High-Profile Consultants Offer Advice to Hopeful 501ers/NextGen 101ers

Partners that apply to the MSP 501/NextGen 101 by May 15 can win valuable business consultations.

Kris Blackmon, Head of Channel Communities

April 17, 2020

2 Min Read

Applicants to the MSP 501/NextGen 101 have some powerful incentives to get their applications in early this year. So powerful, we thought, that we got a few of our high-profile consultants involved.

Thanks to the global coronavirus pandemic, businesses worldwide are having to rethink the way they run their organizations. The channel is no exception. What are the new strategic imperatives in a COVID-19 world? What KPIs should partners be measuring? How can they leverage digital platforms to create lasting customer relationships?

Ask the experts

Several high-profile industry consultants have donated time to the MSP 501/NextGen 101 community to walk some lucky partners through those questions and more. Partners that apply prior to May 15, 2020 will be entered to win one of the following prizes:

  • A one-hour consultation with high-profile industry consultant Janet Schijns of JS Group

  • One of five one-hour consultations with sales and prospecting guru Will Harris

  • A one-hour consultation with renowned partner business consultant Gary Pica of TruMethods

  • Two free All-Access passes to Channel Partners Conference & Expo. This includes admission to a half-day business success workshop with a lineup of vendors, consultants, analysts and partners to teach business planning in today’s ecosystem.

  • A $100 Amazon gift card

Logistics and criteria

Now more than ever, it’s important for partners to be able to accurately gauge their operational maturity. Channel Partners and Channel Futures are grateful to these industry leaders for volunteering their time and expertise to help partners in this time of upheaval.

The partners that earn a spot on the MSP 501/NextGen 101 are the best of the best. Judging criteria will involve the diversity of their revenue streams, customer churn, revenue per employee and profit margins. Winners will be recognized at the 501er Awards Gala on Sept. 9 at Channel Partners Expo in Las Vegas.

So send in your application to the 501/101 by May 15, and you just might get some valuable free advice from some of the greatest minds in the channel.

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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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