MSP mergers and acquisitions involving Apple macOS, iOS device management continues to vigorously

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity involving MSPs in the Apple macOS and iOS device management market continues to grow aggressively. Likewise, merger and acquisition activity involving Apple device management software companies was also strong.

The most recent example of a deal includes CTI Technology’s acquisition of MacHero, a Chicago-based Managed Information Technology Services (MSP) provider focused on Apple macOS and iOS devices. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

This is the 396th technology M&A deal that ChannelE2E has covered so far in 2022. Watch over 1,000 technology M&A deals involving MSPs, MSSPs, and IT service providers listed here.

CTI Acquires MacHero: MSP and Apple Hardware Support Details

Founded in 2004, CTI Technology is headquartered in Elgin, Illinois. The company provides managed IT and cyber security services to companies that typically have 20 to 250 employees.

Meanwhile, MacHero provides Apple-centric technology consulting and managed IT services to businesses in Chicago. Key capabilities, according to the company, include strategic planning, alignment of security and IT best practices, implementation of hardware and software solutions, and customer-focused help desk support.

In a prepared statement regarding the deal, CTI Technology CEO Aaron Kane said:

“As Apple becomes more of a primary presence in the business, I want to make sure that CTI can deliver a system-less experience to our customers. This acquisition marks the joining of two closely aligned, customer-centric business cultures, and the expansion of the two companies’ suites of critical IT services” .

MacHero head Gino Generelli has been added:

“In my 14 years working at MacHero, the needs of our customers have steadily changed, which is why I was looking for the right partner to complement our team’s competencies. This was really about taking care of our customers and our employees and making sure that our business would remain relevant and continue to grow.”

MSP Mergers and Acquisitions: Mergers and Acquisitions of Managed Services Involving Apple Partners

The CTI-MacHero deal is the latest in a growing list of MSPs and/or mergers and acquisitions programs that include Apple partners. Examples of additional deals include:

  • January 2022: PDQ.com has acquired SimpleMDM, an Apple device management software company, SimpleMDM. Will MSPs gain a new way to remotely manage Apple macOS, iOS, and tvOS devices?
  • October 2021Syncro acquires Watchman Monitoring, to provide MSPs with cloud-based RMM, PSA, and SaaS health monitoring for Apple Mac and Windows devices.
  • December 2020: Ntiva Inc. , an MSP backed by private equity firm Southfield Capital, on service provider Apple Technology Forget Computers in Chicago.
  • August 2020: Apple has acquired Mobeewave to turn iPhones into digital cash registers and Point of Sale (PoS) devices.
  • June 2020: Apple has taken over the capabilities of Fleetsmith software for Mac, iPhone, and iPad for Remote Monitoring and Management (RMM) and Mobile Device Management (MDM).
  • February 2019: Jamf has acquired ZuluDesk, to unite the Apple iOS and macOS device management company with a major supplier of software platforms for schools.
  • December 2018: Everise has acquired Trusource Labs, which provides help desk support to Apple and IoT (Internet of Things) customers.
  • February 20217: Apple Jigsaw24 reseller acquired root6, creating “Europe’s most experienced audio and video technology services and solutions” with MSP expertise.

Meanwhile, many MSP providers now offer Mac-oriented RMM (Remote Monitoring and Management) capabilities for MSPs. Familiar names such as ConnectWise, Datto, Kaseya, and N-ible are on the Apple RMM software market. Addigy, the pure Apple RMM provider, is also in a rapid growth position, Addigy CEO Jason Dietbarn told ChannelE2E in March 2022.

MSP Mergers and Acquisitions: Mergers and Acquisitions Managed Services around Chicago, Illinois

Meanwhile, Chicago-area M&A deals that include MSPs also remain strong. In addition to the CTI-MacHero deal, examples of mergers and acquisitions in the region include:

  • Ascend Technologies, backed by private equity firm M/C Partners, has acquired several MSPs and IT service firms — including Chicago MSP Switchfast Technologies, a partner of Datto, Dell, Microsoft and SonicWall.
  • Ensono, one of the top 250 public cloud MSPs backed by private equity firm KKR, has made multiple acquisitions.
  • Imagetec acquires ITsavvy to expand across Illinois.
  • Netrix, backed by private equity firm OceanSound Partners, has acquired AWS Edrans solutions provider and partner.
  • NuMSP has acquired AZBS, a Chicago-based MSP that serves small and medium business (SMB) clients.

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