Friday, 23 June 2017

London Thunder

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Manchester and London are two of my very favourite cities and a particular couple that will not be beaten by terrorists, racists, malpractice, or austerity. These have been an unbelievable few weeks in terms of sad events and needless death, injury and damage.
You like me I am sure was truly horrified to see the Grenfell tower fire unfold, with such terrible loss of life, 79 people and displacement of residents. An incident that every landlord dreads and everyone I work with take very seriously in terms of fire risk assessments (FRA’s) and general communal block safety.

Of course, accurate up to date FRA’s do not guarantee complete and absolute safety, but these are structured to detect issues and failures, which can lead to increased risk of incidents such as this tragic one. Clearly too, as highlighted at Grenfell, quality and specification of materials is also crucial. Since last week, every single one of my clients I am working with, are giving FRA’s in their stock, additional attention and board members with management are very focused on this area. The eye is on the ball, so to speak.

Use of qualified experts is key and also additional emphasis during and after completion of major cladding and insulation works. While residents are generally involved in consultations, the recent tragedy puts additional emphasis on this aspect. Fast action to remedy issues found is key.

From a systems point of view, how do you manage and store your Social Housing Fire Risk Assessments? As an RSL, can you evidence how you keep your residents in tower blocks as safe as possible?

FRA’s in my system mind, are filed in a similar place to that other hot potato of socialhousing, and that is Gas Servicing (LGSR). I am still amazed so many organisations, even big ones, of over 5,000 homes, still often still resort to Excel or manual means. While this can be effective with conscientious staff and meticulous record keeping, it’s far from fool proof.  Rows & cells can easily be moved, hidden, deleted or corrupted.

Many landlords will no doubt now find that the previous focus on efficient gas servicing and in particular, integrating these regular and essential checks with integrated system, will now be the next drive coming from the regulator. It’s obvious too that it all makes sense. Integrated systems can ensure that all blocks and communal areas can be evidenced as having recent and adequate checks, safe materials, with exceptions and anomalies easily reported, flagged up and tasked to appropriate staff.

Integrated reporting can be managed so much easier, as can cross-referencing assessment data, images etc with other means of categorisation. I.E. Need category, composition of residents, leaseholders, shared owners etc. The latter is useful where improvement works are found necessary and in-depth consultations will need additional organisation.

Within most Integrated Housing Management Systems, attributes or components can be easily configured to record relevant information, dates, inspection name, findings, areas to examine and photo records evidencing survey. Where the attribute/component can be placed in a planned or cyclical cycle, a regular plan can schedule weekly, monthly or annual levels of survey easily.

If you have flexible mobile forms, that can collect the info, it should be an easy job to configure simple forms and interface seamlessly to attributes.

Use of a standalone database or application is not ideal, but can be better than a badly (cell protected) spreadsheet.

Social landlords can do all they can to ensure their blocks and communal areas are safe. It is also down to honest contractors, to use the safe and legal materials specified and take all reasonable safety precautions. As we have seen, hundreds of innocent people’s lives depend on everyone doing the right thing and not cutting any unnecessary corners. No doubt, the planned inquiry/inquest will hopefully reach conclusions on exactly what happened here. There will no doubt be many lessons for everyone to learn here.     

The Grenfell fire JustGiving page is here - https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/categories/emergencies/grenfell-tower-fire

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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Venus Of The Soup Kitchen

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It’s great to work within the housing sector and it’s certainly a diverse one. Better for it too.

This time of year all my friends and colleagues of a certain faith, are embarking on a month of fasting (Sawm). It’s fourth of the five important pillars of Islam, with beginning and end of Ramadan determined by the lunar Islamic calendar. So it moves slightly each year, making fasting in daylight hours, especially challenging in the summer months.

Those meals at sunset, particularly when photos are posted on social media, can look pretty good, particularly when posted from Momma Chowdry’s kitchen. Asif, I know what you are up to 8-)

Charity is another of the five pillars and is even more important during Ramadan. Fasting does focus the mind and particularly on the many in our own prosperous society, having to use foodbanks like never before. The Trussell Trust is the largest food bank network in the UK, and it handed out around 41,000 food packs in 2009/10 compared to 1.2 million in 2016/17.

