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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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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TECHdotMN: Meet a Minnesota CTO: Irfan Khan

Irfan Khan is the CTO of Minneapolis – based Agosto, a company he co-founded in 2001 with Rick Erickson.

What are you focused on right now? – As a Google Enterprise Premier partner, Agosto has incredible access to Google’s tools. Right now I’m focused on building a practice around Google’s Cloud Platform within Agosto. Google’s Cloud Platform allows users to build applications and websites, and to store and analyze data on Google’s Infrastructure.

Leveraging the enormous power of Google’s infrastructure is a real game changer for companies and it’s exciting to see how rapidly a change to Google Cloud Platform can positively impact performance. We can now build new products on the platform based on customer needs, or we can move an existing product to the cloud to take advantage of its scale and use-based billing. Often times when moving an existing product we can offer many new capabilities that are simply not feasible on premise based software.

Read the details of Irfan’s CTO experiences. WinZip Races From Sandy to SaaS

By John Moore, Freelance Writer, 11/15/2012

SaaS adopters often give the technology high marks for flexibility and lower operating costs. WinZip Computing can point to another edge: business continuity.

WinZip, headquartered in Mansfield, Conn., and parent company Corel Corp., had been planning a migration from in-house email to Gmail for several months. Corel began working on the project in June with Agosto, a Google Apps reseller and cloud consulting firm. The actual cutover to Gmail had been scheduled for late this year, but last month’s super storm Sandy prompted Corel to speed up the schedule for WinZip.

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