Our tenants have seen a gradual improvement in and digitalisation of our service – which has become more state of the art as a result. It is now much easier to manage and exchange our data. There is one single database for all. As a case in point, the property development department specifies the data for a new building complex, which is subsequently used in advertisements by the leasing department. Potential tenants thus have all the information they need on the property in question. And tenants themselves can access the customer portal with a direct repair request or the like. This makes for good interaction between processes and departments.
What was the reaction of your employees to the new solutions?
Good! We got a large number of employees involved at the implementation stage to ensure that all processes were compatible with their day-to-day work. We had made our organisation more process-oriented in advance, so the real change was already behind us. The new system encourages even more process-oriented thinking.
How has the Covid-19 pandemic affected your work?
We had been live for six weeks when our employees had to start working from home – and it was absolutely no problem. But the exclusively virtual system training was a challenge – it sometimes took a little longer to figure out how to use the new software. We intend to take a cautious approach when implementing further developments, so that employees are not overwhelmed by too many new functions at once. But our digital strategy itself has not changed at all – rather, it was validated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Which particular challenges will Maasdelta and the industry as a whole need to address in the future?
Technological advancement offers housing companies a wealth of opportunities. However, it is important not to tackle everything at once, but to build on a solid foundation gradually. We have now laid this foundation. One of the next steps will be to optimise data usage in fields such as predictive maintenance. And we want to automate more recurring processes. This will free up time that can be devoted to developing tailored solutions for our tenants.