It’s true: SQL pivot and unpivot syntax are essential to data manipulation for analysts. It’s also true that SQL pivot—and especially SQL unpivot—statements are clunky, convoluted, and time-consuming to create. It leaves data managers asking, “Is there a better way to do SQL pivot and SQL unpivot statements?” The good news is there is a better way to create the necessary statements without the traditional SQL methods. Read on to learn about the traditional methods, the importance of using SQL pivot and unpivot commands, and how to overcome the difficulties and use pivot and unpivot to manipulate data more efficiently.