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A new place to come together and challenge the housing sector's digital needs

In his blog, SFHA Digital and Design Manager Gary Dickson, discusses the new virtual Digital and IT Forum for SFHA members. 

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By Gary Dickson, SFHA Digital and Design Manager

As the job of defining what ‘IT and digital’ means to our organisations becomes a bigger and much more complicated question, it is critical that we come together across the Scottish housing sector to be better placed to collectively understand how we can solve the challenges now and in the future.

Michael McLaughlin, Digital Lead for HACT, and I would like to invite you to join a new digital housing communityas we launch the SFHA Digital and IT Forum virtually on Wednesday 30 September. 

Our ambition and goal is to ensure SFHA member housing associations and co-operatives have the time and space to come together to better understand, collaborate and share best practice on all things digital and IT related. 

Following recent report into the findings of SFHA’s Digital Maturity benchmarking, we know that digital progression is a strategic priority for the majority of our members. 

Content discussed will cover the following digital and IT areas: 

  • Cyber security 
  • Digital strategy 
  • Housing management systems 
  • IT systems and technology 
  • Procurement 
  • Reporting and analysis of data 
  • Tenant online engagement 

Forum format 

The forum will be taking place quarterly in a roundtable format, with the opportunity for members to set the agenda, depending on what is most current or important to them. There will also be the option of guest speakers on specific topics or emerging technology, plus the option of breakout rooms at the end for any attendees wishing to have a more informal chat. Each forum will last approximately 1hr 30 minutes, with 30 minutes of optional time for networking at the end. 

The forum will be hosted by myself and Michael McLaughlin, Digital Lead for HACT. 

Who can attend?

This forum is for any SFHA member organisation staff, managing or working in IT or digital roles at a senior, team, officer, or junior role wishing to expand their networks. 

Would you be interested in becoming the IT and Digital Forum Chair?

To ensure we have great insight and representation from our members, we would like to appoint a chair from the SFHA membership. Responsibilities will be kept to a minimum, but we will be looking for acknowledgement of forum agendas, content, and potential assistance with speakers to approach to add additional value to the event.

Secure you place at our first (virtual) forum event:
Digital and IT Forum
Wednesday 29 September, 13:00 to 15:00

  1.  Click here to book your place 
  2. Please complete our simple forum form to tell us about your areas of interest and main priorities, so we can ensure the forum is as relevant as possible. Click here to complete the form,
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