Kristin School

Kristin School

2007 ranking: 90

Senior IS executive: Jason MacDonald, director ICT services Reports to: Peter Clague, executive principal

Size of IS shop: 11

PCs: 279

Mobile PCs: 1270

Terminals: 0

Hand-held devices: 16

Total screens: 1565

Industry: Education services

PC environment: Windows XP, Lenovo

Server environment: Linux; Windows 2000, 2003; IBM


Address: 360 Albany Highway, Albany, Auckland


Key IS projects this year: Web portal; continued implementation of

new organisational ICT frameworks, opening of ‘SandPit’ to explore

new uses of ICT for education; new data centre.

THE ONGOING GOAL of Kristin School, located in Albany on Auckland’s

North Shore, is to ensure it has superior facilities to meet student

learning and development needs.

Jason MacDonald, director ICT services, says investment in infrastructure

and ICT services will include new buildings, VoIP and wi-fi

technologies, and continued development of Learning and Course

Management System (LMS/CMS). Administrative and customer web

portals and a review and implementation of a new Student Management

Systems are also on the agenda.

Last year Kristin migrated from CBA business intelligence and

financial systems to new Synergetic software, as well as completing

signifi cant work in the area of server and storage virtualisation, along

with business continuity and disaster recovery planning.

In 2008, a full schedule of key ICT projects is underway or nearing completion.

These include a newly branded and interactive Kristin web portal,

continued implementation of new organisational ICT frameworks and

the opening of the Kristin ‘SandPit’ in support of exploring new uses

of ICT for teaching and learning. On the telecommunications front, the

school is implementing an upgrade of Nortel Meridian PABX systems

to Nortel CS1000E PABX, with Nortel 1100-series VoIP phones (and the

continued support of Nortel wi-fi VoIP).

“We are also continuing development and new feature implementation

of Synergetic as our Student Management System and have

implemented stage one of an Identify and Access Management Platform

for distributed identity life cycle management,” says MacDonald.

In 2008 Kristin School will also open a new data centre. The school has a large

SAN delivering a resilient storage system

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