A three year ICT strategy developed for Wintec by former IT director Ramon Scurrah has been underway for more than a year. The strategy will see Wintec spend more than $14.7 million to improve IT services for students, faculty and staff. Tangible benefits of the strategy include cost savings realised through a move to cloud computing.
“Most of the ICT strategy projects are being undertaken as part of our commitment to modernization and flexible delivery, as well as a number of ‘business as usual’ activities, such as our IT help desk, support and maintenance,” says the institute’s annual report.
Student email service at Wintec is provided through Microsoft Live@Edu. The hosted service gives Wintec students an email account for life, large email storage, cloud based collaboration and other services. A major benefit to the educator’s IS team is that it is no longer required to store and manage student email.
A decision to move to SharePoint 2010 was made due to the intranet platform’s increased search functionality and user-driven system. And in 2011, the implementation phase of the project kicked into gear, led by Wintec’s ITS and Communications teams, with the project involving staff from throughout Wintec in the form of user groups.
One of the biggest benefits of SharePoint 2010 has been its advanced search functionality provided by the FAST search engine.
For the first time staff are able to search for terms and SharePoint 2010 will find all instances of the word in the intranet, within documents, in MyTec (student portal) and Wintec’s public website.