Agosto Receives Software Award for Skykit at 2018 Tekne Awards

The company’s digital signage CMS recognized in the software “small and growing” category

MINNEAPOLIS–Dec. 5, 2018–Agosto Inc., a tier 1 Premier Google Cloud Partner and developer of Skykit, a born-in-the-cloud, Chrome-based digital signage content management system (CMS), has been awarded the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) 2018 Tekne Award for Skykit in the software category.

The 19th annual Tekne Awards, held November 29 at the Minneapolis Convention Center, honored companies and individuals who have played a significant role in developing new technologies that positively impact the lives and futures of people living around the world.

Skykit, the first and only end-to-end Google-based digital signage solution, took home the award in the Software – Small and Growing category. Agosto was also a finalist in the IT Solutions Consulting category for its work helping private and public sector organizations seamlessly transition to Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

Skykit lets users distribute content to any screen, anywhere in the world, using a powerful browser-based CMS built on the Google Cloud Platform. Users can control, collaborate, and share content to any number of displays from Google Drive and Apps. All you need is Skykit, a screen, a Chrome Player and your content. There is no maintenance and nothing to install, ever.

“We have an incredible technical team that built Skykit and earned this Tekne award,” said Irfan Khan, CEO at Agosto. “The simplicity of Skykit is a huge value to companies of all sizes, as is its scalability for the enterprises that use it.”

Tekne Awards were presented to 16 of Minnesota’s most influential companies and recognized innovations in software, emerging technologies, STEM workforce development, cybersecurity, biotechnology, advanced manufacturing, and more.

“This year’s Tekne Award winners exemplify the diversity and strength of Minnesota’s innovative economy,” said Margaret Anderson Kelliher, president and CEO of the Minnesota High Tech Association. “The selected organizations all continuously challenge the status quo of the science and technology industries, and we were proud to honor them in this ceremony.”

About Skykit

Skykit is a born-in-the-cloud digital signage software platform designed for infinite scalability.  Easy to manage through a browser on any device, users can control, collaborate, and update content in real-time on any number of displays, anywhere in the world. Skykit has seamless integration with Google Drive and Apps, and lets users create content in the applications they already know and love. Skykit was launched in 2016 by Agosto. To learn more, visit www.skykit.com. Follow: Twitter | Google+ | Blog.

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. Follow Agosto: Twitter | Blog | LinkedIn.

About Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA)

MHTA is an innovation and technology association united in fueling Minnesota’s prosperity. We help bring together the people of Minnesota’s technology ecosystem and lead the charge in directing technology issues to Minnesota’s state capitol. MHTA is the only membership organization that represents Minnesota’s entire technology-based economy. MHTA members include organizations of every size − involved in virtually every aspect of technology creation, production, application and education in Minnesota. Find out more online at http://www.mhta.org or follow MHTA on Twitter at http://twitter.com/MHTA.

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.

Agosto Named a Finalist in the Software Category of the MHTA 2018 Tekne Awards

The company submitted Skykit, its digital signage content management system

MINNEAPOLIS – Oct. 4, 2018 – Agosto Inc., a tier 1 Premier Google Cloud Partner and developer of Skykit, a born-in-the-cloud, Chrome-based digital signage content management system (CMS), announced it is a finalist for the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) 2018 Tekne Awards.

For the past two decades the Tekne Awards have recognized organizations that are leading-edge innovators in science and technology in Minnesota. The 2018 Tekne Awards ceremony on Nov. 29 will reveal winners among the finalists in 16 categories.

Agosto is one of three finalists in the Software – Small and Growing category. Agosto submitted Skykit, the first and only end-to-end Google-based digital signage solution, for consideration of the award.

“The simplicity of Skykit is a huge value to companies of all sizes,” said Irfan Khan, CEO at Agosto. “It’s as easy for an enterprise to install and use globally, as it is for a local pizza chain like Davanni’s. The market potential for Skykit is infinite, as is its scalability for the businesses that use it.”

Skykit lets users distribute content to any screen, anywhere in the world, using a powerful browser-based CMS built on the Google Cloud Platform. Users can control, collaborate, and share content to any number of displays from Google Drive and Apps. All you need is Skykit, a screen, a Chrome Player and your content. There is no maintenance and nothing to install, ever.

Margaret Anderson Kelliher, president and CEO of the Minnesota High Tech Association, said, “The Tekne Award finalists this year represent the ongoing strength of innovative Minnesota-based companies. They are pioneers in leading-edge science and technology that has impact around the globe.”

About Skykit

Skykit is a born-in-the-cloud digital signage software platform designed for infinite scalability.  Easy to manage through a browser on any device, users can control, collaborate, and update content in real-time on any number of displays, anywhere in the world. Skykit has seamless integration with Google Drive and Apps, and lets users create content in the applications they already know and love. Skykit was launched in 2016 by Agosto. To learn more, visit www.skykit.com. Follow: Twitter | Google+ | Blog.

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. Follow Agosto: 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.

Digital Signage Industry Champion Dave Madera Joins Agosto as Skykit Channel Manager

Madera was previously digital signage program manager at CDW Corporation

MINNEAPOLIS—October 2, 2018—Agosto Inc., a tier 1 Premier Google Cloud Partner and developer of Skykit, a born-in-the-cloud, Chrome-based digital signage content management system (CMS), announced today that Dave Madera has joined its team as the Skykit Channel Manager. Madera is tasked with building relationships within the national service provider (NSP) channel in order to augment Skykit’s market reach in North America.

“I’ve known Dave since he was the Samsung brand manager at CDW,” said Linda Hofflander, VP, global channels and alliances for Skykit. “His enthusiasm and expertise about digital signage technologies, along with his strong relationships with NSPs in our industry, will be a great asset at Agosto.”

Madera graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing, and joined CDW where he spent the last 14 years. He began his tenure in sales, and after several years went on to be a brand manager, representing NEC and Samsung. His dedication to those brands resulted in their status as top sales partners at CDW. During his most recent years at CDW, Madera was Video Program Manager, promoting the company’s digital signage practice and creating promotions to support this vendor-agnostic partnership to sales.

“The opportunity to continue working with NSPs and provide them with the only digital signage CMS built on Google Cloud is very exciting,” stated Madera. “The digital signage market is growing so fast and Skykit is a fantastic addition to any NSP’s product portfolio.”

Madera is an experienced technology solutions specialist with expertise in digital signage, sales management and operations, enterprise hardware and software, and retail. His certifications from the Digital Signage Federation (DSF) include:

  • Digital Signage Certified Expert (DSCE)
  • Digital Signage Display Expert (DSDE)
  • Digital Content and Media Expert (DCME), and
  • Digital Signage Network Expert (DSNE)

Skykit lets users create and edit content with tools they already use every day such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Google Slides, YouTube videos, web streams and more, and publish content to one screen or thousands with the click of a button. The CMS is built on Google Cloud so it’s infinitely scalable. Agosto was recently recognized as one of the 2018 Best Places to Work by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. This is the fourth year that Agosto has earned the honor, which is based on anonymous employee feedback. Madera is based in the Chicago area.

About Skykit

Skykit is a born-in-the-cloud digital signage software platform designed for infinite scalability.  Easy to manage through the chrome browser on any device, users can control, collaborate, and update content in real-time on any number of displays, anywhere in the world. Skykit has seamless integration with Google Drive and Apps, and lets users create content in the applications they already know and love. Skykit was launched in 2016 by Agosto. To learn more, visit www.skykit.com. Follow: Twitter | Google+ | Blog.

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. Follow Agosto: Twitter |Blog | LinkedIn.

DAVANNI’S Restaurants Deliver Promotional Content From the Cloud at All Locations Via Skykit Content Management System

Skykit cloud-based CMS is easy-to-use, integrates with existing applications, and scales with DAVANNI’S future technology updates

MINNEAPOLIS—Dec. 5, 2017—Agosto Inc., a tier 1 Premier Google Cloud Partner and developer of Skykit, a born-in-the-cloud, Chrome-based digital signage content management system (CMS), announced today that DAVANNI’S has rolled out Skykit to all of its stores. DAVANNI’S is a Twin Cities-based pizza restaurant with 21 locations and more than 1,100 employees. DAVANNI’S also owns and operates COFFEE BENÉ, a coffee shop located next door to its pizza shop at Cleveland and Grand Avenues in St Paul. Skykit enables DAVANNI’S and COFFEE BENÉ to use video in promotional displays for the first time.

“Skykit allows DAVANNI’S the flexibility and control to manage content at a very detailed level, such as unique menu items available at select restaurants, through our easy-to-use labeling feature, as well as allowing content schedules in real-time,” said Linda Hofflander, vice president, global channels and alliances for Skykit.

Skykit digital signage software integrates with the tools DAVANNI’S was already using to create content, and lets users manage content schedules in real-time. Users can import a wide variety of content sources (i.e. presentations, PDFs, videos, and screen feeds) and easily share communications across unlimited locations. Content management takes place by logging in from any browser on any device—phone, tablet, or PC.

“As a restaurant chain, video is one of the most compelling content types we can use for promotions,” said DAVANNI’S Marketing Director Jacqui Crocker. “Skykit unifies our digital signage communications across every location. It used to be a headache to manage our displays, but now we have more time to focus on cultivating a rich in-store customer experience.”

Previously, DAVANNI’S was using three different platforms to manage content for its digital signage. This made content development, distribution, administration, and auditing for each location complicated and time consuming. The disparate systems could not host video content for in-store displays, and were difficult to update and scale. In addition, it was difficult to schedule content for different times of the day. DAVANNI’S needed a solution that was user friendly, enabling users to easily create dynamic promotions and content. It also had to integrate with applications they were already invested in, and scale with the company’s future technology needs. “We are definitely seeing cost savings in maintenance, software updates, and tech support since implementing Skykit,” said Ed Johnson, DAVANNI’S director of IT.

Every DAVANNI’S store has digital displays next to its menu boards for promotions, and most locations offer party and meeting rooms with large HD TVs with video hook-ups.

A detailed case study describing DAVANNI’S implementation of Skykit can be seen here, and a free digital signage guide, “10 Digital Signage Topics You Need to Know Before Buying – The Complete Guide”, was created by Agosto to guide companies looking at digital signage solutions. Book a Skykit demo here.

About Skykit

Skykit is a born-in-the-cloud digital signage software platform designed for infinite scalability.  Easy to manage through a browser on any device, users can control, collaborate, and update content in real-time on any number of displays, anywhere in the world. Skykit has seamless integration with Google Drive and Apps, and lets users create content in the applications they already know and love. Skykit was launched in 2016 by Agosto. To learn more, visit www.skykit.com. Follow: Twitter | Google+ | Blog.

About Agosto

Agosto is a cloud services company that helps organizations leverage Google Cloud products in the private and public sectors, providing technical solutions, change management, custom development, migration and deployment from legacy systems, and product development. Agosto is one of the largest Cloud Platform partners globally, and was named Google Partner of the Year for Cloud in 2013 and 2016. The company has been included in the Inc. 500 | 5000 four times. Founded in 2001, Agosto has headquarters in Minneapolis, Minn., and a sales office 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 visitwww.agosto.com. Follow Agosto: Twitter | 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.

Agosto Aims to Simplify the Search for Content Management Solutions with New Comprehensive Digital Signage Guide

The comprehensive guide was developed in response to the questions Agosto encounters in the field, and is free and easy to download.

MINNEAPOLIS—Nov. 16, 2016—Agosto Inc., a tier 1 premier Google Cloud partner and developer of Skykit, a born-in-the-cloud, chrome-based, digital signage content management system (CMS), has released its new, detailed digital signage guide, making it available for free to the public. “10 Digital Signage Topics You Need to Know Before Buying – The Complete Guide” was compiled in response to the questions Agosto encounters in the field while working with companies that are evaluating digital signage CMSs for their organizations.

“There’s a lot to learn about digital signage and the majority of information available addresses specific needs, rather than the big picture,” said Agosto President Aric Bandy. “Our guide fills that void by providing detailed, platform-agnostic information that will educate and provide context to buyers so they can make the most informed decisions.”

The guide can be downloaded chapter by chapter or all at once. It includes a history of the industry, including how signage products have evolved; advice about what to look for in digital signage software and hardware; how to determine your company’s return on investment (ROI); cloud-based vs. premise-based options; types of content to display; and what to expect during a digital signage implementation and rollout.

Skykit, Agosto’s 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. Book a demo here.

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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 theGoogle 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.

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Google Nominates Agosto for Global Apps Partner of the Year and Global Chrome Partner of the Year

This article was published on Yahoo Finance.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN–(Marketwired – April 06, 2016) – Agosto Inc., a Google Tier 1 Premier Partner and cloud product development firm, announced that it was nominated by Google for three awards in recognition of the company’s ongoing commitment to helping organizations adopt Google Apps, as well for its many large-scale implementations of Google Chromebooks. The specific award nominations were: Global Apps Partner of the Year, Global Chrome Partner of the Year, and Google Apps Partner of the Year for North America. Awards were announced at TeamWork 2016, Google’s annual global partner summit in Las Vegas, Nev.

“Agosto is thrilled to be nominated for awards alongside Dell and Accenture. It proves that we don’t have to be the biggest to be one of the best,” said Agosto President Aric Bandy. “This year’s nominations exemplify how the Google partner community is evolving: companies like Agosto are true contenders, competing with multinational corporations.” The Global Apps Partner of the Year and Global Chrome Partner of the Year were taken home by Accenture and Dell, respectively.

Agosto has been helping private and public sector companies “Go Google” since 2007, providing strategic and technical services including Google Apps migration and deployment from legacy systems, change management and training services, ongoing support, Google Sites development, and more. 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.

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