GIS People Joins Forces with Microsoft CityNext

Global public sector initiative and GIS People enable cities to harness a new era of innovation through a people-first approach.

GIS People today announced its participation in Microsoft CityNext, a global initiative empowering cities, businesses and citizens to re-imagine their futures and cultivate vibrant communities. Through the Microsoft CityNext initiative, Microsoft and GIS People will help leaders to do “new with less,” by combining the power of technology with innovative ideas to connect governments, businesses and citizens with city services that increase efficiencies, reduce costs, foster a more sustainable environment and cultivate communities where people thrive.

GIS People is a multi-award-winning IT company specializing in first-class geospatial consultancy and innovative software that solves business and process problems. One of GIS People’s flagship products, Gruntify, is changing the way organizations manage their data collection. It combines a real-time mobile app and a user-friendly data management portal where field reports can be actioned immediately via internal and external teams. The platform has already been implemented with customers including the Queensland Government, Duserve and Townsville City Council, to just name a few. GIS People’s participation with Microsoft CityNext will bring the company’s expertise in geospatial intelligence and high-quality digital services into the world of smart city solutions.

“Microsoft CityNext brings a new era of innovation to help cities transform government infrastructure, deliver new citizen services and address important challenges like sustainability and economic development,” said Igor Stjepanovic, Founder of GIS People.

Cities have long been the center of industrial, economic and entrepreneurial activity fueling the rest of the world’s success. Today, as more of the world’s population urbanizes, cities face mounting pressures and challenges to maintain high standards and quality of life for citizens. It is expected that by 2050, seven out of every 10 people will live in a city.  Leveraging a broad portfolio of familiar and security-enhanced consumer-to-business software, partner solutions, devices and services and Microsoft’s history of successful education and social programs, Microsoft CityNext is a collective effort that helps cities anticipate and plan for these changes and challenges, enabling them to meet citizens’ needs, thrive economically and embrace modernity.

“We’re thrilled to partner with GIS People on Microsoft CityNext. Microsoft prioritizes a people- and partner-first approach across all our initiatives, and Microsoft CityNext is no different,” said Trudy Norris-Grey, managing director, business development, Worldwide Public Sector, Microsoft.  “While cities are feeling the strain from economic challenges, Microsoft CityNext ushers in innovative technology solutions to create opportunities for cities and their citizens, enabling them to accomplish what they never thought possible. We’re inspired by our diverse partner ecosystem and know that working together we can help cities realize their full potential.”

About Microsoft CityNext

Microsoft CityNext is a global people-first initiative harnessing all the ideas, energy and expertise of a city’s people to create modern, healthy, safe, well-educated and sustainable cities for the future. Microsoft CityNext empowers cities to do new with less, by building on existing infrastructure and investments to digitally transform cities’ systems, services and operations; engage citizens and businesses by delivering personalized services and apps that foster real-time dialogue; and accelerate innovation and opportunity through programs and partnerships that empower and nurture the next generation of skilled workers. Combining a vast network of global partners and Microsoft’s history of successful education, healthcare and social programs, Microsoft CityNext helps cities plan for and embrace the future.

Read the full press release here.