26 Febbraio 2024

Microsoft for Government: Changing the landscape with cloud and AI

If 2023 was the year that governments recognized the potential of technology to tackle some of society’s biggest challenges, then 2024 is the year that governments are putting it to work.  

In my meetings and discussions with government leaders from around the world, what’s impressed me the most is the optimism so many have about the possibilities for generational transformation presented by modern cloud technology, especially generative AI. This is already translating into action and delivering amazing results in many corners of the world. As the leader of the Microsoft for Government team, I am excited by the prospect of governments becoming even more empowered with solutions that help provide better services, outcomes, and efficiencies.  

Microsoft for Government

Empowering governments with technology to help solve society’s biggest challenges

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2023: A year of government transformation through technology

Looking back at 2023, a common theme we saw across events and customer engagements was that many governments are no longer holding back but instead are investing, experimenting, and innovating with digital technology and AI. And it’s not just about generative AI, but also the many accompanying technologies that governments rely on—everything from hyperscale cloud to the Internet of Things (IoT) sensors, digital twins, and even body cameras on police officers. 

After my team’s participation in the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference in September 2023, I cannot watch a police cruiser go by without appreciating that officers and residents alike are safer thanks to the new communications and situational awareness capabilities provided by modern cloud technology.  

In October 2023, my view of international trade and safety (not to mention wildlife protection) was heightened by the World Customs Organization (WCO) Technology Conference, where the shift to cloud and AI is inspiring non-intrusive solutions for inspections, advancing automation, and providing better real-time insights. 

And it was phenomenal to witness the worldwide interest in AI at the Smart City Expo World Congress in November 2023. The sheer scope of energized keynotes, sessions, and conversations reflected an optimism that cloud and AI can help transform cities into more sustainable and livable spaces for all. I was gratified that Microsoft was named a trusted leader in Smart Sustainable Cities IoT applications by IDC, and excited to see the enthusiasm for Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365, which had just been released.  

Generative AI has become an imperative for governments, and the recognition of this has spurred leaders across every type of agency and organization to upgrade their systems, processes, and even cultures. It’s an exciting time, with seemingly limitless possibilities.  

Technology impact on governments in 2024

As 2024 progresses, we are seeing some remarkable innovations. Here’s just a sampling of customer highlights: 

  • In Greece, the Ministry of Digital Governance (MoDG) launched the nation’s first public-facing chatbot, which provides people with a simple way to interact with more than 5,000 processes of the government using technology. Built with Microsoft Azure OpenAI Service, the bot runs on government websites and provides accurate and up-to-date information on a wide range of services, policies, and procedures, without making users navigate across websites or contact multiple offices. Due to the partnership and collaboration between the ministerial office and Microsoft, the project progressed from a pre-demo solution to a stable and accurate service in less than three weeks.  
  • In the United States, an advanced search tool was built for the Supreme Court of the state of Alabama to help justices locate case information more effectively. The new tool replaces a slow and error-prone legacy system and leverages Microsoft Azure AI services to provide fast, accurate, and comprehensive search results. The implementation improves the court system’s efficiency and helps ensure justice is served in a timely manner. 
  • The Government of Albania recently released a new AI virtual assistant, designed to streamline and facilitate daily interactions with the government and simplify residents’ lives. Running on Azure OpenAI Service, the system meets the government’s requirements for uncompromised security and governance, and is designed to be scalable for the future. By design, it also provides full control and independence for the Albanian government, allowing the Agency for Information Society (AKSHI) the ability to manage, update, and modify the system in-house.  

Keys to enable AI innovation in government

Early use cases in government are often focused on improving efficiencies or providing new services that draw on readily available data and are relatively easy to build and deploy. We’re seeing a remarkable range of use cases—including chatbots and virtual assistants, content creation and design, language translation and processing, fraud detection, predictive analytics, medical research and diagnosis, and much more.  

Concurrently, agencies and organizations are deriving immediate benefits by adopting Copilot for Microsoft 365, which integrates generative AI into popular productivity applications and services. In the short time that it has been available to customers, Copilot for Microsoft 365 has demonstrated noteworthy value. According to a survey conducted by Microsoft, 70% of Copilot for Microsoft 365 users reported being more productive, and 68% said it improved the quality of their work. Overall, users were 29% faster in a series of tasks—such as searching, writing, and summarizing.1

Many governments are also prioritizing the migration of their data and infrastructure to a hyperscale cloud platform such as the Microsoft Cloud, which provides the power and services to enable advanced AI, while meeting governments’ stringent requirements for security, privacy, and compliance. Advancing trust further is the recently announced Microsoft Cloud for Sovereignty, a solution built on Azure that gives governments greater controls over their data and increased transparency to the operational and governance processes of the cloud.  

Across all these scenarios, we believe it’s critical that governments partner with trusted solution providers that enable them to achieve their desired outcomes. At Microsoft, we regard our global partner ecosystem as essential to the success of our government customers by providing the local and regional expertise required to ensure success.  

Build for success in 2024

We’re excited to offer a variety of opportunities for government customers to explore and innovate with generative AI in 2024. We look forward to engaging with our customers and partners at events throughout the year, including: 

  • The SXSW Conference and Festivals, on March 8 to 16, 2024 in Austin, Texas, where Microsoft will participate in panels, workshops and discussions around sustainability, transportation, and digital futures. We will also be a partner at the Innovation Bridge Europe (IBE) House, and we look forward to exploring innovative ideas with delegates and partners from around the world.  
  • The Microsoft AI Tour event in Paris, France, on March 12, 2024, where senior government leaders, business decision makers, experts, and partners will learn, share, and connect.  
  • The European Social Services Conference, on June 26 to 28, 2024 in Antwerp, Belgium, where Microsoft will be a sponsor in helping to bring together senior leaders from 180 government organizations from 34 countries.  

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