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HIGH PERFORMANCE SMART CITIES IN THE U.S.

Strive for operational excellence; use data driven insight; and use digital technologies to engage citizens.

THE CASE FOR CHANGE

Four key trends are driving issues and opportunities for U.S. smart cities to respond to:

Heightened pressure to balance budgets

In the age of austerity, city governments are looking for means to grow their economies and drive efficiencies in the delivery of public service.

Escalating citizen needs and expectations

Socio-demographic shifts present a challenge to city governments. Citizens increasingly have a voice through digital tools, and are commanding more active engagement.

The acceleration of digital

Despite the proliferation of data and disruptive technologies, city operating models and institutions have not adapted to the digital age.

The acceleration of digital

Despite the proliferation of data and disruptive technologies, city operating models and institutions have not adapted to the digital age.

BUILDING SMART CITY FOUNDATIONS

Accenture has worked with more than 80 cities around the world to help them transform and act on the greatest opportunities for value creation. We deliver more efficient and effective operations, achieve smarter decision making and build digital services—supporting our city clients in becoming high performing.


Efficient and effective operations

FROM ISSUES:

  • City operating models build up as a patchwork of departments over time, and may not be reflective of today’s needs

  • Organizational processes are overly complex, reducing city employee’s time on the front line or involved in mission critical processes

  • Systems are not fit for purpose and are increasingly costly to maintain

  • Limited view of the assets owned by city hall

Efficient and effective operations Efficient and effective operations

TO OUTCOMES:

  • Stronger alignment between the strategic imperative and the organization construct

  • Leaner processes enable collaborative working to deliver better citizen outcomes

  • Technology that empowers city employees to do their job effectively and efficiently

  • Effective asset management that incorporates predictive maintenance and dynamic work scheduling

Smarter decision making

FROM ISSUES:

  • Data is limited to silos, and underutilized in decision making

  • Multiple sources of data leads to no single version of the "truth"

  • Citizens are demanding transparency of outcomes delivered

  • Misalignment between stated strategic priorities and resource allocation

Smarter decision making Smarter decision making

TO OUTCOMES:

  • Clear data sharing protocols enable collaborative cross-agency working

  • Intuitive dashboards mean greater visibility of results delivered to the citizens

  • Engaging open data portals that demonstrate results delivered to local citizens and businesses

  • Agile, data-driven strategic budgeting processes reflect the city’s needs

  • Clear prioritization methods that link the city’s public and internal priorities

Digitally-enabled services

FROM ISSUES:

  • Frustration with the contrast of the digital experience between the private and public sector services

  • The digital opportunity (analytics, IoT, mobile-enabled working, etc.) is poorly understood and under-applied

  • Digital projects fail to scale beyond pilots

  • Lack of common standards can lead to interoperability issues and duplication

Digitally-enabled services Digitally-enabled services

TO OUTCOMES:

  • Citizens are delighted to experience better services from their city provider.

  • Infrastructure is better managed through remote sensing, control and actuation, delivering efficiency savings.

  • Digital projects are readily scaled and replicated. Projects support the achievement of an overall digital vision.

  • Digital investments enable data sharing, avoid unnecessary costs and vendor lock in.

WORK WE HAVE DONE

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MEET OUR SMART CITIES TEAM

Jen Hawes-Hewitt

Simon Giles
Global Cities Lead

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Jen Hawes-Hewitt

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Global Cities Management Consulting Lead

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Consultant, Global Cities

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