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Ready for predictive maintenance? It’s easier than you might think

Ready for predictive maintenance? It’s easier than you might think

Failures and downtime happen every single day in manufacturing environments due to the lack of efficiency and quality production. The most successful manufacturing companies are implementing predictive maintenance to cut costs, reduce scrap and ensure operations are running at optimal performance at all times ... Read More
Chrome App and Extension Development In The Enterprise

Chrome App and Extension Development In The Enterprise

Almost half of all Chrome users use extensions, but you rarely hear about Chrome extensions or apps for big companies. On the first episode of CloudUp by Agosto, we explore Chrome extensions vs. apps, why companies would want to create either and some of the coolest examples of Chrome extensions/apps in the enterprise today ... Read More
5 Reasons Your Frontline Workers Need to Transform to the Cloud

5 Reasons Your Frontline Workers Need to Transform to the Cloud

Frontline Workers have a significant impact on the business, directly impacting customer experience and are the eyes and ears for reporting on progress, spotting new opportunities and providing extraordinary customer experiences. Don’t let your Frontline Workers miss out on the power of Chrome Enterprise that drives greater efficiency for the business ... Read More
Windows 7 Sunset

Windows 7 Sunset

As the clock runs out on Windows 7, the time is right for Chrome Enterprise 225 days—and the clock is ticking. If your organization runs Windows 7, that’s the time left until January 14, 2020, when Microsoft officially ends all support for its popular operating system (OS). With more than one-third of PCs still reliant on the OS, migration is on the minds of many IT professionals ... Read More
Supporting Your Project Team Through a Change

Supporting Your Project Team Through a Change

Last month we talked about 3 ways to prepare your project team prior to a change: Host a lessons learned roundtable Include them in the product/workflow assessment Know where they want to go with their professional development Preparations were made, and now it is GO TIME! Imagine that your change project is in flight, and your project team is busy working on implementation planning and strategy to help the rest ... Read More
How to Impress Every Stakeholder With Your Cloud Transformation Strategy

How to Impress Every Stakeholder With Your Cloud Transformation Strategy

A recent Forrester study found that 25% of business decision-makers and 42% of technology decision makers are aiming to increase the use of cloud in the next year ... Read More
How QAD workers get access to Pixelbooks in minutes, using Grab and Go

How QAD workers get access to Pixelbooks in minutes, using Grab and Go

This article was originally posted on Google Cloud Blog, click here to read the original.Editor’s note: Today’s post is by Scott Lawson, Director of IT Architecture at QAD, provider of cloud-based software and services for global manufacturing companies. QAD is using the Grab and Go with Chrome Enterprise program to improve employee productivity when traveling between offices.We pride ourselves on being a helpful IT department for QAD’s 1,900 employees. We have 31 offices around the world, ... Read More
Preparing Your Project Team for Change

Preparing Your Project Team for Change

It’s easy to overlook the ones you love the most. Okay, maybe love is too strong, but let’s say that in the world of project management or change implementation it is easy to overlook the effort we should spend with our most trusted allies - our project team players - BEFORE the start of the next big change project. We want to challenge you to do 3 things to maintain ... Read More
Our Top 10 Best of G Suite Updates to Start the New Year Right

Our Top 10 Best of G Suite Updates to Start the New Year Right

As a company, Google is constantly evolving and introducing new tools and feature to help businesses grow, build and succeed, especially in the world of G Suite ... Read More
Why you should ditch your professional New Year’s resolutions for just one word

Why you should ditch your professional New Year’s resolutions for just one word

Musings from your neighborhood Change ManagerIt’s never too late for a fresh start, yet no time of the year seems more appropriate to plan for renewal than the weeks leading up to the New Year. I’ve never been big on resolutions; it seems like the failure stats are stacked against that kind of method to bring about lasting change for most of us. What has made a difference for me ... Read More
Boost Team Productivity using Grab and Go with Chrome Enterprise

Boost Team Productivity using Grab and Go with Chrome Enterprise

Grab and Go with Chrome Enterprise is a self-service solution that effectively addresses these issues. There's no need to wait for IT or monopolize their valuable time with a process that your employees can take on easily ... Read More
G Suite Email Protection and Control: Trends and  Best Practices for Data Security & Compliance

G Suite Email Protection and Control: Trends and Best Practices for Data Security & Compliance

With the emergence of new G Suite security features, regulations like GDPR, and other privacy concerns, many customers have refocused their 2018 security priorities on G Suite data protection.  Earlier this Summer, Agosto, in conjunction with Virtru, held a webinar to discuss the top G Suite security, compliance, and data privacy concerns for the coming year – and how powerful email protection can make it easier to securely share sensitive ... Read More
Best Kept Secrets of Change Management: Investing in Training

Best Kept Secrets of Change Management: Investing in Training

Training, as you probably know already, is a big deal! So big, in fact, we’ve split it into two separate blog posts, catch our last post on “sticky” learning plans here.Today we want to focus on why you should invest in training, while inspiring your team to actually take the training. Because as the old saying goes, before you can teach a person to fish, they need to know the ... Read More
Debunking the 5 Most Common Chromebook Myths

