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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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Long View's Board of Directors Director, Kim McConnell, Receives the Order of Canada

July 7, 2017
Ottawa, Ontario (June 30, 2017) His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, today announced 99 new appointments to the Order of Canada including Kim McConnell, a member of Long View’s Board of Directors. Kim has been appointed to the Order of Canada for his leadership in promoting Canada’s agricultural industry and for his extensive engagement in causes supporting youth, entrepreneurship and rural communities. “This July 1 also marks 50 years since the creation of the Order of Canada and the individuals on today’s list, just like those appointed half a century ago, are truly inspiring as they have helped to build the smarter, more caring nation that we, as Canadians, are all so proud to call home” said the Governor General. Kim is the founder and former CEO of AdFarm, an agriculture-focused marketing and communications firm.  Over the years, Kim has led many national and international brand and marketing assignments for many companies and played a lead role in branding the City of Calgary and the naming and international branding of EnCana.  Kim has served as director on a number of company boards and we are fortunate enough to have him on our Board.  He mentors a number of entrepreneurs and provides volunteer leadership to many organizations.  Currently, Kim is a director on the Canadian 4-H Council and former Chairman of the Canadian 4-H Foundation. The Order of Canada is one of our country’s highest civilian honors that recognizes outstanding achievement and dedication to the community and to Canada. The motto of the Order is DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (“They desire a better country”).  Those who have been appointed to the Order come from all areas of society and make significant contributions to better our community and nation. This epitomizes who Kim is and Long View couldn’t be prouder of this accomplishment. Congratulations!  

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 combing 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 Email: geoff.hogue@lvs1.com
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Long View’s Sarah Morreau Recognized as One of CRN’s Top 2017 Women of the Channel 3 Years in a Row!

July 6, 2017

For the third straight year Sarah Morreau was named to the Power 100 Women of The Channel. This year Sarah was named to both the Top 100 and Power 30 Solution Providers. Sarah has spent an incredible 18 years in the Information Technology industry (IT). Her IT career began early on, starting her own computer resale and support business in 1998 in the small town of Strathmore, AB. Known for both her technical abilities in everything from programming to security.  She rapidly grew and sold the business in 2000.

Later joining some of Canada’s most influential IT solutions companies focused on Software Asset Management and IT Contract Management. Her natural ability to navigate diverse vendor relationships, identify trends before they were even a whisper on the web, recognize complex IT licensing scenarios, memorize terms and conditions down to the minutest of details and her unfaultable memory propelled her to become a recognized leader in her field.

For the past six years as the Director of Licensing and Software Asset Management for Long View Systems, one of the most powerful information technology services and solutions companies in North America Sarah has led the Software Asset Management Services team branded SYNCSource to develop award winning client solutions. SYNCSource is hyper focused on bringing real cost savings along with audit assurance to clients in the ever evolving Hybrid Cloud era.

“Sarah’s dedication and diligence in providing superior Software Asset Management solutions through SYNCSource to our customers is relentless in its commitment to the pursuit of accuracy and certainty.” Dave Fredrickson, SVP Sales

Each year, CRN honors 100 women whose channel expertise and vision are deserving of recognition.  As part of the 2017 Women of the Channel, CRN is highlighting 30 female executives at solution provider organizations whose insight and influence in their respective companies help drive channel success.

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“These extraordinary executives support every aspect of the channel ecosystem, from technical innovation to marketing to business development, working tirelessly to keep the channel moving into the future,” said Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company “They are creating and elevating channel partner programs, developing fresh go-to-market strategies, strengthening the channel’s network of partnerships and building creative new IT solutions, among many other contributions. We congratulate all the 2017 Women of the Channel on their stellar accomplishments and look forward to their future success.”

2017 is the third year in a row where Sarah has been recognized by CRN Magazine for her outstanding capabilities and leadership. An entrepreneur and techie at heart, Sarah continues to drive innovation around Software Asset Management for the entire IT channel as well as serve on the boards of emerging technology companies. What a future we could see, if we could just see the world through Sarah’s eyes.

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 combing 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 Email: geoff.hogue@lvs1.com

Photo Credit:

Roger Mahler

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Microsoft Chooses Long View as Finalist for Two Partner of the Year Awards

June 30, 2017
CALGARY, Alberta (June 30th, 2017) - From July 9-13, 2017 Microsoft Canada will host its annual IMPACT Awards in Washington, D.C. to celebrate innovation in technology recognizing the outstanding work their partners do to deliver virtually seamless solutions to customers. For 2017, Microsoft has chosen Long View as a finalist for two separate Partner of the Year awards:
  • Enterprise Cloud Partner of the Year Award - CANADA,
  • Hybrid Cloud and Infrastructure Platform GLOBAL Partner of the Year Award
The first, Enterprise Cloud Partner of the Year Award - CANADA, 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. The second, Hybrid Cloud and Infrastructure Platform GLOBAL Partner of the Year Award, recognizes a partner that has excelled in delivering value to enterprise customers through Microsoft's Azure and datacenter technologies. The leadership team at Long View would like to take this opportunity to thank Microsoft for being such a tremendous working partner over the years, as well as well-deserved thank you to the Long View people who make the potential for awards 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 combing 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 Email: geoff.hogue@lvs1.com
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HOW DIGITAL ASSET MANAGEMENT ENHANCES SHAREPOINT

