Looker Software


 

Recently nominated for best “Data Analytics” startup in the GigaOM Structure Data Awards, Looker is modernizing Business Intelligence with an advanced web-based platform designed to explore and analyze data. It was developed for intuitive use by anyone familiar with navigating through a web browser, and operates on any device. 

Make the most of data analysts and data scientists by empowering them with the information they need to share knowledge, focus on high-value explorations, and make data-driven decisions. Looker provides business teams the ability to easily analyze supply chains, market digitally, quantify customer value, interpret customer behavior, and evaluate distribution processes. Looker operates 100% in-database, so query- and drill-paths are unlimited. It does not depend on ETL, intermediary storage, or cubing of data. Users can also “view source” to understand how the data they are viewing is being manipulated.

The dashboards are easy to build and allow for customizable charts, graphs and reports. All dashboards and queries can be drilled into, so users can discover details behind the pictures.

Looker offers an extensive free trial; they actually build a platform to query a company’s existing databases. This gives prospective users an opportunity to view their own data through the Looker platform while simultaneously giving them access to a support team for questions.

We think Looker is a great fit for tech-savvy businesses in the US and Canada in many fields, including Advertising, Banking, Construction, Education, and Pharmaceuticals. Companies that want to maximize the value of the large amounts of data they are collecting should put Looker on their shortlist.  

 

Looker - Dashboard
 
  • Looker - Dashboard
    Dashboard
  • Looker - Customizable charts, reports and graphs
    Customizable charts, reports and graphs
  • Looker - Real-time data exploration and collaboration
    Real-time data exploration and collaboration
  • Looker - Modeling language defines measures and dimensions
    Modeling language defines measures and dimensions
Supported Operating System(s):
Mac OS, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 8

14 Reviews of Looker

 
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from PSU
Specialty: Other
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

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Looker allows me to visualize data from my paid marketing programs. It is easy and simple to use both in nature and for use on a daily basis. It is easy to draw conclusions, visualize trends, and create formulas and filters without the needed background/degree as a data analyst (I do not have an SQL background).

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Ease of use.

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On the left-hand side, it can be difficult to see what the selections are at a quick glance in order to uncheck a field (when you cannot visualize a query)

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Make sure you have a data analyst explain how the field information is pulled from your product.

 
 

from USF
Specialty: Real Estate
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

Good for the value. A lot of great features. But still figuring it out!

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I tried this product out a while back and was very dissatisfied. Recently, however I have come back to it and could not be more pleased. For my small real estate business it is very to easy to use but I wouldn't say it is the most intuitive. Large scale use would definitely require probably individualized training. It has so many features it is not quite as streamlined as some other software I have used. I found I used their customer support a lot!

 
 

from iLoan
Specialty: Banking & Financial Services
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

Looker makes data accessible to all business users

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Looker requires some set up upfront from the tech team, but once it's up and running it creates easy access to data in user-friendly format. Visualizations and tables are both easy, and the SQL option makes it possible for more technical users to dig deep into the data.

 
 

from Jobvite
Specialty: Marketing Services

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As someone who does not know SQL, Looker allows me to visualize all the data coming from my paid marketing programs in the simplest way possible on a daily basis. I am able to draw conclusions, visualize trends, and create IFTT formulas and filters without a data analyst background.

Likes Least

When you can't visualize a query, it's difficult to tell what the selections are on the left hand side at a quick glance to uncheck a field.

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Make sure you have a data analyst explain how the field information is pulled from your product.

 
 

from Bitstrips
Specialty: Software / Technology

Finally a flexible reporting tool that is not a nightmare to maintain

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So many things are done right:
- The simplicity of creating a meta schema using lookml, the learning curve is lightning fast
- The flexibility of the system, making data available to intern customer has never been so easy
- The support team is really knowledgeable and fast to answer
- The roadmap is clear and moving forward as a great speed. Most missing features that we have in mind are usually in development when we ask
- A really fun team, every meeting with looker is always a pleasure

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Even if the team is moving fast and offering more and more features, they still lack on some of them. Mainly on dashboards.
It went a long way since the early days and now I'd say that 95% of our needs are covered.

On the other hand, their releases are so fast it's hard to keep track with all that was already implemented, the documentation is always a bit behind and searching for something precise on the discourse page can be a nightmare.

Recommendations

- Have some data ready that you want to analyze.
Don't just jump on any tool without having a fair understanding of your own database tables.
A demo on fake data will never tell you is the tool is good or not.

- Don't hesitate to try other tools to see how looker utterly destroyed the complexity of doing reports

 
 

from Perkuto
Specialty: Marketing Services

Powerful for the Data Scientist, Friendly for the Business User

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When I first saw Looker (during a long BI evaluation process where we demo'd perhaps 5-10 tools) I knew it was what I had been hoping for in a BI vendor. The ease of dragging dimensions and metrics onto a canvas, the fluid way that you could generate reports, and the simplicity of drilling down into the source data all suggested this was a tool that had been built well from the ground up.

