Deloitte has acquired trans-Tasman systems integration specialist firm Sixtree to form the core of a new platform engineering unit within Deloitte Consulting’s technology advisory practice.
Sixtree was founded in Australia 2010 by Ben Wylie, Brett Wilson and Yamen Sader. It opened its office in Auckland, its first outside Australia, in mid 2015. The company specialises in a range of technologies that includes those from MuleSoft, Red Hat, Elastic, and Amazon Web Services.
Wylie and Sader will become Deloitte Consulting partners, and Wilson and Sixtree CTO Saul Caganoff will become principals of the new unit. The 45-strong team in Sixtree’s Sydney and Melbourne offices will join Deloitte in those cities and the Auckland team will join Deloitte New Zealand.
Deloitte Consulting managing partner, Robert Hillard, said the new unit would respond to demand created by the next generation of cloud-enabled digital technologies that are changing the way people work.
“By essentially re-engineering and integrating an organisation’s systems, the deep expertise offered by the Sixtree team will help increase business agility by bringing legacy and new technologies together quickly, seamlessly and effectively,” Hillard said.
Deloitte Consulting partner and platform engineering leader, Clifford Foster, added: “The capabilities of Sixtree team are relevant for organisations of every size, and across all sectors, and are increasingly required as part of large-scale transformation projects.
“They enable generally older businesses that have become rigid, and even trapped by outdated, un-integrated technology systems, to become ‘younger’ and more agile by wrapping digital applications and new technologies into an adaptable platform to meet immediate, medium and longer term needs.”
Caganoff said: “Only five years ago, businesses were happy to outsource everything to big system-wide integrators and build multi-year projects that ultimately failed as they were too ambitious and too inflexible. But huge changes in the way companies do business and how technology gets delivered have quickly emerged. Platform engineering and innovative solutions are the keys to enabling value and transformation quickly and incrementally, with ecosystems built through connectivity with modern and emerging technology partner and cloud providers.”