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‘It Will Rock The ServiceNow World’: Champion Solutions Group Acquires systemiC

Champion, which has moved from a focus on IBM hardware to become a full-fledged cloud services and managed services provider, sees an opportunity to develop new intellectual property for the fast-growing ServiceNow environment.

Champion Solutions Group, a solution provider that has over the years transformed itself from a traditional IBM-focused reseller to a cloud and managed services provider with its own intellectual property, is seeking to extend that transformation with the acquisition of systemiC.

Champion on Friday unveiled the acquisition of systemiC (pronounced "systemic"), a provider of enterprise management solutions for heterogeneous client/server environments. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Chris Pyle, president and CEO of Champion Solutions Group, said the Boca Raton, Fla. solution provider expects Madison, Wis.-based systemiC to expand its IT operations management business.

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"systemiC has experts in IT operations management, with things like IBM BigFix for patch management and pushing out software, for customers with over 5,000 desktops and endpoints," Pyle told CRN. The company also works with QRadar, an IBM managed SIEM (security information and event management) offering and Splunk's popular SIM and log management tools."

Champion -- No. 195 on CRN’s 2018 Solution Provider 500 list -- has delved into these types of IT operations management capabilities in the past, but did not have the service desk to do it right, Pyle said.

"We acquired systemiC to enhance and bolster our capabilities around IT operations management issues that big companies have to deal with," he said.

The BigFix, QRadar, Splunk, and other tools systemiC brings to Champion are integrated with ServiceNow, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based IT service management (ITSM) platform developer, which is a key part in Champion's decision to acquire systemiC, Pyle said.

"ServiceNow is exploding in the IT automation management market," he said. "We've jumped in with two feet with ServiceNow."

systemiC also brings its own intellectual property for the ServiceNow environment, but Pyle declined to be more specific about the nature of that technology. "But it will rock the ServiceNow world," he said.

Champion has made several acquisitions over the years, including that of MessageOps in 2012 which brought the company intellectual property around Microsoft cloud services and utilities. That technology was later sold to Miami-based managed services platform provider Kaseya, Pyle said.

"Champion has evolved a lot," he said. "We still have our VAR business. But now we're heavily involved in the cloud and in developing our own IP.”

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