Hello Partners!

 
I’m so excited to be at the Worldwide Partner Conference and have the opportunity tell everyone about our new strategic initiative called CityNext; a people-first approach to innovation that empowers governments, businesses and citizens to change the world now and for the next generation.
 
We are living in such an amazing time. Did you know that for the first time in history, over 50% of the world’s population now live in cities? As a result, today’s leaders face many complex challenges; citizens have increased expectations around transparency and services, infrastructure must be built or modernized and then there are the pressures of an unstable economy.  While the challenges are complex, this migration to cities opens up new opportunities for leaders.   
 
CityNext aims to enable city leaders to integrate your solutions on a Microsoft platform, with their existing infrastructure, to do NEW with less.  New ways of communicating with citizens, new ways of keeping them safe, and new ways of creating an environment where governments, businesses and citizens thrive.
 
In 2014, Microsoft research estimates that city leaders will spend over $100B on ICT to meet the demands of their growing populations. CityNext offers opportunities for all Microsoft partners – OEMs, resellers, system integrators, business intelligence, hosting partners, and developers to provide solutions for city leaders that span from businesses to consumers/citizens.
 
CityNext is the result of many years of our work with city leaders and their desire to use technology and the ideas of citizens and enterprising business owners for sustainable economic growth, greater efficiencies and to become more globally competitive – and your solutions are vital to their goals.
 
CityNext also amplifies the great work you are already doing by broadly showcasing your stories and solutions. Benefits that our partners of every size will realize from being a part of CityNext include:
  • Technical Enablement through accelerators to speed development of solutions, plus a reference model providing guidance to help your solutions more easily integrate into a city’s ICT environment.
  • Customer Awareness & Leads through exposure on our CityNext customer properties including Microsoft.com/citynext (including featured partners by solution scenario, blogs, case studies), in-person customer events and Pinpoint – our online prospect generation tools.
  • Sales Readiness via key assets to help you have strategic customer conversations and advise city officials on how to harness modern technology, as well as their existing investments, to address immediate challenges and reach their long term goals
I highly encourage you to join us on this exciting journey!  By combining Microsoft’s broad portfolio of secure consumer to business software, devices and services, your solutions, and our history of visionary education and social programs – together we will enable cities to plan for what’s next. 
 
Thank you for being our partner and continuing to support our customers.
 
Best,
Laura
 
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