Former Curtin University Information Officer, Peter Nikoletatos has jumped ship and taken the same role on at ANU. With over 25 years experience in the IT world, Nikoletatos is already looking towards spending the $60 million annual IT budget wisely. He is seeing to a one email system that will help the University centralise all correspondence. “ANU has a history, like most universities, of a duplicate email environment and we are looking at consolidating into one cloud based email service,” he told The Australian. By the start of next year’s semester in March, all students and staff will have moved across to the new cloud platform, which Microsoft is supplying. Along with the cloud, more storage needs have been addressed, with the university investing in 700 terabyte storage for archiving and another 700 terabyte of back-up capacity. New teaching methods heavy on online use won’t be limited with the new scheme Mr Nikoletatos says.“We see the emergence of social media, mobility, digitisation being quite specific in the teaching space and equality with the research space. This is just compounding on a daily basis with the amount of data we are storing and being required to store.” The law and business educated Nikoletatos has overcome his shortcomings in the IT world and proven himself much more useful than a purely technological asset. It is his business expertise that is taking the red tape out of technical support. Instead of having more than 13 different service desks, all managing different areas, he will centralise technical support into one direct line. ANU has 4000 full time staff and about 18,000 students. It also has 270 IT staff, of which 50 per cent report to Nikoletatos. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
(Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)The head of the governor’s budget team urged local leaders on Thursday to get involved in the discussion of the state’s precarious fiscal future.“This is not a problem on the margin, this is a real structural issue for Alaska,” said Pat Pitney, director of the governor’s Office of Management and Budget. “So let people know to learn more about it. There will have to be changes.”She was addressing the Juneau Chamber of Commerce.She says the governor intends to submit a budget in December that will include a revenue package. Options under consideration include various taxes and using some portion of Permanent Fund investment earnings to fund state government.“But it really, it takes that legislative process to go through it, so tell your legislators here, ‘Yes, it’s time to do something,’ and tell them what it is you want them to do,” she said.Without major fiscal changes, the administration anticipates consecutive years of multibillion dollar revenue deficits due to low oil prices, a decline in oil production and an increasing demand for state services.