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Great to be able to get along to the CIH Conference in England's second city, Manchester last week.
Always a very interesting event, I managed to pack in a full day from a 7.30am start in Central Library, to an evening with the super folk of WISH (Women In Social Housing) and Northgate at Albert's Schloss in Peter St.
Great too to meet the super Evie Copland, my favourite follower, from Dumfries and Galloway. I will say hello the next time I am up in the Annan or Dumfries office with @ArneilJohnston. We might even manage lunch. A big thank you to all the people I met, who had nice things to say about the blog.
Lots of new stuff to see this year, IOT is getting an airing I notice, in the back area of the exhibition.
What was your fave freebie? Mine was a cardboard VR headset from Aareon, already tipped by me (VR that is, not Aareon), to be the biggest present by this Christmas. Read more at http://tonysmiththathousingitguy.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/virtual-reality-UKHousing.html
What was new, with the systems on the block?
I look at lots of product roadmaps, ever wondering if I will see some of these things live in reality. Do you ever get that feeling? A move to a browser interface is on a few Housing Management System (HMS) provider development roadmaps. HTML5 presentation is a key target for many.
As many people know, I had a hand in helping design the Lettings module in Cx, a few summers ago. Cx is in the Windows 8 tiled Metro interface style and is now rolling out to sites in England and Scotland. This utilises a new database structure, now starting to find its feet in the real world of socialhousing.
Orchard are developing their 'Liberty' re-design, although Capita seem first out of the blocks with an HTML5 solution. Quite soon after announcements last autumn, some screens (sans Progress database, which is a positive) are available. The repairs area is the first to be developed and progress is being made. In contrast to Metro, Capita's take on the GUI re-package, is very much a web2.0 affair.
Users of Amazon, mainstream supermarkets and eBay will recognise many of the design principles used in the new Capita developments, dubbed 'Advantage'. Feedback for office users appears very rich and there looks to be good support for different device footprints and sizes. As declared, the new Capita solution will use the current stable database structure on SQL Server, rather than a new database schema environment, such as been pursued by Civica and Orchard. There is anticipation what Orchard's Liberty will deliver when it comes, its beta release now slightly overdue. My Orchard user contacts suggest we have yet a bit longer to wait for that treat.
Clearly, RSLs and local authorities looking for a new solution now have some alternative options, or existing proven options with a clear roadmap on the same database and new office presentation options, offering stability. Note that out of signal conditions will still need a mobile solution, so choose this with care.
Well, exciting times ahead.
This might be a good time to assess your attitude to browser based GUI's in HTML5 and risk when choosing a new integrated HMS. Do you go with some of what you know, with a new presentation layer, to stay safe?
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