News and Updates

With proven expertise in .NET, SharePoint, CRM, ASP.NET, TFS, SQL Server and Exchange Server, SSW offers comprehensive end to end solutions.

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SSW News & Press

November 2014

MVP Summit
The MVP Global Summit is an exclusive event for MVPs, which as an MVP, Adam Cogan attends yearly in Redmond, Washington. With a large catalogue of technical sessions and a variety of networking opportunities, the MVP Global Summit enables MVPs to connect with other MVPs, build relationships with Microsoft product managers, and provide feedback on Microsoft products and technologies.

November 2014

Scrum F2F
Adam Cogan attended the 22nd F2F Global Trainer Meeting in Redmond, Seattle, where some of the best Scrum minds came together for discussions on the state of Scrum, improving the profession, and the latest developments happening within the Scrum and community.

October 2014

TechEd 2014
SSW's Adam Cogan and Adam Stephensen presented talks at TechEd Australia Melbourne and TechEd Australia Sydney. Adam Cogan gave 2 presentations by himself and co-presented a third with Adam Stephensen.

September 2014

Australian Computer Society 2014 Conference
Adam Cogan spoke at the Australian Computer Society 2014 Conference in Canberra, delivering a presentation on Shaping Your Career, entitled "12 Rules to Better Code and Successful Projects".

July 2014

DDD Melbourne
SSW employees Ben Cull and Damian Brady each presented at the annual DDD Melbourne, an annual non-profit community event run by developers for developers.

Their presentations are now available to watch online:

June 2014

SSW held the first of many Xamarin HackDays
Xamarin is very important to all Microsoft developers as it allows us to write a C# app in Visual Studio and publish it to iOS, Android and Win phone8 in one fell swoop. The Hack Day featured presentations from experts, followed by time for the attendees to practice what they’d learnt to make their own apps.

After such a successful event, I'm happy to announce that Xamarin HackDays are now coming to Brisbane, Melbourne, and more. Be sure to sign up for the next Xamarin HackDay near you.

June 2014

Introducing the new SSW logo
The SSW logo, old and new

SSW has been represented and branded by the popular 'swoosh' logo for nearly 20 years, but it was time for our logo to evolve alongside our growing company.

We could have started afresh, but we chose to keep the original company colors and the core feel. Therefore the swoosh was kept, as this has become the iconic symbol of SSW. We introduced a set of 4 small squares to the design, each in a varying shade of our corporate colors. The squares also highlight that we mainly work with the Microsoft stack.

April 2014

Adam Cogan attended //build/
Adam again attended the annual Microsoft //build/ conference, where he was among the first to glimpse all of Microsoft’s newest offerings, like the Windows 8.1 preview, the return of the Start Menu, and the latest in Windows phones.

March 2014

The SSW-made Event Cinemas website wins Telerik Sitefinity 2013 "Entertainment Website of the Year"
Recognition is based on creativity, design, user experience, and overall presentation of the website. Facing tough competition, the winning websites were selected through public voting.

Winner of the 2013 Telerik Sitefinity Entertainment Site of the Year

January 2014

SSW launches FireBootCamp, a major new training course
SSW added a new feather to its bow when it ran the first ever FireBootCamp, an intensive 9-week training course for .NET developers, who are either new to the field or looking to update their skillset with newest and best technologies and practises. The course was such a success SSW is expanding them to run not just in Australia but internationally as well. Check out to see if there’s one near you.

December 2013

Handsome man Scott Hanselman came to SSW
Microsoft big personality Scott Hanselman toured Australia – and stopped in to present at SSW for the biggest .NET user group event we’ve ever held. 200 people attended in person and another 200 tuned in to watch the live streamed video of the night. Scott gave 2 great presentations:

November 2013

MVP Summit
As an MVP, Adam Cogan attended the MVP Global Summit in Bellevue and at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington. With a large catalogue of technical sessions and a variety of networking opportunities, the MVP Global Summit enables MVPs to connect with other MVPs, build relationships with Microsoft product managers, and provide feedback on Microsoft products and technologies.

September 2013

TechEd 2013
SSW’s Adam Cogan and Damian Brady co-presented 2 talks at both TechEd Australia & TechEd NZ

May & October 2013

SharePoint Saturdays
Adam Cogan presented at SharePoint Saturday Brisbane (May) and Sydney (October). SharePoint Saturday Events (SPS Events) are FREE one-day events held in different cities around the world, featuring sessions from influential and respected SharePoint professionals.

