Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Code of the (Supplier) Road Map

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When we procure any applications, it's always great to think where the preferred solution will go in the future. How many it develop, evolve, re-shape itself to fit our needs. Maybe it will end up as something that will develop in a different direction entirely. Hopefully it won't, unless of course, our organisations move in that different direction too, for some reason.

The 'Solution Road Map' is the document, & sometimes mythical tome, that we ask for. It could be etched into granite, scribbled on the back of an A7 envelope or just be some woolly aspirations. Considering most software contracts will be for 3, 5, 7 or more years, this is a very importing item. We would expect all statutory changes demanded by our sector, Westminster, Holyrood, Welsh/NI or other assemblies, Europe etc to be included. In fact your contract should tightly enforce that one.

Uniquely, I have seen supplier road maps from both sides of the fence, so I do understand the pressures of planning well, project managing developments, putting resources in place (or not), setting reasonable expectations and not letting customers down. It's a juggling act for sure, but suppliers should not make it hard for customers, good communication is the key.

Hopefully, good supplier roadmaps are based on what the customers need and want, these can come from two key sources. Firstly regular user groups, how often does your supplier hold them and does  your organisation bother to attend? Secondly, if your suppliers are bidding for new work, they should see many new requirements coming across from that source. ITT's and demos are the breeding ground for innovation and a gold mine for finding out what the sector will think is the next big thing.

In my book, customers should be made aware of supplier roadmaps twice a year, so they can plan around their needs. Seeing something on a road map and planning next September to implement a new essential feature, is all very good. Not so good when you have to go back to your SMT (senior Management Team) a couple of times, to spin out the timetable another 18 months, as your supplier has put that item back. 

Do keep on top of your supplier and their Road Maps. If procuring and drawing up a new contract, it's easier to bind delivery from the road map into project timescales. Typically something I will be mentioning as part of my slot at Devonshires, September 15th.  You can sign up for free, lunch and canap├ęs afterwards included. It would be great to see you there, at Finsbury Circus, London, EC2M 7DT. Sign up now on this link:  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RSH9QDP

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Danko Jones  - Code of the Road MapDanko Jones - Code of the Road Map.
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Sunday, 21 August 2016

The Air That I Breathe

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We all know those pubs and other places proudly without WiFi so people can reconnect with the lost art of conversation and each other. That's a good thing in some ways, enjoying a pint without muppets keep checking their phone, snapchatting or looking for Pokemons (now don't get me on that one...).

In a general sense though, getting everyone access to the internet, particularly for our customers in socialhousing, is as essential as making sure we connect them to water, sewage, electricity & gas supply. We need to design connection to broadband into our new builds. A connected neighbourhood can be a happier and more prosperous one. Or at least one possibly making similar savings to everyone else.

There are several ways of doing that too. I have mentioned many in my blogs here, including services provided per block/scheme or secure wifi. Secured rather than public being the key to better outcomes. While changing wifi passwords might be irritating, they do prevent some other issues.  Getting more free wifi in town & urban centres can increase footfall, although brings a different raft of issues.

I have read many newspaper articles about how restricting wifi, constantly changing passwords in public places, has reduced anti-social behaviour.  See some examples here:

http://www.northwichguardian.co.uk/news/14....
http://www.forth3.com/localnews/glenrothes...

Even though the 'yout' of today pretty much have a data package on their Smartphone's, often its only 1GB or less per month. Without wifi, that allowance might be gone pretty soon.

Another recent London Evening Standard article, suggested parents should switch off (or control) wifi late evening to restrict how often they go online. See http://www.standard.co.uk/news/education/teachers-call-for-parents-to-turn-off-the-wi-fi-9261228.html

Regular changes of wifi password at home can have its own benefits. A change as soon as the kids have (officially) gone to bed, might be just what you need and will get some of those chores done quicker, particularly as wifi is about as important to them, as the air that we breathe these days.

