Agio Technology Successfully Completes SSAE 16 (SOC1) Examination

The control objectives in Agio’s 2012 report addressed each of the following areas: Change Management, Computer Operations, Data Communications, Incident Management and Information Security.

NEW YORK – Oct 19, 2012 – Agio Technology, the provider of superior managed IT services to the world’s premier hedge funds, today announced the recent successful completion of the SSAE 16 SOC 1 certification audit of internal controls. This certification, covering Agio’s service processes and corporate controls, demonstrates Agio’s ability to manage client data in a secure and confidential manner.

In making the announcement today, Lynn Murphy, Agio Technology Compliance Officer, said, “Agio places the highest importance on its responsibility to secure and protect, through stringent controls and procedures, our clients’ sensitive data. The SSAE 16 SOC 1 examination certification further substantiates the model and operational effectiveness of our services. Successfully completing the SOC 1 examination is a significant part of Agio’s continued commitment to maintaining a high level of security and availability for our clients, and underlines our dedication to protecting our, and their, environments.”

About the SSAE 16 (SOC1) Examination

SSAE 16 is a regulatory standard issued by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). SSAE16 replaces the previous SAS70 auditing standard.

About Agio Technology

Agio Technology provides superior managed IT services to the world’s Premier hedge funds through technology hosting, monitoring, management, disaster prevention & recovery and other high-end technology services. Our infrastructure, people and culture are of one with our hedge fund clients, allowing us to not only be responsive to their needs but, in many cases, anticipate them as well. We provide our investment management and technology executive clients with the comfort to focus on their core competencies knowing Agio has full control of the complex technology services they have entrusted to us.

To continue to earn their trust, we employ rigorous standards around customer service, hiring, training, learning and growth. And seek to mirror the dynamic culture, and the sense of urgency, surrounding a premier hedge fund. Agio Technology is headquartered in New York City, with operational headquarters in Norman, OK and offices in Boston, MA; Dallas, TX; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; London, England and Hong Kong, PRC.

Contacts

Agio Technology (http://www.agioIT.com)
Matt Matos, 405-217-3823
matt.matos@agioIT.com

DeBow Communications
Tom DeBow, 212-977-8815
tom@debow.com

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Bart McDonough Honored in Fifth-Annual MSPmentor 250

Managed Services Provider (MSP) List Honors Top Executives, Entrepreneurs and Experts

NEW YORK – Sept 11, 2012 – Bart McDonough, CEO of Agio Technology, was selected for Nine Lives Media’s fifth annual MSPmentor 250. The global list identifies the world’s leading managed services provider (MSP) executives, entrepreneurs, experts, coaches and community leaders. The MSPmentor 250 is available now at http://www.mspmentor.net/250

This year’s expanded MSPmentor 250 coverage includes Locked In the NOC (Network Operations Center) – a definitive list of MSP half of famers. Locked in the NOC honorees played a central roll in building the MSP industry.

“While I am certainly flattered to be named to this prestigious group, I accept this honor on behalf of those who have truly earned it, the extraordinary women and men who comprise the global Agio Technology team,” said Bart McDonough, CEO, Agio Technology. “Their continuing dedication to excellence has made our company stand out from the crowd and earned Team Agio this well-deserved recognition.”

“The fifth-annual MSPmentor 250 expands our tradition of recognizing the world’s top MSP experts,” said Amy Katz, CEO of Nine Lives Media. “If you’re seeking to launch or build a managed services business practice, the MSPmentor 250 is the ultimate Rolodex to get you started.

The fifth annual MSPmentor 250 report is based on a global survey of MSPmentor site readers conducted from May through July 2012. The MSPmentor editorial staff also weighed in with nominations, based on the team’s daily coverage of the managed services market. The resulting MSPmentor 250 and Locked in the NOC coverage represents MSP experts across business, technology, sales, marketing, community development, coaching and more.

MSPmentor’s readership and editorial staff are uniquely positioned to identify the world’s top MSP experts. MSPmentor is the world’s leading managed services provider blog and community—and the ultimate guide to managed services.

