Agosto Launches Cloud Storage Gateway

Google Enterprise Partner offers managed cloud storage solution that delivers migration, monitoring, and 24/7 support.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—June 12, 2014—Agosto Inc., a pioneer in cloud-based consulting and application development, today announced the launch of its new product, Cloud Storage Gateway (CSG), a managed cloud storage solution that extends a company’s existing backup systems, migrating stored data to the cloud. CSG will be a featured topic at the Google I/O Extended Minneapolis event taking place on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at Agosto’s Minneapolis headquarters.

CSG is designed for IT leaders who need a better way to manage their company’s growing data storage footprint. It allows them to reallocate primary data storage from network attached storage (NAS) drives, costly storage area network (SAN) drives, and remote site tape data storage. CSG also eliminates the need for expensive secondary data storage, and physically reduces a company’s data center sprawl. Agosto client ICOM Productions, a Calgary-based learning solutions provider, was struggling with the burden of accommodating its growing data storage needs.

“As ICOM grows, we are constantly evaluating how to best store and protect the sensitive information that our clients entrust us with every day,” said Dr. Jared Tabler, Vice President, People & Marketing, at ICOM Productions. “Agosto had already helped us implement Google Apps, which was the easiest technology rollout I have ever been a part of. When we started looking at cloud storage solutions, we knew Agosto was the right partner. Agosto’s Cloud Storage Gateway is helping take our business to the next level—not just for our needs today, but for our future growth as well.”

CSG plugs into a network like any other drive. A fully encrypted copy of a company’s data is stored in the cloud, while an intelligent cache assures that frequently used data is quickly accessible locally. The on-demand cloud data storage is safe, secure and readily accessible. CSG includes support for disaster recovery if on-site data is lost or compromised.

“As a company’s storage footprint grows, IT departments are forced to spend more time managing storage—procuring, provisioning, maintaining and upgrading—as well as backing up and protecting all of those systems,” said Agosto President Aric Bandy. “Agosto designed CSG to relieve IT departments of that burden, so they can focus on more business critical matters.”

CSG is available immediately for an all-inclusive price, with no capital expenditure. The flat monthly fee includes the on-premise hardware and software, the migration of data to the cloud, ongoing verification, maintenance, and round-the-clock support. IT departments can escape the tape and other physical storage solutions that can be expensive and difficult to maintain.

Agosto was recently named Google Enterprise Global Partner of the Year for Cloud Platform.

About Agosto Inc.

Founded in 2001, Agosto is one of the world’s most experienced Google Enterprise 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 deployment, and building products on Google Cloud Platform. The company also deploys Google Enterprise Search solutions and provides managed services and support. In 2013 Agosto was named for the third time to the Inc. 500 | 5000 as one of the fastest-growing privately held companies in America. Agosto’s clients include Corel, The Second City and EllisDon. Follow us at twitter.com/goAgosto.

Agosto Named 2013 Global Partner of the Year for Google Cloud Platform

Google Enterprise Partner recognized for ability to deliver innovative products that economize time, development and infrastructure costs for the enterprise.

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—March 6, 2014—Agosto Inc., one of the world’s most experienced Google Enterprise Partners and cloud product development firms, has been named Google Enterprise Global Partner of the Year for Cloud Platform. The award was presented at Google’s annual Global Partner Summit in San Francisco. Agosto is a Google Apps Premier and Google Cloud Platform Premier partner.

Representatives from Google’s global Enterprise Partner community are gathering this week as Google shares its latest enterprise business updates and presents awards for outstanding regional and global achievement. The global Cloud Platform award recognizes Agosto’s innovative product development work that uses many components of Google’s Cloud Platform. In particular, the award acknowledges Agosto’s work over the past year to create new, efficient and powerful products.

“We’re thrilled to receive this award from Google Enterprise in recognition of our exceptional product development work,” said Agosto President Aric Bandy. “This award not only recognizes Agosto’s strengths in using Google’s innovative tools, but also our team’s ability to deliver products the market is looking for, which economize our clients’ time, development and infrastructure costs.”

The award also acknowledges Agosto for their expertise and dedication to meeting customers’ business and technology needs with Google Cloud Platform. An example of Agosto’s work on Google Cloud Platform is that for client Image Sensing Systems, Inc. (ISS). Agosto was instrumental in the development of CitySync Safety—an innovative cloud-based data analytics application that combines ISS and other above-ground detection technology with big data collection and analysis—to give law enforcement, security, parking and traffic management professionals more precise and accurate information, streamlining communications and improving safety.

