SpinifexIT is committed to helping its customers achieve success across their HXM and Payroll goals, at the same time, help these organizations significantly reduce their carbon footprint through SpinifexIT’s solutions automations and digitization.

Learn more about SpinifexIT’s advocacies across environmental awareness and protection, equal opportunity, and women empowerment by checking out some of our featured posts below.

SpinifexIT partners with One Tree Planted to plant 275 trees in Africa
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SpinifexIT partners with One Tree Planted to plant 275 trees in Africa

The initiative is our way to show gratitude to our customers for reducing paper consumption using Strato and to offset our carbon footprint further.

The trees were planted in deforested areas in an effort to revive ecosystems, improve air quality, and foster biodiversity. 

This partnership with One Tree Planted aligns with our ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability. As part of our efforts, we had previously planted 200 trees in Australia in 2022.

Our document generation and automation solution, Strato, has been instrumental in reducing our carbon footprint. By replacing printed letters, contracts, and other HR and payroll documents with digital ones, Strato has helped us save 2 million sheets of paper. This translates to an equivalent of around 200 trees.

Discover how Strato can help automate your document generation processes

Reduce paper consumption and prevent errors with automated document generation with Strato.

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Jump start your career in SAP & Software development
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SpinifexIT Academy

Jump start your career in SAP & Software Development!

We’re proud to announce the launch of SpinifexIT Academy!

The SpinifexIT Academy, which will run for two months and be led by some of the company’s most qualified employees, is an important part of our commitment to the local community in the Philippines. The valuable time spent training the graduates and providing them with an opportunity to apply their skills in real time is also a key component of our commitment to ensuring the success of our talents.

Providing a strong foundation to build a career upon

Bringing new talent to a company is always a valuable investment, and our fresh grad program is no exception. New graduates bring with them a fresh perspective, new ideas, and a willingness to learn and grow. They are an invaluable asset to any company, and we are excited to see what the next group of talented individuals will bring to the table.

This year, we are excited to expand the program to hire:

Recognizing the invaluable addition to the organization

Our first batch of graduates hired in 2022 was a huge success. Despite the challenging times during the pandemic, SpinifexIT was able to provide gainful employment to these young professionals and help them jump start their career in software development in the world of SaaS and SAP SuccessFactors. The group worked on several projects under the Strato HCM solution suite. They were trained by our top developers who also recently represented SpinifexIT in an AWS conference. Following their completion of the program, SpinifexIT absorbed and hired 5 graduates for the QA and Testing team and another 5 for the development team.

Investing in the future of the organization and community

At SpinifexIT, we value the importance of guiding fresh grads in their careers and believe that this initiative is important not only for the organization, but also for the community as a whole. In February 2023, SpinifexIT plans to hire 20 additional fresh graduates to join our team. I am excited to see what the next group of talented individuals will bring to the table and am confident that they will help us to continue to grow and succeed.

Gregory Tutt

Strato Global Architect

“I got my first job as part of my internship and found that programs like a company Academy are very valuable.”

Jumpstart your career today!

If you are a fresh grad looking for an opportunity to start your career, Please message us below for more information on how to apply to our program.

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Why going paperless is good for your HR and payroll teams
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Shifting to a paperless setup isn’t easy especially if your team has been used to printing, signing, and storing documents in file folders. There are many reasons, however, why digitizing your processes and going paperless will prove beneficial in the long run – especially for your HR and payroll teams.


1. Level up your efficiency

Document generation and preparing HR and payroll related paperwork is a key part of business, but manually creating, sending, and managing employee and payroll documents take up time. From creating templates to making sure these documents are error-free and sent on-time to the right person, your HR and payroll teams spend hours on this administrative process alone instead of dealing with other equally crucial tasks.

By digitizing your processes and going paperless, you won’t have to constantly create documents from scratch and run the risk of sending the incorrect information or exposing your sensitive payroll data to unintended recipients, which proves to be costly in many ways.

Document generation tools such as Strato have automated workflow features, customizable templates, and file management tools that can help boost a team’s efficiency and productivity.

Investing in a document generation solution also means getting to use other features such as pre-scheduling the sending of documents and receiving automated notifications, routing, with the ability to approve and affix digital signatures, having the ability to include multiple translations (for global teams), and more.

Strato extends the capabilities of your SAP SuccessFactors workflow automations.

