COVID-19 has had a profound impact on the way we work, and even though there are signs that we may be close to returning to some type of normality again in the United Kingdom over the next few months thanks to the vaccine programme, there is no doubt that the pandemic has irreversibly changed the way we will work going forward.
Before the first lockdown in March 2020, many organisations were just getting to grips with, or in the midst of a long term plan for digital transformation. Suddenly though entire workforces were working from home, and as a result many of the features of transformation plans that had been scheduled for months, or maybe even years down the line, suddenly had to be brought forward at rapid pace to ensure that organisations were still able to operate at all.
This was none more prevalent than within the housing sector, which has typically found itself lagging behind others when it comes to digital transformation, with housing associations in particular still relying on a number of disparate, on-premise legacy systems for their day-to-day activities.
While some housing associations, such as South Yorkshire Housing Association, managed to complete a large proportion of their digital transformation project before the pandemic hit, others did not, meaning they were left scrambling to rapidly implement new business technology and processes to ensure they were still able to serve their people during this critical time.
With the COVID-19 pandemic now well over 12 months old in this country, we have teamed up with Unit4 and the leading weekly publication for the housing sector, Inside housing, to host a free webinar, which will look at whether COVID-19 has changed the priorities of digital transformation for the housing sector moving forward.
This discussion is likely to be invaluable should you work within the housing sector and find yourself at the start of, or in the middle of a digital transformation project. It will also be crucial if you completed a large part of your digital transformation before the pandemic hit, and now find yourself trying to decide whether you need to make any adjustments given the large-scale impact of the pandemic.