Avoid Poor Planning and “Dumb Cities” with Microsoft Dynamics 365
Building the ‘city of tomorrow’ requires more than the installation of smart sensors across a municipality. A smart city requires a cohesive plan that involves all key municipal departments, as well as businesses and citizens in the community. Without a plan, which is being seen in many cities, the city of tomorrow may not be as smart as we had hoped.
Many would agree that a smart city could be safer, more efficient, cleaner, friendlier, or more prosperous. There are several ways to define a smart city; however, there is currently no rulebook, guideline or tried-and-true plan for creating a smart city. As suggested in “Nightmare scenario: smart cities that are actually dumb,” posted by Colin Wood on StateScoop.com, while less planning could spur innovation and be productive, less planning could also lead to disorganization, unforeseen legal issues and other nightmares.
The smart city concept is a grand idea that must involve more than the planning department. The vision should span the entire municipality, which means toppling the data silos that exist across the departments of many local governments. The City of Seattle, for example, has had departments buying the technology that addressed unique needs for 15 years. These systems have become so disparate that it prohibits the ability to implement city-wide initiatives. Deploying an Internet of Things (IoT) project without correcting this mistake could be a disaster for the smart city initiative. Seattle’s Chief Technology Officer, Michael Mattmiller, suggests the public sector must consider the big picture and develop a system of standards and governance before pursuing a smart city project.
Topple Data Silos by Replacing Disparate Systems with the Right ERP
It’s time for local governments to replace inefficient, disparate software systems with an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, like Microsoft Dynamics 365. One system that manages all core operations will remove barriers created by data silos, putting data within a centralized location. An integrated ERP solution like Dynamics 365 will bring data and departments together, improving collaboration and planning efforts, which can lead to a stronger municipality and, in time, a smarter city.
Harness the data needed to improve operations, communication and collaboration, and spur innovation. Contact AKA Enterprise Solutions to learn how to strengthen operations and build a ‘city of tomorrow’ with the support of reliable data and ERP.