About Looker

Looker’s intuitive approach to data exploration makes the spread of a curiosity-driven culture both efficient and effective. An intuitive, web-based interface enables business users to tap into the genius of your data analytics team. They can build and share reports on the fly, so other functional groups can benefit from the questions they’re asking and the knowledge they’ve created. And since the whole Looker experience delivers such satisfying results, they start looking to the data to drive their business decisions and activities.

At the heart of Looker data discovery is a new way to create these web-based experiences. Using a flexible easy-to-learn language called LookML, your data analysts can create mini-applications that add power and efficiencies to data exploration. The LookML syntax simplifies the development of robust models for any organization, while enhancing the capabilities of SQL. There’s no need to expend time and resources coding queries on an ad hoc basis or setting up complex business intelligence (BI) software platforms. This language-based approach results in faster query execution, optimizing performance along the way.

Key benefits of Looker

With Looker, it's not necessary to ETL or cube data. Because we operate 100% in-database, data is transformed at query time, so drill-paths are unlimited and infinite, leading to true data discovery.

Devices

Business size

S M L

Markets

United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia

Supported Languages

English

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Features

Total features of Looker: 43

  • 360 Degree Feedback
  • API
  • Access Control
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Ad hoc Analysis
  • Ad hoc Query
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Alerts / Escalation
  • Application Integration
  • Automated Scheduling
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Business Analysis
  • Business Intelligence
  • Charting
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Collaborative Workspace
  • Dashboard Creation
  • Data Connectors
  • Data Extraction
  • Data Filtering
  • Data Synchronization
  • Data Transformation
  • Data Visualization
  • Forecasting
  • Mobile Alerts
  • Mobile Integration
  • Multi-Location
  • Multiple Data Sources
  • Performance Reports
  • Permission Management
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Updates
  • Reminders
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • SSL Security
  • Sales Analytics
  • Single Sign On
  • Trend Analysis
  • Visual Analytics
  • Visual Discovery

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5
(134)
Value for Money
4.3/5
Features
4.4/5
Ease of Use
4.2/5
Customer Support
4.7/5

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Nicholas P.
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  • Industry: Internet
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

The perfect solution for our stage business

Reviewed on 2020-02-06

I could not be happier with Looker. My one hesitation in recommending it is that other tools seemed...

I could not be happier with Looker. My one hesitation in recommending it is that other tools seemed to be able to provide 80% of the value at 20% of the cost, but I've only demoed those tools and not actually used them so I'm not sure if they could actually deliver.

Pros

Looker is incredibly easy to use for a casual user, which most of our users are. As soon as your email is activated, you have access to the product and new users need very little direction to start getting value out of it.

Cons

Relative to other BI tools, the advanced charting functionality is somewhat limited, but frankly that's not the main reason we bought Looker. Data scientists can use another tool of their choice, we have Looker for people who aren't data scientists.

Tara A.
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  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 6.0 /10

Looker Review

Reviewed on 2019-06-13

Pros

Easy to create dashboards without engineers needing to write code.

Cons

Still not very good yet for a multi-tenant embedded environment. Needs a lot of work to set up and the API is slow.

Gal D.
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  • Industry: Program Development
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Great BI Tool, easy to use, deploy and manage, both by developers and business users

Reviewed on 2021-02-11

It helping us give the business users access to our data models and get business insights.
Our R&D...

It helping us give the business users access to our data models and get business insights.
Our R&D team is monitoring deployment of product using this data.
We are also give customer access to their data (with row level security)

Pros

very quick deployment, self serve abilities for the business users are very high.
Mediation layer management is very good, it is "Code" based and not setup based so it is very easy to replicate/versioning and find "Hacks" to many needs, and versioning is managed by GIT.
Support is amazing, always available.

Cons

Still lacking a little bit on the graphic side, Would really love to have some more buildin dynamic graphs.

