Friday, 23 August 2019

Rise Up

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Any watcher of the current social housing landscape of integrated solutions will have noted the growth and almost fetish (maybe we should all get out more?), around solutions delivered via browser, which has emerged of late. One particular supplier has driven the growth of this way of thinking, but overall in the last four years,

I have felt a mood shift in the sector, which has been long coming.

I have recently been working with a particular Social Housing client who has stipulated it’s ‘cloud or nothing’. I totally get it, I really do. A supplier that can reliably deliver cloud in a browser, quickly and to timescales, would be a novelty these days for integrated housing solutions, for sure. Harsh maybe, but that’s where we are at.

One sector supplier who has often been wrongly associated with big councils and (quite candidly for me to say), felt to have left their eye off the UK ball in previous years, has seriously surprised me of late. Some serious praise is deserved I think.

Key in transformation of Northgate Public Services (NPS) has been in the injection of £3.2m+ of capital and over 36,500 days of development already,  plus an extra £3.3m approved to come from its acquisition by NEC of Japan , much offshore (not that that is a bad thing, as it has visibly resulted in quality releases), and has visibly ‘got stuff done’. Who else is investing that many days into making its housing solutions better?

Few suppliers in the medium to large social housing supplier zone have over £6m to spend on improving product and I know from experience, that bringing a product with modern ‘work anywhere’ technology to market, is a massive challenge, most often under-estimated by a factor of three or more. NPS’ browser approach frees up teams to support their communities, where interactions originate, escaping from the shackles of their desk. Some suppliers currently anchored in old tech or databases, are possibly fooling themselves, and reasonably never going to invest to reinvigorate legacy products.

Embracing economic cloud delivery is something that NPS has realised as being a key driver going forward. Large clients such as Wolverhampton Homes are seeing this currently as a reliable, low risk, way forward. A quarter of the customer base has already embraced the new solutions.

The tech underneath the bonnet, ticks all my boxes, restful API’s delivered in an open manner. A lot of suppliers still levy too high a charge for integration kits, NPS has really sensibly taken an approach that clients taking a hybrid strategy is cool, if they choose not to use all their offering and its complete capabilities including CRM. Why should it not be? Using perhaps MS Dynamics 365 or an alternative ERP, linked underneath to NPS housing, is possibly the best of both worlds. In many situations, it’s a most sensible way to go.

Many of those new development days have gone towards a new asset management solution.with integral Component Accounting coming soon . This is the way the sector seems to be coalescing. Better Integration trumps specialisms that only benefit your asset team’s two persons and a dog. Apologies if that sounds brutal, but I think it’s true.

Another area in NPS Housing of note is its attitude to document management. This to me is the missing link to so many systems and solutions, particularly with regard to GDPR. Clearly NPS provide their industry strength Information@work solution, providing superior links with document consumption and generation. Security and performance is no after thought, it’s clearly built in from inception, and so great to see.

Exposing those documents within staff mobile solutions is a big driver for efficiency.  The NPS Housing mobile solution for assets launches in September 2019, the start of new options for users.

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I chatted to contacts on the busy NPS stand at CIH in Manchester, back in June and could see that beyond all of the above, IOT and predictive analytics, was being incorporated into the latest solutions. Users were clearly at the centre of these developments, which I find really positive. In the realm of other HMS offerings, I see little that approaches the predictive analytics capabilities of the well known leader for arrears. NPS have the advantage that the Oracle tech stack already comes with advanced data/analytics capability. This is starting to fundamentally alter how housing providers operate in a leaner fashion, targeting resource where necessary, predicting where it’s needed, in a more data-led fashion.  

Checkout the video from Northgate at CIH Manchester here.

Based on the current take up of Internet Of Things, I think NPS look to have one of the best chances of pushing this forward, for the sector.

Keep an eye on NPS. They look to me as perhaps the next surprise in UK Social Housing. Get them in your procurement, see if you are surprised too! It really is “住宅の明るい思考” or as you or I might say, “Brighter Thinking For Housing”.


