Pandemic influences IT staffing trends

The pandemic and economic uncertainty is influencing IT staffing priorities within the tech industry, according to new research; other news from the week.

COVID-19 has a mix of implications for IT staffing trends, creating permanently remote workers, shifting demand for skill sets and changes in the gig economy.

The reopening of the economy, which is continuing in some areas of the U.S. and being put on pause in others, has created a considerable degree of uncertainty for the IT labor market. But some signs seem to point toward a steadying of the business climate.

A CompTIA report published this week noted that 84% of tech firms surveyed in June reported receiving new-customer inquiries, compared with 83% in the industry association’s April survey and 76% in its March survey. The June survey polled 231 CompTIA members, a group that included managed service providers (MSPs).

CompTIA cited customer interest in fields such as cybersecurity and cloud computing, “perhaps indicating that the business environment is stabilizing.”

The CompTIA report also found fewer technology companies postponing interviewing and recruiting for new positions (25% in June versus 32% in April) and fewer laying off full or part-time staff (13% in June versus 17% in April.).

As for hiring, CompTIA said 14% of the tech companies surveyed in June plan to onboard new staff.

1901 Group, an IT services and solutions provider, is among the companies looking for new employees. Brendan Walsh, senior vice president of partner relations at 1901 Group, said “We were hiring before the pandemic, have been hiring and onboarding new hires during the pandemic, and are currently hiring as the recovery takes shape.”

The company, based in Reston, Va., is a business partner of the Virginia Ready Initiative, which aims to help unemployed people in Virginia find jobs. Through the initiative, 1901 Group will provide job interview opportunities for participants in the VA Ready Scholars program, which offers workforce credentials through 23 Virginia community colleges.

1901 Group works with both private sector and government sector customers.

“With the impact of the pandemic, the stakes are even higher in workforce strategies and changing the way federal government is building a workforce today,” said Tricia Long, 1901 Group vice president of marketing communications.

With regard to skill sets, 1901 Group is pursuing soft skills and technical expertise in new hires. Long said the company is “always looking for people with a passion for learning and for providing high levels of customer service and customer satisfaction.” On the technology side, 1901 Group is emphasizing knowledge in cloud engineering, AI and machine learning, cybersecurity, software development, and program/project management.

CompTIA’s June survey, which polled service providers on the top areas in which they received new-business inquiries, found that in addition to interest in cloud and security, respondents cited managed services or outsourced IT services; consulting to help clients go virtual; and communication, collaboration and AV technologies.

IT staffing trends: More remote work

Employees, whether existing workers or those just coming on board, are more likely than in previous years to have remote work as an option. Respondents of CompTIA’s survey ranked “letting more employees stay working remotely” as the top long-term business change stemming from the pandemic. Sixty-five percent of the CompTIA members polled cited that particular IT staffing trend.

Seth Siegel, partner at Infosys Consulting, part of multinational Infosys Ltd., published a workplace-of-tomorrow report 10 years ago, finding only about a third of office space was used during any given day. The report also noted a productivity boost for at-home workers. Little changed over the next decade, however. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

“COVID has caused companies to revisit concentration risk,” Siegel said, defining that term in the workplace context as housing “all employees in the same physical space.”

Tech organizations managing an expanded remote workforce might need to reinvent the way they assess employees on the job. Siegel said showing up at an office will no longer suffice as a success metric: “How do I approach measuring the success of employees and how do I measure productivity?”

To measure the effectiveness of remote employees, organizations need a firm grasp of what employees actually do and then focus on quantitative goals — generating revenue goals, for instance — and qualitative objectives such as cultivating leadership skills.

Tech companies should also focus on remote work as an integral part of organizational culture to help ensure employee success, Siegel noted. Technology plays a role here. Siegel recommended companies require employees to turn on their laptop video cameras for face-to-face communications. This approach “drives a human connection,” he said.

A dwindling gig economy?

Another IT staffing trend: Economic uncertainty could make the gig economy less attractive for tech workers. Siegel said companies cutting back on personnel typically start with free agents.

