Deloitte is continuing its acquisition spree across the New Zealand technology sector with plans to buy Auckland-based CloudinIT.
Headquartered in Grey Lynn, CloudinIT operates as a professional services firm with deep expertise across Salesforce and Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Leveraging specialist marketing automation skills, the start-up - founded in 2015 - also provides services beyond consultancy, through the development of AppExchange plugins.
“Clients have increasingly told us that some of their biggest challenges are getting the basics of digital right, and this includes having a single view of their customers,” said Thomas Pippos, chief executive at Deloitte New Zealand.
“The Salesforce capability that the CloudinIT team brings to Deloitte Digital gives us even more expertise to support clients in these efforts.”
Effective 1 February 2019, the acquisition comes days after the consultancy giant launched Deloitte Digital in New Zealand, and seven months after closing the buyout of Wellington-based AWS specialists API Talent.
“This is the latest in a series of moves in the digital space over recent years that, taken together, make Deloitte one of the largest digital advisory firms in New Zealand,” Pippos added.
Terms of the deal will see CloudinIT co-owners Raymond Yong, Jacob Taljaard and Ben Edwards become Deloitte partners, with the team joining the division of Deloitte Digital in Auckland.
When speaking to sister publication CIO New Zealand, Yong said the acquisition strengthens the offerings of both parties in the highly competitive cloud market.
“By joining forces we can help even more organisations adopt cloud technologies and put their customers at the heart of their digital agendas,” Yong added.
“The knowledge pool, client base, development and growth opportunities are immense, but we get to maintain our own culture and applauded client service model with the three directors, Ben, Jacob and myself, remaining at the helm of the business.”
As reported by Reseller News, Deloitte recently launched a combined digital offering in the New Zealand market, designed to drive enterprise adoption across the country.
Under the banner of Deloitte Digital, the new divisions aims to help organisations “navigate digital change” through “advice and execution”, irrespective of maturity levels.
Specifically, the advisory firm will provide guidance around strategy, design and analytics, in addition to technology, cyber and culture.
Key customers locally include 2degrees, Tower, Farmlands and Wellington Water, alongside BNZ, Chorus, ASB and the Inland Revenue.
“We both believe digital transformation is a catalyst for changing traditional business, using modern solutions to solve conventional problems with the needs of customers front and centre,” Yong added.
“Success lies in a commitment to deep change that is collaborative, cross-functional, embraced as part of the organisation’s culture and embedded in business planning. This will make an impact that matters in digital and this is our focus in the future.”