Long View Awarded as Canada Architectural Excellence in Cloud and Data Center Partner of the year

November 19, 2019

Canada - November 19, 2019

Recently at Cisco’s annual partner conference in Las Vegas, Nevada Long View was honored with Architectural Excellence in Cloud and Data Center Partner of the Year its innovation, leadership and best practice as a Cisco business partner across Canada. Kent MacDonald, Senior Vice President, Strategic Alliances of Long View, accepted the award on behalf of the company which was recognized as one of Canada’s leading technology solutions providers and thought leaders.

“It is an honor to receive Cloud and Data Center Partner of the Year  award, which showcases Long View’s commitment to designing and delivering innovative solutions and services that span the Cisco portfolio,” said  Kent MacDonald, SVP Strategic Alliances, Long View. “By partnering with Cisco, Long View’s highly skilled team is empowered to solve customers’ complex challenges with solutions that are tailored to meet their specific needs. We look forward to continuing to deepen our relationship with Cisco as we develop new solutions and services that transform the market.

~ Kent MacDonald, Senior Vice President, Strategic Alliances, Long View
Lane Irvine & Kent MacDonald, Long View

Cisco Partner Summit Theatre awards reflect the top-performing partners within specific technology markets across Canada. All award recipients are selected by a group of Cisco Global Partner Organization and regional and theatre executives.

Cisco Partner Summit is attended by more than 2,100 global attendees from Cisco’s eco-system of partners representing more than 1,000 companies worldwide from more than 75 countries.

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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For further information: Geoff Hogue, Marketing Manager, Long View, Phone: 403.515.6900, E-mail:

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Introducing Microsoft 365 Business Voice

November 8, 2019

Calgary, Alberta - November 1, 2019 - Long View is proud to be a Microsoft Canada launch partner offering 365 Business Voice.

Today's businesses need communication and collaboration tools that are easy to use and designed to work together. That’s why Microsoft built 365 Business Voice, a cloud-based phone system for businesses with up to 300 users that provides you with the ability to make and receive calls from any phone number. It integrates with Office 365, and together they deliver an all-in-one communication and collaboration solution. Starting today, Business Voice is available as an add-on to Microsoft 365 and Office 365 plans1 in Canada and the UK, and will be available globally in 2020.

Business Voice works wherever you do - on computers, smartphones, and desk phones. It brings together calling, meetings, and messaging into a single application, Microsoft Teams. It’s a complete, secure phone system with enterprise-grade features and reliability.

Getting started with Business Voice is easy, with a “getting started” wizard to walk you through setting up new phone numbers within minutes.  If you already have Office 365, you can set up and manage Business Voice from the same administrative console as the rest of your Office 365 services. With all your communication and collaboration tools in one place, it is easier than ever to get work done.

How to get Microsoft 365 Business Voice

Microsoft 365 Business Voice is an add-on to Microsoft 365 and Office 365 plans that include Microsoft Teams. It includes a phone system, audio conferencing, and calling plan in one package. You can also choose to use your own calling plan from a third-party provider.

You can buy Business Voice through Long View, one of only a few Canadian partners offering this service.

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Long View Becomes BlackBerry Gold Partner

September 5, 2019

Calgary, Alberta September 2019 - Long View is committed to delivering the best IT solutions to support our customers.  Long View is proud announce we have achieved Gold Solutions Provider status with our strategic partner BlackBerry.

This tier recognizes skilled and committed partners for their knowledge and expertise in design and deployment capabilities and benefits from higher recognition and rewards.

With BlackBerry’s security at the core, our customers can be confident in their ability to manage and protect connected devices, end points and things.  One of BlackBerry’s key offerings that Long View is leading with, is BlackBerry’s partnership with Microsoft which integrates BlackBerry’s expertise in mobile security and collaboration with Microsoft’s cloud and productivity products.

