Intelligent Automation experts The Eclair Group join Deloitte
25 September 2019: Professional services firm Deloitte has added more firepower to its expertise in Robotic and Cognitive Automation, announcing today that the founder and staff of Sydney-based The Eclair Group will be joining the Big Four firm on 1 October.
The Eclair Group specialises in helping businesses with digital transformation through the delivery of process automation services, including Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Machine Learning (ML) and Intelligent Automation (IA), a branch of Artificial Intelligence (AI) – collectively known as Robotics and Cognitive Automation (RCA).
The Eclair team has created a unique automation governance and insights platform called Eve, which Deloitte will acquire as part of the transaction. Eve uses ML-powered functions to provide insights on the real-time performance of automation initiatives within an organisation. Eve guides users through the automation lifecycle and enables Eclair to define the ideal automation strategy of an organisation and tailor solutions that will best meet their needs.
Eclair’s founder, CEO Alex Moynihan, will join Deloitte Consulting’s Robotic & Cognitive Automation practice as a partner. Eclair’s 22 staff will join Deloitte’s Sydney office.
Deloitte CEO, Richard Deutsch, said: “We noted in our recent Building the Lucky Country report, that technology is changing the very nature of work, with robots taking over the routine tasks, freeing up people to enjoy the non-routine ones. This transaction with The Eclair Group further enhances our ability to help our clients plan and govern the delivery of process automation services, enabling them to move towards the future with confidence.”
Deloitte Managing Partner Consulting, Kaylene O’Brien, said: “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. Deloitte sees huge opportunity in this space and we will continue to invest to bring the best talent and solutions to our clients.”
Deloitte’s recently released report, Automation with Intelligence: Reimagining the organization in the ‘Age of With’, notes that while 2020 is seen as being the breakout year for intelligent automation, a lack of skills is holding back over a third (34%) of executives from scaling such technology.
Amberjit Endow, Deloitte’s Robotics & Cognitive Automation lead partner, said: “We are looking forward to Alex and his team being a part of Deloitte. Our rapid growth in recent years means we are 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.
“With the creation of Eve, The Eclair Group is practicing what it preaches, 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.”
Incoming Deloitte Consulting Robotics & Cognitive Automation partner and CEO of Eclair, Alex Moynihan, said: “Robotic and Cognitive Automation solutions are an integral part of doing business today. We do not go to our clients stating that we can bring in ML or AI capabilities. We talk to them about their challenges, business processes, operational strategies and methodologies, and the opportunities for growth, cost reduction, compliance, customer experience or other improvement drivers. For us, Deloitte is not only the industry leader in this space, but also represents the values and culture that we at Eclair have aspired to. We are all very excited to be joining the team at Deloitte.”
Terms of the transaction are confidential.
Deloitte has added significantly to its strength in technology consulting in recent years, including Oracle analytics and Business Intelligence specialist, NeoData, in July; and last year AWS Cloud specialists, CloudTrek and Microsoft Azure integration consultancy Mexia.