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August 27, 2021
The latest Inc. 5000 abounds with channel partners.
America’s biggest leaderboard of fast-growing private companies contains too many IT and telecom companies to count. And so many of those companies are providing third-party technological consulting, brokering, design and management for business customers. It’s a testament to how digitization and COVID-19 have made partners more relevant than ever.
We went through the Inc. 5000 and picked out companies in the top 1,000 that fit the general mold of a technology channel partner. That is to say, they interface with both end customers and vendors, serving as a go-between. And that definition reaped a wide variety of candidates. We chose only companies that registered in IT management, IT services or telecommunications to make the selection process slightly less impossible.
We found all types of partners on this list. MSPs and cloud service providers maintained a particularly high population list, but an ISP services broker actually ranked higher than any other partner.
Several notable companies either landed outside the top 1,000, registered themselves in a different categories or don’t explicitly identify themselves as a partner. For example, Google Cloud services partner SADA scored 534th but registered in the business products and services category. NorthEnd Teleservices in 754th has made a name for itself by providing customized contact center solutions. The definition of a channel partner is rapidly expanding to include more and more types of companies. Forrester’s Jay McBain was right about nontraditional partners taking over the channel.
If you scroll through the winners, you’ll notice that partners who served government customers are coming out of the pandemic in very good shape. It’s also interesting to see Google Cloud-focused shops grow at a fast rate after putting all of their eggs in one cloud basket.
Scroll through the slides above to see the top channel partners in the Inc. 5000. Did we miss someone you think should be there? Let us know in the comments.
Senior News Editor, Channel Futures
James Anderson is a news editor for Channel Futures. He interned with Informa while working toward his degree in journalism from Arizona State University, then joined the company after graduating. He writes about SD-WAN, telecom and cablecos, technology services distributors and carriers. He has served as a moderator for multiple panels at Channel Partners events.
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