For further information: Geoff Hogue, Marketing Manager, Long View, Phone: 403.515.6900, E-mail:

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Long View Recognized on CRN’s 2019 Solution Provider 500 List

June 18, 2019
Denver, Colorado June 18, 2019 – Long View announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Long View to its 2019 Solution Provider 500 list. This annual list ranks the largest North American IT channel partner organizations by revenue. The Solution Provider 500 is the industry standard for recognizing the highest performing technology integrators, strategic service providers and IT consultants. It is the industry's predominant channel partner list, serving as a valuable resource for technology vendors looking to partner with top solution providers. “Long View has embraced the disruption that is taking place from digital transformation and is committed to helping our clients through it.  This has allowed us to continue to grow” said Kevin Crowe, Executive Vice President, Strategy at Long View.  “We are so proud of our amazing team that continues to stay dedicated and focused on driving value for our clients and are honored to be recognized once again by CRN. “The companies on this year’s list represent an incredible combined revenue of $320 billion, a sum that attests to their success in staying ahead of rapidly changing market demands,” said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company. “Congratulations to the solution provider organizations leading the way in digital transformation and the latest technology services.” The complete 2019 Solution Provider 500 list is available online at and a sample from the list will be featured in the June issue of CRN Magazine. About The Channel Company The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequalled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace. Copyright ©2019. CRN is a registered trademark of The Channel Company, LLC.  All rights reserved.
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Long View recognized, once again, as Microsoft’s 2019 Country Partner of the Year for Canada

June 17, 2019
Calgary, Alberta June 17, 2019 — Long View today proudly announced it has won the 2019 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year Award for Canada for the second consecutive year – a first for any partner in Canada. The company was honored among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating their commitment to clients, market impact and exemplary use of Microsoft technologies. Each year 2,900 partner nominations from 115 countries are received by Microsoft to determine the winners. “We love where Microsoft is headed—all cloud, all mobile and globally secure with scale,” said Brent Allison, CEO of Long View. “We’ve built our key managed services offerings on the foundation of Microsoft technologies and roadmaps”.  He added “this is an enormous accomplishment and is a testament to our continued ability to execute on our strategy while creating “win-win-win” outcomes for our partners, our clients and our people.  Our deepest appreciation goes out to all of our Long View team members who have implemented Microsoft programs and to our talented technical teams who have sold, implemented and provided fantastic service to our clients.” Long View has been a Microsoft partner since 2004 and holds Gold level competency in most Microsoft technologies including Cloud Platform, Cloud Productivity, Collaboration and Content, Communications, Datacenter, Enterprise Mobility Management, Messaging, and Windows and Devices. The Microsoft Country Partner of the Year Awards honor partners at the country level that have demonstrated business excellence in delivering Microsoft solutions to multiple customers over the past year. This award recognizes Long View as succeeding in effective engagement with their local Microsoft offices across Canada while showcasing innovation and business impact, driving client satisfaction, and winning new customers. “We are honored to recognize Long View as our Microsoft Country Partner of the Year in Canada,” said Gavriella Schuster, Corporate Vice President, One Commercial Partner, Microsoft Corp. “Long View has distinguished itself as a top partner, exemplifying the remarkable expertise and innovation we see in our Microsoft partner community to deliver transformative solutions.” For further information: Geoff Hogue, Marketing Manager, Long View, Phone: 403.515.6900, E-mail:
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Making all the right moves. Long View wins Microsoft Canada Partner of the Year 2019!

