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A powerful alliance: Long View collaborates with Shaw and Microsoft to create flexible hybrid cloud solution for ENMAX

CALGARY, Alberta (July 5, 2016) —ENMAX Corporation, through its subsidiaries, makes, moves, and markets electricity to residential, small business and large commercial customers in Alberta and ENMAX Energy is the retailer of choice for both The City of Calgary and The City of Edmonton. And with the support of a strategic alliance led by Long View, ENMAX has now successfully powered up in the cloud computing environment.

“The world of IT is rapidly changing and this is having a significant impact on how we work and do business with our customers,” said Andrea Bastin, Vice-President of ENMAX Information Technology. “ENMAX is modernizing its technology ecosystem through prudent investment in solutions and services that improve efficiency and reduce risk.”

Long View is working with Microsoft and Shaw Data Centre & Cloud Solutions in supporting ENMAX’s transformation to a hybrid cloud environment. The hybrid solution put together by Long View, Microsoft and Shaw provides security, agility, scalability, flexibility, and cost transparency.

“This strategy will enhance our IT platforms at a sustainable cost and simultaneously allow us to move maintenance and support activities to expert external providers,” added Bastin.

Long View’s One Cloud offering enables customers to provision, deploy, monitor, and manage their powerful hybrid cloud environment with a singular, coordinated and integrated game plan.

“We’re so successful with our One Cloud offering because we provide a customized set of Hybrid IT solutions for every one of our clients,” notes Don Bialik, Long View’s Chief Executive Officer and founder. “With the experience and the expertise that Long View, Microsoft and Shaw Business have brought to the table, the net result for ENMAX is leading-edge technology solutions and a superior delivery system to accelerate change.”

Long View’s One Cloud solution was focused on taking more than 350 ENMAX in-house applications and establishing them in one of three environments:

  • Public cloud, for many key IT services;
  • Private cloud, for specialized operations, through Long View’s hosted OnDemand platform; and
  • ENMAX’s on-premise data centre, for select mission-critical applications.

Long View’s One Cloud solution also includes management and operation of all three environments through Long View Managed Services, to reduce administration, management, and commoditized operations work.

The One Cloud model allows IT to be consumed as needed, in a pay-as-you-go scenario, with workloads continually managed, maintained and migrated as required—at the right place, time, and cost.

Long View was able to leverage its long-standing relationship with Microsoft to create that custom solution for ENMAX. With a software package that includes Microsoft Azure and Advantage for Office 365, and local cloud solution architects assisting with the project, Microsoft brought its global expertise and local delivery capacity to bear.

“It has been an exciting time collaborating with Long View to help drive digital transformation at ENMAX,” said Janet Kennedy, president of Microsoft Canada. “The cloud offers unprecedented solutions, cost savings, efficiency, productivity, and reliability. It enables organizations – of any size, and in any sector – to collaborate, compete and excel in an increasingly mobile world.”

Shaw Business also plays a vital role in the ENMAX solution—delivering a reliable fibre optic network and state-of-the-art enterprise colocation—involved in optimizing ENMAX’s data centre while reducing costs and infrastructure complexity.

“Partnering with Long View and Microsoft has allowed us to deliver ENMAX a customized hybrid IT solution that leverages the power and flexibility of our state-of-the-art colocations data centre,” said Ron McKenzie, Senior Vice President, Business, Shaw Communications. “This custom solution will expand ENMAX’s operational capacity, allowing them to enhance their customer service experience.”

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:

Phil Edgell Vice President Marketing and Service Delivery, Long View

Phone: 604.694.7801 E-mail: [email protected]

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