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Welcome to my blog where I will talk about a variety of topics related to data warehousing, business intelligence, application integration, and database technology. Currently my special interests include data virtualization, NoSQL technology, and service-oriented architectures. If there are any topics you'd like me to address, send them to me at rick@r20.nl.

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Rick is an independent consultant, speaker and author, specializing in data warehousing, business intelligence, database technology and data virtualization. He is managing director and founder of R20/Consultancy. An internationally acclaimed speaker who has lectured worldwide for the last 25 years, he is the chairman of the successful annual European Enterprise Data and Business Intelligence Conference held annually in London. In the summer of 2012 he published his new book Data Virtualization for Business Intelligence Systems. He is also the author of one of the most successful books on SQL, the popular Introduction to SQL, which is available in English, Chinese, Dutch, Italian and German. He has written many white papers for various software vendors. Rick can be contacted by sending an email to rick@r20.nl.

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Many people still associate the company Quest Software with Java and C# program development. Products such as Toad for Oracle and Toad for SQL Server have been and still are very popular among programmers. What many do not know is that Quest, now owned by Dell, has a very powerful set of business intelligence tools, including Toad Data Point and Toad Decision Point.

Toad Data Point is a cross-platform query and reporting tool designed for data analysts. It allows for visual query building and workflow automation. In addition, and this is a strong point of Quest's BI portfolio, it has very strong data connectivity capabilities. Besides being able to access many classic SQL databases through standard ODBC/JDBC drivers, it comes with a client version of Quest Data Services. Quest Data Services can be seen as a modern data federation product. It simplifies access to data sources and allows users to join data from multiple data sources, including data from Hadoop via Hive.

Toad Decision Point is a cross-platform reporting, analytical, and visualization tool designed for decision makers. It's a highly graphical environment. It also comes with a client version of Quest Data Services. However, with this version of Quest Data Services a wider range of data sources can be accessed, including applications such as Salesforce.com, and NoSQL data sources such as Hadoop, MongoDB, and Cassandra. Some of these NoSQL databases support non-relational concepts, such as super-columns. Quest Data Services makes it possible to access those non-relational concepts in a relational style. This opens up all the valuable data stored in these systems to a large set of tools, reports, and users.

The third core product of Quest's BI stack is Toad Intelligence Central which is a server version of Quest Data Services (the one supported by Toad Decision Point). Because it runs on the server, it makes data source access much more efficient. Because Toad Intelligence Central is server-oriented, users and reports can share specifications. The IT department can enter and manage these centralized specifications making it easier for users to develop and maintain their reports.

In short, the Quest BI portfolio is definitely worthwhile studying. Especially now that they have the backing of Dell itself, their product set could become a serious challenger to the established BI vendors.


Posted January 11, 2013 8:28 AM
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healthcare, e commerce, programming, it consulting, retail, manufacturing, CRM, digital supply chain management, Delivering high-quality service for your business applications,
Solutions for all Industries,
Getting your applications talking is the key to better business processes,
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Web-based Corporate Document Management System,
Outsourcing Solution,
Financial and Operations Business Intelligence Solution,

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