Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Never Satisfied

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Housing Management System IT Users, who would have them, never satisfied are they? User groups, surely the best things for them?

Well maybe not. An interesting discussion I had just a few days ago centred around, "Do Users ask Enough Of Their system Suppliers"? An interesting question considering at my tenure at my old shop, I worked until I was blue in the face, to persuade customers to take a part in user groups. My most memorable was once trying to persuade one to cross the border from Yorkshire to Burnley for one (20 miles). they admitted they had sadly only left their town twice. Once was to Leeds to the Christmas Market, the other to Tenerifee for two weeks honeymoon in the sun.  Burnley vs Tenerife, no contest I guess!

Still, what are user groups for, if not to shake up your supplier and get them to satisfy your needs? Gang up if you can with others to ask your supplier for what you want.  If enough of you want or need it, you should have a great chance of getting it. The housing software world moves much slower than the commercial software world, as so may IT people moving into it always exclaim.  User groups are the means of changing that. Ignore them at your peril.

Many RSL's I meet tell me how unhappy they are with their suppliers, but never go to the user groups and haul them over the coals. Many say they used to go and it made no difference. Well take it from me, if you have a genuine grievance, after the third time you raise it vocally, your supplier will take notice. You just need to keep at it. Realising improvements is a marathon not  a sprint.

The other danger is that customers perceive that they are content enough, that they don't need to attend. Someone else will fight their corner. Well, the reality is that only you will really fight your corner, so it's up to you to take part. I go to lots of supplier events and I would like to see many more fighting their corner. The result will be better housing management systems, happier neighbourhoods and more satisfied residents. So do your bit to get your own piece of IT satisfaction.  

You can link with me on LinkedIn here - uk.linkedin.com/pub/tony-smith-bsc-hons-acih/a/979/351/ It would be great to connect !

Read on to, The race

Judas Priest - Never Satisfied .

(c) Tony Smith, Acutance Consulting www.acutanceconsulting.co.uk 07854-655009

PS As usual, if there are subjects you might like me to tackle on this blog, please get in touch and let me know!

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