Digital Signage Veteran Linda Hofflander Joins Agosto as Company Launches Skykit: Born-in-the-Cloud Enterprise Digital Signage Platform

Hofflander Will Develop Skykit's Strategic Partner Community With a Focus on Retail, Education and Food Service Industries

MINNEAPOLIS, MN--(Marketwired - June 27, 2016) - Agosto Inc., a tier 1 premier Google for Work partner, today announced its official launch of Skykit, a born-in-the-cloud digital signage content management system (CMS). The company also shared that Linda Hofflander has joined the company as Vice President, Global Channels and Alliances for Skykit. Hofflander, a well-known digital signage veteran, brings nearly two decades of experience to the position, as well as a vast network of industry connections.

Skykit is the first and only end-to-end Google-based digital signage solution. It easily distributes content to any screen, anywhere in the world. Using a powerful browser-based CMS built on theGoogle Cloud Platform to run all centralized services for Skykit, end users have the ability to control, collaborate, and quickly send content to any number of displays from Google Drive and Apps. Users can create content in the platforms they already use today, which speeds up the content approval process that can be a bottleneck for other digital signage CMSs. Users control what to share and when to share it, creating seamless transitions in their displays. Content updates can be made in real-time using mobile devices.

"Skykit has experienced very healthy organic growth since its release earlier this year," said Agosto CEO Irfan Khan. "We're in an excellent position now to focus on building a partner ecosystem, and Linda is the perfect fit for this strategy. We're absolutely thrilled to have her join our team."

Hofflander brings experience and insights from every aspect of digital signage deployments. She has served on industry association boards including the ICX Association and the Digital Signage Federation. A noted public speaker, she is currently on the Speakers Bureau for ICX Association, and is a regular face at the Digital Signage Expo, participating in Roundtables and leading education sessions. Hofflander has co-hosted the DSA Industry Excellence and Crown Awards multiple times, and is a published author on digital deployments for industry magazines and blogs. Prior to joining Agosto Hofflander was Director of the Vertical Business Group at Samsung Electronics America, where she launched the Vertical Business Solution Teams for retail, education, finance, healthcare, and transportation.

At Agosto, Hofflander will focus on curating a partner community for Skykit that includes Channel Partners-distributors, DSIs, and VARs with vertical expertise; and Strategic Alliances to provide hardware, software, implementation services, content creation services and other solutions. "Skykit partners have an amazing opportunity to bring value to their customers with a robust, intuitive cloud-based CMS," said Hofflander.

Skykit digital signage CMS allows almost any type of organization to easily scale their communications in many ways, including promotions and brand reinforcement. Early adopters of Skykit include companies in the food service, retail, education and ad networks industries.

About Agosto
Founded in 2001, Agosto is a cloud services company that helps organizations leverage Google for Work products in the private and public sectors, providing technical solutions, change management and training, custom development, migration and deployment from legacy systems, ongoing admin support, and product development. Agosto is the second largest Cloud Platform reseller globally, and was named Google Global Partner of the Year for Cloud in 2013. The company has been included in the Inc. 500 | 5000 four times. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., and with offices in Toronto, Ontario, Agosto's clients include 1-800-Got-Junk?, the state of Wyoming, Unilog, Groupon, Jaguar Land Rover, and the Library of Congress, among others. For more information visit www.agosto.com. Follow Agosto: Twitter | Blog | LinkedIn.

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Agosto Leverages MQTT to Create High Performance, Open Source Message Broker for IoT

Open Source architecture designed for Google Cloud Platform lets developers build simple yet robust IoT features.

MINNEAPOLIS—May 18, 2016—Agosto Inc., a Google Tier 1 Premier Partner and cloud product development firm, has created an open source IoT message broker that enables businesses to implement rapid development of IoT applications using the widely-accepted MQTT protocol. MQTT further validated its de-facto status earlier this year when it received ISO standard certification.

