Digital Signage Today Covers Skykit's Digital Signage Guide

Agosto Inc., a digital signage content management system developer, has released its digital signage guide as a response to questions from customers. Companies such as NEC, Intel, Best Buy for Business and FASTSIGNS participated in the guide, entitled, "10 Digital Signage Topics You Need to Know Before Buying – The Complete Guide," according to a press release.

The guide covers the history of the industry, such as how the hardware and software have developed. It also gives advice on the key features to look for in digital signage hardware and software. It also covers topics such as content, rollout and how to measure return-on-investment, according to the release.

"There's a lot to learn about digital signage, and the majority of information available addresses specific needs, rather than the big picture," said Agosto President Aric Bandy. "Our guide fills that void by providing detailed, platform-agnostic information that will educate and provide context to buyers so they can make the most informed decisions."

The guide can be read here. Users can choose to download specific chapters rather than the entire guide, according to their preference.

 

The original article can be found on the Digital Signage Today's website here

Georgetown University Interviews Agosto Employees for Workforce Report

Georgetown University interviewed Aric Bandy, President of Agosto, and Dan Hildebrand, Account Executive, about their perspective on millennials being a large piece in the current and future workforce. 

They released a report titled "Women, Millenials, and the Future Workplace: Empowering All Employees." 

Click here to read the Huffington Post article summary. 

Click here to read the full report. 

Huffington Post: Google’s Cloud Business is Soaring

“Google Cloud delivers the original value of the cloud at enterprise scale”

This was one of the most crystallizing quotes of Google Horizon, an event structured to loudly and poignantly proclaim Google’s intent to dominate the public cloud. Surrounded by customers, select top partners like Agosto , and the press, Greene and her team laid out their enterprise plan.

Starting things off, Greene laid the foundation. Google has the biggest, fastest network that supports 8 brands that each has 1 billion active users: YouTube, Android, Gmail, Maps, Google Play, Search, Chrome AND Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

But Google isn’t resting on their laurels.

Read the full story originally published on Huffington Post

Cloud partners: G Suite update heralds a Google enterprise push

Google's rebranding efforts make a strong appeal to the enterprise and could reposition the company as a major force in the market, according to cloud partners.

Aric Bandy, president of Agosto Inc., a cloud services company based in Minneapolis. Agosto provides services around the Google Cloud Platform and Google Apps.

Google is behind in the email collaboration space and in the cloud and have to make a lot of moves in a very short amount of time to close the gap. Google has needed to make a very public and direct proclamation that they are going to be an enterprise player,” he added. “Prior to this [announcement], the market hasn’t heard it.
— Aric Bandy, President of Agosto

Nasdaq: Alphabet's Google for Work Team to Hire Wyoming State CIO

Alphabet Inc.’s (GOOGL - Analyst Report) Google is reportedly appointing Flint Waters, the chief information officer (CIO) of the state of Wyoming.

According to reports, Waters is expected to step down from the state service on Sep 23 and join Google for Work team in early October. He will play an advisory role, helping local and state governments migrate to Google products, especially the cloud.

Water’s Days as Wyoming CIO

Waters has been Wyoming’s CIO for five years and led a number of cloud migration projects. Waters headed Wyoming’s migration from state-owned data centers to Google and Azure-based cloud.

He also led the development of the Wyoming Unified Network, which is a network of fiber lines that connects important cities in the state and provides broadband access of 200 Kbps per student to school districts across the state.

Recently, Wyoming collaborated with Google for Work partner Agosto to upgrade from Google Apps for Government to Google Apps Unlimited. The upgrade will provide the state unlimited drive storage, advanced reporting and auditing capacities and additional administrative features.

Read the full article here.

Agosto Named 2016 Best Places to Work Honoree

The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal presents our 65 Best Places to Work honorees for 2016, the 18th year of Minnesota's longest-running awards program recognizing top workplaces.

They accepted nominations for Best Places to Work honorees from late-March through mid-May. Their research partner, Omaha, Neb.-based Quantum Workplace surveyed employees at participating companies from mid-April to mid-May, asking them to rate their employers on communication efforts, leadership and more.

Companies with the highest scores from the anonymous employee surveys were then ranked in four size categories.

Click here to read the full article and to watch the video announcement. 

RingCentral, Google Join Forces to Help Transition Enterprises to the Cloud

RingCentral, Inc. (RNG), a leading provider of business cloud communication and collaboration applications, and Google today join efforts to help mid to large size enterprises transition to the cloud. Companies are increasingly adopting cloud productivity tools like Google Apps and cloud communications applications like RingCentral Office® to enable greater flexibility and workflow efficiency.

