Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Care-Less, a coach & horses through GDPR

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I’m sure you, like me, remember those halcyon days when GDPR was just coming in, about just over three years ago. Formalisation of data and how its kept up to day, accessed and used, was something we really needed to set an appropriate data culture and how we protect our customers, tenants and leaseholders in social housing.

Data has been written about many times in this blog, its control and effective use, for sure, this is a tricky nut to crack. My three part bootstrap guide to it can be accessed here.

I see GDPR rightly mentioned these days in the contracts controlling work I do, plus in every project I am involved with. I welcome and embrace that. Used properly, it protects our customers and informs our decision making.

Having said that I still personally feel that too many organisations think they can buy my contact details from various sources, at 15p a time, enrol me in a marketing list or spam me in various ways. Admittedly, it’s not Dell, HP etc doing this to me, its all the generally smaller cowboys. I am sure you will be experiencing this too. Organisations having access to my data without my consent or opting in (which is the rule) to market to me, use or apply that data in other non-specified ways, was illegal in May 2018 and currently still is.

What’s that phrase? “Imagine my Surprise when…”.

Well, imagine my surprise when I discovered that our government is planning to lift my (and yours and everybody’s) medical data, for undisclosed purposes, unless I opt out. Seriously, WTAF. The Covid emergency is no excuse for this nonsense, any more than any random organisation secretly opting me in.

Our government has got form in this regard and attempted to do a similar personal data grab around 2013 in an aborted project known as ‘Care.Data’ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Care.data . Details on this latest healthcare data grab can be read about here.

How long might it be for our health data to be cross-referenced to other common data sources and it potentially affects our credit ratings, health insurance premiums or other areas? Basically, if it can happen, be assured it probably will. If you don’t want that to happen to you and your family, this link will allow you to opt-out - https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/manage-your-choice/ . clearly here, proper widespread communication to the 30 million families in the UK has not occurred.  

Clearly, in this situation maybe our UK government regard themselves ‘above the law’ and Covid19 an authorisation to do with your data, as it wishes for financial or other gain. Running roughshod over people, customers, tenants, leaseholders or others, regarding data is wrong.

Evidently by opting out of this scheme, we can protect ourselves and our families data. What is to be learned though? I would say the lesson is to always defer to GDPR regarding our customer data. If we would not agree to the same happening to our data, is it morally and legally right to subject customers to this use of data?

Lets face it, our own current government are not taking all reasonably steps to inform us about how our data may be used and our rights to control it. For goodness sake, lets not take that default view with our tenant and leaseholder data. Based on all the people I work with, who are trying hard to make a difference, we are way better than that. Just lets put it into practice, can we?

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Tuesday, 25 May 2021

Sooner Than You Think

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I have been a developer in my time, managed some, worked with many and been seriously disappointed with a few over the years. They are notoriously bad at estimating most things, particularly when they are asked for a timescale. It’s rare to hear the answer ‘Sooner Than You Think’.

A couple of years back when doing some work on local authority Digital Customer Access Platforms (CRM by any other name I guess), when first introduced to the concept of ‘Low-code’, that phrase was an answer I got back when asking how quickly anything productive can be created. Some CRM platforms are often notorious for the MVP school of development and it’s something that often has irritated me and clients alike. Complexity of development environments mean that hard core ICT skills are needed, or lots of potentially expensive reseller days. Councils I saw who had really exploited innovative low-code, had achieved a lot in weeks, rather than months or years.

In that sector, not all that was called ‘low-code’ seemed equal.

The difference I realised, once I had visited a few reference sites (in the corners of UK’s most unpopular business parks and industrial estates OBVs), was where there was ability to package up and spread the love with the low-code. The means of doing that was something we would refer to now as ‘The App Share’. The solution with the biggest App Share and community, was Netcall Liberty.