“People want some level of security and safety,” he said.

OpsRamp expands cloud monitoring for service providers

OpsRamp, an IT operations management software vendor, based in San Jose, Calif., that partners with service providers, is offering expanded cloud and synthetic monitoring in the latest release of its product.

The new release provides support for 22 additional AWS services, including AppStream, Cognito, EventBridge, GuardDuty, Lex, OpsWorks and SageMaker. Overall, OpsRamp offers more than 140 integrations across public cloud platforms such as AWS, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure.

OpsRamp’s synthetic monitoring, meanwhile, locates bottlenecks across multistep transactions and correlates transactional performance — page responsiveness and timeouts, for example — with conversion rates, completion rates and other business metrics.

GreenPages Technology Solutions, a hybrid cloud services provider and systems integrator based in Kittery, Maine, has standardized on OpsRamp as its cloud management platform, which it offers to customers on an as-a-service basis, GreenPages CEO Ron Dupler noted. In addition to that managed service, GreenPages also implements the OpsRamp tool set as a turnkey offering to help enterprises transform IT operations, he said.

Dupler said he likes where OpsRamp’s evolution is heading. “The biggest thing I like in this release is the continued move toward cloud and synthetic monitoring,” he said.

He noted that OpsRamp’s new features will help the product look at the application layer to determine how apps are performing, a consideration that will become increasingly important in the cloud world.

In addition, Dupler said the new release’s alert sequencing explainers and syslog event integration bolster OpsRamp’s AIOps component. He said AIOps has become more important recently as IT departments aim do more with less amid budget constraints. He added that GreenPages is using OpsRamp on AIOps engagements as customers look to streamline operations and automate incident resolution.

Service providers have been developing AIOps practices in recent months.

Other news

  • Tech Data said it will invest about $750 million in digital transformation initiatives now that Apollo Global Management has completed its acquisition of the Clearwater, Fla., distributor. The initiatives, to be carried out over the next five years, will focus on “automation, platforms and analytics” that let the company be more responsive to channel partners, Tech Data said. Apollo in November 2019 agreed to acquire Tech Data, fending off a competing bid to do so.
  • Pythian Services Inc., an IT services company based in Ottawa, launched a set of professional services around Google Cloud. The offerings focus on the planning, migration and management of specialized workloads in Google’s public cloud platform. The Pythian services include support for Google’s Bare Metal Solution. Pythian said it is offering its Roadmap Assessment services for Oracle-to-Google migrations for free for a limited time.
  • NWN, a service provider based in Waltham, Mass., rolled out an integrated suite of managed unified communications and collaboration services. The offering, dubbed Officeanywhere, is built on Cisco Webex. Officeanywhere integrates cloud voice, video calling, messaging, networking and security components into a single managed platform.
  • Alibaba Cloud is partnering with managed SD-WAN provider Aryaka Networks. Under the arrangement, the cloud provider will offer Aryaka’s SmartServices portfolio through its Alibaba Cloud International Marketplace. In addition, Netbank, which works with both Alibaba Cloud and Aryaka as a reseller partner, will offer services in China.
  • SolarWinds, an IT management software provider, said it is providing more resources and support for MSP in the expansion of its customer success initiative. Updates include a 24×5 global customer care team, an expanded onboarding team and new partner advisory groups.
  • Green House Data, a digital transformation consulting and managed IT services firm based in Cheyenne, Wyo., said it is working with Zerto to accelerate digital transformation projects “centered around hybrid cloud resilience and multi-cloud application migration.”
  • Aircall, a New York company that provides a cloud-based voice platform, entered a partnership with Chicago-based master agent and technology distributor Telecom Brokerage Inc. (TBI). TBI this week also partnered with 360 SOC to offer its SOC-as-a-service platform with managed detection and response service.
  • SyncDog Inc., a Reston, Va., company, is partnering with distributor Ingram Micro, which will offer the ISV’s mobile security software through its Cloud Marketplace.
  • Tradeshift, a supply chain payments and marketplaces company based in San Francisco, launched a new partner program, Partner Next, which replaces an earlier channel initiative. Tradeshift said its existing 50-plus partners will transition to the new program, while it seeks to grow its partner ecosystem into new territories, market segments and category verticals. The program encompasses five partner categories: advisory/consulting, implementation, reseller, independent software vendor and business process outsourcing.
  • Hunters, a Tel Aviv-based provider of autonomous threat hunting technology, raised $15 million in Series A funding to build out its offering and expand North American operations. As part of Hunter’s go-to-market strategy, the company will seek to enable service providers to use its platform, a company spokesperson said.
  • Aerospike Inc., a Mountain View, Calif., company offering real-time NoSQL data technology, unveiled partnerships with SmartScape and ASK Corp., both in Japan. Aerospike said it has doubled headcount, customers and revenue in the Asia-Pacific region in the last two years.
  • Digital consultancy Perficient said it has earned Google Cloud Premier Partner status.

