Zoho, which offers a suite of online office software, has released yet another application, continuing its machine gun-like delivery of such products. Called Zoho DB, it’s an online database tool designed for people who need to do serious data analysis.
Zoho DB goes beyond the company’s existing spreadsheet application, a simpler tool that competes against Microsoft Excel and Google Spreadsheets.With ZohoDB, you can import data to, and export data from, spreadsheet formats into Zoho DB (you do this via comma separated values or tab separated values). You can also create pivot tables, charts and reports using a drag-and-drop interface. It allows you to run queries on the data using a structured query language (SQL), and works with SQL Server, DB2, Oracle, Sybase, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Informix and ANSI SQL.
See video below about how it works (RSS readers will have to the site).
Desktop software like Excel already offers pivot tables — which summarize data sets in part of a spreadsheet to more easily compare to other data sets. Another startup, DabbleDB, has been gaining traction this past year by providing this feature online.
Salesforce’s newly-launched Force.com can also be customized to provide similar database features for businesses.
Zoho, part of a Pleasanton-based company AdventNet, released a private beta “business” version of its office suite a month ago.