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Andhra Pradesh signs MoU with Microsoft


Seeking to improve use of ICT, drive digital inclusion and provide better citizen services, Andhra Pradesh Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Microsoft India during a breakfast meeting hosted by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu for technology giant's CEO Satya Nadella at the former's residence here on Monday.
According to the MoU, Microsoft India will provide technical knowledge to A.P. Government and support building three proof-of-concept (PoC) solutions by applying Microsoft Azure Machine Learning and Advanced Visualization method in the fields of education, agriculture and eCitizen services.
The PoC solutions will be built and deployed to address specific problems within each of the fields to achieve better outcomes for the State. It would use the lab method for data gathering, analysis, predictive analysis and policy planning, according to an official release from the Chief Minister's office.
Continuing its commitment to support the Government’s initiatives for Cloud adoption and improve citizen services, the Microsoft India will continue to engage and train State Government’s key IT executives on Microsoft technologies such as Cloud, Mobility and appropriate Microsoft Technology stack. The company will also deliver an exclusive workshop to the government’s key administrative officers on improving productivity by using Microsoft technologies.
The meeting lasted 80 minutes, during which Mr. Satya Nadella assured A.P. of total cooperation for the utilisation of cloud data for improving citizen services. Meanwhile, the State Government has requested Microsoft to help set up a Centre of Excellence in Vishakhapatnam.

He also promised to visit Anantapur District during his next visit.

The technology provided by the Microsoft would be utilised, among others to, check school dropouts, improve agricultural productivity and providing better citizen services.

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