Saturday, 18 March 2017

Backdoor man

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While most people will agree the procurement rules are a bit of an ass, they are designed to add some conformity in procurement decisions.

If enforced correctly, they can be good for suppliers and customers. We are far from the wild west days of selling software in the 80’s and early 90’s, where you could sell something over a few pints, a flash meal, decent cognac and a handshake. Or so you might think so.

Back a few decades ago, I saw two sides of a coin with that philosophy first hand. One where a supplier did a customer over, on a solution and the reverse. Both rather unpleasant to be a third party to.

Even when OJEU rules don’t apply, or in a very lightweight fashion with lower value purchases, it pays for the buyer to be aware, “Caveat Emptor”, as the Romans might have said down the Colosseum. I have responded to, designed and scored enough sets of buyer questions and sat through so many structured demos to know the value to the organisations I work with, of all that ceremony.

Sometimes I encounter software & solution suppliers, who are honest and tell me, “it’s all a lot of faff” and “we are small so cannot be expected to find the time for rigorous questioning”. To me it all indicates a lack of interest, energy and hunger to be a partner and do a good job. After all, if they can’t be all over us at the sale, honestly I can’t imagine the implementation team being any livelier, can you? It’s just part of teasing the facts out, before handing over tens, hundreds of thousands of pounds, in the confidence systems will solve the issue. I respect that honesty, although rather than blaming the process, they just need to up their game, to succeed.

Having been a supplier once, over on the dark side, I appreciate a level playing field for all. I do all that I can to enforce it too.

So it does irritate me when some suppliers think they cannot bother with the ‘penalty shoot-out’ with everyone else and try to find a backdoor route to sneak in by some other method. Sometimes a contact they have on the periphery of a procurement or a purchase, maybe some other method.

Maybe that approach works with others assisting and managing procurements, they must be very naïve or stupid to try it with mine, or maybe assume that no-one talks to each other in the small pond, which is this sector.

If a supplier does not want to do the procurement penalty shootout, it’s probably because they or the solution is not up to it. Bear that in mind if sales people are looking for special treatment, fast-tracking etc, analyse and scrutinise them in even more detail. Better you find out what’s wrong with them or the product before the award, not after when you have signed up to five years or more of it.

Its rude at the least, and borderline illegal at worse. I suspect too that these would just be the typical suppliers, who would be the first to cry foul if it happened to them. Some might say that would be poetic justice. Remember supplier, what goes around comes around.


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Saturday, 11 March 2017

Ten Year Story

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I remember in my days at MIS-AMS, at a NHF IT Conference at Olympia (remember those?), a man in tweed, spookily named Tweedie too, visited my stand. He explained he was involved in starting a new Social Housing ICT magazine and was I interested, as a supplier in getting involved.

Well I was, and for many years, sponsored the bottom inch of page one, a very specific piece of magazine real estate. There had been different attempts at bringing out a socialhousing ICT magazine before, with success of various degrees.
Bennett Arron in action on identity theft

Who would have thought that ten years on, the magazine ‘Housing Technology’ would still appear every other month and grow to around 36 pages per edition. Also that what started from small conference beginnings, would end up as probably the ‘one’, for anyone interested in socialhousing ICT, or improving it. What an achievement for George, Alastair and his wider team.
Standing room only

This years’ event was the largest, with nearly 500 attendees and more than one attendee commented to me, almost on the verge of being bigger than the Oxford Belfry venue, it’s been anchored in for the last few years.

Who ate all the cakes? Decisions for Rob Fletcher of green Square Group

If you were elsewhere last week, you missed a cracker. Opening keynotes both days were as ever really good. Comedian & comedy writer Bennett Arron (or Arron Bennett, as some call him) , author of the C4 documentary ‘How Not To Lose Your Identity’ was an outstanding start. I will be waiting for my signed copy of ‘Heard the One About Identity Theft?’.