April 2013

SSW sponsors SharePoint Conference
We are proud to sponsor and participate in the Australian and New Zealand SharePoint Conference.

NZ.Net User Group

October - November 2012

Adam Cogan was at //Build/
Build is a 4 day annual conference held at the Microsoft Campus, Redmond. The 2012 conference featured extraordinary presentations such as how to design and build beautiful Windows 8 apps, how to sell your apps in the Windows 8 Store and make money, and much more, delivered by the engineers behind the products and services.

September 2012

What's New in Visual Studio 2012
Software development continues to make great advances and so does Visual Studio. Come learn about the trends impacting software development and how you can take advantage of them with Visual Studio 2012. This talk provides a brief overview coupled with lots of demos to highlight how Visual Studio 2012 simplifies development, streamlines collaboration for teams, and helps you create apps that your users will love. Visual Studio 2012 helps you turn ideas into software; this session gets you started.

June 2012

SSW is now running on TFS 2012
As far as we know, SSW is the first company in the world to upgrade to TFS 2012!
Know more on Adam's and Damian's (the guy in the hot seat) blogs.

May 2012

Enterprise MVC Apps Courses
The Model View Controller design pattern has been an proven and effective way of structuring applications for more than 30 years. In 2007, Microsoft introduced ASP.NET MVC to the world and since then, the framework has evolved into a mature and powerful way of writing dynamic web sites and powerful web applications.

February 2012

Forsyth Real Estate Interviews
Forsyth Real Estate is a well established Real Estate Company with a history dating back to 1898. We recently produced a series of interviews for them, with top industry experts.

November 2011

Developer Developer Developer Brisbane
Developer Developer Developer (DDD) Brisbane is a community conference aimed at Developers to be held later this year. Speakers for the conference submit topics via the Submit session page and the actual sessions for the event will be decided by delegates voting through the Vote page on the website. SSW was the main sponsor for this event.

September 2011

TechEd Australia
From a keynote hosted by celebrity geek Adam Spencer to a journey into the power of Private Cloud, TechEd 2011 was a massive and enjoyable learning experience. Not to mention a chance to network with like minds and celebrate the many joys of being a geek. As you put the skills and knowledge you gained into practice back at work, just remember, it's only a year until we can do it all again and much, much more. Adam Cogan is speaking at this event.

August 2011

The launch of SSW TV
Each member of SSW has an unquenchable thirst for knowledge when it comes to the latest .NET technologies. SSW TV not only allows us to share with the developer community what we’ve learned, but also guide business leaders and teams towards best practice solutions. The channel includes interviews with technology experts, free webinars, and presentations and demonstrations from some of the most knowledgeable people around the world, making it an invaluable resource for .NET developers of all skill levels.

May 2010

Developer Day Scotland (AKA "DDD Scotland")
Developer Day Scotland (AKA "DDD Scotland") is a community event, run by community for community, which is based upon the highly successful Developer! Developer! Developer! (DDD) community conference events. Scottish Developers is pleased to bring this phenomenal success to Scotland once again. The very best of the UK speaker community will be presenting on the topics delegates wish to see.

April 2010

Aberdeen Microsoft Partner group
The Aberdeen Microsoft Partner (AMP) group meets every two months at the RGU School of Computing in Aberdeen. With over 50 Microsoft Partners in the Aberdeen area we attract around 15-25 regular attendees at each session. For each meeting we always have at least one Microsoft guest speaker and one other external speaker for example in the past we have had presentations from Symantec, Ingram Micro and Jabra. The topics also tend to be varied and can range from technical sessions on Silverlight aimed at developers to the latest in communications and virus software.

April 2010

Australian ALM Conference
This event will explore how Visual Studio and Application Lifecycle Management can reduce costs, reduce development time, increase quality, and improve project manageability. Two full days, 18 sessions and industry leading speakers will arm you with essential knowledge to effectively manage applications through their entire life-cycle from idea, through development, deployment, testing, maintenance, and support.

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February 2010

2010 MVP Global Summit
Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) are invited to attend the 2010 MVP Global Summit at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue and at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington, from February 16 through 19.

December 2009 to March 2010

SSW Brain Quest: Team Foundation Server and SharePoint 2010
Adam Cogan shows the best tools for a project manager to have successful projects and for the developers to have a focused and smooth software development process.

