The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames approached Concerto earlier in the year to look at replacing their existing Asset Management and CAFM solutions.
As well as bringing this functionality under a single over-arching system, the Council proposed to maximise opportunities for shared services by sharing the Concerto system with existing user Wandsworth Borough Council.
This move forms part of the two Council’s joint working initiative, which aims to promote more efficient and collaborative ways of working.
We look forward to Richmond coming on board as part of this exciting initiative later this week.
ABOUT JOINT WORKING
Co-location and shared service opportunities result in significant reductions in the operating and running costs of the estates of many authorities, and many are now moving towards using their asset management technology to support and underpin this strategic approach.
Budget cuts, pressure to make savings and the aim to promote more efficient and collaborative ways of working have all opened the doors to joint working in asset management.
HOW DOES CONCERTO SUPPORT JOINT WORKING?
Concerto’s Technical Director, Steve De Rycke offers his insight into how asset management technology can support this process…
Concerto brings all property asset management functions under one integrated platform with a single overseeing system that works with the technology and people related to it. This collaborative approach extends to contractors, suppliers, home workers and partner organisations.
“We know property assets are vital to how a Local Authority delivers its service and Authorities across the UK are constantly looking at new ways to be more efficient to reduce the operating and running costs of their estate.” Says Steve. He continues, “There is no doubt that there is a strong collective procurement opportunity for asset management information systems. There is a need for a single set of estates data to be available to all related organisations so that joint occupation, management and disposal opportunities can be identified and acted upon”.
“Authorities are bringing together facilities under one roof and disposing of buildings and in the same way, we do this with our software – bring all property asset management functions under one integrated ‘roof’ with a single overarching system that works with the technology and people related to it. This collaborative approach extends to contractors, suppliers, home workers and partner organisations.”
“There are several ways in which our technology supports the joint working environment. Here are a few examples….”
- Concerto offers a single set of accurate and up to date estates data that can be made securely available to all organisations where facilities are jointly occupied
- The asset management data for each user is held and displayed within a designated workspace
- Users can access either one or more workspaces, depending on the authorisation and security settings
- There are no limits within each workspace in terms of asset management functionality. Information can be accessed either by solely authorised members of your organisation and / or by users from joint partnership organisations
- Asset portfolios are mapped to promote asset sharing and joined up working between organisations
“Our solutions are developed to help local authorities work more efficiency in all aspects relating to property management. We have taken the clear opportunities to integrate the asset management technology approach into the overall strategy of local authorities in the current climate, and ensure this can work seamlessly with the other corporate improvement projects particularly mobile and flexible working, information management and joint working”.
Budget cuts, pressure to make savings and the aim to promote more efficient and collaborative ways of working have all opened the doors to joint working in asset management. Does your asset management solution promote shared service working? And does it, essentially, promote the sharing of human and financial resources between other organisations where facilities are jointly occupied?