At the risk of sounding like an acceptance speech – we couldn’t be more thrilled by the titles awarded to our company, by the people, for the people.

About – Awards & Achievements

Best Places to Work Awards

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Video Guidance, now Pinnaca, has been named one of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s “2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015 Best Places to Work,” which recognizes companies that turn workplaces into funplaces. The editors acknowledge companies for going above and beyond when it comes to taking care of their employees and for creating engaging workplaces.

Mike Werch, Pinnaca’s president of North America, believes in sharing the wealth of the company’s accomplishments. “We’ve had an extraordinary year and it is our commitment to reward all of our employees who helped to meet – and surpass our goals.”

When the company hits its quarterly financial goals, all employees are recognized with a five percent cash bonus. In addition, Pinnaca also honors exceptional performance, unique entrepreneurial ideas and employee milestones.

“Whether we attend formal and informal gatherings at entertainment and sporting events, or volunteer together for charitable causes, we make it a point to have a seriously good time while building strong employee relationships,” says Werch. “It’s good fun and it’s good business.”

Business Recognition Awards

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For five consecutive years, Video Guidance, now Pinnaca, has been named to the “Inc. 5,000” list of the nation’s fastest growing private companies; and has been named by The Business Journal as one of the “50 Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies” in the Twin Cities metro area (2007-2010). In 2007 and 2010, the company has been among the “Top 100” of the fastest growing regional companies in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Award

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BCS Global, now Pinnaca, ranked Number 38 in the 2013 Deloitte Technology Fast 50, a ranking of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in the UK. Rankings are based on percentage revenue growth over five years.

Pinnaca’s CEO, Clive Sawkins, said, “Throughout the years we have seen many changes in the video technology and the video collaboration space. By remaining focused on the requirements of our end users and channel partners we have ensured that our products and services exceed their business needs and in this way we have achieved exceptional growth rates.”

David Halstead, Partner leading the Deloitte Technology Fast 50, said: “The Deloitte Technology Fast 50 gives great profile to technology companies and is internationally recognised as being one of the most important business awards in the sector.”

Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Award

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BCS Global, now Pinnaca, ranked Number 237 in the 2013 Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA 2013, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology companies in EMEA. Rankings are based on percentage revenue growth over five years.

Pinnaca’s CEO, Clive Sawkins, said, “Throughout the years we have seen many changes in the video technology and the video collaboration space. By remaining focused on the requirements of our end users and channel partners we have ensured that our products and services exceed their business needs and in this way we have achieved exceptional growth rates.”

“Making the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA ranking is a testament to a company’s commitment to technology,” David Halstead, Deloitte United Kingdom and partner in charge of the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA programme.

Best Video Conferencing Facility - Global Product & Service Award

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BCS Global, now Pinnaca, has received the Global Product Service Award for “Best Video Conferencing Facility” from Corporate Vision, a worldwide magazine dedicated to all aspects of the corporate landscape. The award rewards the most innovative and game changing firms from across the global design, tech and manufacturing industries.

Telepresence Managed Service Provider of the Year

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BCS Global Networks Limited, now Pinnaca, a leading worldwide provider of managed videoconferencing, telepresence, and visual collaboration services, announced that it has been named by European CEO as “Telepresence Managed Service Provider of the Year 2011”.

European CEO is proud to embrace a smarter future through the Telepresence Awards 2011, celebrating the leading deliverers of global multimedia communication. The award winners’ media solutions provide an authentic and engaging digital platform for businesses to interact with clients and potential new business partners in a manner that allows for the simple communications of ideas. Through their advanced systems, the winners of the Telepresence Awards 2011 provide the next best thing to meeting in person.

European Frost & Sullivan Award for Service Provider of the Year

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The global visual communications market hit 178 million euro in 2011 and may reach 778 million by 2017. Frost & Sullivan awards BCS Global, now Pinnaca, the 2012 European Frost & Sullivan Award for Service Provider of the Year in the visual communications market..