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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

National Housing Federation IT Office Escape

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As regular readers know, I am a big fan of letting staff escape the confines of their office environments, particularly in the social housing autumn 'Conference Season'.

There is a lot to be said for seeing some new solutions, networking with others in the sector and hearing about innovation. Goodness knows, we are in times when we need to increasingly drive our organisations with it, delivered imaginatively and faster than ever before.

The re-booted  National Housing Federation IT in Housing Conference and Exhibition, over two days, comes to Manchester Central, early December. Relocating it to the UK's second city, follows in the footsteps of the CIH and many other supplier conferences. Excellent transport links, sensible hotel prices, super places to eat & drink, and friendly locals (naturally) are drawing more people to conferences in Manchester than ever before. Compared with Olympia where I attended nearly a decades' worth of events, I think it's a good move.

So, apart from the delights of the North, what should draw you to this flagship event?

I enjoyed the new format of the last one and based on wider feedback, 94% of attendees from the last event, said based on the new format they would attend again. 90% of attendees were at Head, Director or Manager level. 95% surveyed were happy with the February conference content.  Personally I think holding the conference prior to Christmas, also means there is a chance for attendees to get new innovations comfortably into next year's budgets too.

Suppliers and a big exhibition area is provided, although conference sessions seem on the whole to be dedicated to RSL's talking about what they have achieved, which I think is great. Well, we all know everything is perfect in demo-land, I do prefer to hear experiences first hand from users. We learn much more then, allowing us to better understand what works and how to get the best from it.

Key discussions across the two days that caught my eye include, 'Data Protection & Security', 'Making real-time online services intuitive and easy to use', 'How technology must change the housing association business model' and In IT procurement, 'the questions you should be asking, but aren't' .

As usual, I will be going and will be blogging about my experiences and what I took from individual sessions. If you are there Dec 6th & 7th, please say 'hi'. To book or to obtain more info as an attendee or to book a stand, follow this link - http://it.housing.org.uk/

Book by 7 October as there is £100 discount on offer.

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Thursday, 11 August 2016

Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers

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Now I always take notice when I see an innovation that combines several of my favourite things. In this case Artificial Intelligence and Beer, at ‘open brewery’ UBrew in Bermondsey, London.

I read with interest details of four 'AI-brewed beers', the recipe for which changes based on customer feedback interpreted by an algorithm. Backing it up is a Facebook 'bot', collecting data and presenting it to be interpreted by human craft beer brewers. They are £4.50 a bottle, I have yet to see one in supermarkets & outlets near me.

Codes on the bottles allow the drinkers to connect with the bot, which collects customer preferences and flavour choices. Reinforcement learning is apparently a feature, which allows the bot to change future behaviour and questions asked. Product can then be moulded to customers who like hoppier beers or stouts, for example. So w would expect the beers to change over time.


The AI beer range, coming to a hipsta bar near you?

“In this case we’re using AI to give our brewer superhuman skills, enabling them to test and receive feedback on our beer more quickly than ever before. This means we can respond to consumers’ changing tastes faster than traditional brewers.”, says the quote from IntelligentX co-founder Hew Leith.

Read more about AI-Beer here

Collecting feedback by bot is an interesting approach and surely could be used in other areas, such as satisfaction feedback, after repairs, new tenants moving in and how complaints and ASB is being dealt with and resolved.

How much effort would it be to SMS text a tenant a link after such an interaction, in order to do a similar thing for shaping service, delivered by human housing practioners? I hope the Bromford Lab and Halton Housing Trust are taking note. This could be a nice niche way to engage tenants in a new fashion, for an area where it can be very difficult to collect feedback.

If we can make it work in the UKhousing sector, I will drink to that!

If I can help with any customer web or mobile self-service you are engaged with, please be in touch, we are here to help.

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Sunday, 7 August 2016

The Old One Two

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We are hearing much lately about mergers and to a lesser extent demergers. a subject for a future blogpost I am sure. However, how to integrate data into your existing HMS (Housing Management system), is something every merger needs to seriously consider.

