EY Australia acquires boutique change consultancy Articulate Consulting

30 July 2018 Consultancy.com.au

Ernst & Young in Australia has acquired Articulate Consulting for an undisclosed sum. The Sydney-based consulting firm was founded in 2003 and specialises in change management, training and information technologies. 

EY has propped up its change management and learning services portfolio with its latest acquisition of Articulate Consulting. Co-founder Sarah Arnold and her team at Articulate will join EY Australia’s People Advisory Services practice.

The acquisition will see Sarah Arnold become a partner with EY, taking the number of partners at the firm in Australia to 561. The deal will also bring in 16 Articulate staff and 45 contractors to EY. “This acquisition gives us enormous scope to expand, and gives our people access to diverse career development opportunities, which is important to me,”Arnold said.

“We are thrilled to be joining EY. We’ve worked with them on a number of engagements over the years and admire their work and their people. This is a natural evolution of our partnering relationship,” she added.

Sarah Arnold began her career with Deloitte in 2000 as a management consultant and worked with the firm for two years before joining Linfox. She worked with Linfox as a training manager before moving on to a two year stint at Orica, and, in 2006, Arnold co-founded Articulate. She received her bachelors from the University of Queensland in science and mathematics.  

Darren Gibson, the EY Asia Pacific Leader of People Advisory Services commented on the acquisition, saying, “The team at Articulate are a perfect fit to further assist our clients in driving change in their business and ensuring new business processes are aligned and adopted to system changes.”

Articulate Consulting has been acquired by EY Australia

“With the wave of next generation systems, such as SAP S4 HANA, upon us, training is critical to successful change and the addition of Articulate expands our services and offerings.” 

“With the first class talent of Articulate’s team we have increased our capacity to deliver meaningful ERP system change, and our ability to help our clients reduce the ‘risk of rejection’ with the end users of these solutions.

“By integrating organisational change and training capabilities into our People Advisory Services practice, we are now a ‘one-stop-shop’ on technology transformation projects, from creating the strategic roadmap and case for change, right through to training and supporting the user,” Gibson said. 

The People Advisory Service practice at EY works with organisations to support developing their talent agenda;ensuring their people to have the skills they need to succeed in an ever-changing business environment. Digital transition is a major factor of human resources strategy and one of the key specialities of Articulate Consulting. 

“This transaction demonstrates EY’s commitment to provide all the services our clients need to successfully deliver complex business and systems change projects, by providing a market leading learning and training capability to get their people ready, and drive adoption of these new technologies,” said EY Oceania CEO Tony Johnson.

“It is another way we are staying at the forefront of digital transformation by providing clients with the expertise and experience to manage and embed new technology in the way their organisations work,” he concluded.

EY’s move comes shortly after rivals Deloitte and PwC both also bolstered their consulting practices. PwC Australia earlier this month bought teams from PPB Advisory and Litmus Group join, while Deloitte purchased Australian data science consultancy Connected Analytics.

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Deloitte buys risk consultancy Converging Data Australia

15 March 2019 Consultancy.com.au

Deloitte has acquired Sydney-based risk consultants Converging Data Australia, with its founder and team joining the Big Four firm’s Risk Advisory practice.

Global professional services firm Deloitte has added boutique Sydney-based risk consultancy Converging Data Australia – a leading partner in the Asia Pacific for the data collation and analysis platform Splunk. The acquisition – which was made for an undisclosed sum – sees Converging Data co-founder and APAC managing partner Stuart Hirst join Deloitte as a Partner in its Risk Advisory practice.

Established in 2013 by Hirst and fellow co-founder Neil Murphy (who continues on in the UK as the managing director for the company’s non-acquired EMEA business), Converging Data Australia has since established a roster of public and private sector clients in the financial services, healthcare and supply-chain industries, providing among other areas risk and security services through the Plunk platform. 

“Working in the areas of security, operational intelligence, and data analytics, as well as digital and IoT innovation, the Converging Data team will bring its deep domain expertise to help our clients keep pace with the continually evolving technology risk landscape,” said Deloitte’s Managing Partner for Risk Advisory Dennis Krallis, with the firm noting the increasing risks to business due to the convergence of physical and digital technologies in the industry 4.0 era.Converging Data team in APAC has joined forces with DeloitteJames Nunn-Price, Deloitte’s Cyber leader for the Asia Pacific: “Today, businesses are investing in projects and programs that help them to monitor and stay alert to key risk events in real time – such as fraud, cyber security, compliance and financial crime. “Converging Data’s unique methods and solutions, such as its Data Platform as a Service (DataPaaS) offering, enable it to build, deploy and deliver cyber analytics solutions at scale and speed using the Splunk platform.”

“It’s a very powerful tool for capturing and analysing the vast pools of data that large organisations have to deal with,” adds Hirst, with Splunk claiming its software is used by 90 percent of the Fortune 100. “We are looking forward to combining it with Deloitte’s global team of more than 300 Splunk professionals to help more Australian businesses benefit from the insights and benefits Splunk software can bring,” Hirst said of Converging Data’s DataPaaS solution.

The deal follows other recent pick-ups in the local risk and data analytics space, including last year’s acquisition of Melbourne-based data science consultancy Connected Analytics, and the earlier purchase of Qubit Consulting, Australia’s largest provider of identity management services. “They will enhance and complement our existing investments in the design, build and running of bespoke Cyber Security Intelligence Operations Centres for clients,” Krallis said of the firm’s latest buy.

More widely, the latest acquisition continues a robust period of activity in the Australian M&A market – up nearly 200 percent in the twelve month toward the end of last year – including in the professional services and tech space, both for Deloitte and its competitors. Adding to its Connected Analytics acquisition, the firm also bought respective AWS and Microsoft partners CloudTrek and Mexia toward the back end of last year, while rival EY picked up digital consultancy Adelphi and, just last month, ERP and cloud specialists Plaut IT.

Related: Deloitte Digital buys New Zealand-based consultancy CloudinIT.