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Vincent Fernando Juares | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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All in all, you can create fast stunning dashboards from scratch. However, it can be a bit difficult to maintain in the long run as some advanced features appear to be lacking. We had an instance where we needed to use Tableau for a particular dashboard.
Anson Abraham | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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If you are looking at Looker for key performance metrics for IT-related things (like a data dog aspect), this will not be the use case you would want to use Looker. This is great for looking at the overall performance of sales, inventory, and dashboards of information related to the business itself.
Score 8 out of 10
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I definitely would recommend Looker, it is an awesome tool. Though I do like it more, the only reason I would not recommend it is because it is not the most widely used tool for this type of software and there are not as many resources out there online for it.
Score 7 out of 10
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For less evolved reporting, it is not bad at all. It is not designed to scale, fully. I mean that as long as you do not intend to scale, it is a good product for your company. Log aggregation level reporting is not suited for Looker. Customer facing data reporting is. As long as the reporting is not too multi-dimensional, Looker is good.
November 17, 2020

Solid performer

Score 6 out of 10
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Looker is well suited for companies with a data team. It's more suited for internal reporting because the presentation is pretty basic. It does not let you export as Powerpoint and no options for a custom cover page. It is less suited for companies with no data team and no SQL knowledge.
Score 9 out of 10
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I love Looker and it helps on the "money" side of the business to see where you stand. I generally don't like using it for product data because the visualization isn't great. If you are comfortable and familiar with excel and SQL, Looker is an easy transition and you will pick it up quite quickly.
Dustin Hovey | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Looker is a great tool when it has a lot of data to ingest and a lot of sources to link to. Since Looker works best at scale it is likely best for the organizations that operate at scale (medium to large business), specifically, organizations that a juggling multiple marketing/sales channels.
Jasmeet S Babra | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Looker is the best BI tool for an enterprise-level company. It allows everyone to work on their space and create reports and dashboards. They have done a great job with their own simpler version of SQL like language to set up tables, called lookml, which is very easy to write, and the documentation on it is excellent! Their customer support is phenomenal! What could be better are their filtering options and visualization options.
Jacob Rasmussen | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 5 out of 10
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Looker is extremely well suited for a large company that can devote a large number of resources to running and maintaining Looker. It is also great if you have a large analytics initiative and you need a consistent data model in order to avoid different analytics based on the same topic.
Shelby Bowden | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Looker is an excellent option for managing and displaying complex business data without too much hassle or waiting. This ability allows us to quickly understand trends and statistics, but it should not be used for in-depth statistical analysis. It is a great first stop when looking at data, but other software should be used for further research.
Score 8 out of 10
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Looker is excellent when there is a large team and when there is a lot of data required to be integrated. It does an excellent job in visualizations and creating charts. It is less appropriate for smaller teams as it is very expensive. If visualizations require too many customizations then Looker is slightly less appropriate. Overall, it provides great visualizations and drill-down analysis. Visualizations can be improved based on the current technology in the market.
Jennifer Lamas | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Looker adapts perfectly when we need to know project data that the company finances, we use it to make the most of the resources that are going to be used and in what way, it is an advantage since it helps us to make very important decisions when approving some project or deny it, since its analyzes are fast reliable and in real time
Henri Allik | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Looker can be used for almost everything, but the solution might not be the most straightforward in more technical cases. With the latest upgrade to Looker 5 it is super simple and fast to build dashboards. Looker is great for automated reporting using scheduling feature. Looker is not so great for ad-hoc complex queries as you would need to build it in LookML first - however, this can be now solved using SQL runner built-in Looker and create temporary Explores
Scott Schaen | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Looker is a great solution if making data available is a priority, or if flexibility/customization is really important. Dashboards and visualizations are good, but it's not Looker's strong suit. Looker is also not a tool for blending different datasets, however there's now a beta feature that takes a stab at this. The Looker UI is pretty intuitive from a user perspective.

