International professional services firm Deloitte has announced two new partnerships with cloud consultancy company Quattro Innovation Group and SAP provider NXG Business Solutions.
Announced early on Wednesday morning, the collaboration with Quattro will see 20 staff members move into Deloitte's Sydney office and will expand the company's customer relationship management (CRM) applications and cloud offerings on Google and Salesforce, according to Deloitte Australia Consulting managing partner Adam Powick.
"This is one of three transactions in our technology practice that we have announced over the last five weeks, and only highlights the increasing demand for cutting-edge technology by both private and public sector organisations," Powick said.
"This transaction will significantly strengthen our CRM technology design and implementation capability across a broad range of industries and private and public sector organisations, with Google and Salesforce, both considered leaders in providing innovative customer service applications."
In February this year, an international survey commissioned by enterprise applications vendor IFS and conducted by analyst firm IDC found that enterprises want mobile CRM applications more than any other business applications.
The partnership will benefit Quattro by providing better career progression for its staff and a more varied customer base, according to Quattro managing director David Tan.
The deal with NXG will increase Deloitte's SAP resources and enterprise performance management (EPM) solutions in the government, mining, finance, manufacturing, education, and utilities sectors, with 30 new professionals joining the company's SAP teams in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.
"Joining Deloitte will deliver the critical mass required to meet the increasing demands of business and government organisations seeking to dramatically improve performance by leveraging the information and technological processes," said NXG CEO Scott Taylor.
These partnerships follow similar purchases by the company this year and last: In August, Deloitte's New Zealand arm announced its buyout of SAP specialist Tango and Oracle implementation firm Asparona, citing "differentiated growth opportunities"; in July, it bought Canadian SAP specialist Quattro Integration Group to reinforce its capacity in the energy and resources industry; in March, it purchased Netherlands-based Salesforce provider Vivens; in February 2012, it acquired Melbourne SAP firm Logro; and in March 2012, it merged software-as-a-service IT provider Aggressor into its business.
"Acquisitions are one way of reaching new clients and providing new capabilities and advanced offerings. Delivering world-class technology services, and therefore improving clients' business operations, will help grow the Deloitte brand overall," Deloitte's Los Angeles-based consulting global technology leader Bill Allison told ZDNet in September.