Professional services firm Deloitte has acquired The Eclair Group, which specialises in robotic process automation (RPA). 

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. 

Collectively known as Robotics and Cognitive Automation (RCA), The Eclair Group delivers of process automation services including RPA, machine learning (ML) and intelligent automation — a branch of artificial intelligence (AI).

Eclair’s founder and CEO Alex Moynihan, will join Deloitte Consulting’s Robotic & Cognitive Automation practice as a partner, and Eclair’s 22 staff will join Deloitte’s Sydney office on October 1. 

As part of the deal, Deloitte has also acquired Eve, a ML platform developed by The Eclair Group (pictured above) which provides 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, the company said. 

“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,” said Deloitte CEO, Richard Deutsch. 

Deloitte Managing Partner Consulting, Kaylene O’Brien, said Deloitte sees huge opportunity in the automation space and will continue to invest in talent and solutions. 

 “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,” O’Brien said. 

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.” 

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. 

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