Agosto’s Open Source IoT Message Broker Now Available on Google Cloud Launcher

MQTT protocol enables developers to build and deploy high-performance IoT applications faster

MINNEAPOLIS, MN–(Marketwired – May 17, 2017) – Agosto Inc., a cloud services and development company and tier 1 Google Cloud Premier Partner, announced that its open source IoT message broker is now available on Google Cloud Launcher. The connection proxy enables businesses to implement rapid development of IoT applications using the widely-accepted MQTT protocol. MQTT is a de facto standard in machine-to-machine (M2M)/Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity protocol, and is ISO standard certified. The announcement was made during Google I/O 2017, taking place May 17-19 in San Francisco. Agosto is hosting a Google I/O extended viewing party today, from 11:00am-1:30pm CDT, live-streaming the event at the company’s headquarters in Minneapolis.

“With MQTT, we’ve been able to increase velocity and reduce complexity for our IoT products and services,” said Agosto Chief Technology Officer Paul Lundberg. “By making our message broker available on Google Cloud Launcher, others now have the opportunity to rapidly build simple but robust IoT features.” Google Cloud IoT Core, announced yesterday on Google’s blog, has effectively extended Agosto’s original vision for the MQTT broker into a formal Google Cloud Platform (GCP) service.

Agosto’s IoT connection broker is a component of — and gateway into — Google’s Publish/Subscribe service, as well as the company’s IoT (M2M) Accelerator, and can support any back-end service that an enterprise wants to run on GCP. It supports a broad range of GCP projects and IoT prototypes. For example, with smaller projects developers can rapidly deploy a single node of Agosto’s MQTT to Pub/Sub connection broker, supporting up to 120,000 messages per minute for as little as $25/month for compute costs; larger production deployments with load-balanced brokers can support millions of concurrent connections and much higher throughput.

“Our clients want the ability to build scalable, functional prototypes using proven, standard reference architectures and tools,” noted Rick Erickson, Agosto co-founder and executive vice president. “This is a high-performance IoT message broker for GCP that is simple to configure and deploy, which meets the enterprise-grade requirements of our customers.”

Agosto developed an early proof of its message broker for GCP in 2016, investing significantly to analyze options, build out an architecture, define message adaptation, and explore the feasibility of integrating with Google Cloud Pub/Sub. The company received the Google Cloud 2016 Americas Partner Award for Google Cloud Platform (GCP) Customer Success.

Download the broker from Google Cloud Launcher, follow the instructions and learn more about leveraging MQTT and GCP for your IoT project. Also available on GitHub.

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 the second largest Google Cloud Platform reseller globally, and was given the Americas Partner Award for Google Cloud Platform Customer Success in 2016. 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, Groupon, Jaguar Land Rover, and the Library of Congress, among others. For more information visit www.agosto.com.

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Agosto Inc. Receives 2016 Google Cloud Partner Award for GCP Customer Success

Award recognizes Agosto’s commitment to providing innovative cloud solutions to its customers

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—March 16, 2017— Agosto Inc., a cloud services and development company and tier 1 Google Cloud Premier Partner, today announced that it has received the Google Cloud 2016 Americas Partner Award for Google Cloud Platform (GCP) Customer Success. The award recognizes Agosto for excellence demonstrated in sales, marketing, product development and support, to help customers of all sizes transform their businesses and solve a wide range of challenges using the Google Cloud product suite.

“We are honored to be recognized by Google Cloud as the 2016 Google Cloud Partner for GCP Customer Success,” said Agosto President Aric Bandy. “This award is a timely validation of the significant investments we’ve made in Agosto’s Google Cloud practice.” Agosto was among the Google Cloud partners mentioned in Eric Schmidt’s keynote address at the Google Next conference last week in San Francisco. Schmidt was acknowledging the top global partners that are helping customers leverage big data, analytics and machine learning via Google Cloud.

Agosto finished 2016 with a 35 percent increase in revenues over the previous year, and cites this accelerated growth to be directly related to high adoption rates of the public cloud.

