Another Self-Service Database Tool Emerges

(ProStockStudio/Shutterstock) The democratization of big data continues apace with a new self-service analytics tool that allows non-data scientists to query databases and get answers without formal training in, for example, SQL. The startup VQL Technologies Inc. said its platform supports relational data from most SQL and relational databases such as PostgreSQ, MySQL and Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) Redshift. Jason Strauss, the startup’s self-described “data plumber” is a former software engineer at Palantir Technologies and also interned at Facebook (NASDAQ: FB). In interviews, Strauss has described VQL as Excel on steroids with the ability to handle real-time data. The tool also can upload data from spreadsheets or a CSV. It then separates data into visualizations and columns so non-technical users can make sense of their data. VQL also creates “histograms” designed to…

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