November 2009

Adam Cogan DNRTV talking about TFS and Visual Studio 2010 Part 1
DNRTV caught up with Adam Cogan at the PDC in Los Angeles. Adam gives us the 9 steps you need to deliver your product to your customer using TFS and Visual Studio 2010.

July 2009

Carmody Group public website launch
Carmody Group specializes in Hotel Interior Design and Refurbishment services throughout Asia Pacific. SSW was given the task to redesign their public website applying unique design concept to showcase current and past projects.

December 2008

NZ.Net User Group SSW sponsors NZ.Net User Group event.
SSW became a sponsor of the SQL Pass Community Connection Event, which was once again run and managed by NZ DNUG Inc Soc with some excellent and unique sessions presented by some of New Zealand's and Australia's most talented and influential experts, including Adam Cogan and Justin King from SSW.

October 2008

Microsoft SharePoint and Office Forum site goes live.
Microsoft Australia approached SSW to develop a website in preparation for the upcoming 2008 Forum event for SharePoint and Office. SSW delivered a Web 2.0 site build in SharePoint 2007 in less than 3 weeks. The site capitalizes on many of SharePoint's web publishing features and uses JQuery throughout to enhance the user experience. Virtual Earth was integrated to provide venue information. The completed site demonstrates that the possibilities of using SharePoint 2007 for a public facing website are boundless!

September 2008

The largest public SharePoint site in Australia is up and running.
SSW recently completed the development of the biggest public facing SharePoint 2007 website in the southern hemisphere for WorleyParsons. The site takes advantage of many of SharePoint's powerful features for managing and rendering content to users. The site is built upon a series of lists and content types that are used to allow simple management of the data. SharePoint web parts were customized, and custom web parts implemented to allow content editors to use content rollup in a variety of ways across the site, for example a summary of news items relating to regions across the world. JQuery was used throughout the site to add more interactivity, such as with the menu navigation. Styles were defined for the site and all content allowing content editors to maintain and add further data without losing the look and feel.

August 2008

Adam shows SSW's SharePoint prowess at the SharePoint User Group
Adam presented his SharePoint - Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Public Web Sites session at the SharePoint User Group. It was a successful night with a good group, and great session.

February 2007

Which firm created Commonwealth Bank's new Employee Management System? SSW
Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) has chosen SSW to develop a custom Employee Management System to manage the daily activities for thousands of their employees Australia wide.

January 2007

SSW receives a Web 2.0 Makeover
We started the year 2007 by introducing a fresh new look on our homepage.

Which firm created Commonwealth Bank's new Employee Management System? SSW
Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) has chosen SSW to develop a custom Employee Management System to manage the daily activities for thousands of their employees Australia wide.

November 2006

Microsoft banks on Vista
Adam Cogan presents his views on Vista before its 2007 release and the necessary dos and don'ts before installing the operating system.   

Microsoft banks on Vista, and so will I
Adam Cogan takes one step further on the Vista release, by commencing internal tests within SSW to provide crucial feedback to his customers.

September 2006

Microsoft Developer Show episode from In this episode Nick Randolph interviewed Adam Cogan and Athena Pawlowski and provide an insight into why user groups are one of the best forms of developer resources available!

July 2006

DNRTV logo DNRTV episodes with Adam Cogan on Visual Studio Team System

Adam Cogan talked about Microsoft Visual Studio Team System on DNRTV. This topic is divided into two parts:

DNRTV episodes with Adam Cogan on SQL Reporting Services

Adam Cogan talked about his Rules To Better SQL Reporting Services on DNRTV. This topic is divided into three parts:

January 2006

DotNetRocks interviews with Adam Cogan

Adam Cogan talked about his rules in an episode of DotNetRocks, a weekly talk show on Microsoft .NET development hosted by Carl Franklin.

November 2005

Adam Cogan: Ready to Migrate

From Frank Arrigo's blog post dated November 8, 2005:

Ready to migrate to .NET 2.0

Check out this poster that has been used for the Ready Launch which features Australian Regional Director, Adam Cogan

The quote reads:
"We just migrated 11,000 pages of 1.1
ASP.NET to 2.0. We're taking advantage
of all the menu controls, all the login
providers, all the master
pages. Man its cool"

Way to go Adam!!! You look like a rockstar!

January 2005

VBS Launch Video