[The Netcall App-Share concept]

 
It was a constant source of excitement for my local authority customers. Sight of six alternative working council approaches, for ordering green gardening waste bins, that could be transplanted as 85% ready to go low-code, got solutions moving quickly. For me, the contrast with D365, Salesforce, SAP and other platforms was quite stark. Local Councils have a similar ethic of sharing best practice when they can, as in the Social Housing community. I wondered at the time how Netcall Liberty could work within housing system environments.

Readers of this blog will be aware that when I work in Scotland, most of my work is with the super team at Arneil Johnston. My super colleagues Donna and Gill (as well as yours truly when let out!), work out of office space in Motherwell at the offices of Clyde Valley HA. Spookily enough, I was surprised to hear that Clyde Valley, are one of the early adopters of Low-code with Netcall Liberty.

In a typically Social Housing type of way too, they are collaborating and sharing low code in the App Share already, with a provider of a few thousand homes in South Wales. Both are introducing Netcall’s omnichannel contact centre solution

Housing like local government, can be a fast-moving environment and this methodology, potentially puts the power and resources, closer to the hands of practitioners, rather than joining a large queue, or waiting list to access ICT boffins or your £1,100 a day suppliers.  

So, what do the guys at the sharp end at Clyde Valley, make of the experience?

Fin Smith, the Customer Services Director, Clyde Valley HA says, “We recognise that our customers’ expectations are growing all the time. Managing customer contact in a modern, agile and flexible way is foundational to this. We have partnered with Netcall for both contact centre and CXM solutions that will allow us to manage customer contact through all available channels, provide customers with true online self-service options, allow our colleagues to mobilise even more effectively and to manage all customer requests in an efficient and visible way.”

Clyde Valleys Business Improvement team, in collaboration with a South Wales housing provider, are also leaving their experiences in the form of low-code solving housing problems, in the App Share. These are all free to access by other organisation customers, opening up lots of the great collaboration for system solutions, that we do so well in the Social Housing sector.

What do those guys developing the processes in the solutions think? I had a very interesting chat with Sarah Parker, one of the team working at the coalface. She told me that "over just a few months, new processes are being completed quickly, to align systems to a new smart-think corporate strategy. Sarah was pleased that seamless CRM, mobile and self-serve, was giving Clyde Valley control and the ability to be agile, in the current fast moving environment". A refreshing collaborative approach is evident too between Clyde Valley and Netcall. This helps in finding the quickest and sustainable way to solve challenges. Certainly, this is something that we would all really see more of, with all of our suppliers.


[Low-Code Resources]

Read more on the Clyde Valley accelerated CRM and customer service project on this link
 
If you are considering tying together all your services within a new CRM platform, look a little beyond the usual suspects. The contrast might just surprise you, using resources closer to your service problems, rather than the complex code under the bonnet of some of the other platforms out there. I regard the App share concept as a real game changer. It’s a refreshing change from the often ‘closed systems’ mindset, or keep paying again & again, of many suppliers in the marketplace. The success of this within local government CRM solutions, is now available for social housing too. Let’s see if we can embrace it to jump-start our own tenant and staff process solutions.

Maybe consider getting your CRM platform up and live, ‘Sooner Than You Think’ too. Checkout the Netcall webinar coming up, May 26th book on at https://www.netcall.com/events/what-is-tenant-hub/

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Monday, 17 May 2021

The Right Tech Outside

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It’s great to see the forward thinking suppliers, who are not already all browser and fully in the Cloud, scrambling to take our Social Housing solutions there. Obviously avoid the Silverlight, design it to be responsive and exploit the great functionality of HTML5 that will work on any browser. Lately, the message I am getting from my clients are very much Cloud & Browser, or bust, which is very refreshing.

Clearly, now having solutions available quickly in a browser, possibly after fast two factor authentication, we have all our tech outside on the patch. So in theory, we can update details, set up agreements, carry out repair tasks, collate survey information. I am working with a few clients who hope to soon be moving to browser presentation and the natural question is, “Do I still need a dedicated mobile working solution”?

It’s a great question too, particularly if you have one already (at possible significant annual cost), or considering one. So, what’s to consider?