About Agio Technology
Agio Technology provides superior managed IT services to the world’s Premier hedge funds through technology hosting, monitoring, management, disaster prevention & recovery and other high-end technology services. Our infrastructure, people and culture are of one with our hedge fund clients, allowing us to not only be responsive to their needs but, in many cases, anticipate them as well. We provide our investment management and technology executive clients with the comfort to focus on their core competencies knowing Agio has full control of the complex technology services they have entrusted to us.

To continue to earn their trust, we employ rigorous standards around customer service, hiring, training, learning and growth. And seek to mirror the dynamic culture, and the sense of urgency, surrounding a premier hedge fund. Agio Technology is headquartered in New York City, with operational headquarters in Norman, OK and offices in Boston, MA; Dallas, TX; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; London, England and Hong Kong, PRC.

About Nine Lives Media
Nine Lives Media, a division of Penton Media, defines emerging IT media markets and disrupts established IT media markets. The company’s IT channel-centric online communities include MSPmentor (www.MSPmentor.net), The VAR Guy (www.TheVARguy.com), Talkin’ Cloud (www.TalkinCloud.com), VARtweet (www.VARtweet.com) and MSPtweet (www.MSPtweet.com). For more information, visit http://www.NineLivesMediaInc.com.

Contacts
Agio Technology
Tom DeBow, 212-977-8815
CEO, DeBow Communications, Ltd.
tom@debow.com

Nine Lives Media and MSPmentor
Joe Panettieri, 212-204-4206
EVP Editorial Director
joe@ninelivesmediainc.com

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Agio Technology Adds Veteran Business Development Executives

Jessica Golle and Scott Brightman Bring Seasoned Hedge Fund Technology Experience — from Firms Including Gravitas and Eze Castle Integration — to this Dynamically Expanding Group.

NEW YORK – Aug. 21, 2012 – Agio Technology, the provider of superior managed IT services to the world’s premier hedge funds, today announced the appointment of two veteran business development executives, Jessica Golle and Scott Brightman, to further strengthen the company’s coverage of the strategically important Northeast U.S. market.

“At Agio, we have built our business by partnering with our premier hedge fund clients to create effective solutions to operational challenges,” says Garvin McKee, Managing Director of Business Development at Agio Technology. “Doing this effectively requires a deep understanding of not only their business, but of their culture as well. Jessica and Scott bring a wealth of experience in working with hedge funds and prime brokers in a collaborative manner. They make great additions to our team.”

Golle joins Agio Technology in New York from Gravitas, where she was Executive Director of Business Development for their suite of managed IT products. Previously, she was Sales Director of Roubini Global Economics managing the Alternative Investment Business Development Team in New York and London.

Brightman joins Agio Technology in Connecticut from Intuition Channel Associates in Singapore, where he was Senior Consultant responsible for expanding indirect marketing efforts for clients, including Cisco and HP. Prior to ICA, Scott was Managing Director at Eze Castle Integration (ECI), where he was responsible for sales to both start-up and relocating hedge funds.

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About Agio Technology (http://www.agioIT.com):
Agio Technology provides superior managed IT services to the world’s premier hedge funds through technology hosting, monitoring, management, disaster prevention & recovery and other high-end technology services. Agio Technology is headquartered in New York City, with operational headquarters in Norman, OK and offices in Boston, MA; Dallas, TX; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; London, England and Hong Kong, PRC.

Contacts 
Agio Technology
Matt Matos, 405-217-3823
Marketing Coordinator
matt.matos@agioIT.com

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Agio Technology Sponsors Boston Hedge Fund Group and Symposium

BOSTON – May 8, 2012 – Agio Technology, a managed IT services provider to the world’s premier hedge funds, today announced its platinum sponsorship of the Boston Hedge Fund Group and this year’s symposium. It is the only event of its kind in the Greater Boston area.

