Waikato Institute of Technology

Waikato Institute of Technology

2007 ranking: 41

Senior IS executive: Wayne Stewart, chief information offi cer Reports to: CEO and director, Support


Size of IS shop: 33

PCs: 1750

Mobile PCs: 140

Terminals: 10

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


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,”

says Stewart.

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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