Data infrastructure transformation for Hackney Council

We helped Hackney Council to move its critical housing data from a legacy vendor to a cloud-enabled infrastructure.

The project

With a new digital service for income collection utilising a new API platform and microservice architecture, Hackney Council was ready to start replacing the legacy system that held its critical housing data. It wanted to investigate cloud-based, managed database services and to understand what the right architecture approach might be.

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Our approach

APIs had been used to point at the data held in the legacy system so that chunks of its functionality could be cut away and gradually replaced. To start this work, Hackney needed to know what would replace the legacy system. Therefore, we set about making a range of recommendations for data infrastructure. 

These included how to use open source databases, a strategy for data migration and a cost comparison between AWS and Azure. We also built a prototype to demonstrate the candidate architecture, which provided examples of modelling housing data, open source databases and REST APIs, so as to demonstrate how the data migration might progress.

“Made Tech has met and exceeded all the standards we set for a technology supplier. Myself and my team are really happy with the work they have done.”

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Matthew Cain, Head of Digital and Data, Hackney Council

The results

Using the recommendations we made, Hackney Council was able to move its transformation programme for critical housing data forward. We enabled them to bring the work in-house, which dovetails with government aspirations for this type of project. Now, the housing data has been released from single vendor lock in and Hackney Council is able to work with a community of vendors, including Made Tech, to move the project forward.

  • cloud-enabled strategy for critical housing data
  • Data migration and cost recommendations
  • Prototype built to demonstrate architecture
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“We want to use data to inform better policy, to ensure the funding and service decisions can get smarter, and we are minimising the impact on citizens.”

Rob Miller, Director of ICT, Hackney Council

The results

  • Critical data freed from single vendor lock-in
  • Council empowered to deliver project in-house
  • Council able to work with a community of vendors

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