How will UK cities transform to meet the challenges of tomorrow?

Cities and other urban areas will be the UK’s engines of prosperity for decades to come. But all that growth will bring new challenges with it. Local authorities need to understand the trends that are shaping urban environments today – and then find ways to transform their services, engage their citizens and accelerate economic growth…

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Microsoft CityNext: Rising to the code challenge

Cities are our economic hubs. They’ve long attracted ambitious workers looking for better jobs. So it’s no surprise that today 80% of the world’s economic activity comes from urban areas. But the jobs that will drive our economy tomorrow will be very different from the ones that fuelled the growth of cities in generations past….

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Microsoft CityNext: How better customer service helped Sunderland City Council save money

Sunderland City Council’s problem had a familiar problem. The city provided more than 700 services to its 280,000 citizens, but accessing those services wasn’t always straightforward. Citizens had to navigate multiple systems and access points to request services. These inefficiencies weren’t just frustrating for the user, but expensive for the city as well. The citizens’…

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Microsoft CityNext: How the cloud transformed Barcelona

Barcelona has 20 centuries of history to its name – but it’s not standing still. Changing the way a large city runs isn’t easy, and Barcelona has 40,000 employees offering a wide variety of services. But the city is committed to finding new ways to engage citizens, transform services and accelerate economic growth. Luckily, the…

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Transform the Datacentre: Discover how cloud tools are shaping the future of IT

Ahead of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the London Borough of Newham Council needed to accomplish two seemingly opposing goals. It needed to improve staff productivity by giving them remote access to data – but it also needed to find a way to reduce IT costs. By moving to a private cloud solution the council…

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Microsoft CityNext: Grasping the digital age

This story was written by Heather Jameson and originally ran in the print edition of The Municipal Journal.  Much has been made of the technological age – as the use of technology becomes ubiquitous and infiltrates every aspect of our daily life. But we are also entering the age of the city. We now have 50%…

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Microsoft CityNext: How do you turn data into lower building costs?

This article originally ran in the print edition of The Municipal Journal. At the recent Infrastructure Forum, Microsoft introduced its worldwide programme to help cities, agencies and citizens work together to transform local services, engage citizens and accelerate growth. It’s called Microsoft CityNext and combines all the assets that Microsoft has: technology innovation, social and…

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Microsoft CityNext: Nominate the UK Digital City of the Year! Just 2 weeks to go!

This year, as part of the Microsoft CityNext initiative, Microsoft is partnering with the Municipal Journal to present the first ever UK Digital City of the Year award, honouring the city or city region best deploying a people-first initiative that transforms services, engages citizens and accelerates growth. The winner won’t be announced until this summer,…

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Microsoft CityNext: What does Big Data mean for the future of cities?

Transformation is a major theme of Microsoft CityNext. To meet the unique challenges faced by urban areas, local governments must find new and better ways of doing business, instead of trying to simply do the same old thing a little bit better. But it’s one thing to say cities will need to transform. It’s another…

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