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Saturday, 17 August 2019

Catch A £95 Train

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Regular readers here will have seen me moan about the quality of training, on blogposts here. I also will moan in real life, to anyone else who will listen. In addition, the price of training, conferences and exhibitions, can be pretty eye-watering. So expensive that current trimmed budgets would never allow more than a handful of courses to be attended annually, if that.

Why are courses so expensive, when often the trainers themselves are paid often a fraction of what a single delegate may be charged? Well venues are often high ticket. Typical conference style hotels, often not so close to public transport, push up prices. A buffet lunch with the customary prawn sandwiches, much maligned by (often resident/tenant) observers, can add £80 to a training course place.

Big hotels are not always ideal. Indeed some of my best training experiences, both sides of the room, often have been in small groups, of under twenty attendees. My local community library, totally funded by volunteer donations, often is used for small courses.

Rather than the stock conference hotel buffet, my favourite eating experience at a training session was at a little community café, adjacent to the training area, where for about a fiver, I got a brilliant tasty baguette sandwich, homemade flapjack and a large real coffee. Those experiences are few and far between however and not currently the norm.

I got into a conversation earlier this year with all round good egg and social housing collaborator Barry Marlow, about the above. We both agreed that it could be a lot better, there must be a different way to offer training, while keeping price for the day low and as a spin off, benefit regional community groups and organisations.

Nearly six months later, Barry has put a new training offer together, which tries to hit the spot on all the points I have outlined above. Firstly its key to offer diverse training courses to tackle new subjects, that existing ones do not, keeping costs down to £95 per day, per delegate.

Course numbers are designed to be small, under twenty and provided in a range of community venues, across the UK. This enables us to give back and organically support these community groups, who form the fabric of our neighbourhoods and communities. All have a café or place for delegates to grab lunch nearby. This enables us to give back to the area where the training occurs. Key of all, these places are easy to get to and in most cases, less than a 15 minute walk from stations or transport hubs, with lots of free parking if you travel by car. Venues are designed to be near you, so travel and your carbon footprint reduced.



Look out as I will be doing some training sessions in the coming months. Eleven trainers are already collaborating, including Phil Murphy (Better fire safety for residents and landlords), John Popham (Digital tools, getting the most from social media) and Anna O’Halloran (Social Housing behavioural insights).

Have a look at the courses on offer at Training95 – hopefully I will see you at  a community venue soon! 😉

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Friday, 9 August 2019

Nothing Lasts Forever In The Same Old Scene

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What does last forever? Not relationships, cars or software it seems. Of the latter, there is a lot of old solutions about, particularly within the Social Housing sector. It always brightens up my day when someone tells me they still have some solution based around Lotus Notes, PICK, character based screens or applications written by long gone local software houses.

On a serious (Lotus) note however, we have a few housing systems in the sector and used by local councils still managing housing, currently with an end of life deadline or heading to be legacy. Capita Academy, Civica Saffron and a mix of other, being some that I have advised on recently and have pressing deadlines. The unfortunate customers still on these, all need to organise themselves and plan a reliable way forward.

Chances are and in my experience, organisations with these applications are also likely to have legacy software in other housing teams too. Examples I have seen are very old DLO/Contractor solutions, Homelessness & signposting and case management. Often these were all purchased because these areas were beyond the scope of the original solutions. A common attribute of these peripheral items is that they rarely integrate, if at all.

A lovely memory of Saffron, Universe PICK at its best
Having a solution or piece of software for 15-20+ years can be costly. A quite fag packet check often reveals that each solution may cost £60-80k annually in support, as all those years of RPI or CPI have taken their toll. The user is a victim of compound interest %increases.

If you read this and consider panicking to rush out to fast track jumping into bed with any particular system, I would suggest taking a more measured approach. It will help you be better informed, ensure you are getting value for money, transformation you most likely desire and a modern platform for the future.

INGRES at its best Academy, lovely!
I have worked recently with several clients, where within a few weeks, we had surveyed the lay of the land, considered options up close and seen solutions first hand, having opportunity to question them in detail too. There is no ‘default’ pathway or ideal way forward, don't let anyone assure you of that.

For one particular legacy HMS, in Somerset, the best outcome was to upgrade with the existing key supplier. At a council in Scotland, with the same legacy solution, the option was to go to market and in that situation, an alternative option was successfully procured.

