If you have been looking around for custom software for a little while, you probably noticed that many vendors will resell a box solution or lock you into their preferred software.
The Pinnacle Solutions approach is to take a look at your existing system. Your existing system might be a manual process, a complex shared spreadsheet, or a full blown application. We’ll work to understand your current system and pain points. Once we fully understand where you are, we will propose something that is hand tailored to your business needs for a custom fit. We want to build a relationship with you and your business.
We typically use an open source stack for custom development so that you’re not locked into an expensive software license. We make a self sustaining system that can operate for years without any required maintenance.
If you already have an IT staff, we’ll work with them to maintain your application(s) and set up training. The training can be both application specific and high level concepts to help them grow in their career. If you do not have an IT staff, Pinnacle Sherpas can augment your staff. In addition to training, we also provide documentation services. Think of us as your guides for the mountains of data.
Pinnacle Solutions is an Amazon Web Services Consulting Partner. We typically build our applications on top of an AWS infrastructure.
Resources can be scaled up or down as your application requires. The AWS model of paying for what you use is very cost effective, especially for smaller applications.
Hosting applications in the cloud also facilitates greater redundancy. We can set up the application so that if a server goes down, another server will be available to take over for the the down server.
The cloud also makes it easy for us to schedule automated backup and do backups from anywhere.
Our methodology is a cross between Waterfall and Agile. A lot of our clients like to scope out the project at the beginning which is more like Waterfall. Scoping out the project in the beginning helps identify budget and creates documentation of requirements.
As the project progresses, it become more Agile with updates and changes as we go. We have project managers on our staff. We also have some clients that prefer to manage the project themselves. Again, we are flexible enough to do what works best for you. See our DevOps page for more information on the complete Software Delivery Life Cycle.
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You can get free SSLs from Let’s Encrypt that renew every 90 days for enhanced security. To make them even better, you can automate renewal so that you never have to worry about that SSL certificate expiring. They even have free wildcard SSL certificates. Even if you want a paid SSL certificate for production, these certificates are great for development servers and internal applications.
Open source software is usually more secure than proprietary software. This is because everyone can see open source code. If there is a security hole, it cannot be hidden. The community works together to fix issue at no cost to people using the software. Closed software can hide security holes until someone takes advantage of the holes. If the breach become public, only then will they have to patch it.
The Pinnacle First Aid Kit is a support package for your new or existing custom web assets. Our team of problem solvers can fix issues on your current website or support something we created. Think of it as setting aside a bucket of hours each month for bug fixes, enhancements, or whatever you need.
Once your custom web assets are developed, you will need a place to host them. As an AWS Consulting Partner, we proactively manage your AWS infrastructure and monitor your web applications. If you are familiar with the term Managed Service Provider, it’s kind of like that, only better.
Pinnacle Binoculars offers a flexible framework and methodology designed for developing your enterprise analytics web applications. The Pinnacle Binoculars framework is built to read your database tables and flat files. The framework can even pull in data from your Data Lake.