Egg, launched in 1998, operates the world’s largest pure online bank. Egg’s Derby, Englandheadquarters is home to the 18-member data team that’s responsible or developing and maintainingthe bank’s suite o Oracle data warehouses. The team regularly uses Quest’s Toad or Oracle, along withabout 60 other users, to access and examine data every day.
Many Egg employees utilise the Oracle data warehouses requently. The data team leverages hundredso databases to view various data sources or draw data rom dierent areas. Without an intuitiveinterace to access the data, the team would have to use Oracle’s command line mode to query andview the databases. This would be a time-consuming and cumbersome approach to retrieving dataand would severely impact on productivity levels.It is vital to Egg that Oracle queries run as eiciently as possible. Poorly constructed queries couldhamper database perormance, resulting in slow web site response, which could irritate Egg’scustomers and result in lost business. Poorly perorming databases could also result in ewer calls withcustomers, which provide important cross-selling opportunities that Egg relies on to generate morebusiness. With this in mind, Egg needs to ensure its queries run quickly and have minimal impact onthe databases.
The Quest Solution
Toad or Oracle is an industry leading database development and administration tool that boostsproductivity and application code quality. Quest also provides an interactive community to support theuser experience. This powerul, low-overhead tool connects to any Oracle database rom version 7 toversion 10GR2 and acilitates database and application development.Egg’s data team uses several o Toad’s eatures to help it simpliy daily Oracle tasks. “The simple thingswe use Toad or help us tremendously,” said Jake Simmons, data architect or Egg. “I would hate to haveto go back to using just the command line again.”Egg has been using Toad since 2001 without any complaints. “We’ve considered using other tools, buthave ound that Toad’s development cycles are very short, and Quest’s responsiveness is prompt,”reported Simmons. “Our users are amiliar with Toad and they like working with it.”
The Bottom Line
Toad helps Egg’s data team to ensure peak perormance o its Oracle database. “We use Toad’s ExplainPlan button to show us, prior to execution, how the query should execute and impact the database(s),”explained Simmons. “By allowing us to check our code beorehand, we can make certain that it is well-constructed to run as eiciently as possible. This ensures that our customers and users are not aectedby poor Oracle perormance, and more importantly that Egg’s business does not suer as a result.” Toad enables Egg to run eicient queries, preventing perormance issues resulting rom bottlenecks.“The Toad or Oracle DBA Module is another eature we oten use to show which other queries arealready running and how long they are likely to take,” said Simmons. Toad has saved Egg time and money by eliminating the need or SQL training. “O our 80 Toad users, 60o them are novice users, who would have required at least a couple o hours o SQL training to run thequeries needed or their roles,” stated Simmons. “Toad is so intuitive our users don’t need any producttraining, let alone any SQL training.” Toad saves Egg users time by simpliying their access to Oracle. “For example, with just two clicks, wecan ind an index,” explained Simmons. “Without Toad, this would involve a tedious command line
“Toad allows Egg to check code at anearly stage to make certain it’s well-constructed and will run as efficiently as possible. This ensures that our customers and users are not affected by poor Oracle performance, and moreimportantly that Egg’s business doesnot suffer as a result.”
— Jake SimmonsData ArchitectEgg
An intuitive, ast and efcient meansto access and examine Oracle on aday-to-day basis
Toad or Oracle
Provided best code quality to assure
peak Oracle perormanceSaved time and money by
eliminating SQL training need or 60novice usersIncreases user productivity
Toad® Boosts Oracle Performance and Saves Moneyfor World’s Largest Online Bank