Partner Profile: Blair Technology Solutions
Who is BTS?
Blair Technology Solutions (BTS) was founded by John Blair in 1996. Celebrating their 15th anniversary in 2011, this young enterprise has quick proved itself to be a specialist in data center optimization. BTS is a full service provider, having quickly evolved from a basic IBM business partner (1997) to a Premier IBM Business Partner (1998). The BTS head office is located in Toronto, with field offices located in Calgary and Montreal. Together, these offices service customers in Ontario, Quebec, and Calgary.
What can you expect as a BTS customer?
- Trained staff providing expertise and advice
- A commitment to customer support
BTS has been recognized for excellence. They have recently won an award from Davis and Henderson for being one of their top Partners.
Data center optimization starts with consolidating resources and creating a virtual environment. This drives efficiency and cuts down on IT costs. BTS offers virtualization in the following areas: desktop, storage, and server using VMWare and IBM Power VM. Key to the offering is a BTS virtualization roadmap – that creates an enterprise virtualization strategy unique to each customer.
Virtualization is an inevitable part of upgrading IT infrastructure. Having multiple virtual machines per physical server reduces sprawl and increases flexibility.
A constant need to reduce costs and maximize ROI means that IT must ensure business optimization. Server and storage sprawl must be managed despite the constant addition of infrastructure. BTS offers assessments and analysis for all server and storage manufacturers. The optimization solutions provide automation, high performance, and reliability to customers.
A proactive approach ensures customer satisfaction, continued productivity, and a much-reduced impact on the bottom line in case of a disaster. With the power of IBM systems behind them, BTS is able to ensure that customer business transactions are maintained through any downtime. BTS complements its systems offerings with a Business Continuity Roadmap – definitive intelligence on compliance, planning, and a custom tailored solution for each customer.
Hosted and Cloud services offered by BTS arose out of a need from companies to offload IT costs and streamline budgets. Outsourcing IT services allow customers to control cash flow and achieve budgetary goals.
Info-Tech Insight: A recent survey by Info-Tech showed that 64% of organizations today engage in some type of managed service.
A combination of various support options including implementation services, support contracts, data destruction, environmental data center monitoring, and a unique offering: BTS Technology Resources, a sister company to BTS that provides clients with highly skilled IT professionals. In-house technical staff members provide full-time or interim support, as per the business requirements of the engagement.