2. Ensure compliance and security

Signing important and sensitive documents on paper could lead to a lot of problems — such as accidental data exposure, which could result in breach of confidentiality. Opting for a fully digitized automated process, for instance, means only the intended recipients, such as employees and their managers, are allowed to view and sign the document.

Automation features such as those by Strato offer increased security by following SAP SuccessFactors triggers based on SAP SuccessFactors data fields. This minimizes exposure risks by keeping it within the system and requiring little to zero manual intervention.

3. Contribute to the environment. No, really.

Going green used to be just a buzzword or a PR stunt to make a company look good. These days, consumers and businesses take climate change and sustainability issues seriously — and they’ll want to partner up with an organization that cares about the same thing.

Going paperless and digital is a good step for your organization to reduce their carbon footprint, save on resources, and show that you’re in it for the long haul.

In 2021, in particular, SpinifexIT’s Strato solution for SAP SuccessFactors saved a total of 2 millions sheets from being printed on. Think about how much your organization alone can make a difference.

4. Make substantial savings on cost and other resources

In one of our customer success stories, a mining company saved thousands in significant annual operating costs when it implemented Strato to manage and automate their recruitment documents.

Of course, the return of investment takes time, and going paperless and digital may require some initial funding; however, the impact in terms of efficiency and operational upkeep means you’ll save money and resources in other areas too.

Most importantly, your team gets to manage employee documents more efficiently, stay compliant, and spend time and resources on other crucial aspects of the business – which is time and money well spent.

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Happy Earth Day, human!


If you’re considering going paperless and exploring our document generation solution, Strato,
send us a quick message. Our team can sit down with you and show you a demo of how Strato can help your team reduce go paperless and reduce your carbon footprint.



Women in Tech
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Women are no strangers in tech.

The industry is run by passionate, smart, and skilled women who get the job done and do it well – and we’re lucky to have a lot of them here at SpinifexIT.

This Women’s Month, we’d like to highlight a few of the cool techies here at SpinifexIT. Get to know them, their stories, their challenges, and what it means to be a woman in tech today.


Web Developer

What made you want to be a developer and be part of the tech industry?
I wanted to be a developer because it’s something new and very non-traditional. I feel inspired when I know that what I create can help a lot of people make their life easier.

What were the internal and external challenges you faced while learning to code or being part of a male-dominated industry? How did you overcome them?
I experienced being treated unfairly at my previous workplace, but I overcame this situation by thinking positively.

What would be your advice to young girls interested in learning how to code or join the tech industry?
It is very challenging work, but always think that it will push you to be a better version of yourself, bug after bug.

Quality Manager

What made you want to be a part of the tech industry? Tell us your story.
As a fresh graduate, I was told that most jobs in the tech industry pays well, and I didn’t want to be left behind! With my almost non-existent Mandarin skills and zero background in SAP HR, I started out as an SAP Data Management Analyst for China and Hong Kong accounts.

As I navigated through the SAP world, I became more interested in the product itself and how it helped companies, especially with how it transforms HR and payroll departments.

In addition, technology is ever-evolving. This gave me a chance to be part of several projects with different hats and roles to play, such as Service Delivery, Change Management, and Support Management.

Now in SpinifexIT, I have the opportunity to learn more from the testing and QA perspective. There’s endless possibilities and learning in the tech industry. The culture around it also suits me – I like being surrounded by passionate people all geared towards change and transformation, which makes the experience exciting and worthwhile.

What were the internal and external challenges you faced as a manager or being part of a male-dominated industry? How did you overcome them?
One of the skills that I feel I need to constantly develop is communication, more so in this work from home setup. I’m proud to see my teammates performing and still being efficient while working from home. I have a small team but everyone is unique, with different working styles and personalities. So I’m figuring out different ways in bridging the distance with effective and timely communication.

We also have a very structured release schedule, and I wanted to improve on motivating the team in all situations. Hopefully, I will be, or am able to show the bigger picture, highlight and present the importance of the tasks to the team, and inspire motivation. It is a work in progress, and I stay optimistic and have the confidence that all things will work out.

Thankfully, I have not felt discriminated against in the companies I’ve joined, as I’ve had amazing ELTs and SLTs who treat us as co-equals. I see it in my new work family as well, where everyone is empowered to accomplish great things.

What would be your advice to women who want to take on leadership roles?
Go for it! By any chance, if there are still some inconsiderations, there is always hope for change. Stay humble, be driven by passion, remain professional at all costs, and enjoy the ride.


