Why Housing Associations Aren’t Realizing the Full Benefit of Cloud Technology

Cyferd’s cloud-native technology applications help to split apps up into micro-services, making it easier for housing associations to continuously integrate and deploy new features and benefit from elastic compute functionality.

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The benefits

Cloud adoption has become a necessity for many businesses; Gartner notes that cloud “continues to evolve from a market disruptor to the expected approach for IT”. In our previous article on the Cyferd website, we’ve even discussed the benefits of cloud development in healthcare, where we include considerations like accessibility and infrastructure complexity when adopting cloud. 

However, while the adoption of cloud is integral to modernizing business, many industries still struggle with implementing it properly; Gartner suggests that “less than one-third of enterprises have a documented cloud strategy”. This can be due to things like security concerns or difficulty shifting complex legacy systems to the cloud.

The fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic has shown that the housing industry still needs to modernize several areas, including the widespread implementation of the cloud. In an article by AdEPT, the housing industry has had a unique response to the Covid-19 pandemic, in part because housing associations may have felt an obligation or “duty of care” to their tenants – who are increasingly spending more time at home than ever. People became more reliant on their homes not only as a space for living, but one for working. With people spending more time than ever in their homes, housing institutions have had pressure to boost their digital transformation, and this means that cloud development has never been more important.

Cyferd cloud technology for housing associations

Adopting the cloud can massively benefit the housing industry. It can help drive digital transformation, which streamlines business solutions and makes every aspect of property management easier. According to Fordway, using the cloud allows housing associations to “adapt quickly – which is vital in this [housing] sector, where government changes to how housing benefit is paid, for example, require a rapid response from the IT department.” Meanwhile, ROCC suggests that cloud offers “the huge advantage of providing easy to implement ‘Disaster Recovery’ plans that surprisingly most housing associations still do not have” and notes that cloud enables “scalable growth” for housing associations, allowing them to “scale up their system easily” for optimal digital performance.

However, many housing associations are slow to utilize the full benefits of the cloud. Simply lifting and shifting existing legacy systems to the cloud doesn’t automatically modernize monolithic technology. Cloud-native applications help to split apps up into micro-services, making it easier for businesses to continuously integrate and deploy new features and benefit from elastic compute functionality. Additionally, modern cloud applications can consume cloud infrastructure dynamically to meet changing demand, ensuring optimum energy efficiency.

Cyferd and cloud technology for housing associations

The Cyferd Platform is designed to drive operational efficiency for housing associations through no-code cloud development. Cyferd enables users to build an ecosystem of cloud-native apps; users can build upon, extend, or replace previously integrated data, consolidating different areas of housing management. Cyferd enables users to reap the benefits of digital transformation, minus the complexity; ultimately, cloud development can help housing associations improve a proactive rather than reactive approach, helping put digital business solutions within reach.

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