Regions/Cities of the Future

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Technology enables the Operations Transformation

As main Cities and Regions become international hubs of influence to attract talented citizens (the creative class) and investors, they need to intensively use the most efficient solutions to manage their operations. Here, IT plays a key role: Improving the provided services quality and quantity by taking advantage of the massive available data and the advanced Analytics Platforms from the Cloud, while keeping costs under control by leveraging the Cloud economics.

March 21, 2018


Cities/Regions are the engines of economic growth, prosperity & social progress: digitalization offers unprecedented opportunities, to increase quality of life, to attract and retain citizens / businesses and to create a safe and a sustainable society.

As you strive to meet the ever-evolving needs and demands of your citizens while running your operations efficiently, you face many challenges: shrinking revenues, budget cuts, outdated infrastructure, and rigorous regulatory. Not to mention the need to understand and provide improved cybersecurity and privacy when moving to digital platforms. With a massive incremental amount of data from our society (IoT world, Social networks, demographics, healthcare), your Data Centers need to embrace the Cloud as the only affordable way to manage that data explosion, with the needed citizens data protection compliance and with the required powerful Cloud Analytics tools to convert data into knowledge to make better informed decisions.

So, Data Centers are embracing the evolutionary concept of Hybrid Cloud, Trusted Data Platforms, Modern e-Identity, Shared Service Catalog and Good Data Governance (GDPR, Compliance). During the day we will explore how we together with our partners and their industry solutions, can enable the future of your Region/City Operations, - today

This workshop will be limited to 24 attendees to enable meaningful discussions and interactions and will leverage real world examples of digital transformation projects in Regions/Main Cities across Europe and in topics of interest such as how to take advantage of the hybrid Cloud model for your Operations. Throughout the day attendees will be invited to share experiences from their digital agenda so that we all can learn from each other. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our Microsoft Executive Briefing Center in Brussels to have an inspired workshop together with you.

›› Agenda

08:30-09:00 | Registration and breakfast
09:00-09:15 | Introductions - group connection
09:15-10:00 | Impact of Digital Transformation for Modern Operations
09:15-10:00 | in Regions, Cities of the Future
10:00-10:45 | Trusted Cloud as a common platform
10:00-10:45 | for unified citizen services enabling public/private partnership
10:00-10:45 | Data Governance (GDPR, Compliance) when storing,
10:00-10:45 | managing and handling citizen data.
10:45-11:15 | Coffee Break
11:15-12:15 | Embrace the Hybrid Cloud model to evolution your Data Center.
11:15-12:15 | Azure Stack
11:15-12:15 | True hybrid cloud creating an application platform that enables IT
11:15-12:15 | to respond to Government needs
12:15-13:15 | Hot Lunch
13:15-14:15 | Secure data - always on - the future of sharing data.
13:15-14:15 | e-Identity as single truth for every citizen.
13:15-14:15 | Security and Identity. Strategies and solutions to help
13:15-14:15 | Governments protect IT infrastructure, applications, and data from
13:15-14:15 | internal and external threats, and to enable their Operations
13:15-14:15 | to leverage new IT megatrends to drive innovation.
14:15-15:15 | Cyber Security
14:15-14:45 | Coping with Digital Crime & protecting citizens
15:15-15:45 | Roundtable Discussion
15:45-16:00 | EBC Feedback


›› Who should attend

This Executive Briefing is intended for business decision makers from main Cities and Regions. Decision maker profiles include Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Councillors, Project & Program Manager for City/Region Operations, Chief Digital Officer (CDO), CTO's,. Please apply early, attendee numbers for each event will be strictly limited to create an environment for an exchange of thoughts and for the exploration of joint opportunities.

›› Featured speakers

José Antonio Ondiviela
Government / SmartCities Solutions Director, Western Europe

Magnus Forsberg
Sr. Business Developer, Smart City and Government Solutions,
Western Europe Region

Dr. Andrew William Hawkins
Senior Director, Local & Regional Government, EMEA Region

Lina Mongrand
Government and Smart Cities Solutions Lead, Microsoft Services

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