Streamlining, austerity, and budget cuts; three words we’ve all become overly-familiar with in the last year. Small businesses are cutting back, large businesses are streamlining, and some public sector institutions are now having their funding cut completely. Since the recession took hold, small recoveries have been made through economical adjustments and adaptations, however despite this, times have generally been tough, and more and more cutbacks have had to be made to businesses and organisations.
One of the areas that have taken a hit lately are housing associations, with multiple cuts to housing benefit and changes in rent having a direct impact on these associations. It’s a bleak situation to be in, with many housing associations now having to reduce their overall expenditure, and as a result of this one of the first areas to be trimmed down is IT infrastructure.
Why Does This Matter to Housing Associations?
The infrastructure of your organisation is more than just IT, as today day-to-day core functions and processes rely heavily on the smooth operation of systems and applications. Your customer base, data, and records are your organisation, and without them it wouldn’t be possible to function at all. We no longer live in an age where IT is an added extra, bolted-onto businesses in an attempt at modernisation, the playing field evolved a long time ago, and the expectations placed on organisations to deliver smoothly and efficiently are at an all time high. With this in mind, housing associations are finding themselves in a bit of a predicament, and choosing where to draw the line between reducing the spend of your IT budget and reducing its effectiveness is a tough task.
What Can Housing Associations Do to Meet the Cut Demands?
The good news is that as far as IT is concerned, cuts don’t have to mean a reduction in service or quality. By realigning your organisation’s goals, outlining requirements and prioritising your IT needs, a new solution can be designed to work with the budget demands placed on your organisation.
At LIMA, we’re working with a number of housing associations to reduce expenditure and bring the overall cost of their IT department or setup down. There are a number of changes and enhancements that can be made to alleviate any unneeded outgoings and unwanted costs, including making use of managed services or shared services to create a more dynamic, fluid organisation.
Using managed services is a collaborative approach taken between your organisation and LIMA. The partnership works by utilising our team of accredited engineers and subject matter experts as the main work force behind the maintenance and monitoring of your IT infrastructure. By joining together we can work towards a shared goal: maximum uptime and secure, high-performing systems. We take that extra strain away from your employees, so they can focus on driving the business forward with new growth.
A Shared Service
A ‘Shared Service’ is a term you may be familiar with from recent talks within the housing industry, and it does exactly as it says: two or more institutions sharing the same IT provider to cut costs and increase availability of overall support, monitoring, and maintenance.
To speak with a member of our team about making the most of your IT budget, simply give us a call on 0345 345 1110 and tell us about your situation, we’re more than happy to give advice. Alternatively, email us and we’ll get back to you.