Granite House: Head Office

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Catalyst Computer Systems Ltd.
Granite House,
58 Loughborough Road,
Mountsorrel,
Leicestershire,
LE12 7AT.
 Telephone +44(0)116 230 1500
 Fax +44(0)116 230 1522
 Sales sales@catalyst-uk.com
 Software support@catalyst-uk.com
 Hardware ITServices@catalyst-uk.com
 FAQ's, Guides, Hints, Tips, Advice and more Knowledge Base
Office hours are 9:00am to 5:30pm Monday through Friday (for emergency out of hours support see 'Out of Hours' below).

Out of Hours See here for details.
Urgent Weekend Hotline:  +44(0)781 804 4086
Emergency Out of Hours:  emergency@catalyst-uk.com

Catalyst at The Lawns 2012

Catalyst at The Lawns 2012

All set up and ready to go for the caravan trade's outdoor "fest" on the East coast.

This is in fact the only outdoor show that Catalyst exhibit at. It's all a bit of a novelty for us, fresh air and grass! We've been doing the show for several years but it's always a novelty to experience a little of the outdoors.

The new improved, much larger marquee is in place and even erected without incident! Four times more floor area than it's predecessor, light, airy and all in all a better place to meet, chat and demonstrate what we do. Thanks are due to all involved in the preparations and design. The weather forecast is excellent, so what could be better than a day out. See us on stand 25, find out what's new, there are plenty of software innovations, it's been a busy year for our programming department.

Looking forward to meeting old friends and new faces, See you there

Jeff.

Tradeouts

The trade-only site for dealers

More great news for motorcycle dealers, We are happy to announce the addition of a free vehicle feed to "Tradeouts.com". Tradeouts is a trade-only dealer network for traders to source bikes / stock and get the best price for unwanted vehicles. The purpose of the site / service is to provide an alternative to auctions as a way of disposing of long term unsold and trade in vehicles.

  • Catalyst are constantly finding new ways to genuinely help the users of our systems to thrive in testing times. The extra good news is that you get a chance to use their service for a free trial period in order to prove it’s worth. More good news is that Catalyst have negotiated a long term discount for users of our software.

My personal view on this is that the business needs this kind of service and it's an opportunity to both buy and sell vehicles more efficiently. Yes this is a comparatively new service but particularly in the motorcycle trade this is an unoccupied and useful niche. As the only effort involved is the agreement to do it and an extra tick on vehicles your willing to trade, it’s got to be worth a shot?

Jeff

Free Advertising

Advertise Bikes Free on the Visordown website

Catalyst is always working hard to help sell your bikes. More FREE ways to help sell your bikes!

It's hard times out there and Catalyst really are working to give users of our software the selling edge over those who do not.

Free Classifieds

We've negotiated a free data feed of all motorcycles advertised on the "Catalyst Findit" web site into the "Visordown" web site www.visordown.com.

It is just possible that you may not want your bikes advertised free of charge to a huge number of bikers. It is thus possible to "opt out" of this feature by calling Catalyst's hotline telephone support or e-mailing us.

"Visordown" have three clear criteria without which they will not list bikes: they require the year, the colour and the mileage of vehicles for sale, so please make sure these are set in the Platinum vehicle records or they cannot be listed on "Visordown".

Now a small plea: adding a picture of your bike currently makes it 36 times more likely, in "Catalyst Findit", that someone will be interested enough to look at the bike in detail. It's likely that this ratio will also apply to vehicles on "Visordown". In short it's well worth that little extra effort: a picture or two, some features and a little tempting sales text is what gets attention and sells bikes!

Information is automatically fed from “Catalyst findit” to this site on a daily basis so any changes made in Platinum will only appear on this web site the following day.

eShop and eTrade Enhancements

We have enhanced a couple of areas in our own powered eCommerce solutions.

Searching

The product search in our eShop and eTrade shop now allow you to search for multiple words in any order from the Product, Description and Sales note fields.

  • We have used the same powerful search technology from our Catalyst FindIt website to enable clients using our eShops to find the products they are after.
Order Confirmations

For our eTrade shop, when an account manager places an order on behalf of a client, the account manager will be copied into the order confirmation email.

  • We have also changed the layout of our confirmation emails that are sent out after an order has been placed.

Support Monitoring

We monitor our software support department as we do appreciate that swift service matters.

  • The average time to solve customer queries is down a staggering 31% since January despite Catalyst having it's busiest year since 2007 and our busiest month ever in March! Thanks due to the organisation and dedication of all members of our support department. Whilst driving down our "fix" time we have also contributed massively to our on line "Knowledge base".

