The PInnacle Cloud SMS solution enables users to communicate with clients faster, and with higher throughput, via text messaging. Throughput and availability are achieved by maintaining direct connections to major wireless carriers that are not subject to rate limits, monthly usage thresholds, or cell towers. Now, PInnacle Cloud SMS users can easily and reliably exchange messages each month without worrying about service interruptions or rate limiting. Key features of the PInnacle Cloud SMS solution include:
- 100% Software-based: The cloud-based SMS solution features complete mobility and delivers up to 160 characters in a single SMS for U.S. users and
136 for Canadian users.
- Fully Redundant System: PInnacle Cloud SMS is housed in a SAS 70 Type II Data Center and tested to ensure near 100% reliability and uptime.
- Built-in Disaster Recovery: Millions of SMS messages are processed each month with proven reliability. Built-in disaster recovery provides users with the ability to exchange messages even during an unexpected event.
- Comprehensive Reporting: All SMS activity is tracked and monitored, and every SMS sent through PInnacle provides status information about message delivery. Users can also retrieve both detailed and summary reports to use for client billing purposes as well as full audit trails.
“We are thrilled to offer our customers with an enhanced, commercial grade SMS solution,” said Jim Graham, director of special operations for Professional Teledata. “By leveraging Startel’s current SMS infrastructure, we are able to provide our PInnacle customers with a more robust text messaging solution that meets their clients’ expanding needs and enables them to focus on growing their business.”
The Allen Kalik Award was implemented in 2011 after the passing of industry leader and Professional Teledata’s late president, Allen Kalik. Honoring Allen for his tremendous contributions to the telecommunications industry and the PINetwork Group, this award recognizes individuals whose unselfish dedication and leadership have led to the advancement of the PINetwork Group.
“We are thrilled to recognize Angelo with the 2015 Allen Kalik Award,” said Pat Kalik, director of customer relations for Professional Teledata. “Angelo truly embodies the award, and everything that it stands for. We thank him for his time, dedication and continuing commitment to our organization.”
“It is an honor to receive this award,” said Angelo. “Allen tirelessly devoted himself the TAS industry and the PINetwork. I am humbled to be included among such esteemed company.” In 2013, Angelo served as president of the PINetwork board of directors. Angelo is also an avid runner and coaches cross-country running for a local middle school.
Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 10:21:13 AM came and went with little fanfare. There were no fireworks or pomp and circumstance when a caller from area code 717 in Pennsylvania became the 100,000,000th call to be processed through PInnacle Freedom. The hosted TAS system sits quietly at the co-location doing its job connecting 100’s of agents to millions of callers around the country and the world.
The companies have a relationship that dates back more than 30 years, serving the TAS industry and many of its joint customers. With this merger, the combined organization expands its product offerings to broader markets while enhancing overall technical expertise, increasing customer service availability and adding depth to the leadership team. This merger is a win-win for both organizations, as well as its combined customer base and the entire TAS industry.
“Given our long relationship and shared vision of providing telephone answering services and contact centers with solutions to improve efficiency and increase revenue, combining companies seemed like a natural fit,” said Pat Kalik, president of Professional Teledata. “We are thrilled with the merger; it is a positive development for both organizations, customer bases and employees
“We are very excited about Startel and Professional Teledata coming together,” said Bill Lane, president and CEO of Startel. “We look forward to joining teams, and leveraging the resources, capabilities and technical expertise of the combined companies to provide a higher level of customer support and greater breadth of product offerings to the marketplace.”
The companies’ offices will remain open in Irvine, California and Manchester, New Hampshire. Three principals of Professional Teledata, including Jim Graham, Alan Hartmann and Pat Kalik, will join the senior management team of Startel to lead the combined company.
Manchester, New Hampshire – December 1, 2014 - As Professional Teledata continues to grow and develop into an influential national technology firm, we take pride in selecting the right individuals to make our team shine. 2014 brought four new faces to PT and we can't wait to see what bright ideas and insight they have for us and our clients.
Shawn Griswold, Senior Software Quality Assurance Engineer
Mr. Griswold spent 14 years working in software quality assurance, five of them as a Software Systems Engineer for the Telecommunications Division of Compaq / HP where he designed and ran test environments in both SS7/TDM and SIP/VOIP platforms before joining us at Professional Teledata. Shawn’s duties include testing and verifying software releases, including functional testing, boundary testing, and load testing. He also handles attempting to reproduce customer issues for diagnosis and is working on improving a development process including bug tracking and test case management.
Jonathan Socha, Telephony Engineer
Mr. Socha, a USAF Veteran, brings more than 10+ years of professional IT experience with him to Professional Teledata. While serving in the US Airforce and simultaneously working as a Network Engineer at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Jonathan's responsibilities included frame and circuit rewiring and special systems operational testing. He was also responsible for creating and implementing project plans for tech solutions supporting five staff agencies with an average of 10,000 users. Following his distinguished Military career, Jonathan returned home to NH. Jonathan’s duties include configuration support and troubleshooting the eQueue, eConn and Millennium phone switches on both premises based and hosted (Freedom) networks.