Deloitte has made its first acquisition into the robotics and cognitive automation space through the purchase of The Eclair Group.
The Sydney-based company specialises in services such as robotic process automation (RPA), machine learning, and intelligent automation, collectively referred to as robotics and cognitive automation (RCA).
The financial terms of the deal haven’t been disclosed.
Among The Eclair Group's main offerings is automation governance and insights platform Eve, of which also forms part of the transaction.
Eve uses machine learning to provide insights on real-time performance of automation initiatives, and helps to define an ideal automation strategy for an organisation.
Eclair’s founder and CEO Alex Moynihan, will join Deloitte Consulting’s Robotic & Cognitive Automation practice as a partner along with Eclair’s 22 staff, who move to Deloitte’s Sydney office on 1 October.
According to Deloitte’s Robotics & Cognitive Automation lead partner, Amberjit Endow, it was now the largest team in Australia dedicated to automation services.
“The skills and capabilities of the Eclair team are highly regarded in the market and will further add to the depth and breadth of expertise Deloitte currently has in the process automation space,” Endow said.
“With the creation of Eve, The Eclair Group is practising what it preaches in creating intelligent technology that simplifies and improves business processes. It is the only platform that manages the entire automation journey and we are looking forward to using it at Deloitte, as well as for our clients.
“We are committed to being the undisputed leader in this market and will continue to seek out appropriate investment opportunities to be a category of one business.”
Deloitte managing partner consulting, Kaylene O’Brien, added that the global giant sees a big opportunity in this corner of the market, and will continue to invest in it.
“As we have seen from the rapid organic growth of our own Robotics & Cognitive Automation team, the surging demand for business process automation and the declining costs of automation software and services are key factors contributing to the growth of what Forrester predicts will be a $3.8 billion market by 2021,” she said.
Earlier in the year, Deloitte purchased Melbourne-based information and data management consultant, NeoData Australia, to help build its Oracle skills.
This added to the other significant acquisitions to its technology consulting team which include the purchase of Dataweave in 2014; AWS cloud specialist, CloudTrek and Microsoft Azure integration consultancy Mexia.