Senior IS executive: Mark Marshall, IT director Reports to: Chief operating officer
Size of IS shop: 31
Mobile PCs: 194
Hand-held devices: 83
Total screens: 2271
Industry: Education services
PC environment: Windows XP, Mac, HP
Server environment: Linux, NetWare, Windows 2003, HP, IBM
DBMS: Oracle, SQL, MySQL
Address: 130 Madras Street, Christchurch
Key IS projects this year: Virtualisation; printing review
implementation; telco review; internet connectivity review.
THE 2008 PLAN for Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology
(CPIT) is to build on a sound 2007 financial performance and to
further develop the ways in which it meets the needs of stakeholders,
employers and the wider community.
On the ICT front, IT director Mark Marshall says CPIT will upgrade
its internet connection and connect to the KAREN network, both of
which will deliver signifi cant opportunities for collaborative learning
Following these upgrades, a project to realise a video conference
capability that meets institutional needs will commence. With the
close integration of IT and AV systems, structural change has been
implemented, with the Audio Visual support team moving from the
Library and joining the ICT division. Further file server consolidation
using VMWare will occur, and the CISCO VoIP telephony rollout will be
CPIT is commencing the review and creation of a new Information
Strategy and will, as part of this initiative, appoint an information
manager to oversee the engagement with business stakeholders
and the implementation of the strategy.
For the 2008 academic year, CPIT has moved all student email to the
Microsoft live@edu service, which provides web-based email and
calendering synchronised to the institution’s Student Management System.
E-learning systems have been at CPIT for more than fi ve years, with
around 500 courses now web enabled and able to provide blended elearning
content. Marshall says CPIT is fully committed to Moodle, an
open-source Linux product for its online learner management system.
CPIT continue to commit to Novell technologies to deliver core ICT
services, and has maintained a Windows XP desktop strategy with
Offi ce 2007 being implemented in early 2008.