Planning your migration from Windows Server 2003

Zack Nimtz

Wouldn't it be nice if upgrading your IT infrastructure was as easy as updating an app or operating system on your smart device? Operating from the cloud has made upgrading infrastructure much easier and cost effective for businesses - so what is preventing them from making the switch?

Simply put - small and midsize businesses don't have the time or resources to handle the job alone. However, with the approaching end of support for Windows Server 2003, and the risks associated with outdated systems, CIOs are realizing they need to begin planning before it is too late.

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Topics: Cloud Services, IT Services, Managed Network Services

Case Study: Global leader in pediatric orthopedics partners with Pinnacle to improve efficiencies

Zack Nimtz

The Client

OrthoPediatrics is a global leader in pediatric orthopedics. Using innovative technologies, the company creates plates, screws, nails and other tools for implants and instruments used by surgeons to treat children with birth defects or broken bones.

Established in 2006 in Warsaw, Indiana, OrthoPediatrics quickly claimed a spot in the medical device industry; its rapid growth led the company to seek outside support for their technology needs. The company understood early on that it could not successfully grow the business while trying to manage every facet of its daily operations, including its IT infrastructure.

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Topics: IT Services, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Managed Network Services, Business Intelligence, Whiteboard Session

Hybrid cloud offers the best of both worlds

Zack Nimtz

With so many changes occurring in technology, some CIOs struggle with which functional areas should be addressed first. As systems and services evolve, there can be confusion discerning which technology solutions would best-fit the needs of the company.

According to VentureBeat contributor Nick East, there is a natural rhythm to infrastructure developments. But while there's been a massive push toward the cloud, not every business is ready - or able - to make the switch. Some companies have found that a hybrid solution is a happy medium between cloud and on-prem storage and applications.

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Topics: IT Services, Managed Network Services

Clinton email controversy sparks conversations about data security

Zack Nimtz

The recent controversy highlighting Hillary Clinton's use of personal email for work, and potentially put confidential government information at risk, has sparked conversations around the world about the importance of cyber security. Despite conflicting views and opinions about the controversy itself, one thing everyone can agree upon is that businesses, no matter what size they are, need to protect their confidential information from potential security threats.

"Hillary Clinton's use of a private email system rather than a government-run account while serving as Secretary of State has raised questions about what rules she may have broken, whether she knew she was in violation, and who else knew about her private system," wrote ABC News contributors Meghan Keneally, Liz Kreutz and Shushannah Walshe.

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Topics: Bring Your Own Device, Managed Network Services, Network Security, Security, Mobile

Why an understaffed IT department can cost you more than you think

Dan Griffiths

For IT organizations today, the need to cut costs is clear: budgets are shrinking, but expectations are staying the same. The pinch is especially hard on small and midsize businesses. These organizations are limited when it comes to financial resources, and IT is often the first thing they cut. In this post, we'll discuss why an understaffed IT organization is a short-sighted way of approaching cost savings, particularly when there are better options available.

The hidden costs of an understaffed IT department

1. Unscheduled project delays

When you stop to consider that all business users in your company depend on IT personnel to be able to do their jobs correctly, it becomes clear that your IT employees are among the most important people in your company. If they are overworked and unable to respond to tickets in a timely manner, the whole company can grind to a halt while they wait for IT to catch up.

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Topics: IT Services, Managed Network Services, Reduce Costs