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Plante Moran ranked among elite managed service providers on inaugural NextGen 101 List

January 26, 2021 / 3 min read

Plante Moran ranked #49 on the inaugural NextGen 101 list, which honors partners building managed service provider practices.

Plante Moran has been named as one of the world’s premier managed service providers (MSPs) on the prestigious new 2020 Channel Futures NextGen 101 rankings.

The NextGen 101, an MSP 501 list, recognizes diversified partners with growing MSP practices and annual recurring revenues under 20% of total revenue. These partners offer managed services, but they’re also resellers, system integrators, and shops that do project work. With NextGen 101, these diversified shops are now recognized in their own list, not just grouped together with pure-play MSPs.

“We’re very proud to be on this elite list for best-in-breed organizations,” said Dennis Bagley, Plante Moran’s technology consulting & solutions practice leader. “It really shines a spotlight on our team and the great work they do.”

“This is an acknowledgement of the firm’s hard work in growing the managed IT practice,” says Mike Lopez, leader of Plante Moran’s managed IT solutions. “It recognizes the team’s deep industry knowledge and ability to make complex technical matters understandable to clients while providing services aligned with their strategic or business needs.”

Channel Partners and Channel Futures strive to ensure that their partner communities are being recognized for what they do best and are therefore creating programs targeted toward their needs. The NextGen 101 represents that effort. 

“The NextGen 101 is designed specifically to honor partners dedicating resources to building out their practices — all while maintaining the integrity of their core businesses,” said Allison Francis, editor and content producer at Channel Partners and Channel Futures. “Maybe these partners will become the MSP powerhouses of the future. Maybe they’ll continue to expand their managed services capabilities while also devoting resources to core competencies. Or maybe they’ll become a new kind of hybrid partner that isn’t yet even on our radar. We can’t wait to see what these companies will do next, and we’re excited to honor them in a list of their very own.”


The data collected by the annual MSP 501 program drives Channel Partners’ and Channel Futures’ market intelligence insights, creating robust data sets and data-based trend reports that support its editorial coverage, event programming, community and networking strategies, and educational offerings. It serves as a linchpin to dozens of programs and initiatives.

Data for the 2020 MSP 501 and NextGen 101 lists was collected online from March 1 through Nov. 23, 2020. The MSP 501 list recognizes top managed service providers based on metrics including recurring revenue, profit margin, and other factors.

About Plante Moran

Plante Moran is among the nation’s largest accounting, tax, and consulting firms and provides a full line of technology and digital solutions to private and public sector organizations. Plante Moran has a staff of more than 3,000 professionals throughout the United States with international offices in Shanghai, China; Monterrey, Mexico; Mumbai, India; and Tokyo, Japan. Plante Moran has been recognized by a number of organizations, including Fortune magazine, as one of the country’s best places to work. For more information, visit

About Informa Tech

Channel Futures, Channel Partners Online, Channel Partners Conference & Expo, and Channel Partners Evolution are part of Informa Tech, a market-leading B2B information provider with depth and specialization in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector. Channel Futures helps drive the future by inspiring the technology community to design, build, and run a better digital world through market-leading research, media, training, and event brands. Every year, Channel Futures welcomes over 7,400 subscribers to its research, more than 3.8 million unique visitors a month to its digital communities, more than 18,200 students to its training programs and 225,000 delegates to its events.

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