Agosto’s IoT connection broker is a component of and gateway into Googles Pub/Sub service, as well as the company’s IoT (M2M) Accelerator, and can support any "Back-End" service that an enterprise wants to run on Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Agosto developed an early proof of this message broker for GCP. The company invested significantly to analyze options, build out an architecture, define message adaptation, and explore the feasibility of integrating with Google Cloud Pub/Sub. The project was informally announced by Preston Holmes at the recent Google NEXT Conference. Holmes is head of IoT solutions for GCP.

“Our goal was to develop a high-performance IoT Message Broker for Google Cloud Platform with a first adaptor for the Google Cloud Pub/Sub service that is simple to configure and deploy,” said Paul Lundberg, Agosto CTO. “We kept a sharp focus on security, scalability and performance in order to meet the enterprise-grade requirements of our customers.”

Forbes reports that Enterprise IoT spending is exceeding consumer spending in the near-term. Agosto has seen this trend in many markets, such as Industrial Internet, Drones, Infrastructure Controls and Telematics/Connected Vehicles.

“It’s challenging for companies to integrate the new business models that are part of an IoT transformation,” said Rick Erickson, Co-Founder and SVP of Business Development at Agosto. “We help enterprises navigate risk through a standardized process, by incubating each stage of the transformation.”

Agosto works with Fortune 100 companies to build market-changing IoT applications in the retail, manufacturing, and transportation verticals. One of only five Google for Work Premier Partners in North America, the company was named Google Enterprise Global Partner of the Year for Cloud Platform in 2014, and is currently the second largest Google Cloud Platform reseller in the world.


About Agosto

Founded in 2001, Agosto is a cloud services company that helps organizations leverage Google products and services in the private and public sectors, including change management and training, migration and deployment from legacy systems, ongoing admin support, Google Sites development, and much more. Agosto is the second largest Cloud Platform reseller globally, and was named Google Global Partner of the Year for Cloud in 2014. The company has been included in the Inc. 500 | 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies, four times. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., and with offices in Toronto, Ontario, Agosto’s clients include 1-800-Got-Junk?, the state of Wyoming, Unilog, Groupon, Jaguar Land Rover, and the Library of Congress, among others. For more information visit www.agosto.com. Follow Agosto: Twitter | Blog | LinkedIn.

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Google Nominates Agosto for Global Apps Partner of the Year and Global Chrome Partner of the Year

This article was published on Yahoo Finance

MINNEAPOLIS, MN--(Marketwired - April 06, 2016) - Agosto Inc., a Google Tier 1 Premier Partner and cloud product development firm, announced that it was nominated by Google for three awards in recognition of the company's ongoing commitment to helping organizations adopt Google Apps, as well for its many large-scale implementations of Google Chromebooks. The specific award nominations were: Global Apps Partner of the Year, Global Chrome Partner of the Year, and Google Apps Partner of the Year for North America. Awards were announced at TeamWork 2016, Google's annual global partner summit in Las Vegas, Nev.

"Agosto is thrilled to be nominated for awards alongside Dell and Accenture. It proves that we don't have to be the biggest to be one of the best," said Agosto President Aric Bandy. "This year's nominations exemplify how the Google partner community is evolving: companies like Agosto are true contenders, competing with multinational corporations." The Global Apps Partner of the Year and Global Chrome Partner of the Year were taken home by Accenture and Dell, respectively.

Agosto has been helping private and public sector companies "Go Google" since 2007, providing strategic and technical services including Google Apps migration and deployment from legacy systems, change management and training services, ongoing support, Google Sites development, and more. One of only five Google for Work Premier Partners in North America, the company was named Google Enterprise Global Partner of the Year for Cloud Platform in 2014, and is currently the second largest Google Cloud Platform reseller in the world.

