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Long View recognized by Citrix as Canada’s 2013 “Partner of the Year”

January 29, 2014
CALGARY (January 28, 2014) — Long View, a Citrix Solution Advisor, was named by Citrix as the 2013 Canadian Citrix Partner of the Year.  This honour was presented during an awards ceremony held on Tuesday, January 14 at Citrix Summit 2014 in Orlando, Florida. The Canadian Partner of the Year award recognizes Long View for their exceptional expertise, highest total revenue generated and year over year growth in products sales for Citrix in Canada. “At Long View, we’re constantly looking for the most innovative solutions – solutions that add value to our customers, and their customers,” said Rachel Evans, General Manger of Business Development, at Long View.  “Working with Citrix on virtualization, networking and cloud computing has allowed us to build and simplify in important areas, while ensuring Citrix customers can continue to “work better”. It’s an exciting alliance – one that we’re proud to be a part of. Delivering agile, flexible and innovative IT solutions, Long View has become a valued Citrix Solutions Advisor for Citrix in Canada. From consulting, architecture and project delivery to strategic project management, cloud and procurement services, Long View ensures it meets the high standard of excellence they have already established with their customers. “Citrix has named Long View Partner of the Year because they have demonstrated a high level of expertise and commitment to Citrix technologies, making them an integral part of the Citrix team”, said Michael Murphy, Vice President and Country Manager for Citrix Canada.  “As mobility and collaboration solutions continue to become a top priority for CIOs and IT Managers in Canada, we are excited about working with Long View in growing our business and addressing these market needs.” The Citrix Solution Advisor partnership offers channel partners a wide range of marketing, sales and technology tools to build partners’ technical and sales expertise, win a larger share of the market and surpass the competition. As a Solution Advisor, partners work side-by-side with customers to plan, design, implement and maintain Citrix mobility, desktop virtualization, cloud networking, cloud platforms, collaboration and data sharing solutions. Membership in the program is the best way for partners to help customers gain the simplicity and flexibility of mobile workstyles and cloud computing. ABOUT LONG VIEW: Long View is one of North America’s most powerful providers of IT consulting, outsourcing solutions, and cloud services, with offices across the continent. By maintaining a clear focus on combining business and technology in key areas such as cloud, datacenter infrastructure, user support, and IT outsourcing, Long View is able to define and customize what the future of IT looks like. Innovative, flexible, cost-effective, and business focused . . . that’s Long View. For more information: Tannis Ebbels Director of Marketing and Communications Long View Phone: 403.387.3489 E-mail: tannis.ebbels@lvs1.com www.longviewsystems.com
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Long View’s versatility, expertise reaffirmed with Microsoft Licensing Solution Provider (LSP) status

