ESAM Consulting joins FTS Group as part of Galaxy42

Atturra – 4 min read

This latest acquisition will accelerate growth in the Higher Education sector and further strengthens FTS Group’s specialist technical capabilities.

Sydney, Thursday 8th April 2021 – FTS Group has today announced it has acquired Brisbane-headquartered IT services consulting house, ESAM Consulting Pty Ltd.


ESAM Consulting provide on-demand IT solutions and services to Higher Education and Vocational Education Training (VET) providers across Australia. They are widely recognised as the leading independent provider of high-quality consulting services to the Education Sector with a strong emphasis on TechnologyOne Student Management.

ESAM have deep sector knowledge, and a customer base made up of metropolitan and regional universities across most states including, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Central Queensland University (CQU), Macquarie University and University of Tasmania. The acquisition will enable FTS Group, one of the largest privately owned IT services companies in Australia, to accelerate growth in the Higher Education sector which is a strategic priority for many of the companies within the Group.

ESAM will be fully integrated into Galaxy42, which is an IT consultancy within FTS Group that focuses on helping their customers enhance and modernise their existing ERP solutions. Like ESAM, Galaxy42 specialise in working with customers using the TechnologyOne application suite.

“The synergy between ESAM and Galaxy42 in terms of our approach to provide specialised services to the Higher Education sector made this an obvious alignment of our organisations. We are delighted to be joining the Galaxy42 and FTS Group,” said Mark Dacey, Director, ESAM Consulting.

Richard Hill, Chief Executive Officer, Galaxy42 added “ESAM have a highly capable consulting team and a loyal client base which, together with FTS Group, can now provide a holistic range of services to the Higher Education sector.”

The acquisition enables FTS Group to continue with its vision of building a world class end-to-end services and technology company, with the expertise and know-how to deliver proven practice solutions to selected verticals.

Stephen Kowal, Chief Executive Officer, FTS Group, said, “Galaxy42’s acquisition of ESAM Consulting further strengthens our commitment to not only government and asset intensive industries but to expanding our reach into the Higher Education sector.

In the last 12 months the Australian Higher Education sector has faced a lot of challenges and changes with the abrupt holt to the stream of international students and rapid shift to remote learning. What we’ve seen on the back of this is an increased demand from the sector for IT providers to help streamline business processes, drive efficiencies and strengthen technical capabilities long-term.

This acquisition coupled with our existing experience in the sector puts us in a good position to provide a range of specialised technical advisory and consulting services to providers across Australia.”

The news comes 15 months’ after Galaxy42 joined FTS Group with the aim of becoming the number one independent provider of TechnologyOne consulting services: a position it now clearly holds. Galaxy42’s acquisition of the ESAM business further cements this position and strengthens the overall business.

About FTS Group

FTS Group is one of the largest privately owned IT services and consulting companies in Australia, focused on providing end-to-end transformation services to its client. FTS Group goes to market directly and through several brands based on their specialisation, ANATAS (Integration), Cubic Consulting (Change management), Galaxy 42 (Business Solutions), KoBold (Decision Systems), Noetic (Advisory Services), and Veritec (Microsoft Services).

FTS Group is headquartered in Sydney and has offices in Melbourne, Canberra, and Brisbane. With almost 500 people across Australia, FTS helps both the public and private sector adapt and grow by delivering business and technology outcomes. FTS offers clients scale, market reach, deep capability, strong management processes and the stability customers look for in a business partner that delivers results.

About ESAM Consulting

ESAM Consulting is an independent Brisbane-based leader in IT solutions for Higher Education. Our team has more than 120 years’ combined experience working with TechnologyOne’s Student Management product and over 150 years combined experience in the higher education sector.

We partner with institutions to facilitate an outcome by providing “capability on demand” by combining deep sector knowledge, domain expertise and an enviable track record to provide clients with solutions that are fit for purpose. We pride ourselves on being vendor agnostic and as such can provide professional, impartial advice to help solve business problems for our customers.

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