Former Lincoln University Director of IT John Buckler left his post in November 2011 with Stuart Reilly stepping in to serve as acting IT director. “ITS will play a key role for the university by using innovative solutions to allow for flexible delivery of information to its students, key technologies include the use of mobility, virtualisation and wireless,” says Reilly.
2011 was a year that enabled great change across campus, specifically in the deployment of all-in-one computers into the three computer suites, common areas in the library and as internet kiosks around campus. A project to upgrade all teaching spaces to Microsoft Office 2010 was also completed successfully.
Additionally, the Kiwi Innovation Network (KiwiNet), an organisation designed to foster the commercialisation of research carried out by universities and crown research institutes, was launched mid-2011, with Lincoln University as a founding member. KiwiNet has been designed to enable members to share resources, networks, best practice, IP and experience, with the aim of creating more commercially viable IP and start-ups from research based ventures.
This year, with ICT budgets remaining at the same level as 2011, significant focus will be given to developing and integrating a digital strategy, an enhancement to core teaching and learning platforms, further earthquake-related relocation projects, business intelligence and management reporting, wireless expansion and document management, specifically around PRA compliance. Cloud computing, unified communications, e-business, VoIP, and business continuity/disaster recovery are also part of project plans in the coming months.