Student works wonders for local government

Local government chiefs can now better keep tabs on their use of IT thanks to a Universal of College of Learning student.

Local government chiefs can now better keep tabs on their use of IT.

Third-year Universal College of Learning (UCOL, formerly Manawatu Polytechnic) student Neal Blomfield has developed an online information technology survey register, which has been hailed a national success.

Blomfield developed the register as a final Bachelor of Applied Information Systems project before graduating at the end of last year.

Working in partnership with Palmerston North City Council client relationship manager Mike Manson, he did what external consultants before him had failed to achieve.

The web-based register was for the Association of Local Government Information Managers. It lets members enter, update and query various information relating to the use of IT within local government.

The database is now owned by ALGIM, which plans to make it freely available to local authorities or for sale to commercial enterprises.

Manson hailed the project, which took Blomfield 500 hours over four months, a national success, and is offering him extra council work.

Blomfield says the database can deal with text-based, numerical, product and service-based enquiries. It was developed to a requirement set by Manson and Blomfield built a web-based interface using active server pages.

Since then, he and a fellow graduate have gone into partnership, creating Silk Developments.

Blomfield has done websites for real estate agents and wastewater management companies, but says he has been too busy to create one for his firm. However, he says he has registered the domain name.

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