Alphabet Dethrones Amazon As Top U.S. Internet Company: Citi Report

‘Google has really gotten aggressive in winning big customers and not allowing the competitors – Amazon and Microsoft – to beat them out on pricing and technical features,’ says one Google Cloud partner.

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Google owner Alphabet Inc. has beat out Amazon.com Inc. as the top U.S. internet company in the eyes of Citigroup, according to a Bloomberg report.

The New York investment bank today catapulted Alphabet from third to the top spot on the same day that Amazon announced it would abandon plans for a new U.S. headquarters in the Queens borough of New York City amid political opposition to the project.

CRN reached out to Citi, which declined to provide a copy of the report.

Citi analyst Mark May attributed the re-ranking to Alphabet’s “continued strong top-line growth,” notably in mobile search and its YouTube video sharing franchise, according to a Bloomberg report.

Alphabet’s stock buybacks and high stock valuation of approximately $782 billion “more than offset continued margin pressures,” Bloomberg said, citing a research note issued by May this morning.

“In addition to considering fundamentals, key catalysts and valuations, we are also taking into account expected momentum this year in terms of revenue growth and margin trajectory,” May wrote in the note to Citi investment clients.

Amazon’s downgrade to the No. 4 slot was prompted by slow growth, including in advertising dollars and retail gross merchandise numbers for North America, and a margin expansion pace that could moderate this year, Bloomberg reported.

Amazon also is contending with new prohibitive e-commerce regulations in India, its troubled Big Apple “HQ2” plans and the distraction of CEO Jeff Bezos’ extramarital affair and extortion allegations against the National Enquirer playing out in other tabloids and mainstream press, according to the Citi report.

Netflix remained No. 2 of the top five internet companies on Citi’s list, and Facebook moved to third from fourth. May has “buy” ratings on all three. Expedia Inc. remained in fifth place.

Alphabet’s toppling of Amazon in the Citi ranking comes as Google Cloud this week announced an aggressive channel charge, with a pledge by new CEO Thomas Kurian to heavily increase investment in its sale division and ratchet up channel relations.

“You will see us accelerate the growth even faster than we have to date,” Kurian said at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday. “We are hiring some of the best talent from around the industry to grow our sales organization, and you will see us competing much more aggressively as we go forward.”

Under former CEO Diane Green and Kurian, who assumed leadership in January, the third-ranked Google Cloud has been focused on going “toe to toe” with No. 1 Amazon Web Services and No. 2 Microsoft Azure, said Aric Bandy, president of Agosto Inc., a Minneapolis cloud services and development company.

“That’s why we’re seeing this quarter-over-quarter rapid growth,” said Bandy, whose company is a tier one Google Cloud Premier Partner.“For the last probably eight quarters, Google has really gotten aggressive in winning big customers and not allowing the competitors – Amazon and Microsoft – to beat them out on pricing and technical features. Google is now a very compelling technical platform for enterprise platforms.”

Google CEO Sundar Pichai yesterday announced the company would expand its U.S. footprint by spending more than $13 billion on data centers and offices this year, including expansions in 14 states. The announcement follows 10,000 hires and $9 billion-plus in investments last year, he said.

“Google will now have a home in 24 total states, including data centers in 13 communities,” Pichai said in a blog post. “(This year) marks the second year in a row we’ll be growing faster outside of the Bay Area (of California) than in it.” 

Public Cloud Channel Partners Forecast Robust 2019 Growth

Double-digit revenue increases are projected as partners piggyback on the success of Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud

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Channel partners are banking on continued robust vendor growth by Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud as they forecast double-digit revenue increases this year, fueled by a far-from-mature market for enterprises shifting to the public cloud.

Pinnacle Technology Partners Inc., a newly minted AWS Advanced Consulting Partner, looks to eclipse AWS’ growth after a hefty double-digit uptick in revenue last year.

“If we can outpace our partner, then we’re doing pretty well,” managing partner Ethan Simmons said.

The Norwood, Mass.-based company, a consulting and managed service provider specializing in cloud migration, saw its annual revenue grow 77 percent last year from the prior-year period.

“We had tremendous growth last year in our business with AWS,” Simmons said. “This year, we’re looking to pretty much triple what we did last year.”

