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4.7/5 (66 reviews)
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Looker Feature Summary

  • Powerful tools for realtime data exploration & collaboration
  • Browser-based interface & customizable dashboards
  • Easy to build dashboards that work on any device.
  • Live connection to any SQL database, on any infrastructure
  • Extensible modeling language defines measures & dimensions
  • Modern IDE for agile development & embellishment
  • In-database architecture, so transformations happen at query
  • Fully customizable charts, reports and graphs.
  • APIs for integration into custom or third-party applications

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Drag & Drop Interface (43 other apps)
Graphical Data Presentation (37 other apps)
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Looker Feature Reviews

25 reviewers had the following to say about Looker's features:

Glenn Burnside

Solid data exploration product, could benefit from some polish.

2015-07-30

Pros

Very accessible to developers and makes it possible to develop a strong data model on top of existing relational data sets.

Cons

Lacking global filtering and templated dashboards.

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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Likelihood to recommend

7/10

Recommendations to others considering Looker

If you're looking for a data exploration and ad-hoc analysis tools, Looker has a lot to offer. Report sharing, API-based integration with your own applications, and data visualization, though, is not its strong suit.

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grant warnock

Powerful data exploration tool, invaluable for reporting complex business data

2018-03-20

Pros

Able to rapidly organise very large data sets and share dashboards and views.

Cons

Histograms) and doesn't have wide range of options for exporting to other reporting packages

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Ashante Cunningham

Key Metric Reporting is cooler now

2018-06-19

Pros

With Looker, not only I or a few key managers, but all the team can run queries to visualize our key metrics and to see where we stand from week to week.

Cons

Not really any cons, but I would love for Looker to give us the ability to access real-time data and see a query automatically update within a given dashboard.

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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Source: Capterra
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Alvaro Gil

Easy to learn, not very intuitive but really useful when dominated

2017-12-22

Data accessibility

Pros

Data is accessible and easy to compare. Analysis is easy using Dashboards and it is very easy to customize it.

Cons

Sometimes data from different Explores regarding the same topic gives different information.

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Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Jacob Groom

Looker is great for customization and in-depth analysis

2017-09-09

It is great if you really need to dive into data visualization and data analytics.

Pros

You can connect it with many integrators, or just use it as is.

Cons

It is very difficult to set up, especially without an overly technical background. There is a lot of thought that must go into laying everything out.

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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Software Advice
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Schaeffers Arnold

Pulling data has never been easier

2016-12-15

This software is great for non-technical users who need real-time access to data that would otherwise require them to write SQL queries to pull.

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Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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charles milam

relatively simple drag and drop process. brings strong analysis and visualization tools to users.

2017-10-10

ease of use, good analysis and visualization

Pros

drag and drop query creation strong visualization tools dashboards easy to share findings easy automation with email alerts

Cons

can get a bit confusing and confining with more complex queries/analysis machine written sql can be annoying

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Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Susan Sucu

Looker is very easy for business users but could use some improvements in visualizations

2017-09-06

Looker is great but you need to have power users who are able to set everything up in the background.

Pros

It creates all the joins int he background and allows a drag and drop interface.

Cons

Visualizations are not very dynamic.

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Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Software Advice
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Anonymous
(Computer Software company, 11-50 employees)

I use Looker every day, all day to make the data actionable.

2017-10-19

Being able to distribute limited customized data reports to over 2,000 people!

Pros

They are always improving the product and taking my requests seriously. I have been using it for 2 years, and all of my requests have been met.

Cons

Sometimes the requests take time, and with all the software updates, sometimes the documentation is a little lacking, but support is always there to help.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Joshua B

Great Product and very reliable

2016-10-07

We use Looker for a lot of Data Analysis.

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Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
( company, 201-500 employees)

Great business intelligence tool

2018-05-12

This software helps me have access, measure, analyze, and act on our trusted data to inform everyday business activities.

Pros

It is a great tool as it has helped my company unify and liberate data, drive our business forward with data, give anyone the freedom to drive decision-making with data and help all employees view data as integral to everyday business activities.

Cons

I'm sure it will be a great tool and very useful tool once I'm fully on board but it definitely is taking me more time than I thought.

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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
( company, 51-200 employees)

Best organization-wide analytics/BI platform out there

2017-12-19

Pros

The LookML layer makes things easy to scale. The API and interfaces into other software such as Google Sheets as well as functions like email schedules allow opening up data much easier.

Cons

The Look-Dashboard-Space system and managing content can become burdensome as use of Looker scales.

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Legal Services company, 11-50 employees)

Best Software Available for Centralized Analytics

2017-10-05

Pros

This makes helping people get the data that they need so much easier, and I do not have to spend much time on ad hoc queries anymore.

