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Channel Futures MSP 501 and NextGen 101 Awards Are Now Open

The MSP 501 is the IT channel’s most prestigious global ranking list and community, encompassing research, education and unparalleled networking opportunities

Be counted among your peers as one of the top managed service providers in the world and submit your application by June 30

About the MSP 501 & Video Q&A

For 13 years, Channel Futures's MSP 501 continues to be IT channel’s largest and most comprehensive survey and ranking of managed service providers (MSPs) worldwide.

Many of our 2019 501ers were and are in the beginning of a strong pivot toward managed services, but one wouldn’t necessarily categorize them as a true MSP. Of the top 10 MSP 501 winners in 2018, seven identified as MSPs, two as VARs and one dubbed itself an IT service provider. Comparing this to last year, four were VARs, only three were pure-play MSPs, one was a telco service provider, one was an IT business consultant and the aforementioned IT service provider.

So what did we do? We re-evaluated our methodology to align it with market trends and added new criteria to judge 2020 applicants based on market trends and business best practices.

Where can you learn more? Visit the Channel Futures site for all updates and editorial coverage of the survey.

What's NextGen 101?

In response to demand from telecom agents, resellers, digital agencies and other non-MSP channel partners that are spinning up managed services practices, we are excited to this year launch the NextGen 101, an MSP 501 list. The NextGen 101 will recognize outstanding partners from outside of the traditional managed services business model that are devoting energy and resources to building out recurring managed services revenue streams and creating the channel partner powerhouses of the future.

Interested in earning a coveted spot on the NextGen 101? Just apply for the 2020 MSP 501 and be automatically submitted for both lists.

What do you get if you win?

MSPs that earn a place on the 501 or NexGen 101 will receive:

  • A marketing package to tout that you won! You'll receive the MSP 501 or NextGen 101 winners logo, a press release template to announce your win & more
  • An award and recognition during a special awards dinner at Channel Partners Conference & Expo
  • Free VIP access to #CPExpo, Sept. 8-11 in Vegas, which includes an All-Access Pass
  • Media coverage on Channel Futures and Channel Partners websites


Latest MSP 501 News

Survey FAQs

The New MSP 501 2020 Methodology Explained

The managed services market looks far different than when the MSP 501 debuted.

2019 MSP 501 Ranking

2018 MSP 501 Report

For any questions about the survey, rankings or report, direct inquiries to

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