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Otago Polytechnic(MIS100 2011)

Otago Polytechnic(MIS100 2011)

2010 ranking: 72

Senior IS executive: Mike Collins, CIO Reports to: CEO

Size of IS shop: 22

PCs: 1638

Mobile PCs: 305

Terminals: 188

Hand-held devices: 233

Total screens: 2364

Industry: Education services

PC environment: Windows XP, 7; HP; Dell

Server environment: Windows 2003, 2008; HP

DBMS: SQL, Jade

Address: Forth Street Dunedin

Website: www.otagopolytechnic.ac.nz

Key IS projects this year: Student laptop scheme; VMware View implementation; Staff ownership of gear; voice over IP; Windows 7 desktop upgrade; business alignment processes.

Otago Polytechnic CIO Mike Collins has five overarching areas of focus for ICT within the education provider this year:

  • Student IT capability — To position our graduates at the forefront of IT application in their chosen discipline and work practice;
  • Current and emerging technologies — To facilitate teaching and learning, unbounded by time and place;
  • Cutting edge IT infrastructure — To enhance the effectiveness of learning and teaching;
  • IT accessibility — To enhance the effectiveness and productivity of our staff; and Information systems — To enhance our planning and decision making.

Though budgets are flat and IT staff numbers have decreased, significant ICT projects are planned for 2011. Upgrades to Windows 7 and SharePoint 2010 will be completed this year. Other key projects include ongoing desktop virtualisation; a review of remote services for students and staff; implementation of Adobe Connect; completion of a VMware View implementation initiated last year; further VoIP implementation; improvements in accordance with ISS policy and standards; review and purchase of a new backup and SAN system; a ComVault 9 upgrade; MFD and InfoTrack replacements; upgrades to systems and processes in compliance with ITIL standards delivery and the Public Records Act.

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