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Rex Gibson
Real User
Head Of Data Warehouse at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
Oct 10 2016

What is most valuable?

I like many parts of Looker. The Developer Experience is top notch. To me, Looker leads the way in the modern BI trend. If you know SQL, you can... more»

How has it helped my organization?

I have multiple product managers and an implementation specialist who build whole dashboards with filtering widgets and multiple visualizations.... more»

What needs improvement?

I want to have temporary derived tables so that users can prepare data sets before exploring them and committing code. I am looking forward to... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

At Knewton, we had our own custom-rolled solution with D3 before. It was great, but not agile. A REST API for data access and a framework for... more»

What other advice do I have??

Start small. Don't try to build a whole complex warehouse. Pick an important and simple business problem and solve that first. Get clear on how... more»
Jacob Piersol
Real User
Data Solutions Manager at a recruiting/HR firm with 501-1,000 employees
Oct 05 2016

What is most valuable?

We're able to surface data very quickly and easily. Once Looker is connected to your database, it's very easy to... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It's now very easy for non-technical users to "self-serve" and produce the information and gain the insight they need.... more»

What needs improvement?

Some of the visualizations are a bit limited on how much you can customize them. That said, Looker pushes frequent... more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing??

Depending on what you want to do with Looker, you might see some price barriers. For example, embedding "reporting" in... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We've previously used at least two other solutions. Looker was better for several reasons. Number one, it makes it easy... more»

What other advice do I have??

It's easy to build too much too fast. What I mean by that is that it's really easy to "build stuff" in Looker. If I had... more»
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Aron Clymer
Real User
Head of Data & Analytics at a marketing services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 26 2017

What is most valuable?

LookML semantic middle layer: Gives me the ability to centralize and normalize all of the data for end users. This includes everything from... more»

How has it helped my organization?

No more backlog of simple data pull requests from most employees. Over 100 people are answering their own questions. Even PR loves being able to... more»

What needs improvement?

Their needs to be much more control of visualizations to become more on par with Tableau. We have to jump through a lot of hoops to do simple... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We previously used Omniture which was effective for click-stream analysis but limited in exposing other types of data, like product state data... more»

What other advice do I have??

Looker can do anything SQL can do. If you are a SQL shop, you want to centralize data definitions, and you want programmable flexibility, then... more»
BusinessAnalyst097
Real User
Business Analyst at a software R&D company with 51-200 employees
Nov 23 2016

What is most valuable?

Looker is very flexible for BI. Business users can create graphs, reports, etc. using Looker's Explore functionality.... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Looker Transforms SQL with it’s LookML syntax. Looker provides end-users with visualization tools, Saved as individual... more»

What needs improvement?

Features related to visualization should continue to be improved. While these are strong as they are now, there's... more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing??

Review how you intend to use Looker. Is it purely internal? Will you have external clients viewing Looker reports? For... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

This was our first BI product.

What other advice do I have??

You should know what it's good for. It's great for enabling business insights via its data visualization tools.... more»
DataAnalyst275
Real User
Data Analyst (Data Engineering) at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Oct 10 2016

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the ability to create visualizations for non-technical employees, as well as the ability to provide ways to dynamically slice the data. This is... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Our BI team, and otherwise less-technical employees, are able to design and schedule their own reports without additional knowledge. They are now able to create a number of... more»

What needs improvement?

This product is useful for non-technical users, who are able to use the interface to easily slice data. But for the admin users who are responsible for maintaining the schemas and... more»

What other advice do I have??

While Looker is great for simple visualizations and is a great start in terms of providing a framework for dynamically generating graphics, don't expect it to do any heavy lifting.... more»
Paul Price
Real User
CEO at a tech company with 501-1,000 employees
Nov 23 2016

What is most valuable?

For my company, the ability to embed professional dashboards directly into our multi-tenant SaaS was our top priority.... more»

How has it helped my organization?

In the past, adding a new dashboard to our product was a multi-week development effort. Now our nontechnical product... more»

What needs improvement?

User and group management in conjunction with dashboard organization used to be our only struggle, but Looker recently... more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing??

Make sure you shop around and understand the real costs of the competition. Looker does not host your data, so be sure... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We used to have an on-premise hosted solution. We switched because the embed functionality was lacking, user-based... more»

What other advice do I have??

When implementing the product, make sure you already understand your data and your use cases very well. Involve a data... more»
BizOpsAssc546
Real User
Business Operations Associate at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
Oct 31 2016

What is most valuable?

The LookML model provides a single source of truth, which allows us to democratize the data analysis process in our... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Looker greatly reduced the strain on the few SQL-proficient people in our organization. People who were previously... more»

What needs improvement?

There are a few areas of the product where there hasn't been enough time spent making the interface user-friendly.... more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing??

The pricing model makes sense, but can be very expensive, potentially prohibitively so for smaller companies.

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We previously just ran our analytics out of Google Sheets with charts based on queries of our database each week. We... more»

What other advice do I have??

Looker is an extremely valuable product that can really transform your company's ability to use data to answer... more»
DigitalPM829
Real User
Digital Product Manager at a retailer with 51-200 employees
Oct 19 2016

What is most valuable?

SQL runner: Instead of having to connect to a slave DB, I can use the SQL runner in Looker to run SQL queries, which is more efficient in my... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It is easier and quicker to find things in the database.

What needs improvement?

There is a lot of customization that we needed/need to build ourselves. Other BI tools have more out of the box. For example, products like RJ... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We previously used RJ Metrics. I was not part of decision to switch.

What other advice do I have??

You must have a strong engineering team and a team member dedicated to set-up and customization of product.

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