2 Million Users for New Training Platform

Catalyst IT, New Zealand's largest open source IT company, was responsible for the development and launch last month of an eTraining platform in Saudi Arabia targeting 2 million users.

The project is of national significance for Saudi Arabia and has been built on Moodle, the open source online training and course management system, and will scale up to 2 million users this month.

The system is developed in partnership with Saudi Arabian National Centre for E-learning and Distance Learning (NCEL), the scale of the project proved a unique technical challenge.

“At NCEL, we realised there is no luxury of trial-and-error or even to move along the regular learning curve, we had to make it perfect from the outset. Among many competitors, we were lucky enough to choose Catalyst. Although they are located thousands of miles away, we worked as one team and felt as if we were in the same building” said Abdulhamid, NCEL Director.

“This project was a great opportunity to showcase our ability to architect a system at this scale. We worked closely with Rackspace (UK) to ensure that we were able to build and deliver a flexible and efficient system at this scale.

“We were also fortunate to be able to work with a great team from NCEL who developed the quality training materials for the site,” said Paul Stevens, Catalyst project leader.

“This is certainly the largest Moodle that has been deployed and we are thrilled that open source software is being selected for big, complex projects like this and is proving so well suited to the job.

“After the launch of the South China Morning Post website last year, Catalyst has been actively seeking these bigger international projects and we are working on establishing our brand as a global player in the open source consultancy space,” said Mike O'Connor, Catalyst Director.