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Maha Gov Signs MoU with Oracle for State Digitization

Oracle CEO Safra Catz and Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis sign a MoU to develop a smart city Centre of Excellence powered by Oracle Cloud

Oracle and the Government of Maharashtra have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) intended to accelerate the state’s digital transformation initiatives. Leveraging Oracle Cloud solutions, Oracle and the Government of Maharashtra will develop the State’s smart city program, with the goal of making the State’s urban landscape more liveable and inclusive, while driving economic growth.

According to the MoU, Oracle and the Maharashtra Government will create a Centre of Excellence (CoE) to help accelerate its smart city program and modernize the Government’s technology solutions. The CoE, housed in Mumbai, will serve as a research platform to design, develop and test new capabilities that will deliver better government-to-citizen (G2C) and government-to-business (G2B) services. Benefiting from the power of the Cloud, the CoE will enable rapid innovation with minimal capital expenditures. In addition, the CoE will offer a flexible and scalable common framework, as well as a team of experts, allowing individual cities to scale and replicate its solutions.

The proposed projects, to be finalized before the end of the calendar year, include:

  • Smart city in a box
  • Mobile platform for service questions
  • Unified app development for services like driver’s license renewals or property tax payments
  • Digital platform to deliver smart city services across the state
  • Connected infrastructure across all devices, kiosks and citizens
  • Infrastructure services for equipment and IT
  • Resources to manage transportation logistics, including analytics, asset tracking, fleet management
  • Resources to manage utilities, including water and power

Many of these projects will support the government’s e-services program aimed at citizens, visitors, business establishments and government officials. Both Oracle and the Government of Maharashtra will invest in IT infrastructure, training and skillset resources as well as management of the CoE.

The Government of Maharashtra, the largest state economy in India, initiated a program in April to develop 10 smart cities, adding to the 33 announced by the central government in the 100 smart cities initiative.

Devendra Fadnavis, chief minister, Government of Maharashtra said, “Cloud computing has changed the landscape of governance. It has the power to enable inclusive growth and to transform the state into a digitally empowered society. Together with Oracle, we want to build a new, efficient, transparent and inclusive system that benefits our people. The CoE is a step in that direction and will make more government services available with the click of a button. I look forward to working with Oracle on this important mission.”

Safra Catz, CEO, Oracle Corporation said, “We are thrilled to further our commitment in India by working with the Government of Maharashtra and the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, to help position India as a world-class design and manufacturing epicenter. The Cloud Center of Excellence powered by Oracle will play a key role in improving the lives of the people of this state. By moving to the Cloud, the Government has the opportunity to create a digitally empowered society and a growing knowledge economy. We look forward to making this partnership a success.”

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