23 May '12, 10am

SAP's 'Urban Matters' takes on smarter cities, better government

A record number of us are now living in cities, and that trend is expected to only gather momentum this century as the world population soars. Experts at the recent VERGE conference in London regarded the issue of rapid urbanization as a double-edged sword: It presents new opportunities as well as challenges when it comes to sustainability. And industry analysts say “smart” cities using advanced data analytics will be essential if urban population centers are to thrive. The technology sector is already working on solutions. Germany’s SAP (NYSE: SAP ), the world’s largest business software company, has just launched what it calls its “Urban Matters” program. The initiative will reportedly help urban centers develop more effective governments and better run cities. According to SAP, the initiative’s focus is five-fold: Supporting the fundamentals of good government Empowerin...

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