Full Stack Developer

What made you want to be a developer and be part of the tech industry? Tell us your story.
Ever since college, I loved solving logic problems and turning my algorithm solutions into running programs. I felt I was good at it, so I pursued being a software developer after graduating.

Even though college was quite a blur (I don’t know how I passed my Java subject!), I appreciated programming more as a young professional. I relearned what was taught in college, took training left and right to improve my craft.

After being assigned to various industries, I gained experiences and learned from the people I’ve worked with.

Looking back on those years, I know there were ups and downs and love-and-hate feelings with my job. However, I always come back to the realization that I find fulfillment in what I do.

What were the internal and external challenges you faced while learning to code or being part of a male-dominated industry? How did you overcome them?
I think my biggest struggle as a developer is finding the balance on how much we should accommodate a client’s requests and efficiently explaining to them why things won’t be possible (given the timelines) or why things are better off another way.

It’s a challenge to build a good rapport with them and make them see you as a competent developer rather than just someone who they rely on making a program or system for them.

Knowing the product technically and functionally, including the client’s business processes, helped me gain respect and trust from the people I work with. It’s also a skill to be explain technical processes – while making it understandable – to clients or colleagues.

As an introvert, I usually get “sidelined” in the team while the more outspoken guys get their way. Many times I would struggle to be more assertive and confident during discussions and brainstorming sessions for my ideas to be considered. It took confidence and the needed knowledge on the topics to be heard and be able to keep up with my colleagues.

What would be your advice to young girls interested in learning how to code or join the tech industry?
It’s fun to be in the IT industry, and it’s cool to be a woman who does well here. 🙂 You should never get discouraged or intimidated by people saying that “It’s a man’s world.”

It’s already 2022 and women are slaying it in whatever field they choose. 😉 It may sometimes be challenging, but as long as you’re passionate about what you do, it will always be worth it.”

Business Analyst

What made you want to be a developer and be part of the tech industry? Tell us what inspired you.
Before I got into the industry, I thought people there seemed so cool and brilliant. I still think we still are. 🙂
On a serious note, I wanted a career that would make people’s lives easier, and clearly that’s what technology does.

What were the internal and external challenges you faced while learning to code or being part of a male-dominated industry? How did you overcome them?
You need to keep up with the fast- paced and changing trends, so what I do is I find a way to hone my skills, whether the company will provide me with the platform and opportunities or not. I enroll in different trainings outside and inside the organization, take tasks as challenges and see them as an opportunity to get better at what I do.

What would be your advice to young girls interested in learning how to code or join the tech industry?
If you are in the process of building your career, it’s crucial that you work with people who will nourish, inspire, and mentor you.

Ask the important questions. Asking will build your knowledge and contribute to your learning process and development.

Don’t be afraid to speak up. Deliver it in a professional way with accurate data to back up your ideas or suggestions or if you’re pushing back.

ABAP Developer

What made you want to be a part of the tech industry? Tell us your story.
In my college years, when I shifted to another course, which is Computer Applications, I really enjoyed it and since then, my jobs have been related to it.

What were the internal and external challenges you faced as a manager or being part of a male-dominated industry? How did you overcome them?
When I was a student, I already realized how few women there were in the field, and I got used to it, so it didn’t really bother me. Though the tech industry is male-dominated, my peers/people I worked with do not make me feel discriminated. In fact, I appreciate being able to learn from them or anyone, since I get to see their point of view and how they work.

What would be your advice to young girls and women who want to be part of the tech industry to advance their career and become leaders?
If there is an opportunity, grab it. Don’t be afraid to ask questions because we don’t know everything. Seek help to get through the transition and enjoy the process.

More International Women’s Month reads

A Women’s Day Message
from Your CFO

SpinifexIT CFO Christina Mulcair’s no-nonsense advice to women who want to step up in their careers.

Staying Passionate
During the Pandemic

How team members, Janz and LA, stay on top of their professional and personal pursuits amidst the pandemic.

SpinifexIT supports Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code is an organization that seeks to close the gender gap in technology and change the image of what programmers look like and do.

SpinifexIT, in partnership with One Tree Planted, plants 200 trees in Australia
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In 2021, SpinifexIT’s Strato solution suite for SAP SuccessFactors document automation and generation saved a total of 2 million sheets of paper from being used and printed on.