Often in the past I have been asked, why might we need a mobile working solution? For me if a process is transactional and significant volume could be completed at the place the data update originates, we have candidates for mobile app forms. When we have a browser based solution, could we use that instead?

Clearly, when the postman or UPS delivery person delivers and asks for our signature, it’s a convenient form that is designed for us to sign & be finished in about five seconds. If that were a signature in a box as part of a browser form that needed pinching and scrolling, that would seriously slow the transaction down. Not all our housing processes are as transactional as that and its no surprise that in social housing, it was internal repair contractor/DLO, where mobile working first took off. Our skilled trades are not ICT space cadets and apart from a few exceptions, I don’t think we would expect them to be.

So, what’s to be done with new browser versions of our solutions? Might they be suitable for outside the office, just as good as mobile working?

Well, the first question for me is, what sort of coverage have we got in our stock and geography? If we are in many rural locations with significant not-spots, browser presentation will struggle to cut it. However, mobile rollout is improving all the time and there are other means of having choice of the strongest network using multiple SIMs or an always roaming SIM, such as Manx Telecom. Solve any connectivity blockers and the first hurdle is jumped.

The next job is to do a direct comparison of individual mobile forms and the browser, full fat, system equivalent. This part of the task almost takes me back to 3 months I spent in an estimating department, in a switchgear factory as part of a technician apprenticeship, back in the early eighties. If the role/task can be tackled in a browser, within no more than a third of the time of the mobile form, it’s probably acceptable.

I have done this exercise with a client and you know what, in the system we were looking at, a lot of the housing and arrears functions were all feasible in a browser. Clearly staff working mobile on the patch or the scheme need to have been trained for the wider system, rather than mobile form users, who in theory should (if the forms have been thoughtfully designed), should pick up a new form in minutes, much like we are used to picking up a smartphone app. If that is not the case, for goodness sake, look again at your design or the app developers. Great apps are picked up quickly, poor apps end up on your page 6 & 7 of your smartphone/tablet don’t they?

In this recent exercise, it was clear than the housing, arrears and contact/CRM functions easily had potential be supported as pure browser by staff. However, the blind spot was clearly assets (condition surveys in particular), multi-use void inspections another area, all ones that clearly a mobile form driving a pathway through what is needed to be done. No DLO/internal contractor was present here.  I suspect that might be similar in other organisations, with other solutions out there.

Every solution is different and your organisations needs are too. How well trained are your staff, are they ICT literate enough, or are they your person people? That should be taken into account, particularly where your primary integrated housing system provider, has not already produced a promised all browser solution, or its still festering on their roadmap. As we know there’s still a few of those around.

If you are experiencing similar ponderings, I hope this has been of use. My conclusion is that we need all solutions in a browser as soon as possible, yet the mobile (staff) app is not dead and buried yet. Far from it. Comments as usual welcomed from users in the sector and suppliers (I would be surprised if you guys & gals would not have a view).

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Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Poppy Day

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Recently I have had quite a few chats with clients and suppliers about the march to The Cloud. Covid19 and lockdown have had a big influence on changing attitudes, although I think I really saw a corner turned, in mid 2018. 

Council and Local Authority clients were always reluctant to consider the cloud. Turkeys didn’t used to vote for Christmas as a rule, nor did quite well paid council infrastructure teams. From 2018 onwards, within ten minutes of talking about procurement, I heard more and more, “Whatever we buy, must all be in the Cloud and off-prem”.

Solutions have been available in the Cloud for a decade, although recently we have more robust security protocols, offerings, Cyber Essentials and procurement safeguards, which all reassure.

Cyber security has become a new growth industry, almost from a standing start and something no site can really avoid taking seriously. Its not cheap and quite rightly has become big business. A client pointed me to an interesting article last week on cybersecurity company Darktrace, just about to float on the stock market for £3billion price tag.