“We are proud to provide this recognition to the team at Agosto who have consistently demonstrated sales, deployment and support excellence to our customers throughout 2013,” said Mark Hodgson, Head of Global Partner Programs at Google.

Agosto leverages its deep Google Enterprise product experience across the entire suite of products—including Google Apps, Search, Chrome and Cloud Platform—to envision the solutions its clients are seeking. Agosto’s highly-skilled development team then builds products using Google Cloud Platform, offering virtually infinite scaling capabilities, rich data analytics and geographic tools.

Agosto’s Bandy went on to say, “Products developed on Google’s Cloud Platform are highly scalable, so clients no longer need to think about hosting large servers or paying for unnecessary network buildout.”

Google’s three-day Global Partner Summit celebrates the contributions of partners across the globe, bringing together more than 700 partners to collaborate on business plans, share best practices and engage with Google’s own product experts.

About Agosto Inc.

Founded in 2001, Agosto is one of the world’s most experienced Google Enterprise 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 deployment, and building products on Google Cloud Platform. The company also deploys Google Enterprise Search solutions and provides managed services and support. In 2013 Agosto was named for the third time to the Inc. 500 | 5000 as one of the fastest-growing privately held companies in America. Agosto’s clients include Corel, Dunn Bros Coffee, Image Sensing Systems and The Second City. Follow us attwitter.com/goAgosto.

Agosto Highlights Google Cloud Platform and Google Glass Development at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2013

ORLANDO, FL—(October 10, 2013)—Agosto, Inc., a Google Enterprise Premier partner and cloud services consulting firm, was at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2013 to demonstrate an application Agosto built on Google Cloud Platform featuring an integration with Google Glass. The Gartner symposium is focused on topics, trends and technologies that will create differentiation and sustain competitive advantage.

The Agosto demo app leverages machine-to-machine communication and Google Glass for both data collection and reporting. Built around a car rental business application, the backend technology was originally developed for Agosto’s client Image Sensing Systems—a leading provider of above ground detection and information management solutions—and can be used for any number of real-world applications.

“Agosto’s development team bridges the gap between the world’s most powerful technology platform, Google Cloud Platform, and our clients’ business objectives,” said Agosto CEO Aric Bandy. “Google’s offering is unique in its combination of virtually infinite scale and rich tools like analytics, search and geo. Add transformative products like Google Glass and we’re giving our clients a competitive edge in their markets.”

As a Google Enterprise Premier partner, Agosto has expertise across the entire suite of Google Enterprise products including Google Apps, Search, Chrome and Cloud Platform.

“Agosto is honored to demonstrate our development projects in the Google booth,” said Bandy. “We’re excited that Gartner attendees can experience the breadth of Google Enterprise in action.”

About Agosto
Founded in 2001 in Minneapolis, and with offices in Minneapolis and Toronto, Agosto (www.agosto.com) is one of the world’s oldest and fastest-growing Google Apps and cloud consulting firms. One of the earliest Google Apps partners (since 2007), Agosto served on Google’s Customer Advisory Board in 2008. In 2009, Agosto joined the Google Enterprise Advisory Board, and continues on the Board today, one of just eight partner members. Agosto provides a range of IT services including Google Apps deployment, custom application development on Google Cloud Platform, Google Enterprise Search and managed services. In 2013, Agosto was named to the Inc. 500 | 5000 as one of the fastest growing companies in America, its third time on the list in the past four years. Agosto’s clients include Corel, Dunn Bros Coffee, Famous Dave’s, Goodwill Easter Seals, Jaguar Land Rover and The Second City. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/goAgosto.

CloudLock Delivers Information Security Suite to Agosto and Its Customers

CloudLock and Agosto celebrate one year of its successful partnership

WALTHAM, MA – (September 16, 2013) – CloudLock, the leading information security suite for enterprises using cloud platforms, and Agosto Inc., one of the world’s oldest and fastest-growing Google Apps™ and cloud services consulting firms, today announced the one-year anniversary of their partnership.

The success of this partnership is evident with the acquisition of numerous customers across multiple industries including Retail, Electronics, Finance, Construction, Local Government and Non-profit. Furthermore, Agosto has provided thousands of licenses to enterprise customers, enabling them to meet their compliance needs, accelerate cloud adoption and realize the full potential of Google Apps.