User Styled e-Commerce and Findit

We all like "pretty" and "interesting" when is comes to the internet. These are things which keep users on a site attentive and involved. For this reason we have invested considerable development time to improve the user experience of our on-line services. These improvements apply to both "Catalyst FindIt" for vehicles and also our trade and retail e-commerce sites.

  • Firstly and most obviously, the viewing of images has improved. It’s become a little more quirky, interesting and easier to navigate.
  • Secondly, this obvious change is complemented but hopefully completely invisible changes. Our "add on FindIt" and e-commerce sites are far more individually configurable. For those of you of a technical bent we now allow third party "CSS" which means that both e-commerce and FindIt can be configured in style. All the usual CSS changes can be applied (Colour schemes, buttons, background images, borders, margins etc) to match the unique user web sites from which they are launched. In short, we’ve moved way beyond just being able to configure the colour scheme and individual web designers can give full expression to their individual artistic ideas.

Jeff

Bike Shack

Great news for motorcycle dealers, "Bike-Shack" is another in a growing list of specialist advertising sites has added to the places that your bikes are advertised completely free of charge.

Catalyst are constantly finding new ways to genuinely help the users of our systems to thrive in testing times. What better way than providing new innovative and overhead free ways to market. We’ve done the leg work to make this completely free for you, in both time and money.

Bike Shack motorcycle classifieds

www.bike-shack.com features bikes both trade and private bikes for sale. It even has a dealer directory which even refers users directly to your own web site.

All you have to do is to ensure that the records of your bikes for sale are complete and have a picture or two and Catalyst do the rest!

Catalyst's first trade e-Commerce web site up and trading

Catalyst's first trade e-Commerce web site up and trading.

Superficially one would imagine that trade shops would be very similar to retail shops. With the benefit of experience I'm happy to testify that they are not! Selling to the trade is actually a very different thing to selling direct to retail and these differences have taken considerable effort to overcome in both design and implementation.

Tran Am - Dealer Online Ordering

After this exhaustive development and testing, it's here, it's live and it's working very nicely for all concerned.

Thanks are due to "Tran Am" for taking the leap of faith with a new product. Even if we have tested a product exhaustively and then some! Yes we are still watching things closely, if more years than a few in the computer trade has taught us anything it's "Expect the unexpected!".

  • As many of Catalyst's customers are also "Tran Am" customers, please use the web site, we really hope the experience is a good one, you can look forward to even more specific trade features to be added to our eTrade e-Commerce solution over the next few months.

Jeff

New look order processing now on “live test”

Continuous Development

For some time Catalyst have been developing a new look and feel for our sales and purchase order processing modules. We recently made significant but invisible filing changes under the surface to pave the way for later improvements. These underlying changes are now widely in use, all users who have updated their software in the last couple of months will have these changes but hopefully have noticed no difference. The actual difference is coming very shortly, a completely new look and feel to the software.

It’s always difficult for a software company. You’ve developed a much better product than the current one but the current product is stable and reliable and a large number of companies depend on it. Both we and our customers want the new product but with "new" there is the inevitable risk of unexpected problems.

The big question is how to ensure that our customers do not suffer from any unexpected problems along with the benefits. The answer is of course that "guinea pigs" are called for. In these enlightened times one cannot experiment on animals so I thought it may be interesting to show how we have approached this particular problem.

In the spirit of making the situation as close to that expected when a user of our software upgrades we installed the upgrade on our own system without informing any of out staff that it was going to happen. The "let people find it and see how they used it experiment" was performed here. Yes a few issues were found and improvements made as a result. We at Catalyst have been running the new version for a couple of weeks now and everyone is happy with the results.

Smooth Transition

The next logical step? A "Go live" with a very much larger client.

Yesterday the brave client updated to the new version. The chosen client is a very significant parts distributor as well a major franchised motorcycle dealer. In short, this user was chosen because they use the order processing systems heavily and in a broad range of differing ways. This is obviously a nervous time for all involved, yes everything has been done to ensure things should go well but ultimately it’s a serious test for the software.

We in fact continue to have a senior programmer present on site because the consequences of any problem could potentially cause major and urgent consequences to a business as busy as this one.

  • We are happy to report things went very well, and continue to look very good into day two. What this means for the future is that our plans for a general release of the very much prettier order processing system around the end of the month are on track and that it will be as well "tried and tested" as is possible on that day.

Larsson Parts & Price Information Now Available

Larsson are an establish European after market supplier of motorcycle hard parts supplier who recently set up a UK distribution operation. Catalyst are pleased to offer the "Larsson UK Ltd" parts and price information as part of the “Motorcycle After Market Price File Bundle”.

  • Subscribers to this bundle will automatically receive this additional information free of charge. Those in the bike trade who do not subscribe to this comprehensive bundle now have one more reason to! It is exceptional value with 14 suppliers for just £135 per year.
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