Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (most commonly known as Deloitte) and Keytree Limited announced this week their plans of joining forces—paving the way in creating the largest SAP-enabled digital transformation practice in the United Kingdom. The deal is set to expand the SAP consulting companies’ market reach in four other countries—Australia, Canada, India, and Spain.
The new venture will see Deloitte integrating Keytree’s business, assets, and workforce into its consulting services portfolio. Anne-Marie Malley, Managing Partner for Consulting at Deloitte, said in a press release:
“Our clients are increasingly calling on us to re-imagine their businesses in the digital era. By joining with Keytree, we will bring new possibilities to our client’s digital transformation strategies, enhancing the impact they bring to the market, the products they launch and the experiences of their employees and customers at a global scale. Digital innovation will continue to act as the North Star for our clients’ businesses in years to come; through working together with Keytree we can ensure they are supported by market-leading expertise and capabilities throughout every new digital initiative.”
The transaction will place the two SAP consulting companies at the best possible position to extend their capacity to support an ever-larger customer base as they embark on digital transformation journeys with SAP solutions. Keytree’s CEO, Dan McNamara commented,
“The skills, size and scale of our team has grown quickly over the past 14 years. Combining our business and people with the brilliant team at Deloitte and fusing the firm’s rigorous technology and data expertise with our own will ensure that we are able to operate and innovate at an even larger global scale and be in the best position possible to support our clients when they need us most.”
Keytree is the United Kingdom’s largest independently owned SAP partner based in Covent Garden, London with over 300 consultants worldwide and office locations in Australia, Spain, and Wales. The SAP specialist delivers SAP solutions—from ECC to S/4HANA, SAP Hybris, SAP Cloud Platform, Ariba and SAP SuccessFactors—to customers all over the world. It has implemented multiple successful SAP projects, including one of the world’s first SAP S/4HANA Cloud implementations at Pladis Global. Some of its other global customers include BP, Jaguar Land Rover, Centrica, National Grid, Barclays, Greggs, Compass, Transport for London, Serco, ARM, TUI, and Holt Renfrew.
Aside from offering SAP consulting and project implementation services, the firm also offers other state-of-the-art products, including:
- KIT (Keytree In-store Technology) – an SAP-certified modular retail application available for digital purchase at the SAP App Center
- Bridge Retail – an SAP Qualified Partner-Packaged cloud-based solution based on SAP Enterprise software that promises to enhance revenue, increase profitability, maximise use of stock for retail companies
- Matrix Booking – an award-winning workplace management software solutions provider
For Deloitte, the Keytree acquisition consolidates its position as one of the globe’s leading SAP consulting companies. The firm currently has over 13,000 practitioners dedicated to SAP solutions in its global network and serves more than 7,000 clients on their SAP endeavours—from business case development and system design to configuration, testing, deployment, and post-implementation support—using an array of replicable, HANA-based solutions.
SAP Consulting Companies: In-demand Properties
Deloitte’s acquisition of Keytree is one of several major deals that saw global players snapping up SAP specialists. Last year, US-based leader in SAP Business One implementation Vision33, announced an agreement to acquire SAP Gold Partner B1 Systems.
Consulting giant EY also acquired SAP specialists Plaut IT Australia and UK-based technology consultancy business AgilityWorks in January and December 2019, respectively.
November 2019 also saw Melbourne-based cloud consultancy BNW Consulting integrating with global IT services company SoftwareONE, as part of the latter’s drive to bolster its cloud computing and SAP capabilities.