The symposium, held on May 7, had over 300 senior representatives of hedge fund managers, with sessions on institutional investors, industry trends and a one-on-one conversation with the CIOs of two prominent managers. Garvin McKee, Managing Director of Business Development, had the honor of introducing the event’s keynote speaker, David Gergen, Senior Political Analyst for CNN.

The event will mark Agio’s first concentrated entry into the Greater Boston area. “The Boston Hedge Fund Group is the perfect partner to help us build on the trust we have developed,” said Mr. McKee. “We look forward to becoming an integral member of the Boston hedge fund community over the coming years.”

Each attendee received Agio’s white papers on the Top 10 Tips for a Successful IT Plan, by Nicole Nakashian, Managing Director of Client Services, and the Top 10 IT Mistakes Hedge Funds Make, by Christopher Carter, Senior Solutions Architect. Both white papers are available on the downloads page of Agio’s website, www.agioIT.com.

In addition to the symposium, Agio’s two-year engagement with the Boston Hedge Fund Group includes attendance at quarterly meetings with members and an invitation to host its own meeting focusing on technology challenges facing Greater Boston area hedge funds.

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About Agio Technology (www.agioIT.com):
Agio Technology provides superior managed IT services to the world’s premier hedge funds through technology hosting, monitoring, management, disaster prevention & recovery and other high-end technology services. Agio Technology is headquartered in New York City, with operational headquarters in Norman, OK and offices in Boston, MA; Dallas, TX; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; London, England and Hong Kong, PRC.

About Boston Hedge Fund Group (www.bhfg.com):
The Boston Hedge Fund Group was started in 2002 for senior professionals at hedge fund management firms located in the Greater Boston area. Our programs are generally geared to senior financial, administrative, compliance, operations and marketing professionals, including Chief Financial Officers, Chief Operating Officers, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officers.

Contact:
Agio Technology:
Matt Matos, Marketing Coordinator
(405) 217-3823 or matt.matos@agioIT.com

Boston Hedge Fund Group:
Pat Palmer
(617) 951-8089 or BHFG@bingham.com

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Agio Technology Measures Employee Satisfaction Using Thinkfuse

NEW YORK – April 17, 2012 – Agio Technology, a managed IT services provider for the world’s premier hedge funds, today announced its ability to track employee satisfaction using Thinkfuse status reports. Thinkfuse developed the analytics by incorporating language used in movie reviews as a barometer of positive and negative words. Running a semantic analysis on the language used in Agio’s status reports, Thinkfuse measured how people were feeling over the past 6 months.

This is all good news for Agio, whose employees use 16% more positive language than average. Additionally, anytime there was an increase in negative language one week, it immediately dropped in the subsequent week, suggesting problems are being discussed and resolved quickly.

THINKFUSE BLOG: What makes Agio employees happy?

Agio uses Thinkfuse to get mission-critical company information out of the inbox and into a format that is globally accessible, archived, and searchable. “The ability to track and analyze employee engagement is invaluable to us,” says Bart McDonough, CEO of Agio Technology. “Agio is committed to delivering a world-class client experience. A satisfied employee makes that client experience possible.”

“This is really the tip of the iceberg of what’s possible,” says Aydin Ghajar, CEO of Thinkfuse. “The ability of a company like Agio to track hard results to company goals is part-and-parcel of why we believe scheduled communication is the lifeblood of the company.”

For Agio, this information lets them know what’s working and what isn’t. “As the CEO, I know exactly what activities to keep encouraging and funding, to support a positive company culture,” says McDonough. “As a company with satellites in various parts of the nation and world, knowing what drives morale is key.”

McDonough is an investor in Thinkfuse.

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About Agio Technology (www.agioIT.com):
Agio Technology provides high-end technology infrastructure and data management services to the nation’s premier hedge funds. The firm was founded in January 2010 with corporate headquarters in New York, operational headquarters in Norman, OK, and satellite offices in San Francisco, Boston, Dallas, Seattle, London and Hong Kong.

About Thinkfuse (www.thinkfuse.com):
Thinkfuse is a SaaS provider that helps teams communicate while building intelligence about work done across an organization. The Seattle based company was founded in August 2010.

