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State of the Union: 5 Ways Technology Strengthens Infrastructure

Feature Article | January 23, 2015 by Tim Clark

President Obama’s recent State of the Union address laid out an ambitious plan to build upon America’s “growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, and booming energy production.”

Strengthening the nation’s infrastructure is also on the President’s agenda and reaches far beyond the scope of the Keystone XL Oil Pipeline to cover things like modern ports, faster trains, and affordable broadband Internet.

“Let’s set our sights higher than a single oil pipeline,” Obama said. “Let’s pass a bipartisan infrastructure plan that could create more than 30 times as many jobs per year and make this country stronger for decades to come.”

In many ways, a country, city or state infrastructure is only as good as the technology that supports it. Here are five examples of how technology is already helping to strengthen infrastructures around the world:

1. Better decisions in Boston

The City of Boston uses SAP HANA to put research into the hands of right people to improve citizens’ experiences with the city.

2. Shell innovates energy in the cloud

By using the SAP HANA platform, Shell expects operational excellence and more flexibility and agility to run its business.

3. How Melbourne runs cleaner

The SAP Urban Matters program helps to improve the life of citizens in the most livable city of the world.

4. Hamburg Port Authority gets helping hand from IT

Global IT services and consulting company T-Systems worked with SAP and joint client Hamburg Port Authority to build a mobile app for real-time traffic system management.

5. Internet of Things connects the dots

The Internet of Things is changing our personal lives. See how it will transform the enterprise world.

This story originally appeared on SAP Business Trends.
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