Not-for-profit housing association, Chelmer Housing Partnership (CHP), has selected bluesource Information Ltd, the market’s number one information management company, to implement a new functionally rich intranet using Microsoft Office SharePoint Server. The new intranet provides CHP staff with a more efficient, fully searchable system that is future-proofed to manage more than a terabyte of storage. bluesource is also in the process of implementing a new document management system to create a central electronic repository for each of the 20+ departmental teams within the organisation.
Based in Chelmsford, Essex, Chelmer Housing Partnership is the largest developing not-for-profit housing association in the county, providing affordable housing for local residents to rent and buy. CHP employs more than 200 people and manages over 7,000 properties housing over 13,000 people.
“Our existing intranet was no longer fit for purpose, and was difficult to manage, update, maintain and navigate,” said James Dickman, Service Development Manager for CHP. “We have a small ICT function in-house so we wanted to work closely with a consultancy that had SharePoint technical expertise, which would also work closely in partnership with us for knowledge and skills transfer. bluesource not only understands the SharePoint environment, but they also worked closely with our business teams to translate the specific requirements so the system reflected our users’ needs. bluesource also ensured our ICT staff are able to maintain and develop the system by sharing their skills and technical capabilities.”
The successful implementation ensured the new intranet, branded internally as YourSite, went live last month, on time and within budget. bluesource is now working with CHP on the second phase of the project to implement a new document management system that will replace departmental network storage with new team sites. Each department will have its own site, providing a central repository of storage, which enables better collaboration, greater efficiency, full document version control, and eliminates the existing massive amount of duplication. This phase will go live at the end of February.
Nick Rosewall, SharePoint Division Manager for bluesource commented, “CHP is a great example of an organisation that wants to foster collaboration, efficiency and productivity through better data management. By implementing Microsoft Office SharePoint Server we are able to deliver a system that not only fits the business case, but also provides agility, consistency and richer functionality. Working in close partnership with CHP’s ICT and Communications teams, our consultants have been able to share their technical expertise to ensure CHP is able to maintain and further develop the system independently moving forward.”
As the number one mail messaging and data management company, bluesource works with clients to help them become high-performance businesses – which is why it is relied on to manage and support some of the world’s most complex information management environments. bluesource can mobilise the right people, skills and technologies to help clients improve their business performance. In an environment characterised by complexity, bluesource enables businesses to align their information management strategy with their business priorities. Whether consultancy, 24x7 support or remote managed services, bluesource has the solution to each business requirement.
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