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Pythian Announces New Planning, Migration and Management Services For Google Cloud

New offering de-risks migration and enables specialized workloads on Google Cloud

NEW YORK – June 29, 2020 – Pythian Services Inc. (“Pythian”), a leading cloud, data and analytics services company, announced today new professional services for the planning, migration and management of specialized workloads in Google Cloud, including support for Bare Metal Solution, which is now available in five new regions.

Today, many organizations seek the benefits, innovation and efficiencies of modern Google Cloud technology. This requires repurposing or re-platforming on-premise database workloads to Google Cloud services such as Google BigQuery, Google CloudSQL (PostgreSQL/MySQL), Google Cloud Spanner, or re-homing these workloads as an interim step on Bare Metal Solution.

Pythian’s new planning, migration, and management services are designed to help companies leverage the benefits of Google Cloud quickly while providing various migration solution options. Starting with an in-depth assessment, Pythian guides organizations through strategic planning and delivers a detailed migration roadmap which outlines a tailored migration strategy, future state architecture, areas of complexity and risk, and estimated cloud consumption costs. Pythian then performs the migration and provides ongoing services to manage the workloads in the new Google Cloud footprint.

With more than 23 years of experience migrating and managing complex database environments, Pythian deeply understands how to help organizations navigate and de-risk the complexity of such a move. Pythian’s pool of top-tier talent draws from more than 140 Google Certifications as well as Oracle ACE Directors, Associates and Oracle Certified Masters, and a mix of expertise in data engineering, solutions architecture and open source, required for these types of projects.

“The need for scalable and more flexible innovation is driving many organizations to move their on-premise workloads to Google Cloud, but the fear of disrupting critical applications can be a barrier,” said Keith Millar, president of Pythian. “Our new holistic offering mitigates the risk and accelerates those migrations.”

“Pythian brings strong expertise in helping customers manage complex projects and enterprise-grade workloads, and we’re excited that Pythian wants to help businesses manage the migration of critical, specialized workloads on Bare Metal Solution,” said Gurmeet Goindi, Senior Product Manager at Google Cloud.

For a limited time, organizations that want to get started on migrating Oracle workloads to Google Cloud can take advantage of Pythian’s Roadmap Assessment services at no cost. To qualify for this offer, or for more information about Pythian’s new planning, migration and management services for Oracle to Google Cloud workloads, please visit www.pythian.com/oracle-to-gcp

About Pythian

Founded in 1997, Pythian is a global IT services company that helps organizations transform by leveraging data, analytics and cloud. From cloud automation to machine learning, Pythian designs, implements and supports customized solutions for the toughest data challenges. A Google Cloud Premier Partner with specializations in Cloud Migration, Data Analytics, Machine Learning, Infrastructure, Application Development, and Work Transformation-Enterprise. Pythian has delivered thousands of professional and managed services projects to the cloud. The company acquired Agosto, a leading cloud services and development company, in March 2020. For more information visit www.pythian.com or follow us on TwitterLinkedIn and on our Blog.

