RSM corners NetSuite market with Explore Consulting acquisition

17 May 2018

The US arm of global consultancy RSM has strengthened its technology consulting practice with the acquisition of Seattle-based Explore Consulting. Both firms are ranked among the top NetSuite providers in the US and expect their merger to consolidate their share of a competitive software services market. 

RSM US LLP has announced the acquisition of Explore Consulting, a leading provider of Oracle NetSuite solutions headquartered in Washington State. Explore Consulting’s staff and leadership – including Co-Founders Steve Jones, CEO, and Jeremy DeSpain, COO – will transfer to RSM along with all of its assets when the transaction officially concludes on July 1 2018.

Through the acquisition, RSM – a leading mid-market provider of consulting, audit, and tax services – simultaneously expands its presence in the Pacific Northwest and incorporates Explore Consulting’s award winning NetSuite expertise into its own growing technology consulting practice.

Both RSM and Explore Consulting have been ranked among the top five NetSuite providers in the US, with RSM topping the table for five consecutive years. NetSuite is a platform of software offerings acquired by Oracle in 2016 that helps organizations manage their ERP and CRM systems alongside a broad range of other services.

“The size, depth and breadth of our combined NetSuite practice will be a major force in the market, creating opportunities for our clients, our people, and our firms,” commented Brian Becker, national consulting leader for RSM. “This is yet another example of RSM’s commitment to leading the way in meeting the evolving needs of middle market businesses.”

RSM corners NetSuite market with Explore Consulting acquisitionExplore Consulting CEO Steve Jones shared Becker’s enthusiasm about the M&A deal. "We are excited to join RSM in this important step forward for both of our firms," he said. "Our customer-focused philosophy and our expertise and service offerings represent a perfect fit for RSM's growing technology and management consulting practice."

Jones’ team will remain at their Bellevue, Washington offices after the transaction comes through. They have made Seattle’s satellite city home since 2001, specializing in Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions throughout that time. The firm has won 28 NetSuite awards and has twice been named a NetSuite Partner of the Year for the Americas.

Consulting is an area of major growth for RSM US LLP. The group is part of RSM Global – a worldwide network of independent, audit, tax, and consulting firms boasting more than 43,000 employees – who are actively engaging with clients across 120 local markets.


Deloitte to collaborate with Google Cloud on raft of new solutions

17 April 2019

Accounting and consulting firm Deloitte will work with Google Cloud to create an array of solutions for the life sciences and healthcare, financial services, and retail sectors. The announcement was made at the annual Google Cloud Next conference in San Francisco.

Deloitte has an especially strong partnership with Google Cloud, having been named its Global Services Partner of the Year for two years running. Google Cloud is among the leading enterprise cloud platforms, alongside the offerings of industry heavyweights such as Amazon, Microsoft, and IBM.

Deloitte currently provides a number of industry-specific solutions build on the Google Cloud platform, targeting areas like big data and analytics, machine learning, application services, SAP, and security. Deloitte leverages its existing technology and industry-specific expertise to build solutions on Google’s powerful open-source software. It’s a common exercise for many consulting firms – turning the raw material of a platform or ecosystem into a useful finished product for diverse clients, possibly as part of a wider overall advisory package.Deloitte to collaborate with Google Cloud on raft of new solutionsThe consulting firm will now deliver new Google Cloud solutions to clients in three pivotal sectors. In life sciences and healthcare, Deloitte will offer solutions targeting biomedical research, operations optimization, and healthcare data modernization. Within financial services, the firm will help banking, insurance, and investment management companies convert ideas into profitable strategies though Google’s high-performance computing and applied AI. Deloitte will also offer leading-edge solutions to help detect financial crimes.

The retail sector, meanwhile, will be able to benefit from advanced consumer insights and engagement, more connected supply chains, and efficient and modern commerce infrastructure.

"We are thrilled to make this commitment with Google Cloud to bring the power of its leading technologies to our enterprise clients," Janet Foutty, chair and CEO, Deloitte Consulting and chair-elect, said. "Together, we plan to transform operating models across these key sectors by harnessing the power of cloud technologies and the extensive industry-specific knowledge and experience of our practitioners."

Thomas Kurian, Google Cloud CEO, added, “Deloitte's reputation for enterprise transformation makes them an ideal teammate for us as we expand our cloud into new industries and with the world's biggest customers. Industries from health care to financial services to retail share a need to modernize – quickly. We're excited to join with Deloitte and deliver solutions and technology to help them do just that."

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