Baker Tilly buys ERP specialist Vanilla

Baker Tilly US has acquired Vanilla, a UK-based technology consultancy focusing on IFS enterprise resource planning (ERP).

Headquartered in Brigg, UK, Vanilla specializes in sales, implementation, support, and consulting for the popular IFS platform. On the ERP side, the firm helps clients leverage IFS across supply chain management, procurement, manufacturing, customer relationship management, finance, and human capital management. Vanilla, an IFS Gold Channel Partner, also helps clients implement the software company’s enterprise asset management and service management functions.

The firm has approximately 95 people across offices in Brigg and Newcastle, UK, as well as a US location in Milwaukee. Vanilla booked $11.6 million in revenue in 2021.

Baker Tilly’s acquisition of Vanilla will strengthen its digital practice and add capabilities in IFS implementation. The move will also expand the company’s UK presence, where it has a London office.

Baker Tilly buys ERP specialist Vanilla

“In one move, we become a key partner of IFS, one of the leading enterprise resource management systems in its class,” said Angela MacPhee, managing partner of consulting for Baker Tilly. “Vanilla’s incredible talent and market reputation expands the solution possibilities for Baker Tilly clients and vice versa.”

The transaction, which is slated to close May 1, follows Baker Tilly’s February acquisition of Orchestrate Healthcare, a West Palm Beach, FL-based healthcare IT consulting firm.

The Chicago-headquartered accounting and consulting firm had a busy M&A schedule in the second half of 2021, with acquisitions including The Compliance Group; The MFA Companies; Arnett Carbis Toothman; AcctTwo; and Margolin, Winer & Evens.

“We can offer our clients so much more, now with Baker Tilly’s resources and scale,” said Andy Bell, director and co-founder of Vanilla. “With the firm’s mission and strategy, we recognized instantly what the two of us could build together.”

Baker Tilly has more than 6,000 professionals across offices in the US, Canada, the Cayman Islands, Chile, the UK, Germany, the UAE, and Australia.

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