Two million sheets is equivalent to 200 trees being saved from being put to use to print offer letters, contracts, and many other HR and payroll documents.

To thank our customers for choosing Strato, and to further offset our carbon footprint, we’ve partnered up with One Tree Planted to save the Australian forests from further deforestation and to help restore its habitats vital for Australia’s diverse wildlife.

Tree planting initiatives like these will not only protect the Australian wildlife today, but would also reduce the risk of catastrophic impact from wildfires and other climate change related disasters in the future. This Valentine’s Day, we have donated 200 trees to the organization to match the number of trees saved by our Customers through the use of Strato.

Strato Solution Architect Gregory Tutt shares, “Aside from the many benefits of digitizing HR and Payroll documents, we also looked into Strato’s potential environmental impact. We have had customers who regularly have to print pay slips, offer letters, and contracts all the time, and when there are some things that require changing or updating, these have to be reprinted and sometimes mailed over once again. By automating the document generation process and removing the manual steps around it that may lead to potential errors, and by making pertinent employee documents easily available for electronic signing, sending, and safekeeping, we incrementally make a positive impact not only to our customers’ productivity metrics and cost savings. We also make our world – our only home – more livable not just for us, but also for the diverse species that inhabit it with us today and in the future.”

Learn more about Strato

Hit the button above to request a quick meeting or a discovery call to learn more about what Strato can do for your organization. Meanwhile, take a look at our recent Customer Success Story. With Strato, our featured customer was able to improve their shared services team’s efficiency with Strato by up to 90%, and saved a total of 1.5 million dollars in terms of labor costs, system costs, and more as of today.

Celebrating Women’s Month every day
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Women’s Month is never just a monthly celebration at SpinifexIT.

Every day, we celebrate women by providing opportunities for them to excel in their professional and personal pursuits.

In this Women’s Month feature, we put the spotlight on two of our hardworking Manila-based team members, Janine Calaunan-Santos and L.A. Menard. Here, they talk about how they cope with working from home during the pandemic while still having time for their passions.

Janine Calaunan-Santos

Even before the pandemic, my setup at home hasn’t changed. I’m a hands-on mom taking care of her son and the household, managing the office and making sure projects and tasks are submitted on time, and running during my free time.

Even though I’m mostly working at home now, it has become more difficult to be able to keep up with all my responsibilities. That’s why I always keep this in mind: “Anything – even a job that seemed to be unreachable can be attained if you have discipline, motivation and time management”.  

I make sure to be consistent. With running, I never turn that alarm off and go back to bed. I keep my running schedule, as this helps me get through my day.

I list all my “to-dos” at home and at work, even the simplest ones, and then prioritize. Maybe it’s not for everyone, but for me, making a list and ticking small boxes work well and keep me from missing a deadline.

I add a small window of “spare time” to stop, step back and view the entire picture at home and at work. This way, I am able to do my daily tasks and see if anything is missing. This lets me create additional activities, find what is still needed, and make room for improvement.

L.A. Menard

As a working-mother and a provider, I definitely have challenges every day managing and juggling work, motherhood, the household and personal passions such as fitness. 

That said, I’m grateful to have the flexibility to work from home and also have all the tools I need to be able to get my job efficiently. Of course, there are still inevitable distractions that impact my workflow and focus.

With discipline, support from family and friends, and knowing what to prioritize however, I’m able to organize and complete my tasks without being burned out. I get to be productive and also have quality time with my son and myself, which I’m very thankful for.

Read the special message for Women’s Month written by SpinifexIT’s CFO Christina’s Mulcair here.

Janine Calaunan-Santos

Office Manager


L.A. Menard

Lead Documentation Writer


A Women’s Day Message from SpinifexIT CFO
A Women’s Day Message from SpinifexIT CFO 1008 740 SpinifexIT

Born in an economically liberal but culturally conservative place in Southeastern China, I was lucky to have a father who believes in education for women.

While other parents spent their money on material things (for example, a bigger, expensive TV),  my father spent a big portion of his hard earned money on the education of his three children (And yes, despite the one-child policy, I have a younger sister and a younger brother and that’s another story). 

The most frequent question my father received in those days from other parents, is why he spent so much money on sending daughters to good schools? “They will marry a man and then have kids and so there is no use for a good education”. That was the typical thoughts of most parents in that generation in the place I was growing up. As you can imagine, my father had to defend his decision, but as you can also imagine, my sister and I had to “perform” to prove my father right and those parents wrong – that women’s education is critically important, not only for the individuals and the family, but also for organisations and our society as a whole.