A number of current offerings also can provide credible, tried, tested and well integrated solutions, that were historically peripheral. So DLO Contractor, Asset Management, Homelessness, Case Management etc, can all come out of the box, on day 1 going live. Consideration of any possible future mergers, cloud strategy (as the world does seem to be going browser based and off-premise), are also crucial considerations.

My involvement rarely stops at helping to enable a procurement too. In most of my projects, my Critical Friend role enables me to see the strengths and weaknesses of various solutions, which can be examined and mitigated for future clients, during pre-market engagements or procurements. My historic experience uniquely of implementing full HMS solutions, unparalleled data migration knowledge and managing a team of implementers, does also come in the mix and makes me somewhat unique among consultants suitable for this kind of task, in the UK and Ireland.

Often within just a few weeks, it’s possible to plot a way forward and make it happen, bringing reliability and surety to dealing with end of life social housing solutions.

If you are suffering software solution end of life, feel free to contact me for an informal chat. DM me or give me a call on 07854-655009. If you get some Hobnobs in and the kettle on, I am happy to pop in for an hour, when nearby. My current projects involve me in the SW, Wales, West Midlands, Yorkshire, Central & NE Scotland

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Roxy Music -Same Old SceneRoxy Music -Same Old Scene.
(c) Tony Smith, Acutance Consulting www.acutanceconsulting.co.uk 07854-655009


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Saturday, 27 July 2019

Low Five

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Recently, 5G has been in the news, possibly all for the wrong reasons. That is the involvement of Chinese telecoms equipment maker & tech firm Huawei and national security risks.

Regardless of who builds 5G, its coming and pretty soon. More and more people are asking me about how I think it might revolutionise staff mobile and IOT. 5G certainly offers a lot of new opportunities. Key is the speed being up to 10 times that of 4g and providing better use of bandwidth.

Latency is much reduced, which will make IOT a more practical reality, particularly for self-driving vehicles and the like.

For the staff mobile worker, in rural areas, I think the problem is likely still to be Not-Spots, and I would fully expect, as usual, 4G (urban/city) coverage areas, will be the first to see upgrades. I would prefer to see rural and Not-Spot areas prioritised for 5G in the UK, particularly where 'fibre to the cab' is uneconomic. This might truly free up office based staff from their desks, to selectively work from home, particularly in rural areas, where current connection speeds can be as low as 0.05mbs. Personally I have experienced speeds worse than this, just 4 miles outside of a good-sized town.

I certainly think we will be waiting 2-3 years until 5g really has the bulk of existing 4g coverage licked. They should be thought of as complementary though, in the way 3g still is currently.

Better coverage/speeds should mean that mobile workers in rural areas, will not need to have a whole days jobs upfront, from an underused intelligent dynamic scheduling tool.

Benefiting from just in time/job at a time, saving fuel, time and reducing carbon footprint. That's after Contractors have refreshed hardware to the latest, shiny devices of course, trades can show off in the pub to their mate, at the weekend!

5G? Yep, bring it on!

If you think you need help with progressing mobile, or need guidance in dealing with a mobile working project that’s going (or gone) off the rails, just get in touch!

Related Post: Have you properly implemented EDRMS Document Management? Hope you have destroyed all that you scanned?  
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Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Move On

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Mobile working has come a long way since early days when back in 2007/8, when my old shop was developing on Windows Mobile, almost the only credible game in town, before the growth of Android from 2009, when cheap devices running it became available.

Apple iOS devices also appeared, which meant that customers quite rightly wanted choice, freedom to buy devices to fit their budget & preferences.

That was the point where pretty much a software house could no longer credibly develop mobile, as a side-line, with just the classic ‘two men and a dog’.

Ahh Windows 6.5, not much missed...
The growth of mobile specialists began and the long path to quality integration started. I do feel sorry for the pioneers, during 2010 and 2015, many of whom had bad experiences, that put them off mobile for several years after.

However, in 2019 we are in a better place, particularly in the #SocialHousing sector, where I mostly work. Devices, integration is pretty much there, many have done it before and we have pretty good UK mobile signal coverage these days. Where we have gaps, WiFi thankfully can often take the strain.

