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Long View encourages Canadian business community to get its head in the cloud

CALGARY, Alberta (October 10, 2012) — The potential forecast from some of Canada’s most influential entrepreneurs? Cloudy, with a chance of brilliance. Long View’s Kevin Crowe couldn’t agree more.

The Canadian Cloud Council recently announced that its third national cloud conference, Cloud Matters, will be held from March 11 to 13, 2013 at the Rimrock Resort in Banff, Alta. Organizers of Cloud Matters promise to deliver a “thought-provoking and revolutionary event” focused on building a stronger and more commercial cloud ecosystem in Canada.

Long View (, one of North America’s most dynamic providers of IT consulting, outsourcing solutions, and Cloud services, is a platinum sponsor of Cloud Matters, and will be among the presenters at this prominent spring IT gathering in the Rockies.

“We feel this is a very important subject, because Canada has the capability of being a global leader in the area of technology innovation. Cloud adoption is key for Canada to stay competitive,” says Crowe, Long View’s Director of Cloud Services. “We are seeing a large demand by our client base for cloud solutions to their business issues. CIOs, CFOs, and CEOs are asking Long View to continue to drive business agility for them via cloud solutions.

“Cloud is one of the fastest-growing areas of our business,” adds Crowe, “and we’re seeing huge benefits and return on investment for clients that have been transformed via cloud solutions.”

Robert Herjavec, CEO of Herjavec Group and a regular on CBC’s Dragon’s Den and ABC’s Shark Tank television programs will make the opening presentation at Cloud Matters.

Herjavec doesn’t mince words in assessing Canada’s potential for leadership — and lack of execution to date — with respect to cloud computing.

“Canada has the capability of being a global leader in the areas of technology innovation and commercialization. With our expansive and resilient network infrastructure, inexpensive green energy, and agile and prosperous business environment, we should be excelling in the field of cloud computing. Right now, we are not,” says Herjavec.

“Canadian ICT (information and communications technology) policymakers, CIOs, investors, and consumers need to take a more open, assertive, and unified approach to cloud commercialization and global export,” he adds. “I look forward to participating in such a critical initiative, and helping to ensure that Canadians harness our incredible potential in the area of cloud computing.”

Dr. Tom Keenan, a professor in the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Environmental Design and Computer Science, will act as Master of Ceremonies for Cloud Matters.

Other presentations will be made by Jeff Barr, senior director at Amazon Web Services’ Cloud Computing; Chris C. Kemp, CEO of Nebula and co-founder of Open Stack; David Morhart, the Deputy Minister of Enterprise and Advanced Education with Alberta’s provincial government; Chris Moore, the CIO of the City of Edmonton; and Doug Hodgson, the Chief Information and Technology Officer with the City of Calgary.

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 in key areas such as cloud, data center 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:

Rachel Evans
Senior Manager, Brand Communications
Long View

Phone: 403.515.8061
E-mail: [email protected]

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