Who would not like to be future-proofed? Well not many people, although getting there (or near to it at any rate), can be no easy matter. Does anyone know what the future looks like, or where would you search for some of the solutions that we might be needing to be successful organisations, in 1, 3, 5 or 10 years time? In one respect, we are in a better position than ever before, we have Google and errm.. Bing. More info than ever on products and applications at our fingertips.
So far, so good. However it can very much be just like a giant digital shop window. Click on that 'request more details' link and you will most likely have subscribed to something you will soon have to unsubscribe to shortly and sales folk will be beating a path to your door. Maybe 'keeping you warm' every four weeks, just on the off-chance you may consider buying something else.
Sales people vary of course and in many situations we would just like to have a look at some new solutions, with perhaps no strings attached.
Also, one really useful aspect to discovery, is hearing how others have done it. Selected, implemented, sold it to staff and increased efficiency, customer service or made savings. In actual fact, I have found that the most useful of all. Too many times suppliers claim something and when its followed up with their clients/users, the story is very different.
One essential tool for getting closer to 'The Horses Mouth', is exhibitions and conferences. Now some supplier & other conferences have noticeably disappeared or slipped from view this last year. One of the best for looking to new and emerging future systems, is the March Housing Technology conference and executive forum - http://www.housing-technology.com/events/ht17/register/
I booked both days in Oxford, back before Christmas and at the time of blogging here, there is just 40 days to book in yourself.
At the moment, its out ahead for providing opportunities to chat to others in the social housing sector, with each day split into ten or more strands. Each tend to offer some new ideas, experiences and the chance to look over some of the solutions on offer. Excellent value even if it's just for a single day. Most speakers are able to chat after sessions and are pleased if they are staying later, to go into a lot more detail in breaks or at mealtimes. Personally, I have helped a number of people over my breakfast egg & mushrooms, just to put people on the right track.
If you see me down there, please say hello, let me know about the blog and if you would like any subjects covering. I do get a number suggested each month, or other items are things I encounter, when working with clients to help them choose and get the best from their social housing applications, processes and systems.
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