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Ingram Micro Inc. today announced the second round of its SMB 500 list, honoring top-performing VARs and MSPs.
For the second year in a row, the distributor has determined which of its more than 20,000 channel partners specializing in the SMB market (end users with 250 or fewer employees) are the fastest-growing.
The VARs and MSPs recognized this year posted a three-year average growth rate of nearly 250 percent from June 2010 to June 2013, about 30 percent higher than in 2012, Ingram Micro said. Also notable is that partners selling services outperformed those who remain in the break/fix business model. And solution providers honing in on specific verticals are showing 380 percent faster growth rates than their IT service generalist counterparts, Ingram Micro found.
"The Ingram Micro SMB 500 has become the 'who's who' in small business when it comes to identifying, benchmarking and learning from the IT channel's top-performing VARs and MSPs," said Jamie Ferullo, director of SMB sales, Ingram Micro U.S. "The research will also continue to improve our insight into, and understanding of, how these businesses adapt and grow in a rapidly changing marketplace. Ultimately, that understanding will drive new and different appreciation and investment into the SMB space by Ingram Micro."
Ingram Micro nailed down the 500 honorees with the help of channel research and consultancy firm The 2112 Group.
"Each of these companies excelled during difficult economic times by providing value-based IT solutions to their customers," said Lawrence M. Walsh, president and CEO of The 2112 Group. "They are pillars of the IT channel, providing examples of what it means and takes to grow."
Read the complete 2013 Ingram Micro SMB 500 list at http://www.im-smb.com/smb500.