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Long View’s Sarah Malcolm Morreau promoted to Vice President, Licensing and Software Asset Management

October 18, 2017
Calgary, Alberta (October 10) — Long View is pleased to announce that Sarah Malcolm Morreau has promoted to Vice President, Licensing and Software Asset Management, effective October 1, 2017.  In her new role, she will continue to drive sales for our Licensing and Procurement practice. Sarah will also provide strategic direction to our SYNC Services team of Licensing Analysts, Software Asset Management Specialists and Audit Defense Advocates.  Sarah is a recognized market leader in IT licensing trends, cloud licensing, software asset management, custom contract creation and IT cost reduction strategies.  She is recognized industry wide as skilled negotiator and licensing expert and has been named to the CRN Women of the Channel for the past three years. Geoff Hogue Marketing Manager, Long View Email: geoff.hogue@lvs1.com
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Long View’s Tasha Westerman promoted to Senior Vice President, People Services

October 18, 2017
Calgary, Alberta (September 1, 2017) - Long View is pleased to announce the promotion of Tasha Westerman to Senior Vice President, People Services and as such a member of our Executive team effective September 1. Tasha started with Long View in 2002 as our very first People Services person. She has seen our company grow from just a handful of people to what it has become today and has been instrumental in steering People Services throughout those years, while developing a team of caring and people focused, People Services professionals.  She is passionate about creating an amazing environment for our people to fulfill their career and life goals and to ensure everyone has a “no regrets” career and life. Tasha is a member of the MacKay Executive Forum, a peer to peer forum that creates an environment for business executives to excel and share experiences to confront both business and/or life challenges. She spends much of her free time advocating for young breast cancer patients through her volunteer work for Rethink Breast Cancer. In 2012, Tasha was named one of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 under 40, which is a dynamic award that identifies outstanding young achievers in the community. Geoff Hogue Marketing Manager, Long View Email: geoff.hogue@lvs1.com
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Long View and ebb3 announce partnership to benefit oil and gas employees

September 19, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Calgary, Alberta, Canada — This week we announced our new partnership with ebb3’s revolutionary High Performance Virtual Computer (HPVC) to those working in the oil and gas sector across North America. The partnership will offer oil and gas clients across the continent the ability to untie themselves from physical workstations while maintaining data integrity, connectivity and security. This is something that has previously never been available to these workers due to the need to run data-intensive applications such as Kingdom, Petrel and Tempest. By partnering with ebb3, we are able to provide more oil and gas specialists with the ability to innovate their work practices, providing remote working to those using even the most data driven applications. Leveraging Long View’s tenured solutions and services history across North America, in conjunction with ebb3's HPVC technology, clients will be able to replace legacy workstations that leave gaps in security and efficiency with a mobile, flexible HPVC private cloud appliance that can function on any device. Long View started to roll out the HPVC solution to clients on the 1st September and we are already receiving feedback regarding the reduction everyday operational costs through the drop in downtime, while providing real-time communication with the field. By collaborating, we plan to grown our presence as key digital transformation enablers across North America. Read more about ebb3's revolutionary HPVC technology at www.ebb3.com For more information: Geoff Hogue Marketing Manager, Long View E-mail: geoff.hogue@lvs1.com
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Long View Honored as Winner of Microsoft’s Excellence in Operations – Silver Level Award

September 19, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Calgary, Alberta, Canada — Today Long View announced it has won the Silver Level Excellence in Operations Award for delivering market-leading operational excellence supporting Microsoft technology over the past year. Partners achieving this award exhibited best-in-class performance in the North American channel. Long View was recognized for superior operational excellence by delivering one or more successful process improvement projects to optimize their operations. These projects helped establish continued success throughout the business for Microsoft, the Partner, and our customers. “At Microsoft, we are extremely fortunate to work with incredibly passionate partners that consistently seek and drive improvements that empower our customers.  The Operations Excellence Award recognizes our partners that are committed to the growth mindset of delivering high quality, innovative solutions and an exemplary customer experience. We thank them for their achievements in optimizing their operations and look forward to a continued long, strong partnership.” - Owen Roberts, General Manager of Microsoft’s Americas Operations Center. For more information: Geoff Hogue Marketing Manager, Long View E-mail: geoff.hogue@lvs1.com  
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Give a Mile