“Partners are a vital contributor to Google Cloud’s growing ecosystem, helping us meet the needs of a diverse range of customers, from up-and-coming startups to Fortune 500 companies,” said Bertrand Yansouni, VP Global Partner Sales and Strategic Alliances at Google Cloud. “We are proud to provide this recognition to Agosto, who has consistently demonstrated customer success across Google Cloud Platform.”

Agosto has been building products and delivering services on Google Cloud Platform (GCP) since 2012. Its teams of Google Certified Professionals bring product visions to life with a focus on IoT. The company works with private and public sector organizations in the retail, manufacturing, agriculture, government, education and transportation verticals. In 2014, Agosto was named Google Enterprise Global Partner of the Year for Cloud Platform.

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 | 5000four 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.

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Agosto Inc. Highlights Market-Changing Customer Use Cases at Google Next ’17

Topics include IoT, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics, Infrastructure, and Digital Signage

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwired – March 07, 2017) – Agosto Inc., a cloud services and development company and tier 1 Google Cloud Premier Partner, is sharing its most compelling customer use cases at Google Next ’17. The annual conference takes place March 8-10 in San Francisco and brings Google customers and partners together with a focus on cloud innovation. Agosto, a Signature sponsor of the event, will present demos and mini speaking sessions in booth C14. Topics include:

  • Using Agosto’s IoT Innovation Process with a Rapid Prototype to determine feasibility of your company’s project vision
  • Using Data Analytics to enhance the longevity and safety of tires for big fleets
  • Internet of Swine — using IoT and Data Analytics to increase livestock health
  • Using AI to protect children’s lives
  • The first ever Digital Signage solution built end-to-end on Google
  • GCP and Customized Training
  • High Performance Workloads on GCP
  • Legacy Workloads on GCP

Book a meeting at Next with an Agosto executive to learn more about these services here.

Agosto works with private and public sector organizations to build market-changing applications in the retail, manufacturing, agriculture, government and transportation verticals. The company has been building products and delivering services on Google Cloud Platform (GCP) since 2012.

“Google Cloud gives us the platform to develop disruptive applications that are infinitely scalable and quick to implement,” said Agosto President Aric Bandy. “We’re helping companies move to the cloud at a faster pace than ever.” Google hired Agosto to build a custom MQTT broker which allows developers to scale IoT projects from pilot to product more easily, accelerating development onto GCP. The product is available at GitHub.

Agosto recently announced that it has increased revenues by over 30 percent annually for the last five years. The company attributes this rapid growth in large part to its continued product innovations on Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

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.

The 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.

Agosto Accelerates Rapid Growth with Continued Innovations on Google Cloud Platform

MINNEAPOLIS, MN–(Marketwired – March 01, 2017) – Agosto Inc., a cloud services and development company and tier 1 Google Cloud Premier Partner, announced today that the company has grown by over 35% year over year for the last five years. The company attributes its rapid growth in large part to growing adoption of the public cloud, in particular by large enterprises.

“Agosto clients are some of the most forward-thinking companies in the world, leading their peers in the adoption of disruptive technologies,” said Irfan Khan, CEO of Agosto. “They come to us with a vision and our team brings that vision to life leveraging Google Cloud. We see this growth accelerating in 2017 and beyond.”

2016 Growth Highlights
Agosto helps companies innovate on Google Cloud with IoT, Machine Learning/AI, Big Data, Infrastructure and Collaboration. One of only five Google Cloud Premier Partners in the U.S., the company specializes in cloud product development and building IoT products that help companies improve processes and increase efficiency.

Forrester Research calls cloud computing the most exciting and disruptive force in the tech market in the last decade, and predicts that the influx of enterprise dollars will push the global public cloud market to $236 billion in 2020, up from $146 billion in 2017.

Agosto achieved its 2016 revenue goals by mid-year. Agosto’s G Suite services practice nearly doubled revenues in 2016 compared to the previous year, with the addition of 52 new customers. The company migrated tens of thousands of seats over the course of the year, twice as many as 2015. In addition, the company entered into partner relationships with the largest of the global service integrators.

Agosto’s Google Cloud Platform (GCP) practice also more than doubled in 2016. Through key customer projects in IoT, Machine Learning and cloud infrastructure, Agosto became one of Google’s biggest GCP resellers worldwide.

