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Andrew Boag

Follow The Sun Support – One Year In

Catalyst started up in 1997, and from humble beginnings as an outsourced services company we have grown to over 250 staff globally, with seven offices across Australia, New...
Don Christie

20 Years Ago

20 years ago Jim Bolger was still our Prime Minister, the All Blacks made a clean sweep of the Bledisloe Cup and Wellington became the first city in the world to lay a fibre loop...
Donna Benjamin

What's an Inkscape?

  Inkscape is free and open source drawing software.  It’s available for Linux (of course), but also for Windows, and for MacOS too.  It’s a tool for drawing 2D...
Catalyst

Koha adventures in India

A few times a year Chris Cormack gets on a plane to somewhere really interesting to talk about Koha. Chris was the original developer of Koha and is in demand for speaking gigs...
Evan Giles

JMeter as a Load Testing Tool

Catalyst manage a lot of Enterprise web applications, enough that we are always seem to be upgrading one instance or another. More and more in the world of cloud native...
Zoe Lu

DevOpsDays Sydney 2016


  Late last year, I attended DevOpsDays Sydney 2016 Conference. This conference aims to have all participants, learning and sharing ideas of adopting DevOps...
Alex Buckley

A better onboarding tool for Koha

In November 2016 Mika Smith and I started as Koha interns at Catalyst. We were given an exciting opportunity to help library administrators all around the world by redesigning the...
MaryRose Painter

Catalyst loves to innovate

One of the things that surprises people most when they start working at Catalyst is the strong DIY culture that exists here. As a Kiwi company, DIY is in our blood. Our...
Donovan Jones

Try out docker swarm mode on the Catalyst Cloud

If you have a Catalyst Cloud account and you want to play with the latest features of docker, read on! Docker 1.12 released last year added a native orchestration feature known...
Del Stevens

Why Catalyst eLearning?

When someone asks me this sort of question, it's tempting to try and produce some sort of pithy soundbite, preferably one that incorporates some en-vogue buzzwords and would look...
MaryRose Painter

Our year in review

2016 has been another very busy year for Catalyst. From our offices in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom we've helped all sorts of clients to achieve the best in...
Zoe Lu

The journey of learning Terraform

As part of Catalyst’s operational activity we recently decided to try out Terraform in our orchestration toolset for a large piece of client infrastructure build. I was given the...