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Dustin Hovey | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 03, 2019

Data and Reporting Made Easy

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.
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Jasmeet S Babra | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 14, 2019

Power BI tool for enterprises

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.
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Jacob Rasmussen | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 13, 2019

A great tool that requires a ton of resources to deploy and maintain

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.
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Shelby Bowden | TrustRadius Reviewer
August 09, 2019

Looker - taking a closer look at your organization!

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.
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Kevin Yip | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 03, 2019

Solid performer

Score 7 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.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 18, 2019

Looker is the tool you're looking for... if you can afford it.

Score 10 out of 10
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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.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 04, 2019

Looker is a game changer for our company reporting

Score 10 out of 10
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Looker is very well suited for analytics teams. It is super easy for analysts to create visualizations that are tied to data pipelines, and very easy for us to make changes. However, the Explore function might be harder for non-technical audiences to understand and therefore we needed to put on a lot of training for stakeholders.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 28, 2019

Great robust product that helps scale

Score 9 out of 10
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It is great if you have a lot of data sources and are struggling to keep them in one place where you can also analyze it. Looker is great for helping create and keep track of data and reports that might be coming from many different places. On the other hand, if you are already using something that helps create reports and analyze data while not having many data sources, this might not be as useful.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 28, 2019

Good data warehouse, but lacking some benefits

Score 6 out of 10
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Looker seems to be great if you have data from a lot of sources and need to keep it in a single place. However, there seem to be problems when integrating it with Salesforce and sometimes it can be very slow to load. However, if you are just looking for a data warehouse plain and simple, it will do the job.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 28, 2019

Complex but powerful

Score 6 out of 10
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Looker helps users to visualize data from multiple sources. It is good at helping to stitch together multiple reports. With the proper training, it can combine data from different channels and display it in a way to allows users to visualize the impact of different variables. You can even create dashboards that are customizable for different users or roles.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 27, 2019

Looker helps us organize our business data

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.
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Purav Vaidya | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 08, 2018

Looker - Business intelligence tool

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.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
May 21, 2019

Great user to use product that can be rolled out to the whole org

Score 10 out of 10
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Looker is a great place to be a one-stop shop for daily (or real-time) info into the company's performance. We have a business intelligence database that syncs with production daily (over-night). So, this is a good tool to use first thing in the morning to see what happened yesterday. This tool needs high organizational alignment to do some finance specific use cases like scenario comparison or near term P&L modeling. It is best suited to output historical data, we've found it cumbersome to have our forecast models live (and calculate) within Looker.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
May 25, 2019

Great visualization tool, flexible and easy to use

Score 9 out of 10
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Totally fitted to become the visualization tool for any type of company with a basic IT department to implement it. It also requires a BI function with a more business-like view to address proper business questions.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
May 17, 2019

Great BI tool with a data modeling layer and version control

Score 8 out of 10
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Looker is well suited for use as a BI tool and, in my opinion, is a sleeker and user-friendly alternative to Tableau. It is great for visualizing data with minimal setup and minimal SQL knowledge for analysts. If your analysts are tech savvy and are comfortable with SQL there might be cheaper alternatives to Looker.
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Jennifer Lamas | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 18, 2018

Solution to analyze your data quickly and safely

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
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 15, 2018

Looker is awesome!

Score 10 out of 10
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Looker is great for understanding performance data and making adjustments on the fly. It is great for truly "exploring" data.
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Henri Allik | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 07, 2017

Looker supports data self-serve - everyone can use it!

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
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Scott Schaen | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 06, 2017

Looker's great if you're looking for a customizable solution for making data available to your team

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.
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Vinaybabu Raghunandha Naidu | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 12, 2017

Dynamic and Realtime Dashboards

Score 7 out of 10
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Looker is well suited to showcase the company progress and trend visually where the data is noisy and huge. Multiple types of data visualization can be included in a single frame. Best in Dynamic dashboard creation and data projection in real time.
Less suited when OLAP datasources are connected which increases the data retrieval time and loading to looker is slow.
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Gleb Mezhanskiy | TrustRadius Reviewer
March 14, 2016

The Best BI User Experience

Score 10 out of 10
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Very well suited for modeling and exposing data of any data source with a SQL interface including but not limited to Hive and Spark.