Most social housing providers I work with, have a cardboard box in their kitchen to collect packets and tins for local foodbanks. Most towns sadly have and need one.

It was three years ago when a friend of mine in housing, Nasrin Fazal, connected a few of the thoughts above, and with a few other Twitter followers, #UKhousingFast was born. Read the story here.

Well, everyone can get involved this year on Wednesday June 14th , cut back on the scram and use the savings for a donation on the UK Housing Fast 2017 Just Giving Page - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/UKHousingFast-2017


My pledge plate

If you are unable to fast, but can donate for such a good cause, helping people around the UK get a square meal, drop by the page and let’s be having your dosh. You will be doing a fine thing!

On the 14th June I will be spending the day with these good eggs, already signed up. Why not pose with a plate yourself and join us?




Catch up with the official UK Housing fast blog here.

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Friday, 2 June 2017

Promises

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I am sure you like me have heard plenty of promises in your time.

After all, you like me have probably been around the block a few times. How often have you heard software suppliers promise to provide comprehensive reporting, save x, create efficiencies to the square of y and crucially, not continue to leave the toilet seat up? Well, its déjà vu right there.

It’s right to be cynical and I am used to the fight it often takes to get suppliers to implement, attend project and account management meetings, even during the initial project. Promises broken quite early on. How many of your suppliers come back on a regular basis and ask you how your organisation is doing, with whatever silver bullet you purchased, back in the heady pre-Brexit days? Not so many in my experience. Even rarer, have you ever had a supplier come back with the tape measure, hydrometer, theodolite etc. to check where you are on the outcomes journey?

Now I have seen a few case studies and they talk a lot in generalisations on the whole, when you really examine the language. With all the statutory returns we have in SocialHousing, you would think we would be awash with data, particularly as most software providers are helping us manage all that information. You know the areas, voids, arrears, income, repairs spend, achieving target completions and SLA’s etc.

Imagine my surprise a few weeks ago when I stumbled across an account manager (actually calling themselves a ‘Client Success Consultant’), chucking performance data at an organisation, like a scattergun and managing to keep the seat down, in the sole lavatory on that floor too (I believe). It’s said that the more you see, the less surprises you have and I was keen to ask the salient logical questions. I.E. Is that a one-off, how long have you been using this stuff, what were the deliverables and are you achieving them?

I found the answers most surprising, remarkably positive and quite refreshing, compared with what I am used to seeing a lot of, from many suppliers in the sector. Two levels of account management actually operate, the Success Consultants at a more operational level and an upper set of ‘Account Directors’. How many software suppliers do you have, with two layers of effective account management?

Apparently the software solution was sold with clear outcome aims, around rent arrears management and had been in use for over a couple of years. Regular account management consisted of caseload trend management, collating new ideas, sharing what was being delivered, what was on the roadmap and when it might be delivered. Emphasis was on data, evidencing improvement and achieving successful outcomes, for the landlord. It’s great to see decent account management, as its often where follow-on service breaks down. (Perhaps one for a whole future blog, that subject).

I’ve worked with a few landlords and RP’s, that have generally reflected positively on Mobysoft Rentsense in the past. Good out of the box, flexible arrears solutions, covering what many bigger HMS systems often seem to struggle to crack. Taking an evidence based approach to account management however, is something special in the sector, particularly in a discipline under so much pressure from Universal Credit, LHA Caps and bedroom Tax. Few software or service providers actually regularly measure those outcomes with clients, effectively keeping their promises.

In a world where Software As A Service (SAAS) is becoming more of an operating model for application users, suppliers will be under more pressure to satisfy, than ever before.  About time SocialHousing organisations had the upper hand and saw the benefits promised, rolling in every quarter, on time, every time.