About Agosto
Founded in 2001, Agosto is a cloud services company that helps organizations leverage Google products and services in the private and public sectors, including change management and training; migration and deployment from legacy systems; ongoing admin support; Google Sites development; and much more. Agosto is the second largest Cloud Platform reseller globally, and was named Google Global Partner of the Year for Cloud in 2014. The company has been included in the Inc. 500 | 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies, four times. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., and with offices in Toronto, Ontario, Agosto's clients include 1-800-Got-Junk?, the state of Wyoming, Unilog, Groupon, Jaguar Land Rover, and the Library of Congress, among others. For more information, visitwww.agosto.com. Follow Agosto: Twitter | Blog | LinkedIn.

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612-599-7797

Agosto Expands Google Cloud Products Offering in Government Sector

Google’s Authorization to Operate from FedRAMP gives federal agencies access to more products from world’s second largest Google Cloud Platform reseller.

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 16, 2016 -- Agosto Inc., a Google Tier 1 Premier Partner and cloud product development firm, announced that it can now provide cloud computing and storage with Google for Work and Google App Engine accounts to all U.S. federal agencies. The announcement comes on the heels of Google’s recent Authorization to Operate from the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). With FedRAMP authorization, all government agencies can use Google’s cloud tools and securely store unlimited content on Google’s cloud platform.

“We’re very excited about this development in the government space,” said Agosto President Aric Bandy. “Google Apps has been an unequivocal value—both strategically and financially—for Agosto’s customers in the government sector. The FedRAMP compliant status allows us to bring even more Google functionalities to federal agencies.” Agosto serves clients in the government sector at the local, state and federal levels, including the Library of Congress, the state of Wyoming, and the Minnesota Historical Society. 

Google Apps has been compliant with the Federal Information Security Management Act since 2010, and since then Agosto has been helping government agencies adopt the public cloud provider’s tools. The FedRAMP approval, a lengthy assessment and review process, means that the security of the Google for Work and Google App Engine platforms has been assessed against federal standards. 

FedRAMP is a government program to approve and screen technology solutions to ensure they have the security measures required for use by a government agency. When a service receives the FedRAMP authorization, any federal government agency can use the solution as it’s been properly vetted and approved.

About Agosto

Founded in 2001, Agosto is a cloud product development company with a focus on the Internet of Things (IoT). The company offers products and services to enterprises in the private and public sectors, including change management and training; migration and deployment from legacy systems; ongoing admin support; Google Sites development; and much more. Agosto is the second largest Cloud Platform reseller globally, and was named Google Enterprise Global Partner of the Year for Cloud Platform in 2014. The company has been included in the Inc. 500 | 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies, four times. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., and with offices in Toronto, Ontario, Agosto’s clients include 1-800-Got-Junk?, the state of Wyoming, Unilog, Groupon, Jaguar Land Rover, and the Library of Congress, among others. For more information visit www.agosto.com.

Follow Agosto: Twitter | Blog | LinkedIn.

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Elisabeth Grant
Branch Out Public Relations
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612.599.7797

Agosto Named Owler’s “HOT in 2015” Company in Toronto

Owler’s community of users, customers, clients, and followers voted to determine winners.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. and TORONTO – Oct. 22, 2015 – Agosto, a Google Premier Partner and cloud product development company, today announced it has been named an Owler “HOT in 2015” winner in Toronto. Owler, a leading online source for free competitive intelligence with over 12 million company profiles in its database, awards the hottest companies in each city using data and analytics it collects from the Owler community.

Agosto was rated higher than 10,000 other companies competing in this space for the Owler award. The company has a 100% approval rating from third-party reviewers.

“The Owler community is vital in helping us choose the hottest companies around the world,” said Brett Miller, director of marketing at Owler. “Every (anonymous) contribution adds to a company’s HOTness score and helps us determine winners in each industry.”

Company profiles on Owler display data (e.g. revenue, employees, headquarters, funding, acquisitions) of companies all around the world, and differ from user accounts. The Owler community of registered users can edit, add, or vote on data in any company profile. All user contributions go through a verification process to ensure quality.

“The Owler awards are unique in that winners are determined by a community of users, customers, clients, and followers,” said Agosto President Aric Bandy. “We’re honored that the Owler community chose Agosto as the ‘HOT in 2015’ winner in Toronto.”