Pinnacle is hiring account executives and AWS cloud architects to underpin its growth. It also partners with Microsoft Azure and is in the process of becoming a Google Cloud partner.

Pinnacle expects momentum from new clients adopting a cloud-first strategy and existing clients’ increased adoption of cloud services.

“The first part of the adoption strategy is getting the customer on our cloud governance platform,” Simmons said. “It gives customers visibility, security and cost optimization of their AWS environment. What we’re seeing is once customers are on (the platform), they’re more likely to move more workloads out to AWS.”

Eighty percent year-over-year growth is forecast for Los Angeles-based Mission, a managed cloud and consulting company partnered with AWS. Mission saw organic annual growth of about 60 percent last year.

“Amazon’s own growth is in the 45 percent range annually, so it’s still growing incredibly strong,” Mission founder and CEO Simon Anderson said. “We’re just being brought into a lot of new opportunities, and we’re also finding a lot of opportunities for new workloads with existing customers.”

The challenge for Mission is one of complexity, according to Anderson.

“The platform has many services to choose from and many approaches to build a new application or run an application,” Anderson said. “The challenge is to ensure that the customers really understand all of the services, and we help them make the best choices so their apps are performing, are flexible and secure, and can continue to be developed in a very agile fashion.”

Next-generation services that are of strong interest to customers include containers, serverless and Windows workload, according to Anderson.

“We continue to see customers who want to deploy artificial intelligence and machine learnings for their applications,” he said. “That’s going to continue to be a big trend.”

Mission has 85 employees after adding about 35 last year and hopes to bring on another 20 to 25 mostly service delivery technical hires to fill consulting, cloud operations and DevOps engineering roles.

New York City-based Logicworks, a managed service provider specializing in cloud compliance for highly regulated industries, expects to grow by about 8 percent to 10 percent per quarter, according to CEO Kenneth Ziegler.

The company, an AWS Premier Consulting Partner and Azure Gold Expert MSP Partner, derives 80 percent of its revenue from public cloud managed services.

“We’re targeting…approximately 35 percent growth for the full year,” Ziegler said. “Our services are wrapped around AWS and Azure, and so our growth will be a function of the continued adoption of the AWS and Azure platforms.”

After doubling its business last year, Minneapolis cloud product development company Agosto, a pure-play Google partner, is hoping for a repeat performance in 2019.

The first quarter is mirroring what president Aric Bandy witnessed the previous two years: rapid quarter-over-quarter growth as Google Cloud – under former CEO Diane Greene and new chief Thomas Kurian — gets aggressive on winning big customers and not letting AWS and Microsoft Azure beat it on pricing and technical features.

“What I’ve seen in quarter one is pretty substantial growth, particularly in infrastructure and platform service,” said Bandy, whose company is a Tier 1 Google Cloud Premier Partner. “Everybody is going cloud first, and Google is a significant player now in that space.”

Bandy is encouraged by Kurian and believes Google’s quarter-over-quarter growth will outpace that of AWS and Micrsosoft Azure.

“That translates then to quarter-over-quarter growth to my company,” he said. “If Google grows, we grow.”

OST, a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based business technology consulting firm, has a strong outlook for the year when it comes to the public cloud, with a projected 10 percent to 20 percent revenue increase.

“We’re seeing the need to look at costs and operational structure, and agility and speed to market, as two tipping points for public cloud,” said Michael Lomonaco, marketing director at OST, which specializes in digital transformation and operational optimization for enterprises.


Agosto deploys digital signage at NY school district

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Agosto Inc. has deployed its Skykit content management system at the Baldwin Union Free School District in Baldwin, New York.

With the Chrome-based platform, Baldwin technology leaders can manage and schedule content remotely, according to a press release.

Agosto built Skykit on the Google Cloud platform to allow users to control or share content on any displays from Google Drive. End users simply need a display, a Chrome Player and the content to use Skykit, according to the release.

“Skykit was the best solution for Baldwin School District for several reasons,” Anthony Mignella, assistant superintendent at Baldwin UFSD, said in the release. “It’s managed by Skykit and updated in the cloud, which lets our IT department focus on other concerns. In addition, it’s ridiculously easy to use, with little to no learning curve for users.”

