MSPAlliance Lauds All-Star Members

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At MSPWorld, MSPAlliance confers its Managed Services Industry Leadership Awards for executive leadership, green IT initiatives, community service, and innovation.

The MSPAlliance, the largest association of managed service providers with more than 8,000 member companies, bestowed four honors as part of its Managed Services Industry Leadership Awards at annual MSPWorld conference in Orlando, Fla., last week.

MSPAlliance presented four awards for leadership, green IT initiatives, community service and innovation from a group of nominated managed service provider members, individual professionals and vendor organizations. The awards reflect the achievements and professionalism in managed services as promoted and evangelized by the MSPAlliance, says Charles Weaver, the group’s president.

"The goal of the MSPAlliance has always been to do good and meaningful work for the managed services industry. In staying true to that belief, we felt that it was important not to rank members, but to recognize true thought-leaders in the managed services industry," said Charles Weaver, president of MSPAlliance. "Recipients of this year’s award were chosen for the meaningful and remarkable contributions they made in the managed services industry."

The Green IT award went to Anexio, a Florida-based managed service provider. MSPAlliance presented the award in recognition of Anexio’s adoption of conservationist IT practices both internally and among its clients. Anexio, MSPAlliance says, is a fine example of the benefits that can be realized by businesses everywhere. Anexio was the first managed service provider to receive the MSPAlliance’s Green IT accreditation.

The Innovation award went to Untangle, a provider of open-source network access and security tools, for advancing the use of technology. MSPAlliance says Untangle has demonstrated the beneficial use of technology for more effective IT management. 

The Community Service award, given in recognition of a managed service provider’s efforts to better the communities they operate in, went to Innovation Networks in British Columbia, Canada. Community service is a core value of the MSPAlliance program. 

The Leadership Award was presented to Lane Smith, president of San Diego-based service provider Do IT Smarter, in recognition of his work to demonstrate the ideals of managed services professionalism, upholding community-based standards for service delivery, and contributions to helping others MSPs achieve accreditation and certification.

MSPAlliance is a premier partner of Channel Insider. The two organizations are working together to develop new awards and expand the recognition of managed and software-as-a-service providers.

Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.

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