Otago University picks Dimension Data for $22m network rollout

Otago University picks Dimension Data for $22m network rollout

The University of Otago has nominated Dimension Data as its network services partner for the transformation of its multi-campus LAN and wireless network

University of Otago’s has nominated Dimension Data as its Network Services Partner for the transformation of its multi-campus LAN and Wireless network in Dunedin, Invercargill, Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland.

The deal also includes a five-year support agreement. Mike Harte, University of Otago director of Information Technology Services, says in a media statement that the University is pleased to be making a key step towards modernisation of its campus network environment. “Over the next five years, we will be investing $22 million to achieve our strategic imperative to deliver a world-class campus network environment. This will also be a major step towards achieving our broader IT operational excellence objectives and will pave the way for the delivery of a more responsive, agile service experience to our users to support teaching, research and administration activities,” says Harte.  “Students’ needs and expectations are changing, and we are investing to ensure that Otago students receive a seamless ‘connected’ experience on campus," Harte adds. "To undertake this transformation, we needed a specialist partner that can integrate a state-of–the-art network and also help us provide the service availability and proactive support that our users expect.” Rob Naeyaert, account director at Dimension Data says his company will work with the University to deliver its ‘connected campus’ platform and transform the on-going operational and support services framework. "This will deliver an enhanced service model with proactive monitoring and management to support more than 20,000 students, 3,600 staff and research partners across all five geographical locations,” says Naeyaert.   The University of Otago is ranked 8th in the CIO 100 (formerly the MIS 100) report on New Zealand's largest ICT users.

Unitec deploys Catch Software's Enterprise Tester

Meanwhile, in a separate announcement, Auckland's Unitec Institute of Technology has signed an agreement with test management specialist Catch Software, to deploy its Enterprise Tester system at Unitec's computing department. Unitec says it is the only tertiary provider in New Zealand with dedicated software testing courses and the agreement, which includes the provision of Catch Software's test management software and services, will help Unitec's efforts to promote the recognition of software testing as a profession. Catch Software founder and CEO, Bryce Day, says Enterprise Tester is being used by major corporations in New Zealand and globally - including Air New Zealand, Orion Health, PayPal, Intel, LG Electronics, Bayer Healthcare, and Stanford University. "If Unitec students can leave university with real-world experience of software testing tools, and a more than theoretical understanding of software testing methodologies and situations, they will be able to 'hit the ground running' in the workforce. That can only be a good thing for the software testing industry, both here and overseas."

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