Alphabet Dethrones Amazon As Top U.S. Internet Company: Citi Report

Google owner Alphabet Inc. has beat out Amazon.com Inc. as the top U.S. internet company in the eyes of Citigroup, according to a Bloomberg report.

The New York investment bank today catapulted Alphabet from third to the top spot on the same day that Amazon announced it would abandon plans for a new U.S. headquarters in the Queens borough of New York City amid political opposition to the project.

CRN reached out to Citi, which declined to provide a copy of the report.

Citi analyst Mark May attributed the re-ranking to Alphabet’s “continued strong top-line growth,” notably in mobile search and its YouTube video sharing franchise, according to a Bloomberg report.

Alphabet’s stock buybacks and high stock valuation of approximately $782 billion “more than offset continued margin pressures,” Bloomberg said, citing a research note issued by May this morning.

“In addition to considering fundamentals, key catalysts and valuations, we are also taking into account expected momentum this year in terms of revenue growth and margin trajectory,” May wrote in the note to Citi investment clients.

Amazon’s downgrade to the No. 4 slot was prompted by slow growth, including in advertising dollars and retail gross merchandise numbers for North America, and a margin expansion pace that could moderate this year, Bloomberg reported.

Amazon also is contending with new prohibitive e-commerce regulations in India, its troubled Big Apple “HQ2” plans and the distraction of CEO Jeff Bezos’ extramarital affair and extortion allegations against the National Enquirer playing out in other tabloids and mainstream press, according to the Citi report.

Netflix remained No. 2 of the top five internet companies on Citi’s list, and Facebook moved to third from fourth. May has “buy” ratings on all three. Expedia Inc. remained in fifth place.

Alphabet’s toppling of Amazon in the Citi ranking comes as Google Cloud this week announced an aggressive channel charge, with a pledge by new CEO Thomas Kurian to heavily increase investment in its sale division and ratchet up channel relations.

“You will see us accelerate the growth even faster than we have to date,” Kurian said at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday. “We are hiring some of the best talent from around the industry to grow our sales organization, and you will see us competing much more aggressively as we go forward.”

Under former CEO Diane Green and Kurian, who assumed leadership in January, the third-ranked Google Cloud has been focused on going “toe to toe” with No. 1 Amazon Web Services and No. 2 Microsoft Azure, said Aric Bandy, president of Agosto Inc., a Minneapolis cloud services and development company.

“That’s why we’re seeing this quarter-over-quarter rapid growth,” said Bandy, whose company is a tier one Google Cloud Premier Partner.“For the last probably eight quarters, Google has really gotten aggressive in winning big customers and not allowing the competitors – Amazon and Microsoft – to beat them out on pricing and technical features. Google is now a very compelling technical platform for enterprise platforms.”

Google CEO Sundar Pichai yesterday announced the company would expand its U.S. footprint by spending more than $13 billion on data centers and offices this year, including expansions in 14 states. The announcement follows 10,000 hires and $9 billion-plus in investments last year, he said.

“Google will now have a home in 24 total states, including data centers in 13 communities,” Pichai said in a blog post. “(This year) marks the second year in a row we’ll be growing faster outside of the Bay Area (of California) than in it.” 

Agosto Leadership Expands to Add Mark Brose as VP of Software Engineering

MINNEAPOLIS—Dec. 11, 2018—Agosto Inc., a cloud services and development company and tier 1 Google Cloud Premier Partner, announced today that Mark Brose has joined its executive team as Vice President of Software Engineering. Brose will report directly to the company’s President, Aric Bandy.

Brose leads an award-winning professional services team that develops architectures, products and methodologies, and delivers world-class implementation services to Agosto’s clients. The role provides technical leadership to advanced services projects, and is strategically involved with customers throughout the sales process in order to ideate, develop and deliver custom software development products built on Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

“Agosto’s technical leadership is expanding to keep pace with the increasing enterprise adoption of the public cloud,” said Aric Bandy, President at Agosto. “Mark brings a fundamental understanding about technologies that provide strategic, long-term business value to our customers. He is an outstanding addition to the team.”