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New CEO Keith Angell: Pythian Services A ‘Golden Nugget’

Ottawa’s Pythian Services has a new CEO spearheading its plans for accelerated growth as a cloud-focused data and analytics company with private equity backing.

“We believe there is a large market opportunity to help enterprises manage their data, so we’re highly focused on all of the data streams—structured and unstructured—that get generated through the myriad of applications that most companies run,” new CEO Keith Angell told CRN.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has forced companies to focus on key projects that have a high return on investment, according to Angell, and the data and analytics space comes with a quick payback.

“You can manage your data more effectively with our cost-optimization engines and services and our data services that really help you not only pull value out of it, but better manage the data you have, through both application modernization, smart analytics, better data management constructs, migrating to the cloud,” Angell said. “Given that these projects have a good return, I think they’ve moved up the priority stack for most companies.”

Angell’s appointment comes nine months after New York private equity firm Mill Point Capital, at which he is an operating partner, announced the carve-out and purchase of the services business of Ottawa’s Pythian Group for undisclosed terms. That business—now Pythian Services—was a “nugget of gold,” according to Angell.

“Our investment thesis from Mill Point was really around data and analytics, and the explosion of data for enterprises and how it gets managed and leveraged to transform those enterprises,” Angell said. “Mill Point had been looking for quite some time to find the right opportunity to get into that space. We made the Pythian acquisition last September after probably looking at the company for nine months.”

Paul Vallee, who founded Pythian Group in 1997, left the CEO position last September and is now focusing on Tehama.io, the cloud-based SaaS platform provider of virtual offices, rooms and desktops, which was spun out of Pythian last year.

Angell has 30-plus years of experience in C-level and board positions at venture capital and private equity-backed technology companies. In addition to being an operating partner at Mill Point he is CEO of West Shore Advisors and takes senior leadership roles at companies “seeking improved strategic direction and/or successful tactical execution leading to significant liquidity events,” according to his LinkedIn page. He sits on the boards of ManageServe, a Lake Zurich, Ill.-based, SAP-certified hosting service provider; Anexinet, a Blue Bell, Pa., IT and services provider; and Eze Castle Integration, a Boston managed services and technology solutions provider.

Angell previously served as CEO of Charlotte, N.C.-based Velocity Technology Solutions, a Silver Lake portfolio company, from 2015 to 2019, and as global services president at McLean, Va.-based Virtustream. He spent nine years as an executive in IBM’s cloud and technology services division in roles including vice president of cloud managed services and chief revenue officer at the former SoftLayer.

“I’ve been through multiple acquisitions, I’ve been through multiple exits, multiple sale processes— both IPO and acquisitions,” Angell said. “I know what the private equity owners are trying to do in that value creation plan and the investment pieces that we put together. We have a great team of senior leaders at Pythian, including the president, [Keith Millar], and so it’s really a mentoring and just another skilled person to help lead them ahead.”

As a Pythian board member for the past nine months, Angell helped develop the “value-creation” plan for the company.

“Mill Point is a growth equity investor in technology,” Angell said. “We’re looking for real growth, which I think we have in this market space. This is not a financial re-engineering of any sort. This is really about growth of the core assets and business to create long-term value in the platform.”

A list of potential acquisitions were part of that value-creation plan, including Agosto, a Minneapolis-based fellow Google Premier Partner and cloud services and development firm acquired by Pythian in March for undisclosed terms. The purchase of Agosto—which brings strength as a G Suite and Google Cloud Platform reseller and Internet of Things specialist—makes Pythian one of the largest Google Cloud partners.

“The combined entity now … has seven Google specializations, which is more than Deloitte, more than Accenture,” Angell said. “It’s really a unique set of specializations around Google, with data analytics, machine learning, Internet of Things and migrating all that into enterprise data platforms.”

But Pythian, which also is an Amazon Web Services Advanced Consulting Partner and a Microsoft Gold Partner, will take a “cloud-agnostic” approach to helping customers, according to Angell.

