EY bolsters Microsoft capabilities with acquisition of Pythagoras

10 May 2021 Consultancy.uk 2 min. read
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In its second deal in the UK this month, and fourth globally this year, EY has acquired technology business Pythagoras.

The bolt-on adds nearly 120 digital consultants and technology experts to EY’s technology consulting business, and will significantly enhance the firm’s tech capabilities said Alison Kay, Managing Partner for Client Services at EY UK & Ireland. “Pythagoras brings new skills and capabilities to support EY clients across a range of different sectors.” 

Founded in 1999, Pythagoras is an IT consultancy specialised in the design and implementation of Microsoft products and services, including Dynamics 365, the Power Platform, SharePoint, Microsoft 365 and Azure. Its track record has seen Pythagoras become a Microsoft Gold Partner, with dozens of its consultants holding Microsoft certifications.

EY beefs up tech consulting arm with acquisition of Pythagoras

EY already is one of Microsoft’s top global consulting and implementation partners. Over the past five years, EY has bagged 15 Microsoft partner awards in areas including advisory services, digital technologies, analytics, artificial intelligence, blockchain and Dynamics CRM. The Big Four giant also has a global alliance with Microsoft.

In the UK, the Pythagoras will now extend its service portfolio in the Microsoft domain, explained Benoit Laclau, EY’s Managing Partner for Consulting in the UK & Ireland: “This acquisition enables EY teams to not only advise clients on digital strategy but also help them design and provide advanced Microsoft technologies.” 

“It brings additional capabilities across various Microsoft business applications and supports our ambition to increase the range of technology services we provide to clients.”

For EY’s consulting arm, the deal is the first nationally since late 2019, when it picked up 130-strong SAP specialist AgilityWorks. Firmwide, the deal comes hot on the heels of Frank Hirth, a London-based personal tax consultancy which it bought a week ago. Globally, it is EY’s fourth deal this year, following Frank Hirth in the UK, Partners Digital in Brazil and Resolution in Canada.

On the joining of forces, Pythagoras CEO and Founder Julian Stone said: “Together EY and Pythagoras teams can offer clients a quality and trusted Microsoft Partner. We are all excited about joining forces with EY teams to provide a very compelling offering in a market that demands increased innovation in providing technology services.”