Mark Brose, a Minnesota native, has been building, mentoring and managing high-performing software engineering and technical operations teams for almost 20 years, with a focus on software development, application architecture and design, system architecture, networking, and security in regulated industries. Brose was previously Chief Technology Officer at Gravie, a health insurance marketplace that helps consumers select, purchase, and manage health care plans and expenses. Prior to Gravie, Brose was a Solutions Architect at Best Buy, where he designed integration architecture for external partners and internal enterprise systems.

Agosto has been recognized as one of the “Best Places to Work” in the Twin Cities by the Minneapolis/St Paul Business Journal in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

About Agosto

Founded in 2001, Agosto is a cloud services company that helps organizations leverage Google Cloud 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 one of the largest Cloud Platform Partners 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.

Agosto Receives Software Award for Skykit at 2018 Tekne Awards

The company’s digital signage CMS recognized in the software “small and growing” category

MINNEAPOLIS–Dec. 5, 2018–Agosto Inc., a tier 1 Premier Google Cloud Partner and developer of Skykit, a born-in-the-cloud, Chrome-based digital signage content management system (CMS), has been awarded the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) 2018 Tekne Award for Skykit in the software category.

The 19th annual Tekne Awards, held November 29 at the Minneapolis Convention Center, honored companies and individuals who have played a significant role in developing new technologies that positively impact the lives and futures of people living around the world.

Skykit, the first and only end-to-end Google-based digital signage solution, took home the award in the Software – Small and Growing category. Agosto was also a finalist in the IT Solutions Consulting category for its work helping private and public sector organizations seamlessly transition to Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

Skykit lets users distribute content to any screen, anywhere in the world, using a powerful browser-based CMS built on the Google Cloud Platform. Users can control, collaborate, and share content to any number of displays from Google Drive and Apps. All you need is Skykit, a screen, a Chrome Player and your content. There is no maintenance and nothing to install, ever.

“We have an incredible technical team that built Skykit and earned this Tekne award,” said Irfan Khan, CEO at Agosto. “The simplicity of Skykit is a huge value to companies of all sizes, as is its scalability for the enterprises that use it.”

Tekne Awards were presented to 16 of Minnesota’s most influential companies and recognized innovations in software, emerging technologies, STEM workforce development, cybersecurity, biotechnology, advanced manufacturing, and more.

“This year’s Tekne Award winners exemplify the diversity and strength of Minnesota’s innovative economy,” said Margaret Anderson Kelliher, president and CEO of the Minnesota High Tech Association. “The selected organizations all continuously challenge the status quo of the science and technology industries, and we were proud to honor them in this ceremony.”

About Skykit

Skykit is a born-in-the-cloud digital signage software platform designed for infinite scalability.  Easy to manage through a browser on any device, users can control, collaborate, and update content in real-time on any number of displays, anywhere in the world. Skykit has seamless integration with Google Drive and Apps, and lets users create content in the applications they already know and love. Skykit was launched in 2016 by Agosto. To learn more, visit www.skykit.com. Follow: Twitter | Google+ | Blog.

About Agosto

Founded in 2001, Agosto is a cloud services company that helps organizations leverage Google Cloud 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 one of the largest Cloud Platform Partners 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.

About Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA)

MHTA is an innovation and technology association united in fueling Minnesota’s prosperity. We help bring together the people of Minnesota’s technology ecosystem and lead the charge in directing technology issues to Minnesota’s state capitol. MHTA is the only membership organization that represents Minnesota’s entire technology-based economy. MHTA members include organizations of every size − involved in virtually every aspect of technology creation, production, application and education in Minnesota. Find out more online at https://www.mhta.org or follow MHTA on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MHTA.

Any forward looking statements are based on certain assumptions and assessments made by us in light of our experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments.

Announcing new partners to help you bring Grab and Go to your organization

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In July, we announced that Grab and Go with Chrome Enterprise, the automated self-service shared Chromebook program built at Google for Googlers, would be made available to everyone through our early access program and our open source loaner application. Today, we’re announcing partners across all major regions are now offering full service deployment of Grab and Go to customers. These partners include Agosto, Appirio, Dialog, Econocom, Fourcast, Onix and Netpremacy.

