Global leader: Donald Christie and Mike O’Connor, directors
Core activity: Open source software development, consulting, hosting and support service
Revenue: US$9 million
Key customers: SRS, Electoral Enrolment Centre, NZ Racing Board, NZ Registry Services, Telecom, Fairfax, Intel, Ministry of Education
Catalyst demonstrates that open source technologies have matured to the point where they now run some of New Zealand’s most critical electoral, internet, online publishing, wagering and education infrastructure.
The company, which has branches in Sydney and the UK, is now focused on extending overseas and into new business areas.
This year, Catalyst has developed new service offerings in the corporate training, broadband monitoring and identity management/ENUM (telephone number mapping) areas.
The company has fought hard as advocates for open source, says Donald Christie. “There are still more challenges around perceptions, procurement practices and the locked-in mentality of many New Zealand organisations,” he says.
The company is particularly specialised in the design and development of mission critical systems, high availability hosting and support services, Christie says.
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