Suppose this year has taught us anything as individuals, businesses, organizations, and governments. In that case, we can make it to the other side of just about everything by working together. Responding to the various challenges this year gave us has been difficult, but it is a defining moment as we reimagine a future of transformation and innovation.
In particular, the United States government has had to respond to the global pandemic’s health and economic crisis, a social and racial justice movement, an unprecedented fire season, and more. To help lead the population through this turbulent time, Microsoft formed the Microsoft Federal team in July 2020 to support the government’s mission-critical work. Let us explore the various ways Microsoft and government leaders are working together to address these uncertain times’ ever-evolving demands.
Leadership to Build Resiliency and Momentum
To demonstrate leadership to build resiliency and momentum, Federal agencies need innovative and flexible solutions to address some of the most pressing issues. That is why the Microsoft Federal team focuses on empowering mission and leadership resiliency.
Below are a few examples of how federal organizations use the trusted Microsoft cloud, AI, and other cutting-edge capabilities to tackle issues related to the novel coronavirus.
- Nextgov credited the Department of Veteran Affairs for issuing an AI-powered, conversational COVID-19 chatbot using the Microsoft Healthcare Bot Service. They developed the bot to help veterans and caregivers find answers to pressing questions amid the pandemic. Microsoft expanded its efforts and built other cloud-based dashboards using Power BI, Bing Maps, and Azure App Service.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) used Microsoft’s Healthcare Bot service to create a Coronavirus self-checker, helping the public decide to seek proper medical care.
Meeting the Needs of Diverse Missions
Every organization and federal department serve a different mission. Building solutions that meet their diverse missions’ unique needs is crucial to facilitating great agility and resiliency. Below are a couple of examples of how the federal government and Microsoft are working together to meet diverse missions’ needs.
- Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are working in tandem with Microsoft to use artificial intelligence and machine learning to monitor endangered and threatened animals. The animals include beluga whales, ice seals, and polar bears.
- A joint taskforce complied of Veteran Affairs, Microsoft, Medivis, and Verizon worked together on Project Convergence. The project started in February 2020 to establish the nation’s first 5G-enabled hospital. This public-private partnership goes far beyond creating 5G innovations; it will create opportunities to improve veteran healthcare by leveraging the Azure cloud and Microsoft HoloLens 2.
Accelerating Progress on All Fronts
Progress does not happen as a result of one person, one agency, or one technology. Microsoft and the federal government are working together to accelerate progress in various ways through many methods. For example, The First Five Consortium with the Department of Energy is developing AI-enabled disaster response tools. The tools would help first responders readily address wildfires, floods, and windstorms.
Microsoft Federal and the Microsoft industry team are happily collaborating with the Department of Defense (DOD) in advancing microelectronics technology. The collaboration aims to strengthen the American microelectronics industry through the Rapid Assured Microelectronics Prototypes (RAMP) using Advanced Commercial Capabilities Project. Advanced microelectronics capabilities are essential for applications such as power supply in industrial processes, communications technologies, and lighting.
Reimagining the Future
To better understand how the federal government and Microsoft are working together to create a more efficient, effective government, join the first-ever digital Microsoft Government Leaders Summit, 10:00 a.m. to noon ET on Monday, December 7. During the two-hour conference, you will hear from:
- Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, Brad Smith, Toni Townes-Whitley, and others will discuss what is needed to address federal agencies’ most dire issues.
- Leaders from the federal government, responding to change and recovering through collaboration and modernization.
- Author and historian Walter Isaacson sharing insights on the leadership and resiliency strategies that powered significant historic transformations during difficult times.
Just as our nation’s leaders seek partnerships to strengthen their crisis response, your business can do the same. The Bauen Group is a team of technology experts who are well-versed in developing unique solutions to meet small to midsize businesses’ needs. We are just like you, navigating the twists and turns of the global and economic crisis. We are still ready to help you build a more resilient and flexible infrastructure by utilizing advanced technologies.