“There’s a few places where, to even increase our visibility with Google, we’ll want to continue to expand,” Angell said. “We may do that organically through building it, we may partner with it or we may buy, depending on what’s available in the marketplace.”

Pythian is focused on midmarket and large enterprises all the way through the Fortune 50, as well as on companies that are struggling to manage, clean contain, archive and secure their data, “and then do something with it,” Angell said.

“When companies talk about digital transformation, it’s really a question about what can they do with all this data they generate,” he said. “Whether it’s from their ERP or from the Internet of Things, what insights can they derive and then manage to help improve their bottom line, their service to customers.”

Pythian has almost 1,000 customers that leverage its services globally, but about 80 percent of its business is focused in North America. Recent customer wins include New York’s LivePerson, a conversational artificial intelligence solution provider, and Wealthsimple, an online investment management service based in Toronto.

“We’ve had good strong growth, double-digit growth, for the last two years,” Angell said. “I think we’ll do that again, despite COVID-19, which is really a great accomplishment for the firm. We’re seeing high demand from companies, even in the pandemic, trying to figure out how to get the most value, especially now, from all of the data that they generate. We’re kind of a remote work-from-home business and always have been, so not much changed for us.”

Pythian Monday unveiled new professional services for the planning, migration and management of specialized workloads in Google Cloud, including support for Bare Metal Solution, which lets businesses run specialized workloads such as Oracle databases close to Google Cloud. Launched in November, Bare Metal Solution now is available in five new Google Cloud regions: Ashburn, Va. (US-East4,) Los Angeles (US-West2), London (Europe-West2), Frankfurt (Europe-West3) and Sydney (Australia-Southeast1).

Pythian also announced several other executive appointments this month, including former Agosto president Aric Bandy as executive vice president of corporate development, and Michael Bray, former senior vice president of sales and marketing for Westborough, Mass.-based Transitional Data Services, as vice president of sales. Rick Erickson, co-founder of Skykit, a digital signage software provider that spun off from Agosto this year, is chief cloud strategist, the same role he held at Agosto. Elizabeth Walsh was named vice president of marketing, a position she also had at Agosto.

“Clearly, [Bandy] has some great relationships at Google that we’re going to mine,” Angell said. “He’s got a good mind for building value in companies, so as we look at potential acquisitions, he’ll be critical. He’s got a number of special projects to help us really pursue this value-creation plan, and whether it’s a build, buy or partner, he’s going be leading the charge on a number of those as well.”

Pythian Appoints Keith Angell As CEO

Mill Point Capital accelerates investments to manage continued high growth

NEW YORK – June 17, 2020 – Pythian Services Inc. (“Pythian”), a leading cloud, data, and analytics services company, announced the appointment of Keith Angell as its Chief Executive Officer, as well as a reorganization of the executive team, as it positions for accelerated growth. The growth is being driven by several market factors, as well as Pythian’s recent acquisition of Agosto, LLC (“Agosto”), a Google Cloud Premier Partner and leading cloud services and development company. Pythian is owned by Mill Point Capital, a leading mid-market private equity firm.Read More

Agosto Adds Managed G Suite Administration Services To Portfolio

MINNEAPOLIS – May 28, 2020 – Agosto, LLC (“Agosto”), a Pythian company and leading cloud services and development firm, announced the launch of its Managed G Suite Administration Services practice. The service leverages Agosto’s 12+ years of experience with G Suite to offer affordable adoption of best practices, security and key processes to companies who want the benefits of Google applications but don’t want to add administrative workload to their IT teams.

Agosto’s collaboration practice provides implementation and support of Google productivity tools, including G Suite and Chrome Enterprise. A Premier Google Cloud Partner since 2008, Agosto has helped hundreds of companies streamline workflows and enhance team collaboration by replacing legacy systems with Google’s cloud-based G Suite tools. The new offering leverages Pythian’s deep expertise in follow-the-sun managed services for rapid response across all time zones.

