What's hot in software? We ask Sixtree

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This article appeared in the July 2015 issue of CRN magazine.

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What's hot in software? We ask Sixtree
Saul Caganoff

What software do you provide?

Sixtree provides specialist integration services to medium and large enterprises. We participate in different projects from legacy systems modernisation, through to digital transformation into cloud enablement. We have curated an open source portfolio of products that provide value.

When did your company first get involved in this area?

Sixtree has been operating since 2010 and was founded on the principal that building and integrating distributed systems is more important than ever, yet badly in need of a change in the way it is done. 

What are your credentials around software development and integration

Our engineers are vendor certified in all the products we work with. Integration brings its own challenges such as building reliability into the architecture, collaborating with different teams across the enterprise and often dealing with funky legacy applications. 

Who are your main distributors?

We are mainly a consumer of software on behalf of our customers. We work directly with vendors and value the ability to engage with the product's source code and engineering teams.

Have you heard about any cool software trends recently?

Web APIs are a great way to build connected business models and API-driven start-ups have demonstrated their value. Micro services have also recently garnered a lot of attention as a way of building scalable cloud-native solutions. Both these trends leverage service-oriented architecture.

Can you tell us about a recent project?

Even in a new arena like the cloud, standardisation has been elusive. But recently we've been delivering a number of projects using Docker containers as a standardised unit of deployment. This is happening with a few of our customers in government and education.

What is driving customers’ software projects?

The shift to the cloud and new SaaS models is driving huge business transformation and opportunities for our customers. In general, they are operating as consumers or providers of SaaS services and often both at once. 

Software is…

Eating the world, of course.

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