August 21, 2017

The Gift of One Final Goodbye

 

Long View has a strong history and culture of social consciousness and giving back. Kevin Crowe, Long View’s EVP of Strategy, is one of the people leading the way. Kevin founded the charity Give a Mile after experiencing firsthand the power of visit during palliative illness for a loved one, and how much love and support those visits bring. The story of Give a Mile began with Kevin, and is continually made possible by the dedicated time of volunteers, many of who are from right here at Long View.

How did Give a Mile get started?

The Give a Mile story starts with Ryan Westerman, who was an amazing friend to Kevin and many at Long View.  Ryan was dealing with an aggressive form of brain cancer. Over the course of a year and a half of the progression of the disease, Ryan’s friends and family celebrated his positivity and life. From hockey games to hospice poker nights, that quality time showed Kevin what he calls “the power of visit”. Friends and family came from all over to spend time with Ryan and they were able to say goodbye in person.  The time at the hospice Kevin realized there were a significant number of people that had to say goodbye to their loved ones over the phone.

After Ryan’s passing, Kevin decided he wanted to do something positive to continue Ryan’s amazing legacy and push it forward. Around the same time, Kevin heard a statistic about how 14 trillion travel miles had gone unused in 2011globally and wanted to do something about it., After attending a Calgary Startup Workshop, a facilitator inspired him to share his idea for Give a Mile and three days later, the project began.

“You realize you only have so much time, and you need to use it for things that are meaningful and powerful.” With 360 flights provided so far, Kevin has watched some amazing stories unfold, and seen the different reasons people want to say goodbye in person. Give a Mile hasn’t just helped loved ones reach each other, it’s also created opportunities for reconnecting, reconciliation, amends, and a chance for people to live the positive example set by Ryan.

How do people needing a flight connect with Give a Mile?

Mainly through social workers, cancer centers and hospices. Demand is high and there are so many compelling stories out there, so Give a Mile doesn’t generally advertise in order to manage the volume of requests.

What happens when someone reaches out for travel support?

Give a Mile has a straightforward application, medical verification process, followed by processing by the Give a Mile flight review team – because of the nature of these situations, all of this often happens within 72 hours but within 24 hours in emergency situations.

What do the coming years look like for Give a Mile?

So far 12.3 million miles have been given away, and the goal is to reach a billion miles. Give a Mile also has a program called Flight Hero, where people raise travel miles for a specific flight through the model “25 days, 25 friends, 25,000 miles”. Through 100% volunteer effort and public support, Give a Mile is on track of giving away a billion miles!

For more information on this amazing cause and how you can donate, please visit www.giveamile.org

ABOUT LONG VIEW:

Long View is one of the most powerful IT solutions and services companies in North America, with offices across the continent. With a clear focus on combining business and technology through our Hybrid IT solutions, including cloud, IT infrastructure, managed services, and end user support, Long View is able to define and customize what the future of IT looks like for our clients. Innovative, flexible, cost-effective, and business focused . . . that’s Long View.

For more information:

Geoff Hogue Marketing Manager, Long View E-mail: geoff.hogue@lvs1.com www.longviewsystems.com
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Onshore Outsourcing – At Long View … We Were Doing It Before It Was Trendy

August 3, 2017

There’s a growing movement in the North American technology industry. Work for professionals like systems engineers, programmers, and architects, has been making a quiet migration back home. Beginning a couple decades ago, there was an enormous spike which offshored a huge amount of work to low-wage and developing countries. Once we had the technology, people a world away could be paid 5 or 6 times less that domestic employees, for similar work. Similar but not necessarily equal. Long View has always held the belief that no matter how large we grow, we will always maintain very close and intimate relationships with our employees and our clients. With that idea ever present, Long View does not outsource any of our work to offshore companies. There’s a few big reasons why, and they’re reflected in the reason behind this industry shift back towards domestic employment.

