Mi­crosoft par­tic­i­pates in Global In­for­mat­ics Fo­rum, 2016

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

In line with its com­mit­ment to ac­cel­er­ate gov­ern­ment mod­ern­iza­tion in the era of “Dig­i­tal Trans­for­ma­tion” to­wards a knowl­edge based econ­omy, Mi­crosoft un­veiled an ar­ray of so­lu­tions at the Global In­for­mat­ics Fo­rum from the 21st to 23rd Novem­ber in Kuwait. The event was held un­der the pa­tron­age of His High­ness Sheikh Sabah Al Ah­mad Al Jaber Al Sabah, Amir of Kuwait, and or­ga­nized by His High­ness Sheikh Salem Al-Ali Al-Sabah In­for­mat­ics Cor­po­ra­tion.

The event acted as a plat­form aim­ing at en­cour­ag­ing in­di­vid­u­als and es­tab­lish­ments to par­tic­i­pate in the knowl­edge econ­omy by adopt­ing new tech­nolo­gies, pro­mote en­trepreneur­ship and pro­vide an in­ter­ac­tive plat­form for the ex­change of knowl­edge, ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­per­tise.

Mi­crosoft demon­strated its lat­est Mass Hap­pi­ness In­dex so­lu­tion based on Mi­crosoft Cog­ni­tive Ser­vices that cap­tures fa­cial ex­pres­sions in mas­sive crowds, pro­cesses the emo­tions and re­ports anal­y­sis in real-time. The tech­nol­ogy us­ing a set of Emo­tion APIs can be lever­aged at var­i­ous events and lo­ca­tions to study au­di­ence re­sponse and use the data col­lected to make in­tel­li­gent ac­tions.

The Mass Hap­pi­ness In­dex en­ables the cap­ture of a range of sen­ti­ments such as anger, con­tempt, dis­gust, fear, sad­ness and sur­prise; gaug­ing the hap­pi­ness level of the in­di­vid­ual.

“Our par­tic­i­pa­tion at the Global In­for­mat­ics Fo­rum is in line with Mi­crosoft’s sup­port to the Kuwait Gov­ern­ment mod­ern­iza­tion and in­no­va­tion ob­jec­tives and to suc­ceed in this jour­ney of dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion, pro­vid­ing lead­ing ser­vices to its ci­ti­zens” said Charles Na­has, Coun­try Gen­eral Man­ager, Mi­crosoft Kuwait. “The re­gion is in pur­suit of dig­i­ti­za­tion to achieve a knowl­edge based econ­omy, and Kuwait is rapidly ac­cel­er­at­ing to­wards adoption of in­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies and so­lu­tions”

Visi­tors to the Mi­crosoft stand in the Fu­ture Zone at the Global In­for­mat­ics Fo­rum were also able to ex­pe­ri­ence its cloud so­lu­tions in­clud­ing In­ter­net of Things (IoT) and Busi­ness In­tel­li­gence tools. Shi­jaz Ab­dulla, Busi­ness Trans­for­ma­tion Spe­cial­ist for Mi­crosoft Kuwait, also de­liv­ered a ses­sion on Azure, its world­class hyper scale cloud com­put­ing plat­form used to build, host and scale busi­ness ap­pli­ca­tions. Au­di­ences re­ceived an over­view on Azure cloud, along with a brief ac­count of ser­vices that can aid in im­prov­ing IT ef­fi­ciency for the Gov­ern­ment of Kuwait.

A re­search con­ducted by Ac­cen­ture states that dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion can have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the coun­try’s econ­omy, boost­ing in­no­va­tion and re­duc­ing back of­fice costs to 45%. It also high­lights that a 1 % in­crease in dig­i­ti­za­tion can re­sult in 0.5 % GDP gain, and a 1.9% gain in in­ter­na­tional trade. Mi­crosoft has al­ways en­dorsed gov­ern­ment mod­ern­iza­tion, fo­cus­ing on build­ing prod­ucts and so­lu­tions that can be lever­aged to gen­er­ate ac­cu­rate in­sights for dig­i­tal trans­parency, value cre­ation and for de­liv­er­ing more per­sonal and in­tel­li­gent com­put­ing ser­vices for ci­ti­zens.

“The world is pro­gress­ing at an alarm­ing rate with dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy trans­form­ing the way we live, work and in­ter­act with each other. With the ex­po­nen­tial growth in data and in­for­ma­tion, it has be­come vi­tal for govern­ments to as­cend to­wards and adopt dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion”. Said Na­has. “At Mi­crosoft, we are fo­cused in em­pow­er­ing govern­ments and or­gan­i­sa­tions to gain ac­cess to, and de­ploy in­tel­li­gent tech­nol­ogy for ad­dress­ing the most press­ing so­ci­etal chal­lenges. We strive to sig­nif­i­cantly ex­pand our ef­forts to­wards mod­ern­iz­ing gov­ern­ment in­sti­tu­tions across Kuwait and en­able them to em­brace cur­rent prac­tices through our soft­ware and ser­vices, and our cloud com­put­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties; em­pow­er­ing them to achieve more.”

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