Welcome!

Weblogic Authors: Yeshim Deniz, Elizabeth White, Michael Meiner, Michael Bushong, Avi Rosenthal

News Feed Item

Looker Debuts the Next Generation of Its Data Exploration Platform

New Curated Exploration and Visualizations Deliver Powerful Data Experiences That Give Businesses Unrivaled Insights From Data and Provide a Modern "Single Source of Truth"

SANTA CRUZ, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/19/14 -- Looker, an innovative software company with a next-generation approach to business analytics, today introduced a new version of its data exploration platform featuring powerful capabilities that allow anyone in an organization to more effectively access, explore and visualize data in real time. Looker now enables analysts to create curated experiences over massive and complex data, so that business decision-makers can explore the right data while drastically slashing time to insight. A new Looker visualization framework makes it easy for them to create beautiful custom charts, graphs and maps that showcase meaningful data insights in an interactive and engaging way.

"Looker is revolutionizing a new kind of self-service data experience. As business users wait for requested 'data pulls' or operate on unreliable data for business-critical decisions, the BI bottleneck is being pushed downstream," said Frank Bien, CEO, Looker. "With Looker, data analysts can create self-service discovery experiences that empower business users to explore and manipulate large, complex datasets and be assured the data they're accessing is accurate. As a result, employees can create their own views of data for further visualization and discovery in real time."

Massive Disconnect Between Big Data and Business Value
Despite advances in the way companies collect, store and analyze data, success stories of organizations deriving true value from BI are few and far between. Even with an increasingly tech-savvy workforce, organizations continue to dumb-down BI and spoon-feed users with summarized datasets, instead of gratifying them with creative analytic tools that leverage their interest and capacity to manipulate data in interesting ways.

Looker has pioneered a new approach to data discovery, one that enables a flexible and exploratory end-user experience. The new features of the Looker platform include: in-browser application development that makes it easier for users to discover business insights; a visualization framework based on the D3 visualization library; and support for high-availability analytic environments.

In-Browser Application Development
Traditional BI solutions require data analysts to create parameterized datasets for business users, limiting the user's ability to truly explore detailed data. New discovery tools have completely missed on governance and standardization, creating confusion around the organization on how to share key business metrics. Looker turns this model on its head. With Looker's in-browser application development, analysts create a self-service BI environment that's customized to their business, with a modeling layer as the single source of truth. Business users can work within this environment, with the freedom to drill into datasets and move between dynamic dashboards as easily as clicking a link in a browser -- knowing that data is defined accurately and consistently. In this way, analysts act as the curators of the company's datasets, managing the data environment rather than guessing at the information business users will require.

For example, a data analyst could build a customer profile application, in minutes, to support the entire customer service team. The customer service reps would then be able to access order history, demographic data and even links to external CRM applications, in real time, while drilling into the data and collaborating on insights. The data could also be integrated into applications like Google Spreadsheets, all within the browser, to drive customer success.

New Visualization Framework
Once users model data in Looker, the new visualization framework gives them multiple ways to display and explore the information. The Looker platform comes with a suite of preset charts and graphs based on the D3 visualization library. In addition, users can define their own charts and import visualizations from other open sources. Richer, more detailed graphs and charts make it easier for users to understand the data and to communicate their insights to others, while retaining the ability to drill into visualizations and reframe data on the fly -- all with a view toward steering the business in the right direction.

Enterprise Platform Technologies
Looker now supports enterprise-ready databases such as HP Vertica, Teradata & Aster, and Oracle, while a high-availability architecture guarantees uptime. Support for LDAP and two-factor authentication allows database administrators to manage and control data access, ensuring control over the BI environment without getting in the way of end-user analytics.

"At RelayRides, we pride ourselves on our data-driven operating culture. Looker makes it simple for our employees to access and explore the data necessary to do our jobs better," said Andrew Mok, Director of Analytics & Marketing, RelayRides. "Without having to write a single line of SQL, our customer service can access key data and use that information to provide tailored support to each customer. Looker empowers us to become an even more data-driven organization."

For more information on Looker's Business Intelligence platform, visit www.looker.com.

About Looker
Looker is an inventive software company with a modern approach to unlocking the value of business data. Looker's web-based data discovery platform powers the work of data analysts while fueling (and fulfilling) the business user's curiosity -- creating a discovery-driven culture throughout the customer's organization. Looker was purpose-built to interact with the next generation of analytic databases, like Amazon Redshift, Amazon RDS, HP Vertica, Greenplum, and others. The company was founded by Lloyd Tabb, Principal Engineer at Netscape and former CTO of LiveOps. Investors in Looker include Redpoint Ventures, First Round Capital, and PivotNorth. The company is based in Santa Cruz, CA. You can find more information at www.looker.com

Press Contact
Whitney Akers
Email Contact
415-963-4174

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that All in Mobile, a mobile app development company from Poland, will exhibit at the 22nd International CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO. All In Mobile is a mobile app development company from Poland. Since 2014, they maintain passion for developing mobile applications for enterprises and startups worldwide.
Founded in 2000, Chetu Inc. is a global provider of customized software development solutions and IT staff augmentation services for software technology providers. By providing clients with unparalleled niche technology expertise and industry experience, Chetu has become the premiere long-term, back-end software development partner for start-ups, SMBs, and Fortune 500 companies. Chetu is headquartered in Plantation, Florida, with thirteen offices throughout the U.S. and abroad.
DXWorldEXPO | CloudEXPO are the world's most influential, independent events where Cloud Computing was coined and where technology buyers and vendors meet to experience and discuss the big picture of Digital Transformation and all of the strategies, tactics, and tools they need to realize their goals. Sponsors of DXWorldEXPO | CloudEXPO benefit from unmatched branding, profile building and lead generation opportunities.
The standardization of container runtimes and images has sparked the creation of an almost overwhelming number of new open source projects that build on and otherwise work with these specifications. Of course, there's Kubernetes, which orchestrates and manages collections of containers. It was one of the first and best-known examples of projects that make containers truly useful for production use. However, more recently, the container ecosystem has truly exploded. A service mesh like Istio addr...
CloudEXPO New York 2018, colocated with DXWorldEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City and will bring together Cloud Computing, FinTech and Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, AI, Machine Learning and WebRTC to one location.
@DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo, taking place November 12-13 in New York City, NY, is co-located with 22nd international CloudEXPO | first international DXWorldEXPO and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time t...
DXWordEXPO New York 2018, colocated with CloudEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City and will bring together Cloud Computing, FinTech and Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, AI, Machine Learning and WebRTC to one location.
SYS-CON Events announced today that DatacenterDynamics has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7–9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. DatacenterDynamics is a brand of DCD Group, a global B2B media and publishing company that develops products to help senior professionals in the world's most ICT dependent organizations make risk-based infrastructure and capacity decisions.
Cloud-enabled transformation has evolved from cost saving measure to business innovation strategy -- one that combines the cloud with cognitive capabilities to drive market disruption. Learn how you can achieve the insight and agility you need to gain a competitive advantage. Industry-acclaimed CTO and cloud expert, Shankar Kalyana presents. Only the most exceptional IBMers are appointed with the rare distinction of IBM Fellow, the highest technical honor in the company. Shankar has also receive...
Headquartered in Plainsboro, NJ, Synametrics Technologies has provided IT professionals and computer systems developers since 1997. Based on the success of their initial product offerings (WinSQL and DeltaCopy), the company continues to create and hone innovative products that help its customers get more from their computer applications, databases and infrastructure. To date, over one million users around the world have chosen Synametrics solutions to help power their accelerated business or per...