To help you get your Grab and Go program up and running, these partners can help you with:

  • Hardware setup and maintenance, including racks, devices, signage and stickers
  • Customization deployment, and maintenance of the loaner management app
  • Inventory management integration
  • Helpdesk support

“I’m excited by Grab and Go’s potential to solve important problems for our customers,” said Steve Holly, Product Manager, Chrome and Devices, Onix. “Our customer’s eagerness to implement their own version of Grab and Go highlights the fact that the current way businesses handle PC loans is in need of an upgrade. It’s an elegant solution that makes you realize how inefficient the old way of doing things really is.”

Grab and Go was originally developed inside Google as a loaner program to help employees borrow devices and quickly get up and running. Employees sign in to the loaner Chromebook and all of the company’s management policies are immediately applied upon startup. For employees,  all of their bookmarks, passwords, extensions, browsing histories, and personal settings are available on the new device thanks to Chrome Sync. When the employee is done, they sign-out, return the device and it’s ready for the next user—no reset or setup is needed because Chrome OS encrypts individual user profiles by default.

Mark Bowker, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group said, “The program provides a frictionless experience for employees to remain productive with instantaneous access to a Chromebook, while the IT organization maintains security policies and asset tracking without the overhead of typical helpdesk ticketing system.”

Early adopters of Grab and Go with Chrome Enterprise include Klarna, News UK, QAD, Waymo and Whirlpool. Customers are addressing a wide variety of use cases, from replacing traditional loaner programs to seeding Chromebooks in the organization to giving shift workers an easy way to share devices.

“At News UK we are embarking on a major Enterprise Mobility Programme where we have a vision of Chromebooks bringing greater mobility to our workforce,” said Danny Wilkins, Head of Technology for News UK. “We have implemented Grab and Go at our Techbar so that all staff have the opportunity to try Chrome before it is rolled out. The service provides a feedback loop that gives the project team crucial insights into usage that will inform our rollout strategy.”

Waymo, the self-driving technology company, is using Grab and Go for its operations and driver teams.

“Loaner Chromebooks are used by our operations team to do everything from testing the Waymo software to teaching drivers how to operate the cars,” Kyle Sulli, Fleet Dispatcher, Waymo. “Managing our fleet of Chromebooks used to be a manual and arduous process. With Grab and Go, we’re able to  keep track of our devices much easier —we can see at a glance who’s borrowed a Chromebook, so we can reach out when they’re overdue for return.”

For more on how Waymo is using Grab and Go, read our blog post.

Learn more about how you can implement your own Grab and Go program either on your own or through partners at our website. We’ll also be sharing more about Chrome Enterprise and how Google implements Grab and Go internally at our virtual event, Cloud Worker Live.

Digital Signage Industry Champion Dave Madera Joins Agosto as Skykit Channel Manager

Madera was previously digital signage program manager at CDW Corporation

MINNEAPOLIS—October 2, 2018—Agosto Inc., a tier 1 Premier Google Cloud Partner and developer of Skykit, a born-in-the-cloud, Chrome-based digital signage content management system (CMS), announced today that Dave Madera has joined its team as the Skykit Channel Manager. Madera is tasked with building relationships within the national service provider (NSP) channel in order to augment Skykit’s market reach in North America.

“I’ve known Dave since he was the Samsung brand manager at CDW,” said Linda Hofflander, VP, global channels and alliances for Skykit. “His enthusiasm and expertise about digital signage technologies, along with his strong relationships with NSPs in our industry, will be a great asset at Agosto.”

Madera graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing, and joined CDW where he spent the last 14 years. He began his tenure in sales, and after several years went on to be a brand manager, representing NEC and Samsung. His dedication to those brands resulted in their status as top sales partners at CDW. During his most recent years at CDW, Madera was Video Program Manager, promoting the company’s digital signage practice and creating promotions to support this vendor-agnostic partnership to sales.

“The opportunity to continue working with NSPs and provide them with the only digital signage CMS built on Google Cloud is very exciting,” stated Madera. “The digital signage market is growing so fast and Skykit is a fantastic addition to any NSP’s product portfolio.”

