PS+C buys Salesforce implementation partner Artisan Consulting

18 February 2019 3 min. read
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Artisan Consulting, a Melbourne-based Salesforce consulting partner, has been acquired by publicly-listed PS+C. The deal sees a team of around ten professionals, including Artisan Consulting’s founder Richard Clarke, transfer to the Salesforce arm of PS+C. 

Founded in 2013, PS+C is with over 400 expert consultants and locations in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra one of Australia’s larger home-grown digital consulting and IT organisations. The company provides consultancy, technology build, projects, implementation and managed support services to clients across the country, and is specialised in vendor solutions from among others Amazon, SAP, Microsoft, Salesforce, Cisco, Redhat, VMWare and IBM. 

The acquisition of Artisan Consulting bolsters the firm’s Salesforce wing, according to Glenn Fielding, PS+C’s chief executive. In a statement he said “the deal deepens our Salesforce capabilities and enabled us to compete for larger projects moving forward.”

Based in Melbourne, Artisan Group has been specialising in Salesforce implementations since its launch in 2015. Founder Richard Clarke had previously spent over two decades at FuseIT, a New Zealand headquartered software company with clients in Oceania. While Artisan Group serves Salesforce projects of any size, its focus is on mid-large enterprise customers. 

PS+C buys Salesforce implementation partner Artisan Consulting

The move comes within a year after PS+C closed two other IT consulting deals, that of Canberra-based services provider NTH Consulting and Melbourne-based technology consultancy business Seisma in a deal worth more than $11 million. Both consultancies have meanwhile been integrated into PS+C’s technology consulting offering. 

PS+C has also been active at the other side of the deal table – in November last year, the company sold its Allcom Networks business to Crosspoint Telecommunications for $3.2 million. The move was part of PS&C’s increased focus on security and consulting, as Allcom faced tougher competition in communications services.

PS+C Artisan

As part of the integration, Artisan Consulting has been rebranded as PS+C Artisan. Commenting on the its bundled Salesforce offering, a spokesperson of the firm said: “PS+C Artisan addresses the needs of mid to large sized corporations for whom Salesforce is a mission critical system. We optimise business outcomes by deploying small teams of highly skilled Salesforce expert consultants who deliver disciplined software engineering services following a disciplined approach to programme delivery and agile principles.” Key propositions of the unit include Salesforce Health Check, Salesforce Implementation, Salesforce Delivery and Salesforce Rescue.

Earlier this year, Australian Salesforce platinum partner Sqware Peg fell into the hands of American consulting firm Simplus. Based in Sydney and Melbourne, Sqware Peg became Salesforce’s first Australian partner in 2004 and was elevated to platinum status in May 2017.

In other Salesforce developments, Accenture lost its entire Salesforce team to Trimantium GrowthOps in the fourth quarter of last year, while in the summer of 2018 rival Cognizant purchased SaaSfocus, a Salesforce consultancy with a track record in Australia and India.