PKF adds members firm in New Zealand and Fiji

06 September 2018 Consultancy.com.au

Accounting and consulting network PKF has in recent months significantly expanded its presence in Oceania with the addition of members firms in New Zealand and Fiji.

In New Zealand, PKF in the summer bolstered its footprint with Kendons, based in Wellington, and PKF Hamilton, based in Waikato. 

John Sim, CEO of PKF International, said: "We are really pleased to welcome these member firms to the PKF family as we continue to expand and strengthen the brand. They meet our strategic objective to recruit firms with significant practices to enhance our positioning as PKF New Zealand amongst the top ten networks.”

The 40-strong team of Kendons services both private and public companies across a wide range of sectors, providing business development, technology, tax and assurance services and solutions. Commenting on the joining of forces, Kendons CEO Steve Graves said: “PKF has a widely respected reach and is specifically strong in our and the Australian market. We relate very closely to the network’s values of quality, independence and responsiveness, and the focus on people and clients. It is a great fit for us, our clients and our team.”

PKF adds members firm in New Zealand and Fiji 

Meanwhile, PKF Hamilton, formerly a member firm of the BDO network, also has a team of around 40 professionals, including 5 partners. The firm specialises in tax, assurance and corporate finance services, supporting clients in sectors such as farming, financial services, healthcare and not-for-profit organisations. 

In Fiji, an archipelago of more than 300 islands in the South Pacific, PKF admitted Aliz Pacific as an independent member firm its network. The accounting and advisory firm has two offices, one in Suva (head office) and another in Nadi, with the three partners boasting a combined professional experience of over 100 years. Managing Partner Nur Bano Ali commented, “Being part of the PKF family is a great opportunity for us. Our clients will benefit from strong international relationships combined with the existing expertise in the network. Our expertise pool widens and provides us with the ability and capability to undertake and better service global and local business.”

Globally, PKF operates in 150 countries across five regions with 400+ offices, generating an aggregate fee income of over US$1 billion.

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Partners in Performance launches digital transformation unit

25 April 2019 Consultancy.com.au

Australian-origin management consulting firm Partners in Performance (PIP) has launched a new unit dedicated to digital transformation, bringing together offerings for technology and human capital.

The move comes at a time when digital has become a top strategic priority for organisations of all sizes. “Technology is creating new ways of operating, raising expectations and enabling new business models,” explained Gerd Schenkel, leader of the new wing PIP Digital.

Leveraging technology, companies are bolstering the way they identify and engage with customers and optimise customer experiences, and in parallel improving their internal operations including manufacturing and supply chain, as well as back-office functions such as human resources. Meanwhile, government institutions are embracing digitisation to enhance their provision of public services to businesses and citizens, while applying smart tooling to improve activities such as tax collection, fraud detection and public safety. 

In a KPMG survey on strategic priorities of Australia’s C-suite leaders in the private and public sector, digital transformation came out on top as the top factor, ahead of innovation and regulation. The growing opportunities and burning platform for adopting emerging technologies is resulting in a rapid growth in digital transformation spending. According to analyst firm IDC, global spending on digital transformation was up 18% last year to $1.18 trillion – an amount almost equal to the GDP of countries such as Australia and Indonesia.

Partners in Performance launches digital transformation unit

As part of their digital endeavours, organisations frequently turn to external experts for support, including management consultants, with the market for digital transformation consultancy booming. In Australia, digitisation is now the number one growth driver of the country’s US$5 billion consulting industry, with data & analytics, moves to cloud-based systems, Industry 4.0 and robotics process automation among the most in-demand solutions. 

A large number of digital transformation programmes however do not achieve the goals set; one estimate places the share of failed or suboptimal transitions at two thirds of all transformations. “We’ve observed many traditional attempts at digital transformation fail for a variety of reasons,” Schenkel agreed. 

PIP Digital has been setup to help customers approach digital transformation in an integral manner, “ensuring technology and people work in sync”, a mix which is set to enable the delivery of lasting results. Schenkel: “It has been disappointing to see many organisations being seduced into deploying canned technology as a core part of their digital agendas, overlooking the critical need to design new business models and processes around humans and their needs. We are here to close a gap in the market.”

He continued, “With our new service offer, Partners in Performance will provide a fresh approach to how organisations approach their digital agenda.” To this end, PIP Digital has brought together already present digital expertise across Partners in Performance’s footprint, spanning among others technology (led by Phil Ridley), analytics (Juan Ferrara), customer experience (Steven Henderson), and back office transformation (Malcolm Allen). Partners in Performance launched in Australia in 1996 and today has over 300 consultants across offices in Australia & New Zealand, Asia, Middle East, Europe and the Americas.

Schenkel has been brought on board to establish and grow the arm, bringing a wealth of experience in the digital realm to the consulting firm. He formerly was the CEO of payment company Tyro, an Executive Director of Telstra Digital and was the founder of UBank, NAB’s digital bank. “If executed  well, then digitisation can be a powerful opportunity for companies to stand out from their competitors and open up new growth avenues,” he concluded.

Other larger consulting firms with a dedicated digital arm include Deloitte (Deloitte Digital), McKinsey & Company (McKinsey Digital), Boston Consulting Group (BCG Platinion, BCG Gamma and BCG Digital Ventures), Bain & Company (Bain Digital) and PwC (PwC Digital).