2018 MSP 501 Now Open for Submissions!

Are you ready to stand and be counted among the top 501 most capable and innovative MSPs in the industry? Submit your application for the 501 today!

Kris Blackmon, Head of Channel Communities

February 28, 2018

2 Min Read

The wait is finally over. We are now accepting applications for the 2018 edition of the MSP 501, the IT channel’s largest and most comprehensive ranking of leading managed service provider (MSP) organizations worldwide. 

Now in its 11th year, the 2018 MSP 501 is brought to you by Channel Futures and our sister site, Channel Partners. The survey uses a unique data analysis that recognizes that not all revenue streams are created equally, weighing them according to how how well the applicant’s business strategy anticipates trends in the fast-evolving channel ecosystem.


Partners from around the globe will send in their applications in hopes of nabbing a spot on the list and one of the 501’s coveted special awards such as the Vanguard Award for the company that demonstrates thought leadership in terms of digital transformation; the Lifetime Achievement Award for an executive who has demonstrated commitment, perseverance, creativity and ingenuity over an entire career; the Newcomer Award, bestowed upon a first-time MSP 501er that is shaking things up; and more.

As in previous years, applicants will be required to provide 2017 financial results and revenue verification in the form of a statement from a certified financial professional. All data analysis will be done in-house by our parent company, Informa. Clarity Channel Advisors, which provided data management for the 501 in previous years, will offer additional analysis on a pro bono basis.

This year, the 501 winners will be honored at a special gala during the Channel Partners Conference and Expo held Oct. 9-12 in Philadelphia. 

On March 13, join Kris Blackmon of Channel Futures, Will Ominsky of Clarity Channel Advisors and Mark Meller of SWK Technologies, our 2016 Vanguard Award winner, for a live webcast to hear details on how to apply to be included in the top 501 managed service providers worldwide. Register here to learn about new awards and see what our experts have to say about channel trends in 2018.

Applications close at 11:59pm on Thursday, May 31, so get started today. Get ready to stand and be counted among the industries best and brightest managed service providers! Still curious about the survey? Check out the 2017 MSP 501 Worldwide Rankings here.



About the Author(s)

Kris Blackmon

Head of Channel Communities, Zift Solutions

Kris Blackmon is head of channel communities at Zift Solutions. She previously worked as chief channel officer at JS Group, and as senior content director at Informa Tech and project director of the MSP 501er Community. Blackmon is chair of CompTIA's Channel Development Advisory Council and operates KB Consulting. You may follow her on LinkedIn and @zift on X.

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