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Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington

2007 ranking: 24

Senior IS executive: Stuart Haselden,director, information technology services Reports to: Warwick Clegg, pro-vice chancellor IT

Size of IS shop: 146

PCs: 4450

Mobile PCs: 400

Terminals: 0

Hand-held devices: 0

Total screens: 4850

Industry: Education services

PC environment: Apple Mac, Linux, Windows XP, Dell

Server environment: Apple; Linux; Windows 2000, 2003; VMWare;

Dell; Sun

DBMS: Oracle, SQL

Address: Kelburn Parade, Wellington

Website: www.vuw.ac.nz

Key IS projects this year: Exchange 2007; disaster recovery; student

email replacement, storage management enhancements; identity

management; security assessments; voicemail integration; wireless

upgrade.

THE FOCUS FOR Information Technology Services (ITS) at Victoria

University of Wellington (VUW) in 2008 is to continue to support

diverse teaching and learning requirements and achieve excellence in

research.

The University’s strategic plan provides a clear road map to achieve

these aims and is the cornerstone on which ITS based its new IT strategic

plan. The strategic plan was developed in 2007 and consulted on

widely throughout the university, says ITS director Stuart Haselden.

This year ITS will provide enhanced services for students, determine

clear IT requirements for research needs, implement a disaster

recovery system for VUW’s key systems and assess the university’s

long-term security requirements and direction. Haselden also notes

that initiatives from 2007 will continue. These include meeting

increasing storage demands, leveraging value from the virtual server

environment and continuing to enhance and expand the wireless

network.

“The IT strategic plan has also provided a vehicle for ITS to innovate.

With the IT strategy so closely aligned to the University strategy, it

has enabled us to look at innovative ways of achieving the university’s

goals,” says Haselden.

Projects planned for 2008 include unifi ed communications for

improved campus-wide communications, virtual desktop infrastructure

to deliver greater functionality to students, along with a continuation

of lecture recording to enhance the teaching and learning experience

for both staff and students.

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