Nine Lives Media Names Network Management Group, Inc. (NMGI) to the MSPmentor 501 Global Edition

Sixth-Annual Report, Formerly the MSPmentor 100, Lists The World’s Top 501 Managed Service Providers (MSPs)

HUTCHINSON, KANSAS — February 19, 2013 — NMGI has landed on Nine Lives Media’s sixth-annual MSPmentor 501 Global Edition (, a distinguished list and report identifying the world’s top 501 managed service providers (MSPs). This year’s report has been expanded extensively to include:

  • New: MSPmentor 501 Global Edition
  • New: MSPmentor 100 Small Business Edition (top MSPs with 10 or fewer employees)
  • MSPmentor 200 North America Edition
  • MSPmentor 50 EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) Edition
  • MSPmentor 25 AANZ (Asia, Australia, New Zealand) Edition
  • New: In-depth data tracking mobile device management (MDM), managed cloud services and other recurring revenue opportunities for MSPs.

“This prestigious award further validates the strides NMGI is making in providing total Managed Services to our business clients from Boston to Honolulu. We are honored to have been selected to both the Global 501 and Top 200 MSP’s in North America” said Steve Harper – Chairman and CEO.

The MSPmentor 501 report is based on data from MSPmentor’s global online survey conducted October-December 2012. The MSPmentor 501 report recognizes top managed service providers based on a range of metrics, including annual managed services revenue growth, revenue per employee, managed services offered and customer devices managed.

“MSPmentor congratulates Network Management Group, Inc. on this honor,” said Amy Katz, president of Nine Lives Media, a division of Penton Media. “Qualifying for our MSPmentor 501 Global Edition puts NMGI in rare company.”

MSPs on this year’s global 501 list lifted their combined annual recurring revenues 24.5 percent to $2.54 billion. Together, those MSPs now manage more than 5.6 million PCs and servers, and nearly 400,000 smartphones and tablets, according to Joe Panettieri, editorial director, Nine Lives Media.

MSPmentor, produced by Nine Lives Media, is the ultimate guide to managed services. MSPmentor features the industry’s top-ranked blog, research, Channel Expert Hour Webcasts and FastChat videos. It is the number one online media destination for managed service providers in the world.

About Network Management Group, Inc.
NMGI is a national provider of consultative services with an emphasis on computer networking, business continuity, and technology services for small and midsize businesses and organizations located throughout the United States. Network Management Group, Inc. designs, implements, and manages business technology solutions for our clients. Founded in 1984, NMGI is headquartered in Hutchinson, Kansas.

For more information Contact:

Tom Hammersmith
Marketing Coordinator
Network Management Group, Inc.
(620) 664-6000 x132

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About Nine Lives Media
Nine Lives Media, a division of Penton Media (, defines emerging IT media markets and disrupts established IT media markets. The company’s IT channel-centric online communities include MSPmentor (, The VAR Guy ( and Talkin’ Cloud (

Nine Lives Media, a division of Penton Media
Joe Panettieri, Editorial Director
212-204-4206 or


Randy P. Johnston

Business Owner, Author, and Nationally-Renowned Consultant

Randy Johnston, local business owner, author, and nationally-renowned consultant, graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1973. A graduate of HCC and Kansas State University, Mr. Johnston earned his master’s degree in Computer Science from Wichita State. Starting his career on an IBM mainframe, he eventually gained vast experience as a programmer, college instructor, author, entrepreneur and consultant. At one time he received the first IBM PC in Kansas and the first Compaq portable computer in the state. Eventually he became involved with the development of Local Area Networks, Computer Aided Design, Desktop Publishing and Wide Area Networks. Mr. Johnston continues to consult with some of the country’s most progressive accounting firms as well as many other industries including banking, manufacturing, and distribution, and a broad range of computer software publishers and hardware manufacturers.

Mr. Johnston is the husband of Pam Johnston, also an HHS graduate, and the proud father of four children, also alumni of HHS. He has also found time to enjoy family, golf, and playing the bass clarinet in the Hutchinson Municipal Bank, for which he has served as president. Mr. Johnston served on the USD 308 Board of Education and was vital in the development of a plan to update outdated technology district wide. He also enjoys writing and has published a number of books over the past thirty years, including programming texts and computer introduction books. Randy has been published or quoted in hundreds of magazines, newspapers, and journals over his career. He has been recognized as one of the Top 100 influencers in the accounting industry from 2004-2011. Mr. Johnston has been invited to speak at more than 50 state, national, and international conferences each year. For these reasons, Mr. Randy Johnston has assured his place on the Hutchinson High School Wall of Honor.

2012 – Honoree


“IT Hall of Fame” Adds New Members

Steven Harper, President and CEO
Network Management Group, Inc

Xerox chief scientist Jacob Goldman and the founders of VentureTech Network will be honored at upcoming CompTIA Annual Member Meeting

Hutchinson, Kansas, March 23, 2012 – A scientist who championed many of the technological breakthroughs at the core of modern computing and a group of technology business owners including local Hutchinson, Kansas businessman Steven Harper (President and CEO of Network Management Group, Inc.) whose advocacy on behalf of small business helped build today’s information technology (IT) industry channel are the newest members of the IT Hall of Fame. The announcement was made today by CompTIA, the non-profit trade association for the IT industry and administrator of the IT Hall of Fame program. [Read more…]


NMGI in MSPmentor top 200 North America

The MSPmentor annual report from Nine Lives Media has ranked Network Management Group, Inc. (NMGI) – Hutchinson, Kansas as #137 of the top 200 Technology Managed Service Providers in North America.  A managed service provider, or MSP, is responsible for strategic and efficient operations of information technology services it provides to help keep the networks of their client organizations running smoothly.  This first-ever list by MSPmentor ranks the top 200 managed service providers in North America.

