Size of IS shop: 37
Mobile PCs: 129
Hand-held devices: 150
Total screens: 2082
Industry: Education services
PC environment: Windows 7, Cyclone
Server environment: Windows, Linux, HP
DBMS: SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL
Address: Corner Ellesmere Junction and Springs Road, Christchurch
Key IS projects this year: SharePoint, intranet, business intelligence, process improvement, website, PeopleSoft patching.
In addition to the needs of the University’s staff and students, the Lincoln University ITS team, led by Director of IT John Buckler, is responsible for providing IT services to a diverse range of campus organisations on its campuses at Lincoln and South Otago. ICT is carefully aligned with the University’s business plan and is used to enable flexible learning adoption, Buckler says.
Whilst IT staff numbers have stayed the same this year, budgets and project activity are on the up.
Whilst the primary focus in 2011 is completing the work related to the integration of Telford Rural Polytechnic into the University (Telford is now a division of Lincoln University), other key projects this year include a SharePoint deployment; a new University intranet; BI adoption; process improvement; website development; document and records management and the patching of the PeopleSoft ERP solution. Other initiatives include steps towards taking advantage of e-business technologies, cloud computing and mobile technologies.
The Canterbury-based university was a sufficient distance from Christchurch so as not to suffer any damage in the 22 February earthquake and was operational again on 2 March 2011, just a week and a day following the earthquake. Lectures, orientation and registration took place concurrently on 14 March, only a fortnight later than originally scheduled — an impressive feat. Due to its extensive facilities remaining undamaged, Lincoln University will this year be providing some facilities and services to the more severely impacted CPIT and University of Canterbury, as well as other education providers, local government agencies and local businesses.
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