To see Agosto’s company profile on Owler, go to http://bit.ly/1i9BJ7n.

 

About Agosto Inc.

Founded in 2001, Agosto is a Google Tier 1 Premier Partner and cloud product development company. Agosto helps organizations leverage Google for Work products and has built two products on top of Google: Skykit, a digital signage platform, and ELF, an IoT platform. In 2014, Agosto was named Google Enterprise Global Partner of the Year for Cloud Platform and was named to the Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies for the fourth time. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., and with offices in Toronto, Ontario, Agosto’s clients include: 1-800-Got-Junk?, Unilog, Groupon, Jaguar Land Rover, and The Library of Congress.

 

About Owler

Owler is a free competitive intelligence tool that delivers customized insights on competitors, customers, and partners to over 100,000 business professionals. Owler was founded in 2011 by Jim Fowler, who previously founded Jigsaw (acquired by Salesforce in 2010).

 

Contact:

Ben Schmitt, Marketing Strategist, 612.605.3529
benjamin.schmitt@agosto.com

Agosto Named to Managed IT Service Provider 500 List by CRN


Leading Minneapolis, St. Paul Managed Services Provider Included on MSP 500 for Third year in a row


Minneapolis, MN, March 25, 2015 Agosto, a Google Premier Partner and cloud product development company, today announced it has earned recognition on The Channel Company’s 2015 CRN Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list as one of the MSP Pioneer 250. This annual list distinguishes the top technology providers and consultants in North America whose leading approach to managed services enables their customers to improve operational efficiencies, elicit greater value from their IT investments, and successfully leverage technology to achieve greater competitive advantage.

This year, CRN’s industryfocused directory highlights the Top 500 MSPs in three categories: 100 Hosting Providers who are experienced in providing mainly off-premise, or cloud-based, services; 150 Elite Service Providers who are large data center-focused solution providers with a strong mix of on-premise professional services as well as off-premise services; and 250 Pioneers geared toward the small and midsize business market.

“Being included again on the list of top managed services providers is an honor for Agosto,” said Aric Bandy, Agosto president. “As we pivot toward a future as a cloud product development and enterprise cloud services company, we will not lose sight of our long history of pioneering IT services.”

Coverage of the MSP 500 will be featured in the February 2015 issue of CRN and online at www.CRN.com

About the Channel Company

The Channel Company, with established brands including CRN, XChange Events, IPED and SharedVue, is the sales channel community’s trusted authority for growth and innovation. For more than three decades, we have leveraged our proven and leading-edge platforms to deliver prescriptive sales and marketing solutions for the technology sales channel. The Channel Company provides Communication, Recruitment, Engagement, Enablement, Demand Generation and Intelligence services to drive technology partnerships.

Learn more at www.thechannelcompany.com 

About Agosto

Founded in 2001, Agosto is a Google Premier Partner and cloud product development company. Agosto helps organizations bring products to market more quickly, with a focus on the Internet of Things (IoT). In 2014, Agosto was named Google Enterprise Global Partner of the Year for Cloud Platform. The company is also committed to providing Google enterprise services, and in 2014 was named to the Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies for the fourth time. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota and with offices in Toronto, Ontario, Agosto’s clients include: 1-800-Got-Junk?, Corel, Dunn Bros Coffee, Famous Dave’s, Jaguar Land Rover, The Library of Congress, and The Second City.  

Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/goAgosto

Contact: Benjamin Schmitt | Agosto Inc. | 612-605-3529 | benjamin.schmitt@agosto.com

Agosto and EO Johnson Announce Managed Services Business Sale Completion

Leading Business Technologies Business Buys Managed Services Business from Google for Work Premier Partner

MINNEAPOLIS, MN—(December 11, 2014)—Agosto Inc. and EO Johnson Business Technologies today announced the sale of Agosto’s IT managed services business to EO Johnson. The sale was completed October 15, 2014, and since that time both companies have focused on notifying customers and transitioning the business. EO Johnson welcomes Agosto’s six Minneapolis IT technicians and engineers into their Locknet® Managed IT Services team and soon will establish an office in the Minneapolis area. Until then, the new EO Johnson employees continue to work in the Agosto office.