Contact:
Agio Technology:
Matt Matos, Marketing Coordinator
(405) 217-3823 or matt.matos@agioIT.com

Thinkfuse:
Aydin Ghajar, CEO
(206) 915-0717 or aydin@thinkfuse.com

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Agio Technology Rises to 24th of Top 100 Managed Service Providers

NEW YORK, NY – March 02,2011 – After just two years in business, Agio Technology, a managed IT services provider to the nation’s premier hedge funds, has landed again on Nine Lives Media Inc.’s fifth annual MSPmentor 100 list, a distinguished list and research report identifying the world’s top 100 managed service providers (MSPs). A managed service provider provides delivery and management of network-based services, applications, and equipment to enterprises or other service providers.

Agio was ranked 11th in the Top 20 Most Recurring Revenue Dollars Added (net gain over 2010) worldwide and, in a first-ever list identifying North America’s top 200 MSPs, ranked 19th.

“We’re very excited to have made such a great climb up the MSPmentor 100 list – from 43rd last year to 24th this year. Our employees have worked tirelessly to raise the bar in supporting the hedge fund community. We are continuing our focus of growing our business, improving our client experience and boosting employee engagement,” says Bart McDonough, Agio’s CEO. “Our goal is to be the best. We don’t take that statement lightly.”

The MSPmentor 100 report is based on data from MSPmentor’s global online survey conducted October-December 2011. The MSPmentor 100 report recognizes top managed service providers based on a range of metrics, including annual managed services revenue growth, revenue per employee, managed services offered and customer devices managed.

“MSPs on this year’s global 100 list lifted their annual recurring revenues 28 percent to $1.04 billion, an incredible showing considering the economic uncertainty all IT services providers faced,” said Joe Panettieri, editorial director of Nine Lives Media. “Those MSPs are now managing 2.7 million desktop and mobile devices for customers, an incredible jump of 50 percent from 2010.”

MSPmentor, produced by Nine Lives Media, is the ultimate guide to managed services. MSPmentor features the industry’s top-ranked blog, research, Channel Expert Hour Webcasts and FastChat videos. It is the number one online media destination for managed service providers in the world.

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About Agio Technology (www.agioIT.com):
Agio Technology provides high-end technology infrastructure and data management services to the nation’s premier hedge funds. By managing the technological complexities required to run a competitive hedge fund in today’s market, Agio enables clients to focus their resources and time on their core competency: trading. Agio manages the technology infrastructure supporting the most operationally complex hedge funds in the world, and has already secured some of the largest U.S.-based hedge funds as clients. The firm opened its doors in January 2010 with corporate headquarters in New York, operational headquarters in Norman, OK, and satellite offices in San Francisco, Boston, Dallas, Seattle, London and Hong Kong.

About Nine Lives Media Inc.
Nine Lives Media Inc. defines emerging IT media markets and disrupts established IT media markets. Founded in 2008, Nine Lives Media Inc. has generated profitable, debt-free growth since its inception. The company’s market leading blogs and online destinations include MSPmentor (www.MSPmentor.net), The VAR Guy (www.TheVARguy.com), Talkin’ Cloud (www.TalkinCloud.com), VARtweet (www.VARtweet.com) and MSPtweet (www.MSPtweet.com). For more information, visit www.NineLivesMediaInc.com.

Contact:
Agio Technology:
Matt Matos, Marketing Coordinator
(405) 217-3823 or matt.matos@agioIT.com

Nine Lives Media Inc:
Joe Panettieri, Editorial Director
631-423-3536 or joe@ninelivesmediainc.com

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Agio Technology Continues Rapid Growth in 2011

NEW YORK, NY – Jan. 17,2011 – Agio Technology, a provider of managed IT services for premier hedge funds, today announced the firm continued to demonstrate significant growth in 2011 as a result of a growing trend of hedge funds and other investment advisory firms outsourcing non-differentiating IT functions to third-party providers.

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