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.

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Agosto raises expansion capital

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Minneapolis-based Agosto Holdings, a cloud-services and development company, has secured $6.5 million in capital from California-based Bridge Bank and SG Credit Partners.

Founded in 2001, Agosto helps clients leverage Google Cloud products for private and public partners, providing technical solutions, training and support, migration from legacy systems and custom-product development.

“Agosto is a high growth, innovative company that has matured to the stage where it can obtain funds on demand,” said Raelene Sagapolu, vice president at Bridge Bank. “These funds will be of great benefit… since it enables Agosto to invest without touching existing equity.”

Agosto, which declined to specify its revenue growth, said it has tripled revenue and head count since 2016.

The capital will allow Agosto to advance its strategy within the Google system, add personnel to sales and marketing, and promote Skykit — the first digital signage content-management system built on the Google Cloud Platform.

“Agosto’s relationships with Bridge Bank and SG Credit come after four years of tremendous growth,” said Michael Majerus, Agosto vice president of finance. “Our plans call for an acceleration of this growth in the coming years, and this new capital will allow us to continue to invest in specific areas of the company while maintaining shareholders’ equity interests for the foreseeable future.”

Agosto, with 63 employees, said it is one of the largest Google-cloud partners globally.

Cloud-computing firm Agosto lands $6.5M

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Agosto Inc., a cloud services and development company, has secured $6.5 million to increase headcount and fund business improvements.

Minneapolis-based Agosto helps public- and private-sector businesses leverage Google Cloud products. It also owns Skykit, a cloud-based digital content management system that hit the market in 2016.

The latest capital, which is a mix of credit and convertible note, came from San Jose, Calif.-based Bridge Bank and Stamford, Conn.-based SG Capital Partners. The company has thus far avoided equity investments, Agosto President Aric Bandy said.

“We don’t want to give up equity at this stage of our rapid growth,” Bandy said. “[The capital] gives us the ability to achieve the growth numbers and then look at some equity play down the road.”

Agosto was founded in 2001 and has tripled in headcount since 2016. It has 59 employees at its Minneapolis headquarters and offices in Chicago, Toronto, Houston, Nashville, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

The company has also nearly tripled in revenue since 2016. Mike Majerus, vice president of finance for Agosto, declined to disclose the company’s revenue numbers but said it has seen 30 to 40 percent year-over-year revenue growth since 2016. The company reported nearly $16 million in revenue that year, according to Business Journal research.

Agosto started out as an IT consultancy before moving into the Google Cloud space. Its clients include the state of Wyoming, Groupon, Jaguar Land Rover and the Library of Congress.

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