Senior IS executive: Wayne Stewart, chief information offi cer Reports to: CEO and director, Support
Size of IS shop: 33
Mobile PCs: 140
Hand-held devices: 25
Total screens: 1925
Industry: Education services
PC environment: Apple Mac; Windows XP, Vista; HP; Lenovo
Server environment: Apple Mac; Linux; Windows 2000, 2003; HP
DBMS: SQL, MySQL
Address: Gate 5, Tristram Street, Hamilton
Key IS projects this year: Student portal; data centre consolidation
and virtualisation; campus fi bre upgrade; migration to Vodafone;
KAREN research network.
THE WAIKATO INSTITUTE of Technology (Wintec) has seven main
campuses. Flexibility of delivery, modernisation of facilities and
internationalisation are key strategic goals for 2008.
Challenges include increased competition and less certainty over
existing revenue streams; as well as the cost of compliance, international
infl uences and the economy. Potential overruns in capital cost
projects mean Wintec spends carefully in all areas, including ICT, says
CIO Wayne Stewart.
“Future competitive advantages come from the business working
together as a cohesive team rather than working in silos. BI will provide
the necessary visibility to enable businesses to remove these silos. We
are taking a medium-term strategic view rather than making shortterm
changes,” says Stewart.
He says ICT is seen as the enabler for many strategic business
projects and ICT initiatives are well supported at a senior management
level. In 2008 these include investment in a new student portal, data
centre consolidation and virtualisation; a campus fi bre upgrade, migration
to Vodafone telecommunications services and use of the KAREN
high-speed, research network.
“We have recently selected Vodafone to provide all telecommunication services,
including landline, mobile and data, and are in the process of migrating services,”
Wintec opened a HUB meeting centre last year with computer facilities
for students, a student helpdesk, library, coffee and food among
other facilities. The students have access to the HUB 24x7.
Stewart says software vendor mergers are likely to continue with a
slowing economy. “We expect the number and size of providers today
will be very different in the next few years.”
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