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Links View Carnoustie, Ogilvie Homes latest development

This is a fantastic new development by Ogilvie Homes at Links View, Carnoustie overlooking the famous Carnoustie golf links which offers a mix of 2 bed cottage flats, 2 bed mid terrace villas, 3 bed terrace, semi-detached and detached villas & 4 bed detached villas from £106,208 with the Help to Buy incentive (based on 85/15% government equity stake on 2 bed cottage flat for £124,950).
Over half of the new homes being built on Links View, 48 homes, have been sold and the development is still not completed. This tells us that not only is this a great development with great homes but is in a fantastic location and a reflection of an improved housing market. So well done Ogilvie.
Again we are delighted to be working with Ogilvie Homes using the Home Log Book for each property for long term customer service.

Ogilvie Homes release steading style new homes near Stirling

Ogilvie Homes has released more steading style homes on their development in Cambusbarron, near Stirling.  These individually styled homes come with either 3 or 4 bedrooms. Home Farm development is located in the village of Cambusbarron, just 6 minutes drive from Stirling city centre.

Cambusbarron as a district dates back to the Bronze and Iron Age and has some interesting and historic attractions, whilst Stirling is a new and expanding city providing the perfect mix of medieval and modern culture, blending the historic old town with the contemporary city centre and hosting some of Scotland’s great visitors attractions such as Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument.

Each new home comes with its own electronic Home Log Book, a digital record of the home for future prosperity.

Digital Log Book working with bright young people

IGGY is an online learning tool run by the University of Warwick for bright young people aged 13 to 18 to use, regardless of their background or circumstance. IGGY has already connected around 12,500 students across 80 countries who offers around 2,000 pieces of academic content for members to enjoy, updated weekly, and is the only social media platform for this age group anywhere in the world.

The IGGY platform helps members collaborate and debate with each other, and allows them to curate their own learning experience. IGGY exists to widen access to education, culture and careers, and their alumni have described how IGGY changed their lives, opening their eyes to new cultures, changing the way they look at the world and giving them access an international network of friends who have stayed with them to this day. Members credit IGGY with helping them perform more effectively at school, experience greater wellbeing and overcome social exclusion, and 40% of members mentioned their IGGY membership in their University personal statements.

IGGY has an extraordinarily talented in-house content team who’ve partnered with a number of organisations and universities to bring relevant, interesting and engaging content to members. IGGY is very safe and secure as it has a fully safeguarded website, moderated and looked after by a Community Manager, a team of postgraduate student mentors and the latest safeguarding software.

IGGY and Etive have a collaborative relationship helping each other develop an education offering for the Digital Log Book.

Digital transformation: meeting the needs of customers?

‘Digital transformation’ seems to be the latest incantation of digital inclusion and what organisations are doing in order to better meet the digital needs of their customers and their business.  Whilst both of these needs go hand in hand, and are reliant on each other, I often wonder who has priority – the customer or the business?

All too often we see how the implementation of new technology is supposed to change and transform the way we work with each other and our customers and help us meet our business targets.  Yet I wonder, if we put the needs of the business over the needs of our customers will any strategy not be doomed to fail and not meet our targets?

I read a great article on Digital Transformation which highlighted that ‘technology by itself does not transform a company. Successful digital transformation is primarily determined by the degree to which people are empowered to actively embrace constant change as an opportunity for growth and innovation.’ (Dufft 2015).

I think as organisations adopt their own digital transformation strategies they must put their customers at the heart of their strategy by giving them the tools to empower them to manage their own data.  This will also help customers overcome the concerns they have with organisations holding their data and the security around this.  We know that if people feel in control and can manage their own information they will feel more confident in sharing it and arguably the quality of the information will be much better thus providing a business benefit anyway.

Giving people control of their own data has led to the growth in the personal data economy where people have come to appreciate the value of their information and their ability to share this with whom they choose, not the other way round.   Empowering people to manage and share their data with public and private organisations will help drive out further business efficiencies and business opportunities, for both the public and private sector. It was in our own research that I came across a great new phrase ‘the Internet of me’, something I think worth considering in our own digital transformation plans.

Ogilvie Home Log Books for Helix Rise development in Falkirk

Ogilvie Homes have started on a new development consisting of one and two bedroom contemporary new build apartments with four separate layouts to choose from each coming with its own unique Home Log Book.  The Helix Rise development in Laurieston is located within the district of Falkirk, at the heart of Scotland’s central belt and just a short distance from the fabulous new Helix Park – home to the world’s largest equine sculptures, the Kelpies. With an array of things to see and do, from water sports to guided tours, there’s always something for everyone.

Helix Rise is situated just 5 minutes from Falkirk town, where you’ll find all the key high street retailers at the Howgate Shopping Centre, and is only 20 minutes by train from either Glasgow or Edinburgh with great access to the motorway network.

400 Clients have moved into employment, training, education or volunteering with DLB

Digital Log Book and Service Directory Referral System “My Work Journey”

We are delighted to say that 400 clients have moved in Employment, Training, Education or Volunteering.  To date 3510 Digital Log Books were issued to customers.

This projected issued Digital Log Book to citizens to help them on their Work Journey into some kind of work related activity.  People were set goals and targets to help them identify their barriers into work and to then achieve these to help build confidence and skills as they sought employment.  The Birmingham Gateways of Influence Model was used to build the key skills and attributes based around individuals needs and requirements.

The project has also had further positive outcomes. These include:

  • Development of an online referral service (the Service Directory and Referral System [SDRS]), with 798 referrals made to partner agencies.
  • Evidence of beneficial relationships formed between 3rd sector agencies and the Council.
  • Demonstrating the importance placed on applying the ESF cross cutting theme of ‘Equal Opportunities’ to all clients in the ‘My Work Journey’ project; outputs from groups such as individuals aged 50+, ethnic minorities and females represent the highest percentages in terms of DLBs issued against targets
  • Used to inform Universal Credit design for the Universal Support delivered locally.
  • Offering value for money; comparison with similar projects reveals that the ‘My Work Journey’ project offered value for money in terms of engagement with clients (issuing of DLB).