First and foremost, we believe that our very talented people are the biggest driver behind our excellent customer experience and innovative technical solutions. This factors in to our long standing full-time (vs. contractor) employment model in three key ways. Although those with business models charging lower rates on the surface appear to offer “value at a cost effective price” there is a tradeoff in the ability to provide a hands-on or high touch experience offering the collaboration and communication necessary to produce excellent and consistent results for our customers – this is particularly challenging when time zones and linguistic barriers are thrown in the mix. The results are often projects with scope creep, longer turnaround times and ultimately they are more expensive. Second, Long View supports the continued education and professional development of our employees through education, certifications, conferences, and mentorship. When competitors contract out to far-flung offshore organizations the opportunity for the same development is simply not there. This lack of closeness and career progression would impact our clients by not giving them access to the best local talent we can provide. By having our workforce within North America we can make sure that Long View offers its clients the best educated technical team, with the most recent certifications in technologies that are relevant. Third, the ongoing value Long View provides its clients is also reflected through the strategic partnerships with all of the leading manufactures, cloud providers, ISV’s and software publishers – and this ability is best exhibited at the local level in the business communities where clients and partners alike are side by side for maximum support and value.

Another reason Long View has always believed in domestic hiring is that there are very talented people right here, only they might not live in San Francisco, Calgary, Toronto, Silicon Valley or Vancouver. They are in smaller centers, but no less skilled. Many companies talk about outsourcing offshore because it allows a faster ramp-up time; there are more people available more quickly. While that’s understandable on the surface, our long experience is that the right people are here – if you’re willing to make the investment to find them. Although our team resides primarily in larger centers there are many examples of smaller communities which are home to some of Long View’s best talent. Given the importance we place on our people, this model allows us to provide our clients with the best people in the industry, while giving those, that choose to, the freedom to live where they want to be.

The shift we’re seeing is the technology industry’s pendulum swinging back from mainly offshored workforces, back to a middle ground where the industry is acknowledging the talent at home and beginning to take advantage particularly as the cost for offshore options have increased substantially to a point where the non-competitive argument no longer holds the weight it once did. Onshore outsourcing companies are popping up, with the very idea that Long View has taken from its start 17 years ago – we have great talent right here at home.

Read more about this in The New York Times: Hot Spot for Tech Outsourcing: The United States

ABOUT LONG VIEW:

Long View is one of the most powerful IT solutions and services companies in North America, with offices across the continent. With a clear focus on combining business and technology through our Hybrid IT solutions, including cloud, IT infrastructure, managed services, and end user support, Long View is able to define and customize what the future of IT looks like for our clients. Innovative, flexible, cost-effective, and business focused . . . that’s Long View.

For more information:

Geoff Hogue Marketing Manager, Long View E-mail: geoff.hogue@lvs1.com  
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Long View’s Justin Cohen is Interviewed by Computer Dealer News About the New Cisco Network Intuitive Platform

July 26, 2017

Long View’s Justin Cohen is Interviewed by Computer Dealer News About the New Cisco Network Intuitive Platform

Justin Cohen, solution architect at Long View and team lead for service delivery in central and eastern Canada

During the recent Cisco Live event, Computer Dealer News (CDN) interviewed Long View’s Justin Cohen, who is a solution architect at Long View and team lead for service delivery in central and eastern Canada.  In this interview, Justin spoke of how Long View delivers value and elevates the conversation, and how the new Cisco product launch plays well with Long View’s Security Operations Center (SOC).

