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Waikato Institute of Technology(MIS100 2011)

Waikato Institute of Technology(MIS100 2011)

2010 ranking: 47

Senior IS executive: Wayne Stewart, IT director Reports to: Director, support services

Size of IS shop: 27

PCs: 2112

Mobile PCs: 292

Terminals: 175

Hand-held devices: 185

Total screens: 2764

Industry: Education services

PC environment: Windows 7, HP, Lenovo, Apple

Server environment: Windows 2003, 2008, R2; HP

DBMS: SQL, MySQL

Address: Tristram St. Hamilton

Website: www.waikato.ac.nz

Key IS projects this year: Moving datacentre to a private cloud; migrating web services to Microsoft SharePoint; IT consumerism; remote application deployment; VoIP; additional cloud-based services.

“We are embarking on a new three-year ICT strategy covering areas such as cloud computing, continued server consolidation and virtualisation, increased focused on mobility, flexibility and remote application delivery,” says Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) IT director Wayne Stewart. The ICT strategy has been closely aligned with business goals and objectives of the business, focusing heavily on modernisation and sustainability. A new operational and project structure has been implemented across the department, boosting operational staff numbers and project resources. Wintec recognises that with significant change projects being rolled out, it is essential to ensure a high customer service and risk mitigation approach to minimise any adverse impact of the change on staff and students.

Key ICT projects for the polytechnic this year include moving the datacentre to a private cloud-based system; migrating web services to Microsoft SharePoint; remote application deployment; further VoIP roll out; and adoption of additional cloud-based services. Additionally, IT consumerism has grown in importance for the education provider, as it seeks to safely and efficiently manage use of personal devices by students and staff.

The 2011 ICT project landscape will also include new focus on ICT fleet and facilities modernisation; business intelligence (a combination of Technology One and SharePoint); unified communications and e-business.

Investment will continue on from 2010 in a multitude of areas, such as identity management, FMIS (Finance One), knowledge management, wireless, mobility, ERP (Technology One), disaster recovery, virtualisation (VMWare), and CRM (Microsoft Dynamics).

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