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September 20, 2012
The launch earlier this month of a redeveloped website for Hong Kong's leading daily English language newspaper, the South China Morning Post, marks a significant achievement for New Zealand's largest open source IT company, Catalyst IT.

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The launch earlier this month of a redeveloped website for Hong Kong's leading daily English language newspaper, the South China Morning Post, marks a significant achievement for New Zealand's largest open source IT company, Catalyst IT.

“The project was a complex one and, like the other large media sites we've done, there were both technical and business process challenges,” said Mike O'Connor, director of Catalyst.

Both the web and mobile sites are based on the popular open source content management system, Drupal. They're integrated with the complete range of business services and applications that comprise this large newspaper business, including their advertising, subscription, data analytics, and reporting systems.

The site is now able to comfortably handle traffic peaks, can be updated in real time as stories break or develop and has more interactivity for its readers using tools like comments and polls.

“Our new scmp.com site and the mobile version on m.scmp.com are world class, and are built to optimize delivery of our quality content and reflect the essence of our brand,” said Ben Abbotts, Deputy Digital Director, South China Morning Post.

“Catalyst have been a valuable partner, with their expertise, skill, and commitment. Already in its first few weeks, the site is significantly outperforming its predecessor; traffic has doubled overnight, and we have single articles with 100+ comments or with 450+ shares.”

Says O'Connor “Working across three time zones, here in New Zealand, Hong Kong and from our UK office was also part of the challenge but we were able to use the time differences to our advantage, providing more comprehensive coverage for the client.

“This project, along with our other large international work, further evidences the ability for New Zealand based IT firms to deliver complex projects anywhere in the world and it shows the value in our future in the weightless economy. Kiwi companies often offer a unique value proposition that includes expertise, adaptability and trustworthiness. These are very powerful differentiators.”

Approximately 500,000 people are currently visiting the site every week and generating 1.3 million page views, a number that has been steadily growing since launch.

Almost one third of the traffic to the site is from mobile devices.

The site is live at: http://scmp.com

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