25 Jul 2016

Going for Microsoft Cloud Gold

With the Olympics in Rio on the horizon, Canadian athletes will be on the hunt for Gold.  Athletes have spent months, and even years training for this moment.  Winning a gold medal at the Olympics is the pinnacle of an athletes career.  It demonstrates their level of commitment and excellence to a sport.

BANG has been on the hunt for gold too.  Over the past several months the team at BANG have been working to achieve our gold certification from Microsoft.  Finally, at the start of July we reached that goal.  BANG has obtained Gold Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions Competency, putting BANG at the forefront of cloud providers in Canada.Microsoft Gold Partner Logo

This new attainment makes BANG an “elite” Gold Cloud Partner

BANG is now one of 30 resellers, out of 3400 in Canada, to reach this level of certification. This clearly shows our expertise on Office 365 and its supporting technologies.  Over the past several months our techs have been studying hard.  Many techs have earned their certifications in Office 365 in order to achieve this competency.  With this hard earned knowledge, we have completed many successful migrations to Office 365 for our clients.

Microsoft competencies require 3 things: demonstration of knowledge, deployment of the technologies, and recognition from clients.  Our team certified on Office 365, we had to sell and deploy Office 365, and we had to do it so well, that our clients would be willing to tell Microsoft that we are the greatest.

This particular competency shows our commitment to the SMB market, and demonstrates our level of expertise and experience within this market.  BANG specializes in offering services to SMBs, and now we have even better tools and resources.

With the cloud becoming so important to businesses this certification couldn’t be more timely, and it just further shows the level of commitment BANG has to new technologies.

I am proud that our team achieved all this, it’s a great accomplishment for the company.  Working together,  our sales, project and support teams delivered the results to bring this home, I congratulate them all for their hard work and dedication.

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06 May 2016

Enabling Productivity with O365 and the Cloud

JS Assurance

Since 1896, Montreal-based Jolicoeur Savard Assurance Inc. (JSA) has been helping individuals and businesses secure outstanding insurance coverage. As one of Canada’s oldest insurance brokerages, JSA leverages its knowledge and contacts to negotiate commercial and consumer policies with all of the major insurance companies on behalf of its 3,000 commercial and 8,000 consumer clients. While the company works across many industry verticals, its team of 50 employees has earned an exceptionally strong reputation for great customer service and its deep expertise in commercial auto insurance and tourism, leisure and sports.


JSA’s IT had fallen behind the times. The company’s aging fleet of computers, on-premises servers, outdated software systems, lack of mobility device management and even its Internet accessibility were seriously hampering its productivity and had become costly and frustrating. In short, almost everything IT had to go—the company needed a new, end-to-end, modern technology solution to stay competitive.


A change in ownership ushered in new management at JSA and, with it, a new philosophy about the role of technology at the company. Instead of trying to do everything itself internally, JSA Vice President and General Manager Daniel Forget called on Microsoft Certified Partner and cloud services provider BANG Industries (www.bang.ca) to reboot the company’s IT mix with productivity, reliability, security and mobility top-of-mind.
“The challenge was do a 180 shift. As an insurance broker JSA did not want to manage IT any longer. They also realized that looking at IT as a cost centre instead of an investment was hurting them. The key was to make their transition to the cloud as smooth as possible and to help JSA’s employees embrace this transition through training and support.”

Robert Helie, BANG Industries President

Through an intense six-month collaborative engagement, BANG leveraged its expertise, infrastructure and partnerships to provide JSA with a complete solution, from initial planning and deployment, to employee training and on/offsite support. This solution involved:

* Moving from a fleet of old PCs running Windows XP to modern dual monitor workstations running state-of-the-art broker management software: sigXP® by Keal (www.keal.com)

* From having extremely limited Internet access to being connected anywhere, at any time, complete with a redundant access solution in place to guarantee reliability.

* From maintaining an aging fleet of servers on premises to a private IaaS cloud solution using virtual machines to host all of JSA’s business-critical applications and data securely.

*Migrating to Office 365, including OneDrive for file sharing and storage, to provide employees with the latest productivity apps and easy email and file access across devices.

*End-user training and support on the new platforms by BANG and through online training programs provided by Microsoft and Keal.

“The adoption of a modern technology solution in the cloud has changed our business for the better in almost every way imaginable. We’re a hugely more efficient and productive team. We’ve empowered our staff to collaborate and work remotely, on any device. Our security is top class. We have predictable IT costs and no maintenance headaches. Our employees are happier and have modernized their skills, as well. And as a result all of these things, we’ve vastly improved our competitiveness, profitability and best of all, customer experience.”
Daniel Forget, JSA Vice President and General Manager


Productivity – introducing new PCs, best-in-class broker management software as well as modern productivity apps, email, calendar and file sharing through Office 365 has dramatically accelerated workflows, empowering employees to get a lot more done with better results.
Cost Management – JSA no longer invests in maintaining outdated server hardware and software and instead benefits from fixed and predictable operational IT expenses.
Reliability – Frustrating issues with Internet access, file sharing, scheduling meetings and accessing email on mobility devices have disappeared. The company now enjoys 99.9% uptime.
Better Security – With a private IaaS solution in place, JSA benefits from state-of-the-art security measures to protect data, applications and customer privacy—a must for its line of business.
Mobility – JSA’s cloud solution enables employees to work from home and its salesforce to work on the go, at any time, on virtually any device—easily, securely and seamlessly.


