Size of IS shop: 60
Mobile PCs: 567
Hand-held devices: 137
Total screens: 4575
Industry: Education services
PC environment: Windows XP, 7; Lenovo
Server environment: Novell; Windows 2003, 2008; Oracle; IBM
DBMS: Oracle, SQL, Access, MySQL, SQL Anywhere
Address: Carrington Rd, Auckland
Key IS projects this year: VOIP; network infrastructure security; PeopleSoft re-implementation; complete server virtualisation; virtual desktop infrastructure.
For the Unitec Institute of Technology ICT is focused on improving business efficiency and providing facilities to staff and students. Key to this is reducing costs to the business and reducing the risk of business systems failure, says Peter Winquist, director of IT.
Implementing call centre capability with VoIP this year will be a major focus, as its enablement will provide improved service to students. Virtualisation continues from 2010 as a key project: Server virtualisation is expected to be completed by the end of 2011, and the rollout of virtual desktop infrastructure will continue.
A PeopleSoft re-implementation covering HR, payrolls, finance, CRM and student administration systems is in progress. This is planned for completion by the end of 2011 and represents a major investment for Unitec.
The polytechnic’s network infrastructure has been significantly upgraded in a major rollout that has seen the provision of wireless disaster recovery, coupled with a ten-fold increase in band-width between sites.
Investment will continue in wireless technologies, increasingly required for use in supporting Unitec’s eLearning initiatives. Unitec already has extensive wireless coverage over its three locations; the focus is now on providing increased density of support, to enable on-line activities for class use.
The ongoing need for reviewing and improving disaster-recovery capability is also receiving attention, as part of the virtualisation project and in the provision of SAN capability at alternate sites.
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