Group structures vary. Will elemental RSL's be an integral part of the group, or be very autonomous within it?

Most HMS allow setting up of partner RSL's as a totally separate database, or as a different Owning Body, landlord or owner coding, within a single database. How to decide, which path is best for you?

Well, separate databases generally need separate logins, so that might prevent use of a shared call or service centre. Do you think that might be a future feature? If it is then a shared database might be the way forward.

It helps if your HMS supports limiting users to different Owning Body, Landlord, Company, Area, Housing Officer, etc restricted by user access security. It might be as well to check that out. Also if one of those codings are currently being used for something else, in your current Housing Management System. This would allow users to only see/maintain the properties within their assigned part of the group. Where allowed, it can generally be relaxed, if staff are covering for others on leave etc.

However,  often it can be felt easier at day-one to segregate into two databases, although that might not be best long term. Its far easier to break systems out of one database, than merge from two. In fact I can recall one decision to split two systems, decided by an RSL, to cement a decision that the HMS in question, could not do multi organisation . Quite wrong as it turned out, but it all turned out right in the end.

Still, getting back to the original question, do we look to migrate into or out of the current group database? Well some of the questions  to ask are about the groups that may be formed. Will a common service centre, deal with enquiries from all of the group? If so, then a common database is going to be essential. A split database would be problematic to a service centre to deal with to two different demographics. Two logins, or Alt-Tab between each.

Generating KPI's is somewhat easier from a single database, reports can easily be run for the whole group (all units), or filtered on a single Owning Body or Landlord designation. Chances are, within a group, shared or similar SLA's may be agreed, so performance across group members can be compared.

KPI's from two separate databases would mean all codes would have to be identically set up and maintained, in order to allow easy KPI comparisons. Of course, two databases would need two upgrades on every release and discipline to keep codings/features in line at that point too.

I have seen group structures offer a very flexible relationship and a in comparison, quite a strict relationship with partners. I do not opinionate  on what is good or bad, partners need to determine if that meets their own cultures. That decision as to if we are looking at two(or more) databases is central to any merger and one to be taken at the very start.

This is a key decision and will determine relationship for many years ahead.

If I can help with any merger you are engaged with, please be in touch, we are here to help.

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Monday, 1 August 2016

As Long as The Price Is Right

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With the gradual move to Universal Credit, we are keen in the sector for all types of payments. Cash is king in some places once again. I was talking to a contact in a handy location near a supermarket and a community library. Cash payments have multiplied for them, providing tenants manage to give the bookies a body swerve, between the supermarket cash machine and their cash office.

A lot of RSLs and Housing Groups I work with, are also dabbling with card payments out in the field, using iZettles and the like, as well as Paypal. I have heard rumours that the 'Rent Collector' might be coming back. I better dust off my 'Gilbert Strip' notes...

However, how much does this all cost?

I was in a demo of a finance system last week and that precise question was asked. Exactly what does all our payment methods cost, which are good value and ones of less value? Are we factoring in the costs of card machines and online portals correctly into our management of income collection?

If we use Paypoint or Allpay, we probably know that x pence per transaction will be our cost, as with Direct Debits. In terms of internet self-service portals, are we attributing the technology costs correctly to those payments? It might cost £40k to set up our online portal, maybe 1/5th of that could be attributed to getting online payments. If we receive 1000 online payments in year one, possibly each may have cost us £8 each.  If we managed to increase that by a factor of 5, over 5 years, we will have reduced our costs to more like 32p per payment, with each extra one becoming cheaper. On that calculation, also factor in your annual maintenance for your self-service.

So, as illustrated above, costs change over time. They may even be dependent on staff FTE and head count. To calculate costs accurately, not getting too anal about the metrics, we do need to take into account how much time these staff spend on each transaction, like we know the cost of a CRM call.

Until we have visibility of those costs, we will find difficulty in directing efficiencies around our payments and help nudge our customers to better, cheaper and more convenient ways to pay. It's better to know, how well do you understand yours?

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