Acquisition of Oracle Partner Certus APAC Expands KPMG Tech Enablement Offering

KPMG Australia has signed an agreement to acquire Certus APAC. According to the company, this move, which will provide additional Oracle specialist skills to KPMG’s digital transformation and cloud services capabilities, comes at a critical time for clients challenged with navigating their organizations through COVID.

 “The pandemic has forced organizations to re-evaluate how they interact with their customers, staff, and suppliers, and determine if their current systems are fit-for-purpose,” said KPMG Australia CEO Andrew Yates. “Remote work and reduced face-to-face contact have changed mobility and virtual accessibility needs, and driven the requirement for more robust human capital management systems to engage with staff. Supply chains have become increasingly complex, requiring more sophisticated and flexible systems. Our clients are looking to us to help solve these problems, and Oracle cloud capabilities will add a further dimension to our technology enablement offering.” 

Founded in 2014, Certus APAC is an Oracle implementation partner that specializes in the delivery, training and support of cloud services to clients in industries such as financial services, utilities, retail and the public sector. Certus APAC is a recognized Oracle Platinum Specialised Partner and a training provider to Oracle University. 

Founder and managing partner Ian Wood will join KPMG as a partner, bringing with him co-founders Richard Atkins, Rebecca Hodgson, Sumit Malhotra and Lee Martin and 36 team members located in Sydney, Melbourne, and India. The Certus APAC team will be integrated into KPMG’s technology enablement teams, adding specialist Oracle cloud capabilities across a wide range of applications including ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) and HCM (Human Capital Management). 

Certus APAC will become part of KPMG Australia in late 2021, subject to the successful completion of the acquisition. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

This acquisition builds upon KPMG Australia’s strategic plan to expand into technology enablement. In 2015, the firm acquired Microsoft partner Hands-On Systems, followed by Murex software specialist IT Markets in 2016. In 2020, Alex Moreno joined the firm as the first national head of Salesforce capability.

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