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Deciding Between a Mobile Website and a Custom Application for Your Business

In a world where more and more individuals are spending the majority of their online time using mobile devices instead of traditional computers, it’s important that you have a mobile strategy that allows your business to look great and get its message across, no matter what device a prospective customer is using.

The first element of any good mobile strategy is determining whether you should rely on mobile websites, or use custom applications in addition to your mobile website. Different businesses need different things from their mobile strategy, so it’s important that you take the time to consider what your business really needs before making this important decision.

What’s the difference between a mobile website and a custom app?

A mobile website is much like any other website. Is created using HTML code, and is accessed using a browser. The difference is that a mobile website uses responsive design to ensure that the website is still easy to read and navigate, even when taking the smaller screen size of a mobile device into consideration. Continue reading

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Microsoft touts cloud computing for SMBs using Dynamics ERP suites

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. Continue reading

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Align your business strategy with these trends [VIDEO]

If your organization wants to take advantage of the latest IT trends shaping the industry, it may be time to update your business strategy.

Gartner recently listed its top 10 strategic technologies for 2015, naming the Internet of Things, cloud computing, 3D printing, security, analytics, smart machines, software-defined infrastructure, Web-scale IT and everywhere computing applications.

Implementing these technologies will require a strategic planning that takes current infrastructure, operational goals and end-user preferences into account. At Pinnacle, an Advanced Imaging Solutions company, we help organizations maximize their technology investments by creating a technology roadmap that positions your business on the path to a successful implementation.

To learn more about our technology services, contact us today!

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IT leaders list security, cloud computing as top 2015 investments

The latest trends influencing the IT landscape, is cloud computing. Everyone is talking about “the cloud” and with it comes the questions about security. Computerworld’s latest annual forecast survey discovered 46 percent of IT leaders expect to invest more in corporate safeguards in 2015 than they did this year, while more than 40 percent of respondents will do the same with cloud computing.

Why security is not just an option
Organizations of all types and scopes are at risk for security threats. Stephen Minton, analyst at IDC, said high-profile incidents often result in a surge in security spending, Computerworld reported. Higher education institutions, for instance, rely heavily on digital information to operate and oftentimes house sensitive research data on their networks. Continue reading

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Cloud services are booming – is your business ready to embrace this tech?

A new IDC report expects the global public IT cloud services market to more than double between 2014 and 2018, increasing from nearly $57 billion this year to more than $127 billion by 2018.

What is perhaps most interesting is that the cloud’s compound annual growth rate of roughly 23 percent is six times faster than the entire IT industry as a whole.

If your business is ready to stay on top of what is shaping up as one of the biggest IT trends in recent history, contact Pinnacle today. As a leading managed IT services provider, Pinnacle, an Advanced Imaging Solutions company, helps clients find the technology solutions that best fit their clients unique needs.

To learn more about the cloud’s future prospects or how to start leveraging the cloud for your business, contact us today!

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Computer Security Day falls on November 30 this year

Nov. 30, 2014 is almost here, which means consumers and companies alike should remember to focus on safeguarding personal and corporate content. A Days of the Year report explained Computer Security Day is a reminder to update passwords and systems to avoid exposing sensitive information.

“Security is an important consideration when working with computers, the Internet or indeed any electronic devices. Use Computer Security Day to ensure that your passwords are regularly updated, that your personal information is safe and secure and that your systems are protected,” the news source encouraged. Continue reading

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Small businesses slow to adopt BI solutions

Small businesses that want to leverage business intelligence to enhance their firms’ decision-making may not know how or where to start. There are many options available to capture raw data; however, not all are capable of turning data into actionable insights.

Business Intelligence software is a powerful tool that provides visibility into how your business is performing. With self-service business intelligence tools, employees are able to set up customized reports to gather the information they need to make better business decisions without involving other departments.

A Logi Analytics survey found 22 percent of business workers have access to self-service BI, while 23 percent of IT professionals possess the same capacity. Self-service capabilities are ideal for reducing IT requests, with respondents indicating they achieve reductions of 37 percent, eWEEK reported. Continue reading

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Pinnacle Expands Custom Development Solutions with New Partner – Cincom Systems

Partnership provides mobile and self-service capabilities for complex products in the specialty vehicle space

September, 2014 ― Worldwide software provider, Cincom Systems (http://www.cincom.com), has signed a partnership agreement with Pinnacle, an Advanced Imaging Solutions Company that provides network management, Web portal development and integrated business processes for its customers in the specialty vehicle market. As part of the agreement, Pinnacle will embed Cincom Guru™ into its custom e-commerce solutions to provide complex configuration capabilities to specialty vehicle manufacturers.

Cincom Guru, a Business Rule Management System (BRMS), empowers business users to automate complex sales and product knowledge by using simple, graphical “if this then that” rules. Continue reading

What exactly is Azure anyway?

Clients often ask about Microsoft’s Cloud offering known as Azure making it very clear that they don’t quite understand what Azure is all about.

Can you teach me Azure?
How much does Azure cost?
How do I get Azure?

These questions all have one thing in common – the mistaken belief that Azure is a thing in and of itself, which in some respects it is, but mostly is not.

So what is Azure? Continue reading