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Sirius Bolsters Its Microsoft Cloud Chops with MessageOps Buy

MessageOps, one of the pioneering toolsets for Office 365, is now part of Sirius Computer Solutions.

Sirius on Tuesday announced its acquisition of Champion Solutions Group, the Boca Raton, Fla.-based solution provider that owns MessageOps. Terms for the deal were not disclosed.

Sirius is a privately held company with 2,600 employees based in San Antonio, Texas. With the acquisition, Sirius expands its national IT solutions integration business into the southeastern United States and strengthens its Microsoft cloud capabilities in both Microsoft/Office 365 and Microsoft Azure.

Joe Mertens, president and CEO of Sirius, described the MessageOps unit with its intellectual property around the Microsoft cloud as a competitive advantage for Sirius, which also has cloud partnerships with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, IBM and VMware.

"Joining forces with Champion provides an opportunity for Sirius to gain valuable intellectual property assets and expertise related to Microsoft Azure cloud services and Microsoft 365 productivity and collaboration tools, which will add value for our clients," Mertens said in a statement.

MessageOps solutions handle functions within Microsoft 365 environments such as monitoring, managing, reporting, synchronizing passwords and migrating data across environments. Originally a private company that was later acquired by Champion, MessageOps was among the first ISVs automating migrations and other tasks related to the Office 365 predecessor, Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS).

Mertens added that Sirius plans to offer expanded services and solutions to Champion's client base in Florida and the southeastern United States. Champion has also been part of Microsoft's National Systems Integrator (NSI) program and was a Tier-1 Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) for Microsoft.

Sirius planned to immediately integrate Champion's employees into the Sirius organization, which includes a Cloud Center of Excellence (CCoE) model that brings together cloud solutions practices with consulting and services that include migration, data analytics, security and compliance.

Champion President and CEO Chris Pyle called Sirius a great fit for Champion's employees and clients, and added that he was excited about new investments in MessageOps and Inscape.

"We will also have the ability to invest more resources into the ongoing development of our IP, enabling us to deliver leading-edge cloud monitoring, management and security tools," Pyle said.

Posted by Scott Bekker on 12/02/2020 at 11:39 AM


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