Agosto, one of the world’s most experienced Google for Work Premier Partners and cloud product development firms, is the fifth fastest growing company in Minneapolis according to Inc. Magazine, and is the Google Enterprise Global Partner of the Year for Cloud Platform. EO Johnson Business Technologies is a leading business technologies company, providing managed IT services, document management systems, and print and document equipment. Locknet® Managed IT Services is EO Johnson’s IT offering and is one of the World’s top Managed Service Providers, ranked #26 worldwide by MSPmentor’s 501 Global Edition.   

The sale fits both companies’ strategic plans allowing Agosto to build its cloud products business and provide even more extensive services for its Google for Work clients, and allowing EO Johnson to further grow its managed IT services business in the Minneapolis market.  

“The acquisition will position us well to better service our existing Locknet® client base in the Twin Cities area and to offer additional managed service products to our new clients from Agosto,” said Mary Jo Johnson, CEO/Owner – EO Johnson Business Technologies. “We’re also excited to welcome the former Agosto team members to the EO Johnson family in support of these clients.”

Agosto CEO Irfan Khan said, “EO Johnson is the right company to take care of our former managed services customers, as well as our former employees. Agosto is now focusing on clients in our high-growth segments, expanding our cloud product development and Google for Work service offerings.

About Agosto Inc.

Founded in 2001, Agosto is one of the world’s most experienced Google for Work Premier Partners and cloud product development firms. Based in Minneapolis, and with offices in Toronto, Agosto was an early Google Apps provider (2007) and remains committed to providing IT services including Google Apps and Google Drive for Work deployment, and building products on Google Cloud Platform. In 2014, Agosto was named Google Enterprise Global Partner of the Year for Cloud Platform, and was listed for the fourth time on the Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. Agosto’s clients include Jaguar Land Rover, Corel, The Minnesota Wild, and Famous Dave's. Follow us at http://twitter.com/goAgosto

About EO Johnson Business Technologies

EO Johnson Business Technologies is a leading business technologies provider, offering managed IT services, managed print services, document management systems, print and document equipment, production print equipment, and digital signage.  The company acquired Locknet® in 2012, a managed services provider with over 30 years’ experience in the IT technology space.  Locknet® is a UCS/SSAE 16 Certified, FFIEC examined technology service provider and was named #26 by MSPmentor’s 2014 501 Global Edition by Nine Lives Media (naming the top 501 managed services providers in the world).  Locknet® has redundant data centers, a full-service support center located in Onalaska, WI, and a large security-focused client base.  EO Johnson was founded in 1957 by Emery O. (E.O.) Johnson in Wausau, WI.  Now in second generation ownership, E.O.’s daughter Mary Jo Johnson is owner and CEO.  The company has five offices (Wausau, Eau Claire, and La Crosse, WI; Rochester, MN; and Cedar Falls, IA) and 250 employees.  www.eojohnson.com

 

CONTACT:

Agosto:

Caroline Life, VP – Marketing, caroline.life@agosto.com, 612.605.3526

EO Johnson Business Technologies:

Karen Katz, Marketing Director, kkatz@eojohnson.com, 800.472.0020      

                                                                                        

                                                                                                     

 

 

Agosto Named to Minnesota Fast 50 List

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Honors Fastest Growing Private Minnesota Companies

Minneapolis, Minnesota - October 24, 2014 – Agosto Inc., one of the world’s most experienced Google for Work Partners and cloud product development firms, today announced that it has been named to the 2014 Minnesota Fast 50 list by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. The Fast 50 ranks the fastest growing privately held companies in Minnesota by revenue growth rate over the past three years. This year’s list includes organizations from a wide range of industries with at least one thing in common: they have all grown during a time of continued economic challenge.

