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Posted Feb 2, 2010

Right Tool for the Job

By DatabaseJournal.com Staff

Being able to retrieve the data you need sometimes is a challenge for Data Analysts, especially, if you do not have the right expertise to query databases efficiently.  When project teams lack expertise in querying the database they turn to the DBA to help with writing the SQL statements necessary to retrieve the information they need.  There is an alternative.

Quest Software provides a tool named Toad for Data Analyst.   Toad for Data Analyst provides a mechanism that allows Data Analyst to write well form SQL statements.  It does this using a number of different views.  There is the Data Explorer view that presents that database structure in an easy to follow grid view, which provides a Data Analyst with an easily understandable look at the underlying database data.  Key to understanding the data is knowing the relationships.  With Toad for Data Analyst, staff can use the Entity Relationship Diagrammer component to quickly produce Entity Relationship diagrams.    To aid the Analyst in writing efficient code the Quest software tool has a Query builder view.  This view provides the analyst a graphical tool to build complex well-formed SQL statements

When a project team is faced with the challenge of building fast running, well-formed SQL statements to retrieve data without the skills to write efficient SQL, a project might fail or take longer than expected.  To overcome analyst's lack of expertise, they need to have the right tool to help them do their job.  Toad for Data Analyst by Quest software might be just to tool you need to get your project the SQL expertise it needs to keep your project on track.

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