In addition to being a CloudLock Gold Partner, Agosto is also a CloudLock user, leveraging best practices with CloudLock Collaboration Security for Information Protection andCloudLock Applications Firewall to monitor third-party applications. Agosto has continued to invest in the CloudLock partnership, dedicating two senior account managers to complete the CloudLock Sales Champion Program™ and a technical lead to complete the CloudLock Technical Champion Program™.

“A strong security and compliance solution is required for Google to continue to win email and collaboration market share in both the small business and enterprise segments,” said Aric Bandy CEO of Agosto. “Every industry has a compliance or regulatory requirement. Together, Agosto and CloudLock deliver a secure solution that enables our clients to reap the benefits of the public cloud without the all the risks.”

As the leading paid enterprise Independent Software Vendor (ISV) in the Google Apps ecosystem, CloudLock strives to reinforce its partners’ trusted advisor status by providing best practice information security apps for the enterprise, a benefit to both Agosto and its customers.

“Security continues to be a major concern for companies that are resistant to cloud adoption and is one we believe can be assuaged only with trusted partnerships,” said Gil Zimmermann, CEO, CloudLock. “The combination of Agosto and CloudLock allows customers to overcome their cloud anxiety and realize the full potential Google Apps and we are looking forward to our partnership promoting many years of continued growth.”

About Agosto
Founded in 2001 in Minneapolis, and with offices in Minneapolis and Toronto, Agosto (www.agosto.com) is one of the world’s oldest and fastest-growing Google Apps and cloud consulting firms. One of the earliest Google Apps partners (since 2007), Agosto served on Google’s Customer Advisory Board in 2008. In 2009, Agosto joined the Google Enterprise Advisory Board, and continues on the Board today, one of just eight partner members. Agosto provides a range of IT services including Google Apps deployment, custom application development on Google Cloud Platform, Google Enterprise Search and managed services. In 2013, Agosto was named to the Inc. 500 | 5000 as one of the fastest growing companies in America, its third time on the list in the past four years. Agosto’s clients include Corel, Dunn Bros Coffee, Famous Dave’s, Goodwill Easter Seals, Jaguar Land Rover and The Second City. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/goAgosto.

About CloudLock
CloudLock is the cloud information security company. CloudLock’s suite of information security applications gives organizations the safeguards necessary to take advantage of public cloud offerings like Google Apps without sacrificing security. The largest businesses in the world trust CloudLock to secure their information in the cloud. For more information about the company or reseller opportunities call (781) 996-4332 or visithttps://www.cloudlock.com.

Agosto Named as Preferred Partner by BetterCloud

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota—August 23, 2013—Agosto Inc., one of the world’s oldest and fastest-growing Google Apps™ and cloud services consulting firms, today announced it has been named as a Preferred Partner by BetterCloud, the leading provider of cloud management and security tools for Google Apps. Agosto has long been using BetterCloud’s flagship product, FlashPanel and is using the company’s new reseller console, to streamline management and security tasks in Google Apps. This makes it easier for Agosto’s Certified Google Apps Deployment Specialists to administer accounts for its customers.

“Agosto is pleased to be working closely with BetterCloud,” said Aric Bandy, CEO of Agosto. “This new level of partnership gives our Google Apps customers better tools to more effectively manage their business.”

“We’re extremely excited to name Agosto a BetterCloud Preferred Partner,” said David Politis, CEO and Founder of BetterCloud. “Agosto has tremendous expertise and experience helping small and large companies alike make the most of Google Apps.”

About Agosto
Founded in 2001 in Minneapolis, and with offices in Minneapolis and Toronto, Agosto (www.agosto.com) is one of the world’s oldest and fastest-growing Google Apps and cloud consulting firms. One of the earliest Google Apps partners (since 2007), Agosto served on Google’s Customer Advisory Board in 2008. In 2009, Agosto joined the Google Enterprise Advisory Board, and continues on the Board today, one of just eight partner members. Agosto provides a range of IT services including Google Apps deployment, custom application development on Google Cloud Platform, Google Enterprise Search and managed services. In 2013, Agosto was named to the Inc. 500 | 5000 as one of the fastest growing companies in America, its third time on the list in the past four years. Agosto’s clients include Corel, Dunn Bros Coffee, Famous Dave’s, Goodwill Easter Seals, Jaguar Land Rover and The Second City. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/goAgosto.