January 9, 2014
CALGARY and DENVER (January 9, 2014) — Long View’s latest Microsoft Licensing coup has reaffirmed a strong historical partnership . . . and it also hints at a very bright future. On Dec. 18, Microsoft announced that Long View (longviewsystems.com), one of North America’s foremost providers in IT consulting, outsourcing solutions, and cloud services, has again been selected as a Microsoft Licensing Solution Provider (LSP) moving forward — an achievement that will continue to position Long View as a trusted partner of the international software giant. The announcement is also extremely significant for the future, says Long View’s Chief Executive Officer Gord Mawhinney, in the transformational age of cloud. “Being a Microsoft Licensing Solutions Provider is an important element of our ability to reduce complexity, while also ensuring greater alignment around successful adoption and integration of Microsoft technology in their environments,” says Mawhinney. “Long View is one of the few organizations that is a Systems Integrator, an LSP, and a Surface authorized provider,” he adds. “As more organizations look to take advantage of Microsoft’s investment in services and devices, we have a unique ability — specifically, providing expertise across all areas.” Long View’s historical relationship with Microsoft demonstrates its profile as a true industry leader in managing its clients’ software compliance, assets, needs, and more. Long View has enjoyed Microsoft Licensing Solution Provider (LSP) status — formerly known as Large Account Reseller (LAR) status — for several years, and has been a multitime winner of a Microsoft LAR Partner of the Year award. And in October 2012, Long View was chosen from a North America-wide field of top Microsoft partners in winning the 2012 Microsoft Licensing Platinum Level Operational Excellence Award — not the first time Long View was recognized by Microsoft for operational excellence. Microsoft’s move to Office 365 and Azure represents the beginning of a long-term service delivery shift. Long View shares a vision of this future by understanding the opportunities that will be available to its clients, says Bill Evelyn, Long View’s Microsoft Practice Director. “With the advent of new devices, cloud services, and business models, we’ll be in step with Microsoft,” says Evelyn, “innovating together for our clients on the ways that technology can inspire and transform business.”  ABOUT LONG VIEW: Long View is one of North America’s most powerful providers of IT consulting, outsourcing solutions, and cloud services, with offices across the continent. By maintaining a clear focus on combining business and technology in key areas such as cloud, datacenter infrastructure, user support, and IT outsourcing, Long View is able to define and customize what the future of IT looks like. Innovative, flexible, cost-effective, and business focused . . . that’s Long View. For more information: Tannis Ebbels Director of Marketing and Communications Long View Phone: 403.387.3489 E-mail: tannis.ebbels@lvs1.com www.longviewsystems.com
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Dream bigger, believe longer and live with passion

November 11, 2013
Long View Saddened to Announce Sudden Passing of Dan Sottile. We are deeply saddened to announce that Dan Sottile, Chief Marketing Officer at Long View, passed away suddenly on Nov 6th. A passionate and visionary leader, a mentor to many, and a friend to all, Dan will be missed immensely by the entire Long View family, as well as our many trusted business partners. Dan inspired us as only a true leader can; without him, Long View simply wouldn't be the company it is today. Dan joined Long View in 2000, when the company was less than 10 employees. Over the past 13 years, Dan was a pillar of Long View's dream - passionately leading its success and rapid growth, and playing a central role in Long View's rise to prominence within the North American IT industry. Dan's reach extended far beyond the walls of Long View; he was a hugely energetic and charismatic force, and he made a tremendous impact on the lives of countless people within the IT community. Thank you for your support, and your understanding, as our Long View family grieves. We have all lost a very special friend and tremendously influential work colleague, and we will miss his presence and his heart greatly.  We will continue to build on his legacy. Dream bigger, believe longer and live with passion.   Don Bialik Founder and Chairman
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Long View Positioned in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for End-User Outsourcing Services, North America

October 1, 2013

CALGARY and DENVER (October 1, 2013) — Long View’s remarkable journey has now entered territory where few IT companies ever tread . . . the Magic Quadrant.

Founded in 1999, Long View (longviewsystems.com) is one of North America’s most powerful providers of IT consulting, outsourcing solutions, cloud services, and customer-service dedication. Long View has been positioned in the latest North American edition of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant — achieving recognition in the area of End-User Outsourcing Services.

Long View is one of only 19 service providers from across the continent positioned on the 2013 Gartner Inc. “Magic Quadrant for End-User Outsourcing Service, North America”1 report.

Long View’s service desk team consists of 250 staff supporting more than 50 service-desk clients. “We have seen substantial growth in our End User Outsourcing offerings — service desk, deskside support, ITIL, and ITSM Assessments, to name just a few,” says Robin Bell, Long View’s Chief Technology Officer. “A true ground-up approach of building a service desk grew out of our Managed IT Services Network Operations Centre.”

“We believe our hard work at Long View has paid incredible dividends with Gartner’s Magic Quadrant recognition,” says Phil Edgell, Long View’s Vice President of Service Delivery. “This is an extremely rigorous process that includes an extensive analysis of our execution and vision, as well as reference interviews with our clients.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be able to demonstrate to the industry our commitment to provide excellent outsourcing,” adds Edgell.