Cons

I do run into query performance issues when there are multiple users querying at once. There is also a pretty large initial investment when setting up the implementation.

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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Frederik Hemmink

Reporting & data mondeling at its best

2017-03-16

Looker enables me to set definitions in one place and create multiple of different data models, which is perfect for a market place where users can be both buyers and sellers.

Pros

Data mondeling functionalities inside & all visualisations are code based

Cons

Expensive for a start up company

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Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Vincent Walsh

Controlled Analytics Exploration

2018-05-17

To get the full value out of this software, you'll need a core group of experienced Data Analysts that can learn fast (to learn Lookers Table Calculation code which is similar to SQL) who can build a bunch of dashboards and views.

Pros

Data Visualization is essentially done for you and Exploers (users at the second level of permissions) can build new visualizations & turn them into interactive dashboards.

Cons

More skilled data analysts will want more flexibility than Looker can provide but at the same time you need to have highly skilled Data Analysts to be the Developers (high level of permissions) to set up the data so that less skilled analysts (the users who benefit from Looker most) who are Explorers don't build views that grossly misrepresent the data.

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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Greg Burton

Looker gives me on-demand access to data the way I want it, with great visuals and sharing options.

2017-10-06

Easily accessible data, ability to share in various formats and upon demand.

Pros

Looker helps me put actionable data in front of various teams within my company, regardless of how tech savvy they are.

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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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dave withers

Looker is mesmerizing to use!

2018-01-05

democratizing our data stores to our viewing users

Pros

slick design, seamless drill through and intuitive interface...really stands out above the rest of the vendors we've looked at

Cons

LookML learning curve and usability...getting up to speed and making looker useful will be about getting to learn Looker and LookML, so not a trivial task.

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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Christina Mosteller

LOOKERS

2016-11-08

Looker allows me to visualize data from my paid marketing programs.

Pros

Ease of use.

Cons

On the left-hand side, it can be difficult to see what the selections are at a quick glance in order to uncheck a field (when you cannot visualize a query)

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10

Recommendations to others considering Looker

Make sure you have a data analyst explain how the field information is pulled from your product.

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Balbina Wong

Looker is a very powerful and userfriendly tool

2017-10-24

Pros

The SQL runner is a great feature that helps with querying the datasets that are available before diving in and creating explores. Dashboarding and sharing reports are also very easy with Looker.

Cons

The visualisation features have come a long way over the years but sometimes it is still hard to customise visualisations.

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Daniel Bower

Great Customer Service

2018-05-15

Pros

The chat feature in the product is awesome, as it quickly connects you to a Customer Success rep who can help you with pretty much anything!

Cons

Also, this product requires a full time data engineer to keep the backend of the product to build new data models.

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Apparel & Fashion company, 501-1000 employees)

Empowers entire companies with data with an intuitive software and incredible customer service

2017-10-08

Pros

Customization ability Incredible data visualizations Allows me to automate and optimize processes The friendliest and most helpful customer service

Cons

Loading dashboards can be very slow Validating code can sometimes take forever Occasional bugs make it temporarily go down for the entire company

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Teena Blaydes

Looker allows everyone in your company, even the less tech-savvy, to make data-driven decisions.

2017-12-13

We get to force-multiply our impact by making it easy for users in all departments to make data-driven decisions and help allow that to drive their day-to-day.

Pros

I love the customization of Looker, and that you can put large amounts of data into the hands of anyone -- in a way that makes sense [to them]!

Cons

When modeling views, I wish you could define better filters for measures but it's limited.

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Food & Beverages company, 51-200 employees)

Taking Business Intelligence to the next level

2017-11-16

Pros

Looker have done what most BI tools are missing, they managed to create a tool that can be used both for nice visualizations, but also to do deep data analysis.

Cons

Im still missing some flexibility compared to do data analysis in pure SQL and Excel.

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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Amy Anthony

Looker makes BI & analytics easy

2017-03-14

It's ease of use and value for the money allows it to meet our needs as our corporate BI/analytics tool!

Pros

Ease of use, monetary value and ability to prototype and show data quickly.

Cons

Performance issues, it's a new product so some standard features it's missing - around mapping separate projects together, some access/security features, and lack of self-service model layer.

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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering Looker

Because it's new and already has so much, it will quickly add the small subset of features/functionality that it's missing. Their CS team and support is the best I've ever worked with!

Source: Capterra
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Terence Knorr

I work as the lead BI developer and Administrator of Looker at my company.

2017-10-05

Pros

With respect to frontend users, those using it for simpler data retrieval/review, their interface is rather easy to use and logical to work through.

Cons

However, it seems that most integrations will require purchasing from third parties, instead of being a Looker hosted and "controlled" solution you purchase through them.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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