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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