June 10, 2019

Making all the right moves. Long View wins Microsoft Canada Partner of the Year 2019!

by Suzanne Gagliese on 7 June 2019 Vice President OCP, Microsoft Canada This time of the year is always exciting at Microsoft, as we get ready to gather in Vegas at Microsoft Inspire, to celebrate all of our amazing partner community achievements at Canada’s own IMPACT Awards celebration.   The best part of the award season for us is catching up on all the amazing stories of what partners do. And this year has been no different. We received over 2,900 nominations from across 115 countries for the global partner of the year awards. Finalists and winners were selected based on their commitment to customers, market impact, and exemplary use of Microsoft technologies.   Mind you, it’s no easy feat selecting winners! Every day, across Canada and the world, Microsoft partners make a dramatic impact on their customers’ businesses in transformative and vital ways.   Partners help shape their customer’s business strategy, providing the technical vision to enable them to transform and achieve their business goals and objectives. Our partners help customers to leverage Microsoft’s technology, including powerful platforms, like Dynamics 365, and emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence.   Some of our partners use Azure and Microsoft development technologies to become independent software vendors (ISVs). They build and market their own intellectual property, with great success, to empower our customers to transform!   In short, the partner opportunity has never been bigger, richer, or more exciting. And Microsoft is as committed as ever to empowering every partner to “reach for the stars” and realize the full potential of their business, just as Long View Systems has.   In the past 20 years, Long View has built an international reputation for innovation and its progressive business culture, emerging as one of North America’s biggest and best IT powerhouses. In the last year, Long View’s sales in Microsoft technology and services represented a staggering CAD $268 million. They earned Canada Partner of the Year 2018 and, now, officially Canada Partner of the Year 2019! Read more here   The Partner of the Year award is the top partner prize celebrated every year at Microsoft Inspire! Highly prestigious, the Country Partner of the Year award, recognizes the best technology powerhouses worldwide, as examples of excellence for every partner. So, what’s Long View doing that’s making such a difference? And what can other technology companies learn from them?   Read last year’s blog post about Long View: “Taking the Long View -The forward-thinking IT company and Canada Partner of the Year reflect on their 20-year journey to the top”   Why Long View? Last year, we explained how Long View’s success has everything to do with their approach to their employees. The company goes out of its way to invest in its 1,200 employees. In return, Long View’s employees dedicate themselves to wowing customers with clever solutions and flexible services. Long View’s leadership team implemented a strategy for their sales and pre-sales resources to adopt a new way of thinking “Challenger Sales Training” initiative which included a combined with M365 and Azure product training  to increase the value delivered to clients. They also embarked on a very aggressive “Project 148”, which trained over 193 technical consultants on Azure Technical content. At the same time, Long View made the bold decision to go all in with “TEAMS” to walk the walk and talk the talk. What follows are just some couple of examples of the many transformational solutions Long View has implemented this past year, empowering their customers to do more!!   Zero-to-cloud for private equity firm One of Canada’s largest midmarket private equity firms with billions in assets needed to make some technology magic happen. Recently divested from its parent company, the new company needed a technology solution for its 100+ employees. Faced with investing in costly on-premises infrastructure (and the employees to manage it all), the firm called on Long View for assistance. One of Canada’s largest middle-market private equity firm with over $3 billion of assets under management, was under extreme time pressure to fully deploy a modern productivity solution for their employees.  “In just three months, Long View implemented a flawless Modern Workplace solution including Microsoft 365 & Voice. They are fully deployed on Azure and are using Power BI for their executive dashboards.  This has allowed them to scale quickly, make verifiable decisions using critical field data to meet their aggressive growth expectations. In short, Long View provided a robust, secure, and compliant IT solution, in record time, with the Microsoft Cloud. “As a result of our work with Long View, we’ve managed to setup our entire collaboration and productivity suite in just three months – and it’s running flawlessly.” – IT Director, national private equity firm. Transforming an organic food leader One of North America’s largest certified organic breakfast and snack food companies operates three manufacturing facilities on the west coast of Canada and the US and have plans to open a fourth facility in Vancouver. However, like many fast-growing companies, this food company outgrew its legacy IT and the on-premises infrastructure running it. They called Long View, who, in just eight months, migrated the company to Office 365 and Power BI and moved their ERP, IFS, and manufacturing workloads to Azure. These modernization efforts helped their client dramatically reduce their energy use and avoid a million dollars in infrastructure costs—all while greatly improving the manufacturer’s business resiliency. “As we’ve grown, Long View kept us future-focused by moving our IT infrastructure to the cloud, reducing our energy consumption by 27% and increasing our productivity by 20%.” – CFO, organic food company. Where-to-vote in the Province A Canadian province needed a new application to ensure its constituents could find the closest and most convenient polling location for the upcoming elections. They wanted to ensure maximum voter turnout by providing constituents with instant access at all voting station locations. They also needed greater resiliency and a pay-as-you-go solution, as they only required a solution for four months every few years. Long View developed a “Where to vote” application service, delivering high-availability access to the cloud and lightning fast response times. 99% of requests where served in less than 100ms and over half a million people hit the app in the last few hours before the polls closed. Thanks to Long View and Microsoft, the polling locator application remained 100% available leading up to and including the provincial election. Taking the “Long View” Long View’s unrivaled business performance, track record of innovation, and consistent commitment to delivering client value—all without compromising their corporate vision or values—makes them an example for partners in Canada and worldwide. I encourage every partner to get to know—and to get inspired by—Long View’s story. “We love where Microsoft is headed—all cloud, all mobile and globally secure with scale. We’ve built our five managed services offers on the foundation of Microsoft technologies and roadmaps” – Brent Allison, CEO, Long View On behalf of everyone at Microsoft, our sincere congratulations to Long View for its many successes. We can’t wait to see what this two-year Country Partner of the Year accomplishes next! Team Long View accepting the 2018 Country Partner of the Year Award. Sean Culbert, Sarah Morreau, Brent Allison and Rod Morreau.
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Long View positioned on Gartner’s 2019 Magic Quadrant as a Niche Player

