Senior IS executive: Jason MacDonald, director ICT services Reports to: Peter Clague, executive principal
Size of IS shop: 11
Mobile PCs: 1270
Hand-held devices: 16
Total screens: 1565
Industry: Education services
PC environment: Windows XP, Lenovo
Server environment: Linux; Windows 2000, 2003; IBM
DBMS: MySQL, SQL
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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