Stepping into the middle of this chaos is Quest Software, which today launched the Toad Business Intelligence Suite, which delivers a BI application on top of the Toad data integration tools that Quest acquired back in 1998.
Quest itself is now the subject of a pending acquisition by Dell. But before that deal closes, Quest is expanding its Toad franchises into the BI space. According to John Whittaker, senior manager for product marketing at Quest Software, the Quest approach to BI creates a level of metadata that not only makes it easier to manage the data sources involved, but also clearly defines roles for the people who provision BI data and the business experts who use it. As such, the Toad BI suite is built around three distinct modules: a metadata management framework called Toad Intelligence Central; a data integration and query management tool called Toad Data Point; and a set of tools for viewing and manipulating data called Toad Decision Point.