“Looking ahead to 2020, areas of growing traction for our services team include IoT and Machine Learning,” said Khan. “As adoption of these disruptive technologies increases, businesses are turning to us to develop custom products that make them more competitive.”

Investment in people and products
The company continues to invest in talent to support projected growth. Over the last 3 years, Agosto headcount increased 125%, and by 2020 the company plans to triple employee headcount. Since 2012, Agosto has brought custom products to market on Google’s cloud for its Fortune 500 customers. In 2016 the company began to develop products that can be brought to a larger market, adding growth and margin to its core business.

In June of 2016 Agosto officially launched Skykit, an enterprise-grade digital signage content management system (CMS) built on GCP that integrates with Google Drive and leverages Chrome OS. Since its launch, Skykit has experienced accelerated growth as the product matures, winning 140 customers to date. Digital signage veteran Linda Hofflander joined the company as Vice President for Skykit, and is building a reseller channel which has already won over a number of partners previously selling other solutions.

Google hired Agosto to build a custom MQTT broker which allows developers to scale IoT projects from pilot to product more easily, accelerating development onto Google Cloud Platform. The product is available at GitHub.

Agosto entered into the high growth areas of Computer Vision and Machine Learning, working with Force Multiplier to incorporate computer vision on buses, keeping kids safe as they disembark from their school bus. The IoT product development team is expanding with transformation labs and consulting workshops.

Agosto is a Signature sponsor of Next ’17, Google’s annual customer conference focused on cloud innovation. The event takes place March 8-10 in San Francisco.

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 resellers 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.

Digital Signage Veteran Linda Hofflander Joins Agosto as Company Launches Skykit: Born-in-the-Cloud Enterprise Digital Signage Platform

Hofflander Will Develop Skykit’s Strategic Partner Community With a Focus on Retail, Education and Food Service Industries

MINNEAPOLIS, MN–(Marketwired – June 27, 2016) – Agosto Inc., a tier 1 premier Google for Work partner, today announced its official launch of Skykit, a born-in-the-cloud digital signage content management system (CMS). The company also shared that Linda Hofflander has joined the company as Vice President, Global Channels and Alliances for Skykit. Hofflander, a well-known digital signage veteran, brings nearly two decades of experience to the position, as well as a vast network of industry connections.

Skykit is the first and only end-to-end Google-based digital signage solution. It easily distributes content to any screen, anywhere in the world. Using a powerful browser-based CMS built on the Google Cloud Platform to run all centralized services for Skykit, end users have the ability to control, collaborate, and quickly send content to any number of displays from Google Drive and Apps. Users can create content in the platforms they already use today, which speeds up the content approval process that can be a bottleneck for other digital signage CMSs. Users control what to share and when to share it, creating seamless transitions in their displays. Content updates can be made in real-time using mobile devices.

“Skykit has experienced very healthy organic growth since its release earlier this year,” said Agosto CEO Irfan Khan. “We’re in an excellent position now to focus on building a partner ecosystem, and Linda is the perfect fit for this strategy. We’re absolutely thrilled to have her join our team.”

Hofflander brings experience and insights from every aspect of digital signage deployments. She has served on industry association boards including the ICX Association and the Digital Signage Federation. A noted public speaker, she is currently on the Speakers Bureau for ICX Association, and is a regular face at the Digital Signage Expo, participating in Roundtables and leading education sessions. Hofflander has co-hosted the DSA Industry Excellence and Crown Awards multiple times, and is a published author on digital deployments for industry magazines and blogs. Prior to joining Agosto Hofflander was Director of the Vertical Business Group at Samsung Electronics America, where she launched the Vertical Business Solution Teams for retail, education, finance, healthcare, and transportation.

At Agosto, Hofflander will focus on curating a partner community for Skykit that includes Channel Partners-distributors, DSIs, and VARs with vertical expertise; and Strategic Alliances to provide hardware, software, implementation services, content creation services and other solutions. “Skykit partners have an amazing opportunity to bring value to their customers with a robust, intuitive cloud-based CMS,” said Hofflander.

Skykit digital signage CMS allows almost any type of organization to easily scale their communications in many ways, including promotions and brand reinforcement. Early adopters of Skykit include companies in the food service, retail, education and ad networks industries.

