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Birmingham City Council Highway DLO manages, repair and maintain 9,100 roads, 94,500 streetlights, 13,600 direction signs and 5,220km footpaths, and much more.
Prior to working with Lightsout Computer Services, the Highway DLO was running on several legacy systems which had started to show signs of unreliability, which increased running costs. In addition, automation gaps meant that up to 1,500 tasks a week were processed by hand.
When business requirements changed, the system was difficult to alter accordingly, and extracting information was time-consuming because it relied on database programming skills to generate reports. For example, gaining the information on the progress of a roadworks project could take up to two weeks.
Birmingham City Council came to Lightsout Computer Services looking for a replacement solution which could:
Lightsout Computer Services proposed a hosted CORONA software solution as the new integrated works management system.
When CORONA receives a request from another department, it divides the work into packages according to DLO work gang ability, tracks progress, and provides updates and management reports. When each work package is completed, CORONA records the materials used, calculates costs using an agreed schedule of rates, and invoices the client.
Lightsout also installed Cognos Powerplay and Impromptu to analyse CORONA data. This is particularly valuable when planning ahead or looking at overall trends such as the value of work carried out in a particular ward or constituency. The reports are generated in minutes.
In the beginning, CORONA was set up for 8–12 users. Now there are 50 users from throughout the department.
Employees often comment on how easy it is to use. Only one or two users need training before they can be left to transfer the new skills throughout their team without further management involvement.
CORONA has delivered:
As CORONA is hosted and managed at the Lightsout datacentre, it provides an incredibly reliable service, leaving the council’s IT staff to concentrate on their core objectives. If they have any queries, Lightsout system specialists are on hand so there is no helpdesk requirement.
CORONA is so adaptable that it gives users the impression that it was built especially for them.