Deloitte will leverage the cloud expertise of five acquisitions completed in Australia within the last two years, as the consultancy house expands its cloud capabilities through Amazon Web Services (AWS).
The professional services giant will employ 2,500 practitioners globally as part of an AWS-dedicated cloud practice roll-out, designed to “de-risk” migration of enterprise applications to the public cloud.
Specifically, Deloitte will utilise the cloud platform to build and host more than 20 preconfigured SAP S/4HANA industry solutions.
With Australia a key part of the global equation, the AWS collaboration builds on a number of technology related transactions and alliances Deloitte has achieved in recent years across the country.
As a result, the company will access expertise from architecture and integration specialists, Plenary Networks - acquired in October 2016 - as well as Melbourne-based systems integrator, Sixtree - acquired in July 2016 - and identity and access management services provider, Qubit Consulting, acquired in September 2015.
Furthermore, the new practice will also be advanced through Oracle implementation services, identity management and cloud solution delivery experts, Dataweave - acquired in June 2015 - alongside specialist providers of cloud infrastructure, migration and management services, Cloud Solutions Group, acquired in November 2015.
Combined, the businesses will help the practice focus on digital core enterprise applications, such as SAP, analytics solutions, and front and back-office systems.
Terms of the global alliance will see Deloitte and AWS use SAP S/4HANA, SAP BW/4HANA and the SAP HANA platform to “speed up” digital transformation strategies across organisations worldwide.
“A key focus of our AWS collaboration is to accelerate clients’ digital core transformation through SAP S/4HANA,” Deloitte Consulting Lead Partner of Technology, Strategy and Architecture, Kevin Russo, said.
“This will modernise their ERP technology and de-risk cloud migration.”
For Russo however, helping local organisations lead with analytics to deliver insight based outcomes is “equally important”, with Deloitte building more than 20 pre-configured industry-specific analytics solutions powered by SAP HANA and AWS.
“We plan to provide companies with a strong digital core foundation built on the AWS Cloud, that can scale with flexibility, enabling faster-time-to-value and the ability to instantly act on information and make better decisions across the enterprise,” Deloitte Consulting Managing Partner, Robert Hillard, added.
“These capabilities are exactly what Australian businesses are looking for to support their move to cloud technologies and cloud-based systems.
“The move to cloud computing is happening in every part of the economy as businesses and the public sector seek to deliver more services to their customers in new and innovative ways.”
According to Hillard, potential benefits include accelerated digital core transformations through SAP S/4HANA and SAP BW/4HANA, leveraging AWS’s global scale and advanced capabilities and services, such as memory-optimised X1 instances.
In addition, the practice will bid to gain an insight-driven advantage through use of industry-specific and pre-configured analytical solutions built by Deloitte and powered by SAP HANA and AWS.
"Business leaders the world over trust Deloitte to help them implement the right technology strategy to achieve their goals,” AWS Vice President of Worldwide Partner Ecosystem, Terry Wise, added.
“Deloitte’s deep experience and services, SAP’s powerful data management solutions, and the scale and flexibility of the AWS Cloud will be an invaluable combination for enterprises looking to become more agile, create new efficiencies and grow their businesses.”
For SAP, the collaboration with Deloitte and AWS offers an opportunity to extend the vision of streamlined business to more organisations.
“We are delighted to see that Deloitte and AWS are collaborating to help accelerate delivery and operations of our clients’ SAP HANA-based solutions,” SAP President of Data and Data Management, Greg McStravick, said.
“SAP HANA brings a modern approach to data management, allowing clients to transform their businesses for next-generation industry-specific solutions.
“Deloitte’s work with AWS will further enable our mutual clients to drive innovation and ultimately run simple.”
As reported by ARN, Deloitte has doubled down its technology investments locally since 2015, acquiring eight businesses nationwide as a result.
Alongside Plenary Networks, Sixtree, Qubit Consulting, Dataweave and Cloud Solutions Group, the organisation has also taken control of Digivizer, The Explainers, and Kid Neon.
“Deloitte already delivers innovations for clients on AWS in areas such as blockchain technologies, cyber security and industry-specific analytics,” Hillard explained.
“The strategic relationship with AWS augments this work by providing clients with the full spectrum of digital core, analytics and enterprise cloud needs.
“It supports our Australian practice offer a fully integrated, end-to-end technology practice to assist clients with every aspect of technology design, build, implementation and protection, through every stage of their growth.”