About Agosto
Founded in 2001, Agosto is a cloud services company that helps organizations leverage Google for Work 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 the second largest Cloud Platform reseller 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.

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Agosto Leverages MQTT to Create High Performance, Open Source Message Broker for IoT

Open Source architecture designed for Google Cloud Platform lets developers build simple yet robust IoT features.

MINNEAPOLIS—May 18, 2016—Agosto Inc., a Google Tier 1 Premier Partner and cloud product development firm, has created an open source IoT message broker that enables businesses to implement rapid development of IoT applications using the widely-accepted MQTT protocol. MQTT further validated its de-facto status earlier this year when it received ISO standard certification.

Agosto’s IoT connection broker is a component of and gateway into Googles Pub/Sub service, as well as the company’s IoT (M2M) Accelerator, and can support any “Back-End” service that an enterprise wants to run on Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Agosto developed an early proof of this message broker for GCP. The company invested significantly to analyze options, build out an architecture, define message adaptation, and explore the feasibility of integrating with Google Cloud Pub/Sub. The project was informally announced by Preston Holmes at the recent Google NEXT Conference. Holmes is head of IoT solutions for GCP.

“Our goal was to develop a high-performance IoT Message Broker for Google Cloud Platform with a first adaptor for the Google Cloud Pub/Sub service that is simple to configure and deploy,” said Paul Lundberg, Agosto CTO. “We kept a sharp focus on security, scalability and performance in order to meet the enterprise-grade requirements of our customers.”

Forbes reports that Enterprise IoT spending is exceeding consumer spending in the near-term. Agosto has seen this trend in many markets, such as Industrial Internet, Drones, Infrastructure Controls and Telematics/Connected Vehicles.

“It’s challenging for companies to integrate the new business models that are part of an IoT transformation,” said Rick Erickson, Co-Founder and SVP of Business Development at Agosto. “We helpenterprises navigate risk through a standardized process, by incubating each stage of the transformation.”

Agosto works with Fortune 100 companies to build market-changing IoT applications in the retail, manufacturing, and transportation verticals. One of only five Google for Work Premier Partners in North America, the company was named Google Enterprise Global Partner of the Year for Cloud Platform in 2014, and is currently the second largest Google Cloud Platform reseller in the world.

About Agosto

Founded in 2001, Agosto is a cloud services company that helps organizations leverage Google products and services in the private and public sectors, including change management and training, migration and deployment from legacy systems, ongoing admin support, Google Sites development, and much more. Agosto is the second largest Cloud Platform reseller globally, and was named Google Global Partner of the Year for Cloud in 2014. The company has been included in the Inc. 500 | 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies, 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.

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Agosto Expands Google Cloud Products Offering in Government Sector

Google’s Authorization to Operate from FedRAMP gives federal agencies access to more products from world’s second largest Google Cloud Platform reseller.

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 16, 2016 — Agosto Inc., a Google Tier 1 Premier Partner and cloud product development firm, announced that it can now provide cloud computing and storage with Google for Work and Google App Engine accounts to all U.S. federal agencies. The announcement comes on the heels of Google’s recent Authorization to Operate from the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). With FedRAMP authorization, all government agencies can use Google’s cloud tools and securely store unlimited content on Google’s cloud platform.

“We’re very excited about this development in the government space,” said Agosto President Aric Bandy. “Google Apps has been an unequivocal value—both strategically and financially—for Agosto’s customers in the government sector. The FedRAMP compliant status allows us to bring even more Google functionalities to federal agencies.” Agosto serves clients in the government sector at the local, state and federal levels, including the Library of Congress, the state of Wyoming, and the Minnesota Historical Society.

Google Apps has been compliant with the Federal Information Security Management Act since 2010, and since then Agosto has been helping government agencies adopt the public cloud provider’s tools. The FedRAMP approval, a lengthy assessment and review process, means that the security of the Google for Work and Google App Engine platforms has been assessed against federal standards.

FedRAMP is a government program to approve and screen technology solutions to ensure they have the security measures required for use by a government agency. When a service receives the FedRAMP authorization, any federal government agency can use the solution as it’s been properly vetted and approved.