April 29, 2019
CALGARY, Alberta and DENVER, Colorado (April 29, 2019) — Long View is honored to once again be positioned on Gartner’s Magic Quadrant as a Niche Player. Evaluated in the Managed Workplace Services report, Gartner positioned Long View based on the company’s execution and strategic vision for the future of Managed Workplace Services. We’re very proud to once again be positioned on Gartner’s Magic Quadrant, along with 20 outstanding North American Managed Workplace Services providers,” says Long View’s VP of Client Experience Keith Howe. “To be included amidst the significant changes that have taken place in the end-user outsourcing market we feel demonstrates our strategic vision, execution, and innovation in this space. When the offering is paired with our core One Cloud offering we are truly differentiated in the market.” Long View supports over 97,000 users (both service desk and workplace devices) with 730,800 contacts handled, manages over 78,000 desktops/laptops and supports over 68,000 smartphones and tablets with four (4) dedicated service desk centers and 114 agents. Long View’s End User Experience offerings include service desk, desk side support, mobility, collaboration, productivity tools and assessments, with an ultimate goal of ensuring end-user experiences are positive and seamless. Long View’s hybrid cloud solution rounds out this offering through providing a combination of cloud types across multiple platforms to further enhance employee flexibility and productivity. Inclusion in the Magic Quadrant is based on ability to execute and completeness of vision. Evaluation criteria for the ability to execute in this Magic Quadrant include: Overall viability, sales execution/pricing, customer experience, operations, products and services, market responsiveness and marketing execution. Gartner’s detailed analysis of key trends, providers, and offerings helps sourcing executives choose the right provider in a crowded and critical market. ABOUT THE MAGIC QUADRANT: Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product, or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
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Celebrating 20 Years: An interview with Long View CEO, Brent Allison

