For the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT), recovery from the recent earthquakes and the enabling of new business models were the focus of 2011. This year sees a return to a more medium- to long-term strategic plan for 2012 and beyond.
ICT investments in areas such as cloud computing, unified communications, wireless, VoIP and virtualisation will be maintained, with particular attention paid this year to ERP, business intelligence, business continuity/disaster recovery, knowledge management, and the enablement of a secure BYOD environment. Key projects for CPIT will include deployment of Microsoft Lync, upgrades to disaster recovery capabilities and the adoption of an infrastructure as a service model.
“ICT will enable the delivery of the key ICT projects, in line with CPIT’s strategic goals,” says Mark Marshall, ICT director.
ICT budgets for CPIT are expected to remain stable throughout 2012, with projects increasing by as much as 10 per cent and ICT staff numbers expected to grow by as much as five percent.
However the government has discussed a possible merger of Canterbury’s three main tertiary providers for financial reasons, and each has been asked to examine areas where costs could be cut. The tertiary providers presented business cases to the government last year, following the Canterbury earthquakes, and options for collaboration or sharing of resources will continue to be explored.