More on Rentsense at http://www.mobysoft.com/  and some chewy for the eyes at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jo1cUfm_2Mo&feature=youtu.be 

If you are at Manchester Central, for the annual big CIH housing event mid-June, look out for me. Mobysoft I believe also can be found on stand G20 and have two free seminars on UC (Universal Credit) and how to survive the 1% rent cut. Book early as they say, at http://www.mobysoft.com/events/cih-housing-2017-conference-exhibition

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Friday, 26 May 2017

Paradise By KPI Dashboard Light

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No doubt many readers of this blog will agree with me, when I say most application software is pretty poor, when it comes to reporting. This is very much the case with Housing Management systems, where as a norm, few standard reports are provided out of the box and if they are, they are generally dull and simplistic.

At a special user group session just the other week in Solihull, I chewed the fat with some of the developers of one HMS’s reporting solution and also a lot of the wide variety of attendees, who are tasked with getting reports out from their systems, or facilitating it. Overall it was a positive experience.

So firstly, why is standard reporting so poor from our suppliers?

The stock answer from your supplier (or prospect if you are out in the market for a new system), is that ‘Our solutions are too flexible’. What!, I hear you scream.

Well, they do have a point I have got to concede. We do take systems and then set them up in a non-standard way, because we believe ourselves to be, well, ‘special’. So we don’t put data in the right places it was intended to go into, we might use ‘Scheme’ as ‘Needs Category’ or ‘Area’ as ‘Archetype’, rendering most of the standard reports supplied, less useful. Maybe at implementation, the implementers should be informing us of this upfront and doing more to influence those early decisions. Use of a best practice implementation can be of great benefit, where integrated modules can be configured as originally intended.

While the above is a defence, there is rarely enough standard reports, and they are rarely designed to allow quick addition of new data related to key entities, or are silo-ed in a single module. I.E. a Repairs WO report might have difficulty easily showing the household size or age of the oldest occupant.

So, customers need to resign themselves to re-inventing much of the wheel and writing their own reports. This can be frustrating, character-building or an enlightening process, depending on how its tackled.

If you are an end user (or if you aren’t, pop yourself in their loafers or kitten heels for a mo), what do you see in the reports & KPIs that are provided. Is it a limited list of essential colour coded KPI’s (RAG), with simple drilldowns to locate problems? Most users are unfortunately wading through rows of data, rather than seeing clear information.

The example below from Solihull, a lot the work of Nick Halfpenny, who has put some awesome ideas into practice, shows how clean KPI’s could be.



When data is processed into information we see real benefits from our data. Just giving us data (probably in rows), leaves us lost in the forest, not managing to see wood for the trees.    

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Meatloaf – Paradise By Dashboard LightMeatloaf – Paradise By Dashboard Light.
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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Speak Out, Reach Out



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No doubt you will have heard that report by a BBC reporter that his (non-identical) twin managed to blag his voice operated access to his bank account. Last week. It certainly raised concerns that Rory Bremner might be hacking Theresa ‘strong & stable’ May, Jezza Corbin, Nic Sturgeon and little Timmy Farron’s bank accounts, based on some dates of births, available via Wikipedia and some great voice impressions.

Now, I can see the benefits of voice recognition, although we are at the early stages of this technology. We have all tried ordering cinema tickets and stated ‘Stockport’ and had repeated back ‘I am sorry do you mean Stevenage’? Having your voice as your 'Password' is of course, one that cannot like a conventional one, be easily changed.

Also, even if using English, is that the queens, or regional English? Anyone who knows me, I am proudly Mancunian. Why-Aye man, maybe as problematic an accent as other regional ones

 

So, how secure is saying ‘My Voice Is My Password’ ?

Well, the voice identification system is designed to monitor more than 100 unique identifiers in a person’s voice. These include the cadence, accent and pronunciation, as well as sounds that indicate the shape and size of the larynx, nasal passages and vocal tract. The clever bit is that because so many aspects make up that audible signature, it should be really difficult to crack.

The recent BBC investigation is in fairness undertaken in circumstances that a regular cyber criminal would not be working under.

Voice recognition and software currently out there, can deal with simple transactions within a specific context, passing the so called ‘Turing Test

Context is key, as illustrated by a Red Dwarf episode way ahead of its time, involving foolishly repairing a ‘Talky Toaster’.  (I toast therefore I am)

Believe you me, we will be seeing much, much more of voice recognition. Anyone with Amazon Echo will be shouting commands already addressed to Alexa, to turn down the heating or play ‘Rage against the machine’.

