Microsoft CEO to set up centre of excellence in Visakhapatnam

Hyderabad, Dec 28 (IANS) Microsoft chief executive officer Satya Nadella has agreed to set up a Microsoft centre for excellence in Visakhapatnam.

Nadella, who met Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Monday, assured cooperation with the state government in utilisation of cloud data for improving citizen services.

During the 80-minute-long meeting with Naidu at the latter’s residence, the CEO of the global tech giant also promised to visit his native Anantapur district during his next visit, said a statement from the chief minister’s office.

Nadella was born in Anantapur district in Andhra Pradesh but was brought up and studied in Hyderabad, which is now part of Telangana state.

On the occasion of Nadella’s visit, the Andhra Pradesh government also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Microsoft to improve access, deployment and use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to offer better citizen services and drive digital inclusion.

Under the MoU, the state government would use technical knowledge provided by Microsoft India.

Microsoft India will support building of up to three proof-of-concept (POC) solutions to apply Microsoft Azure Machine Learning and Advanced Visualization in the fields of education, agriculture and eCitizen services.

These 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.

Microsoft India will also train the 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.

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