Nine Lives Media Names Trivalent To MSPmentor 100: Grandville-based Trivalent Group has been ranked at No. 54 on Nine Lives Media Inc.’s fifth annual MSPmentor 100 Global Edition, a list and research report identifying the world’s top 100 managed service providers. This year’s MSPmentor 100 report has been expanded to include MSPs from North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, New Zeeland and Australia. The MSPmentor 100 report, available at, is based on data from MSPmentor’s global online survey, conducted from October to December 2011. The MSPmentor 100 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. Established in 2003, Trivalent Group, Inc. has emerged as one of Michigan’s largest technology firms through strong leadership, organic growth and acquisitions. Trivalent Group helps to lower the cost of use and eliminates the operational headaches of technology. Trivalent’s services allow clients to take advantage of cutting edge technologies by subscribing to various ‘managed service’ options that would otherwise be cost prohibitive to purchase outright. Bundling hardware, software, bandwidth and support capabilities together improves efficiency, reduces downtime and can result in significant cost savings. Trivalent is headquartered in Grandville, with offices in Mt. Pleasant, Kalamazoo, and Battle Creek. More at

Plex Systems Announces Compliance with SSAE 16 Industry Audit Standard: Plex Systems Inc., provider of the Plex Online cloud ERP for manufacturers, Thursday announced an independent auditing firm has confirmed its compliance with SSAE 16, an auditing standard that is replacing SAS 70. Plex Systems has received a SOC 1 report and the SOC 2 report is in progress. Presented by the Auditing Standards Board of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Standards for Attestation Engagements 16 introduces reporting requirements for service organizations while facilitating convergence of accounting standards between the U.S. based framework and the globally accepted principle for reporting on controls at service organizations. Companies undergoing an SSAE 16 examination produce a description of their “system” along with providing an assertion by management. The system includes services provided, along with the supporting processes, policies, procedures, personnel and operational activities that constitute the service organization’s core activities. The “written assertion” by management forms one of the key differences with previous standards which did not require this document. Plex Systems is the developer of Plex Online, a Software as a Service/Cloud ERP solution for the manufacturing enterprise. Plex Online offers features for virtually every department within a manufacturer, including Manufacturing Execution Systems and Quality Management Systems for the shop floor, Supply Chain Management for procurement, and Enterprise Resource Planning for finance and management. Plex Online’s comprehensive functional coverage delivers a “shop-floor to top-floor” view of a manufacturer’s operations, enabling management to run its business at maximum efficiency. More at