Case Study: Housing 21 SIP Tracker

Formed in 1921, providing housing to disabled ex-servicemen and women as well as widows, Housing 21 is one of the most modern and forward-looking 21st-century housing service providers. They provide over 38,000 hours of care each week and manage over 22,600 Retirement Living and Extra Care properties.

Discover how we helped Housing 21 achieve a modern way of managing their property improvement projects by utilising Microsoft Power Apps.

Service Areas: Power Platform (Power Apps, Power Automate)
Industry: Non-profit Organisation Management
Organisation size: 1,000 – 5,000 people
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Housing 21 wanted to enhance it’s already established property improvement project management by using a modern cloud-based technology that could be used across multiple device platforms to enable it to more accurately track projects to improve the quality of living for its residents.

Challenge

To support Housing 21’s vision of modernising their ways of working, a fast and effective way of building new applications was required – one which could replace some of the older solutions which were facing going out of support, and also setting up the organisation with a platform which would continue to support them for the future.

One of the biggest challenges was developing a replacement solution while considering the requirements for migrating existing data, all of which required considerable planning, design, and configuration. With the country’s lack of Power Platform knowledge, the project would have been extremely difficult to complete on schedule and within budget.

At the start of the project, Housing 21 also lacked internal resources with Microsoft platform-specific knowledge, so it opted to source a partner capable of delivering the project within the needed timescales.

Approach

Housing 21’s search focused on securing a Power Platform development partner that could lead their transformation into this new technology, and deliver a solution which would meet their growing requirements.

Vantage 365 was chosen for it’s years of experience in successfully delivering Power Platform solutions, and managing clients through the adoption and transition stages of the change.

Our extensive knowledge of the Microsoft Power Platform, along with our ability to think of unique solutions to problems, without impacting timelines was critical to being able to deliver the project.

Our approach was designed to reduce the risks associated with the transition to a new platform, give confidence that the Power Platform was the right solution for them and that the solution and technology fit with the overall vision of Housing 21. Housing 21’s own people was a key part of the process, providing insight into the workings of the organisation, engaging the application users, and ensuring that all areas of the business understood the reason for the change and the benefits that the new approach would bring. Vantage 365’s team worked closely with the Housing 21 team, allowing quick decision making processes as well as flexibility to allow us to deliver the solution that delighted the users.

Solution

We delivered a full Microsoft Power Platform solution that used Dataverse and Model-Driven apps to provide the data input, validation, storage and reporting for all areas of the projects. This included the following steps:

Detailed discovery processes to understand not only the data but also the people and processes which surrounded it
Creation of the Dev, Test, and Production environments to support good Application Lifecycle Management.
Design, and development of the data model which supported the creation of a solution
Design and development of the Model-Driven app to provide users with an easy-to-use way to manage their data
Design and development of the automated workflows to manage the approvals, and flows of data into the database
Deployment of the solution into development, test and production environments to maintain good application lifecycle processes.
integrating power automate with dataverse
Microsoft Power App

Products and Services

Vantage 365 provided a number of key services to help deliver the solution to Housing 21. They include:

Discovery and design
Microsoft Power Apps development
Microsoft Power Automate
Microsoft Dataverse development

The outcomes

Housing 21 is now benefiting from building applications on the Power Platform, which allows them to share common data across other apps, report more effectively, and continue to develop with both their internal resources and with us as ongoing partners. The biggest win is that they can focus even more time on continually improving their services, ensuring that their residents get the best care and attention that they can.

We are looking forward to continuing our work with Housing 21 to deliver its roadmap for process and system modernisation.

Modernise your processes with a dedicated Microsoft Partner

Whether your organisation is in the initial stages of looking at utilising the Power Platform, looking for a partner to provide specialist assistance, or require a fully staffed development team, Vantage 365 can help.

As a dedicated Microsoft Partner with a great track record in delivering cutting-edge solutions in the Power Platform, contact us with your requirements, and a Vantage 365 specialist will contact you at a time that suits you.

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