The Looker 5 Analytics Platform

Looker is the next-generation data platform that delivers analytics and business insights to individual users, departments, applications and the enterprise as a whole. Users can integrate the insights to support data-driven decision making.

The five year old startup from Santa Cruz, California, just recently presented its new release 5 at its user conference JOIN 2017 at the Palace of Fine Arts Theater in San Francisco, attended by 700 business intelligence enthusiasts (including myself).

A review of Looker v5 is at https://www.cmswire.com/analytics/looker-unveils-an-amped-up-looker-5-at-join-2017. A few of the spectacular features are

  • Action Hub: one-click buttons to data points actionable by configuring custom action, like DropBox or Marketo integration, if something happens.
  • Blocks: pre-built visualization and data blocks offer ready-to-use public data like weather and demographic to join with your data. Many blocks are available for common use cases like web analytics.
  • Applications: entire business workflows for marketing, event stream analytics, IT operations, and growing.
  • 57 new statistical functions, more security features, new landing page options, among other things.

October 5, 2017 was the actual release day of Looker v5, see https://looker.com/product/looker-5.

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JOIN 2017 Conference – Vendor Notes

On Sep 13-15, 2017, the beautiful Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco hosted the very successful JOIN 2017 conference by Looker. These are my notes on vendors.

AWS

Sponsored the free coffee bar. Thank you very much!

Google Cloud

 

Snowflake

Novel data warehouse on S3 and EC2 with higher scalability for the masses.

Segment

 

BigSquid

Predictive analytics algorithms off the shelf on your data.

FiveTran

ETL with many connectors. Not good with noSQL.

Matillion

Data governance layer on top of many sources

Unifi

 

panoply.op

 

bytecode.io

 

das42

Boutique consultancy doing only Looker.

denodo

 

databricks

 

clarity insights

 

MemSQL

All in-memory MySQL compliant SQL database.

HEAP

 

Intricity

 

Productops

 

Qubole

 

Stitch

Low cost data pipeline tool written in Python. SaaS model. Allows injection of custom code in most recent version.

 

 

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