The sessions had a great mix of the new and what’s just a wee bit over the horizon. It highlights that at last ‘Big Data’ might be just about becoming truly useful for UKhousing. Suppliers who can exploit it properly and RSLs/RPs who can successfully make it work for residents and customers, will be truly ahead of the curve. Those bog standard out of the box resident portals ‘going digital’, look pretty last century, compared with Alexa or similar answering your queries, or verifying you are safe in your supported accommodation, via your ‘Headless’ device.
My annual portrait with Helen Rogers

It was great to hear how some are pushing ahead with voice analytics for CRM, as many still haven’t  properly leveraged just bog standard CRM yet. Full marks to the former and ‘Could Do Better’ to the latter. Transformation featured in many sessions, which is quite apt considering the pressures all housing organisations are experiencing with LHA caps, rent reductions, HB cuts and Universal Credit rollout. There are many ways to tackle it, depending on your budget and how long you want it to take, as was evident in a number of sessions.

First to the bubbly

My favourite session on transformation, had a touch of the ‘Alice's Adventures in Wonderland’, from 23k home Torus Housing Group. I was part of the transformation of getting nearly thirty ICT & service applications, boiled down to a core sourced from just three main suppliers. Transformation takes certain belief and a lot of imagination, as you dive down the ‘Rabbit Hole’ into the unknown. Make the wrong transformation choices and you may well encounter ‘The Pool Of Tears’. I was involved in that project and acted as a critical friend. It was hard work, but we carried everyone with us, who will be using all the systems once live. Do get in touch if you too need the Cheshire Cat to help with your transformation(!).

Amelia, the customer services assistant at Enfield Council

Well it was a roller-coaster event and I met and chatted to so many friends, people I have worked with, suppliers, business change managers and a number of directors. A great pinnacle of a decade, for Housing Technology and I for one will be looking forward to #HousingTech2018.     


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Thursday, 2 March 2017

Last Train to Transformation Central

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If I had £50 for everyone who tells me about their new transformation programme they are embarking on, I should be able to hang up my iPad and on-site tie collection by now. Everyone is at it.

To not a small number of people, transformation means downsizing and savings. In truth, a proper path to transformation takes into account slimming processes, to make them more LEAN, and providing enabling technology and software to give staff the right tools to do the job. Mobile being one of those tools, to efficiently take the systems out on the patch, enter data once with no need to re-key.

That takes some drive and considerable enthusiasm. Cultural change needs to be carefully managed. After all, adding more automation and workflow, changes many jobs and roles. While we all have different attitudes to change, more automation can free staff up to do work of much higher value. That needs to be recognised, managed and communicated throughout organisations.

As a Housing Officer once said to me, instead of typing letters for too much of the time, now I get out on the scheme a full four days a week. “I’m doing more of what I choose this job for, to help people”. I found that quite touching, particularly as I had a hand in helping change that ladies job. That’s what systems can do internally. 

Externally, better systems can provide friction-free omni-channel for residents, allow them an option to transact with us 24/7, if the solution is good enough for them to do so. Why would any socialhousing organisation, not want all of the above? But what’s the best practical path to get there, from where we are now? Best to learn from an organisation well down the line of doing it.

I have been involved with the Torus Group path to transformation, in North West England, quite recently last summer. Some readers may have heard me at HOMES Olympia in November, presenting a session about some of the procurement challenges.

If you are keen to pick up takeaways, adding details of the cultural and process side of welding together two efficient RSLs, with very different processes & methods, catch Torus next week at the Housing Technology Conference & Exhibition, Oxford. The session is called ‘Transformation in turbulent times’. It will cover how practically new service delivery models can be developed, the roller coaster of new IT and transformation strategies, multiple IT procurements, IT and business priority integration, developing partnership delivery; and engaging hearts and minds to deliver efficiencies in turbulent times.

I recommend, you catch them Wed 8th March, Exeter room at 11am.Guaranteed takeaways, from a project I was involved in right from an initial in-depth review of over fifteen software applications, which after procurement reduced that to a core of around just five.All of which are well on their way to implementation.

If you spot me in there (or elsewhere at the conference), please stop me and say hello!

If you are not booked in, register here - http://www.housing-technology.com/events/ht17/register/ It’s going to be a busy as well as an interesting one with over 500 delegates booked up so far.

See you there!  

