Looker is disrupting the BI marketplace
Michael Schiff | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 28, 2017

Looker is disrupting the BI marketplace

Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Looker

Looker is being used across all of Heroku. It is used in all the major departments, such as Sales, Marketing, Product, Engineering, Customer support and Finance. It provides customer insight to all areas of the company.
  • Real time dashboards
  • Guided Navigation, meaning you can bring up a dashboard or report, click on a cell and drill into the foundational data.
  • Central Metadata Management. LookML metadata repository and language is a game changer.
  • Better visualizations. 3d graphs and charts. A little more sex and sizzle.
  • Adding a new data source and/or tables should be easier.
We find Looker much easier to develop and manage. The LookML central data repository is far more robust and easy to use. The fact that Looker manages the server for you, means you never have any downtime. The other products have you managing all sorts of servers, which is a lot of overhead.
  • It connects to any data sources you would need.
  • Does a very good job translating to the native language of that data source
  • You can switch data sources easily/seamlessly
  • Performance of connector is strong.
Using Github as the foundation for development is genius. It allows collaborators to work together in a robust, known, trusted team development environment. With that you get all the standard capabilities, like versioning, peer review, auditing, etc.
Well suited:
- Self service analytics
- Realtime reports and dashboards
- Scheduled reports and dashboards
- Embedded reporting

Not well suited: Statistical reporting

Looker Feature Ratings

Customizable dashboards
Drill-down analysis
Formatting capabilities
Report sharing and collaboration
Publish to PDF
Report Delivery Scheduling
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Multi-User Support (named login)
Role-Based Security Model
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile