Long View achieves Platinum Club Member status with Canada’s Best Managed Companies program
March 8, 2018
Long View named to Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Managed Workplace Services, North America
February 21, 2018
For the first time the new heads of Microsoft, Cisco, and Hewlett-Packard Canada are coming together at #ActivateDigital2018
February 8, 2018
Long View names Brent Allison as new CEO
January 18, 2018
Long View’s Sarah Malcolm Morreau promoted to Vice President, Licensing and Software Asset Management
October 18, 2017
Long View’s Tasha Westerman promoted to Senior Vice President, People Services
October 18, 2017
Long View and ebb3 announce partnership to benefit oil and gas employees
September 19, 2017
Long View Honored as Winner of Microsoft’s Excellence in Operations – Silver Level Award
September 19, 2017
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.
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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