Champion’s Cloud Consulting

Your Real Partner in Virtualization and Cloud Computing

Champion’s cloud consulting team knows that we have to peel back a layer from a company’s computing environment to really understand the applications that power their business. A typical client that we work with may have literally hundreds—or even thousands—of apps that are powering their business. A hospital client we worked with had two thousand applications running their business: a time clock app, payroll app, a lab equipment management app, patient apps, staff scheduling and much more.

Our process began with a discovery session to determine what our client’s environment looked like, including what was on premise and what was in the cloud. We discovered apps running in the cloud that IT didn’t know about and couldn’t secure—the so-called dreaded shadow IT.

We also determined which apps were essential and which could be moved to the cloud. For example, a pharmacy inventory app ran once per month for a few hours. By moving it to the cloud, we helped the hospital set up a job schedule, pay for the hours that it runs each month and stop worrying about scheduling or expenditures. This fully automated process freed up resources and IT staff to focus on higher value activities.

Champion’s cloud consultants worked closely with hospital staff to determine cloud and virtualization decisions in collaboration with healthcare staff; compliance and productivity were both taken into consideration, and a customized rollout of cloud resources developed as a result.

Our cloud consulting team treats each client as a unique opportunity to discover which processes can benefit from cloud resources, and how to choose the right plan to help the client reach their business goals quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively.

How the Cloud Consultants of Champion Solutions Group Help You Migrate to a More Cost Effective, Efficient Model:

Champion Solutions Group and its Cloud Business Unit, MessageOps, have built strong partnerships with cutting-edge cloud technology providers such as Microsoft, Veeam, IBM, Seagate and others. Our Cloud consulting services will strategically guide you in the right direction and help you determine whether the public, private, or hybrid cloud is right for your business needs as you merge your server, storage, application and desktop virtual initiatives.

With our Cloud consulting, Champion is committed to helping you discover how to leverage the cloud as part of a broader IT service delivery strategy. We provide the full package of Cloud Services:

  • Cloud Storage consulting: We can help you determine which files are best suited for the cloud, analyze the age of your files and the last access times and assist with file and archiving—all while considering any compliance requirements.
  • Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery consulting: When the worst happens, we are there 24/7. Ask our consultants how you can utilize an on-demand DR capability that delivers exactly the amount of IT resources when you need them most. We can help recognize which resources can be put in the cloud for DR and what tools to use. We also can work with you to determine the RPO and RTO requirements per application.
  • Software as a Service consulting: Our cloud-based software applications can be delivered anywhere you or your stakeholders do business. We are the experts in Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, SharePoint, EMS, Windows Intune and Windows Azure Storage. We can also provide consulting for Identity Management, Archive Policies, Mobile Device/Application Management, OneDrive, and Office 365 Adoption and Change Management.

Champion’s Cloud Computing products and services help you lower costs, increase your business’ productivity and reduce risk. Our leading-edge technologies and expert cloud consultants will work with you to assess your needs and determine the right cloud solution for your organization at a reasonable price.

Champion Solutions Group has over 35 years of expertise in delivering customized information technology solutions across all platforms for midsized to large organizations. Our people want to work with your people. For more information, visit or contact us at 800-771-7000 to learn how our proven methodology can help your organization increase productivity, reduce costs and mitigate risks.

Erick Bacallao joined Champion Solutions Group in 2015 after a career of Software Development in Cuba at the National Cancer Care Institute of Cuba, followed by moving to the States with allAware.


Champion acquired allAware and its properties and Erick has utilized his extensive background and expertise in IT and Software Development to rise to VP of Product Development in less than 5 years. During this time, Erick has been involved with key projects that led to the launch of numerous products including CSP Boss, Inscape platform and 365 Productivity Insights.


Erick has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Havana. He won Gold Medals for Programming from the Ministry of Education in Cuba, and he is certainly still a Gold Medalist for Champion!


As President and CEO, Chris is responsible for the development of key strategic alliances and solution portfolio. He leads Champion’s go-to market and execution strategies for integrated offerings in the cloud, in security, and in digital infrastructure, always focusing on improving the customer experience and driving transformative business outcomes.


He also aligns key partner initiatives with company strategy and oversees corporate marketing and messaging to gain mindshare with customers and partners. It’s his vision and innovativeness that have catapulted Champion up the ranks to become a $100M+ organization—and one of the most respected solution providers in the industry.


Over the past two decades, Chris has also focused on mergers and acquisitions, as well as innovative product development. He is the original founder and an active member on the Board of Managed Maintenance, Inc., a SAAS provider and consulting firm that utilizes their award-winning One-View Portal to help the IT Channel and its customers manage their IT Maintenance.


Chris is also the original founder and chief strategist behind one of the original storage cloud providers, Storage Access / BluePoint. During the course of a few short years, he had raised $20M and took that company public on the Toronto Stock Exchange. It has since been acquired by Pomeroy.


In 2012, Chris led the acquisition of MessageOps and continued the product development and worldwide launch of its premier SAAS, 365 Command. Built on Microsoft Azure, 365 Command is currently managing over 1 million seats of Microsoft’s Office 365. After achieving this phenomenal milestone, 365 Command and other MessageOps O365 utilities were sold to Kaseya.


Over the past 35 years, Chris as worked tirelessly to not only advance his own career, but those of his employees. In addition to leading a $100M organization, Chris can also be found sitting with sales teams, cold calling and coaching, and validating why Champion has been listed on Best Places to Work by both South Florida Business Journal and Computerworld.

Ultimately, the success garnered by Champion Solutions Group, its associated companies, and their employees is due in large part to the leadership of its President and CEO. Perhaps the most fitting award Chris has earned is South Florida Business Journal’s 2013 Ultimate CEO Award.