Month: November 2015 | Pinewood DMS

Month: November 2015

New Position: Application Support Consultant

Job Title:
Application Support Consultant

Department: Support Team

Location: Woodstock, Cape Town

Reporting to: Support Manager


As an application support consultant you will be supporting our Dealer Management Software to our automotive dealership customers. The helpdesk provides a single point of contact to customers and partners for service requests, product usage assistance and software support. This is a career opportunity, not just a job. Please note that this is not a network/hardware or infrastructure support role.

Job Role:

Support consultant duties/tasks of which would include but not be limited to:

  • Answering incoming calls from Pinnacle users
  • Dealing with incoming e-mails
  • Ensuring existing open tickets are kept up to date
  • Coaching our customers through their various queries.
  • Gain a thorough understanding of how Pinnacle operates in the module of specialisation.
  • Gain a thorough understanding of how our helpdesk system, Autotask, operates.
  • Deliver a high level of professional support to our Pinnacle users
  • Identify and communicate any issues to the respective person responsible
  • Escalating timeously and with the relevant information
  • Dealing with the occasional technical query

Inherent Requirements of the Job:

  • Tertiary education and/ or Motor Industry experience
  • Keen interest in problem solving
  • Punctual
  • Desire and enthusiasm to become a key team member
  • Proficient in MS Office – with good skills in MS Excel
  • Good organisational skills
  • Ability to work within a high pressurised environment
  • Excellent communication skills (both verbal and written)



Applications must be sent to with “Support Consultant” placed in the Subject line. Applications must be by way of Curriculum Vitae, which must not be longer than 3 pages, with a brief covering letter.

Are you retaining your VHC deferred work and are you further converting it into revenue successfully?

Did you know, upon deferring work in the VHC process and selecting the work requirement type to be either ‘Urgent’ or ‘Recommended’, Pinnacle automatically defaults the work required to a future follow up date based on the lead times set-up in your CRM Parameters.

This parameter is found by following CRM > Parameters > Dealer Parameters  – Enterprise – Parameter Type = Work Requirement Types.

Are you checking your work required on the ‘Aftersales Diary’ daily? Are you using the health check reporting within Workshop > Reporting > Health Check to review all deferred work and view your available revenue in total for a selected period of time?

Can you confidently say you are using the VHC reporting functionality effectively to go the extra mile with your customers, ensuring that they are retained and as much deferred work as possible is being converted into revenue?

Read more here on the Vehicle Health Check features available in Pinnacle.

Disaster Recovery: What are we doing to safeguard your data


Disaster Recovery, or DR, is always an important subject when moving to any new system. We’ve all had the experience of a cell phone going missing and losing all our photos. Or a hard drive crashing and losing our precious documents. But the stakes are much higher when the very survival of a business depends on the success or failure of the DR process. Just to put your minds at ease: Pinewood SA has invested heavily to ensure that there are multiple ways in which your data is backed up, to cover any and every eventuality.

As you are probably aware, Pinnacle is hosted at the Telkom Cybernest Data Centre in Bellville, Cape Town. The Data Centre itself is state-of-the-art, and has been awarded ‘Tier 4’ status (the highest global data centre rating). This requires it to have:
  • Multiple independent distribution paths serving the IT equipment
  • All IT equipment must be dual-powered and fully compatible with the topology of a site’s architecture
  • All cooling equipment is independently dual-powered, including chillers and heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems
  • Fault-tolerant site infrastructure with electrical power storage and distribution facilities with expected availability of 99.995%

This means the allowable downtime for the data centre itself is only 26 minutes per year!

So the environment in which your data is hosted is top notch. But what about the data itself? All-in-all, Pinnacle is backed up 4 times, with a further redundancy built into the server architecture equaling a fifth:

1. The Pinnacle servers are virtualised in a cluster. This effectively means that if one or more servers go down, there will be absolutely no impact on your business, as Pinnacle is passed seamlessly to another server within the cluster

2. SQL Server Transaction Log Shipping is used to back-up all the data to standalone DR servers on a ‘live’ basis. In the event that the whole cluster fails, these DR servers will take over

3. Microsoft Data Protection Manager (DPM) is used as a further method of backup within the data centre, to ensure that if both (1) and (2) fail, that the data is saved and available

4. In the event that something major happens at the data centre (such as destruction by fire or earthquake), the data is also backed up using Microsoft DPM to an offsite location

5. Finally, a tape backup of all the data is made every day, and a new tape stored off-site each month

It should be apparent that Pinewood has taken every precaution to protect your data, and to make sure that we will have you up and running again in no time in the event of a ‘Disaster’.

Now, if only we could do the same with our cellphones and home PCs!

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