EY adds Q4 Associates to New Zealand technology consulting arm

01 August 2022 Consultancy.com.au 2 min. read
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EY has beefed up its technology consulting business in New Zealand with the acquisition of Q4 Associates, a 12-strong outfit specialised in intelligent automation capabilities.

Founded in 2017, Q4 Associates supports clients with injecting smart technology into their operations, with a focus on process digitisation, automation and robotic process automation. The firm provides both advisory and full stack software engineering services.

“This expansion will help us to meet the growing demand for digitisation and automation services in Oceania, as our clients seek to provide the best solutions to their customers,” said Brian Collins, a leader at EY.

EY adds Q4 Associates to New Zealand technology consulting arm

While Q4 Associates serves clients across industry verticals, the firm has a particular strong track record in the financial services space.

“As we continue to grow our recently formed financial services practice in New Zealand, it made sense to bring on board a team of highly experienced intelligent automation professionals,” said Paul Roberts, Head of Financial Services at EY in New Zealand.

Grant Peters, EY’s Head of Financial Services for Oceania added, “This is another great example of our ongoing commitment to providing leading professional services and tailored support to the financial services sector, as we work with clients to create an even stronger, more trusted financial services ecosystem.”

The move builds on a longstanding working relationship between the two firms. According to Collins, this has given EY the “confidence that Q4 Associates’ team aligns well with our shared values and culture.”

As part of the integration, the Q4 Associates team will become part of EY’s Auckland office, with Q4 Associate’s co-founders Samantha Osborne, Maurice Dubey and Shayde Boryer joining the leadership team in New Zealand.

Commenting on the joining of forces, Osborne said, “This is an exciting next step in the evolution of our business and we are looking forward to being part of the EY network, which will present fantastic new opportunities for both our people and our clients.”

The deal is EY’s fourth this year in Oceania, following three acquisitions in Australia: Axiom (Forensics & Integrity Services), Blackdot (a customer transformation consultancy), and Cadence (a project management consultancy).

In other major developments in New Zealand’s consulting scene, two global consulting firms – Boston Consulting Group and HKA – both recently established an office in the country to meet growing demand for their services.