Looker Scorecard Summary

Feature Scorecard Summary

BI Standard Reporting (3)
79%
7.9
Pixel Perfect reports (54)
76%
7.6
Customizable dashboards (63)
81%
8.1
Report Formatting Templates (51)
78%
7.8
Ad-hoc Reporting (4)
77%
7.7
Drill-down analysis (64)
79%
7.9
Formatting capabilities (63)
76%
7.6
Integration with R or other statistical packages (26)
74%
7.4
Report sharing and collaboration (65)
78%
7.8
Report Output and Scheduling (4)
77%
7.7
Publish to Web (51)
81%
8.1
Publish to PDF (53)
74%
7.4
Report Versioning (40)
79%
7.9
Report Delivery Scheduling (60)
75%
7.5
Data Discovery and Visualization (3)
68%
6.8
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.) (61)
80%
8.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization (53)
77%
7.7
Predictive Analytics (6)
46%
4.6
Access Control and Security (3)
74%
7.4
Multi-User Support (named login) (61)
74%
7.4
Role-Based Security Model (58)
77%
7.7
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete) (58)
72%
7.2
Mobile Capabilities (4)
62%
6.2
Responsive Design for Web Access (41)
73%
7.3
Dedicated iOS Application (1)
50%
5.0
Dedicated Android Application (1)
50%
5.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile (38)
76%
7.6

What is Looker?

Looker is a business intelligence application with an analytics-oriented application server that sits on top of relational data stores. The Looker platform includes an end-user interface for exploring data, a reusable development paradigm for creating data discovery experiences and an extensible API set so the data can exist in other systems.

Looker Features

BI Platform Features

  • Supported: Administration via Web Interface
  • Supported: Live Connection to External Data
  • Supported: In-memory data model
  • Supported: Multi-Data Source Reporting (Blending)
  • Supported: Data warehouse / dictionary layer

Supported Data Sources Features

  • Supported: Oracle
  • Supported: MS SQL Server
  • Supported: IBM DB2
  • Supported: Postgres
  • Supported: MySQL
  • Supported: Cloudera Hadoop
  • Supported: Hortonworks Hadoop
  • Supported: EMC Greenplum
  • Supported: IBM Netezza
  • Supported: HP Vertica
  • Supported: ParAccel
  • Supported: SAP Hana
  • Supported: Teradata
  • Supported: Sage 500
  • Supported: SAP

BI Standard Reporting Features

  • Supported: Pixel Perfect reports
  • Supported: Customizable dashboards
  • Supported: Report Formatting Templates

Ad-hoc Reporting Features

  • Supported: Drill-down analysis
  • Supported: Formatting capabilities
  • Supported: Integration with R or other statistical packages
  • Supported: Report sharing and collaboration

Report Output and Scheduling Features

  • Supported: Publish to Web
  • Supported: Publish to PDF
  • Supported: Output Raw Supporting Data
  • Supported: Report Versioning
  • Supported: Report Delivery Scheduling

Data Discovery and Visualization Features

  • Supported: Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
  • Supported: Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
  • Supported: Support for Machine Learning models
  • Supported: Integration with R or other statistical packages

Access Control and Security Features

  • Supported: Multi-User Support (named login)
  • Supported: Role-Based Security Model
  • Supported: Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
  • Supported: Report-Level Access Control
  • Supported: Table-Level Access Control (BI-layer)
  • Supported: Field-Level Access Control (BI-layer)

Mobile Capabilities Features

  • Supported: Responsive Design for Web Access
  • Supported: Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

Looker Screenshots

A Looker dashboard for Sales.A Looker dashboard with a geo chart.This is what LookML looks like, Looker's proprietary modeling language.

Looker Video

See the simple process of connecting your database to Looker and gaining insights to your data with Rafael Jara-Simkin of Looker. With the yaml based modeling language, LookML, your business logic is easily repeatable and reusable, allowing your analysts to better leverage the data and save time from writing SQL queries. Easily visualize your data sets and create dashboards, connecting your organization's teams to better collaborate and gain insight.

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Looker Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise, SaaS
Operating SystemsWindows, Linux, Mac
Mobile ApplicationNo
Supported CountriesUnited States, Canada, United Kingdom, Mexico, Germany, France, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Brazil
Supported LanguagesEnglish

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Looker?

Looker is a BI application with an analytics-oriented application server that sits on top of relational data stores. It includes an end-user interface for exploring data, a reusable development paradigm for data discovery, and an API for supporting data in other systems.

What is Looker's best feature?

Reviewers rate Customizable dashboards and Publish to Web highest, with a score of 8.1.

Who uses Looker?

The most common users of Looker are from Mid-size Companies and the Computer Software industry.