Integrations through Looker are provided through the software’s pre-programmed Looker Block code. Source blocks contribute data from outside applications. These integrations help businesses make the most of the tools they use on a daily basis as well as the data stored in those tools. Looker offers all of your business users self-service capabilities. In other words, you’re never at the mercy of IT or a data science consultant to view your data. Whenever you want to see it and analyze it, you can see it and analyze it.
Additionally, you can provide external self-service access to your dashboards and other data, visualized or not. For example, if you wanted your clients to be able to view certain data pertaining to them, you can embed Looker modules in websites and apps that they have access to.
Examples of resources available in Looker’s source blocks include Retail Sales Forecast by BigSquid, Facebook Ads and Google AdWords by Segment, and Cost and Usage Analysis by Snowflake. Additionally, Looker Blocks integrate with Amazon Web Services, Kustomer, Datatonic, MaestroQA and Fivetran. Looker also utilizes Atlassian products Jira, Bitbucket and Hipchat for project tracking and data modeling functions.
Tableau embeds dashboards and reports into programs through the use of application programming interfaces (API). The software is able to integrate with enterprise resource planning (ERP) tools, Extract, Transform and Load (ETL) software, customer relationship management (CRM) systems, and the Microsoft Office suite.
Specific program integrations include Google Analytics, Google BigQuery, Google Adwords, Google Sheets, Splunk, SAP and Salesforce. In addition, the software’s Social Media Analytics feature integrates with Facebook, Twitter and other social channels. Deployment options for Tableau include on-premise deployment through Windows or Linux and cloud deployment through AWS, Azure or Google Cloud Platform.
Looker holds the advantage for program integrations. The software’s analytics tools provide the capability to work with and pull data from many different systems. Specifically, the Looker Blocks feature streamlines integration by offering pre-built code that can be embedded into outside systems with ease.