Direct query is a technique that enables people to directly access and analyze data stored in a database. This differs from querying techniques used by traditional business intelligence (BI), which relies on importing data into a centralized data warehouse or in-memory engine for analysis.
It connects analytics directly to an external data source, such as a relational database or a NoSQL data store. People can then issue queries against the data source and receive results in real-time. With a direct query, data does not need to be duplicated, extracted, or prepared before running the query.
Businesspeople often access direct query capabilities through a dedicated analytics platform. Direct query tools vary in their complexity. Modern decision intelligence platforms like Pyramid Analytics support a unique direct query capability accessible to people of all backgrounds, even those without technical analytics experience.
It has several advantages over traditional BI approaches, including:
Increasingly, direct query functions also include features that improve the user experience and deliver better results based on specific needs, unique roles, or familiarity with analytics tools. For example:
Direct query features are sure to improve as business needs and the roles of businesspeople and IT professionals continue to evolve.
Pyramid Analytics is a leading provider of decision intelligence technologies — the next evolutionary stage of business intelligence (BI). Pyramid Analytics’ direct query tools improve the performance of its decision intelligence platform among businesspeople. Together, direct query and Pyramid Analytics’ DI capabilities help organizations make better decisions faster. Providing direct access to our easy-to-use data and analytics tools delivers fast results.
Contact us today to learn more about direct query capabilities with Pyramid Analytics.