87 www.ceotodaymagazine.com APPOINTMENTS & UPDATES TimeXtender Supports Three New Microsoft Capabilities When Deploying Discovery Hub via the Azure Marketplace TimeXtender, a global software company that provides companies instant access to data for analytics and artificial intelligence (AI), announced that its Discovery Hub data management platform now supports public endpoints inAzure SQL Database Managed Instance, Hyperscale for Azure SQL Database, and Azure SQL Database serverless compute option that is now available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. The latest Discovery Hub with Azure SQL Database Managed Instance template, available in the Azure Marketplace, now supports public endpoints for Azure SQL Database Managed Instance. This means that users will enjoy a smoother connection, allowing them to easily gain access to their data from Azure services like Azure Analysis Services, Power BI, or an on-premises network without the need for a Data Management Gateway. In addition, the latest version of the Discovery Hub with Azure SQL Database template now supports Hyperscale for Azure SQL Database. Hyperscale provides Discovery Hub users with a powerful, high- performance and high-scalability service tier allowing extreme storage and compute capabilities. And with the new storage limit of 100 TB of data, Discovery Hub users no longer have to be concerned about outgrowing their storage capacity. As part of this update, TimeXtender is also introducing support for the Azure SQL Database serverless compute option. The auto-scaling capabilities of serverless is a strong fit for Discovery Hub users who are performing batch updates of their data estate and where the need for computing power occurs in bursts. During the updates, serverless compute is capable of automatically scaling up to 80 vCores and down again when the update is complete. Azure SQL Database serverless is a technology that many Discovery Hub users prefer, as it provides a flexible computing tier that is billed per second and for actual usage. “TimeXtender continues to invest in new capabilities for users of our Discovery Hub data management platform. With this latest upgrade, we’ve made further inroads as a leading solution provider for Microsoft Azure data platforms,” said Heine Krog Iversen, CEO of TimeXtender. “All three of these new supported capabilities are very important for our customer base and for furthering our close alliance with Microsoft as one of their technology partners. This is significant as more and more businesses are turning to Azure for their enterprise computing needs and to Discovery Hub for building and managing their corporate data estates.” “Through Microsoft Azure Marketplace, customers around the world can easily find, buy, and deploy partner solutions they can trust, all certified and optimized to run on Azure,” said Sajan Parihar, Senior Director, Microsoft Azure Platform at Microsoft Corp. “We’re happy to welcome TimeXtender solutions to the growing Azure Marketplace ecosystem.” Gregory Lippert Appointed CEO of Willie’s Restaurants Willie’s Restaurants, the group that operates Willie’s Grill & Icehouse and Fajita Willie’s Cafe and Cantina, announced that Gregory Lippert has been appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Houston-based restaurant group. Lippert is a visionary leader that brings more than 30 years of experience as CEO, COO and CMO of national and regional restaurant brands to his new position at Willie’s. His career includes extensive experience in taking brands to critical mass in addition to prototype development. He also takes pride in serving on national and state restaurant and community volunteer-based boards. Prior to joining Willie’s Restaurants, Lippert served as CEO of Taco Mac, which resulted in the brand’s successful sale to Fresh Hospitality. He was also CEO of Quaker Steak & Lube where he reversed negative sales trends in just seven months and lead the acquisition by Travel Centers of America. Before Quaker Steak & Lube, Lippert directed 155 Mazzio’s, Zio’s Italian Kitchen, and Oliveto restaurants with 2,900 employees in eight states as CEO of Mazzio’s Corporation. Earlier in his career, Lippert held brand and marketing positions of increasing responsibility at Fazoli’s, the Seven-Up Company, and Procter & Gamble. “I’m thrilled to join Willie’s Restaurants and I’m eager to work with the entire Willie’s team to grow the business,” Lippert said. “Willie’s Restaurants is an iconic brand where we will accelerate the growth of both concepts. I look forward to leveraging my experience to expand these restaurants in the state of Texas.” Lippert earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from DePauw University with continuing education from the University of Cincinnati.