Madera is an experienced technology solutions specialist with expertise in digital signage, sales management and operations, enterprise hardware and software, and retail. His certifications from the Digital Signage Federation (DSF) include:

  • Digital Signage Certified Expert (DSCE)
  • Digital Signage Display Expert (DSDE)
  • Digital Content and Media Expert (DCME), and
  • Digital Signage Network Expert (DSNE)

Skykit lets users create and edit content with tools they already use every day such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Google Slides, YouTube videos, web streams and more, and publish content to one screen or thousands with the click of a button. The CMS is built on Google Cloud so it’s infinitely scalable. Agosto was recently recognized as one of the 2018 Best Places to Work by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. This is the fourth year that Agosto has earned the honor, which is based on anonymous employee feedback. Madera is based in the Chicago area.

About Skykit

Skykit is a born-in-the-cloud digital signage software platform designed for infinite scalability.  Easy to manage through the chrome browser on any device, users can control, collaborate, and update content in real-time on any number of displays, anywhere in the world. Skykit has seamless integration with Google Drive and Apps, and lets users create content in the applications they already know and love. Skykit was launched in 2016 by Agosto. To learn more, visit www.skykit.com. Follow: Twitter | Google+ | Blog.

About Agosto

Founded in 2001, Agosto is a cloud services company that helps organizations leverage Google Cloud 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 one of the largest Cloud Platform Partners 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.

Agosto Named to 2018 CRN Fast Growth 150 List

The cloud development company lands at number 49 on the list, which recognizes thriving solution providers in the IT channel

MINNEAPOLIS—August 22, 2018—Agosto Inc., a cloud services and development company and tier 1 Google Cloud Premier Partner, announced today that it is ranked 49th on CRN’s 2018 Fast Growth 150 list. The list is CRN’s annual ranking of North America-based technology integrators, solution providers and IT consultants with gross sales of at least $1 million that have experienced significant economic growth over the past two years. The 2018 list is based on an increase of gross revenue between 2015 and 2017. The companies recognized this year represent a remarkable combined total revenue of more than $50 billion.

“Agosto owes its consistent, rapid growth in large part to rising rates of public cloud adoption by enterprises,” stated Irfan Khan, Agosto CEO. “While we keep our finger on the pulse of the entire cloud ecosystem, Google Cloud Platform remains our sole focus due to the infinite scalability, cost savings, and innovative capabilities we can offer our customers.”

Agosto helps companies innovate on Google Cloud to grow their businesses, reduce costs, and gain higher performance and agility. The company’s GCP practice has carefully curated technical teams that help clients leverage IoT, Machine Learning/AI, Data Analytics, Infrastructure and Collaboration.

“CRN’s 2018 Fast Growth 150 list features companies that are growing in an ever-changing, challenging market,” said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company. “As traditional solution providers are moving towards a services-focused business model, this extraordinary group have been able to successfully adapt; outperforming competitors and proving themselves as channel leaders. We are pleased to recognize these organizations and look forward to their continued success.”

The complete 2018 Fast Growth 150 list is featured in the August issue of CRN and can be viewed online at www.crn.com/fastgrowth150. Follow The Channel Company: Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

About Agosto

Founded in 2001, Agosto is a cloud services company that helps organizations leverage Google Cloud 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 one of the largest Cloud Platform Partners 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.

About the Channel Company

The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education, and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequaled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace. www.thechannelco.com. Follow The Channel Company: Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook

Any forward looking statements are based on certain assumptions and assessments made by us in light of our experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments.

IT and Development Companies Named Top-Performers Based on Industry and Technical Specializations

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WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the best IT consultants and development companies for various industries and technology specializations were named by Clutch, the leading B2B research, ratings, and reviews company. Businesses looking to hire an IT or development company can use this research to find the best-fit service provider for their project.

The list is a product of research conducted by Clutch analysts, who evaluate each company based on market presence, services offered, work quality, and client feedback.

Top Cloud Consultants by Platform

AWS: Altoros, ServerCentral, PSL Corp., Menlo Technologies, Endive Software, Claritus, Management Consulting, JetRails, KPI Partners, Impiger Technologies, Stratalux, Kinetech Cloud, SWC, Technology Partners, Wirestorm, itCraft, Liaison Technologies

Azure:Altoros, PSL Corp., Aplana Software Services, SADA Systems, Softweb Solutions, TechMD, Menlo Technologies, Geeks, TruAdvantage, Pragmatic Works, ThirdEye Data, Ballard, Chalmers Ltd, KPI Partners, Binary Republik, Impiger Technologies

