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 Skykit 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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TECHdotMN: Agosto forays into products with Skykit CSG for Google Enterprise

THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 2014 AT 10:17AM

Minneapolis Google for Enterprise consulting and app development firm Agosto has announced the release of their first flagship product, SkyKit Cloud Storage Gateway (CSG).

Skykit was developed by Agosto to address both the demand for clients growing data footprint and the reallocation of their primary data storage to Google’s Cloud Platform — providing a managed service complete with migration (hardware), monitoring (software), and support.

“We saw a gap for customers in the larger terabyte range who asked for a better solution, so we built the product with them in mind,” says CEO Aric Bandy. That approach has resulted in a “tremendous amount of interest,” and already yielded paying customers.

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IT Business Edge: Agosto Gateway Turns Google Cloud Storage into a Network Drive

MONDAY, JUNE 16, 2014 AT 11:10AM

While IT organizations are showing a lot of interest in cloud storage these days, many are not prepared to manage it. Not only is there complexity involved with actually setting it up, most providers of public cloud services are “faceless entities” in that they don’t provide much in the way of customer support.

Looking to fill a gap in the customer experience in the cloud, Agosto has launched the SkyKit Cloud Storage Gateway, an appliance that makes the Google cloud storage service appear to be just another network drive.

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CRN: Agosto Maintains Its Own Distinct Cloud Brand As It Works Alongside Giant Google

For many solution providers, differentiating their brand from their vendor partner’s is an ongoing challenge.

Solution provider Agosto, however, has succeeded in ensuring its own cloud brand stands apart from that of Google.

"It is always a challenge, and it's something we have to manage through, especially [since] our vendor, Google, is the most powerful, respected brand in the market," said Aric Bandy, President of Agosto, a Premier Google Apps and Google Enterprise partner. "But we have to manage the Agosto brand and really highlight how Agosto has transformed the way an organization operates."

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MSPMentor: MSP Top 501 Profile: Agosto Goes All In With Google Apps

Google Apps or MicrosoftOffice 365?

To find out we spoke with Aric Bandy, the top executive at Agosto, a Minneapolis-based MSP and cloud service provider (CSP) that ranked 360 on MSPmentor’s 2014 Top 501 list. His company is a Premiere Google Apps partner and has gone all in with Google. And Bandy is a bit of a Google evangelist. (He even served as the Google Enterprise Advisory Board Chairman in 2012.)

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St. Paul Pioneer Press: Chromebooks Beginning to Give the Windows World Serious Competition

Chromebooks. Egan Co. employees dub them "mobile filing cabinets." The Brooklyn Park-based construction company, when deploying its teams to its dozens of work sites, used to send along a big plastic cabinet brimming with paper files. Workers would receive blank timesheets from the cabinet, fill them out and hand them back for faxing to the home office, where someone would have to painstakingly type the numbers into a database.

Agosto and clients Egan Co., White Bear Lake Area Schools and others describe the advantages of using Google Chromebooks.

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Channel Insider: What to Do When Apps Become Services

There's no doubt "the times they are a-changin'" in the channel. Just about everywhere a solution provider looks somebody is trying to turn an application into a service.

Google and Microsoft are leading that charge. The former wants to gain share at the expense of the other by getting customers to adopt Google Apps while the latter is obsessed with cannibalizing its own base of Office customers by getting them to switch to Microsoft Office 365 delivered as a service before that happens.

Aric Bandy, president of Agosto, which was just named Google Enterprise global partner of the year, provides insight.

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TECHdotMN: Minneapolis’ Agosto Named 2013 Global Partner of the Year for Google Cloud Platform

“SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—March 6, 2014—Agosto Inc., one of the world’s most experienced Google Enterprise Partners and cloud product development firms, has been named Google Enterprise Global Partner of the Year for Cloud Platform. The award was presented at Google’s annual Global Partner Summit in San Francisco. Agosto is a Google Apps Premier and Google Cloud Platform Premier partner.”

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Channel Partners: Google Wraps Partner Summit, Honors Partners of the Year

Cloud Sherpas, Agosto, CDW and others are Google’s Global Partners of the Year.

After a week-long celebration of all things partner-oriented at its Global Partner Summit, Google concluded its event by recognizing these and a handful of other organizations as best-in-class partners.

At the event, which attracted more than 700 partners to the San Francisco Bay Area, Cloud Sherpas was singled out as the Global Enterprise Overall Winner. The Atlanta-based global cloud advisory and technology services company has twice previously been honored as the "Google Enterprise Partner of the Year for Google Apps."

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Agosto's Aric Bandy Makes Twin Cities Business Magazine's 2014 Black Book List

Who in Minnesota can you turn to for help in meeting and exceeding your goals this year?Aric Bandy is at the top of the list - especially the 2014 Black Book.

Said Bandy, “I fundamentally believe that technology can be transformative if you focus on the strategic objectives of the client’s business.”

This is the 12th edition, and a new and improved version of the annual publication of top 25 lists that had been called the Business Information Guide, or B.I.G. Book. Compared with similar publications, this has been by far the most accurate and thorough in Minnesota.

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PRWeb: New Version of Nava Certus Supports Dropbox; Nava Solutions Launches Reseller Program

Nava Solutions has just released version 1.2 of Nava Certus, an intuitive, easy to configure cloud storage migration tool that now seamlessly handles migration to and from Dropbox. Users can migrate files from file server to Dropbox or Google Drive and vice-versa. Additionally, there is full migration support from Dropbox and file system to Amazon S3.

Nava Solutions is pleased to announce the formal launch of its Nava Solutions Reseller Program. Geared towards cloud solution providers of all calibers, the program will be initially launching with a group of Google Apps partners, including Agosto...

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