January 24, 2019
Long View Systems has received numerous awards and accolades over the past year, including Microsoft’s Canadian Partner of the Year, Citrix’s Canadian Partner of the Year, and NetApp’s Growth Partner of the Year and after seven years running are a platinum member of Canada’s Best Managed companies. It is the market leader in each of its core practice areas thanks to a wide range of public and private sector clients representing every major vertical across Canada and the United States. As we begin the New Year, what will 2019 look like for a company celebrating its 20th anniversary with a leadership team and workforce laser-focused on building deep, long-term relationships with clients and partners and determined to lead the way in digital transformation? When we think of great companies that thrive for decades, you’ll often find that an organization’s culture and guiding principles for how it interacts with customers are key components to success. Long View is very proud of its unique culture and has a leader at the helm that brings a wealth of knowledge to the table and understands “both the challenges and opportunities that digital transformation offers” for clients. To gain deeper insight into Long View’s successes, their culture, and what’s top of mind, I connected with Long View’s CEO, Brent Allison. Brian Clendenin: Brent, you’ve been the CEO at Long View for almost a year now … was joining Long View the right move for you and what surprised you the most? Brent Allison: “Indeed Brian, I’m even more excited about being at Long View after my first year than the day I joined – and I was pumped up when I joined. No question the best surprise has been the culture and the joy of our 1150 Long Viewers’. I knew it was good, but I was undersold on our people – they are authentic, super talented and they have embraced our company’s mission – they are all in. I’m certain this deep bond stems from the intent of our chair and founder Don Bialik. Twenty years ago Don set out to build a 100-year-old company with the best of intentions – built first to foster healthy lives and prosperous careers for our team, our clients and our partners. It is definitely a special place.” Brian Clendenin: Since joining, what have you seen in the market and what changes have you observed in your customer’s thinking about their business? Brent Allison: “The coolest part of being at Long View is that we have a unique vantage point across our six North American branches and across many verticals – a vantage point we like to share. And there are common themes and some major differences emerging across our growing customer base. Most noticeably, we’ve been in high demand from large mid-market customers who are experiencing more and more complexity as information technology moves to operational technology and into the c-suite. These large mid-market customers are likely under the radar for the large system integrators and they continue to tell us that they want strategic and less transactional partnerships. Technology transformation and roadmaps are difficult and complex – it is often tough to get the basics right and ROI moving in the right direction. These customers are demanding partners who can help them assess and fix the foundations of their information technology operations so they can shake loose some time and dollars to allow them to deliver on transformation. It has become clear to me that this complexity – both real and perceived, is an obstacle to be overcome if we are to help businesses realize the full digital promise. Sadly, it is a bit better in the US, where many of our customers are seeking out the latest and greatest solution and want to be first to implement a proof of concept or new idea. So we also see it as our job to import use cases and knowledge from the US while helping encourage our Canadian customers be a little more aggressive. As you know, the situation in North America is complicated further by the fact that there is a significant industry talent gap or shortfall. As we speak, Long View has close to 120 open positions. Going forward our industry will need to build talent from within and ensure we partner with each other where it makes sense. The good news is that Long View and our strategic partners are super well positioned to play an even more important role for years to come. We are working together with our partners to build talent and ensure the brightest and best choose IT careers and of course Long View.” Brian: It’s your 20th anniversary … what can we look forward from Long View for the next 20 years? Brent: “To start, our mission won’t change and we aren’t for sale – it’s a 100-year journey with a goal to deliver on client outcomes, provide healthy lives and prosperous careers for our team members and have a positive impact on the communities we serve. We have a goal to become the most loved technology services company in North America and we are well on our way. In order to make this a reality, we will continue to concentrate on what makes us different – our flexibility and our agility. As our founder, Don likes to say, it always has to be win-win-win, with our customers, our partners and our people. If it is not striking the right balance, Long View isn’t stuck to an old contract. This resonates with our customers and our partners who often come to us first for many new ideas and launches. This all does not work unless we have great people and strong North American