Housing has the opportunity to radically reassess its relationship with data and technology. But often it doesn’t yet have the people, capacity or the tools to make it happen. ‘HACT Digital’ is a programme of projects that aim to help housing providers realise the benefits that new technology and data can provide their businesses.
HACT Digital will focus on three interlocking areas that will support housing businesses achieve a shift to digital- promoting tech expertise at board level, a data standard to improve the data culture of the entire sector and digital maturity audits for organisations looking to identify where technology could deliver the most significant benefits.
More details on the programmes will be released shortly. We are pleased to present this manifesto that presents key challenges that the housing sector faces in it's approach to technology.
Digital manifesto for change
Published: December 2016
Author: Matt Leach
The UK housing sector is stuck in a technology rut. Ubiquitous connectivity, machine learning and automation are transforming businesses across the economy. But social landlords remain wedded to systems which in too many areas have failed to move on.
Despite endless digital conferences and events there is little evidence housing providers are capable of responding to the challenges and opportunities of a transformed technology landscape. At a time of rapidly falling budgets, tighter finances present the urgent need to reinvent business models, this represents a major unaddressed threat to the long term success of the sector.
UK Housing's Digital On-board Programme
HACT, TechUK and Hannington Tame have launched a major digital leadership initiative aimed at placing leading players from the UK’s digital economy on every housing provider board, to help UK housing bridge its digital governance gap. You can find out more here.
Creating a Shared Data Standard for UK Housing
HACT has brought together a vanguard group of housing providers to create a shared data standard and reference architecture for the UK housing sector. Find out more here.