Multi-campus tertiary education institution Te Wananga o Aotearoa (TWoA) will continue with multiple technological initiatives throughout 2012, such as cloud computing, social media, virtualisation, wireless and mobility. Top projects will include completion of the IT Strategic Plan, upgrades to CRM models and system upgrades.
Te Wananga o Aotearoa is one of New Zealand’s largest tertiary education providers, operating from more than 80 locations throughout the country. Guided by Maori principles and values, the tertiary provider takes pride in its nurturing and inclusive learning environment, as well as the depth and diversity of its courses.
The TWoA ICT team is involved in an informal arrangement with Tai Wananga Ruakura to assist the new school if and when they can. “We provide technical advice and expertise whenever they need it,” says information technology manager Warren Williams.
Though ICT budgets are down slightly on last year, projects and staff numbers are expected to increase slightly. Successful completion of projects focused on unified communications, VoIP, knowledge management, FMIS, and business continuity/disaster recovery have allowed for allocation of ICT funds to be put toward new initiatives.
“As with last year, IT will be looking to reduce costs and duplication across the organisation,” says Williams. “We will also be focusing on IT strategic planning, change management and staff training this year. We want to ensure our plans are keeping the organisation at the forefront of technology, and that it is being used to its full potential.”