About Agosto

Founded in 2001, Agosto is a cloud product development company with a focus on the Internet of Things (IoT). The company offers products and services to enterprises in the private and public sectors, including change management and training; migration and deployment from legacy systems; ongoing admin support; Google Sites development; and much more. Agosto is the second largest Cloud Platform reseller globally, and was named Google Enterprise Global Partner of the Year for Cloud Platform in 2014. The company has been included in the Inc. 500 | 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies, 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.

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Agosto Named Owler’s “HOT in 2015” Company in Toronto

Owler’s community of users, customers, clients, and followers voted to determine winners.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. and TORONTO – Oct. 22, 2015 – Agosto, a Google Premier Partner and cloud product development company, today announced it has been named an Owler “HOT in 2015” winner in Toronto. Owler, a leading online source for free competitive intelligence with over 12 million company profiles in its database, awards the hottest companies in each city using data and analytics it collects from the Owler community.

Agosto was rated higher than 10,000 other companies competing in this space for the Owler award. The company has a 100% approval rating from third-party reviewers.

“The Owler community is vital in helping us choose the hottest companies around the world,” said Brett Miller, director of marketing at Owler. “Every (anonymous) contribution adds to a company’s HOTness score and helps us determine winners in each industry.”

Company profiles on Owler display data (e.g. revenue, employees, headquarters, funding, acquisitions) of companies all around the world, and differ from user accounts. The Owler community of registered users can edit, add, or vote on data in any company profile. All user contributions go through a verification process to ensure quality.

“The Owler awards are unique in that winners are determined by a community of users, customers, clients, and followers,” said Agosto President Aric Bandy. “We’re honored that the Owler community chose Agosto as the ‘HOT in 2015’ winner in Toronto.”

To see Agosto’s company profile on Owler, go to https://bit.ly/1i9BJ7n.

About Agosto Inc.

Founded in 2001, Agosto is a Google Tier 1 Premier Partner and cloud product development company. Agosto helps organizations leverage Google for Work products and has built two products on top of Google: Skykit, a digital signage platform, and ELF, an IoT platform. In 2014, Agosto was named Google Enterprise Global Partner of the Year for Cloud Platform and was named to the Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies for the fourth time. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., and with offices in Toronto, Ontario, Agosto’s clients include: 1-800-Got-Junk?, Unilog, Groupon, Jaguar Land Rover, and The Library of Congress.

About Owler

Owler is a free competitive intelligence tool that delivers customized insights on competitors, customers, and partners to over 100,000 business professionals. Owler was founded in 2011 by Jim Fowler, who previously founded Jigsaw (acquired by Salesforce in 2010).

Agosto Named to Managed IT Service Provider 500 List by CRN

Leading Minneapolis, St. Paul Managed Services Provider Included on MSP 500 for the Third year in a row

Minneapolis, MN, March 25, 2015 – Agosto, a Google Premier Partner and cloud product development company, today announced it has earned recognition on The Channel Company’s 2015 CRN Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list as one of the MSP Pioneer 250. This annual list distinguishes the top technology providers and consultants in North America whose leading approach to managed services enables their customers to improve operational efficiencies, elicit greater value from their IT investments, and successfully leverage technology to achieve greater competitive advantage.

This year, CRN’s industryfocused directory highlights the Top 500 MSPs in three categories: 100 Hosting Providers who are experienced in providing mainly off-premise, or cloud-based, services; 150 Elite Service Providers who are large data center-focused solution providers with a strong mix of on-premise professional services as well as off-premise services; and 250 Pioneers geared toward the small and midsize business market.

“Being included again on the list of top managed services providers is an honor for Agosto,” said Aric Bandy, Agosto president. “As we pivot toward a future as a cloud product development and enterprise cloud services company, we will not lose sight of our long history of pioneering IT services.”

Coverage of the MSP 500 will be featured in the February 2015 issue of CRN and online atwww.CRN.com

About the Channel Company

The Channel Company, with established brands including CRN, XChange Events, IPED and SharedVue, is the sales channel community’s trusted authority for growth and innovation. For more than three decades, we have leveraged our proven and leading-edge platforms to deliver prescriptive sales and marketing solutions for the technology sales channel. The Channel Company provides Communication, Recruitment, Engagement, Enablement, Demand Generation and Intelligence services to drive technology partnerships.