Within the sector, we have some key players, all with key alliances or owned by Housing System solution suppliers. Perhaps in some cases, some of these alliances need to be revisited, in the light of two movements in the last couple of months, which may have gone under the radar.

The first is that Kirona, who recently benefitted from an injection of LivingBridge VC, in April were bought by Advanced. (or OneAdvanced as they seem to be branding themselves. What is it with this ‘One’ thing, these days?) Their new owner will be well-known to users of OpenAccounts, various social care and HR/Payroll solutions, popular in the housing sector.

Advanced already have some mobile solutions, within social care and other sectors. This might well take Kirona’s focus from housing, something it has been working on for some time.

Northgate Housing users will be familiar with Kirona, its offices historically just across from the NPS one, in Alderley Edge. Northgate I understand are already working on their own independent mobile solutions, so giving customers a future choice. It will be interesting how Advanced assimilate Kirona mobile & scheduling customers. Do share your experiences via DM🤔

Secondly, it was interesting to see Cloud Dialogs join the fold at TotalMobile. Interestingly Nick Jeffreys has a OptiTime/DRS/Kirona connection, as many in the sector will know, strangely connecting these two acquisitions. More info here.

Many will remember the origins of Belfast based TotalMobile as Consilium https://www.totalmobile.co.uk/news/consilium-change-name-totalmobile/  and many Capita Housing customers will know TM as its default partner for mobile. I think this is an interesting acquisition that may bring the most benefits to the housing & Contractor sectors. It will be interesting to watch what happens with this one.

The other key integrated housing software solution suppliers, pretty much have a default mobile solution by now. Aareon with 1st Touch, Castleton with Agile etc.

While other mobile solutions are available, few have significant penetration within the #socialHousing sector, so carrying some risk. If you are behind the curve and not utilising staff mobile to increase efficiency, always assess risk carefully. Ask how many clients are live and where you can see the effective integration in operation. That might save you some heartache and tears later.

You can of course go it alone with toolkits, like the one from NDL. But do remember, you will be building a 'one of a kind', that should be properly documented, for when your developers move on.

If you think you need help with progressing mobile, or need guidance in dealing with a project that’s going (or gone) off the rails, just get in touch!

Related Post: Have you got your staff just wasting their time, doing stuff that adds no value?  

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


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Saturday, 22 June 2019

Boss Drum – Corralling in Your Wayward Info



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During my first few years working with Social Housing Systems, I was involved in a lot of full integrated solution implementations. I still surprise suppliers when pulling them up on implementation and data extract/transformation processes. You soon learn how to locate trouble-some and hidden data and use tried and tested approaches to clean it up and present it in the best form possible, for a brand new system.

Strangely, lately I have been involved in a raft of data conversion work, for Housing Groups merging systems or new properties in, and for a few organisations, taking their first housing solution.

That all covers the relatively structured stuff. Even Excel spreadsheets have some structure, however possibly haphazard. I am used to telephone numbers, containing comments, like (work) or (Daughter – Mon-Thu only) etc. Notes and scratch pads are another matter. Free text is of course notorious and using conventional database languages, a bugger to report from. I often come across sensitive data in text and note fields. Historic account references, person details, credit card data, sort codes and others. Some of it innocently blows PCI compliance right out of the window.

The above of course refer to database info. IE in SQL Server, Progress, Oracle, Ingress or Informix etc. Every organisation also has Terabytes of data held on local, network and cloud drives, as well as local Exchange Server storage. Once you start looking, unfortunately you start to see sensitive data in the strangest of places. Fascinating that all this is, within the recent GDPR rules, we should be managing every single byte of sensitive data that we own. Much of it is historic, and a lot down to poor user training and poorly managed habits.

Innocent recording of card/payment details in free text notes are a major Achiles Heal for GDPR compliance

Searching just a small corner of your unstructured data, can take several days and then you only just scratch the surface. You would need a small army (well maybe a platoon), to do a proper job, then keep on top of it too. Data quality groups are something I always promote, wherever I can, but they have  a limit to their vigilance. For a few years I have been actively seeking some more intelligent solutions, to help crack this one.