“Agosto performed the very first corporate migration to G Suite, back when it was called Google Apps for Business, so we practically wrote the book on it,” said PJ Voysey, vice president of collaboration at Agosto. “A number of our customers have requested ongoing G Suite admin support to allow IT teams to focus on other priorities, and this offering lets organizations tap into Agosto’s vast experience to fulfill that need.”

Managed G Suite Administration Services offers administrative and engineering support including:

  • G Suite Practices Review: review and implement onboarding and offboarding processes; implement best practices; implement third-party tools.
  • User Moves/Changes/Adds/Deletes (MCADs): provision new users, archive departing employees, etc.
  • Ticket Escalation and Incident Management: concierge for Google tickets, including internal engineering review.
  • License Management: optimize Google license usage to minimize unused licenses; provide a strategy for deprovisioning licenses and using archived user licenses (AUs).
  • Ongoing Change Management: G Suite adoption analysis and recommendations.
  • Continuous Training: monthly online training sessions for end-users.
  • G Suite Health Management: annual G Suite review with a remediation plan.

For more information about Managed G Suite Administration Services, contact Agosto.

About Agosto, a Pythian Company

Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Minneapolis, Agosto is an award-winning cloud services company and one of the largest and most innovative Google Cloud Platform Partners in the world. The company helps organizations leverage Google Cloud products by providing technical solutions, change management and training, migration and deployment from legacy systems, ongoing admin support, and custom product development. In 2020 Agosto was acquired by Pythian, a global IT services company that helps organizations turn data into valuable insights, predictions and products. Together, Agosto and Pythian hold Google Cloud Partner specializations in Cloud Migration, Data Analytics, Machine Learning, IoT, Infrastructure, Application Development and Work Transformation-Enterprise. Pythian was named Google Cloud Data Analytics Partner of the Year in 2018. For more information visit www.agosto.com.
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Agosto Adds “Work Transformation – Enterprise” Specialization to its Google Cloud Partner Portfolio of Expertise

The company demonstrates deep expertise and proven success in deploying G Suite to enterprise customers.

MINNEAPOLIS – Dec. 18, 2019 – Agosto, LLC, a leading cloud services and development company and Google Cloud Premier Partner, has earned the Google Cloud Partner Program Specialization in Work Transformation for the Enterprise. In achieving this partner specialization, Agosto has proven its expertise and success in deploying G Suite to enterprise organizations, which includes providing services across all project workstreams—governance, technical, people, process and support.

Specializations in the Google Cloud Partner Program are designed to provide Google Cloud customers with qualified partners that have demonstrated technical proficiency and proven success in specialized solution and service areas. These partners undergo a rigorous technical assessment, employ certified experts, demonstrate repeatable customer success, and have a business plan to invest in their areas of specialization.

“We’ve been helping companies ‘Go Google” for more than a decade, so this is a well-earned achievement,” said Aric Bandy, President at Agosto. “As more and more companies embrace digital transformation, I’m proud of how the Agosto team has helped so many great clients transition to the cloud. By fine-tuning our processes and understanding the full scope of work, we’ve made the transition to G Suite smooth and seamless for our enterprise customers.”

Agosto helps companies transform their businesses by migrating from legacy systems to G Suite, enabling collaboration and improving business processes and outcomes. Goldfish Swim School Franchising is one of Agosto’s many enterprise use cases:

Goldfish opened its first swim school in Michigan in 2006 and has grown to over 95 schools in the U.S. and Canada. This rapid growth created inefficiencies that impacted Goldfish’s ability to streamline business processes. For example, they had two different email systems for their corporate office and their swim schools, forcing their IT department to support different platforms and constraining users into creative workarounds to enable more effective collaboration.

The company needed a secure solution that would allow for easy collaboration, low IT investment, and quick scaling as new schools are added. Agosto helped the company launch G Suite, enabling one email and collaboration system for all Goldfish users in an eight-week timeframe. The transition included a comprehensive change management plan that addressed the Goldfish team’s varying skills and abilities. Read the case study here.