Learn more at www.thechannelcompany.com

About Agosto

Founded in 2001, Agosto is a Google Premier Partner and cloud product development company. Agosto helps organizations bring products to market more quickly, with a focus on the Internet of Things (IoT). In 2014, Agosto was named Google Enterprise Global Partner of the Year for Cloud Platform. The company is also committed to providing Google enterprise services, and in 2014 was named to the Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies for the fourth time. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota and with offices in Toronto, Ontario, Agosto’s clients include: 1-800-Got-Junk?, Corel, Dunn Bros Coffee, Famous Dave’s, Jaguar Land Rover, The Library of Congress, and The Second City.

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Agosto and EO Johnson Announce Managed Services Business Sale Completion

Leading Business Technologies Business Buys Managed Services Business from Google for Work Premier Partner

MINNEAPOLIS, MN—(December 11, 2014)—Agosto Inc. and EO Johnson Business Technologies today announced the sale of Agosto’s IT managed services business to EO Johnson. The sale was completed October 15, 2014, and since that time both companies have focused on notifying customers and transitioning the business. EO Johnson welcomes Agosto’s six Minneapolis IT technicians and engineers into their Locknet® Managed IT Services team and soon will establish an office in the Minneapolis area. Until then, the new EO Johnson employees continue to work in the Agosto office.

Agosto, one of the world’s most experienced Google for Work Premier Partners and cloud product development firms, is the fifth fastest growing company in Minneapolis according to Inc. Magazine, and is the Google Enterprise Global Partner of the Year for Cloud Platform. EO Johnson Business Technologies is a leading business technologies company, providing managed IT services, document management systems, and print and document equipment. Locknet® Managed IT Services is EO Johnson’s IT offering and is one of the World’s top Managed Service Providers, ranked #26 worldwide by MSPmentor’s 501 Global Edition.

The sale fits both companies’ strategic plans allowing Agosto to build its cloud products business and provide even more extensive services for its Google for Work clients, and allowing EO Johnson to further grow its managed IT services business in the Minneapolis market.

“The acquisition will position us well to better service our existing Locknet® client base in the Twin Cities area and to offer additional managed service products to our new clients from Agosto,” said Mary Jo Johnson, CEO/Owner – EO Johnson Business Technologies. “We’re also excited to welcome the former Agosto team members to the EO Johnson family in support of these clients.”

Agosto CEO Irfan Khan said, “EO Johnson is the right company to take care of our former managed services customers, as well as our former employees. Agosto is now focusing on clients in our high-growth segments, expanding our cloud product development and Google for Work service offerings.”

About Agosto Inc.

Founded in 2001, Agosto is one of the world’s most experienced Google for Work Premier Partners and cloud product development firms. Based in Minneapolis, and with offices in Toronto, Agosto was an early Google Apps provider (2007) and remains committed to providing IT services including Google Apps and Google Drive for Work deployment, and building products on Google Cloud Platform. In 2014, Agosto was named Google Enterprise Global Partner of the Year for Cloud Platform, and was listed for the fourth time on the Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Agosto’s clients include Jaguar Land Rover, Corel, The Minnesota Wild, and Famous Dave’s. Follow us at https://twitter.com/goAgosto.

About EO Johnson Business Technologies

EO Johnson Business Technologies is a leading business technologies provider, offering managed IT services, managed print services, document management systems, print and document equipment, production print equipment, and digital signage.  The company acquired Locknet® in 2012, a managed services provider with over 30 years’ experience in the IT technology space.  Locknet® is a UCS/SSAE 16 Certified, FFIEC examined technology service provider and was named #26 by MSPmentor’s 2014 501 Global Edition by Nine Lives Media (naming the top 501 managed services providers in the world).  Locknet® has redundant data centers, a full-service support center located in Onalaska, WI, and a large security-focused client base.  EO Johnson was founded in 1957 by Emery O. (E.O.) Johnson in Wausau, WI.  Now in second generation ownership, E.O.’s daughter Mary Jo Johnson is owner and CEO.  The company has five offices (Wausau, Eau Claire, and La Crosse, WI; Rochester, MN; and Cedar Falls, IA) and 250 employees.  www.eojohnson.com

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