Last month I think I spotted a pretty comprehensive, proven tool to do the job, called InfoBoss. You don’t need an army of people either, to feed and water it. Just a few pioneering Social Housing landlords are currently using it, in addition to at least one credit rating agency in the Midlands.

It pretty much sniffs out the problems by itself with a set of inbuilt rules, that can be activated to detect data in the wrong place, suspect data problems and breaches of GDPR policy, such as ‘Right To Be Forgotten’. Integral white and black lists enable checking for what should have been long since archived ID’s, that potentially are breaking the law.

The tool has been built on Elastic Search, the platform is scalable, cloud based and quick to setup and very easy to use. Once it has been pointed at a multitude of data sources, within an organisation, it will collate details into a single reportable repository. A messaging API allows set up of automation. Stakeholders can be created that are automatically alerted on new and newly discovered exceptions.

I’m techie, but it’s clear this is more of an end-user, than an ICT team tool, all in a private cloud too.  Check it out by contacting Mark Hobart of InfoBoss or download the InfoBoss data management whitepaper.
Download the InfoBoss white paper here

If you have or suspect you may have data quality issues that possibly contravene GDPR, this is clearly a new tool worth a look.
 
Do mention you read it first on this blog and please let me know what you thought of it too.

Related Post: For big transformation projects, don't shy away from the Big Bang Approach  
 

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The Shamen – Boss DrumThe Shamen – Boss Drum.
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Saturday, 8 June 2019

Making The Most Of Digital Self-Service

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This week I have felt that I have truly done the length and breadth of the UK, working onsite with four different Social Housing clients, in England and Scotland. They were all pretty diverse and apart from one, which offered very specialist housing to residents with diverse mental health needs, has I guess, a similar demographic of their customers.

At each this week I was involved in a conversation about self-service, channel shift (Oooo, that phrase does make me cringe!), Omnichannel (that makes me feel much more customer focused) and what services to offer in web/app self-service. Strangely too, all conversations involved reference to how vulnerable/open to self-service residents might be.

Increasingly in some circles, self-service in 2019 sounds like it should be ‘done and dusted’ and a no brainer, for all organisations to introduce. This I find is far from the truth and many organisations clearly need help, direction and to see how others have gone about it successfully. So I am pleased that there will be another ‘Digital Self-Service Conference’ this year, Oct 9th in Oxford.

Click here to register with TONY05 discount

Last year’s was really useful, not just that some excellent case studies were showcased, but also that there was much valuable interaction between attendees. In a sector where others have had successes, made gains from learning as they go, and many strategies can be used to achieve great outcomes, it was super to see it all in one place for a change. I will be there this year and if you use the code TONY05 at the checkout, you can grab an additional discount.

Still, getting back to my discussions this week, some of it centred on ‘vulnerability’. Followers on Twitter might have spotted me engaging with a few threads where a number of SocialHousing residents had quite rightly criticised often overly paternal processes from some landlords.

The sector can get hung up on thinking that services and interaction should concentrate on the low percentage of residents who truly may meet that description. Danger is, assumptions that every resident may be regarded/treated that way, which is not reality.

Digital services for example, absolutely must always be designed around the bulk of residents, not the minority. A reality is that the digital way is not for all. I am digitally inclined, but occasionally I voluntarily choose not to self-serve. These are common and volume transactions, the low hanging fruit so to speak. Providing these digitally by app or response website, frees up staff & resource to provide better services and/or support to the 10% or less of residents who genuinely need it. That way we manage convenience for the many and can properly resource the more intensive areas, face to face, providing much better service for all types of residents.

This years’ Digital Self-Service In Housing Conference is at the The Jurys Inn Oxford, Wed 9th October 2019. Early bird registration from just £150, be sure to grab some extra discount with the code ‘TONY05’. I am pleased to give it a plug as its organised to be non-profit making, with any surplus going to housing charities.



Do let me know if you are going, no-doubt I will be live tweeting throughout the event. I look forward to seeing you there! 

Related Post: There's more to agile & mobile working, than just jumping on the wifi at Marios cafe 
 

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