Other specializations Agosto has earned in the Google Cloud Partner Program are the Infrastructure Partner Specialization, the IoT Partner Specialization, and the Applications Development Specialization.

About Agosto

Founded in 2001, Agosto is an award-winning cloud services company and one of the largest and most innovative Google Cloud Platform Partners in the world. The company helps organizations leverage Google Cloud products in the private and public sectors by providing technical solutions, change management and training, migration and deployment from legacy systems, ongoing admin support, and custom product development. Agosto is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. and has sales offices in Chicago, Toronto, Houston, Nashville, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Agosto’s clients include QAD Inc., the State of Wyoming, Schnuck Markets, Groupon, ThoughtWorks, and Sony Interactive Entertainment, among others. For more information visit www.agosto.com. Follow: Twitter | Blog | LinkedIn.

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.

President Aric Bandy Named One of IT Channel’s 25 Most Innovative Executives by CRN

MINNEAPOLIS – Oct. 15, 2019 – Agosto LLC, a cloud services and development company and Google Cloud Premier Partner, announced that company President, Aric Bandy, has been identified by CRN as one of the IT channel’s 25 Most Innovative Executives, landing at number 13 on the list.

“Aric is a public cloud visionary who is not afraid to disrupt the status quo,” said Agosto CEO Irfan Khan. “His many ideas and contributions propel the company, its partners and most importantly, our clients, to truly innovate.”

Bandy joined Agosto in 2007, and under his guidance, the company shifted its focus to helping Fortune 500 enterprises modernize and streamline their IT practices by embracing the public cloud. He saw the value that Google Apps (now known as G Suite) could bring to the enterprise, leading Agosto to become a Google reseller. The company has served on the Google Apps Customer and Partner Advisory Boards, and Bandy served as chairman of the Google Enterprise Advisory Board.

Agosto helps its clients innovate with machine learning, analytics, custom development, DevOps and workplace modernization, giving customers a leg up on their competitors. Some of the company milestones for which Bandy provided innovation and leadership in the last decade include:

  • Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), Agosto partnered with Image Sensing Systems to develop CitySync Safety, a cloud-based solution for law enforcement that automatically turns data collected from license plate recognition (LPR) technology into crisply analyzed information.
  • Agosto’s IoT practice used Compute/App Engine to develop a ‘smart tire’ app for a leading manufacturer in the transportation industry to improve uptime, efficiency and sustainability of its customers’ fleets.
  • Agosto launched Skykit, the first cloud-native, enterprise-grade digital signage content management system (CMS).
  • Agosto created a proof-of-concept for transportation company GRUPO ADO, the largest bus operator in Latin America. The technology proved that a Cloud IoT Core-based architecture was a viable path to modernization and optimization of many of the organization’s existing core components.

“The public cloud, especially Google Cloud, provides businesses an unprecedented ability to analyze data, whether you’re a startup or a Fortune 500 company,” said Bandy.

Today Agosto is a leading pure-play Google Cloud partner. The company has doubled sales year over year and achieved the coveted status of Tier 1 Google Cloud Premier Partner, Global Cloud Platform Partner of the Year (2014), and Cloud Platform Partner of the Year (2016).

The 25 Most Innovative Executives is part of CRN’s Top 100 Executives Of 2019 list.

About Agosto

Founded in 2001, Agosto is an award-winning cloud services company and one of the largest Google Cloud Platform Partners in the world. The company helps organizations leverage Google Cloud products in the private and public sectors by providing technical solutions, change management and training, migration and deployment from legacy systems, ongoing admin support, and custom product development. Agosto is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. and has sales offices in Chicago, Toronto, Houston, Nashville, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Agosto’s clients include QAD Inc., the State of Wyoming, Schnuck Markets, Groupon, ThoughtWorks, and Sony Interactive Entertainment, among others. For more information visit www.agosto.com. Follow: Twitter | Blog | LinkedIn.

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.

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