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Champion Solutions Group Acquires Midrange Support & Service, Inc.

Acquisition creates IBM solutions and services power house by enhancing Champion's IBM technical skill-sets

Boca Raton, Florida - Champion Solutions Group, IBM Premier Business Partner and the distinguished virtualization and cloud services provider, announced the acquisition of Florida-based Midrange Support & Service, Inc. (MSSi), a recognized specialist of IBM i and Power solutions and services.

Executing on its plan to propel its IBM capabilities, Champion can now deliver IBM i services and support to the hundreds of IBM customers Champion has acquired over the last 35 years. Combining MSSi’s 20+ year heritage and intellectual property around IBM i (formerly iSeries and System i) with Champion’s extensive IBM history, including IBM Power, Storage and Software, will deepen Champion’s skills to meet and exceed the ever-growing demands from our clients. 

“Champion is enthusiastic about the partnership with Midrange Support & Service. They have developed a robust set of solutions and services, and their technical know-how particularly around IBM i is second to none,” said Champion’s CEO and President, Chris Pyle. “What’s truly exciting is the value our combined organizations will bring to the market in the future.” 

The key services Champion can now deliver for IBM i include:

  • Migration
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Remote Support
  • Problem Management
  • Project Management
  • OS Services
  • Hardware Services
  • Relocation Services
  • Consulting
  • Staff Augmentation

Furthermore, MSSi customers now have access to a broadened portfolio of products and capabilities beyond IBM i, including Cisco, Microsoft, NetApp, Red Hat, VMware, and much more.

“This acquisition underscores Champion’s commitment to IBM offerings and delivering more value to its large customer base,” said Midrange Support & Service, Inc. President, Steve Marinak. “The MSSi team has created the very best support and service, specifically for the IBM AS/400, iSeries and Power System customer. Adding this to Champion’s unrivaled experience is pivotal for today’s businesses. I am so thrilled to be part of such a great team and what we can do together to better serve our customers.”

Together, the team can deliver a wide-spectrum of services including staff augmentation with local or remote services, consulting, and project management. We can even do full OS upgrades that can be performed completely off-site via secure internet access. For more information, contact Champion at 800-771-7000 or visit  

About Champion Solutions Group
Champion Solutions Group, headquartered in Boca Raton, FL, specializes in delivering technology services and solutions to help our customers reduce costs, increase productivity, and mitigate risk. Through our time-tested, proven methodology we are changing the economics of the IT Data Center and the way people work, interact, and adopt technology. Founded in 1979, Champion focuses on virtualization, cloud, and data management solutions; and boasts deep technical skill sets in design, implementation, and management of these solutions. For more information, visit

About Midrange Support & Service, LLC
Midrange Support & Service, LLC, headquartered in Delray Beach, FL, is an IBM Premier Business Partner that has over 20 years experience providing unparalleled support and services to the IBM AS/400, iSeries and Power System customer community. Our IBM certified experts have over a century of combined experience and are well equipped to deliver solutions to both small and large businesses. For more information, visit


Midrange will be at Common 2014 in Orlando


2013 Power University - October 21-25 in Orlando

Stop by Midrange Support & Service Booth #131
& get an  "IBM i for Business T-Shirt!*


*IMB i series users only due to limiited quanitites

 Date: October 21-25, 2013

Location: Orlando, Florida

Duration: 4.5 Days

Tuition:  USD $2,195 through 9/22 USD $2,495 beginning 9/23

Early Bird Pricing: Enroll by 22 Sep 2013 and save on tuition.


This event brings together the IBM Power Systems™ Technical University, the IBM System z Technical University and a new executive-focused Enterprise Systems event combined into one premier event.
This is the same Power Systems Technical University you have grown to love. Now expanded and even better in 2013.

Who Should Attend:

The IBM Power Systems Technical University is intended for IBM customers, IBM Business Partners, IBM employees, Independent Software Vendors and System Integrators.

Why Attend:

IBM Power Systems Technical University offers an intense, consolidated, 4.5-day agenda designed to provide attendees with the tools and information they need to maximize their Power Systems investment, Technical sessions encompass deep dives focused on the entire family of IBM Power products, including enhancements to our Virtualization and Systems Managements offerings.

While at the conference:

    •    Hear keynotes and discussions about future product strategy and technical direction directly from IBM executives and IBM product architects, including the latest about IBM System Storage®, virtualization and its availability for IBM Power Systems
    •    Participate in communities of interest at birds-of-a-feather discussions and panel forums
    •    Test-drive the latest technology in hands-on demos, labs and workshops
    •    Obtain training based on the latest IBM product announcements
    •    Take advantage of the 50 percent discount for on-site certification testing, including the recently announced certification for IBM PureSystems


Annual Systems Power Days - May 16 (Boca) | May 17 (Tampa)

Join the IBM Experts for a day of education, announcements, information, good food and more!

Register now and reserve your iTEAM shirt!

 8:00 AM
8:30 AM
9:00 AM
10:10 AM
10:20 AM
11:20 AM
12:20 PM
12:30 PM
1:30 PM


Opening Introductions
PowerHA System Mirror
Server Consolidation
Power Systems Announcements
Lunch N' Learn: Power Systems Security
Summary / Recap


Steve Marinak
Steven Finnes, Worldwide Project Mgr.

Tom Linhart, Power Systems Architect
Jeff Elmore, Field Technical Sales Specialist

Mark Even, IBM Systems Lab Services


2013 IBM Power Systems Technical Symposium

Date: May 8 - 10, 2013

Location: New Orleans, Louisana

Duration: 4.5 Days

Tuition:  USD $1320 through 4/7;$1495 beginning 4/8


This three day event will be the place to learn about POWER7® processor-based systems, software, and solutions for companies of all sizes. The event will contain technical sessions, covering Power Systems, AIX, IBM i, Storage, and Linux. This is a key opportunity to listen to NDA sessions and learn all about the exciting new features included in our Hardware and Software portfolio. You can meet and question the experts in dedicated sessions and interact with your peers.

Find out how new high-end offerings redefine computing to address the needs of a Smarter Planet large scale Business Analytics and databases, high-volume transaction processing, and consolidation to exponentially lower costs.

This event offers attendees an intense, consolidated focus on how to reduce operation costs, simplify the IT environment, access current, and upcoming solution providers and leverage the newest technology innovation – virtualization with the IBM POWER7™ technology.

Sessions will extensively cover a broad range of Power Systems topics, multiple training levels (beginner to advance), best practices, solution center/expo, and certification testing.

Why Attend?

If you did not get a chance to attend the IBM Power Systems Technical University in 2012, the IBM Power Systems Technical Symposium in April is a great opportunity for you to update and refresh your skills. This shorter version of the IBM Power Systems Technical University focuses on, recent product updates, as well as, key topics across the Power Systems platform.

Who Can Attend

The IBM Power Systems Technical University is intended for IBM customers, IBM Business Partners, IBM employees, independent software vendors, and System Integrators, such as: