7 Solution Providers With New Google Cloud Partner Statuses To Know About

‘Our customers inspire us every day to innovate on Google Cloud by sharing their product visions with us,’ says Aric Bandy, president of Agosto, which earned a new Google Cloud specialization. ‘Google continues to raise the bar, motivating us to achieve milestones in infrastructure, IoT and, now, in application development.’

Betting Big On Google Cloud

DevDigital, Behavox and TEKsystems Global Services are among solution providers that recently became Google Cloud partners, while Solstice and Pluto7 has achieved Google Cloud Premier Partner status.

Minneapolis-based Agosto, meanwhile, has added its third Google Cloud Partner Program specialization, and Cloud Ace hit a Google Cloud Certification milestone.

Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian (pictured) has announced plans for the No. 3 public cloud provider to broaden its partner reach and substantially expand its go-to-market team and ecosystem of reseller, services and technology partners to help attract new enterprise customers.

Here are some of the solution providers betting on Kurian’s plans.

Agosto Earns Application Development Specialization

Agosto, a cloud services and development company, has earned the Google Cloud Partner Program Specialization in Application Development.

The specialization means the Minneapolis-based Google Premier Partner has demonstrated its expertise and success in building advanced business applications using Google Cloud Platform technologies in web and mobile environments. Partners achieving the specialization have shown they can connect, process, store and analyze device data at the edge and in the cloud to drive new business value for customers.

“Our customers inspire us every day to innovate on Google Cloud by sharing their product visions with us,” Agosto president Aric Bandy said in a statement. “Google continues to raise the bar, motivating us to achieve milestones in infrastructure, IoT (internet of things) and now in application development.”

Agosto previously earned Google Cloud Infrastructure and IoT Partner Specializations. Yesterday it announced it secured $6.5 million in capital from Bridge Bank and SG Credit Partners. Agosto has tripled its revenue and employee headcount since 2016, and will use the capital to continue its growth plan, including by adding more sales and marketing staff.

DevDigital Chosen As A Google Cloud Partner

Nashville enterprise software development company DevDigital is now a certified Google Cloud Partner.

“I’m really proud of this,” DevDigital cofounder and managing partner Peter Marcum said in a statement. “Everybody at DevDigital is going to have the opportunity to go through various Google certifications.”

DevDigital’s cloud affiliate will operate as Azler Cloud Tech and provide Google Cloud capabilities including Google App Engine, mobile application development, migration planning and content management. DevDigital also can provide services related to the cloud-native G-Suitecollaboration and productivity apps, the Firebase mobile and web application development platform, and the open-source Kubernetes container-orchestration system for automating application deployment, scaling and management.

Solstice Becomes A Premier Google Cloud Partner

Solstice, a Chicago-based technology and innovation consulting firm, has become a Google Cloud Premier Partner.

The designation affirms Solstice’s ability to deliver effective solutions and its high level of competency and performance on Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

"We are thrilled that we are now a Google Cloud Premier Partner," said Mike Koleno, chief technology officer of Solstice's cloud practice. "We see many of our clients using or exploring GCP and believe this new designation will allow us to support them even more."

Solstice is a division of London-based digital marketing consultancy Kin + Carta. It helps enterprises accelerate their journey with Google Cloud by decomposing monolithic legacy applications and modernizing them into microservice-based architectures. It also creates digital customer experiences.

Pluto7 Achieves Google Cloud Premier Partner Status

Pluto7 has achieved Google Cloud Premier Partner status after launching three new verticalized machine learning/artificial intelligence (ML/AI) enterprise solutions.

The San Jose, Calif.-based Pluto7 is a solutions and services company focused primarily on ML/AI, smart analytics and Internet of Things on Google Cloud. It targets the retail, manufacturing, healthcare and high-tech industries.

Its three new ML/AI solutions -- Marketing ML, Sales ML and Supply Chain ML – are pre-built ML models designed for the quick rollout of ML-based predictive insights, resulting in faster ML adoption to accelerate innovation within an enterprise. They will be publicly available on Google Cloud’s AI Hub. Marketing ML is designed to help maximize marketing returns on investments and improve customer engagement. Pluto7 created Sales ML to increase sales effectiveness for profitable growth and an improved customer experience. Supply Chain ML is designed to make operations smarter, embedding self-learning intelligence and process automation from realistic forecasting to preventive maintenance.

Pluto7 also has a Google Cloud Data Analytics Specialization.

Cloud Ace Surpasses 200 Google Cloud Certifications

Toyko-based Cloud Ace, a Google Cloud Premier Partner and Authorized Training Partner, said its 69 cloud architects, 60 data engineers, 67 associate cloud engineers and five cloud developers have acquired more than 200 Google Cloud certifications.

"Certifying 200-plus professionals on GCP is an achievement -- and a testament to the growing demand in the market for Google Cloud technology," Ash Willis, head of cloud partners and alliances for Japan and Asia Pacific at Google Cloud, said in a statement.

Cloud Ace, a GCP Service Partner with 10 years' experience as a GCP specialist, is expanding its business in the Asia-Pacific region to help customers adopt GCP with services including migration, maintenance, billing and system development.

Behavox Named a Google Cloud Partner

New York’s Behavox, an AI data analytics provider for the financial services industry, recently earned Google Cloud Partner status.

“It is undeniable that this partnership will further reinforce Behavox’s credibility and accelerate development,” Erkin Adylov, Behavox’s founder and chief executive officer, said in a statement. “Our technical team now has access to a preferred network of experts from Google to support all Behavox systems as we continue to transform behavior on Wall Street and beyond.”

Behavox gathers and interprets employee data in a corporate environment to understand the behavior of an organization. In February, it announced the launch of Behavox SaaS, a fully-managed service that provides customers with rapid deployment, lower costs and advanced functionality on the GCP infrastructure.

TEKsystems Global Services Now A Google Cloud Partner

Information technology services provider TEKsystems Global Services also recently announced it was a Google Cloud Partner.

The Hanover, Md., company’s service offerings for Google Cloud include cloud enablement, DevOps in GCP, application modernization, cloud analytics and chatbots. TEKsystems also has built proprietary solutions optimized for Google Cloud, including AI Bot Framework, the intelligent smART machine platform that helps in collecting and consolidating large amounts of data to diagnose and build predictive analytics; machine learning algorithms embedded in the smART machine that make intelligent, prescriptive decisions and implement them through an automation framework and chatbots; and Retail Signal, which includes retail point-of-service data collection for consumer-packaged goods market, migrations from Oracle to GCP, and demand and inventory reporting on GCP.

Its ability to offer customers full-stack technology services along with subject-matter expertise in industries such as healthcare, financial services, digital content, media, gaming and retail positioned TEKsystems as a strong choice to be a Google Cloud Partner, according to Ryan Skains, the company’s global services vice president.

“Additionally, our ability to scale technology globally has been one of our strongest attributes for the past 35 years,” Skains said in a statement.