Welcome to the 2019 MSP 501

Get ready to stand and be counted among the 501 most innovative MSPs in the industry.

Kris Blackmon, Head of Channel Communities

March 1, 2019

3 Min Read
MSP 501 Multiyear

The Channel Futures MSP 501 opened for submissions Friday, kicking off the 12th year of the IT channel’s first, largest and most comprehensive survey and ranking of managed service providers (MSPs) worldwide.

2018 saw a record-breaking number of submissions as MSPs around the globe threw their hats in the ring to see how they stacked up against their peers. Applicants came from every geographic region in the world, represented two dozen different verticals, claimed a wide range of business models and ranged from one-person shops to enterprises with more than 4,000 employees. It was the MSP 501’s most diverse applicant pool in the survey’s history, but they all had one thing in common: They were proud to showcase their forward-thinking business acumen and the ability to anticipate and act upon trends in the fast-evolving IT channel market.

“The MSP 501 is, in our opinion, the number 1 MSP ranking system in the world. It gives us a clear and objective indication of how our business is performing against our competitors,” says Matthew Beesley, CEO of Australia-based Premier Technology Solutions, which earned a second-place MSP of the Year award in 2018. “This is hugely important to our business as our ranking drives all our strategic decisions for the future in ensuring that we remain relevant in what is a dynamic and competitive industry.”

The MSP 501 uses a unique data analysis that recognizes not all revenue streams are created equally, weighting them according to how well the applicant’s business strategy anticipates trends in the fast-evolving channel ecosystem.


Like last year, 2019 applicants will have the opportunity to apply for a range of special awards such as the Newcomer award, Lifetime Achievement award and MSP of the Year. Special award winners will be honored along with the entire 501 at an exclusive gala at Channel Partners Evolution, Sept. 9-12, in Washington, D.C.

“Given the excitement around the first MSP 501 awards reception, the entire editorial team is thrilled to again participate in this industry-leading effort,” said Lorna Garey, editor-in-chief of Channel Partners Online and Channel Futures. “Having met many winners, it’s clear why this ranking is the gold standard of benchmarking within the channel industry. The 2019 501 will bring the awards, deep insights into the channel ecosystem and recognition of the world’s leading managed service providers to our fall event.”

As in previous years, applicants will be required to provide 2017 financial results and a revenue verification statement from a certified financial professional. This year, Channel Futures is providing one standardized form for applicants to use, simplifying the submission process.

On March 5, join MSP 501 senior editor Kris Blackmon, 2019 MSP of the Year finalist Nancy Sabino and Eric Kohl of this year’s sponsor, Ingram Micro, for a live webcast discussing the managed services industry and details on show to apply. Register here to learn about the awards and see what our experts have to say about channel trends in 2019.

Applications close on Friday, 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 Channel Futures MSP 501 landing page, the 2018 report or last year’s rankings of the world’s top MSPs. For any questions about the survey, rankings or report, direct inquiries to [email protected].

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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