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An argument for training

Sathya Mithra Ashok | Jan. 14, 2014
Greg Jones, head of Landcare Research's IS&KM team, talks about the challenges in developing and implementing an organisation-wide ICT training programme.

The team is also planning an upgrade from its current Windows XP desktop platform to Windows 7 across 500 PCs, and is planning training around the transition.

"As part of rollout, we will have some training around Windows 7. We are working on the business case. We are trying to work on solutions around how we are going to address the wider digital projects out there.

"We have created data policies and data management plans. As part of that project we are working out what sort of training to provide and how we train the scientists. On the other side, we have got records management. We are working on policies and we are doing some one-on-one training around key areas," says Jones.

The firm is also looking into cloud solutions for its data and records management going forward.

"I think you get different services with the cloud. You get reliability, speed and flexibility — that is part of what we will be assessing. NZ Government has a cloud first policy. But you need time to assess that, as we move forward. Having a 25 per cent hardware refresh keeps us handy. It is not that we are getting to a desperate point, but the data growth that we are predicting will be an issue. All that data management and backups becomes a potential issue when kept in-house. We will outgrow our computer room and we don't want to invest more in-house in that stuff." says Jones.

Following relevant assessment, Jones sees Landcare Research adopting a potentially phased cloud strategy in the next few years.


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