The Gartner report reads: “A changing workforce model, which is more mobile and more virtual than ever before, will continue to challenge traditional working models and IT services delivery approaches. The net impact will be greater demands on service desk functions and continued growth in mobile device support.

“Many of the providers included in this year’s Magic Quadrant have broad coverage, experience and knowledge, while some concentrate on specific vertical markets,” continues the report. “This has led to market options that can provide the best fit of methodologies, processes and services for the buyer’s needs.”

Based in Stamford, Conn., Gartner is the world’s leading IT research and advisory company. Its opinion carries considerable clout in the boardroom, where its research targets Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and senior IT leaders in business and government.

Tweet this: @LongViewSystems places on @Gartner_Inc’s Magic Quadrant for End-User Outsourcing Service, North America

After scrutinizing the North American end-user outsourcing service market, Gartner analysts choose a select group of IT providers for inclusion in the Magic Quadrant, basing their decision on execution and strategic vision for the future of these services. Evaluation criteria include: overall viability; market responsiveness, record, and execution; customer experience; market understanding; marketing, sales, offering, and industry strategies; innovation; and business model.

Gartner’s detailed analysis of key trends, providers, and offerings helps its customers’ sourcing executives choose the right provider in a crowded and critical market. Every week, hundreds of senior IT leaders in North America seek guidance from Gartner in choosing a suitable solution partner for their company, and Long View is proud to be on such a key Gartner pick list.

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. 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 North America’s most powerful providers of IT consulting, outsourcing solutions, and cloud services, with offices across the continent. By maintaining a clear focus on combining business and technology in key areas such as cloud, datacenter infrastructure, user support, and IT outsourcing, Long View is able to define and customize what the future of IT looks like. Innovative, flexible, cost-effective, and business focused . . . that’s Long View.

For more information:

Tannis Ebbels Director of Marketing and Communications Long View

Phone: 403.387.3489 E-mail: tannis.ebbels@lvs1.com www.longviewsystems.com

1 Gartner Inc., “Magic Quadrant for End-User Outsourcing Services, North America” by David Ackerman, William Maurer, Bryan Britz, Sept 26, 2013

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Long View, Embrane form partnership to deliver application-centric networking solutions in Canada

September 23, 2013
CALGARY, Alta., DENVER, Colo., and SANTA CLARA, Calif. (September 23, 2013) — Embrane, the leader in delivering application-centric network services, today announced a strategic channel partnership with Long View, one of North America’s foremost providers in IT consulting, outsourcing solutions, and cloud services. After using the Santa Clara, Calif.-based Embrane’s products as part of its public cloud offering, Long View (www.longviewsystems.com) recognized the value Embrane solutions offer enterprises building agile data centers and/or leveraging public, private and hybrid cloud environments. This newly formed partnership will allow Long View to use Embrane solutions to deliver agility, operational simplicity, and savings to Canadian enterprises looking to automate the delivery of network services. “Long View continually strives to stay ahead of the technology curve and find innovative solutions that add the most value possible for our customers,” said Craig Cook, Long View’s chief architect of cloud services. “We rigorously assess and test any new product we make available to our customers to ensure it meets the high standard of excellence we have already established with those customers. “The Embrane platform provides clear benefits to our customers looking for agile network services for their data centers,” added Cook, “and we look forward to a long and productive relationship with them.” Tweet This: .@LongViewSystems and @Embrane form strategic #channel partnership to deliver app-centric networking in Canada bit.ly/19lgci1 #SDN #SDDC Under terms of the partnership agreement, Long View will work closely with Embrane to deliver joint solutions based on Embrane’s application-centric networking products in Canada. The addition of Embrane to its product portfolio allows Long View the ability to offer dedicated network services such as firewalls, VPNs and load balancers to enterprises on a per-application basis for greater security, and faster time to market for applications. “There’s no greater validation of our application-centric networking solutions than when a customer uses it, sees the benefit, and agrees to resell it to their customers,” said Susheel Chitre, vice president of business development and strategic alliances at Embrane. “Long View is one of the industry’s premier IT consulting and networking solution providers, and we are proud to partner with them to bring our solutions to market in Canada.” As a result of this partnership, Embrane joins Long View’s elite ecosystem of partners, vendors, and service providers, which includes Cisco, Citrix, EMC, HP, NetApp, Riverbed, and VMware, among others. ABOUT LONG VIEW: Long View is one of North America’s most powerful providers of IT consulting, outsourcing solutions, and cloud services, with offices across the continent. By maintaining a clear focus on combining business and technology in key areas such as cloud, datacenter infrastructure, user support, and IT outsourcing, Long View is able to define and customize what the future of IT looks like. Innovative, flexible, cost- effective, and business focused... that’s Long View. ABOUT EMBRANE: Embrane is the leading provider of application-centric network services, including firewalls, VPNs, load balancers and SSL offload engines. The company’s solutions enable customers to create these network services on a per-application basis in seconds. The result is greater security, and faster time to market for applications. These solutions are purpose-built for enterprises and service providers looking to design data centers where agility and automation are priorities, including private/hybrid/public cloud environments. For more information: Tannis Ebbels Director of Marketing and Communications Long View Phone: 403.387.3489 E-mail: tannis.ebbels@lvs1.com www.longviewsystems.com Brittany Cusick Lois Paul and Partners for Embrane Phone: 617.986.5833 E-mail: embrane@lpp.com www.embrane.com
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IT Firm Gives Customers Long View of Cloud

