Managed Services Awards 2018 finalists announced 

Managed services projects are getting more innovative and moving beyond basic services, according to the judges’ report from the inaugural Managed Services Awards 2018 (staged by Comms Dealer sister company IT Europa) which has just reported the finalists in each of the categories shows a wide cross-section of types of entry. 

A strong showing in security is expected, but a variety of solutions shows perhaps the widening nature of the threats. 

The innovation categories proved most popular with a large number of entries and this shows how new thinking in a competitive marketplace is a strong sales point, says John Garratt, Editor of IT Europa, who is one of the judges.

The winners will be announced at the UK Managed Services and Hosting Summit 2018 on 19th September in London. 

The summit aims to cover the main issues and challenges facing the MSPs in 2018 and how they have moved on from earlier years in their maturity and scale. 

For example, Gartner’s Mark Paine will cover the changing nature of the customer’s requirements in his keynote. Speakers have also been added on the marketing aspects which MSPs now see as key if they are to get their message out to potential customers. Building value with an eye on the merger and acquisition area will be addressed by technology M&A experts Hampleton Partners.

“The entry quality level is very high and this is perhaps not surprising, given the level of new thinking that is a feature of the sector,” stated Garratt.

“We want to use these awards to help publicise the tremendous work going on in the managed services sector and build understanding among customers and potential customers.”

The finalists: 
Best Public Sector MSP Project
    •    Atlas Cloud Ltd
    •    Carelink
    •    Capita IT Services
Best Enterprise MSP Project
    •    Advatek UK
    •    CSI (nominated by IBM)
    •    Maintel (nominated by Highlight (SLM))
    •    Gamma (nominated by Highlight (SLM))
    •    Infinity IT Solutions
    •    Six Degrees
    •    Spirit Data Capture Ltd
Best SMB MSP Project
    •    Cognition Foundry (nominated by IBM)
    •    Frontline Consultancy
    •    Infinity IT Solutions
    •    METCloud
    •    OryxAlign
    •    Symatrix
    •    The PC Support Group
Most Innovative MSP
    •    Annodata 
    •    BlueChip (nominated by IBM)
    •    Gamma (nominated by Highlight (SLM))
    •    Kaseya Crowdsource Users
    •    METCloud
    •    Mirus IT Solutions
    •    NTT Com Managed Services
    •    Symatrix
Most Innovative Managed Service Solution (General)
    •    BluJay Solutions
    •    Capita IT Services
    •    CA Technologies
    •    Continuum
    •    Dynamify
    •    Highlight
    •    Hyve Managed Services
    •    IT Glue
    •    Jola
    •    Keepabl 
    •    Node4
    •    Redstor
Most Innovative Managed Service Solution (Security)
    •    Datto, Inc
    •    Mirus IT Solutions
    •    ServiceControl Inc - Identity Maestro
    •    WatchGuard Technologies
    •    Webroot
Best Vertical Market Managed Service Solution
    •    Flexera
    •    Plan-Net
    •    ra Information Systems
Best Cloud Platform-based Managed Service Solution
    •    ANS Group
    •    ConnectWise
    •    Gridz (by zsah) 
    •    Highlight
    •    IT Glue
    •    METCloud
    •    Six Degrees

The UK Managed Services and Hosting Summit 2018, which is jointly run by IT Europa and Angel Business Communications, will take place at 155 Bishopsgate, London, on 19 September 2018.

MSPs, resellers and integrators wishing to attend the convention and vendors, distributors or service providers interested in sponsorship opportunities can find further information at:

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