Toad is a database management toolset from Quest Software for managing relational and non-relational databases using SQL aimed at database developers, database administrators, and data analysts. The Toad toolset runs against Oracle, SQL Server, IBM DB2 (LUW & z/OS), SAP, and MySQL. A Toad product for data preparation supports many data platforms. A practicing Oracle DBA, Jim McDaniel, designed Toad for his own use in the mid-1990s. He called it Tool for Oracle Application Developers, shortened to "TOAD". McDaniel initially distributed the tool as shareware and later online as freeware.
History: Quest Software
acquired TOAD in October 1998. Quest Software itself was acquired by Dell in
2012 to form Dell Software. In June 2016, Dell announced the sale of its
software division, including the Quest business, to Francisco Partners and
Elliott Management Corporation. On October 31, 2016, the sale was finalized. On
November 1, 2016, the sale of Dell Software to Francisco Partners and Elliott
Management was completed, and the company was re-launched as Quest Software.