What is more natural, keyboards (something invented only in 1890), or the human voice to instruct our technology? Clearly voice. So, this will get better and better and will be how ‘Headless Devices’ will no-doubt evolve, taking over our homes and cars. 

Read the full article here


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Monday, 15 May 2017

Brighton Rock

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Oh to be beside the seaside!

I did just that last week, with a trip to Brighton, along to the Kirona DRS conference. It’s been a few decades since I was last down there, but it does seem to have reached ‘peak beard’, just based on the clientele at the ‘Brighton Beer Dispensary’, where I met up with an old housing chum from down the road in Worthing, for a few scoops. 

Anyone who has worked with me, knows I am a bid advocate for getting involved in user groups, taking the opportunity to participate, shape products and get closer to those back-room folks who write the software applications, that solve our problems, but occasionally make us tear our hair out too!

In a very enjoyable couple of days, when I learned a lot, David Todd again seemed to bring the sunshine with him and kept all attendees engaged and interested throughout.

The DRS scheduler, some still refer to as Optitime, is found with a vast mix of applications, different contractor as well as mobile systems. So this conference is a very diverse and interesting one, always with interesting people to meet, running all sorts of applications in Social Housing. I came away having learned as much about upgrades to other housing systems and which suppliers seem to be the most irritating at present, as well as of course, where the Kirona roadmap will take us.

A big aspect of the sessions this time, besides some free Kirona rock (nice touch!), was self-service and an awareness of digital strategies for socialhousing. As you would expect, self-service appointments were a key topic that came up. It’s been a while coming, while supermarkets have been setting expectations for us. A two hour appointment with Asda or the chance of a one hour one with Sainsbury’s. In relation to that, an all day appointment, which is great for the DLO, but not so good for the modern resident juggling two jobs and childcare.

I have seen no end of charts telling me a face to face costs £10, a call centre interaction £5.50 and a web self-serve just pence. That only holds true if we are managing hundreds of those web self-serve transactions every day. Otherwise that will cost you nearer £2.50 a go. Maybe rewarding our residents who ‘do it online’ might help with persuading them it’s a better idea than hanging on the telephone for 5 – 10 minutes. If we provided carrots like better appointment slots online, we would not need to consider sticks, such as extended waiting times, to beat our customers with.

We shouldn’t be beating our customers up, we should be offering them a number of ways to interact with us, that suit them. If we get it right, we won’t need to have a special digital strategy, just thinking ‘Digital First’ will become our natural instinct. 


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Saturday, 6 May 2017

Hard Cash

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I don’t know if you spotted it, (you won’t at the writing of this blog find it on Civica’s news section of their website), but last week (Wed' 3rd May 2017) it was announced that Banks are readying around £450m of debt financing to back a sale of Civica.

Civica have some penetration within social housing, via various mainly legacy housing systems, Keystone asset management, Servitor contractor module and the recent acquisition of common housing register platform Abritas. Of course they are into a lot of other local authority & public sector areas, such as Government & National Security, Local & Regional Government, Public Safety, Social Housing, Health & Care, Education, Travel & Transport, Commercial & Utilities, Telecoms, Financial & Legal.

They moved from 3i in 2013 to Omers Private Equity, with £255m of leveraged loans.

Social housing customers will be interested, particularly as the new Cx Housing Software product is at last being seriously rolled out. The large list of RSLs & RP’s on the sold-to list will be eager to see if additional resources can be leveraged to move more sites live, much more quickly.

These are interesting times with Cx being a very recently developed HTML5 delivered product, which could be a good potential future proofed option, compared with where some of its peers are at currently, with either systems still stuck fully or partially in old technologies or requiring a ‘skin over the top’ to make them presentable. I would not be so rude as to mention them here by name 8-) 

The list of solid ‘future-proofed’ systems for housing out there, seems to be reducing. It would be interesting to author a white paper or similar to research where it all seems to be going. Feel free to share any thoughts on that, via the comments area below or on direct message.

Read the full chapter and verse on the Reuters site

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