over the past two and half years, one silver lining is that the pandemic has fundamentally reshaped the way we work and our priorities, ultimately distinguishing what’s important – health, family, time, purpose – and what’s not. We’re currently sitting at a crossroads in history, where every organization must

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Driving a Culture of Innovation with Ontario’s Public Service 

The accelerated adoption of technology in recent years has meant customer expectations have shifted quickly to rely on seamless digital experiences – whether they are purchasing products or relying on services from the government. At Microsoft, we’re committed to empowering both private and public sector organizations to embrace digital transformation to stay ahead of these

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Cybersecurity is a priority in Alberta’s rapid digital service transformation 

Martin Dinel, Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Information Security Officer for the Cybersecurity Services division of Service Alberta, is leading the charge for innovation in cybersecurity. As recently as two years ago, the Government of Alberta had virtually no presence in the cloud, but with the onset of the pandemic, they were compelled by their

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Driving digital transformation on the frontline 

Creating safer communities is a universal goal, one that often sees the level of risk to our frontline offset by the situational awareness that they rely upon from their command center. But what happens when that support structure is not available? With technology playing a greater role for frontline agencies, it is imperative that these

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Enabling a data-driven public sector with the Microsoft Government Innovation Centre 

The Canadian public sector is ripe for digital innovation, especially when it comes to how government institutions can leverage data to drive transformation and address evolving citizen expectations, according to new research released today from Microsoft Canada. A survey of 658 business decision-makers from Canadian organizations – including public sector, private sector and non-profits –

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Modernizing court operations with digital innovation 

These past few years have seen unprecedented efforts by governments to find new ways of delivering the services and programs that their communities rely upon in a world that has faced the new realities of remotely connecting with the public.  Today, like never before, there is an urgent need for governments to build agility and

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Building resilience in Canada’s Public Sector 

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended every aspect of society and, at the same time, the urgent need for a response has spurred collaboration, innovation and creativity. For Chris White, Managing Director at Microsoft Research, this global crisis crystalized the need to adopt a mission-oriented mindset to research that focuses on durability instead of efficiency, emphasizes

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Microsoft Canada launches Azure Landing Zone for Canada’s Public Sector 

Microsoft Canada has launched its open-sourced Azure Landing Zone for Canada’s public sector. This is a purpose-built reference implementation to guide government departments to be compliant with Canadian standards. Security and compliance are top priorities for governments around the world. The Government of Canada has adopted a Cloud-First strategy, and has defined a security and

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Optimizing Municipal Citizen Service Delivery with Digital Solutions 

Government technology ecosystems are more complex than ever – the global pandemic ushered in rapid adoption of digital solutions to enable an entire workforce to work and collaborate remotely, while ensuring the continuity of critical citizen services. As digital transformation continues to be a strategic priority at all levels of government, the path forward should consider investments in new technologies that enhance citizen service delivery, while optimizing performance from the ground up.

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Fueling a sustainable post-pandemic recovery 

As municipal leaders across Canada continue to navigate the road to economic recovery, it is critical to consider how investing in sustainable technology and smart infrastructure can enable communities to not just recover from the pandemic but come back stronger than before.