The Cisco product Justin refers to is the new network intuitive platform. This new product brings programmable intent and context that reinvents “business with intent that’s powered by context to get closer to customers”. In the CDN interview, Justin says because of the intuitive platform we now think “about business applications from the get-go, and being able to program what your business wants into a network is fantastic”. Justin goes on to explain that Cisco rewrote the previous operating system when creating the network intuitive platform, with the result being that it is now a modular OS

“so they can start bolting on features that customers want… enabling analytics, security, and…things that they haven’t even thought of yet” ~Justin Cohen

The new Cisco network intuitive platform also has numerous benefits for Long View and our partners, as further explained by Justin. One such benefit is that value is delivered faster and with less complex products. Another benefit is that Long View can now offer more in depth analytics on encrypted traffic. This second benefit strengthens a company’s security while reducing costs, and

“to give you a statistic, processing encrypted traffic on a network takes 10 times the effort because we need to decrypt it first, then analyze what’s inside, re-encrypt it, then send it on its way to whatever destination. And of course, 10 times the effort means it’s very expensive” ~Justin Cohen

To read the full interview, please visit the CDN website and then come back here to ask us a question or leave a comment!

ABOUT LONG VIEW:

Long View is one of the most powerful IT solutions and services companies in North America, with offices across the continent. With a clear focus on combining business and technology through our Hybrid IT solutions, including cloud, IT infrastructure, managed services, and end user support, Long View is able to define and customize what the future of IT looks like for our clients. Innovative, flexible, cost-effective, and business focused . . . that’s Long View.

For more information:

Geoff Hogue Marketing Manager, Long View Phone: 778-840-1903 E-mail: geoff.hogue@lvs1.com www.longviewsystems.com
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Long View Wins HPE/Microsoft Partner Award at Inspire!

July 14, 2017
Accepting the award on the behalf of the Long View team is Kevin Crowe, Executive VP of Strategy.

The Microsoft IMPACT event is an annual award event, now in its 14th year.  This event recognizes and celebrates outstanding achievements within Microsoft’s community of partners who are committed in the pursuit of quality, innovation and digital growth within Canada. Long View was selected by the HPE and Microsoft alliance team as a winner at Inspire for Outstanding Execution & Excellence and was recognized at the Partner Award Celebration on July 11th.

 

Outstanding Execution & Excellence:

This award honours a partner who has contributed to joint HPE/Microsoft and partner go-to-market execution of activities that have significantly contributed to business growth, selling solutions from multiple categories and/or has shown an increase in revenue opportunity to both HPE and Microsoft.

"We are deeply honoured to have been recognized by HPE and Microsoft for this award in Outstanding Execution & Excellence. It is a testament to our long standing partnership and continued drive to grow our business through innovation and putting customers first

~ Kevin Crowe, Executive VP of Strategy at Long View

 

ABOUT LONG VIEW:

Long View is one of the most powerful IT solutions and services companies in North America, with offices across the continent. With a clear focus on combining business and technology through our Hybrid IT solutions, including cloud, IT infrastructure, managed services, and end user support, Long View is able to define and customize what the future of IT looks like for our clients. Innovative, flexible, cost-effective, and business focused . . . that’s Long View.  

For more information:

Geoff Hogue Marketing Manager, Long View E-mail: geoff.hogue@lvs1.com  
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Long View wins GOLD with MediaValet

July 11, 2017
Accepting the award with MediaValet is Long View’s Rod Morreau, Director, Hosted Technology Solutions and Sean Culbert, Microsoft One Cloud Business Development Manager

Vancouver, BC – July 11, 2017 – Long View is proud to announce that International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP), the leading independent global organization for business networking in the Microsoft partner ecosystem, has selected Long View, together with MediaValet, as the Canada Gold Winner in their 2017 award competition for partner-to-partner solutions that drive customer value.

Each year, IAMCP chooses nine global winners from a selection of Microsoft partners for their outstanding efforts that deliver exceptional solutions and services to their customers through implementation of joint partner solutions. Awards for 2017 were presented at Microsoft Inspire in Washington, DC on Tuesday, July 11th.