June 15, 2017
One of the biggest trends over the last two years in technology has been a mass adoption of cloud-based solutions for business. In the cloud, customers consume tech solutions via monthly subscriptions and are able to blur hard lines between platforms by bringing multiple solutions together to solve business problems. What’s happening is that customers are able to create customized solutions that meet their specific needs without having to invest a lot in software development. SharePoint has been a key component of the transformation to the cloud for many businesses. A document management system for collaborative documents, SharePoint works well when file sizes are 2GB or less. In cases where files exceed that size, SharePoint has historically fallen short.   The solution is to integrate SharePoint with a digital asset management system that stores, organizes, assigns metadata, searches and allows rich media viewing of large files. Two illustrative examples come from situations in which a business needs to incorporate and use AutoCAD files quickly inside SharePoint in mining and retail. Mining One of the biggest challenges for many mining businesses is connecting field workers, who live and work in very remote locations, to the content they need. Microsoft SharePoint is a critical solution for many organizations because it allows access to Excel, Word, and PowerPoint for managing workflow with the creation and distribution of various forms and safety management materials. But where SharePoint functionality declines is with spatial data, exploration data, and maps the mines themselves, which are created, stored, viewed and edited with AutoCAD. SharePoint was not built to be compatible with AutoCAD and a collaborative experience is not possible. For example, if someone at the mine is injured, various people are often flown in to access the situation and make a plan for moving forward. Typically, there is a long drive between the airport and the actual mine site. SharePoint is a frontend that connects to other systems these people can access while they are in transit, such as the scheduling system for determining who was on shift. The next critical step here, however, is making not just SharePoint files available, but also AutoCAD files so that the experts can use down time travelling to assess equipment specs and other details of the incident stored in rich media formats. This is possible by connecting SharePoint to a digital asset management solution that is integrated with AutoCAD. With this connection, SharePoint and the digital asset management tool become the glue that holds the workflow together. Retail In retail organizations, the pain is around viewing store layouts and schematics for merchandising and planning while executives walk around brick-and-mortar outlets. SharePoint connects people while they are in their offices collaborating on various store design activities, but in the store, they need access to up-to-date rich media files that showcase facility drawings and store layouts. With a digital asset management tool, store planners can walk through the store, look at an iPad to see rich media schematics and start planning right there on site instead of having to take notes and begin the real work back in an office. Conclusion: SharePoint easily allows for the management of Excel, Word and PDF documents but needs an additional tool for a collaborative experience with rich media files. Integrating your SharePoint system with a digital asset management solution enables teams to store, view and share files, such as material and layout schematics or facility drawings.   If you’d like to listen to more about how digital asset management can enhance rich media access, viewing, sharing and organization, check out our webinar with MediaValet: Making the Most of SharePoint and How a DAM Can Help   About the Author: Sean Culbert is Long View’s Microsoft OneCloud Business Development Manager
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Protecting your Growing Business from Downtime

April 20, 2017

If you’re looking into the future of your company (and of course you are) you may envision it expanding by leaps and bounds. As your business advances, it’s essential to ensure you’re prepared for any unanticipated changes in your environment.

Sadly, many companies are finding themselves ill-prepared for the unexpected.  According to an IDG Research study nearly 40% of organizations rated their ability to recover operations in the event of a disaster as “fair to poor,” and while 50% had a formal disaster recovery plan in place, 36% said their plan only covers back-end infrastructure, leaving their desktops and remote offices vulnerable to attack.

Being prepared means avoiding inevitable costly downtime.  When your company isn’t running, it means your employees aren’t performing, your customers are waiting, and your bottom-line is suffering.  The average cost of downtime is $7,900/minute,* which means you can risk everything you’ve built up from one extended period of operational failure – and business interruptions do happen whether its human error, cyber-crime or a natural disaster - so it’s imperative your business is ready.

Ensure your business is safe and secure.

A reliable storage system gives you the confidence to run your business knowing your data is protected whether on premise or in the cloud. It’s adaptable to a changing workplace where employees are increasingly on the road using their mobile devices. Most of all, it gives you the peace of mind to know that your business won’t become a victim of the unexpected.

What storage solution is right for you?

Long View is a leading provider of cost-effective, flexible and performance based technological solutions.  Here are two key storage products we know every small and medium sized company can benefit from.

HPE MSA SAN

This best in class storage solution is perfect for the business looking for an entry level product with potential for growth.  If you’re running execution heavy applications, the HPE MSA SAN with built-in hybrid flash delivers fast enterprise-class performance with the flexibility for future scalability.  Find out more here.

HPE StoreVirtual 3200

If you want versatility and reliability, look no further.  This system supports continuous data growth and allows you to manage multiple platforms through a single screen. An easily adaptable solution to keep your applications running smoothly while keeping costs down, the HPE StoreVirtual 3200 eliminates the frustration of adding new hardware while providing business security and the ability to prepare for growth. Find out more here.