The project team would like to extend its thanks to the impressive and dedicated work done by the team in Landlord Services in not only exceeding its targets on both Digital Log Books issued but also helping people into employment, training, education or volunteering.


Kofi Ackah wins Celebrating Success Awards 2015 with DLB

We’re delighted to see that one of our clients from Digital Birmingham, Kofi Ackah, has been recognised for his Leadership Skills at the recent “Celebrating Success Awards 2015 – Corporate Black Workers Support Group”.

He was cited for his considerable work and leadership around the council’s welfare reform activities and last year, it was nationally recognised for its work preparing for the Universal Credit pilot and the ‘My Work Journey’ Digital Log Book which is helping 5,000 unemployed Birmingham citizens seek, obtain and sustain employment in a digital way.

Digital Log Book goes mobile for customers making it easier to use

We are really pleased to announce that the Digital Log Book is now accessible on mobile devices!  Following research we carried out in December 2014, 67% of our customers were accessing their DLB via a mobile device and this is expected to increase.  A news report in April pointed out that although iPad sales still lead the tablet market this is the 5th quarter in a row where tablet sales have gone down.

Since December our team has been working hard on creating a mobile responsive version which means that the Digital Log Book’s appearance will adapt automatically to the device you or your customers are using.  As year on year growth in the use of smart phones increases , another report highlighted that the sales of smart phones with a 5.5in screen or bigger hit 9% in Q4 last year, up from 3% a year ago.

So the evidence is clear, suppliers of digital services to people must consider being mobile responsive in the first instance, tablets second and then PCs.  The functionality remains exactly the same for now, simply to make it easy for your customers to interact with the new version.

Our focus is on simplicity and engagement, making it easy for people to use.

For more information why not get in touch with Nev at 

It’s not what we know, it’s the way that we look at it argues Eddie Copeland Policy Exchange

Eddie Copeland, of the Policy Exchange, argues the case that the information is there we just need to know how to use it.

“Big Data in the Big Apple” argues that London should establish a Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics (MODA), inspired by the model created under Mayor Bloomberg in New York City. MODA would be a small team of data analysts, based in City Hall, who could combine, analyse, and seek insights from datasets sourced from all London’s boroughs and public sector organisations. A London MODA could help with areas such as: increasing shared services; tackling ‘beds in sheds’ (illegally converted outbuildings); improving food safety inspections; identifying empty homes; helping new businesses decide where to set up shop, fighting tax and benefits fraud; and making open data financially sustainable. Using previously unseen materials, the report provides a deep dive into exactly how the MODA model works in NYC, and explains how it could be adapted for the specific context of London.

Monitoring different data sets including the amount of rubbish collected, energy bills and even sewage levels could help local authorities identify and combat ‘beds in sheds’, the illegal use of buildings usually built without planning permission that cost the taxpayer millions and make life a misery for Londoners.  To read more click HERE.

Eddie Copeland is Head of Technology Policy at the Policy Exchange.

Does technology rob us of our memory asks Chris Deery of Solihull

Does technology rob us of our memory asked Chris Deery, Head of Information and Communications Technology, at Solihull Council.

I recently read about a study that said people can’t commit information to memory anymore because tablets and smart phones mean the data is just a click away. They called the tendency “Digital Amnesia” — the experience of forgetting information that you trust a digital device to store and remember for you. The study said that 91% of those surveyed said they use the Internet as an online extension of their brain. In addition 44% said their smartphone serves as their memory; everything they need to remember is right there in their pocket.

“In many societies, having access to the Internet feels as stable as having access to electricity or running water,” says Dr. Kathryn Mills, with the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London.

The on-line study was undertaken in May 2015 by research firm Opinion Matters. They surveyed 1,000 United States consumers, aged between 16 and 55+, split equally between male and female.

You might think that surveying 1,000 people in a country with a population of almost 325 million isn’t exactly statistically significant and to be honest  I am not sure I completely agree with the implied conclusion that we are all becoming reliant on technology to help us remember everyday information.

Anecdotally, I sometimes feel that I used to be able to remember things like telephone numbers a lot better when I was younger.  But in those days I only had my home landline number to remember. Now I have a home landline number, a work landline number, a personal mobile number and a work mobile number. Not only that, I have 3 different email addresses and probably more than a dozen different passwords that I need to remember. So my memory probably works harder now that it did when I was 20.

Of course I am lucky enough to have a reasonable memory. These days technology can be a really helpful tool to help those of us who are suffering from illnesses like Alzheimer’s.  Take Google Glass, for instance. This technology can take pictures, gives directions, and translates languages.

Through its Google GPS system, Google Glasses may be able to help people with Alzheimer’s. Prompting them with reminders on where they want to go and how to get there, Glass also supports memory function. Pensioners can keep up with daily walks, trips to the grocery store and other ventures that help them feel more independent and in control. Additionally, Google Glass provides facial recognition features that connect faces with names and relationships. So, older people who wear them would have immediate cues as to who is standing in front of them. What’s more, relatives and caregivers can use features of Glass to monitor a senior’s location.

All of this could help slow down the progression of the illness and allow people to live independently for longer.

So my personal view is that technology is probably not robbing us of our ability to remember everyday bits of information. In fact, for most of us it’s probably helping us to hang on to the cognitive skills we already have and for those people who have serious memory problems it can help the brain make new connections and allow people to live happy and independent lives for longer than they otherwise would have been able to.

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