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January

  • Why Local Authorities are a catalyst for Smart Cities to succeed

    Remember the days before the Internet? Scouring books and newspapers to gather information and navigating your journeys with a Road Atlas? As technology evolves, we are quick to forget how much has changed over the last 20 years.

    Why Local Authorities are a catalyst for Smart Cities to succeed

  • Five Trends that are impacting the IT Service Desk

    In todays ITSM organisations, the service desks are experiencing a shift in the way technologies are developed, deployed and consumed. Today’s consumers are becoming far more tech savvy and many businesses rely on technology to keep their business running smoothly.

    Five Trends that are impacting the IT Service Desk

  • Get your head in the Cloud

    2017 will see an increase of hybrid cloud models across all types of businesses spanning both the public and private sectors. Connectivity to these public cloud providers will form a large part of the success of these projects.

    Get your head in the Cloud

February

  • The role of cloud computing in the IoT revolution

    The internet of Things is starting to transform daily tasks are completed. The Internet of Things (IoT) consists of everyday objects – physical devices, vehicles, buildings etc. with embedded electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity, allowing them to collect, send and receive data.

    The role of cloud computing in the IoT revolution

  • Are we ready for the Internet of Things?

    With all the hype around the Internet of Things, you would think that every technology provider is a contender looking to grab market share.

    Are we ready for the Internet of Things?

March

  • Do Cities need to offer free Public WiFI?

    So many cities across the globe are recognising the value of offering free Internet connection through free public WiFi in the city. This number of is only expected to grow as the demand for free WiFi access increases.

    Do Cities need to offer free Public WiFI?

  • IoT – Levelling the playing field

    We have all witnessed the phenomenal journey and growth that tech based companies such as Amazon, Google and Alibaba have undergone emerging as multi-billion dollar corporates and leaders in their own specific areas.

    IoT – Levelling the playing field

  • The role of LoRaWAN in the Internet of Things

    You may have heard the term LoRaWAN mentioned in our previous blogs, but what exactly is LoRaWAN? Well, LoRaWAN is a type of Low Powered Wide Area Network (LPWAN) technology intended to act as an Internet of Things network for low power wireless sensors covering a large geographical area.

    The role of LoRaWAN in the Internet of Things

  • How Blockchain can enhance the IoT

    Blockchain and the Internet of Things (IoT) are two of the most commonly used words in the technology industry today. In our previous blogs, we have talked about what the IoT is and how new key technologies can enhance IoT initiatives and deployments.

    How Blockchain can enhance the IoT

April

  • The Internet of Things and Digital Transformation

    Digital Transformation will be in full swing before you know it. By digitalising their most important assets through the IoT companies can dramatically grow their business and increase business efficiency. The Internet of Things is predicted to be one of the most important factors impacting business fundamentals in the next few years.

    The Internet of Things and Digital Transformation

  • Top 5 challenges of Public Cloud

    Cloud computing has helped many enterprises transform themselves over the last five years, but the market is now entering into a second wave for both Public and Private cloud services.

    Top 5 challenges of Public Cloud

  • Challenges Challenges

    Yesterday I had a very interesting meeting with an established business who have really set out their strategy for the next 5 years, and it really resonated with me; especially as some of it was a bit of a surprise.

    Challenges Challenges

May

  • Layering Security

    Security has been a bit of a big thing this month with the impact of the WannaCrypt outbreak affecting a large majority of key IT systems across the world. So, what better topic to discuss in our Infrastructure blog this month.

    Layering Security

  • The Internet of Things and the future of manufacturing

    The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing business models, increasing outputs and automating processes across a number of industries. One sector that the Internet of Things technology revolution has greatly impacted is the manufacturing industry.

    The Internet of Things and the future of manufacturing

  • 3 ways Managed IT Service can improve your business operations

    When technology is broken you generally need to visit a technician to get the problem fixed, commonly known as a Break \ Fix Solution. Most of the time you will be charged a hefty hourly rate that could easily ruin your IT budget.

    3 ways Managed IT Service can improve your business operations

  • How Pinacl can complement your existing IT Team with Professional Consultancy

    Businesses can ease the strain on their IT team by outsourcing with a company that provides a Consultancy service.

    How Pinacl can complement your existing IT Team with Professional Consultancy

June

  • Why Managed Services for Improved Flexibility, Performance & Reliability

    Managed Services Providers (MSP) enable organisations to focus internal resources on strategic company information technology initiatives while improving the availability, performance and reliability of their IT networks, applications and services.

    Why Managed Services for Improved Flexibility, Performance & Reliability

  • How can free WiFi boost profits?

    Businesses are always trying to offer customers and clients the best experience possible, and businesses know it’s essential to stay ahead of the game to remain competitive. More and more businesses are investing in fast WiFi and also offering it to customers for free.

    How can free WiFi boost profits?

  • What is a Smart Place?

    Technology can connect infrastructure, business, communities, public service and individual citizens in ways that were previously impossible, improving economic and social well-being and transforming public services. But this research is about how that technology can be used better and more effectively to achieve these connections, not about the technology itself.

    What is a Smart Place?