Agosto came in at number fourteen on this year’s list. In the field of IT, Agosto has expanded its business by helping enterprise clients to implement cloud services including Google Apps for Work. The company has also established a strong cloud product development business, recently launching the Cloud Storage Gateway, a fully managed, cloud-integrated storage solution for backups, storage and disaster recovery. Agosto builds cloud software using Google’s Cloud Platform, delivering cost-effective, scalable, and rapidly launched products.

“Agosto is growing steadily by listening to the needs of the market and by addressing those needs with top-notch cloud products and services,” said Agosto president Aric Bandy. “It’s an honor to be named to the 2014 Fast 50 list this year in recognition of our continued strong revenue growth.”

Bandy and Agosto’s CEO Irfan Khan accepted the award for Agosto last evening at the annual Fast 50 awards ceremony in Minneapolis.

“It’s gratifying that the expansion of our cloud product development business has contributed to such rapid growth and earned us a place on this prestigious list,” said Khan. “We’re looking forward to an exciting end to this year and to continued growth in 2015.”

The complete Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal 2014 Minnesota Fast 50 List is available at mspbj.com.

About Agosto Inc.

Founded in 2001, Agosto is one of the world’s most experienced Google for Work Partners and cloud product development firms. Based in Minneapolis, and with offices in Toronto, Agosto was an early Google Apps provider (2007) and remains committed to providing IT services including Google Apps deployment, and building products on Google Cloud Platform. In 2014, Agosto was named Google Enterprise Global Partner of the Year for Cloud Platform and was listed for the fourth time on the Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The company also deploys Google for Work Maps and Search solutions, and provides managed services and support. Agosto’s clients include Jaguar Land Rover, The Minnesota Wild, and Famous Dave's. Follow us at twitter.com/goAgosto.

Agosto One of the World’s Top 100 Cloud Service Providers

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota—October 16, 2014—Agosto Inc., one of the world’s most experienced Google for Work Partners and cloud product development firms, today announced that it has been ranked as one of the world’s top 100 cloud service providers (CSPs) for 2014, according to Penton Media’s fourth-annual Talkin’ Cloud 100 report. The report is based on data from Talkin' Cloud's online survey, conducted January through May 2014. The Talkin' Cloud 100 report recognizes top cloud service providers based on such metrics as annual cloud services revenue growth (both in actual dollars and in percentage growth rates).

Agosto delivers cloud services to the enterprise, providing assistance with Google Apps for Work and as part of a growing cloud product development business. Earlier this year, Agosto launched its Cloud Storage Gateway product, a fully managed, cloud-integrated storage solution to address backups, storage and disaster recovery. The company also builds products for companies using Google’s Cloud Platform, which enables scalability, rapid time-to-market, and cost-effective cloud product development. Additional products based on Google tools and Agosto innovation are planned for release in the new year.

"Agosto is proud to have achieved a place among the world’s top 100 cloud service providers," said Aric Bandy CEO, president of Agosto. "As we continue to offer outstanding services to our Google for Work clients, we are also delivering products built using Google Cloud Platform, to help our customers work even more effectively.”

"Penton and Talkin’ Cloud congratulate Agosto,” said Charlene O’Hanlon, Senior Executive Editor and Executive Managing Editor of Talkin’ Cloud. "The Talkin’ Cloud 100 represents those companies leading the way in the cloud space at a critical point in the maturation of the market.”

Talkin’ Cloud, produced by Penton, is the go-to resource for CSPs, VARs and MSPs profiting from cloud computing. Talkin’ Cloud features a daily blog, research, Channel Expert Hour Webcasts and FastChat videos. It is the first online media destination for channel partners working in the cloud.

About Agosto Inc.