Pinnaca offers a suite of innovative visual collaboration services that help businesses in different industry verticals to implement and manage a high-definition, point-to-point or multipoint solution that is available anywhere, anytime, over any network, and on any video device. Pinnaca brings a scalable application that is able to cross ISDN, IP, 3G mobile and standard broadband video connectivity. The company says it was the first to launch support for IPv6 and interworking between v6 and v4 video endpoints as well as the first to launch cloud-based mobile enterprise video services based on scalable video coding (SVC).

U-Wide Contract

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Video Guidance, now Pinnaca, has been awarded a U-Wide contract for the University of Minnesota’s visual communications products and services. The U-Wide contract will provide Tandberg hardware, service and maintenance support for Tandberg, Polycom and Lifesize equipment. The contract was issued by the U of M’s purchasing services department, which provides management oversight and facilitation of all university purchasing processes to insure integrity, economy, efficiency and accountability.

In addition to the U of M, Pinnaca’s visual communications contract also includes the Learning Network of Minnesota – the education component of the Integrated Statewide Network, which is a collaborative wide area network for education, local government, and state agencies. U-Wide contracts with vendors for goods and services are available to all university departments as well as with other state agencies – including K-12 schools, and state, local cities and counties – through the Joint Powers Agreement, which jointly exercises the U of M’s contract with other governmental units. A statewide video infrastructure shares video systems and connects video conference rooms.

“We are thrilled to be working with the U of M and the State to make video-and audio-based technologies available to everyone, everywhere. Moreover, we believe that pervasive video communications will directly impact productivity and performance,” said Michael Werch, president of Pinnaca in North America. “The exciting and inventive visual applications that can expand distance learning, maximize telehealth and engage experts and authorities are endless.”

North Dakota Contract

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Video Guidance, now Pinnaca, has been has been awarded the contract for the State of North Dakota’s video conferencing hardware and services. North Dakota provides video conferencing services to state and local government, K-12 schools, universities and colleges, and public libraries, and expects to continue expanding to new locations throughout the state. The State currently manages a statewide video infrastructure connecting approximately 550 video conference rooms.

The contract was issued by the State of North Dakota acting through its Information Technology Department (ITD) and Office of Management and Budget.

The State’s communications infrastructure, called STAGEnet, has evolved into a hybrid network to meet increased demand. The network includes the use of Ethernet, optical fiber, Internet Service Provider (ISP) broadband services and wireless/satellite connectivity. STAGEnet includes the scale and flexibility to support the convergence of voice, video and data technologies as key components in optimizing statewide services. STAGEnet provides network access and connectivity for state government; state, local, county and city offices; and K-12 schools, universities, colleges and public libraries.

In addition to Polycom, Lifesize and Sony visual communications systems, the State of North Dakota also uses Tandberg, a Cisco company.

Polycom’s Gold Solution Provider

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Pinnaca, a leading strategic visual communications is a Gold Solution Provider of Polycom, a global leader in unified communications (UC), with industry-leading telepresence, video, voice and infrastructure solutions built on open standards. As a Gold Solution Provider, Pinnaca is recognized for its sales acumen and technical expertise, and offers customers best-in-class UC solutions.

Cisco’s Advanced Technology Partner

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Video Guidance, now Pinnaca, has been named a Cisco TelePresence Video Advanced Partner. The designation follows Cisco’s rigorous certification requirements, ensuring Pinnaca’s expertise of Cisco’s array of technology and products.

“We are proud to earn this outstanding accomplishment from Cisco,” said Michael Werch, president of Pinnaca in North America. “Together with Cisco, we will continue to develop and enhance our mutual capabilities for our customers.”

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Authorized NVP Resellers for the State

The following Cisco partners 1) currently qualify under Cisco’s established partner selection criteria for the above-referenced Cisco Prime Contract, and 2) have been authorized by the State to participate as Cisco Subcontractors under that agreement: