Deloitte has announced the acquisition of Etain, a data and digital transformation specialists based in Ireland.
It revealed 70 employees from Etain join Deloitte, bringing a “wide range” of expertise including in data engineering, cloud development and technical solution architecture.
The acquisition creates Northern Ireland’s largest AI and data practice and doubles the headcount of Deloitte’s AI and data solutions practice in Belfast.
Etain’s employees will join Deloitte’s Belfast Technology Studio, based in The Gasworks.
According to Deloitte, the acquisition of Etain grows its consulting practice to a team of more than 800 people in Belfast. Overall, Deloitte’s Belfast practice employs more than 1,000 people and approximately 3,000 people across Ireland.
Anne-Marie Malley, managing partner for consulting at Deloitte, said: “Organisations across the UK rely on technology to build resilience, improve productivity and engage clients and colleagues in new, transformative ways. In many cases, bespoke software solutions are key to achieving these objectives.
“Welcoming Etain’s people into our team will ensure that the expertise that we offer to our clients in this area is market-leading and that the technology strategies that we deliver continue to push the boundaries of innovation.”
Martin Goss, director in Deloitte’s consulting practice, added: “Since first launching Etain in 1999, we’ve watched Belfast’s reputation for creating world-class business software soar and have benefited considerably by growing our team with the incredible technology talent drawn to the city.
“Joining Deloitte and working alongside some of the country’s leading technology experts will ensure that our footprint in the UK’s digital sector continues to grow and that the solutions we are creating continue to set the gold-standard for software innovation.”