Last week Nova hosted over 40 attendees along with partners Microsoft and dbaDIRECT as Bermuda’s first Database Management Conference got underway.
The event was arranged to launch a new service offering from Nova that allows companies access to database administrators on either a regular basis or to offer cover for out of hours support, vacation, maternity/paternity leave or to manage peak times.
This is a service provided on island, supplemented with off-island support to ensure round the clock cover is available when required and giving access to the broadest range of skills and number of people. The service is offered in conjunction with Nova’s partner dbaDIRECT who has been working extensively within the US and in now branching out into Bermuda through their exclusive partnership with Nova.
The event was well received by attendees with a number requesting that similar sessions are run in the future, cementing Nova’s commitment to supporting the community; “I hope to see and attend more events like this. The exposure is exciting. My knowledge and understanding has increased,” said an attendee working in healthcare.
dbaDIRECT Regional Manager, Scott Smith gave his take on the partnership; “dbaDIRECT is excited about its partnership on Bermuda with Nova and grateful for the opportunity to present at this event.
“There were several companies who shared immediate interest in our remote database management services as they work to conduct business on a 24×365 basis in the global marketplace. We appreciate the professionalism and enthusiasm that was shown to us during our stay this week and look forward to returning to follow up on these business opportunities.”
Nova regularly hosts technical updates within the community so it was a natural step to extend this launch with further sessions from Microsoft. Attendees heard how to make best use of Microsoft’s database and business intelligence offerings, with updates on all the new features they should be making use of.
Microsoft sessions were hosted by Neeala Maharaj-Racha, Microsoft’s Developer and Platform Lead for the West Indies region. Her role includes facilitating programs which drive IT Professionals towards competing at a global level with the use of technology so attendees were privileged to have such an enthusiastic and knowledgeable presenter.
Bermuda was fortunate enough to have George Gobin, Microsoft’s Territory Manager for Bermuda, Cayman, Bahamas, Belize and Turks & Caicos in attendance for the event. He’s a regular visitor to Bermuda to help develop businesses on the island and was impressed with the outcome of the event,
“We’ve been partners with Nova for a number of years and I’m delighted to have hosted this event jointly. Nova is an extremely knowledgeable partner on Microsoft’s software development methodologies and an excellent advocate for our technology. I’m looking forward to developing this relationship further and following up on the outcomes from this event.”
The extra information from Microsoft rounded off the event with an attendee from a local legal company stating, “Looking at all the different options for web and software development was a breath of fresh air.”
Materials from the event can be found here