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Tolar Systems Ranked Among Top 501 Global Managed Service Providers By Channel Futures


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11th Annual MSP 501 Identifies World’s Most Forward-Thinking MSPs & Leading Trends in Managed Services

ABILENE TX, June 27, 2018 -- / -- Tolar Systems, an IT managed services firm based in Abilene, Texas, has been ranked among the world’s 501 most strategic and innovative managed service providers (MSPs), according to Channel Futures’ 11th-annual MSP 501 Worldwide Company Rankings.

2018 marks the first year that Tolar Systems has ranked in the MSP 501, the first, largest and most comprehensive ranking of managed service providers worldwide. Honorees were selected from a record number of submissions from companies across the globe, including large numbers of applications from Europe, Asia, South America and beyond.

“It is an honor to be included among the world’s top IT managed service providers as part of the MSP 501,” said Phillip Poarch, Vice President of Tolar Systems. “We believe our inclusion reflects our team’s commitment to excellence in providing the right mix of services to our clients. We emphasize a strong partnership with our clients and vendors to create this synergy.”

 As it has for the last three years, Channel Futures teamed with Clarity Channel Advisors to evaluate these progressive and forward-leaning companies. MSPs were ranked according to Channel Futures’ unique methodology, which recognizes that not all revenue streams are created equal. Channel Futures weighted revenue figures according to assess how well the applicant's business strategy anticipates trends in the fast-evolving channel ecosystem.

Channel Futures is pleased to honor Tolar Systems.

“This year’s applicant pool was the largest and most diverse in the history of the survey, and our winners represent the health and progress of the managed services market,” says Kris Blackmon, Channel Futures content director and editor of the MSP 501. “They’re growing their revenue, expanding their customer influence and exploring new technology that will propel them for years to come.”

 For the first time, Channel Futures will also name 10 special award winners, including MSP of the Year, CEO of the Year and one Lifetime Achievement Award for a career of excellence in the channel. The MSP 501 winners and award recipients will be recognized at a special ceremony at Channel Partners Evolution, held this year October 9-12 in Philadelphia, as well as in the Fall issue of Channel Partners Magazine.

The full MSP 501 report, available this fall, will leverage applicant responses, interviews and historical data to identify business and technology trends in the IT channel. Highlights will include:

  • Revenue growth and business model
  • Hiring trends and workforce dynamic
  • Business strategies
  • Service deliverables
  • Business tools and automation investments

The complete 2018 MSP 501 list is available at Channel Futures.

MSP 501 Background

The 2018 MSP 501 list is based on data collected by Channel Futures and its sister site, Channel Partners. Data was collected online from Feb. 28 through May 31, 2018. The MSP 501 list recognizes top managed service providers based on metrics including recurring revenue, growth and other factors.

About Tolar Systems

Tolar Systems provides world-class IT services to small and medium-sized organizations across central and west Texas. Since 1999, Tolar Systems has delivered affordable, enterprise-level IT support services to clients in a range of industries; from technical helpdesk support, computer support, and IT consulting to Complete Care, our signature service that delivers the experience and infrastructure firms need to eliminate IT issues before they cause expensive downtime. Tolar Systems is a Microsoft Silver MidMarket Solutions Partner.

About Informa 

Channel Futures, Channel Partners Online, Channel Partners Conference & Expo and Channel Partners Evolution are part of Informa, the international business intelligence, academic publishing, knowledge and events group. Informa serves commercial, professional and academic communities, helping them connect and learn, and creating and providing access to content and intelligence that helps people and businesses work smarter and make better decisions faster.

Informa has over 10,000 colleagues in more than 20 countries and a presence in all major geographies. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a member of the FTSE 100.


Kris Blackmon,

Content Director, Channel Futures

Editor, MSP 501



Phillip Poarch,

Director of Operations


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