This is the most widely used tool for Data Analysis!

Athul Anish
Nov 4, 2020 · 2 min read
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SQL stands for Structured Query Language and is mainly used for management of data in database. Almost every company on this planet stores data in the form of rows and columns or tables and these tables are stored in what is called a relational database management system (RDBMS).

SQL is used to create, insert, delete, update, organize, or in other words manage all the data's in the database. The aim of this article is to give you a quick and easy understanding of what SQL is and why it should be the first thing you need to learn in order to become an efficient data analyst.

So WHY is SQL the most widely used technology?

SQL is simple and easy to learn.

There are a wide range of options to choose from when it comes to working with Data. R, SAS, Python, Tableau, Excel, SQL, Microsoft BI, Xplenty etc just to name a few. Right from data manipulation to hypothesis testing to model building can be carried out using any of the present day applications.

Then why SQL?

It’s simply because, the queries are simple and straightforward. A complete beginner can start working with databases within 2 weeks of learning SQL that’s how easy it is. No prior coding experience is required for one to master SQL.

Fast, Efficient, Reliable.

Considering the fact that queries in SQL are as simple as SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE, large amount of data can be worked upon with minimal error and maximum efficiency.

It’s Flexible.

SQL work on anything. PC’s, laptops or any operating system. It doesn’t require a fixed operating system or high power. Its a small yet highly powerful tool.

It’s FREE!

Yes. SQL is an open source platform which means all you have to do is head to google and search for SQL, download, install and your playground is ready. MySQl, MariaDB, PostGres etc are some of the commonly used platforms. There are also large number of communities where you can discuss your queries and also read about how others are working with SQL.

Used by majority of the cooperation's.

Microsoft, Adobe, Capgemini, Amazon, Qualcomm, J.P Morgan, Accenture, Cognizant… Just to name a few.

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If you are a beginner and if you’re wondering where to start your data analytics journey, then you have come to the right place because once you have mastered the art of SQL, there’s no stopping you. The opportunities are endless!

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