Technology consulting firm Third Wave snapped up by Deloitte

25 June 2018 3 min. read

Deloitte has acquired Halifax-based cloud consulting firm Third Wave Consulting. The company, which has additional offices in Calgary and Houston, provides Salesforce-based cloud transformation services to oil & gas, as well as other industries.

Businesses are increasingly adopting cloud computing because of its positive effects on productivity, security, and cost reduction. Cloud applications that boost business performance are also spreading, with Salesforce one of the most prominent cloud software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies. Its Sales Cloud customer relationship management (CRM) software is one of the most popular CRM tools, while its Marketing Cloud marketing automation software is another very popular offering. Salesforce also has a number of other offerings, including ecommerce platforms and analytics, all based in the cloud.

Halifax-based technology consulting firm Third Wave Consulting supports clients with business solutions based on Salesforce’s cloud services. Founded in 2001, the firm also has offices in Houston and Calgary, where it has helped oil & gas clients with custom developed and tailored cloud business solutions. Third Wave has also supported clients in manufacturing, aerospace, telecom, and the public sector.

Now, Big Four accounting and consulting firm Deloitte has announced that it has acquired the leading tech consultancy. The Third Wave offices in Halifax, Calgary, and Houston will now operate under the Deloitte Digital brand.
Technology consulting firm Third Wave snapped up by Deloitte
“We’ve been crossing paths and looking to collaborate with Third Wave since 2015,” commented Tony Krajewski, Customer and Marketing Partner at Deloitte Digital. ”Its strong brand and reputation with its clients and the Salesforce/ community in Canada is well-known. We are very excited about taking a big step towards servicing our clients with new talent, Intellectual Property and experience, especially in the markets where both Third Wave and Deloitte are strong today in Eastern Canada and Calgary.”

Third Wave’s deep digital expertise and strong industry relationships will help give Deloitte a strengthened presence in the oil & gas sector. Deloitte also gains three new leaders from the acquired firm. Third Wave Founder and Co-owner Steve Davies will join Deloitte Digital as Atlantic Canada Salesforce Leader, while Alex Campbell and George Heal will join as leaders focusing on the oil & gas sector.

“We’re excited to join a global company like Deloitte,” remarked Davies. “Not only will we be able to provide our services in Salesforce and Oil and Gas, but we’ll be able to better serve our clients by having access to Deloitte’s extensive service offerings and creating a one-stop shop.”

Third Wave will join Deloitte’s extensive network of more than 263, 000 professionals worldwide. In Canada, Deloitte has more than 8,000 employees across 55 offices.

While strengthening Deloitte’s service offering to energy clients, the acquisition also reinforces the global consultancy’s digital capabilities in Canada’s Atlantic region. “We have many of our clients in the region eager to consider and undertake digital transformations, and with Third Wave’s delivery centre in Halifax, it allows us to grow and provide new and exciting services from the region,” remarked Mat Harris, Regional Marketplace Partner, Atlantic Canada.

Halifax and the Atlantic region are garnering buzz as a growing digital and innovation hotspot in Canada. With a strong pool of talent, bright graduates from local universities, and a relatively low cost of living, Halifax is an increasingly attractive city for digital firms. Indeed, fellow Big Four firm EY recently opened a robotic process automation centre in the Nova Scotian capital. The EY RPA centre will create up to 150 high-tech jobs over the next five years.