Tableau vs Looker Comparison Chart

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Anonymous
(Computer Software company, 201-500 employees)

Pretty, but limited

2019-01-24

Would not recommend for analysis, but if you're willing to do the analysis elsewhere and use Tableau only for visualization, it's worth it!

Pros

Tableau is great for beautiful data visualization - they've clearly put a lot of time into it, and their visualizations are world class. We actually often do our analysis in another tool, and keep a single license for Tableau just to run our visualizations there.

Cons

Tableau simply doesn't have the functionality to truly meet the needs of a data analysis team - for that, look to other solutions like Looker or Periscope.

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Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Business intelligence & analytics
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Yichen Huang

Overview of Looker

2018-12-14

Pros

- Doesn't have a steep learning curve - LookML can be powerful if created correctly - Awesome support (chat)

Cons

- Not as flexible sometimes when creating your visualization - Limited visualizations comparing Tableau

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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

8/10
Source: Software Advice
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Looker Reviews
Looker
Analytics Evolved
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Dominic Tay

Powerful Analytical Tool For Big Data

2019-04-17

Customer service is awesome as they are available any time and quick to respond to your questions on LookML and errors.

Pros

We use this tool to analyze Sengkang Central Residences market at https://sengkangcentralsresidences.com and combining with property market in Singapore. We were able to pull insightful data that helped our marketing and research.

Cons

Probably the cost as its not a cheap software compared to Tableau..

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Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Software Advice
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Looker Reviews
Looker
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Vincent Walsh

Controlled Analytics Exploration

2018-05-17

Like I said, it's a great tool for analysts that don't need a lot of flexibility or maybe just aren't used to working with a lot of data. 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. You really don't want people who aren't savvy with data doing a lot of the creating because measures are always aggregated based on the dimensions you pull into each table...if a user forgets to add a specific dimension then measures could show the wrong value. This could be offset by having really good developers who architect the data in a way that doesn't allow this to happen.

Pros

It's a great data exploration tool for users who normally would get anxious when given a large dataset in something like Excel. It's generally simple to use and there can be unlimited Viewers (users at the lowest permissions level) through the enterprise product. 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. On the Looker platform, Explorers can locate a view (called an Explore) and then are given a list of dimensions and measures they can pull into a table. Users can create new dimensions using calculated fields and then save their views so any users with Viewer permissions (and up) can see what was put together.

Cons

That is a major feature that Tableau has that Looker does not have at the Explorer permission level.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Looker Reviews
Looker
Analytics Evolved
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