Bank of New Zealand has been selected to participate in the upcoming Microsoft SQL Server (code name Denali) Rapid Deployment Programme (RDP). The companies involved in the programme will have the opportunity to deploy the next version of SQL Server before the software is made generally available. Company representatives will also travel to Seattle in September to provide feedback on their experiences – where all comments will be reviewed and ultimately used to shape the ongoing development of the product. The next version of SQL Server is a cloud-ready information platform that will assist organisations to unlock business-critical insights and quickly build reporting solutions to extend data across on-premises and public cloud platforms. Dave Thompson, head of business intelligence at BNZ, says involvement in the Denali RDP presents a huge opportunity for the organisation. “Being one of the first New Zealand companies to deploy Denali gives us a strategic business advantage, and communicating back to the Microsoft engineering team means we can help steer development to suit our business needs – something which is invaluable.” Microsoft says Denali aims to provide agility, scalability and optimal productivity, and includes AlwaysOn, a sophisticated disaster recovery system designed to minimise staff and technology downtime. Another new feature is Apollo, a query execution tool which dramatically speeds up analysis processes – with testing showing that query response rate was up to one hundred times faster. “The RDP involves a select group of only 70 organisations worldwide, many of whom are Fortune 500 companies, so to have a Kiwi company in the mix is fantastic,” says Steve Haddock, business group lead, server and tools marketing for Microsoft New Zealand.
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