Santa Cruz, California-based Looker has announced the release of Looker 6, the latest version of its flagship data and analytics platform. The announcement was made at JOIN 2018, the company’s annual user conference. The solution is unified and extensible, and builds upon Looker’s popular business intelligence application. Version 6 adds enhanced enterprise functionality, new tools, and department-specific plug-and-play applications.
Looker offers a BI and data analytics platform that is built on LookML, the company’s proprietary modeling language. It connects to any relational database like Amazon Redshift or Google BigQuery, and automatically generates data models for specific schemas. Users can refine the models to reflect company-specific metrics and business logic to build KPI dashboards and departmental reports. The provider also offers an embedded analytics platform, Powered by Looker.
Looker 6 features a new suite of development tools for data analysts that include foldering, importing work from other people, and an expanded set of permissioning options around model development. The product’s application for web analytics touts filtering and drilling capabilities as well, enabling users to dig into row-level details at will. There’s also a dedicated application for digital marketers that provides cross-channel insights to help users optimize performance across marketing channels.
The newest version offers enterprise security compliance certifications including SOC2 Type II are available upon request. Visualization enhancements provide smarter defaults and better applications of color, and extensibility and customization features can be fully interactive. Other capabilities coming in Looker 6 are more powerful scheduling and alerting, increased customization and better administrative visibility into usage activity.
In a statement to Solutions Review, the company’s Chief Data Evangelist Daniel Mintz said: “Looker 6 is our most scalable and flexible launch to date. It’s all about providing a common data platform for the modern enterprise that can provide everything from self-service analytics to plug-and-play department-specific applications. And the addition of language localization lays the groundwork for further global expansion. Everything in Looker 6 has been designed to make it intuitive and helpful to all kinds of people in all different departments so they can access the right data at the right time.”
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