September 18, 2013
From IT World Canada Not every business is at the same place in its journey to cloud, and IT consultancy Long View Systems is helping customers at every step along their trek, with an eye on agility and future- proofing. With a history of more than 13 years serving the Calgary oil and gas market, but now with SMB to enterprise clients across a broad range of industries and geographies, Long View has become one of North America’s foremost providers of IT consulting, outsourcing solutions, and cloud services. Businesses come to Long View for the recognized expertise of its more than 1,000 employees, its focus on value and client service excellence. They especially come to Long View for its experience in cloud. In 2011, the company was the first in Canada to build an HP Cloud Centre of Excellence, in which its customers and prospects can experience HP Converged Infrastructure and cloud solutions for themselves. It can help those businesses see the opportunity and find justification for cloud migrations, given the tight budgets faced by most. “It’s one thing to talk about benefits and have ROI numbers,” says Dave Frederickson, vice-president of business development, “But it’s a completely different thing to see just how quickly an Exchange server can be provisioned, taken down and then reallocated to another workload.” Frederickson says customers are adopting a cloud model at their own speeds, based on size, industry and situations. Still, he adds, “everyone is trying to understand how to integrate a cloud offering into their current infrastructure.” The firm’s enterprise customers, in many cases, had already turned to cloud-based architectures for their testing and development environments. They are now looking to transition to other workloads. For these customers, the initial proof of the power of cloud has come easily. “Testing and development has proved to provide significant ROI, because it’s traditionally a significant cost they have to burn, and it’s onlyover a finite period of time,” Frederickson says. “Plus, typically, the next project can’t even leverage the development environment because the needs will be dramatically different and they have a tough time rolling it back out to production again.” By not having to burden themselves with the capital equipment costs, Long View customers using the cloud for testing and development have been able to see at least 30 per cent ROI, and in some cases much more; however, it’s not just about cutting costs. Agility and speed-to-market play major roles in these businesses’ cloud adoption. “It improves their agility and that provides competitive advantage,” Frederickson says. “They’re now able to get to revenue faster, and able to get a service to the customers more quickly. It’s harder to measure, but what increase in revenue does that increase in customer satisfaction create?” It’s significant enough that even if there weren’t savings from migrating development to the cloud, many of Long View’s enterprise customers would still take the plunge just for the time-to-revenue benefits, he says. In the mid-range, Frederickson notes customers have had a bigger preponderance to put more workloads on the cloud, “but again, it’s a thing in transition.” And, of course, smaller customers without existing legacy infrastructure are fast to see the benefits a cloud architecture brings them. For most of its customers, the shift to cloud-based IT has been driven by business unit needs. There are a number of examples where Long View customers are also turning to cloud computing to solve some “pretty complex” challenges. One in particular that he says has seen good results is to overcome the uncontrollable sprawl from mobility. “Mobility demand has created almost a nuisance for the customers, and the sprawl was something they were unable to control, and we were able to use cloud to take that off their hands,” he says. “They were no longer able to fight the whole BYOD (bring your own device) trend, and we were able to port the whole thing over, do the consultation work to bring people up to speed, as well as handle things from an infrastructure perspective.” Consulting around people and processes has been a crucial component of the work Long View has done in its clients’ cloud migrations. In fact, one of Frederickson’s suggestions for a reason for IT organizations to begin to look into the cloud now, if they aren’t doing so already, is to begin to change people’s mindsets and break down the silos of that exist between servers, storage and network. It helps to ease the transition. For Long View and its customers it’s not about changing infrastructure, Frederickson notes. “You’ve got to redesign how people operate, and it’s very customized for each business. There is no cookiecutter. You have to do an assessment and inventory of the knowledge and skill sets and remap them to a cloud approach.” Here, HP Converged Infrastructure, such as HP BladeSystem and Matrix Operating Environment, helps. It lets LongView provide its customers with an architecture that meets today’s needs, but is flexible, so it can serve as foundation for implementing future virtualization and cloud computing strategies. Frederickson says feedback from customers with whom Long View has deployed Cloud System Matrix has been positive. “The initial feedback has been that they’ve seen huge speed and agility improvements in their ability to deploy services and applications to their customers— the business units—but also showing early signs of a really solid ROI.”
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Long View nabs ninth consecutive Cisco Customer Satisfaction Excellence award