Founded in 2001, Agosto is one of the world’s most experienced Google for Work Partners and cloud product development firms. Based in Minneapolis, and with offices in Toronto, Agosto was an early Google Apps provider (2007) and remains committed to providing IT services including Google Apps deployment, and building products on Google Cloud Platform. In 2014, Agosto was named Google Enterprise Global Partner of the Year for Cloud Platform and was listed for the fourth time on the Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The company also deploys Google for Work Maps and Search solutions, and provides managed services and support. Agosto’s clients include Jaguar Land Rover, The Minnesota Wild, and Famous Dave's. Follow us at twitter.com/goAgosto.

About The Channel Company

Penton’s channel brands (www.penton.com), define emerging IT markets and disrupt established IT markets. The brands’ channel-centric online communities include MSPmentor (www.MSPmentor.net), The VAR Guy (www.TheVARguy.com) and Talkin’ Cloud (www.TalkinCloud.com). 

About Penton

For millions of business owners and decision-makers, Penton makes the difference every day. We engage our professional users by providing actionable ideas and insights, data and workflow tools, community and networking, both in person and virtually, all with deep relevance to their specific industries. We then activate this engagement by connecting users with tens of thousands of targeted providers of products and services to help drive business growth. Learn more about our company at www.penton.com. Penton is a privately held company owned by MidOcean Partners and U.S. Equity Partners II, an investment fund sponsored by Wasserstein & Co., LP.

Agosto Named to CRN Fast Growth 150 List

Prestigious List Recognizes Elite Group of Fastest Growing Solution Providers in the IT Channel

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota—September 22, 2014—Agosto Inc, one of the world’s most experienced Google for Work Partners and cloud product development firms, today announced that it has been named to the CRN Fast Growth 150 list. The Fast Growth 150 list recognizes those solution providers that have been the fastest growing over a two-year period based on gross revenue from calendar year 2011 to calendar year 2013. These solution providers have demonstrated exceptional business finesse in order to thrive despite a turbulent IT economy.

“The solution providers recognized in CRN’s Fast Growth 150 list have successfully navigated the industry’s economic upheaval and have adapted their businesses and grown despite the significant changes that evolving technologies like cloud computing, collaboration and mobility have created in the IT space,” said Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company, publisher of CRN. “These organizations are some of the most successful solution providers in business today, and it is our pleasure to recognize them for their accomplishments and draw attention to them as leaders in today’s IT channel.”

Agosto’s growth in providing cloud services to the enterprise can be attributed to the company’s expansion of its Google Apps for Work client base, and on a growing product development practice. Earlier this year, Agosto launched its Cloud Storage Gateway product, a fully managed, cloud-integrated storage solution to address backups, storage and disaster recovery. The company also builds products for companies using Google’s Cloud Platform, which enables scalability, rapid time-to-market, and cost-effective cloud product development.

“To again be included on the Fast Growth 150 list is validation of Agosto’s efforts over the past few years,” said Agosto president Aric Bandy. “We’re excited to be recognized for our hard work and for the success of our Google Apps and product development business.”

Highlights on the Fast Growth 150 list are featured in the October issue of CRN and can be viewed online at www.crn.com.

About Agosto Inc.

Founded in 2001, Agosto is one of the world’s most experienced Google for Work Partners and cloud product development firms. Based in Minneapolis, and with offices in Toronto, Agosto was an early Google Apps provider (2007) and remains committed to providing IT services including Google Apps deployment, and building products on Google Cloud Platform. In 2014, Agosto was named Google Enterprise Global Partner of the Year for Cloud Platform and was listed for the fourth time on the Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The company also deploys Google for Work Maps and Search solutions, and provides managed services and support. Agosto’s clients include Jaguar Land Rover, The Minnesota Wild, and Famous Dave's. Follow us attwitter.com/goAgosto.

About The Channel Company

The Channel Company is the channel community's trusted authority for growth and innovation, with established brands including CRN, XChange Events, IPED, and SharedVue. For more than three decades, we have leveraged our proven and leading-edge platforms to deliver prescriptive sales and marketing solutions for the technology channel. The Channel Company provides Communication, Recruitment, Engagement, Enablement, Demand Generation and Intelligence services to drive technology partnerships. Learn more at www.thechannelcompany.com