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Thursday, 23 February 2017

Demo Room Dummies

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Who loves demonstrations more, suppliers or prospects/customers?

I am not sure what you the reader is feeling right now, but I sit through a number of demos, which can frankly be a waste of time. Occasionally I am asked to organise a demo that I know for one reason or another, will be a fruitless errand.

Now most people who know me, understand that I take this stuff extremely seriously. Maybe too seriously.  As an ex-Catholic altar boy, I would probably be setting myself up for hundreds of ‘Our Fathers’ after a Saturday confession, or a fair few years toasting, at gas mark 9 (or they might crank it up to 11) in purgatory, if I set out from the start to undertake such a wicked consultancy sin.

However sometimes, organisations either have fixed ideas about demos, or cannot allocate sufficient resource to have the right staff in the demo, or sessions in it. While it’s said that ‘The Customer is always right’, maybe that needs to be taken into account, but it does not always follows that ‘The Customer is always correct’. If that were right, there would be no need to get a consultant in to organise ‘best practice’, now would there?

Suppliers and clients/prospects need to know why the demo is necessary and what duration is optimal. It’s an answer I can generally, easily navigate to and often suppliers do (at times), honestly flag it up. Sometimes a couple of hours is enough for some ‘standalone’ or ‘niche’ solutions. A supplementary hour might have to be tacked on for the ICT team to explore integration, definitely a subject you need to understand as early as possible.

More elaborate and complex solutions may warrant up to a day. A full housing management system, perhaps many days or even a week or more. (Yes really!).

I once spent six whole days helping demonstrate a module of a housing system each day, in a secret location in the West Midlands. The depth was intense. It was right that was that intense, on that occasion.

In many cases the more risk involved, perhaps the more intense and proscriptive the demos should be. Aside from the demo length, quality of attendees, really matter. I heard one story of a large supplier who suggested a minimum of three days of a particular demo might be optimum. The client pruned it down so much it was an extremely general overview, telescoped into less than one day, with nearly 80 of the wrong people sitting through it, wasting everyone’s time.

Guess what? It was a total waste of time, for managers who did not see it, users who attended to make up the numbers and the demo people, from the supplier, who did not manage to communicate much either.

So readers, take some lessons learnt from the above. Never mind getting the right content at your demos (which I must come back to another time!), at least start with who you have in the room. Fill it with the right staff, everyone will benefit. Fill it with just spare staff, you might as well wheel in the showroom dummies!

If you need  help to navigate the minefield of a particular demo with one or more suppliers, no problem, please be in touch.


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Saturday, 18 February 2017

Where Do I Hide (these features…)

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In case I was getting too pleased with myself for getting around at last to upgrade to Office2016, I had two of those Microsoft epiphany moments, to remind me, how so pants they are.

We are pretty lucky that its Google messing about with releasing driverless cars. If we left it to the arse-candles in Redmond, they would have probably dropped a tire [sic] off by now suggesting that some geek developer, thought it superfluous to our needs. They would have left the axle there obviously, just to irritate you about what you ‘could have won’. The 4th tyre will be missing, like the Trafalgar Sq fourth plinth, until well I don’t know when….

The next thing we might have lost was the ability to maybe tune the radio, rather than clicking one at a time through 250 possible channels, taking all day. We could solve the second one by dismantling  your dashboard pulling out cabling, patching some missing stuff together under the bonnet, like a bad afternoon in the Registry Editor. If you guessed right the hidden tuning feature might be back. Of course you might not have and damaged something else instead. Nightmare!

My missing tire moment was when I right-clicked on a mis-spelt phrase in Word, looking for ‘Autocorrect’ in the drop-down. You know what, its gone and there’s no registry hack yet to bring it back. Now that’s one of the most useful things you used to be able to do. Well there’s minutes every day I will now waste & never get back.

My tune the radio moment, came in Outlook. In 2017, is it asking a lot to search Outlook for ‘Something’ AND ‘Something else’, together in the same email or outlook item? Well nor did I.