August 23, 2013
CALGARY, Alberta (August 23, 2013) — The customers have spoken. And, once again, Long View has been recognized for Gold Star performance. Long View, one of North America’s foremost providers in IT consulting, outsourcing solutions, and cloud services, recently learned that it had achieved Cisco Channel Customer Satisfaction Excellence for the ninth consecutive time. Long View is a longtime Cisco Gold Certified Partner in Canada, and Customer Satisfaction Excellence is the highest distinction a partner can achieve within the Cisco Channel Partner Program. None of Cisco’s other Canadian partners has consistently won this award for this long. “This is incredible news,” says Kent MacDonald, Vice-President of Converged Infrastructure with Long View (longviewsystems.com). “This makes nine consecutive Customer Satisfaction Excellence ratings for Long View, which should tell our customers everything they need to know about our level of dedication as a service provider. “This award is only achieved by about 20 per cent of Cisco’s top partners, worldwide, in any given period,” adds MacDonald. “For any organization to stay in this elite group for nine consecutive periods is exceptional.” Cisco, a worldwide networking leader, is known for holding its partners to rigorous standards in network expertise. Cisco Customer Satisfaction is one of the highest priorities of Cisco, and a cornerstone of the Cisco Channel Partner Program. Cisco uses its Channel Partner Program to recognize a partner’s expertise in deploying solutions based on Cisco’s advanced technologies and services. Using a third-party audit process, the program validates partner qualifications such as technology skills, business best practices, customer satisfaction, and pre- and post-sales support capabilities — all of which are critical factors in choosing a trusted partner. Cisco measures the customer satisfaction levels achieved by its Gold, Silver, and Premier Certified partners based on regional target goals, providing a weighted average of a partner’s pre- and post-sales support over a rolling 12-month period. Partners achieving outstanding customer satisfaction, such as Long View, are awarded the Customer Satisfaction Excellence Gold Star and can be found using the advanced search menu in the Cisco Partner Locator. Long View has built a heavily decorated partnership with Cisco. Highlights include including four straight regional Data Center Partner of the Year honours, the Professional Services Partner of the Year award in 2013, Master Unified Communications Specialization in Canada in 2012, Cisco Cloud Builder designation within the Cisco Cloud Partner Program in 2011, and the North American Cisco Collaboration Partner of the Year award in 2010. ABOUT LONG VIEW: Long View is one of North America’s most powerful providers of IT consulting, outsourcing solutions, and cloud services, with offices across the continent. By maintaining a clear focus on combining business and technology in key areas such as cloud, datacenter infrastructure, user support, and IT outsourcing, Long View is able to define and customize what the future of IT looks like. Innovative, flexible, cost-effective, and business focused . . . that’s Long View.   For more information: Tannis Ebbels Director of Marketing and Communications Long View Phone: 403.387.3489 E-mail: tannis.ebbels@lvs1.com www.longviewsystems.com
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Long View Receives International Award for Delivery of Cloud Solutions

