New Zealand open-source company Catalyst IT, has developed an electronic training (eTraining) platform in Saudi Arabia targeting two million users. It was launched last month
The project has been built on Moodle, the open-source online training and course management system, and is planned to scale up to two million users this month.
The system was developed in partnership with the Saudi Arabian National Centre for E-learning and Distance Learning (NCEL), an agency established by the Saudi Arabian government.
“This is certainly the largest Moodle that has been deployed,” says Paul Stevens, Catalyst project leader, “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.”
The scale of the project proved a unique technical challenge, the client says.
“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. Although [Catalyst is] located thousands of miles away, we worked as one team and felt as if we were in the same building,” says NCEL director Abdulhamid al Saady.
“This project was a great opportunity to showcase our ability to architect a system at this scale,” says Stevens. “We worked closely with Rackspace (UK) to ensure that we were able to build and deliver a flexible and efficient system at this scale.
Catalyst declined to disclose the value of the contract.
“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,” says Catalyst director Mike O'Connor.