About BetterCloud
BetterCloud is the leading provider of cloud management and security tools for Google Apps.FlashPanel, its flagship product, installed by over 20,000 companies and 13 million users worldwide, is a directory management and Google Drive security application that empowers Google Apps administrators by providing added controls, visibility, automation and more. BetterCloud also powers Ask the Gooru, which provides free Google Apps training videos and aims to further the adoption of Google Apps. BetterCloud is headquartered in New York City with engineering offices in Atlanta, GA. A privately held company, BetterCloud is backed by venture capital firms Flybridge Capital Partners, Greycroft Partners and TriBeCa Venture Partners. For more information, visit www.bettercloud.com.

Research Firm SourcingLine Identifies the Top Google Apps Consultants

The research outlines the focus and capabilities of ten top consultants specializing in Google’s cloud-based productivity and collaboration software, Google Apps for Business.

WASHINGTON, April 25, 2013 — Today SourcingLine published their Google Apps Consultants Leaders Matrix. The proprietary Leaders Matrix methodology assesses each firm’s focus on productivity and collaboration consulting in general and their specialization in the Google Apps suite. The second dimension of the Leaders Matrix then maps the firms’ abilities to consistently deliver on client expectations. This publication follows Sourcingline’s industry-leading research on mobile application developers.

The Google Apps Consultants Leaders Matrix highlights firms that assist at all stages in a typical Google Apps migration including; strategic planning, data migration, change management, employee training, custom development, and ongoing support. The top consultants are able to combine their knowledge of the Google Apps with a deep understanding of their client’s businesses to create meaningful improvements in organizational efficiency.

Out of hundreds of registered Google Apps Partners, only 10 firms were included in the Leaders Matrix. The firms included are: Cloud Sherpas, Maven Wave Partners, Promevo, Dito, Baker Security & Networks, Soluciones Orion, Ageele, Umzuzu, Agosto, and 11th Hour.

“When deployed correctly, Google Apps is a powerful cloud platform to drive productivity without unnecessary overhead,” stated Sam Pettee, Manager Mid-market Research at SourcingLine. “The consultants included in our Google Apps Leaders Matrix have a proven track record of applying their knowledge and experience to exceed client expectations.”

SourcingLine’s effort to identify the Google Apps consultants will be ongoing and they encourage firms with a proven record to apply to participate in updates to the research. Upcoming publications seek to highlight developers for other cloud platforms such as Office 365, Google App Engine, and Force.com.

About SourcingLine
SourcingLine is a Washington, DC-based research firm focused on IT services. We provide independent, quantitative analysis on leading services firms to support procurement decisions in small, medium and large enterprises. We publish the top-ranked analysis of Global Outsourcing Locations and Mobile Application Developers among others. Our research leverages a proprietary framework, the Leaders Matrix, which clearly maps firm’s focus areas and their ability to deliver on client expectations.

Corel’s WinZip Computing Averts Hurricane-related Disaster with a Five-hour Migration to the Google Cloud

Software company enlists Google Apps veteran Agosto to prevent loss-of-service during power and Internet outages caused by super-storm Sandy

MINNEAPOLIS, MN—November 5, 2012—Agosto, Inc. (www.agosto.com), one of the world’s oldest and fastest-growing Google Apps and cloud services consulting firms, today announced that it successfully helped WinZip Computing, a Corel company, move its entire domain to the Google Cloud in advance of Hurricane Sandy. The quick actions of Agosto’s and Corel’s teams prevented any loss of service to WinZip and its employees during the ensuing power and Internet outages on the east coast of the United States.

Corel is in the process of migrating its on-premise servers to the Google Cloud with help from Agosto, a Google Apps Premier Reseller. On Monday, October 29, Corel recognized that its WinZip division was in the predicted path of Hurricane Sandy and that a loss of Internet service or power could take down its ability to communicate via email. Corel’s WinZip technical support team called Agosto and made an urgent request for assistance in moving the WinZip domain to Google.

“We received an emergency message to migrate WinZip to Google Apps and immediately began working together on the migration,” said Aric Bandy, CEO of Agosto. “Within about five hours, Agosto’s Certified Google Apps Deployment Specialists had helped WinZip to deploy Google Apps. We’re pleased to have been able to quickly help our client achieve success and peace of mind.” While the full impact of super-storm Sandy will take time to measure, the storm is one of the worst that the Northeast Region has ever experienced. Nearly a week after Sandy came ashore, millions in the region are still without power. As a result of their move to the cloud, WinZip’s team is still able to use any Internet-connected device to access email, share documents and collaborate on other cloud-based services.

