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137 Ratings
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Score 8.3 out of 100
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Score 8.2 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Looker

If you're a company who's been in business for a few years, and can afford a Looker license, then I wouldn't really look anywhere else. We've looked at a TON of data analytics/BI tools over the years and Looker is, by far, the best we've seen. However, that comes with a cost. If you're a new startup, Looker probably isn't appropriate for you because of the cost.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Public

Tableau Public is great, especially if you're new to the platform or considering implementing it within an organization. The Public version has most of the capabilities of the full version, with extensive community documentation to troubleshoot issues you may run into. Additionally, there are many resources to check out Public workbooks from other users and communities: a GREAT learning resource to figure out new, innovative ways to visualize and present data. It is perfect for evaluating public datasets, for doing exploratory data analysis, or contributing to cross-organizational or extracurricular projects that may benefit from more sophisticated data analysis and exploration. Tableau Public, because it stores to the cloud and has limitations on connectivity (ie, cannot connect to SQL servers) is not suited for confidential, financial, PII, etc., data, and care should be taken to avoid including sensitive data in any of the Tableau Public workbooks used by an individual or organization.
Leah Jakaitis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Looker
7.2
Tableau Public
9.3
Pixel Perfect reports
Looker
6.9
Tableau Public
8.7
Customizable dashboards
Looker
7.9
Tableau Public
10.0
Report Formatting Templates
Looker
7.0
Tableau Public
9.1

Ad-hoc Reporting

Looker
7.5
Tableau Public
8.3
Drill-down analysis
Looker
8.2
Tableau Public
7.2
Formatting capabilities
Looker
7.3
Tableau Public
8.6
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Looker
5.9
Tableau Public
7.1
Report sharing and collaboration
Looker
8.6
Tableau Public
10.0

Report Output and Scheduling

Looker
8.1
Tableau Public
9.0
Publish to Web
Looker
8.2
Tableau Public
10.0
Publish to PDF
Looker
7.8
Tableau Public
9.6
Report Versioning
Looker
7.6
Tableau Public
8.5
Report Delivery Scheduling
Looker
8.8
Tableau Public
8.3
Delivery to Remote Servers
Looker
Tableau Public
8.7

Data Discovery and Visualization

Looker
6.7
Tableau Public
9.1
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Looker
7.5
Tableau Public
9.1
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Looker
7.9
Tableau Public
9.4
Predictive Analytics
Looker
4.6
Tableau Public
8.9

Access Control and Security

Looker
8.5
Tableau Public
8.7
Multi-User Support (named login)
Looker
8.8
Tableau Public
9.0
Role-Based Security Model
Looker
8.4
Tableau Public
8.1
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Looker
8.4
Tableau Public
8.7
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Looker
Tableau Public
8.9

Mobile Capabilities

Looker
6.0
Tableau Public
8.7
Responsive Design for Web Access
Looker
7.5
Tableau Public
8.1
Dedicated iOS Application
Looker
5.0
Tableau Public
8.7
Dedicated Android Application
Looker
5.0
Tableau Public
8.7
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Looker
6.7
Tableau Public
9.3

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Looker
Tableau Public
8.5
REST API
Looker
Tableau Public
8.6
Javascript API
Looker
Tableau Public
8.7
iFrames
Looker
Tableau Public
8.0
Java API
Looker
Tableau Public
8.0
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Looker
Tableau Public
9.3
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Looker
Tableau Public
8.3

Pros

Looker

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Public

  • Tableau Public offers free tools for creative people to learn the products with minimal investment "up front", as well as providing a place to share data visualizations and insights with the world. Visualizations are hosted (for no charge) by Tableau Software and may be accessed by members of the local community (via links from an organization's website) or from anywhere in the world. Workbook(s) published to Tableau Public may be downloaded by viewers to see techniques used by the creator, and get good ideas.
  • Tableau Public Premium is similar but removes the download functionality. This works well when the publisher wants to share access to the visualizations (e.g. on the organization's website) but NOT share the underlying workbooks nor data, keeping both confidential.
Steven Bohlender | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Looker

  • Mobile viewing is HTML based, not always highly viewable.
  • Basic operations can be difficult to achieve. There is a function called table calculations which allows this.
  • Running on a single server, the entire instance can slow down if even one user schedules a large dashboard.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Public

  • In order to keep your data private, you have to buy a subscription
  • Problems with embedding on some websites
  • Must have a professional subscription to share with your network
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Looker

Looker 9.0
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Public

Tableau Public 9.1
Based on 2 answers
It's free, right? I'll keep using the free version. So the real question to ask is this? Will I pay $999 for the Personal version or $1,999 for the Professional? Yikes! That is a big stretch. I'm not sure about that. The product comparison chart is at: http://www.tableausoftware.com/public/comparison
Bonnie Holub | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Looker

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Tableau Public

Tableau Public 9.1
Based on 1 answer
By far the most easy to use and intuitive user interface I've seen with any tool.
Steven Bohlender | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Looker

Looker 10.0
Based on 4 answers
Looker support specialists are heroes. They are knowledgeable, smart, and always vouch for your success. The availability is super quick, and even if there is no current solution for my problem, they will address it and voice it as feedback for a product.
Jasmeet S Babra | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Public

Tableau Public 9.0
Based on 2 answers
I haven't needed any technical support, so I toyed with the idea of rating this 10, since it is well designed, and there are sufficient videos on their site to help me learn it.
Bonnie Holub | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Looker

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Tableau Public

Tableau Public 9.0
Based on 1 answer
I found it sufficient, and fast. I could easily "kick the tires" with Tableau on my data so I got up and running fast.
Bonnie Holub | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Looker

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Tableau Public

Tableau Public 9.1
Based on 2 answers
Start at the end and work backward. Identify the business case / issue and questions the end users have, then identify the data needed, and where to get it.
Steven Bohlender | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Looker

Looker stacks up very well against the other tools we have evaluated and used. All the tools have their own pros and cons. Looker had a better edge in terms of visualizations when we chose to use it. After several updates, other tools began to have newer features. Looker still stands competitive.
Purav Vaidya | TrustRadius Reviewer

Tableau Public

Tableau Public provides a variety of visualization and point-and-click functionality, with little or no scripting, gives Tableau the advantage. Also, being lightweight, Tableau Public finds the ease of use from our PSU bank-clients that use low-end hardware and devices. Tableau public helps raise satisfaction index, by way of ease of use and beautiful visualizations.
Hiren Mistry | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Looker

No answers on this topic

Tableau Public

  • Quick visualizations.
  • Clean design. If you are a fan of Edward Tufte or Stephen Few, then you favor a lean, clean look. That seems to be Tableau's default. I appreciate that.
Bonnie Holub | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Looker

General

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

Tableau Public

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Looker
8.2
Tableau Public
8.6

Likelihood to Renew

Looker
9.0
Tableau Public
9.1

Usability

Looker
Tableau Public
9.1

Support Rating

Looker
10.0
Tableau Public
9.0

Online Training

Looker
Tableau Public
9.0

Implementation Rating

Looker
Tableau Public
9.1

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