footprint. The good news is Long View will continue to hire carefully, locally and for the long term. We have well-established processes that ensures that Long View hires only those with integrity and competence, who care deeply about customer value – but who also want to have fun. As a result, our branches in Vancouver, Victoria, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, Denver & Houston are growing concerns with some of the best and brightest local talent each market offers. If you apply a ‘Sunday dinner test’ which is simply to ask if I would invite any of these folks home for dinner – and the answer was a resounding yes. They are interesting, fun and purpose driven. Our customers and partners agree. As we scale and grow to a $1B company, we believe that we can still keep the spirit of this flexible & agile customer centric culture. As they say, culture eats strategy for lunch!” Brian: You say your partnerships with Cisco and Microsoft are complimentary – what do you mean by that? Brent: “Our partnerships with Microsoft and Cisco are key to us and almost everything we do can be traced back to either or both of these companies – and we have been partners of some form since day one. Generally speaking, when we say complementary, we are referring to the fact that our ultimate end user experience, managed cloud, applications and procurement/licensing practices are composed of complementary elements from both Cisco and Microsoft. So, for example, our OneCloud offering is Microsoft Azure focused and our End User Experience offerings are heavily reliant on Microsoft technologies, but without deep understanding and implementation of the right Cisco network infrastructure the solution won’t scale and perform. Here’s another way to look at it – if you are a retail business or a bank with a physical and an online presence you need a partner that provides the platform like Azure to build the applications that run your business and this is what Microsoft does. But you also need a partner that connects it all in a reliable, secure and scalable way and this is what Cisco provides and how they clearly compliment Microsoft in shaping the value added solutions Long View creates for our clients. Microsoft and Cisco will be front and centre with keynote addresses at our upcoming Activate Digital conference February 28th in Toronto.” Brian: Let’s talk a little more about your partnership with Microsoft; this past year Long View was recognized as Microsoft’s Partner of the Year. What does this award mean for your team members and customers? Brent: “This accomplishment was first and foremost a result of our clients putting their trust in Long View along with our strong partnership with Microsoft. The joint efforts between our teams – our digital architects, our licensing specialists and account managers all came together to add value. With digital transformation being front and centre with our clients, we believe Microsoft’s digital roadmap is a winner; we are 100% aligned with our offerings and their cloud strategy from on premise to hybrid to Azure hyper scale. Our consulting DNA is steeped in the Microsoft ecosystem and has been for years. In fact, Long View has made a very significant financial investment in Microsoft – we are committed to and will grow with Microsoft for years to come.” Brian: Security is on everyone’s mind these days, how is Long View addressing security for its clients? Brent: “In the era of targeted cyber-attacks, it’s unfortunately no longer a question of if but when your company has been breached – perhaps the better question to ask may be … is your company aware of a breach when it does happen and are you capable of detecting and responding to known and future threats? The largest risk to your businesses security is through employee email, connected devices and in most cases; this means smart phones, laptops, and workstations. Managing employee needs while protecting your business can be a daily battle. On average, it takes businesses 100 to 120 days to detect and respond to these vulnerabilities. The best situation is one where your business and employees remain productive while not having to worry about security threats. We partnered and co-developed with Microsoft to create CyberTrust – our email, endpoint, identity/access and security solution that provides 100% protection against known threats. This is technology which is continually informed by over a billion sources of data – combining the best of machine learning and security research to stop threats. Your employees can focus on work while CyberTrust protects them in the background – wherever they go. To further build on the CyberTrust solution – we have launched our new CyberWatch Managed Security Service. This offering provides remote monitoring detection and response on a 24x7x365 fully or semi-automatic service to remotely  monitor,  detect, respond  and neutralize cyber threats, enhanced by our NERC CIP aligned Security Operations Center (SOC). It is built on a next generation security intelligence and analytics platform powered by LogRhythm. The main objective of our innovative CyberWatch service is to deliver the right information, at the right time, with the appropriate context, to minimize the amount of time it takes to detect and respond to damaging cyber threats.” Brian: As a high growth company in many North American locations what focus is put on customer experience? Brent: “As I said at the outset, we’re