Recent changes in government policy has forced many social housing providers to consider merging in order to achieve urgently required economies and efficiencies. Fundamental to this is how IT is best put to use. A properly considered IT review carried out in preparation for a merger will allow the creation of an IT strategy that will assist in maximising the success achieved in the short, medium and long term. It will ensure that the resulting organisation will have an appropriate platform to achieve corporate objectives and provide flexibility should these objectives change.
It is common for such reviews to be self-funding, regardless of whether the merger completes. Elements of existing IT are often identified as redundant, inappropriate or under-utilised, so creating opportunity for performance gains. Such reviews help ensure compliance with both current strategy and legislation and identify important future events, such as when significant cost elements should be tested or cancelled in a timely fashion.
The attached white paper provides an overview of the IT considerations necessary when organisations merge.
Members of the 3C team have considerable experience in helping organisations to create a merged IT environment; if you want to talk to someone who has the experience to advise you, please contact us on 0333 900 3003 or alternatively email: firstname.lastname@example.org