What is Looker Data Platform?
Looker harnesses the power of the user's own database rather than using data extracts or parallel data pipelines. Looker connects to any relational database and automatically generates a data model from the database schema. Users can self-serve by refining the model to reflect the company's business logic and create various KPI indicators and dashboards to derive unique metrics.
Benefits and Insights
Key differentiators & advantages of Looker Data Platform
- Real-time Visualizations: With Looker, visualizations are built on real-time data direct from the source. The visualizations are interactive and allow drill-downs from the visualization into row-level detail. The product comes with an expansive library of visualizations including Sankey and chord diagrams, sunburst and spiderweb charts, heatmaps, treemaps, funnel visualization and many more.
- Advanced Time Zone Handling: Looker efficiently manages different data being logged in different time zones at different times in the data model. Time zones can be customized on the front end to reflect user time zone, query origin time zone, or any other required time zone.
- LookML Data Modelling Language: LookML is Looker's proprietary, SQL based data modelling language. It enables users to create reusable and extensible data models. Users can define business logic and keep it organized by using views and models. LookML allows for transform and derivation of data on demand unlike the traditional approach is to transform the data as it’s loaded (ETL).
- Virtual Schema and Direct Connection: Looker employs a virtual, code-based, query-time schema for data aggregation and the data aggregate is always fresh and secure because Looker maintains a direct and live connection to more than 35 SQL databases instead of using data extracts or parallel data pipelines.
- Pre-built code for analytics: Looker Blocks™ are pre-built and customizable code blocks that can be used as a starting point to build the data analytics model. Looker Blocks™ include optimized SQL patterns, pre-built data models, custom visualizations and more.
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