Darktrace launched in Cambridge 8 years ago by an unlikely alliance of mathematicians, former spies from GCHQ and the US and artificial intelligence (AI) experts. Poppy Gustafsson (she,her) was 30 years old when she co-founded Darktrace back in 2013. 

She should be worth £20m after flotation, which is a nice wedge indeed. Readers of this blog will be aware of my thoughts on IT and gender mix. It is a very male geek dominated sector on the whole and Poppy has also become something of a gender diversity champion, in the bloke-dominated tech world.

The ICT industry average is about 15% female, Darktrace to their credit manage more like 40%. What’s the gender mix in your ICT or implementation/development team? Is it improving, or perhaps as David Byrne would say, ”Same As It Ever Was” ? In my own sons computer science college group, out of twenty students, only four are other than male.

Why are we so poor at encouraging females in the ICT foundation subjects of science, tech, engineering and maths? Amber Rudd wrote an interesting article on this, for the Times back in February, worth checking out 

As previously, I would say from what I generally see, that we are still not getting the best of mixed gender techie teams, on our helpdesks, IT Teams, development or implementation. There is a lot to do.

Read the Guardian article here.

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Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Shine Like It Does

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Around reporting, sadly “The Story Since Time Began”, has been that most standard software reporting is pretty poor, an afterthought if you are lucky, maybe some columns that go to a ‘spooler’. (FTAF is a ‘spooler’?). 

Now this amazes me as so many people are looking to procure new solutions, especially integrated housing systems and then will need a BI tool to make the undoubtedly pretty graphs that make it easy for the Board to understand the data.

Have you ever attended a software demo, where the supplier opened with all their space cadet reports, blowing the audience away, before all that stuff that will support your core processes? Nor me during my time in Social Housing or before that in Healthcare.

I sometimes, especially these days see some sexy PowerBI reports wheeled out, unfortunately excitement going flat, like a day old opened bottle of Prosecco, when these are just ‘examples’ for this particular demo. I despair when the excuse is, “well your organisation might not have the necessary PowerBI licences”. Suppliers don’t seem to see those ‘examples’, if given free, would be the gateway drug to selling much more report consultancy further down the line. It's not how your local ‘Mr Pharmacist’ works.

More likely your prospective supplier will describe how some ‘train the trainer’ will happen and your staff will then be capable of knocking out your 35 KPI’s and board reporting pack. Even more likely, you will realise the 35 reports are missing the week after go-live and you will spend an arm and a leg with your supplier to do them for you, over the next 12 months.

And after having done all this one of the operational departments will turn up with a spreadsheet showing that in fact the performance isn’t as bad as reported because of “data issues” between the different systems.

Is this sounding familiar?

Not surprising within this cats cradle, we don’t have a single version of the truth

Well meaning visionaries for getting on for a half a decade, have sold many seminars & conference slots around agreeing a ‘UK Housing Data Standard’ to overcome the data issues created by the different ways databases hold, structure and update data. Interestingly, software providers have not been killed in the rush to re-write all their solutions, to any of these templates. Its costing many of them short of £10m each to just port solutions to the cloud and browser presentation. The chances of them all reorganising their data structures, is next to zero. Chances of all their customers paying for a project like that, would get even lower odds.

So, clearly a different and much better approach is desperately needed by many, who are struggling to hand craft and hand crank a bespoke framework for reporting. I am aware of two local RSL’s, near me in the North West of England, who are utilising a new innovative solution called Illumar, to organise, cleanse, manage and (at last) properly make data work for them.

Illumar is part of Inprova, best known for hosting PfH, have worked with NHS systems data and is now starting to crack the more popular integrated platforms, such as MRI Orchard/Promaster, Aareon QL and others. From what I have seen, this provides a major leg-up to pull in off the shelf data definitions, with the added layer of innovation around data quality. Readers of this blog will be well aware of my protestations in this area. So many performance teams are massaging/correcting their stats, rather than correcting core data. Its unique ‘Jail-IT’ facility shines a spotlight on poor quality and nonsense data, rather than sweeping it under the corporate carpet. This allows audit right back to source, whether that is in multiple tables or in many solutions. Thus tackling the traditional low levels of confidence in data quality internally and externally when reported.

