Private Equity Consulting

Seamlessly integrating IT best practices into your pre- and post-acquisition strategy

Private Equity Services

Clear expectations. Clear insight. Clear results.

private equityOur services are clear. Champion Solutions Group delivers unparalleled IT consulting and research to private equity firms and their key portfolio companies using a proven, timed-tested methodology.

Whether you’re working on a merger, acquisition, divestiture, leveraged buy-out or other investment, our experienced team works closely with the leaders of the PE industry to provide a clear picture of a company’s technology posture. Technology is a critical component for any investment, and we assist our clients through all stages of a transaction, from IT research to post-acquisition services. Through extensive due diligence, we are able to deliver the best recommendations for a successful transaction. We pride ourselves in structuring the deliverables without using too much technology taxonomy, thereby making it much easier for our Private Equity clients to understand the content. At the end of the day, we help make the technology decisions clear.

Direct from our Private Equity Consulting Leader

private equity“What sets us apart is our 40 years of technology business experience. Working directly with mergers and acquisitions has given us a clear insight of best practices in integrating new businesses and new technologies seamlessly. We are passionate for your success!”
— Debbie Brenner, Practice Executive – M&A IT Due Diligence Consulting and Information Security & Privacy Officer

Paving the Road to Winning Investments through Technology

Champion focuses first on understanding the strategic needs of our PE firm clients and the current technology landscape to determine the capabilities needed to support their long-term goals. We help PE firms confidently address technology-related decisions and ensure that portco IT optimization and operating models are agile and effective, equipping them to realize lasting results.

Private Equity Services:

  • IT Research – Don’t make the mistake of overlooking technology in your deals. Technology-related synergies are just as critical as other functions of a transaction, such as accounting, legal and finance. Through extensive IT research, we can help you understand the current technology posture to plan and manage changes in your systems to accommodate changes in business structure.
    • Identify key IT risks, costs, and debt
    • Identify critical risks that could limit growth
    • Identify key budget, staff, operations, and process inefficiencies
    • Deliver clear remediation actions with timelines and costs
  • Technology & Security Due Diligence – Understanding IT maturity and its ability to support the investment is critical to success and long-term value creation. Also, we’re big believers in addressing security before you have a serious problem. We will ensure security is integrated into our due diligence.
    • Assessing ERP systems
    • Assessing how unique the technology may be and the respective barrier to entry
    • Determining whether the acquired technology can scale or be integrated with an existing portfolio
    • Identifying potential business improvement opportunities through IT or operational innovation
    • Identify a plan for combining systems and processes, and how it relates to other operations
    • Identify key resources to manage and execute
  • Exit Planning: Whether it is an initial public offering, a merger with a strategic acquirer, a sale to new private equity owners or a management-led leveraged buyout, Champion can devise the right technology strategy that is optimal for all parties.
  • Post-Acquisition IT Services: Leverage Champion’s expertise in delivering technology solutions and services that reduce costs, increase productivity, and mitigate risk. The services include:
    • IT Infrastructure & Data Center Services: Storage and Capacity Planning, Networking, Converged Infrastructure, Hyper- Converged Infrastructure
    • Cloud & Virtualization: Office 365 & Azure, Public / Private / Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Storage, Cloud-based Backup & DR, Cloud Consulting, Virtualization (server, storage, desktop and application)
    • Security: Security Awareness Training, Application & Endpoint Security, Patch Management, Anti-Virus and Malware Protection, SIEM, Next Generation Firewall, User Management & Access Control, Data Loss Prevention, Enterprise Rights Management
    • Data Management: ILM, Backup & DR, Data Capacity Planning and Management, Data Loss Prevention
    • IT Services: Managed Services, Systems and Software Integration & Management, Application Development, Maintenance &
      Support, Infrastructure & Network Design and Implementation, Next Generation Data Center Strategy &
      Consulting, Education & Training, Project Management
    • CIO/CISO-as-a-Service: Need an interim CIO or CISO? Champion is able to deliver CIO/CISO on-demand services, backed by our decades of industry knowledge and executive-level IT and security experience.  Along with performing acting CIO/CISO leadership responsibilities, we are also able to offer strategic roadmap development, project management and tactical planning services, team mentoring, executive education, and can also provide candidates for open positions and participate in the interview process to ensure the best fit for the organization.

Post-Acquisition IT Services Results

Clients that work with Champion desire to:

Change the economics of their data center

Adopt and leverage technology to increase productivity, improve collaboration, mitigate risks, and decrease costs

Be proactive / hyper-responsive to business units they serve

Evolve the way businesses work with each other and better serve their clients

Get Started

Conducting the IT due diligence is an important part of the merger and acquisition process. Let Champion Solutions Group be the eyes and ears of the technology, so you can focus on the other functions of the transaction. Contact us today or call 800-771-7000 to learn more.

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.