on a journey to become a 100 company and that requires a laser focus on customer experience. This is so important to me that one of the few but significant changes I made to the senior leadership team was to appoint Long View’s first Vice President of Customer Experience. The mandate includes a relentless drive for top notch service quality in everything we deliver for our clients, managing our all-important Net Promoter Score (NPS), Gartner’s Peer Reviews and a number of internal campaigns such as our “All Green All the Time” initiative. This one in particular is designed to promote 100% execution on any number of fronts including our GSD (Global Service Desk), our Managed IT Services (MITS) dashboard and our AI automation projects. In times of big change it is very easy to get distracted on quality and delivery. At Long View we have our eye on this ball.” Brian: What distinguishes Long View when it comes to launching new product offerings in the marketplace? Brent: “First and foremost, our ideation process and discipline to develop ongoing and innovative solutions is part of our DNA. We have developed a methodology and framework for continued innovation inside our organization to build the mindset that we must always add value for our clients every day. We use a number of tools to facilitate “idea storming” and create an environment for our team and partners to collaborate and create value filled products and services for our clients. The real test, of course, is when the offering goes to market. An ideal example would be our new Cloud Voice Collaboration service offering. In this case, our innovation framework and research confirmed that the marketplace was asking for simplified management for modern collaboration services and a better overall end user experience. Businesses today are looking for a simple, cost effective, scalable and intelligent communications experience for chats, calls and meetings – regardless of the device. To add to that, legacy systems are costly to maintain, support and replace. Our new cloud based solution can scale quickly and easily to meet the needs of today’s business – and the built in utility model is ideal for managing costs and expanding while providing a consolidated offering including phone system, calling plans, audio conferencing to enable a better modern collaboration experience.” Brian: Looking out on the technology horizon, what do you see coming next that businesses need to address? Brent: “One of the responsibilities we have at Long View is to invest in the future for our clients, staff and partners. One such investment is our CTO Office established way back in 2006. Its role is to research and keep tabs on all current and future technologies which will impact our clients and ensure we have line of sight and the runway to adjust strategy and create meaningful and strong value loaded offerings. I think we are seeing one of the biggest technology shifts since the Internet. It is vitally important we adapt our strategy to these changing times and we are. Today there are a handful of key disruptors in our industry which are impacting our clients in some shape of form – artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, IoT, mixed reality and others are here to stay and it’s our role to understand and simplify the impact and competitive advantages they offer. I would also add we are disrupting ourselves with these new technologies. In 2018 we focused on embracing automation and AI to help us become more effective and efficient internally – our centralized services business unit rolled out an automation initiative as part of our own digital transformation. We also made investments in AI, in our applications practice focused on IoT, data analytics, and Cloud Voice Collaboration. These are key areas for the future and we are ensuring that new offerings continue to emerge to stay relevant.” Brian: Today, all organizations are thinking about digital transformation, how can Long View help organizations with their digital transformation journey? Brent: “Reducing complexity and improving the value of IT investments will be our goal. In order to do this we proactively build all of our managed services and offers so they are secure by design and as such will reduce risk and reduce costs for our clients so they can reinvest in their own industries transformation of their operational technology.” Brian: Tell me more about your upcoming Activate Digital Conference on February 28th in Toronto? Brent: “Long View looks forward to playing our role and bringing our partners and customers together at Activate Digital 2019. We hope to make Canada as productive as we can for many years to come. While last year’s conference, which brought together for the very first time in one place the then new leadership from Microsoft, Cisco, and HPE created awareness, this year Activate Digital 2019 will take “digital transformation” in Canada to a whole new level of insight and understanding – and ultimately showcase it in real time. It is the ultimate opportunity for you to collaborate, communicate and cooperatively work together towards achieving your digital objectives, and I am pleased to extend this invitation to you to join us in Mississauga on Feb. 28.” By Brian Clendenin @itworldca Published: January 24th, 2019
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Long View Partners with YYC Calgary International Airport to Create Top-Tier, Stress-Free Customer Experience

