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

How will Microsoft's re-organization affect Dynamics CRM customers?

Zack Nimtz

Windows Server 2003 end-of-life isn't the only thing on Microsoft's plate at the moment. The company is also currently undergoing a company-wide re-organization aimed at strengthening current offerings and emphasizing innovation, according to an employee memo obtained by The Verge. In the memo, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced June 17 that the company would be moving the management of its customer relations management solution, Dynamics CRM, under the Cloud and Enterprise division, under current division leader Scott Guthrie.

How with the move impact organizations?
Right now, Dynamics CRM Online is part of Microsoft's Commercial Cloud businesses, according to ZDNet, but there is a possibility that in the future Microsoft will move Dynamics CRM Online to its cloud platform, Azure. Hence the move to the Cloud and Enterprise division. In the employee memo, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stressed that the transition will be beneficial for the company and its customers because it will allow for better innovation and collaboration.

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Topics: Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Cloud Services, Microsoft Dynamics GP

How to navigate Windows Server 2003 end of life

Zack Nimtz

As technologies improve, legacy systems become unviable for companies to continue to operate. Such is the reason why Microsoft is planning to end support for Windows Server 2003 on July 14 of this year. After that, Microsoft will no longer provide patches or updates to existing software. Businesses that have not migrated their systems off of Windows Server 2003 should begin the process as soon as possible to avoid negative repercussions.

CIOs worried about the cost to migrate should consider the implications associated with remaining on the outdated server. TechRadar reported that this will be the biggest security threat of 2015. Since Microsoft will no longer be supplying security updates, there will be increased risk of cyberattack for the nearly 2.6 millions users that have not yet made the transition.

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Topics: Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Microsoft Dynamics GP

Cloud-based Microsoft Dynamics GP: The next big thing in ERP?

Zack Nimtz

Cloud-based enterprise resource planning has become an increasingly popular alternative to traditional ERP in recent years, especially among small and midsize businesses. The causes of this shift are easy to understand: SMBs are looking for greater flexibility in their ERP systems, as they attempt to scale their operations to accommodate growing demand, and the cloud delivers where legacy technologies cannot.

With cloud infrastructure at their disposal, organizations don't have to sink upfront CAPEX into a traditional ERP solutions designed for volume rather than agility. Instead, they can invest in cloud services that entail fewer hardware expenses while including amenities such as automatic security updates. Platforms such as Microsoft Dynamics GP have been enormous boons to SMBs, providing cutting-edge features and robust functionality.

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Topics: Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Cloud Services, Microsoft Dynamics GP

Microsoft touts cloud computing for SMBs using Dynamics ERP suites

Zack Nimtz

Microsoft Dynamics suites are a leading enterprise resource planning solution. When paired with Microsoft Azure, a popular cloud computing service, businesses have the ability to enhance their competitive advantage.

Gordon Macdonald, global outbound SMB marketing head at Microsoft's Dynamics ERP division, wrote Dynamics GP 2015 offers significant enhancements to organizations. Firms can use GP to streamline operations including project expenses, payroll, sales, purchasing, and financial departments.

Sivakumar Venkataraman, a partner consultant on Microsoft's Dynamics GP Global Partner Services team, indicated SMBs can also take advantage of an affordable ERP offering that includes a robust feature set.

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Topics: Microsoft Dynamics CRM, ERP, Microsoft Dynamics GP