Quest unveils Toad Data Point 5.6

Toad Data Point 5.6 provides native support for Snowflake.

Quest Software has introduced Toad Data Point 5.6, a cross-platform, self-service, data preparation tool that empowers business analysts to retrieve and work with data from disparate sources in a simple and effective way.

The data preparation market continues to follow an upward trajectory as businesses strive to get more value from their data in order to drive growth. According to forecast reports, the data preparation market was valued at USD 1.32 billion in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 2.98 billion by 2026 at a CAGR of 14.5% during the forecast period (2021 - 2026).

However, business analysts typically have to sacrifice about 80% of their time for data preparation tasks like accessing, cleansing, normalizing and blending disparate data sets, and such challenges often require them to rely on IT, which can become a major roadblock.

Toad Data Point 5.6 offers a simple and effective way to empower business analysts to retrieve and work with data from disparate sources, including native connectivity to Snowflake, without relying on IT.

“As organizations increasingly turn to data to inform critical business decisions, non-database professionals have a pressing need to better understand and access available data so they can prepare and use it for analysis,” said John Pocknell, Senior Market Strategist, Quest Software. “Since it’s no longer practical or possible to involve IT in every request for data retrieval, it’s become critical to give business users the tools they need to extract and prepare their own data.”

As the demand for faster, more advanced data analytics rises, companies are further incentivized to modernize their data warehouses and leverage the latest cloud-based technologies.

The traditional data warehouse, typically deployed on-premises and used for storing vast amounts of data, is being challenged in the face of demands for greater data diversity, faster analytics, ease of use, SaaS services and cloud deployment.

With Toad Data Point 5.6, business users are empowered to:

• Easily connect to and query multiple data sources, including Snowflake, to bring data together for reporting rather than relying on separate spreadsheets.

• Elevate their role by preparing their own data sets and reports without relying on IT.

• Securely share dynamic data sets with colleagues so they are continuously up-to-date.

New updates and enhancements available to Toad Data Point 5.6 customers include:

• Native Snowflake connector – allows Toad Data Point users to navigate through Snowflake databases and query Snowflake data.

• Toad Data Point Workbook – provides a non-technical interface for business users with moderate technical skills but not proficient at writing SQL queries.

• Toad Data Point Automation – eliminates manual processes by combining multiple tasks into automated workflows that can be scheduled and shared, thus enhancing productivity and increasing accuracy.

“Toad Data Point requires minimal effort to set up, the cost is reasonable, and support is top notch,” said Deandra Suderman, National Senior Manager Reporting and Business Intelligence, Staples. “Compared to Hyperion, it offers much more advanced abilities with subqueries. Some reports that needed multiple queries in Hyperion can be executed with one run in Toad.”

Rackspace Technology has agreed to acquire Just Analytics, a leading provider of cloud-based data, analytics, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) services based in the Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) region. Additionally, this acquisition brings strong regional ties into the Microsoft Azure ecosystem with Just Analytics recently being awarded four regional Microsoft partner of the year awards.
Data dashboard system helping Ajax Football Club and Belgium Tennis Federation to empower scouts and coaches to unearth sporting talent of the future.
The Databricks Lakehouse for Retail launches with early support from leading partners including Deloitte and Tredence.
HCL Technologies has signed a definitive agreement for the acquisition of Starschema, a leading provider of data engineering services, based in Budapest, Hungary. The strategic acquisition will bolster HCL’s capability in digital engineering -- driven by data engineering -- and increase its presence in Central and Eastern Europe.
For the first time in Europe, Nokia Scene Analytics solution is deployed by Baselland Transport AG (BLT) in Münchenstein,Switzerland.
Remote and hybrid working is driving a permanent shift in how businesses are organising their tech. Dependence on on-premise infrastructure, to support a full capacity office, is no longer required, shows survey.
Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) has introduced Qlik Cloud® data analytics to increase information sharing with external partners and improve patient care in the cloud.
Research from Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business, in collaboration with data integrity leader Precisely, shines a light on how data governance programmes have a direct impact on data quality - with two-thirds of organisations reporting improved data quality as a “leading benefit”.