Debunking the 5 Most Common Chromebook Myths

Egan Company, a manufacturing, and construction company in Minnesota “couldn’t be happier” with their 140 Chromebook rollout. They needed a solution that was easy to roll out, durable, secure, and cost-effective. Chrome was the perfect fit.We firmly believe that Chromebooks make a great use case for a wide range of our customers, just like Egan. But often when we talk about Chrome to the uninitiated, we spend a lot of ... Read More
Best Kept Secrets of Change Management: Designing “Sticky” Learning Plans

Best Kept Secrets of Change Management: Designing “Sticky” Learning Plans

You’ve got a new technology that you know will be fantastic for your organization. Now the hard work begins. You have to get your users to actually adopt the new tool(s) and integrate a new way of working into their current, comfortable day-to-day routine.To get your users to take the leap, you’ll want to invest some time and energy into creating a thoughtful learning plan. Keep reading for a few ... Read More
Work Hard, Bike Harder

Work Hard, Bike Harder

You know what they say: work hard, bike harder! At Skykit (and our parent company - Agosto) we wear our Minneapolis-pride on our sleeves (and our cycling kits) with our unabashed love of cycling.Minneapolis, our founding headquarters, holds the place as one of the best biking cities in the United States. In fact, as of 2016, Minneapolis had more than 226 miles of bike lanes, leading the nation in density ... Read More
Best Kept Secrets of Change Management: Internal Project Marketing

Best Kept Secrets of Change Management: Internal Project Marketing

What comes to mind when you think of internal marketing for a change project?It may be a simple answer for you, or something that doesn’t change much from customer to customer or project to project. But should it? What is stopping you from adapting your marketing strategies to each individual project and different groups of users?These aren’t the memes you’re looking for...It can be easy to market to groups you ... Read More
Best Kept Secrets of Change Management: Define User Groups, AKA Seeing the Forest AND the Trees

Best Kept Secrets of Change Management: Define User Groups, AKA Seeing the Forest AND the Trees

By Nick BathkeYou’ve successfully created your Circle of Trust and you’ve navigated the dangerous waters of Executive Sponsorship, so what’s next? Let’s talk User Groups.You can go into a project with the best communications plan, a great training series, and an effective marketing campaign and still find that some users are hesitant to embrace change or may be openly hostile about the change. What gives?One thing you may not have ... Read More
Best Kept Secrets of Change Management: How to Avoid the Loch Ness Monster of Executive Sponsorship

Best Kept Secrets of Change Management: How to Avoid the Loch Ness Monster of Executive Sponsorship

By Sarah GasparickChances are that you’ve heard it before: you need to get Executive Sponsorship secured with a project early on to help it succeed.It’s good advice. In theory, it’s so simple. In practice, it is often an uphill battle. Getting the Executive Sponsor (or sponsors) to actually be active and visible can end up being more like sightings of the Loch Ness Monster. There may be rumors and a ... Read More
Best Kept Secrets of Change Management: Build “Circles of Trust”

Best Kept Secrets of Change Management: Build “Circles of Trust”

By Sarah GasparickIt’s easy to explain the value of some of the classic aspects of change management - like providing timely learning opportunities for end users, or making sure to design a communications campaign. When we dig a bit deeper into change management best practices, pinpointing some of the magic behind the “secret sauce” becomes a bit harder to articulate - but we don’t like to shy away from a ... Read More
Out with the old, in with the new: Upgrading from Google Drive Sync to Google File Stream

Out with the old, in with the new: Upgrading from Google Drive Sync to Google File Stream

For those who haven’t heard, Google has rung the death bell for the Google Drive Desktop client. AKA Google Drive File Sync. Support for Drive Sync already ended back in December, but the APIs that allow the tool to continue to function will be shut down on May 12, 2018.We don’t know exactly what the shutdown in May will look like functionality-wise, but we’d rather not wait and find out ... Read More
The Key to Supporting Better Video Conferencing

The Key to Supporting Better Video Conferencing

As the workforce becomes more dispersed, with more employees working remotely or across different locations, video conferencing is becoming a standard practice for many businesses looking to improve productivity and engagement among their employe ... Read More
How Scheels Uses Chrome to Help its Sales Associates Better Serve Customers

How Scheels Uses Chrome to Help its Sales Associates Better Serve Customers

Note: This post was originally published on Google's blog, The Keyword. Scheels partnered with Agosto to support their Chrome needs. Today’s post is from Becky Torkelson, Computer Support Specialist Leader for Scheels, an employee-owned 27-store chain of sporting goods stores in the Midwest and West. Scheels uses Chrome browser and G Suite to help its 6,000 employees better serve customers and work together efficiently.Whether customers come to Scheels stores to buy running shoes, fishing ... Read More
Level Up Your Migration to G Suite with Transformation Labs

Level Up Your Migration to G Suite with Transformation Labs

When employees are given a platform to innovate and test new ideas, impactful change can happen fast. That’s why here at Agosto, we fully believe in the power of the Transformation Lab to kick start meaningful change and get your company on track for exciting improvements in 2018. Interested in what that could mean for your organization? Read on to find out more!The Basics: What is a Transformation Lab?A Transformation Lab ... Read More
Elastifile: Taming Cloud FOMO and Paving the Way to True Hybrid IT

Elastifile: Taming Cloud FOMO and Paving the Way to True Hybrid IT

Don’t have a clear cloud strategy, but recognize that you need one? Afraid of missing out and being left behind? You’re going to want to watch the recap of our latest webinar ... Read More
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