Looker: True Cloud-Based BI
August 24, 2015

Looker: True Cloud-Based BI

Kenneth Berland | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Software Version

3.20.14 and previous

Overall Satisfaction with Looker

Looker is used across our organization for business analysis. We also use Looker as a platform for customer-facing metrics.

Pros

  • Seamless integration with Amazon's Redshift.
  • Visualization without additional software development.
  • Painless user management and information segmentation.

Cons

  • Separation of development and production data and source code. However, great strides have been made here.
  • Birst,Tableau,Good Data,BIME
  • Birst: very opaque for teams accustomed to DevOps (i.e., programmable infrastructure)
  • Tableau: no cloud strategy. Does not scale horizontally
  • GoodData: flexible, but cumbersome. Requires Java
  • BIME: less flexible, inferior charting
Looker supported the key cloud-based connection types we required: Redshift, MySQL, and PostgreSQL.
Collaboration is near-perfect.
Well suited for teams that wish to focus on software development and not BI development. Looker has the cloud architecture that we believe all next-gen BI platforms must have. We chose them because they seemed to have the right thesis and the ability to deliver continuous improvements. We've not been disappointed.

Looker Feature Ratings

Pixel Perfect reports
6
Customizable dashboards
8
Report Formatting Templates
6
Drill-down analysis
8
Formatting capabilities
6
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Not Rated
Report sharing and collaboration
7
Publish to Web
7
Publish to PDF
Not Rated
Report Versioning
6
Report Delivery Scheduling
6
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
6
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
6
Predictive Analytics
6
Multi-User Support (named login)
7
Role-Based Security Model
7
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
7
Responsive Design for Web Access
7
Mobile Application
Not Rated
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
6

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