Today, at the Worldwide Partner Conference in Houston, Microsoft announced CityNext, a global initiative empowering cities, businesses and citizens to re-imagine their futures and cultivate vibrant communities. CityNext takes the long view, addressing citizen needs with citywide solutions for mobility, social, big data, and cloud. CityNext enables cities to fully harness this new era of innovation with a people-first strategy.

One of the key technology areas CityNext is looking at is big data - through data and analytics, city leaders can gain vital real-time insights from multiple streams, such as traffic cameras, social media and other public channels, to make more accurate decisions, achieve greater efficiencies and respond faster in emergency situations.

To learn more about CityNext read this blog by Microsoft Senior Vice President of Emerging Markets, Orlando Ayala.