With Christmas only 7 sleeps away and 2014 looming in less than a fortnight, we wanted to take the opportunity to wish all of our followers and readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
It’s been a great year for us here at CommonTime and we hope 2013 has been a successful one for you too. We wanted to share some of our latest news as well as our upcoming plans for the new year.
mDesign 7.0 – Coming Soon The latest release of our mDesign mobile app development platform will be available soon. mDesign 7 boasts a fresh new look and feel, as well as a host of new and exciting features.
Look out for a major announcement in the new year where we’ll be unveiling mDesign 7, and what benefits its new features could deliver . . . → Read More: Seasons Greetings From CommonTime – A Round-Up Of Our News From 2013
Top 8 efficiency savings to justify including mobile working in your 2014 budget
It’s getting to that time of where budgets need to be planned and allocated for 2014. Many companies we’ve spoken to are planning mobile projects to drive efficiency savings, but in spite of mobile projects becoming a strategic focus for a large proportion of organisations, ROI for mobile is still proving to be a bit of a grey area to predict or calculate.
We’ve put together a list of areas where efficiency savings can be measured to provide a more tangible ROI for mobile solutions.
1. Elimination of duplicated work:
For many organisations with mobile workers, current practice means staff capture data on paper forms and then input this into PC/back office systems upon their return to the office.
Using a mobile solution would allow data captured to be integrated to back office systems, thereby . . . → Read More: How to Quantify ROI for Mobile Solutions
How mobile is the social housing sector?
Having spent a few years now developing mobile apps for housing associations, we’re well aware of the ‘mobile’ nature of the work carried out by housing sector staff – the likes of housing officers and maintenance staff undertake numerous tasks and processes out in the field every day.
The Housing Survey:
We were interested to know how many of these mobile workers were using technology to help with their daily activities: We interviewed a cross section of maintenance and housing officers to identify what a day in their life would look like, what processes they undertake on a day to day basis, how they carry these out, and what technology (if any) they use to help them with these tasks.
The results were interesting: take a look at the infographic >>
The Results: . . . → Read More: The CommonTime Technology in Social Housing Survey 2013
Finally.. Following the announcement by Prime Minister David Cameron in 2012, NHS England expects the bidding process to start on Wednesday for the £100m Nursing Technology Fund.
The fund is designed as an enabler to all NHS trusts and foundation trusts who want to improve nursing technology.
It’s been a long time coming, and to be honest the timescales for the first round of £30million is tight. Bids are to be awarded before Christmas so NHS trusts will really need to get their act together if they are going to implement before 31/3/2014 ! A further £70 million will be released and a second round of bidding is expected after April 2014.
To qualify for this lump of cash (which by NHS standards is minuet) the use case is for greater implementation of technology for the nurse process. Anything from recording obs to vital signs, accessing the patient . . . → Read More: The Nursing Technology Fund
Taking the ‘trial’ out of clinical trials
Why go mobile
Clinical trials are an extremely expensive part of pharmaceutical development, in fact, they are often the single most expensive part of the entire cycle. The reason for this – clinical trial operations are one of the most resource-intensive areas within a pharmaceutical company and often involve extremely labour intensive, manual processes for collecting, aggregating and rationalising data.
By its very nature, collecting this data is a mobile process. Whether it’s a clinician moving from bed-to-bed or room-to-room to interview patients, a representative meeting patients in their own home or patients themselves who use everyday mobile devices, this is not a data capture process that can sensibly be tied to a non-mobile device.
As a result, clinical research studies traditionally rely on data being collected from clinicians or patient using paper questionnaires and forms. This collected data is . . . → Read More: Clinical Research and Mobile Technology
Addressing rent arrears collection and the housing welfare reform with mobile apps for housing officers
Since the recent welfare reform in housing, social housing providers and their housing officers have had to adjust how they operate. Changes to the benefits system mean that housing providers are finding increasing emphasis being placed on helping tenants to maximise their income and looking closely into personal finances. With these requirements on top of their usual tasks, housing officers have got their work cut out for them.
The key to success for any social landlord is keeping rent arrears consistently low: According to the Guardian Housing Network, most social landlords will meet a target collection rate of between 95-97%.However, issues such as payment of housing benefit directly to tenants poses a threat to housing providers to maintain these collection rates. According to recent research:
“Reports from the recent pilot project on payments of housing benefit . . . → Read More: Welfare Reform: Using Mobile Technology To Help Housing Officers and Their Tenants
Having been around in the mobile world for nearly 2 decades now, CommonTime are no strangers to the fast pace and constant flux of the mobile industry. It’s been over 40 years now since the first mobile phone call in April 1973, and since then we’ve witnessed no end of innovation and evolution in the mobile landscape, shaping it to how we know it today.
This infographic below, courtesy of Bestcomputersciencedegrees.com highlights how things have come along; it’s staggering to think that there are now 96 mobile phone subscriptions for every 100 people on earth, with the highest concentration in the Northern Hemisphere.
What comes next is even more interesting, considering how far it has come in such a short space of time, mobile shows no signs of slowing down. By next year it is predicted that mobile internet usage will surpass desktop internet.
Mobile Industry Statistics 2013: Here . . . → Read More: The Rise of Mobile – Mobile Industry Statistics 2013
Apple has unveiled not one this time, but two new iPhones at its event yesterday in California; the iPhone 5S and a new iPhone 5C. This is the first time that Apple have announced two iPhones at the same time since the launch of the first iPhone in 2007, indicating a different tact for the company.
The introduction of the iPhone 5C is intended to allow Apple to target a broader section of the smartphone market, seemingly aiming at the lower, more cost concious end of the market. True to tradition, Apple are also releasing their usual high end smartphone, this time in the form of the 5S which boasts a fingerprint scanner and upgraded camera amongst a few other improved features.
Pretty but Pricey- The iPhone 5C prices will start at $549/£469 for a sim-free 16gb model, which is . . . → Read More: Where does the iPhone 5C fit into the smartphone market?
These days there is so much news and hype around the topics of enterprise mobility, and BYOD for corporate employees in big offices. The benefits of mobile technology in the traditional workplace are becoming increasingly widely recognised, and shouted about, but a better kept secret is how this technology can be used out in the field, for organisations such as housing associations and social housing providers.
Here are 4 areas we’ve identified where mobile technology can deliver significant benefits to the housing sector.
1. Increase tenant satisfaction levels
Identifying and responding to the needs of tenants is a vital requirement for housing associations. Huge time and efficiency savings can be achieved by replacing traditional paper forms with a simple questionnaire on a tablet device such as an iPad. Data captured can then be processed and put to use immediately, without having to waste time re-keying . . . → Read More: How mobile technology can improve performance in the housing sector