''Key to solving the housing crisis in New Zealand is having a balanced social housing portfolio," says iViis' co-founder and managing director Nick Shier. "iViis is proud to be playing a part in helping achieve this.''
The online solution from iViis is being implemented to support Housing New Zealand's focus on reconfiguring their portfolio. This means they have the right housing stock in the right places to meet demand.
''This is perfectly aligned with the government ICT vision for emerging IT to be quickly adopted by the government in partnership with the private sector," says Nick. "It's better than trying to create these solutions in-house."
viisConnect is the new system iViis has deployed at HNZ. It integrates to multiple HNZ legacy systems including, financials, assets, document management, active directory and others. viisConnect enables staff to streamline the processes they use to manage their property projects on any device.
''By replacing separate systems and spreadsheets that the organisation typically uses in this situation, HNZ staff have the data they need at their fingertips," Nick explains. "They can focus more on getting projects progressed rather than trying to track down information. Projects are grouped to Programmes and Programmes to Portfolios. Data is then "rolled up" from the individual projects giving a single source of the truth across their all of their current and proposed assets."
''Our philosophy enables our clients to move faster to make smarter decisions," Nick continues. "We do this by integrating information from existing systems into one easy to access online community, then automate previously manual processes, and finally look at ways of extending this functionality into new areas of the business. Any business partners can be provided with access to the information and processes relevant to them, thus reducing the cost of managing that relationship".
Usability of viisConnect was a differentiating factor, says Nick. ''The system meets all of HNZ's functional requirements, but the key element was that it was intuitive for HNZ staff to use so they could quickly start using it and not need a large, slow and expensive training process," Nick explains.
''It is really about smarter government faster – instead of doing the old-style software developments, crown agencies are looking for more agile ways to deploy software that can help improve service delivery.
''We are delighted to have won this project against some significant international competition, and I think it reflects the mature approach of agencies like HNZ, who are focused on best fit and best outcomes and a "can do" attitude from their business partners.''
"iViis's experience in government agencies with multiple projects for MBIE, and Southern Response along with projects in the construction sector with firms like Platinum, Stonewood and Horncastle, was also a factor in the company's success with this bid."