Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology

Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology

2007 ranking: 37

Senior IS executive: Mark Marshall, IT director Reports to: Chief operating officer

Size of IS shop: 31

PCs: 1994

Mobile PCs: 194

Terminals: 0

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

and communication.

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.

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