EY has acquired Microsoft Gold Partner Pythagoras Communications to boost its professional services and solutions offering around Microsoft Azure, Dynamics 365, SharePoint and the Power Platform.
Founded in 1999, privately held Pythagoras achieved Gold Partner status in 2006. Pythagoras grew 15% in FY20 reporting sales of £10.45m and profit before tax of £1.1m - with around £4m of cash in the bank.
In May 2020, Pythagoras acquired the K3 customer engagement business. Up to now it has focused on the higher education, local government and financial services sectors. The financial terms of EY's buy have not be disclosed.
Pythagoras has three UK offices based in Maidenhead, Solihull and London, employs 118 people and has more than 140 clients.
The acquisition is part of the wider EY growth strategy in the UK and Ireland. In the last 18 months the firm has bought SAP consultancy AgilityWorks and tax services firm Frank Hirth.
Benoit Laclau, EY managing partner for consulting for the UK and Ireland, said: “This acquisition enables our teams to not only advise clients on strategy but also helps them design and provide advanced Microsoft technologies.”
He said: “At a time when many companies are having to adapt and transform in response to changing customer behaviours these new capabilities will help support our clients and develop EY consulting services.”
Julian Stone, Pythagoras CEO and founder, added: “Together EY and Pythagoras teams can offer clients a quality and trusted Microsoft partner, providing a very compelling offering in a market that demands increased innovation in providing technology services.”