“The predicted path of the storm showed that our servers were in harm’s way so we knew we needed to take action,” said WinZip Computing president Patrick Nichols. “With Agosto’s help we were able to reduce our risk and quickly ensure continuous uptime for our employees and customers.”

“It was fortunate that we were able to minimize the impact of the storm on our team in the Northeast,” said Mark Fernandes, Corel vice president of Global Information Technology. “Knowing that Corel’s employees in all divisions can easily communicate and collaborate with each other—anytime, anywhere, from any device—while continuing to serve our customers, are primary reasons for going Google. Agosto’s fast work and superior customer service are making the transition easier, even during the planning for this disaster. Our thoughts are with everyone whose life or business has been disrupted.”

About WinZip Computing
With more than a billion downloads, WinZip (www.winzip.com) is the world’s leading provider of zip utilities and one of the most popular and trusted applications in the history of the Web. WinZip Computing, a Corel company, draws on its core strength as the #1 zip software provider to deliver the power of compression and encryption to where it’s needed most – email, mobile, social media and online. WinZip’s offerings include apps for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android, the ZipSend and ZipShare online services, and WinZip System Utilities Suite. Headquartered in Mansfield, CT, WinZip Computing also has offices in Canada, Spain, the UK and Silicon Valley.

About Corel
Corel is one of the world’s top software companies providing some of the industry’s best-known brands, including Roxio®, Pinnacle™ and WinZip®. Boasting the most comprehensive portfolio of graphics, productivity and digital media products, we’ve built a reputation for delivering innovative software that’s easy to learn and use, helping people achieve new levels of creativity and productivity. The industry has responded with hundreds of awards for innovation, design and value.

Used by millions of people around the world, our product lines include CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite, Corel® Painter™, Corel® PaintShop® Pro, Corel® VideoStudio®, Corel® WordPerfect® Office, Pinnacle Studio™, Roxio Creator®, Roxio® Toast® and WinZip®. For more information on Corel, please visit www.corel.com.

About Agosto
Founded in 2001 in Minneapolis, and with offices in Minneapolis and Toronto, Agosto is one of the world’s oldest and fastest-growing Google Apps and cloud consulting firms. One of the earliest Google Apps partners, Agosto served on Google’s Customer Advisory Board in 2008 and joined its Enterprise Advisory Board in 2009, one of only eight partners to sit on the board. In 2012, Agosto received the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) Tekne award in the technology and consulting category for small and growing businesses. Agosto was featured along with Microsoft, Oracle and Rackspace on Talkin’ Cloud’s 2012 Top 100 Cloud Services Providers List. Agosto’s clients include Corel, Dunn Bros Coffee, CATCO, Regis Corporation, The Second City, 2nd Wind Exercise, Famous Dave’s, Goodwill Easter Seals and Jaguar Land Rover. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/goAgosto.

Jaguar Land Rover Engages Cloud Consulting Firm Agosto for Google Apps Employee Training

Decision is based on an exhaustive national search for the right vendor.

Minneapolis, June 28, 2010 – Agosto, Inc. (www.agosto.com), one of the nation’s oldest and fastest-growing Google Apps and cloud services consulting firms, announced today that it has been engaged by Jaguar Land Rover North America (JLR). Jaguar Land Rover migrated from MS Outlook to Google Apps and hired Agosto to provide onsite training for its employees in Google Apps.

“After searching the Google Apps marketplace for vendors, we were most impressed with Agosto,” said Lance Friedman, Jaguar Manager of IT. “They took the time to understand our users’ concerns and customized the training to cover those areas.”

“The Google Apps training helps their users fully understand the value of the Google Apps messaging and collaboration platform,” said Aric Bandy, Agosto CEO. “Showing them how it supports their workflows gives them a greater appreciation of Google Apps’ many significant advantages over Outlook.”

About Agosto, Inc.

Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and founded in 2001, Agosto (www.agosto.com) is one of the nation’s oldest, most progressive, and fastest-growing cloud and Google Apps consulting firms. The company is one of the earliest members in the Google Apps resource network has been singled-out by MSPmentor 100, a distinguished research report that identifies the world’s most progressive managed service providers. The company served on Google’s Customer Advisory Board in 2008 and joined the Partner Advisory Board in 2009—one of only 12 partners to sit on the Board. Agosto also was ranked in Inc. magazine’s 5,000 Fastest Growing Companies in 2009.

For more than 10 years, Agosto has helped customers migrate from legacy systems to next-generation technologies that free-up money for other business needs. Clients include 2ndWind Exercise, Famous Dave’s, Goodwill Easter Seals, Minnesota Wild and Jaguar Land Rover.