Google Cloud: Altoros, SADA Systems, Maven Wave Partners, itCraft, Impiger Technologies, TWG, Caserta, Dito, Liaison Technologies, ServerCentral, Agosto, Inc., The NineHertz, PSL Corp., Stepwise, 10Pearls

Top Development Companies by Framework

Java: PSL Corp., Diceus, Appster, Trigent, Portland Webworks, Artezio, Qulix Systems, Exadel, Intellias, Geeks, Softwire, Scand, AgileEngine, Sombra, Gorilla Logic

AngularJS: ELEKS, Merixstudio, Netguru, Brainvire Infotech Inc, Gorilla Logic, Exadel, MLSDev, Spire Digital, Intuz, LOVATA, MentorMate, IT CRAFT, Fingent Corp, 10Clouds, P2H Inc

NodeJS: Netguru, Gorilla Logic, Brainvire Infotech Inc, Exadel, P2H Inc, Spire Digital, LOVATA, Fingent Corp, Intuz, TechMagic, 10Clouds, ISBX, DeSmart, Techuz, Ezetech

Top Developers by Industry

Retail: WillowTree, Inc., hedgehog lab, Raizlabs: a Rightpoint company, Fueled, Intellectsoft, ELEKS, Experion Technologies, AndPlus, Ramotion, flexion, Apadmi, Robosoft Technologies, Ready4S, Y Media, Labs, App Partner

Media: WillowTree, Inc., Fueled, ELEKS, Softeq, Intuz, Robosoft Technologies, Blue Label Labs, Konstant Infosolutions, Sidebench, Red Foundry, Clearbridge Mobile

Algoworks, Rocket Insights, Yalantis, Mercury Development

Financial Services: Itransition, ELEKS, Trigent, Intellectsoft, Experion Technologies, Atomic Object, iTechArt Group, PSL Corp., Radixweb, Tivix, Gorilla Logic, LOVATA, SimbirSoft, Qulix Systems, Exadel

Top Developers by Company Size

Boutique: AndPlus, Ramotion, CitrusBits, ChopDawg.com, Impekable, Sidebench, App Partner, Red, Foundry, Majestyk, Rocket Insights, Eight Bit Studios, Dogtown Media, ISBX, MindSea, Utility

Freelance: Deligence Technologies Pvt. Ltd., SJW Group, Technigami, V16, Alvin, Staple Web, Elemental, Consulting, WadyBug LLC, Appmakery, Custom Databases of Seattle, SaveOnDev, Nexfresh, Teczon Labs, DjangoForce, LLC

“With about two-thirds of business planning to increase spending on the cloud, the importance of finding reliable consultants and developers is critical,” Clutch Business Analyst Jackie Faselt said. “These companies have proven their commitment to providing high quality services to their clients.”

While it’s free to get listed on Clutch, only the top-performing companies in each industry are recognized as leaders. Clutch’s research is ongoing, with new companies and reviews added daily. For an opportunity to be named one of Clutch’s 2019 Leaders, apply now. It’s a simple, two-step process that takes less than 20 minutes.

These results are a snapshot of Clutch’s Leaders Matrices on August 1, 2018. Rankings may change daily and currently may not be reflected on Clutch’s website.

Full research:

https://clutch.co/it-services/cloud/aws-partners/leaders-matrix  
https://clutch.co/it-services/cloud/azure-partners/leaders-matrix 
https://clutch.co/it-services/cloud/google-cloud-partners/leaders-matrix  https://clutch.co/developers/java/research  
https://clutch.co/developers/angularjs/leaders-matrix 
https://clutch.co/developers/nodejs/leaders-matrix 
https://clutch.co/app-developers/retail/leaders-matrix  
https://clutch.co/app-developers/media/leaders-matrix 
https://clutch.co/app-developers/financial/leaders-matrix 
https://clutch.co/app-developers/boutique/leaders-matrix 
https://clutch.co/app-developers/freelance/leaders-matrix 

About Clutch
A B2B research, ratings, and reviews firm in the heart of Washington, D.C., Clutch connects small and medium businesses with the best-fit agencies, software, or consultants they need to tackle business challenges together and with confidence. Clutch’s methodology compares business service providers and software in a specific market based on verified client reviews, services offered, work quality, and market presences. 

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