Size of IS shop: 35
Mobile PCs: 170
Hand-held devices: 40
Total screens: 2043
Industry: Educational services
PC environment: Windows XP, Lenovo, Mac Cyclone
Server environment: HP; Sun; Windows 2003, 2008; Linux
DBMS: SQL, MySQL, Oracle
Address: Corner Ellesmere Junction and Springs Road, Christchurch
Key IS projects this year: Windows 7 SOE; Research reporting using BI tools; intranet replacement; CRM/contact management; retirement of Novell NOS.
The ICT team at Lincoln University is responsible this year for the design and build of a new staff intranet, as part of a wider staff communications’ strategy, which is expected to improve productivity and satisfaction by making the right information readily available to the right people at the right time.
Another significant project for 2010 will be a new management reporting framework, of which the initial application will enable research outputs to be managed more effectively, thus improving the university’s funding position. Additionally, says director of IT John Buckler, “Our new SoE, based on Windows 7 and Office 2007 and using a range of system management tools, will provide Lincoln University staff and students with a great desktop experience for the next few years. It will also be the final step in our move away from Novell technology — this will reduce complexity and provide cost savings.”
This year sees Lincoln continuing its “Flexible Learning Initiative”, which seeks to deliver commerce and other programmes in a “blended” learning format that redesigns courses with the needs of today’s student in mind. Like other institutions around the country, Lincoln University is affected by compliance with the Public Records Act. “Availability of mature, functional and affordable software is an issue, as are many compliance requirements that are essentially impossible to satisfy with existing technology,” explains Buckler. Additional challenges include management and monitoring of the increased use of social media tools within teaching, learning and research, as well as the need for increased central control of the application of IT to business problems to avoid the fragmentation of systems, processes and data across the organisation.
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