Size of IS shop: 135
Mobile PCs: 1555
Hand-held devices: 120
Total screens: 8583
Industry: Education services
PC environment: Apple, Windows XP, Red Hat, Linux, Lenovo, Cyclone, Dell
Server environment: Windows Server 2003, 2008; Sun; OpenVMS; HP; IBM
DBMS: SQL, Oracle, My SQL
Address: University Drive, Ilam, Christchurch
Key IS projects this year: Storage replacement project; wireless upgrade project; PABX/VoIP upgrade; SharePoint 2010; Exchange 2010; LAN backbone upgrade; IPV6; Lync 2010.
The University of Canterbury’s CIO position was replaced in 2010 with Professor Sue McKnight’s role as Pro Vice Chancellor of Learning Resources. This new role is a cross between a CIO and a chief operating officer. IT staff at the university total 135, with three reporting directly to Professor McKnight.
“ICT is key to implementing the university’s vision of becoming a ‘world class learning environment’, as well as supporting the University’s eight key strategic areas: research and creative work; teaching and learning; students; staff; community engagement; Maori and the university; financial viability; and governance, leadership and management,” McKnight says.
An increase in ICT budgets last year has resulted in project increases by as much as 10 percent. Major 2011 projects focus on upgrading, including a wireless upgrade; PABX/VoIP upgrades; upgrades to SharePoint 2010 and Exchange 2010; and a LAN backbone upgrade. Additional key projects consist of centralised storage replacement; a move to IPV6; and deployment of Lync 2010.
An ERP project initiated in 2010 has been successfully completed. Ongoing work will continue in e-business, while investment will also be made in wireless technologies, a roll out of Windows 7, business intelligence, FMIS, mobility, disaster recovery/business continuity, CRM and knowledge management.
E-learning is part of the university’s offering, with flexible, online course options now available to students supported, in part, by the ICT Service Desk.
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