The University of Adelaide's head of its School of Computer Science has jumped the commercial fence to become the institution's new associate director of IT strategy and architecture.
(Credit: University of Adelaide)
The university had been reviewing its IT management structure, the institution's services and resources vice-president Paul Duldig told
ZDNet.com.au recently. At the time, Duldig had oversight
for IT, property and HR.
He decided to to form an IT and property infrastructure division within his realm
of responsibility, which he wanted someone with general
management capabilities to lead. Virginia Deegan, who was the
general manager at Royal Adelaide Hospital, has been appointed as
the university's inaugural director of infrastructure.
Underneath Deegan, Duldig felt the need for someone to guide the
university's information technology services in a strategic
manner: changing the IT department's focus from just having working
cables, devices and networks to seeing the big picture. "I decided
IT needed a senior executive to see over its development," he
The appointee was to make the IT department focus more on the
business. "I wanted to make sure we've got not just the IT
networks and bandwidth worked out, but also that we're genuinely
partnering with the business," he said.
At first Duldig looked externally for someone to fill the
position. "We did go out to market for a CIO sitting above all of
IT," he said. "I just wasn't convinced that the people we were
getting were going to have the breadth of strategic management
experience," he said.
In the end, Duldig found the person he was looking for inside
the university: Associate Professor David Munro, the head of the
School of Computer Science. He has now been appointed assocociate
director, IT strategy and architecture.
Munro had worked in IT services and as a system manager for
many years in Scotland before moving over to the academic
world after completing a PHD part-time.
"It's a real opportunity because one thing I can bring to the job is a real
understanding of how the university works," Munro said, adding that his experience
and position in the School of Computer Science had also given him credibility amongst
the IT folks.
Munro will focus on four areas. The first one is enterprise architecture, an area in which the university is currently seeking to make another appointment. Secondly, he has to roll-out
the new IT governance model which was created when the university's IT strategy was reviewed.
Thirdly, will attempt to improve communications between students and service desks — by removing
a perceived "us and them" mentality. The last area was technology transformation, which
will include projects such as the recent
deal with Google which will see 16,000
students have the choice to move onto the hosted email system. A review is underway to see if staff
might also use the system.
The university is also working on a student portal which would
integrate with the university's PeopleSoft, Blackboard and Gmail
systems to provide information to students in personalised way.
"They can actually construct their home portal however they
want," Duldig said, with students able to include elements such as
key university dates, exam results, library services or Gmail.
The portal was developed in two and half months with the
archives and proof of concept from CAMPUS EAI, a consortium of
universities around the world. The plan was to roll the portal out
in May, as long as the Gmail migration went well.