Vincent W.
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  • Used Weekly for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

Controlled Analytics Exploration

Reviewed on 2018-05-17

Like I said, it's a great tool for analysts that don't need a lot of flexibility or maybe just...

Like I said, it's a great tool for analysts that don't need a lot of flexibility or maybe just aren't used to working with a lot of data. To get the full value out of this software, you'll need a core group of experienced Data Analysts that can learn fast (to learn Lookers Table Calculation code which is similar to SQL) who can build a bunch of dashboards and views. You really don't want people who aren't savvy with data doing a lot of the creating because measures are always aggregated based on the dimensions you pull into each table...if a user forgets to add a specific dimension then measures could show the wrong value. This could be offset by having really good developers who architect the data in a way that doesn't allow this to happen.

Pros

It's a great data exploration tool for users who normally would get anxious when given a large dataset in something like Excel. It's generally simple to use and there can be unlimited Viewers (users at the lowest permissions level) through the enterprise product. Data Visualization is essentially done for you and Exploers (users at the second level of permissions) can build new visualizations & turn them into interactive dashboards.

On the Looker platform, Explorers can locate a view (called an Explore) and then are given a list of dimensions and measures they can pull into a table. Users can create new dimensions using calculated fields and then save their views so any users with Viewer permissions (and up) can see what was put together.

Cons

With simplicity comes lack of flexibility. More skilled data analysts will want more flexibility than Looker can provide but at the same time you need to have highly skilled Data Analysts to be the Developers (high level of permissions) to set up the data so that less skilled analysts (the users who benefit from Looker most) who are Explorers don't build views that grossly misrepresent the data.

My biggest pet peeve with this software as an Explorer is that you cannot make calculations on the base data...only the data that you pull into your table (called table calculations). That is a major feature that Tableau has that Looker does not have at the Explorer permission level. Of course developers can use LookML (Lookers data language) to create a new column...but a Developer license is more expensive and creating the fields take time and it's something you constantly will need.

Katherine K.
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: 501-1,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Data manager as a factor to improve decision making

Reviewed on 2020-12-18

Looker has helped us by collecting, visualizing and analyzing our data to be more organized as a...

Looker has helped us by collecting, visualizing and analyzing our data to be more organized as a company, which has been a fundamental milestone for our growth as an organization based on our decision making. Another point to highlight and from which we have benefited is the availability and quick response of Looker's customer service team. It is a tool based on data management ideal for any organization that through the generation of analysis and reports will facilitate decision making in favor of business growth.

Pros

Looker is a tool that has allowed us, through the collection and representation, in a very comfortable control panel where the data is shown, helping the analysis and making the appropriate decisions for the growth of our business. I like how easy it is to understand Looker's operation to start taking advantage of its features, in addition to having a very attentive customer service team.

Cons

So far we haven't had any problems or inconveniences with Looker, it has given us what we needed.

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Looker FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Looker.

Looker offers the following pricing plans:

  • Pricing model: Subscription
  • Free Trial: Not Available

Contact Looker for pricing information.

Looker offers the following features:

  • APIs for integration into custom or third-party applications
  • Browser-based interface & customizable dashboards
  • Easy to build dashboards that work on any device.
  • Extensible modeling language defines measures & dimensions
  • Fully customizable charts, reports and graphs.
  • In-database architecture, so transformations happen at query
  • Live connection to any SQL database, on any infrastructure
  • Modern IDE for agile development & embellishment
  • Powerful tools for realtime data exploration & collaboration

Looker has the following typical customers:

Small Business, Large Enterprises, Non Profit, Mid Size Business

Looker supports the following languages:

English

We do not have any information about what devices Looker supports

Looker integrates with the following applications:

Alooma, Dropbox Business, Improvado, Kustomer, LoginRadius, Panoply, Rippling, Workable, Workpuls, Xplenty

Looker offers the following support options:

Knowledge Base, Online Support, FAQs, Forum, Video Tutorials

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