Thursday, 24 January 2019

Have You Been To The English Deerpark?

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Has anyone reading this been to the ‘English Deer Park’?

Music fans of ‘The Fall’ and ‘Mark E Smith’ (RIP), will probably have some lyrics spinning around their heads already hopefully, having read that line!

A suitable description for a session I will be doing at the first afternoon of the ‘Housing Technology 2019 Conference & Executive Forum’.

Close to where I live, there’s a couple of large ones run or under ownership by the National Trust. They do a pretty good job and they are two big patches of wooded spaces, relaxing to walk in or take the little ones out to. Well worth the four quid to park and the £4.50 for a clotted cream & jam scone, once you have exited by the gift-shoppe and slid into the café.

Now, I am not planning to running to use bribes of scones and clotted cream to entice attendees to my session, or indeed do it all in rhyme. The latter was done extremely well last year and pretty much can’t be topped IMHO.

My deer park thoughts take me to the autumn. A season, generally October time, when the deer generally rut. What could be better than watching some of our largest mammals as the stags lock antlers in a head-to-head battle?

What about maybe watching one or more of our big beast solution suppliers, grapple with integration, like rutting stags, on different projects, at various times, right around the year? It can be done, and I don’t generally need my Zeiss Victory RF binoculars, to witness it up close. 

Who would think that in 2019, decent integration would pose anything other than a slight configuration issue. In fairness, I see a lot of solutions that were never sufficiently integrated, many with no evidence prior that those combinations of applications, ever would. Poor integration leads to manual workarounds, that often become the established process.

Hardly anywhere worse than this to be an issue, is self-service. Which lets be clear, is something just about everyone is rushing to try to do well these days. Integration problems need to be cracked and often failure to do so efficiently, will seriously affect the quality of that.

My Housing Technology session aims to cover this issue and try to provide a number of useful takeaways, to help manage those ‘rutting’ suppliers, particularly when looking to crack self-service.

It would be great to see you there. 

If you haven’t booked already, have a look on this link - https://www.housing-technology.com/events/htc19/


Click here to register
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This year it is the 10th annual event, is now the leading and longest-running technology event for senior IT and business decision-makers in the UK socialhousing sector. Again, this event brings together so many influential practitioners and suppliers in one place. I hope I will see you there. Say hi, lets share a beer.  

Related Post: Are your residents the best eye & ears of all? 
 

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The Fall – DeerparkThe Fall – Deerpark.
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Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Lockdown

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We are getting on for a year on from the new GDPR regulations that have rightly focused every organisations’ thinking on keeping all data safe. Its hard even with security permissions locking users down like a straitjacket and constant training to keep users focus on this.

Often one of the most common ‘gotchas’ is users leaving their desks to visit the ‘facilities’ for a short bio-break (or a crafty smoke) and leaving their screens unlocked and visible to all. In the variety of places I work, usually the back of a bog door, is by far the easiest way to reach hearts & minds. It’s a better way to connect and engage than most sites intranet, that’s for sure!

In fairness, in my community library, I am always stressing the importance of our disabled friendly WC door, as the go-to place to engage with our borrowers and supporters.

This is one brilliant example of a witty reminder, seen a few months ago at a site where I have worked:
Credit: James Diffin - @JimDiffin Clanmill HA
Great stuff, I am sure you will agree!

This week at a client I was working with, a techie director shared a story, which we guessed its source from, but not reliably enough to share here.

A staff member who was always leaving their desk without locking screens, had a bit of a come-uppance, when his manager went on his Outlook and penned a resignation email. On their return the manager called them in and told them that “the resignation had been accepted and they were sad to see them go”.

The staff member was confused and said they “knew mothing of it and hadn’t resigned”. Directed to the email just penned by the manager and sent, it all became clear. The manager explained they had sent to email while away from the workstation and that this time it would be fine, they could relax.

They were assured however, if it happens again, “next time it will be for real!”.

A sobering thought.

Feel free to print this story and stick it on the back of some bog doors! 

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Cypress Hill - LockdownCypress Hill - Lockdown.
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Friday, 11 January 2019

Rolling in The Deeplake

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This week I picked up a share alert covering “Acquisition of Complementary Communications Software”, from AIM (formerly the Alternative Investment Market, a sub-market of the London Stock Exchange), short code “CTP”.

I am glad I did get one in advance, as its usual that their shareholders and no-doubt speculators, call me on my mobile, to ask my opinion. Good to be pre-warned!

This was Castleton PLC acquiring primarily a software provider of SMS text, Housing social media channels and other solutions in the Social Housing space, ‘Deeplake’. It’s likely that you the reader have heard of them, or are in fact using one of their solutions. They mention that they work with 130 social landlords, local authorities and charities on their website. So this will clearly net Castleton some more new customers, who are not already using any of their in-house technology stack.


Is there much left to acquire to add to that product stack?

It will be interesting to see how existing Deeplake customers fair, under their new owners. Also, how quickly Deeplake products can be seamlessly integrated into the Castleton product stack and existing Kypera Housing, Documotive, Impact or other solution users.

Deeplake was very timely in its appearance in the sector and filled a niche quite well around SMS messaging provision. Now, a decade on from 2008, there are of course a variety of SMS providers, TextLocal, Esendex and others. The Deeplake offering going forward, will need to keep being competitive.


Feel free to contact me via comment or direct message on how you think this acquisition might work going forward. Read the full official release chapter & verse here.

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Wednesday, 2 January 2019

My Favourite Waste of Time

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A few weeks ago I saw a sign someone had added on a fridge, at a place where I have been doing some work. It made me smile, but I could fully understand the well meaning thought that created it. Clearly there had been a problem at some time. The sign seemed a few months maybe a year old. I liked it so much that I added it to my personal 365 photo project, as image number 110/365.

Be careful, Door may fall off
After I had smiled a bit it made me consider how that sign was a bit like a lot of process steps I see. Pretty much added because some problem occurred at some time and then those steps became ‘the way we have always done things around here’. Don’t get me on my Lemon Drizzle cake story now….

Think about your organisation and some of the waste of time process steps you take for granted.
  • The way purchase invoices are ‘signed off’ (with pen & ink OBVs), because a supplier was paid twice for the same invoice, 4 years ago.
  • The way your repair works orders need three people to authorise them, as once upon a time, a staff member who was also a tenant, ordered six reactive repairs in a single month.
  • The way voids (‘empty properties’, if you are a non-social housing sector person, or my pal Barry Marlow reading this perhaps), involve 5 teams, rather than 1 single joined up one.
  • The way reactive repairs need to be ‘phoned in’ as the asset/repair team are afraid if they came via self-service, hundreds of tenants might be ordering themselves new kitchens.
  • The way all tenancy terminations are still recorded and written down, in a big Harry Potter style ledger, because from the 70’s that was what you always did. Of course terminations also go on a big daft complex expensive integrated housing system, which does the whole job rather well. Its less ornate than the historic ledger though.

You the reader might be laughing at this point, but I saw all of these through 2018, at a variety of places, around the UK and Ireland. While these are just random examples, if you hold a mirror up to your processes, you probably already know what I could add to this list.

We have turned a new year, lets use its 365 pages to root out some of our idiosyncrasies and quaintness and improve our processes. A lot of these checks could occur post event via a KPI.

A common argument I hear is "The auditors like it that way". That's mostly because the process is documented for the auditors that way. So, don't let that one fox you!

I hope this blog kick starts some action. Lets face it, doing that might be much easier than ‘Dry January’. If I can help you get on top of your systems and processes this year, just get in touch.

Happy New Year Everyone 😊🥂 !

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