Seeing the world through your ‘Unified Data Layer’, with validated data

A productised data management structure, driven by low code (surely worth a post all on its own), provides the ‘major leg up’, taking 85% or more of the legwork out of the data discovery phase. Most organisations have some disparate applications and these can be easily knitted in, to a full Microsoft/SQL Server cloud delivered product stack. One of the key benefits is that the system structures documents itself, overcoming one of the major Achilles Heel’s of the traditional internal ICT developer led data management and application strategies. That of building technical debt as the systems typically outlast the tenure of the particular developer who has done the coding.

As more of the ‘usual suspects’ major solutions are mapped, a true off-the-shelf route looks to be available at last, for better corporate reporting. As last many will finally be able to exploit the real value of the data we all hold.

Chatting to Zahir Yasin locally to me at ForViva, it’s clear that with the Illumar tool, they have moved faster in four months, than possibly that same number of years. He describes it as “the fastest way to get an enterprise data warehouse up and running. We're integrating our finance system, QL and Promaster then starting with automating SDR and our board PI's”. 

If I have the opportunity over the next few months, I will try to organise a webinar together with Zahir.  (Update: A webinar will take place May 19th 2021 - reserve your place here)

This shows just what is possible, when with our existing data, we take a very different approach. For those RSL’s considering building new solutions with Microsoft D365, they could also use Illumar in reverse. Start with the unified social housing data layer and use that to organise their new solution, rather than get tied up in MVP and potentially another bespoke data structure.

As the Michael Hutchence lyric goes, ‘You Will Find It’, Illumar will help you find it faster, clean it up and drop it into your initial KPI & board formats. Do check it out and let me know what you make of it.

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Friday, 2 April 2021

The Black Hit Of Space

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One single from my 1970’s, way before Phil Oakey made the Human League 80’s cool with Susan and Joanne, has always stuck with me as lyric brilliance, The Black Hit Of Space. 

Now I love the Human League pre & post the split, but this track must be one of the most brilliant. It’s the tale of stuff getting out of hand. A hit that reaches number one in the charts, then carries on into minus figures.

“I reached for the tone arm which was less than one micron long, but weighed more than Saturn and time stood still”

For some finance teams, their chart of accounts can feel like that turntable tone arm, weighing more than Saturn. That’s the second largest planet in our solar system and I would say that if anyone out there has more than 5,000 cost centres in their chart of accounts, they probably have a Saturn Shaped problem. The big question is ‘Why’?

The answer is usually that staff, managers etc cannot extract reports from feeder systems, so they ask for more and more detail to be recorded within the finance nominal or general leger. The point that is missed unfortunately, is that the detail clearly already exists in the feeder (Housing, Repairs or Contractor etc) solutions. So why push the feeder system problems, further down the line?

I have heard many tales and witnessed a few organisations suffering this issue. Many people tell me they don’t get it. My explanation is the difference between my shopping trips and my credit card bill. The former could include lots of craft beer, fancy cheese and macaroons. Perhaps 50-100 items and lots of detail. I pay using a credit card. When I look at my Visa bill, I can see what I spent at Morrison’s, but not how much of it was cheese. That was detailed on my shopping bill, if I was interested in analysing it.

The detail stays where it belongs.

Organisations need to stay firm to use finance solutions at the level that is sensible. They should not be providing a Band Aid plaster to get around poor reporting facilities, elsewhere in the organisation feeder systems. Finance team manager’s need to be strong in how they tackle this. The answer is not to expand finance, its to sort out detail reporting.

As anyone who knows me from procurements, they know my distain about the general quality of standard system reporting provision. Tragically, some have laid this deficiency at the door of finance teams. If you are a finance manager or director, suffering a chart of accounts looking like Saturn, then revaluate your feeder solution and work to slim Cost Centres down.

Look again and invest in feeder systems, no need to get James Burke on the case….

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