Senior IS executive: Kevin Adamson, director, IT services Reports to: Head of corporate services
Size of IS shop: 105
Mobile PCs: 385
Hand-held devices: 85
Total screens: 5085
Industry: Education services
PC environment: Windows XP, Linux, Mac, Dell, HP
Server environment: Linux, Windows, Dell, HP
DBMS: Oracle, Jade, MySQL
Address: Gate 5, Hillcrest Road, Hamilton
Key IS projects this year: Backup upgrade, Server virtualisation,
Wireless stage II, Enhancement to desktop management, Preventing
electronic plagiarism, Integrated research repository, Enhancement
to the web site, Learner management system- stage II, Student
knowledge management, Document management.
THE UNIVERSITY OF Waikato is currently finalising an ITC strategic
plan that will ensure focus on key projects, while ensuring the ITC
departments and initiatives are aligned to assist the university achieve
its strategic goals in light of a competitive tertiary market.
Changes to the funding model for tertiary institutions has placed
emphasis on student completion, retention and the tailoring of educational
delivery to enhance tertiary education opportunities for people
of the region.
A further focus is to support the region’s social and
cultural development and economic sustainability. Aligned with this,
a key priority of the University of Waikato is to increase the number
of postgraduate students, especially postgraduate research students,
and to manage and mitigate the risks associated with the international
Kevin Adamson, director, IT services, says 2008 is a busy year, with
ICT projects including a back-up upgrade, server virtualisation, Stage
II of a wireless project, and enhancement to desktop management.
Equally important is work on electronic plagiarism prevention, an
integrated research repository, web site enhancements and Stage II of
a learner management system, and student knowledge management
and document management projects.
Web-enabled business processes help reduce costs, while wireless
connectivity, support for student laptops and expansion, and
upgrade of the University’s information commons all help promote
student growth and retention. State-of-the-art ICT teaching tools
and development of specialist online teaching environments within
the University’s Schools and Faculties are also attractive to students.