Officially the Coolest Startup in Australia

On Thursday night (8/12) we were humbled that we were not only one of Australia’s Top 100 Cool Company’s for 2016 but also to be named the Winner of the Cool Company Awards, Super New Startup category. We may not have won the overall Coolest Company but if you are going to loose that title then loosing to an awesome company is ok, we were proud to be recognised among the likes of “Thank You Water” who took out the overall “Coolest of Cool” award this year.

A bit more about the awards:

Cool Company Awards

Cool Companies manage to stay one step ahead of the rest. They breed leaders who are rule-makers and rule-breakers. They are organisations that aspire to be admired. They are trend-setters in attitude and action. Quite simply, they are… cool! The Cool Awards are in their 11th year and were created by James Tuckerman the founder of Anthill Magazine the cool awards attract more nominations (over 700 this year) than the Telstra Small Business Awards.

Super New Startup Award (Startups):

Startups are almost always pretty cool… defying convention, challenging the status quo. However, they often don’t have the commercial ‘runs on the board’ to get noticed in the ‘cools’ when compared to more established players. This award will be presented to an organisation that is less than two years young. That way, you’ll be judged against other nascent ventures, rather than the ‘big boys and girls’.

Don’t miss Chris Gilbert @ DDD Brisbane tomorrow, SixPivot are also proud sponsors

DDD Brisbane is a non profit community event run by developers for developers and we are super excited to be a sponsor and have our very own Chris Gilbert presenting.  Chris will be presenting “An Agile Retrospective”.

An Agile Retrospective

C Gilbert @chriswithpants

One of the core principles behind Agile software development is being retrospective and fostering a culture of continuous improvement. In this session you will see us do that on a macro scale. As consultants we’ve seen more than our fair share of Agile done right and Agile done poorly as well as everything in between.

Back in 2011, Rob Moore made a prediction on his blog that “within the next 5 years Agile won’t exist anymore because everyone will be doing it; kind of like what happened to Object Orientation”. Now, on first thought, a talk about Agile in 2016 seems a bit outdated. The problem is, to this day a lot of companies/teams still can’t get it right and we have famous Agile advocates saying things like “Agile is dead”. So, while Rob’s prediction hasn’t completely held true, it’s still a good time to reflect on it.

This session will cover a bunch of stuff that we notice all the time across multiple companies that doesn’t hold true against the values and principles of the Agile manifesto, we’ll blow a hole through all of the strawman arguments we hear day in, day out, and we will inject some enthusiasm and experience by describing the techniques we use to stay true to the original values and principles of Agile and helps us consistently deliver great software outcomes.

This talk was originally co-presented at DDD Perth by Chris Gilbert and Rob Moore, but will be a solo affair at DDD Brisbane.

Faith Rees named as the ARN 2016 women in ICT Entrepreneur of the Year

The winners of the seven award categories were announced on November 25 at a celebration lunch at the Hilton Ballroom in Sydney. CEO and CoFounder of SixPivot and Cloud Ctrl, Faith Rees was humbled to be honoured as the Wiicta Entrepreneur of the Year for 2016 among the room filled with over 400 of her peers.

The 2016 ARN WOMEN IN ICT AWARDS (WIICTA) – The winners announced

These awards recognise and celebrate female excellence in the ICT channel, rewarding professional achievements and outstanding results in the industry.

In its fifth year, WIICTA recognise and celebrate the achievements of talented female front runners who have become influential figures in Australia’s ICT industry. The awards also recognise the rising stars, women who are quickly growing in importance in our industry, and women working towards improving gender diversity in the ICT workplace.

Over 25 years, ARN has faithfully chronicled the role of women in ICT. The ARN Women in ICT Awards provides a program that promotes and recognises the professional achievements of women in the IT channel.

As part of the program, an esteemed group of executives has been selected as the judging panel, ranging from vendor, distributor and reseller ranks.


Faith Rees – SixPivot

Faith won the Entrepreneur Award following her success in co-founding SixPivot, an emerging cloud first innovator across Australia. After also taking home the Start-up of the Year Award at the 2016 ARN ICT Industry Awards, Faith is a strong advocate for women in technology, serving as a mentor and committee member for a number of associations.

For further information on the Awards go to

BizTalk Server 2016 goes GA

Published By: Bill Chesnut

Today marks several milestones on the history of BizTalk, it was released originally around this time in 2000 and the latest version has gone into General Availability.

There is a long list of what is new in BizTalk Server 2016, the complete list can be found here, I will highlight the one that will be the most significant to most existing BizTalk Server customers

  • SQL Server 2016 AlwaysOn Availability Groups – no more SQL log shipping for DR
  • Support for Visual Studio 2015, Windows Server 2016, SQL Server 2016 and Office 2016
  • Re-engineered SFTP adapter which will support more SFTP servers
  • Shared Access Signature support for WCF Bindings and Service Bus Messaging Adapter

Of all these items in the What New list, the most significant is the SQL Server 2016 AlwaysOn Availability Group support, in my career with BizTalk the biggest challenge at most customers was setting up a proper DR environment and since the release of AlwaysOn Availability Group in SQL 2012, most customers DBA always asked why can’t we use AlwaysOn Availability Groups, and I had to explain that they did not support MSDTC transaction that BizTalk uses MSTDC between database (in both single and multiple SQL Servers) for transactional support.  So what has change to make it supported now, heaps; there have been changes to Windows Server 2016 and SQL Server 2016 that now allow MSDTC transactions to be supported by AlwaysOn Availability Groups.  There are a few very specific details that need to be follow when setting this up for BizTalk, the most notable is that BizTalk requires at least 4 SQL Instances for it’s databases, this is because the current implementation of MSDTC supported by AlwaysOn Availability Groups does not support transaction inside of the same SQL Instance, which BizTalk uses extensively.

If you are interested in talking about how the new features and changes in BizTalk Server 2016 can help your existing BizTalk Infrastructure, please contact us.