Other vendors seemed to trap you into a narrow view of your metrics, but with Looker the only restrictions were the ones built into your data model. It could easily flex to accommodate whatever data you wanted to look at.

The LookML language and the way Looker is designed to interact with your data is pretty brilliant. Even a non-data scientist and non-SQL user like me could get the hang of the basics ;)

The range of options, the configurability, the flexibility...all aces. Really you only get stuck by your imagination, the tool is powerful enough that you can solve most problems if you have the know-how.

The team is also great. Awesome culture, friendly support.

They have a continual flow of new features and improvements.

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You do need a good BI person or ETL developer to really get the most out of this tool.

Setting up your data model really well and going to the outer limits to solve some particularly difficult queries are all things I would have had a hard time doing without technical resources on the team.

Of course it's possible Looker helps with a lot of this during implementation; we pretty much controlled our own because we had the folks in house to do it.

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Envision your day to day reporting and the ad hoc queries you might need to answer. Put them to your sales team and see how Looker might solve them. Get a good understanding of what you'll need to both set up and maintain to suit your ongoing needs.

 
 

from Infectious Media
Specialty: Advertising

Looker transforms companies

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It's a great product for giving people in all departments of your company access to data and allow them to explore what your data can provide. Rather than having to always go to the Business Intelligence or Analytics team, people of any level can query data without any SQL knowledge or understanding and yield results that are either directly actionable or ask more questions that can be answered using Looker. We ran an initial 30 days trial with a view that only our analysts and BI team members would use it. By the end of the 30 days, everyone from the COO down to the account teams were using it. It's amazing.

Furthermore, the vendor is smart, responsive and constantly improving the product, delivering a new version approximately every month. Their customer service is second-to-none and they are always happy to hear about new features that you need in the product. Very pleased overall with their service, strategy and plan to expand our use of them to our clients over the next few months.

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Looker are still very heavily US based. They have just started an EU office, but support is still largely limited to US West Coast hours (although they seem to wake up at stupid o'clock to deal with some of our issues and plan to have support in the EU soon).

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Try it! To be fair, if you have a terrible underlying data warehouse, then all Looker will do is expose that. Make sure your data house is in reasonable order first, although a trial may show you think you need to fix that you didn't realise before. That said, Looker also makes you want to fix the problems in your underlying data so often the best way of making sure these fixes take place is to implement it and see what happens.

 
 

from Coinbase
Specialty: Banking & Financial Services

Great product; #1 at implementing user feedback

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They take product feedback and implement it; the product has improved dramatically in a short period of time

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Its hard to organize the data and keep a company of 60+ on the same page. For example, if I create a column for "total" it's hard to share with a new employee what that means and when they should use it without executing one on one training.

Additionally, there are so many features it's hard to know the best circumstance for each.

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Provide feedback and ask questions to the support, Looker's biggest asset is the responsive and helpful support team. The more you ask & respond the more you see your recommendations implemented.

 
 

from Headspring
Specialty: Consulting

Solid data exploration product, could benefit from some polish.

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Very accessible to developers and makes it possible to develop a strong data model on top of existing relational data sets. Make time-based analysis very easy to do.

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Difficult to edit model once in place. Data visualization and dashboard features are not strong. Lacking global filtering and templated dashboards. Setting up interim data caching to prevent load on core database is difficult.

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If you're looking for a data exploration and ad-hoc analysis tools, Looker has a lot to offer. Report sharing, API-based integration with your own applications, and data visualization, though, is not its strong suit.

 
 

from ClearFit
Specialty: Software / Technology

When analytics becomes part of your operations -

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Everything.
Looker made it sexy for BI developers, and intuitive easy to use for business user.

Their support is extremely knowledgeable and always available if you need any help.
Their engineers are brilliant and their hard work is allowing frequent releases that are going in the right directions.
Looker is customer driven and will deliver what makes sense for every user.

We love the creativity and flexibility this tool is offering us, as we are able to manipulate LookML to create anything, from data extract to Process automation.

Their growth is EXPONENTIAL.
Their Doc is well maintained so you are never lost.
Their community became part of their offering, you cannot find this elsewhere.

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We have been satisfied since day 1!

I dislike the fact that our internal users are not curious enough (or don't get it) to explore data on their own. Maybe a different UI would help people discover on their own.

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Do you want to host the solution or having it hosted?
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Training cost?
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Can you use this tool for yourself? for your clients?
Do they have permissions levels?
make sure that you gather all of your internal requirements and that which ever solution pleases everyone not only marketing or engineering.

 
 
 
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