Peter van Dyk recently joined Best Pacific Institute of Education as chief information officer.\nBest Pacific Institute of Education is New Zealand\u2019s largest Pasifika-focused private training establishment. It was founded in West Auckland in 1988, offering vocational training to 30 students. It now provides youth-focused education and adult tertiary education programs to almost 3000 students in five campuses in the Auckland region.\n\u201cI look forward to utilising technology to improve business processes and thereby implement business strategy at BEST Pacific," van Dyk tells CIO New Zealand. \u201cI believe this will assist BEST to better focus on its core business of delivering quality vocational education programmes to New Zealand\u2019s Pasifika community."\nBEST started in West Auckland in 1988, offering skills-based vocational training to 30 students. Now, with almost 3000 students, BEST are spread across five campuses throughout the Auckland region and offer both youth-focused education and adult tertiary education programmes.\nI believe this will assist BEST to better focus on its core business of delivering quality vocational education programmes to New Zealand\u2019s Pasifika community.Peter van Dyk, Best Pacific Institute of Education\nVan Dyk says each year, over 70 per cent of BEST graduates get secure skilled employment and a further 15 per cent progress to higher tertiary education. \u201cThat is more than an 85 per cent success rate,\u201d he states.\nVan Dyk joined the institute as consultant in April 2013, and was appointed CIO early this year.\nVan Dyk has been working as an independent IT and general management consultant in the past five years, and has over 30 years of experience as an information systems and technology professional. He started as a trainee programmer, then progressed to business analyst, manager of information systems, to IT strategy and business process manager. He is an accredited business mentor with Business Mentors New Zealand, and has an MBA from Henley Management College.\nHis previous roles included IT strategy and business process manager at Progressive Enterprises, and CIO\/IS manager at McDonalds New Zealand.\nSend news tips and comments to email@example.com\nFollow Divina Paredes on Twitter: @divinap\nFollow CIO New Zealand on Twitter:@cio_nz\nSign up for CIO newsletters for regular updates on CIO news, views and events.\nJoin us on Facebook.