July 24, 2013
CALGARY, Alberta (July 23, 2013) — Long View is pleased to announce they have received Asigra’s award for Rookie of the Year at the recently held Asigra Partner Summit in Toronto. This award recognizes their proficiency and experience with innovative cloud-based data recovery solutions, as well as the long-standing commitment Long View has made to adopting and implementing the best Cloud-based technologies the market has to offer.  The Asigra Rookie of the Year award is one in a series of highly coveted, industry standard-setting awards for Cloud solutions that Long View has been the recipient of. It’s indicative of the time and energy Long View has invested to become a world class Cloud provider. “We are honored to learn that the time, effort and dedication our employees have put toward mastering Asigra’s innovative software solution has been recognized. Managing for the long run requires profound investments in our business and its people to develop unique core competencies. These attributes are what have allowed us to become experts in the integration of this software and in turn use our expertise to better serve our customers.” Says Craig Cook, Long View’s Cloud Services Chief Architect. Cook isn’t the only one pleased with Long View’s success. According to David Farajun, CEO/President, Asigra, “Long View forged ahead in a challenging economic environment to realize exceptional growth in the area of data protection,” said Farajun." We commend them for this impressive accomplishment and in the delivery of effective, efficient and comprehensive cloud-based data protection.” This year’s awards were presented at the 2013 Asigra Partner Summit in Toronto, an annual event dedicated to helping service providers succeed in the backup and recovery space. The three-day conference provides education on technology, marketing, emerging trends and sales enablement to support Asigra’s global partner ecosystem. Summit attendees receive an advance look and training on new technologies as part of the interactive product experience in the Asigra Hands-On Lab and insight on impactful sales and market strategies.   ABOUT ASIGRA: Trusted since 1986, Asigra provides organizations around the world the ability to recover their data now from anywhere through a global network of partners who deliver cloud backup and recovery services as public, private and/or hybrid deployments. As the industry’s first enterprise agentless cloud-based recovery software to provide data backup and recovery of servers, virtual machines, endpoint devices, databases and applications, SaaS and IaaS based applications, Asigra lowers the total cost of ownership, reduces recovery time objectives, eliminates silos of backup data by providing a single consolidated repository, and provides 100% recovery assurance. Asigra’s revolutionary patent-pending Recovery License Model provides organizations with a cost effective data recovery business model unlike any other offered in the storage market. Asigra has been recognized as a Gartner Cool Vendor and has been included in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Backup and Recovery Software since 2010. More information on Asigra can be found at www.asigra.com ABOUT LONG VIEW: Long View, a true success story as one of North America’s foremost providers of IT consulting, outsourcing solutions, and cloud services, began 13 years ago in Western Canada. With a clear focus on combining business and technology in key areas such as cloud, datacenter infrastructure, user support, and IT outsourcing, Long View is able to define and customize what the future of IT looks like. Innovative, flexible, cost-effective, and business focused . . . that’s Long View.   For more information: Tannis Ebbels Director of Marketing and Communications Long View Phone: 403.387.3489 E-mail: tannis.ebbels@lvs1.com www.longviewsystems.com
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Calgary firm named top professional services partner by Cisco

July 4, 2013
Ranked at No. 7 on the CDN Top 100 Solution Providers of 2012 list, Long View is a veteran Cisco partner with business across North America focused on IT consulting, outsourcing solutions and cloud services. According to the partner, the award signifies its proficiency at installing and implementing end-to-end solutions from Cisco. Read more
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Long View is pleased to announce Gord Mawhinney has succeeded Don Bialik as Chief Executive Officer.