Fast forward so many years, society has come a long way in terms of gender equality. No parents today will choose a TV over their daughters’ education. As I rise up the corporate ladder, I have worked for female leaders and male leaders, worked with female peers and male peers and have built teams and led teams of both sexes. However, the sad fact is that today, there still aren’t many female senior leaders out there. As I rise up the corporate ladder, I have worked more and more with male leaders, male peers and male subordinates. Like so many female senior leaders, I wondered where these women went and why they disappeared?

This article is not an attempt to solve this big problem of our time, but I would like to share some practical learnings and tips from my corporate experience and encourage you to share your thoughts about how to advance women in their career.

For male leaders

  • Please feel free to challenge a female leader by asking her views about the world economy, US-China trade war, global warming, post COVID world, vaccinations, mission to Mars etc, etc etc, instead of just asking her how she manages her work-life balance. There is nothing wrong with this question, it’s just we female leaders have been asked too many times in our career and we got tired of assumptions that ‘family balance’ is a bigger limitation or concern for us than it would be to a man.
  • Instill confidence in your female team members by creating opportunities for them to stretch and help them gain necessary experience and skills. Mentoring and sharing your experience and how you view things is extremely beneficial for their career development.
  • Recognise the native genius (as defined in the book “Multipliers’) in women. Leverage that native genius. Women are so much better at certain things than men!
  • Do not assume. At every decision point when you need to select people for a task, a project or a role, compare candidates based on merit. If you have concerns, ask for clarification, instead of making assumptions. I have seen women miss out opportunities for promotion at other companies, because their male managers assume that their performance will be compromised because they are starting a family or have started a family. Family and work are not mutually exclusive. In fact, they both enrich our lives and stretch our capabilities.
  • Promoting and encouraging women does NOT have to mean that we downplay or ignore the achievements of men. Rather, it is about recognizing the performance of men and women, highlighting the strengths of both sexes, and how they can be utilised together to achieve the best possible outcome.

For females who want to have a corner office

  • Nice girls do not get the corner office. Stop trying to please others. Young ladies out there, please pick up this book, “Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office”, read it and have a good laugh at ourselves. This book may get you the corner office if this is what you want.
  • Put yourself forward for opportunities, challenges, projects and promotions. If you do not, your male counterpart will. Males put their hand up for opportunities when they are 50% ready, but females need to wait until they are 90% ready or have done a previous job that’s 90% similar. Please, ladies, when you are 50% ready, you are already good enough for the job. The rest is just selling! Our CEO Darren Pithie would say 80% is just selling!
  • Master the power of delegating, not only at work but also at home. I know you are the best at what you do, but try not to do everything yourself. Let everyone do their share, and let everyone learn to suffer others’ imperfection better!

  • Conserve your energy. A career is not a sprint but a marathon. In many stages of women’s life, we need a heightened level of energy; in our personal lives (such as the birth of a child and looking after the young one), and in our working lives (such as working on a project that will determine the next step in your career). It is really important that you pace yourself correctly over this long journey. Do not let trivial things bother you and waste your energy. Conserve your energy so when you need it the most, it’s there.
  • Broaden your horizons and develop genuine curiosity about the bigger world surrounding our small world. This is especially important when a milestone of your life has been achieved; this is often when we develop the tendency to stop broadening our horizons!

The tech industry struggles to attract women due to years of underdevelopment of the female talent pipeline from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines.

Fortunately, Spinifex has numerous successful female leaders who are at the front line of customer engagement, project delivery and corporate support functions. As a company, we are committed to providing equal opportunities for women’s career development and advancement. 

I am very proud to report that we have an equal percentage of employees who won the Employee of the Quarter award that started in FY2017, despite a smaller percentage of females in the employee population in our company. This is not an artificial design but a genuine demonstration of the performance of our female employees. I am proud of the achievements of all of our female employees. Well done, ladies!

In the Payroll/HR function of our customers, we work with a large number of female leaders, stakeholders and users. Women in our company are uniquely positioned to understand and feel our customers’ pain, help our customers solve their problems and make an impactful difference at Spinifex for our customers’ success. 

Let’s all advance the cause of gender equality! Happy International Women’s Day!


Christina Mulcair

Chief Financial Officer