ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and official Koha support company is proud to welcome Ian Walls as their Lead Development Specialist. Ian will be overseeing all in house and third party development projects, as well as assisting in the support of ByWater’s existing customers. He is an active participant in the Koha community and is currently the Vice President of the Koha users and developers group, KUDOS.
While earning his MLIS and MS in Computer Science from the University of Rhode Island, Ian worked as a graduate assistant, both for the library school and for the Web Development Group, where he got his first exposure to open source software while working with Wordpress Mu. During this time he also worked as a reference assistant at the URI Library.
In June 2008, Ian joined the NYU Health Sciences Libraries as their Systems Integration Librarian. "We had been unhappy with our existing ILS for some time" Ian stated, "and on Sept. 1, after a migration period of 3 months, we went live with our new catalogue, HSLCat. While I was able to do the configuration and migration myself, we needed some assistance with training our staff on how to use Koha. After getting a few quotes, we decided to go with ByWater Solutions. This was the beginning of my relationship with the company."
Ian commented on his recent decision to join the ByWater Solutions team; "I'm very excited to be signing on with ByWater as their Lead Development Specialist. Not only will I get to work daily with the global community to make Koha better, but I get to do so with a company that really fits well with me personally. Their emphases on customer service as well as their fundamental belief in open source are things about ByWater that really appeal to me."
"We are overjoyed to have Ian on board" stated Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater Solutions. "Ian’s enthusiasm for open source technology is contagious, and he impresses us on a daily basis with his skills as a developer. He has the ability to speak to customers about very technical issues at level everyone can understand regardless of their familiarity with the technology."
About ByWater Solutions
With over 10 years of experience, ByWater Solutions offers customized hosting, data migration, configuration, installation, training, support options and development of enterprise class open-source library systems such as Koha and Evergreen. Offering a 24/7 technical helpline, ByWater Solutions’ clients have the support system they need to make their software work for them. ByWater Solutions pledges to share 100% of all developed code to the Koha and Evergreen communities for the strengthening and advancement of the Koha and Evergreen ILSs. For more information about ByWater Solutions, please visit: www.bywatersolutions.com