But did you know that Microsoft have a hidden registry setting to switch that hidden feature on? Why hide it at all? Is that feature dangerous? Maybe it is, who knows what productivity savings we might make, finding stuff, be just like Google eh? If you think a Query tab in Outlook advanced search might change your life, check out this link - https://www.extendoffice.com/documents/outlook/1935-outlook-enable-query-builder.html
Maybe some Microsoft guru could leave a comment and explain to be why we need to hide these features in places like the registry at all?

What you could have won, my friends....
It’s generally geeks who think it’s cool to hide features & Easter eggs in software, proper designers incorporate them into places they can be easily found. While Microsoft continues being run by geeks, there is constantly going to be that push to just move over to an Apple Mac and knock all that geekiness on the head.
So think on all you software developers, hide useful features at your peril, or maybe just as your users what is really important to them.

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Saturday, 11 February 2017

Taxman

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No one could have missed the change in employment landscape over the last ten years. So many people now no longer fit into the full, temporary, part-time employee business model, that all of parents would have recognised. In those structures, your tax and NI would be faithfully deducted for Her Excellent Majesties Revenue and Customs.

The rise of the gig economy and a lot of us now working independently for ourselves, as resulted in more flexible working patterns, where we invoice as companies and sort our own tax and NI out, via an (expensive) accountant. This can be evidenced by the latter, sprouting up on many high streets, in what used to be the video rental shop.

Within SocialHousing, the 1% rent cut and other factors has meant that many experienced staff took voluntary redundancy and went to being self-employed. In a few cases, I have been at someone’s leaving do one week, to be back working with them as they are back on similar pay, for just three (not five) days  work. Why wouldn’t you do that? For the organisation themselves, it’s probably a win-win, as from one budget a person’s salary has been saved (yay!), and consultancy payments probably come out of a completely different budget (yay!).

There have been past cases where individuals have worked ‘under contract’ so to speak, but to all intents and purposes, were really employees, in the eyes of HMRC. The perception that some interim managers and contractors, were not paying their fair whack of tax has been reinforced by “bad press”.  For example in the case of Ed Lester and the Students Loans  Company in 2012,  where he was Chief Executive but paid through a Personal Service Company.

Since 2000, a regulation called IR35 has been in place to determine if contractors, are in fact that or employees. If a contractor works too much in a particular place or does not work with a changing set of clients, there are a number of tests to determine your IR35 status.

From April 6th 2017, new Public Sector regulations are expected, which means that the client you are working for, is responsible for determining the IR35 status of the work that you do. Many might take the path of least resistance and revert to paying the contractor or interim, directly with NI & tax deducted. This might have tax implications for many. Transport For London, has already acted in this area.

If you are a contractor / consultant / interim, doing long term contracts, it may be worth your while boning up on these changes - Here.


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Friday, 3 February 2017

Lets Submerge


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Now like me, you must have read or seen those news reports of that Trident missile going off course the other week. I guess in the big scheme of things, if ‘The Donald’ hits that big red button, just a few off target, wont amount to much. We will all be nuked & fried anyway. Apologies to be a little dark there!

Any idea what systems all that Trident stuff is based on?

I am sure that you might think that I was winding you up, if I said it all ran on ‘Windows for Submarines’. At this point you are thinking I have had an evening on the Belgian Triples. Well you would be wrong, you can thank BAE Systems and the Royal Navy, for that snappy title. The official name is ‘Submarine Command System Next Generation (SMCS NG)’, but pretty much how I have described it. It apparently took just 18 days to knock it up apparently. I have not got the price tag of course.

If I had £50 for all my friends, clients and work colleagues that rave about Macs, Linux and even Ubuntu, I could retire by now.

Would Microsoft be your goto software supplier, if you were manufacturing something like this? Nuclear weapons are a bit of a critical thing aren’t they? Back in the day I have worked in a mixture of development teams and also with external ones. I have always asked myself, if these guys were providing software for airlines, would I feel confident, flying on that stuff?

Having seen the bleu screen of death a few times, I wonder what that would mean for the planet, if we had one at a crucial time. Maybe we should be keeping Microsoft for Home & Office.

Follow the link here to learn more - https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/ukgovernment/2008/12/17/windows-for-submarines/

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