Size of IS shop: 13
Mobile PCs: 110
Hand-held devices: 30
Total screens: 1615
Industry: Educational services
PC environment: Dell; Windows XP, 7; Apple
Server environment: Dell; Windows 2003, 2008; Apple
Address: Wi Neera Drive, Porirua
Key IS projects this year: Windows 7 deployment; extend Wireless Access; Exchange2010 deployment; Karen network connectivity.
Goals for the ICT team at Whitireia Community Polytechnic include creating a learning environment to enrich student experience and improve educational outcomes in line with business objectives and core business strategies. New projects in 2010 will be implemented to enable increased flexibility of academic delivery through the effective use of ICT.
A particular task on the agenda is to provide secure remote access on an “anytime, anywhere” basis to students and staff. As social networking grows in popularity, it is up to the education provider to harness the benefits safely and provide tools that enable learning, whilst still maintaining a safe and flexible IT environment.
To accommodate the social networking demands of more than 10,000 student users in a tertiary environment is no small task, but online collaborative learning will allow significant value for money and can achieve business objectives for the polytechnic institution to support the increasingly widespread use of the internet for course delivery.
The ICT team, led by manager Hylton Tuckett, will work to extend wireless access throughout the campus, and implement KAREN network connectivity, thereby vastly increasing broadband speeds for staff and students and providing access to a wealth of resources. Additionally, two significant deployments are on track to be completed this year — Windows 7 and Microsoft Exchange 2010 — for the polytechnic’s approximately 1600 computers.
Though projects have increased, IT budgets are down. This will challenge the polytechnic to deliver new investments in business intelligence, knowledge management and cloud computing technologies, while investments in VoIP and wireless enhancement and adoption will continue from last year.
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