 All of the honorees can be found by visiting:

 “Being selected as one of the ‘Top Managed Services Providers’ in North America further validates our services model. The dedication and commitment of our staff, to providing World Class services to our clients nationwide, is the key to making this all possible.” said Steve Harper, President and CEO of NMGI. “We are honored to have been selected for this award.”

The MSPmentor 200 North America Edition is based on data from MSPmentor’s global online survey, conducted October-December 2011. The MSPmentor 200 North America Edition recognizes top managed service providers based on a range of metrics, including annual managed services revenue growth, revenue per employee, managed services offered and customer devices managed.

“Nine Lives Media and MSPmentor congratulate Network Management Group, Inc. for its leadership position in North America,” said Amy Katz, president of Nine Lives Media, a division of Penton Media. “In the fiercely competitive IT services market, these MSPs represent the best of the best.”

“MSPs on this year’s North America 200 list lifted their annual recurring revenues 25 percent to US$1.05 billion, an impressive feat,” said Joe Panettieri, editorial director of Nine Lives Media. “Those MSPs are now managing 4.1 million desktop and mobile devices for customers, up 33 percent from 2010.”

NMGI is a national provider of consultative services with a delivery and infrastructure management model of computer networking, business continuity, and technology services for small and midsize businesses with an emphasis in the CPA business sector.. We design, implement, and manage business technology solutions for our clients . located throughout the United States. Founded in 1984, NMGI is headquartered in Hutchinson, Kansas.

For more information on Network Management Group, Inc.:
Attn: Tom Hammersmith – Marketing Director


HP to Keep PC Division

Continued combination of HP and its Personal Systems Group expected to deliver greater customer and shareholder value

PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 27, 2011

HP today announced that it has completed its evaluation of strategic alternatives for its Personal Systems Group (PSG) and has decided the unit will remain part of the company.

“HP objectively evaluated the strategic, financial and operational impact of spinning off PSG. It’s clear after our analysis that keeping PSG within HP is right for customers and partners, right for shareholders, and right for employees,” said Meg Whitman, HP president and chief executive officer. “HP is committed to PSG, and together we are stronger.”

The strategic review involved subject matter experts from across the businesses and functions. The data-driven evaluation revealed the depth of the integration that has occurred across key operations such as supply chain, IT and procurement. It also detailed the significant extent to which PSG contributes to HP’s solutions portfolio and overall brand value. Finally, it also showed that the cost to recreate these in a standalone company outweighed any benefits of separation.

The outcome of this exercise reaffirms HP’s model and the value for its customers and shareholders. PSG is a key component of HP’s strategy to deliver higher value, lasting relationships with consumers, small- and medium-sized businesses and enterprise customers. The HP board of directors is confident that PSG can drive profitable growth as part of the larger entity and accelerate solutions from other parts of HP’s business.

PSG has a history of innovation and technological leadership as well as an established record of industry-leading profitability. It is the No. 1 manufacturer of personal computers in the world with revenues totaling $40.7 billion for fiscal year 2010.

“As part of HP, PSG will continue to give customers and partners the advantages of product innovation and global scale across the industry’s broadest portfolio of PCs, workstations and more,” said Todd Bradley, executive vice president, Personal Systems Group, HP. “We intend to make the leading PC business in the world even better.”

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IT Channel Perspectives: Meet CompTIA Member Steve Harper

CompTIA member Steve Harper is president and CEO ofNetwork Management Group Inc. (NMGI) , a managed services provider and consulting business based in Hutchinson, Kansas. He is a long-time contributor to CompTIA and has been with the association in a number of leadership and support roles over the years, including an appointment to the Board of Directors.

Harper is always willing to share his IT channel experience and expertise with peers, vendors and distributors. He has served on advisory boards for several technology companies, including: IBM, Compaq, HP, Toshiba, 3Com, McAfee, Entre, Intelligent Electronics and Ingram Micro. His straightforward feedback and suggestions are likely responsible for many channel program improvements over the years.

With an undergraduate degree in accounting from Wichita State University and 10 years of experience in commercial banking, he has been able to master both the financial and technology sides of his business. With that unique perspective on the industry and his philanthropic nature (United Way, Boy Scouts of America, etc.), Steve Harper is someone that many people count on.

Want to learn more about Harper and get some valuable advice on improving your business? Then check out the video of our discussion from CompTIA Breakaway.

Origianally posted on the CompTIA blog. Click here to see the original post.


Randy Johnston Named 2011 Accounting Today Top 100

Congratulations to Randy Johnston for the honor of being named 2011 Accounting Today Top 100 People. Read his bio in Accounting Today magazine.