Consultancy firm pacts promise better NZ resources

The merger of Deloitte & Touche Consulting with Australia's Pacific Technology will mean more resources in New Zealand, says Deloitte's enterprise application solutions partner, Colin Kropach. Deloitte's says the two are teaming to help clients successfully implement client-server, enterprise-wide application software, including PeopleSoft and Oracle, in the Asia-Pacific region

The merger of Deloitte & Touche Consulting with Australia’s Pacific Technology will mean more resources in New Zealand, says Deloitte’s enterprise application solutions partner, Colin Kropach.

Pacific Technology is an Australian consulting and software implementation organisation which provides both PeopleSoft and Oracle system software implementation services.

Deloitte’s says the two are teaming to help clients successfully implement client-server, enterprise-wide application software, including PeopleSoft and Oracle, in the Asia-Pacific region.

Deloitte Consulting managing partner Simon Drilling says the merger positions his company as the only Big-Six firm in Australia and New Zealand with a 60-member team of skilled PeopleSoft and Oracle implementers.

In Australia, the new firm will trade as Pacific Technology, a division of Deloitte & Touche Consulting Group.

Auckland-based Kropach says the company is still deciding if New Zealand will have the Pacific Technology branding because it isn’t as well known here as it is in Australia.

He says the move means additional resources in New Zealand and allows the company to capitalise on the strengths Pacific Technology has, and blend it with the consulting capabilities of Deloitte’s.

Kropach says that from an international consulting perspective, Deloitte’s work with SAP, Baan, Oracle and PeopleSoft, although different countries have different relationships. In Australia, for example, another part of Deloitte’s, works with JD Edwards.

Krapoch says Deloitte’s is careful to have different teams handling the different products. “When we’re looking for an opportunity with PeopleSoft it would be inappropriate to discuss that opportunity with Oracle.”

Meanwhile, Baan Australia has announced an alliance with the worldwide Baan Implementation Practice, established by Deloitte & Touche Consulting Group-ICS, which it expects will result in its Australia-New Zealand arm having 50 Baan implementers by the end of 1997, 15 of them in New Zealand, 200 worldwide.

Baan Australia MD Bernard O’Brien says Deloitte & Touche-ICS is recruiting ERP consultants with experience in Baan applications worldwide and training them in their Baan implementation methodology called ICS FastTrack for Baan.

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