A little forethought can give you a huge advantage down the road, and the best way to do that is with a storage system that works for your business and anticipated growth.  Long View is here to help you prepare.  To learn more about these products reach out to us.

* The Nines Observer, "What is the True Cost of Downtime for SMBs?" March 12, 2014.

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Why It’s Time to Invest in a Server

April 20, 2017

Servers used to be a one size fits all entity – and that size exclusively catered to big business.  Smaller companies would either run files on an old, unreliable PC or worse, not back up at all.  Today, servers are catered to work within your business needs and budget - whether you have 3 employees or 3000.  They allow for growth while giving you the security you need in a constantly evolving technological landscape.

Unfortunately many companies still do not use servers which can be a costly mistake.  90% of businesses have experienced unexpected costly downtime,* yet 3 out of 4 organizations are at risk of failing to recover from a disaster or outage.**

Your business is your life line, so why leave it at risk?

Long View understands that undertaking the purchase of a server is a big decision for a growing business and we know there’s a lot of concern about where to start. 

We’ve listened. These are the challenges most small to medium sized businesses face when it comes to investing in a server:

We don’t have enough employees.

No matter what size your company is, a server is essential to help your employees collect and share data - even on the road. Fortunately, there are now options that work with your space restrictions, employee size, and budget.

Long View recommends: HP ProLiant MicroServer.  A sleek, wireless solution perfect for front office operations of less than 10 employees. This server easily coordinates day-to-day activities without needing an overloaded IT staff. Find out more here.

We don’t have enough room.

Traditionally, when envisioning a secure computer system we think of an entire room with racks of expensive servers - not a realistic goal for most small and medium size businesses.  Today, there are options that fit in any space with added scalability.

Long View recommends: HPE ProLiant Tower ML Servers. These standalone units are small in size yet big in performance.  This is a perfect starter solution for the business that’s looking for simplicity with room for growth. Find out more here.

Our dedicated server room is filling up.

Fear not.  A rack server caters to small business while providing enterprise - class performance all in a space saving rack size.

Long View recommends: HPE ProLiant DL Rack Servers.  These SMB rack servers gives you a cost-effective compact rack solution while promising high velocity performance and reliability. Find out more here.

We’re growing fast and have remote branch offices.

With the rise of the cloud along with remote offices, finding the right server is challenging. Your business can now depend on a solution formulated to anticipate growth while allowing you to easily expand and reduce the long term cost of ownership.

Long View recommends: HPE ProLiant Easy Connect. These servers are ideal for remote locations, providing you trusted security with competitive performance. Find out more here.

Having security and performance at your fingertips is a necessity for any growing business, and a solution from the HPE server family can help you achieve your goals. We’d like to help you get there.  Reach out to Long View to discuss these models in greater detail.

* Source:  Adweek

** Source: Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council survey

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How Technology has Simplified Business

April 20, 2017

The future of business is here and that means complacency is no longer an option.  Living in a “comfort zone” when it comes to running operations can mean falling behind the competition; today’s environment demands flexibility to change to constantly evolving technology.

Advancements - whether it be phones, online security, applications, cloud or big data - have made us faster, more informed and have empowered us to excel beyond what we thought possible. We work remotely across multiple platforms and devices with virtually no need for paper. Stay competitive in today's market by harnessing the power of enterprise level IT solutions, with the cost and functionality designed for small to medium sized businesses.

Is your company keeping up?

Long View found four technological elements that have the biggest influence in the business world:

Mobility

In a competitive landscape, it’s imperative to be connected and reach your customers anywhere, anytime, on their terms. Your employees need the assurance that any device they use will be compatible across multiple platforms. Thanks to the latest mobile technology, we can do just that:  67% of small and mid-size businesses now view mobile solutions and services as critical to their business.*

Security

The biggest crimes today are committed through that screen you’re looking at right now – your computer.  90% of Fortune 500 companies have been hacked at some point in time* and smaller entities are not immune to security breaches. Luckily with innovations like HPE’s server and storage solutions for small and mid-size businesses (you can check some of them out here), you can ensure your important information is safe out of the hands of cyber criminals.

The Cloud

Accessing files from anywhere is now the norm; you no longer have to “go dark” when travelling for business.  Information can be accessed and edited from anywhere, keeping your team organized and in sync.  It’s now an affordable trend that’s easy to get on board with too:  61% of midsize businesses and 37% of small businesses already subscribe to cloud based back up and disaster recovery.**

Big Data

Companies are capturing data on your customers all thanks to business analytics.  Intelligence available to you in-the-moment is crucial to running a business these days – your clients expect you to know what they want without asking and if you don’t have the information, you can bet your competitors do.

No matter how you slice it, businesses run seamlessly when implementing a solid performance plan. If your company isn’t utilizing the latest in technology, maybe it’s time to catch up to the competition.  Long View is here to help; reach out to us and we’ll get you up to speed.

* Source:  Adweek

**2014 U.S. Small & Medium Business ICT & Cloud Services Tracker Overview,” December 2013, AMI. SMBs consider these factors very important.

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