Microsoft CityNext Harnesses Technology to Build Smart, Sustainable Cities

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Microsoft CityNext Harnesses Technology to Build Smart, Sustainable Cities

by Vikas Vij
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Microsoft's #CityNext initiative aims to “do more with less and new with less,” through innovation http://bit.ly/1rJSYd9 via @Justmeans

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Monday, November 3, 2014 - 4:00pm

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Microsoft launched its ambitious CityNext global initiative last year at a time when major cities around the world have been looking at ways to optimize their resources and improve their sustainability. CityNext is employing cutting edge technologies to support this effort and build smart, sustainable cities. In one year, the project has already gathered significant momentum with the launch of 14 showcase cities, and has created over 200 partnerships and gone from having zero to more than 700 solutions.

Microsoft’s smart city approach resonates with its company-wide mobile-first, cloud-first strategy that has been announced by CEO Satya Nadella. The goal is to “do more with less and new with less,” which can be achieved through technology and innovation. Population in major cities around the world continues to grow, and greater efficiency and optimal use of resources is critical to sustaining this growth.

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Vikas is a staff writer for the Sustainable Development news and editorial section on Justmeans. He is an MBA with 20 years of managerial and entrepreneurial experience and global travel. He is the author of "The Power of Money" (Scholars, 2003), a book that presents a revolutionary monetary economic theory on poverty alleviation in the developing world. Vikas is also the official writer for an international social project for developing nations "Decisions for Life" run in collaboration between the ILO, the University of Amsterdam and the Indian Institute of Management. 

Keywords: Innovation & Technology | CityNext | Micorsoft SharePoint | Microsoft | Microsoft Azure | cloud-based information solutions | more with less | sustainable cities

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