Pinnacle announces new Customer Immersion Experience

Zack Nimtz

The Future of Productivity has come to Indiana!

Pinnacle, An Advanced Imaging Solutions Company is taking business productivity to the next level - and business leaders are invited to experience the difference. The certified Microsoft partner has recently opened a Microsoft Customer Immersion Experience Center in their Mishawaka office.

The Microsoft Customer Immersion Experience (CIE) allows businesses to test-drive Microsoft's cloud productivity suite in a hands-on environment. These sessions enable you to explore the full potential of Microsoft's best-in-class technologies, including Office 365, SharePoint Server, Skype for Business, and Dynamics CRM.

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Topics: Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Microsoft Azure, Cloud Services, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Office 365

Physical servers vs. cloud servers - which should your company use?

Zack Nimtz

As more businesses transition to the cloud, questions persist about the benefits of a cloud environment compared to physical servers. It's important for IT managers of small businesses to understand the difference between the two and how each could affect your current organization's infrastructure.

Below is a breakdown of cloud verses physical environments to help you decide which solution is best for your organization:

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Topics: Microsoft Azure, Cloud Services, IT Services, Managed Network Services

The future of productivity has come to Michiana!

Zack Nimtz

News Release

South Bend, IN — 3/18/2015: Pinnacle, An Advanced Imaging Solutions Company is taking business productivity to the next level - and business leaders are invited to experience the difference. The certified Microsoft partner has recently opened a Microsoft Experience Center (MEC) in their Mishawaka office.

The Microsoft Experience Center allows businesses to test Microsoft office applications in a hands-on environment. Pinnacle has not one, but two certified MEC facilitators. “It isn’t like a traditional presentation or demo, businesses are invited to explore Microsoft’s productivity tools in a simulated true-to-life work environment. It’s very collaborative and allows participants to see how Microsoft devices and solutions can provide real-life advantages for their business,” Eric Huggins, MEC facilitator and DevOps Manager for Pinnacle tells us.

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Topics: Microsoft Azure, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Business Consulting/Strategy, Office 365

Benefits of updating Windows Server 2003 outweigh costs

Zack Nimtz

Most businesses are fully aware that Microsoft will no longer provide official support Windows Server 2003 as of July 14, 2015. Yet, despite the risks, some organizations have yet to begin migrating their systems. It seems there is a misconception that if something is working, it doesn't need to be replaced.

What businesses don't realize is that they are putting their systems at risk by refusing to migrate. Servers continuing to operate past their useful life tend to fail more often, halting productivity and risking data loss. Not only that, but without patches and updates, the server is vulnerable to malware and security attacks.

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Topics: Microsoft Azure, Cloud Services

Brutally Cold Winter Impacting Midwest Businesses

Zack Nimtz

Old man winter has his grip on much of the country, including the Midwest. While this season it seems that Boston has beared the brunt of the weather, Indiana has also received above average snowfall. Winter storm warnings, whiteout conditions, and mandated travel advisories have forced area businesses to close time and time again.

Severe winter weather can greatly affect productivity if companies are not prepared. Power outages and unforeseen consequences of inclement weather can take business systems offline for hours, days or longer - halting operations until they are restored.

To help businesses cope with harsh Winter weather, Pinnacle has compiled a list of suggestions that can help improve employee productivity and reduce downtime.

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Topics: Microsoft Azure, Business Continuity, Cloud Services, Office 365, Disaster Recovery