July

  • The Lengths we go to test our Solutions

    Last week Matt, our Solutions Engineer, took to the skies along with the LoRaWAN field test device to see how far our LoRaWAN gateway reaches from our head office. The results were astonishing as you can see from the image below. The gateway was able to detect the signal from as far away as Southport!!

    The Lengths we go to test our Solutions

  • What is Software-Defined WAN?

    Increasing amounts of data are being transferred among data centres, cloud environments, branch offices and other remote locations, driven by data analytics, media traffic, storage demand and backup. This traffic creates the need to optimise the performance of Wide Area Networks (WAN) and the applications that run on them.

    What is Software-Defined WAN?

  • Discover the advantages and disadvantages of Cloud Computing

    Cloud computing has been a hot topic for a long time now, and more companies than ever are adopting this new technology. The cloud computing trend has been growing over the past few years and it doesn’t look like it will slow down any time soon. Cloud computing has a lot going for it; however, there are some downsides. This blog will highlight some of the advantages and disadvantages of Cloud Computing, to help you fully understand the whole Cloud concept.

    Discover the advantages and disadvantages of Cloud Computing

August

  • How important is having a backup for Office 365?

    Office 365 prides itself on offering a dynamic, collaborative workplace for its customers. Industry leading security and attention to privacy and compliance make office 365 one of the leading cloud productivity suites on the market.

    How important is having a backup for Office 365?

  • Can the Internet of Things keep Britain’s Roads moving in the winter?

    On a cold winter night with frost forecast, Local councils and highway authorities face the task of ensuring our highways are kept safe. This largely entails spreading rock salt on the roads to prevent ice patches forming and causing accidents.

    Can the Internet of Things keep Britain’s Roads moving in the winter?

  • A day in the Life of a Professional Consultant

    Pinacl People gives you access to our team of highly skilled and qualified consultants and architects to supplement and complement your team, enabling you to shorten the time to value of project delivery.

    A day in the Life of a Professional Consultant

  • Why a Digital Ready Network Makes Business Sense

    While organisations are leveraging new digital competencies to revolutionise product and service delivery, it is important to remember that digital transformation is not a technology initiative but a business strategy.

    Why a Digital Ready Network Makes Business Sense

September

  • How can organisations achieve more by outsourcing their IT

    Large and small businesses often choose to outsource their information technology (IT) systems and services for a variety of reasons. Adopting a Managed Service Agreement (MSA) is known to be an efficient way to stay up to date with technologies, have access to skills, and address cost issues that can arise with IT.

    How can organisations achieve more by outsourcing their IT

  • Four Challenges of Deploying Wireless in Healthcare

    If you ask any wireless engineers what their ideal wireless environment would be – they would probably say a completely open space…with clear sight lines to every nook and cranny.

    Four Challenges of Deploying Wireless in Healthcare

  • How the Internet of Things can reduce Housing Maintenance Costs

    Housing Associations are under increasing pressure to become more efficient in their maintenance processes and to save money. The Internet of Things can provide significant cost savings by proactively predicting or alerting the need for early intervention on their housing stock.

    How the Internet of Things can reduce Housing Maintenance Costs

October

  • WiFi security flaw puts devices at risk

    The WiFi connections of businesses and homes around the world are at risk, according to researchers who have revealed a major flaw dubbed “Krack”. The flaw is part of the authentication system which is widely used to secure wireless connections.

    WiFi security flaw puts devices at risk

  • The Internet of Things in the Healthcare industry

    The Internet of Things will affect everyone in many ways. This will be done by improving efficiencies in manufacturing to improving health and wellbeing.

    The Internet of Things in the Healthcare industry

  • Simplify your Cloud Connectivity

    Many organisations are following the lead of public cloud services such as Amazon and Microsoft to create private cloud infrastructures behind their own firewalls for internal use.

    Simplify your Cloud Connectivity

  • The Internet of Things and Cloud Computing

    While many may only think of the Cloud in connection with servers and storage, there are new features made possible by the Cloud that are revolutionising technology. Once considered niche, these features of IoT Architecture are quickly expanding and boosting innovation in the Cloud Computing industry.

    The Internet of Things and Cloud Computing

November

  • How Hybrid clouds can maximise your organisation’s efficiencies

    ​​By now, many organisations are familiar with the term ‘clouds’ or ‘cloud systems’. All clouds are data centres or in some cases multiple data centres made up of storage resources connected by a network.

    How Hybrid clouds can maximise your organisation’s efficiencies

  • How can IoT monitor air quality in Towns and Cities?

    Worldwide, people are becoming more concerned with air quality conditions as pollution is becoming widely recognised as a severe risk to the public’s health.

    How can IoT monitor air quality in Towns and Cities?

  • The Next Generation Of Managed Local Area Networks

    Pinacl is supporting the next generation of Managed Local Area Networks with Cisco ISE. Cisco ISE allows us to manage the assets and configuration of all our Cisco LAN customers estates, with security built in as standard, to allow only authorised assets to consume the LAN Connectivity.

    The Next Generation Of Managed Local Area Networks

  • Does IoT represent the third wave of Digital Transformation?

    The wave of Digital Transformation across public sector will have profound implications for the services used by citizens.

    Does IoT represent the third wave of Digital Transformation?

December