Bristol City Council today announced plans to implement an automated workforce management system for its housing department with the aim of improving its 28,000 homes and increasing tenant satisfaction while saving some £2.7 million per annum in operational costs by 2014.
The new system will be implemented by Capgemini UK, the council’s prime systems integration partner, working with ClickSoftware Technologies Ltd whose Workforce Management Platform provides the basis of the solution. Capgemini is one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, and ClickSoftware is the leading provider of automated workforce management and optimisation solutions for the service industry.
Councillor Anthony Negus, Cabinet Member for Housing, Property Services and Regeneration, said: ‘The transformation has been designed around tenants’ feedback. Their greatest concern is about repairs and maintenance and the reliability of the work. A good deal of work has gone into creating a new workforce maintenance system that will not only help improve customer service, but also promote greater collaboration and efficiency across the housing department.
‘We will be able to better respond to tenant needs, for example by offering greater choice and certainty about appointment times, and by making sure that the majority of jobs are successfully completed on a first home visit.’
The new workforce management solution will enable the council to provide a more responsive service to tenants in areas such as repairs and maintenance, while improving staff productivity by aiming to ensure that its 300 field workers have the right skills and tools to complete each job first time, and with optimum routing from job to job. ClickSoftware’s enterprise mobility solution is a crucial component of the project. Deployed on mobile devices it will allow the seamless channeling of relevant information, at the right time, between enterprise systems, field and dispatch staff. The project is a key part of the council’s Landlord Transformation Programme which aims to increase tenant satisfaction levels from 74 to 90 per cent by 2014.
Crucial information relating to appointment times, customer details and property assets can be delivered direct to each worker’s mobile device, whenever it is needed. The field operatives will also be able to capture relevant information and update work progress, passing the data seamlessly to the council’s enterprise systems for future reference.
‘We are delighted to be working with Bristol City Council,’ said Hannan Carmeli, President and COO of ClickSoftware. ‘Public sector organisations across the world are under pressure to reduce costs without sacrificing service levels. Business mobility and workforce management technology strike at the heart of this challenge and we are therefore confident that such projects will be of interest to municipalities around the world.’
The new solution will also improve the response to emergency situations and provide management with visibility of performance against objectives.
‘Implementing this exciting new solution for the housing department is one of our first major projects in our long-term contract with Bristol City Council, and we will be harnessing our extensive experience of UK local government to ensure that it is completed successfully, on time and within budget’, said Chris Riches, Account Director for Local Government at Capgemini UK.
Councillors will be monitoring the success of the project with a view to rolling out ClickSoftware across all relevant council departments as a single Workforce Management Platform.
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As the pioneers of the ‘W6’ concept more than 30 years ago, we have perfected solutions for solving a wide variety of problems on Who does What, for Whom, with What, Where and When. The combination of proven technology with educational services helps businesses find the right balance between reducing costs, increasing customer satisfaction, employee preferences and industry regulations/legislation. ClickSoftware’s solutions manage over 200,000 resources in service businesses across a variety of industries and geographies. Our flexible deployment approach, breadth and depth of solutions and strong partnerships with leading CRM/ERP vendors and system integrators makes us the number one choice to deliver superb business performance to any organisation. The company is headquartered in the United States and Israel, with offices across Europe, and Asia Pacific. For more information, please visit www.clicksoftware.com. Follow us on Twitter.
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