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Looker

75 Ratings

Looker

75 Ratings
Score 8.2 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Looker

Depending on organization size and the amount of data that you collect, that will strongly determine if this is appropriate for you. For less complex scenarios, I may suggest Excel/Google Sheets because you're probably already familiar with the tools. I only suggest it if you have more basic things to analyze.

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Looker
8.0
Pixel Perfect reports
Looker
7.3
Customizable dashboards
Looker
8.6
Report Formatting Templates
Looker
8.2

Ad-hoc Reporting

Looker
7.7
Drill-down analysis
Looker
8.1
Formatting capabilities
Looker
7.1
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Looker
6.8
Report sharing and collaboration
Looker
8.7

Report Output and Scheduling

Looker
8.3
Publish to Web
Looker
8.7
Publish to PDF
Looker
8.0
Report Versioning
Looker
7.8
Report Delivery Scheduling
Looker
8.9

Data Discovery and Visualization

Looker
7.0
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Looker
8.3
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Looker
8.1
Predictive Analytics
Looker
4.6

Access Control and Security

Looker
9.1
Multi-User Support (named login)
Looker
9.4
Role-Based Security Model
Looker
8.7
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Looker
9.0

Mobile Capabilities

Looker
6.7
Responsive Design for Web Access
Looker
8.5
Dedicated iOS Application
Looker
5.0
Dedicated Android Application
Looker
5.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Looker
8.4

Pros

  • Incredibly advanced analytics tool that is even more capable if you learn how to use LookML which is Looker's custom programming language.
  • Quick access to the raw data that is being visualized allows you to spot check for data integrity.
  • My usage with Looker is limited because of our integration but, having seen their updates over time, the integrations with Slack, Salesforce, and other tools appear to greatly improve organizations' workflows.

Cons

  • The time it takes to load data has been INCREDIBLY frustrating to our clients. How much of this is the fault of our developers, I don't know. What I do know is that it's the slowest time to see a visualization of any BI tool I've used. By far.
  • There is A LOT of exerting setup required for custom dashboards. When adding our custom integration into the mix it's been nearly impossible to get things done.
  • The calculation field can be incredibly useful but, again, requires technical expertise which not all of our users have.

Likelihood to Renew

Looker9.0
Based on 4 answers
We've been very happy with Looker so far, and all teams in the organization are starting to see its value, and use it on a frequent basis. It has quickly become our accessible "source of truth" for all data/metrics.

Support

Looker10.0
Based on 1 answer
I can get responses to questions in minutes through their in-app chat feature. They have provided 6 months of LookML training to our analytics team, with weekly calls. They also provided in-office business user training for our entire organization

Breadth of Deployment

Looker has been adopted company-wide, and Looker dashboards are displayed on screens throughout the office. It is the single source of truth, and as the company grows, so will the number of Looker users.

Alternatives Considered

This question is very complex and depends on the concrete business needs. Looker plays very well when focus is on data discovery, ease-to-use and complex data modeling done straight in the tool. For a super complex dashboard, reports and in a huge enterprise environment with extreme dependencies, there are tools that are currently better suited.One of Looker's strength is to truly enable self-service BI, by giving almost everybody access to the system in a browser environment without the need of a thick client software and for a relatively low marginal price per user.

Collaboration and Sharing

Looker8.9
Based on 35 answers
Collaboration is very easy in Looker. You can always share "looks" (analyses), reports, dashboards etc. with co-workers. Everybody has his/her own "space" to play around. People can simply share and schedule all pieces or have them delivered as CSV, HTML, etc.. Even collaboration on data modelling layer is possible! Access control and permission settings are very detailed and granular.

Data Integration

Looker8.4
Based on 35 answers
Looker is easy to connect to a data source (SQL DB), allows all SQL functionality and provides additional functionality through their LookML language. Looker run queries in real-time but also allows for scheduling queries so that performance can be optimized. Looker allows you to use multiple data sources and models and allows for flexibility in permissioning users and access.

Pricing Details

Looker

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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