July 2, 2013
CALGARY, Alberta (July 2, 2013) — Gord has been working at Long View since 2009, in that time he has held various leadership positions, most recently as President of North American Operations. A quick survey of Gord’s resume prior to Long View indicates what the executive team, and employees at Long View have long known to be true, Gord is a born leader. From Gord’s early days at the Hudson’s Bay Company and IBM, he quickly assumed leadership roles bearing significant challenge and responsibility.  After IBM, Gord chose an entrepreneurial path for 12 years, helping to build CSB Systems into an award winning enterprise resource planning software company. During this time he also served on the international board of the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) for many years and served as the EO international president from 2001-2002. In 2005 CSB was acquired (and Gord with it), by Bell Canada. During his time at Bell, Gord served on the executive and was given insight into the challenges and pitfalls of leadership on a far grander scale. According to Mawhinney, “At that point in my career, a lot had already happened. I had spent time with well-respected companies early in my career, had started and sold my own businesses, held executive positions in a large internationally-recognized company, and I was fortunate enough to have seen a lot of the world with EO. But I still felt like the most important work of my career was in front of me, not behind.” Gord took a year off from his career to spend time with his wife and four children and also completed a graduate degree in leadership from Royal Roads University. When it was time to go back, despite having many options available to him, he only made one phone call. He called Don Bialik, Long View’s CEO and founder. The two had been introduced years earlier. “From the moment I met Don, I knew there was something different about Long View. It was a healthy business, loaded with potential but what really mattered to me was the way they cared for their people, and had no interest in ever selling.” Said Mawhinney. Choosing someone to succeed you as CEO is challenging for any organization, but it’s an especially precarious task when it’s a company you founded and grew to more than 1000 people, with a strong corporate culture. It took Don Bialik two years to know that Gord was the right man for the job, and then another two years of preparation to get ready for this critical transition. But now the day has arrived, Don couldn’t be more pleased about the person who will succeed him. “Gord is a skilled executive, one who brings with him a wealth of experience, both as an entrepreneur and as an executive. That said, these are not the reasons that I have chosen Gord as my successor. Although I fully believe his intelligence, and business acumen will go a long way towards building upon the momentum that Long View has amassed, those qualities alone are not enough. What Gord possesses, and the requisite highest on my list when considering a successor, is his understating of what I colloquially refer to as the ‘heart’ of Long View,” said Bialik. “We invest heavily in our employees, because above all else, it’s important to me that our employees feel valued, challenged, and happy to call Long View their employer.” Don Bialik will not be retiring, in fact, far from it. He’s already started his new role as Chairman of Long View’s Board of Directors, and according to Bialik, he plans to be, “A very active chairman. My next role will enable me to step back from the demands of the day-to-day, and give me a chance to work on higher level strategic initiatives as we move towards our goal of becoming a 100 year old company.” ABOUT LONG VIEW: Long View, a true success story as one of North America’s foremost providers of IT consulting, outsourcing solutions, and cloud services, began 13 years ago in Western Canada. With a clear focus on combining business and technology in key areas such as cloud, datacenter infrastructure, user support, and IT outsourcing, Long View is able to define and customize what the future of IT looks like. Innovative, flexible, cost-effective, and business focused . . . that’s Long View. For more information: Tannis Ebbels Director of Marketing and Communications Long View Phone: 403.387.3489 E-mail: tannis.ebbels@lvs1.com www.longviewsystems.com
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