“Partners like Long View and MediaValet continue to drive innovation by taking advantage of our member eco-system,” commented Gail Mercer-MacKay, committee chairperson and former IAMCP President. “We are thrilled that Long View and MediaValet together have achieved this recognition. They are an ideal example of how, by working together, we can achieve more than any of us could achieve individually.”

IAMCP Awards Program recognizes association members for the outstanding, innovative and creative products and services they deliver through trusted channel relationships.

We’re incredibly proud to receive such a prestigious award, recognizing the impactful change across organizations that MediaValet and Long View partnership brings to customer’s digital ecosystem,” commented Kevin Crowe, Executive Vice President of Strategy at Long View.

As long standing Microsoft Gold partners, Long View and MediaValet have received awards and recognition for their respective solutions leveraging Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform.  Now their integrated solution is gaining rapid traction in the market, providing powerful outcomes to their customers.

“We’re thrilled to have won IAMCP Gold with Long View,” commented David MacLaren, founder and CEO at MediaValet. “Long View has been a tremendous partner right from the get go. Together, we deliver an amazing solution that leverages the best of both organizations.”

About MediaValet Inc.

MediaValet stands at the forefront of the cloud-based digital asset management industry. Built exclusively on Microsoft Azure and available on 34 highly secure and hyper scalable data centers around the world, MediaValet is uniquely equipped to meet the digital asset management needs of any organization, no matter its size, its industry or its location. Cutting-edge technology, exceptional product design, and unlimited friendly customer service are at the core of MediaValet’s DNA – ensuring exceptional customer and user experiences are delivered at all times.

ABOUT LONG VIEW:

Long View is one of the most powerful IT solutions and services companies in North America, with offices across the continent. With a clear focus on combining business and technology through our Hybrid IT solutions, including cloud, IT infrastructure, managed services, and end user support, Long View is able to define and customize what the future of IT looks like for our clients. Innovative, flexible, cost-effective, and business focused . . . that’s Long View.  

For more information:

Geoff Hogue Marketing Manager, Long View E-mail: geoff.hogue@lvs1.com  
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Microsoft Chooses Long View as its Enterprise Cloud Partner of the Year – Canada

July 10, 2017
Accepting the Enterprise Cloud Partner of the Year Award on behalf of Long View is Kevin Crowe, Executive VP, Strategy & Shane Webber, Business Development Manager. CALGARY, Alberta (July 10, 2017) — Microsoft Canada has chosen Long View as its Enterprise Cloud Partner of the Year at its annual IMPACT Awards in Washington, D.C. The Enterprise Cloud Partner of the Year honours a partner that has successfully scaled out its cloud practice by packaging two or more Microsoft Cloud Solutions (e.g. Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Enterprise Mobility Suite, Dynamics CRM, etc.) and Microsoft Partner Solutions into a complete customer offering, ultimately solving an end customer challenge. “In this mobile-first, cloud-first era it’s an exciting time to be a Microsoft partner in Canada,” said Don Bialik, CEO, Long View. “We are honoured to be chosen as one of Microsoft Canada’s IMPACT Award Winners and to be recognized for our accomplishments within the Canadian Partner community.” In addition to winning Enterprise Cloud Partner of the Year, Long View is honoured to have been chosen runner up for the Global Hybrid Cloud and Infrastructure Platform Partner of the Year Award. The leadership team at Long View would like to take this opportunity to thank Microsoft for our incredible partnership over the years, and a well-deserved thank you to the people of Long View who make the potential for awards and recognition like this possible.  

ABOUT LONG VIEW:

Long View is one of the most powerful IT solutions and services companies in North America, with offices across the continent. With a clear focus on combining business and technology through our Hybrid IT solutions, including cloud, IT infrastructure, managed services, and end user support, Long View is able to define and customize what the future of IT looks like for our clients. Innovative, flexible, cost-effective, and business focused . . . that’s Long View.  

For more information:

Geoff Hogue Marketing Manager, Long View E-mail: geoff.hogue@lvs1.com  
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