Click here to read the full article on Yahoo Finance featuring Agosto. 

CRN Interviewed Aric Bandy for Article on Google I/O

Google's keynote at the Google I/O conference Thursday was filled with examples of how the company intends to reshape the consumer experience through artificially intelligent systems paired with speech-recognition technologies.

But at Agosto, a Google Apps for Work partner based in Minneapolis, President Aric Bandy told CRN that he couldn't help but see the business corollaries. 

Read the full article on CRN.com

Agosto's Irfan Khan Named as One of Minnesota's Young Millionaires 2015

From weekends in his basement, he built what became one of Google’s 2014 Global Enterprise Partners of the Year.

The allure of early wealth is the American entrepreneurial fantasy. How businesspeople achieve that dreamed-of status by age 40 is not consistent, but rarely does the story involve an MBA followed by two decades working for a Fortune 500 corporation. The paths are eclectic and often idiosyncratic, but the 2015 crop of Twin Cities Business young millionaires do have intriguing characteristics in common. Most are immigrants or first-generation Americans.

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MN Business Magazine: Repositioning Itself as Google Specialist Pays Off for Agosto

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2014 AT 11:28AM

Tech firm finds success helping companies switch to Google apps and cloud for IT needs.

Located on the fourth floor of the historic Ford Center in Minneapolis, the red-brick offices of tech consulting firm Agosto have the creative, shabby-chic ambience of a trendy cafe. It’s an appropriate atmosphere for one of the nation’s top Google apps and cloud consulting firms.

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Inc. Magazine: The 10 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in Minneapolis

Meet the rapid-growth companies dominating Minnesota's bigger Twin City.

Minneapolis is home to more than just the Minnesota Twins and the Artist Formerly Known as Prince. The 14th-largest metropolitan area in the U.S., is also home to 85 companies on this year's Inc. 5000.

Minneapolis is the largest city in the state of Minnesota, nurturing industry giants such as Target, Best Buy, Pillsbury and General Mills. It's also the second-largest economic center in the Midwest--lagging just behind Chicago--with major business sectors including publishing, milling, food processing, education, and more.

The 2014 Inc. 5000 tracked company performance, including the three-year revenue growth rate, between fiscal years 2010 and 2013. Here's a list of the top 10 companies that are benefitting from all that this Twin City has to offer:

5. Agosto

The third of four IT services firms to make it onto our top 10 fastest-growing companies in Minneapolis, Agosto is thriving under the leadership of CEO Irfan Khan. The fifth fastest-growing company in the metro area, and No. 1,343 on the Inc. 5000, Agosto caters to more small and midsize businesses, with a focus on Google services such as Google Apps, Google Cloud Platform and Google Enterprise Search services.

Boasting an impressive $7.7 million in 2013 revenue, the 13 year-old company has grown by more than 322 percent over the past three years.

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Talkin' Cloud Features Agosto CEO Irfan Khan

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2014 AT 8:44AM

Agosto CEO Irfan Khan is featured in the online cloud publication's 'Friday's Last Word' section, which highlights top cloud service provider CEOs.

Khan co-founded the Minneapolis, Minnesota-based IT services firm back in 2001. Since then he's been identifying new opportunities in the market as a cloud broker. As CEO, he has assisted with the migration tens of thousands of users onto Google Apps.

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TECHdotMN: Agosto cozies with Google, Irfan Khan named new CEO

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 AT 9:42AM

Minneapolis Google enterprise products and services firm Agosto has named its co founder and CTO Irfan Khan as CEO, replacing Aric Bandy (now president).

“We’re having a great run with Google and it just made sense for us from a transformation perspective,” says the new “product focused CEO.” The outgoing Bandy forecasted big changes last fall and again this summer with the launch of their initial product CSG. Moving forward, he will be acting as President, focused on Agosto’s existing service business from end-to-end.

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KARE11: Agosto's Aric Bandy Comments on Cloud Security

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2014 AT 9:18AM

Some cyber security experts think hackers may have obtained private celebrity images by exploiting weaknesses in an online image-storing platform known as "the cloud."

"In today's world everything has changed," says Aric Bandy, president of a Minneapolis company called Agosto that develops apps for businesses using Google's cloud.

While cloud technology has huge benefits, Bandy says not all clouds are created equal.

"You absolutely have to look at who it is you're putting your data with. If it's Google, if it's Apple's iCloud, if it's Microsoft," says Bandy. "You can't just trust that since it's the cloud, it's safe."

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