Because of the complex algorithms for matching eligible tenants with suitable properties and prioritizing waiting lists, it’s no surprise that many housing associations rely on WoningNet’s specialized IT services rather than building their own systems.
WoningNet adopted OutSystems in 2016 to modernize a sixteen-year-old portal built on an Oracle backend and Sitecore front-end. OutSystems was used to replace the Oracle backend with a new housing remediation system called “WRB.”
“WRB runs over 700 million calculations per day,” explains Freek. “The purpose is to match properties to eligible home seekers, so that site visitors only see properties that match their eligibility criteria.”
It used to take around 45 minutes to process 10,000 users. Having rearchitected this using OutSystems light BPT, the process takes just a few minutes.
Although each housing association currently has its own portal, WRB provides a single backend that serves them all.
WoningNet has other OutSystems applications which help manage waiting lists. For example, VRS a rules-based system that assigns appropriate priority to key workers and those with special needs. Given the sensitive personal details that WoningNet processes for 1.3 million citizens, the security credentials of OutSystems are always front of mind.
With a successful track record of OutSystems development behind it, OutSystems was the obvious choice when WoningNet needed to launch a mobile app for home seekers.