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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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Long View announces Monty Carter as Strategic Business Solutions Consultant

May 18, 2017

CALGARY, Alberta (May 17, 2017) —Long View (longviewsystems.com), one of North America’s most powerful providers of Hybrid IT solutions and services is pleased to announce that Monty Carter has joined the organization to provide insight and experience into the Strategic Business Solutions department.

Monty was most recently Senior Vice President at TELUS Communications Inc. He has extensive sales, leadership and operational experience with organizations like TELUS, Xerox, and IBM. He is a business leader with broad-based telecommunications, technology, and IT outsourcing experience in strategy and business development in national markets.

“We are very excited to welcome Monty to the team. He is a visionary leader with a passion for people and results who builds exceptional customer relationships and inspires people to achieve unprecedented results,” says Dave Frederickson, Executive Vice President of Sales at Long View.

Over the last 36 months, Long View has pivoted to build solutions underpinned by major partners such as Microsoft & Cisco but defined and differentiated by Long View. Bringing in an expert like Mr. Carter to help execute Long View’s strategy strengthens the organization in the Canadian and US markets and further positions Long View for continued long term success.

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:

Tracy Posadowski

Director, Marketing

Long View

Phone: 403.767.4398

E-mail: tracy.posadowski@lvs1.com

www.longviewsystems.com

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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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Digital Transformation with Sean Culbert

March 17, 2017

Mr. Sean Culbert is Long View’s Microsoft OneCloud Business Development Manager and was interviewed on Radio NL Local First 610 AM Kamloops, BC ahead of his talk at the 2016/17 Technology and Innovation Speaker Series. The series took place at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops (March 17th) where he presented on ‘Innovate or Risk becoming Obsolete’.

Listen to Mr. Sean Culbert's interview:

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Long View recognized for excellence in business performance as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies

March 13, 2017

CALGARY, Alberta (March 13, 2017) — For the fifth straight year, Long View (longviewsystems.com), one of North America’s most powerful providers of Hybrid IT solutions and services was honoured with the prestigious Canada’s Best Managed Companies designation. The 2017 Best Managed program recognizes the best-in-class of Canadian-owned and managed companies with revenues over $15 million demonstrating strategy, capability and commitment to achieve sustainable growth.

“We are thrilled to once again be awarded with Canada’s Best Managed Companies designation,” says Kevin Crowe, Executive Vice President of Strategy at Long View. “Our employees driving value and outcomes for our clients via our innovative solutions are key to our continued success. To receive this award for the fifth year in a row is a great honor and strong validation that our strategic direction is correct.  This is great recognition for the amazing people on our team and the world class partners we get to work with.”

Over the last 36 months, Long View has pivoted to build solutions underpinned by partners such as Microsoft, Cisco and Hewlett Packard Enterprise but defined and differentiated by Long View. Solutions such as OneCloud, which provides companies with hybrid cloud-based solutions, and Ultimate End User Experience that improves workplace productivity for employees while reducing organizational IT costs are all backed by an unsurpassed Long View managed service experience.

In 2016, Long View won Microsoft Canada’s Hybrid Cloud Innovation Impact Award in partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Cisco Canada’s Collaboration Partner of the Year award and was named a Major Player in Data Centre Operations and Management by IDC MarketScape. In February 2017, Long View announced its placement on Gartner’s Magic Quadrant as a Niche Player for Managed Workplace Services in North America.

“We couldn’t be more proud to be recognized as a best-in-class Canadian company alongside our other major accomplishments through 2016 and early 2017,” continues Crowe. “Our team is thrilled and we are excited to celebrate as a company.”

Established in 1993, Canada’s Best Managed Companies is one of the country’s leading business awards programs recognizing Canadian-owned and managed companies for innovative, world-class business practices. Winners are an important engine of economic growth for being adaptable and sustainable in a global market. Applicants are evaluated by an independent judging panel made up of judges from Deloitte, CIBC, Canadian Business, Smith School of Business and MacKay CEO Forums. Best Managed companies share commonalities that include an emphasis on culture and people, innovation, sustained performance and strong financial results.

2017 winners of the Canada’s Best Managed Companies award will be honoured at the annual Canada’s Best Managed Companies gala in Toronto on April 19, 2017. On the same date, the Best Managed symposium will address leading-edge business issues that are key to the success of today’s business leaders.

The Best Managed program is sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC, Canadian Business, Smith School of Business and MacKay CEO Forums.

About Canada’s Best Managed Companies

Canada's Best Managed Companies continues to be the mark of excellence for Canadian-owned and managed companies with revenues over $15 million. Every year since the launch of the program in 1993, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies have competed for this designation in a rigorous and independent process that evaluates their management skills and practices. The awards are granted on four levels: 1) Canada’s Best Managed Companies new winner (one of the new winners selected each year); 2) Canada’s Best Managed Companies winner (award recipients that have re-applied and successfully retained their Best Managed designation for two additional years, subject to annual operational and financial review); 3) Gold Standard winner (After three consecutive years of maintaining their Best Managed status, these winners have demonstrated their commitment to the program and successfully retained their award for 4-6 consecutive years); 4) Platinum Club member (Winners that have maintained their Best Managed status for seven years or more). Program sponsors are Deloitte, CIBC, Canadian Business, Smith School of Business and MacKay CEO Forums. For further information, visit www.bestmanagedcompanies.ca.

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:

Tracy Posadowski

Director, Marketing

Long View

Phone: 403.767.4398

E-mail: tracy.posadowski@lvs1.com

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Long View named to Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Managed Workplace Services, North America

February 14, 2017
CALGARY, Alberta and DENVER, Colorado (February 15, 2017) — For the fourth straight time, Long View (longviewsystems.com), one of North America’s most powerful providers of Hybrid IT solutions and services has been positioned as one of the “Niche Players” on Gartner’s January 2017 Magic Quadrant.   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 Executive Vice President of Operations, Phil Edgell. “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’s flexible and agile solutions have led the way in the shift from employees needing to work in one location to IT enabling employees to be productive in several locations, and at any time of day,” adds Robin Bell, Long View’s Chief Technology Officer. “We believe our position on the Magic Quadrant is once again something we are celebrating and feel it proves we are a visionary client partner when it comes to digital workplace capabilities, both on premise and in the cloud.”   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.   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, North America Long View Systems Phone: 778-840-1903 E-mail: geoff.hogue@lvs1.com   www.longviewsystems.com
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