Greatly reduces the burden on engineers by allowing business users to perform analysis, build visualizations and put together dashboards themselves.

Currently cannot handle other data interfaces, such as Splunk.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Pixel Perfect reports (42)
6.9
Customizable dashboards (51)
8.0
Report Formatting Templates (39)
7.1
Drill-down analysis (52)
8.3
Formatting capabilities (51)
7.4
Integration with R or other statistical packages (15)
6.1
Report sharing and collaboration (53)
8.6
Publish to Web (39)
8.0
Publish to PDF (41)
7.8
Report Versioning (29)
7.5
Report Delivery Scheduling (48)
8.6
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.) (49)
7.5
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization (41)
7.8
Predictive Analytics (6)
4.6
Multi-User Support (named login) (49)
8.8
Role-Based Security Model (47)
8.3
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete) (47)
8.4
Responsive Design for Web Access (29)
7.3
Dedicated iOS Application (1)
5
Dedicated Android Application (1)
5
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile (26)
6.7

About 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
Does not have featureAdministration via Windows App
Does not have featureAdministration via MacOS App
Has featureAdministration via Web Interface
Has featureLive Connection to External Data
Does not have featureSnapshot of External Data
Has featureIn-memory data model
Does not have featureOLAP (Pre-processed cube representation)
Does not have featureROLAP (SQL-layer querying)
Has featureMulti-Data Source Reporting (Blending)
Has featureData warehouse / dictionary layer
Does not have featureETL Capability
Does not have featureETL Scheduler
Supported Data Sources Features
Does not have featureMS Excel Workbooks
Does not have featureText Files (CSV, etc)
Has featureOracle
Has featureMS SQL Server
Has featureIBM DB2
Has featurePostgres
Has featureMySQL
Does not have featureODBC
Has featureCloudera Hadoop
Has featureHortonworks Hadoop
Has featureEMC Greenplum
Has featureIBM Netezza
Has featureHP Vertica
Has featureParAccel
Has featureSAP Hana
Has featureTeradata
Has featureSage 500
Does not have featureSalesforce
Has featureSAP
Does not have featureGoogle Analytics
BI Standard Reporting Features
Has featurePixel Perfect reports
Has featureCustomizable dashboards
Has featureReport Formatting Templates
Ad-hoc Reporting Features
Has featureDrill-down analysis
Has featureFormatting capabilities
Does not have featurePredictive modeling
Has featureIntegration with R or other statistical packages
Has featureReport sharing and collaboration
Report Output and Scheduling Features
Has featurePublish to Web
Has featurePublish to PDF
Has featureOutput Raw Supporting Data
Has featureReport Versioning
Has featureReport Delivery Scheduling
Does not have featureDelivery to Remote Servers
Data Discovery and Visualization Features
Has featurePre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Has featureLocation Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Does not have featurePredictive Analytics
Has featureSupport for Machine Learning models
Does not have featurePattern Recognition and Data Mining
Has featureIntegration with R or other statistical packages
Access Control and Security Features
Has featureMulti-User Support (named login)
Has featureRole-Based Security Model
Has featureMultiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Has featureReport-Level Access Control
Has featureTable-Level Access Control (BI-layer)
Has featureField-Level Access Control (BI-layer)
Does not have featureSingle Sign-On (SSO)
Mobile Capabilities Features
Has featureResponsive Design for Web Access
Does not have featureDedicated iOS Application
Does not have featureDedicated Android Application
Has featureDashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding Features
Does not have featureREST API
Does not have featureJavascript API
Does not have featureiFrames
Does not have featureJava API
Does not have featureThemeable User Interface (UI)
Does not have featureCustomizable Platform (Open Source)

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Pricing

  • Has featureFree Trial Available?Yes
  • Does not have featureFree or Freemium Version Available?No
  • Has featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?Yes
  • Entry-level set up fee?No

Looker Support Options

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FAQ/Knowledgebase
Video Tutorials / Webinar

Looker Technical Details

Deployment Types:On-premise, SaaS
Operating Systems: Windows, Linux, Mac
Mobile Application:No
Supported Countries:United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Mexico, Germany, France, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Brazil
Supported Languages: English