Looker is a well-known business intelligence tool that is very close to a definitive agreement with Google and by the end of this year, after customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, Looker will join the Google Cloud Platform. Google Cloud is already offering a wide range of services to collect, sort, process and then aggregating real time data to analyze it in a scalable data warehouse. A huge number of customers use Google BigQuery as their enterprise data warehouse for business analytics. Many customers are planning to move their legacy technology stacks to Google’s business analytics offerings. This migration is because Google’s offerings in this regard are comprehensive, easy-to-use, cost-efficient, and scalable from GBs to PBs with an excellent performance.
The digital transformation of organizations requires storage, management, and analysis of large data sets from a variety of sources. Acquisition of Looker will extend Google’s business analytics products with two important capabilities. First, the ability to define business metrics across sources of data in a consistent way. This will make it easy for anyone to query data while maintaining consistent definitions in calculations that will ensure accurate results. Second, with Looker, users will have a powerful business analytics platform to deliver business intelligence and use-case specific solutions to applications. The addition of Looker to GCP will provide customers a complete solution from ingesting data to visualizing results and integration of insights to their daily workflow. It will also be beneficial for Google as they will be able to provide industry specific solutions to customers such as media analytics in entertainment or supply chain analytics in retailing at global scale.
This announcement has proven Google’s commitment to multi-cloud. With the integration of Looker and GCP, users will continue to benefit from Looker’s multi-cloud functionality and its ability to bring together data either from SaaS applications such as Amazon Redshift, Azure SQL, Oracle, Snowflake, etc. or traditional data sources such as an on-premises data center. The global presence of Google Cloud team will ensure the tech-support to Looker customers and also, companies using Google Cloud can benefit from a variety of technologies for analytics and visualization from Google Cloud’s analytics offerings. For any business that is searching for an accomplice to help drive advanced change, the mix of Google Cloud and Looker will offer a data management and analytics platform. GCP will bring increasingly strong data management solutions for Google Cloud clients and anticipate welcoming the Looker group to Google Cloud.