November 15, 2018
Local organizations are working together to make Calgary a destination of choice through innovative and creative solutions. Summary: ●             Calgary strong: Long View Systems and the Calgary Airport Authority partner to transform airport experience for all stakeholders. ●             Long View will consolidate service providers to provide Tier 1 IT support and management across the airport.   Calgary, Alberta  – November  15, 2018 - Calgary-based Long View Systems is excited to announce it is partnering with the Calgary Airport Authority to lead the digital component of YYC’s IT transformation. The announcement is the latest in a growing focus on the growth and sustainability of Canadian airports, heralded by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s air transit resolutions passed in late September. “We are thrilled to be the primary Tier 1, on-site IT services provider for the Calgary International Airport,” said Lisa Eyamie, General Manager Calgary, Long View. “Partnerships and relationships such as this are core to what we pride ourselves on at Long View. A local company bolstered by a global, enterprise-like client experience”. The multi-year agreement will see Long View consolidating support services to provide faster response times and a consistent, seamless customer experience throughout the airport. “The Calgary Airport is going through a transformation where the customer experience - the frictionless, seamless, stress-free journey through the airport — is being realized,” said Mike Maxwell, CIO of the Calgary Airport Authority. “Part of that is ensuring that the thousands of pieces of technical infrastructure and devices that facilitate the journey every day are maintained at the highest possible level.” Long View will also support upgrades to the domestic terminal along with a sleek visual refresh. Long View and the Calgary Airport Authority have been strategic partners since 2011, with Long View providing IT project support, IT procurement and staff augmentation for IT support (a notable project was the International Terminal Building). This new agreement represents a new strategic alignment, under the North Star directive where the focus is on creating effortless and memorable customer experiences. It also coincides with a new set of resolutions passed by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce aimed at supporting the growth and sustainability of Canadian airports, suggesting the North Star plan will find fertile soil for growth. ABOUT LONG VIEW  Long View is an IT services provider headquartered in Calgary with offices in Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria, Toronto, Denver & Houston. The company is guided by the values of integrity, competence, value and fun, Long View was founded with the mission to become a 100-year company. Long View’s client-centered approach, focus on value-added service and depth of expertise, has led to a broad portfolio of loyal clients across the private and public sectors. In 2018, Long View was named Microsoft Partner of the Year for Canada. In addition, Long View achieved Platinum Club Member status as a Best Managed Company in Canada by retaining its program status for 7 consecutive years. For more information about Long View, please visit ABOUT THE CALGARY AIRPORT AUTHORITY The Calgary Airport Authority is a not-for-profit organization incorporated under the Regional Airports Authorities Act of Alberta. The Calgary Airport Authority is responsible for the management, operation and development of YYC Calgary International Airport and Springbank Airport (YBW). YYC is an important economic engine for the city, region and province, which will welcome more than 17 million passengers in 2018, supporting more than 50,000 jobs and generating billions of GDP per annum in economic activity. For more information about the Calgary Airport Authority, please visit  
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Long View Named NetApp Canada Growth Partner of the Year at Second Annual Channel Connect Conference

July 12, 2018
Scottsdale, AZ – June 28, 2018 — Long View has been named NetApp Canada Growth Partner of the Year for its overall FY18 revenue, year over year growth, key account wins and participation in regional partnership activities. "The Channel Partners recognized today have gone above and beyond to support our joint customers in digital transformation,” said Jeff McCullough, vice president, Channel Sales, NetApp. “It’s my honor to congratulate Long View on being named Canada Growth Partner of the Year winner. NetApp looks forward to continuing to work with you to support our joint customers in their digital transformation.” “We are truly honored to be recognized as Growth Partner of the Year in Canada and look forward to continued success!” said Kent MacDonald, Senior VP Business Development, Long View. The 2018 Americas Partner Awards were announced on stage at NetApp’s inaugural Channel Connect Conference (C3) where strategic partner executives from across the Americas region gathered to hear about NetApp’s strategic vision and engage with NetApp executives.
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