Twin Cities Cloud Consulting Firm, Agosto, Debuts on Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5,000 List

Company experiences fast-growth due to market adoption the ‘Cloud’ and managed services as options to in-house IT departments.

Minneapolis, October 14, 2009—Agosto, Inc. (www.agosto.com), one of the nation’s oldest and fastest-growing Google Apps and cloud services consulting firms, announced today that it is earned a rank of 1,130 on the 2009 Inc. 5,000 list, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The company ranks 23rd among the 50 companies on the list from the Twin Cities metro area.

The Inc. 5,000 is ranked according to percentage of revenue growth over a four-year period.”Savvy trend spotters know that the Inc. 5,000 is the best place to find out about young companies that are achieving success through a wide variety of unprecedented business models, as well as older private companies that are still expanding at an impressive rate,” said Inc. 5000 Project Manager Jim Melloan. “That’s why our list is so eagerly anticipated every year.”

Over the four-year period covered by the list, Agosto’s revenues grew by over 278 percent.  “We grew our managed services business and embraced cloud services and Google Apps far earlier than most IT consulting companies,” said Aric Bandy, Agosto CEO.  “The rapid pace of our growth, illustrated by our inclusion in the Inc. 5,000, is a testament to our reputation as a reliable managed services company and the success of the Cloud as a platform.”

About Agosto, Inc.

Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and founded in 2001, Agosto (www.agosto.com) is one of the nation’s oldest, most progressive, and fastest-growing cloud and Google Apps consulting firms. The company is one of the earliest members in the Google Apps resource network and has been singled-out by MSPmentor 100, a distinguished research report that identifies the world’s most progressive managed service providers. The company served on Google’s Customer Advisory Board in 2008 and joined the Partner Advisory Board in 2009—one of only 12 partners to sit on the Board.

For more than 10 years, Agosto has helped customers migrate from legacy systems to next-generation technologies that free-up money for other business needs. Clients include 2ndWind Exercise, Famous Dave’s, Goodwill Easter Seals, Minnesota Wild and Jaguar Land Rover

For additional information on Inc. 500|5000, please visit www.inc.com/inc5000/.

Agosto CEO, Aric Bandy, Joins Invitation-Only Google Apps North American Partner Advisory Board

Google taps a select group of top North American partner executives to help it shape Google Apps product and marketing strategies

Minneapolis, March 18 2009 – Agosto, Inc. (www.agosto.com), one of the nation’s oldest and

fastest-growing Google Apps and cloud services consulting firms, announced today that Agosto CEO, Aric Bandy, was named a member of Google’s elite Google Apps North American Partner Advisory Board (PAB). The invitation-only Google PAB is comprised of senior executives from a handful of Google’s top North American partners.

Each Advisory Board member is in strict nondisclosure and is privy to internal Google product roadmaps, innovations, upcoming releases, and marketing strategies. In return, the Board shares feedback from the field and offers advice on Google’s plans and strategies in face-to-face meetings with senior Google executives and key product managers. Google uses input from the Board to help it shape product offerings, go-to-market strategies and messages, and the Google Apps partner ecosystem.

“We recruited Aric to become part of an advisory board representing our Google Apps partners because of his mature business perspective and common-sense approach, says Stephan Cho, Director of Google Apps Channels. “He offers us sound advice based on his broad knowledge of IT that reflects the interest of all partners, not just his own firm. His insightfulness and intelligence have made him an extraordinary asset in helping us make partners more effective in meeting their clients’ business needs. We truly value his solid strategic perspective, deep experience and exceptional personal qualities.”

About Agosto, Inc.

Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and founded in 2001, Agosto (www.agosto.com) is one of thenation’s oldest, most progressive, and fastest-growing cloud and Google Apps consulting firms.The company is one of the earliest members in the Google Apps resource network has been singled-out by MSPmentor 100, a distinguished research report that identifies the world’s most progressive managed service providers. The company served on Google’s Customer AdvisoryBoard in 2008 and joined the Advisory Board in 2009—one of only 12 partners to siton the Board. Agosto also was ranked in Inc. magazine’s 5,000 Fastest Growing Companies in 2009.

For nearly 10 years, Agosto has helped customers migrate from legacy systems to next-generation technologies that free-up money for other business needs. Clients include 2nd Wind Exercise, Famous Dave’s, Goodwill Easter Seals, Minnesota Wild and Jaguar Land Rover.

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