The JSA story offers us some great insights for small and medium-sized businesses concerned about the perceived costs of upgrading their technology:

* Rethink IT. By changing the way they thought about IT (from a cost-centre to an investment), JSA unlocked its potential and empowered its team to compete at an unprecedented level.
* Partner up! By partnering with BANG, an expert Microsoft Certified Partner, JSA was able to modernize its entire IT system with a minimum of disruption, in just six months.
* Embrace the cloud. With a modern cloud solution, JSA now benefits from powerful productivity tools, advanced security, 99.9% uptime and much more—all cost-effectively.

Jolicoeur Savard Assurance: http://www.jsassurance.ca/
BANG Industries: http://www.bang.ca/
Office 365 for Business: https://products.office.com/en-ca/business/office

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10 Nov 2015

BANG partenaire 1-Tier CSP de Microsoft

Montréal, Canada – 10 novembre 2015 – BANG est nommé partenaire CSP 1er Niveau par Microsoft Canada

« Il s’agit d’une très importante étape qui a été franchie par BANG cela démontre la confiance de Microsoft envers nous », dit Robert Hélie, le président de BANG.

Les solutions infonuagiques sont le pilier central des stratégies de croissance de Microsoft. Selon leur PDG Satya Nadella, Microsoft est entièrement dédiée à « donner aux gens et aux organisations le pouvoir de réaliser plus ».

Bang est fier d’être un partenaire aussi important de Microsoft dans la promotion de leurs valeurs. La mise en place de leurs solutions cloud permet un déploiement rapide et qui facilite la gestion informatique, étant parfaitement adapté aux PME d’aujourd’hui, car elles diminuent les investissements en capital tout en augmentant la productivité.

Afin d’attendre le statut de CSP 1er Niveau de Microsoft, Bang a du faire preuve de solides capacités dans quatre domaines: le modèle d’affaire de son offre de services, sa taille, son infrastructure et ses services de soutien technique, ainsi qu’un service de facturation efficace.

Depuis ses débuts, aider les clients à transformer leur entreprise est au cœur de toutes les activités de BANG. Plus que jamais, avec le statut de CSP 1er Niveau, BANG est en mesure d’offrir encore plus efficacement à ses clients les solutions infonuagiques de Microsoft tout en y ajoutant la valeur de son expertise. Ceci est fait tout au long du processus, facturation, approvisionnement et support après-vente.

Les partenaires CSP de 1er Niveau gèrent toutes les étapes, du choix du produit au support technique après-vente. Étant donnée l’évolution rapide des TI, cette habileté est très importante et permet aux clients de bénéficier d’un seul point de contact éprouvé, qui connait leur infrastructure TI, pour tous leurs services infonuagiques Microsoft.

Les gagnants sont les clients de BANG.

 « Ce nouveau statut CSP nous permet de simplifier la manière dont nos clients emploient le cloud – un seul partenaire avec une exécution simple et rapide. »

En plus, il nous permet également d’offrir aux clients le type de service qu’ils veulent vraiment. Les études ont montré que deux clients sur trois prévoient acheter leurs services infonuagiques d’un seul vendeur et 84 % veulent être en mesure d’avoir confiance dans un seul fournisseur CSP (Cloud Services Provider – Fournisseur de services infonuagiques).

Pour de plus amples renseignements, veuillez communiquer avec :

Andreea Tudor
Coordonnatrice Marketing et Ventes
514-949-2336 poste 3

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09 Apr 2014

Microsoft Silver Hosting Competency


For Release, April 9th, 2014

BANG Achieves Microsoft Silver Hosting Competency

BANG earns distinction through demonstrated technology success and customer commitment.

Competency Press Release Announcement


LAVAL, Québec, Canada — March, 15th, 2014 BANG, today announced it has achieved the Silver Hosting Competency, demonstrating its ability to meet Microsoft’s customers evolving needs in today’s dynamic business environment. To earn a Microsoft silver competency, partners must successfully demonstrate expertise through exams and certifications, and to ensure the quality of services, Microsoft requires customer references of successful implementation to the customer’s satisfaction.

BANG is a managed services provider offering a wide range of professional services from basic installation and setup of your equipment to the complete design of your internal and external IT infrastructure. Specializing in VMware and virtualization services, BANG offers customized cloud-based solutions for the small-medium business market.

“This Microsoft Silver Hosting competency showcases our expertise in today’s technology market and demonstrates our knowledge of Microsoft and its products,” said Robert Helie, president at BANG. “Our plan is to accelerate our customer’s success by serving as technology advisors for their business needs. We believe the BANG community is governed by our strong reputation. This is the primary asset of any business. We have gained our reputation by not only serving our customers but by bringing something else to our clients – solid corporate values.”

“By achieving a silver competency, organizations have proven their expertise in specific technology areas, placing them among the top 5 percent of Microsoft partners worldwide,” said Phil Sorgen, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. “When customers look for an IT partner to meet their business challenges, choosing a company that has attained Microsoft competencies is a smart move. These are highly qualified professionals with access to Microsoft technical support and product teams.”

Microsoft Silver Hosting Competency

The Microsoft Partner Network helps partners strengthen their capabilities to showcase leadership in the marketplace on the latest technology, to better serve customers and to easily connect with one of the most active, diverse networks in the world.

For more information, press only:


Robert HELIE, Bang, (514) 949-2336, robert@bang.ca

Shane MONTY, Bang, (514) 949-2336, shane@bang.ca


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