Champion is Named as CRN Cloud Computing Superstar

How 10 VARs Became Cloud Computing Superstars

By Steven Burke

From Plain Old VAR To Cloud Superstar

Making the radical technology and business model transformation to compete in the cloud services market has proved to be a Herculean task for VARs that have built big businesses providing on-premise hardware and software infrastructure. One top executive for a cloud computing upstart estimates that less than 20 percent of the current crop of VARs will be able to make the transition to the transformative cloud model. Here are 10 VARs that have crossed the cloud computing chasm and transformed themselves into cloud computing superstars.

Champion Solutions Group

Boca Raton, Fla.-based Champion Solutions Group has accelerated its cloud transformation with the acquisition of MessageOps, the maker of 365 Command, a set of Web-based administration, reporting and monitoring tools to manage Microsoft’s Office 365.

Cloud services were already the fastest growing part of Champion. The MessageOps deal, however, gives the company unique proprietary cloud services assets.

Champion CEO Chris Pyle says he is maintaining MessageOps as a separate operation, providing investment capital to help the unit develop new cloud offerings. In addition, Champion is now offering the MessageOps 365 Command to other solution providers.

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