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Good performance is a key component to providing a good user experience, so we are continuously investing in improvements to the end-to-end performance of Looker. The latest enhancement that we’ve made in this area is the development of a completely new LookML compiler, now generally available across all Looker instances. What does the LookML compiler do?Looker’s LookML compiler, also called New Looker Runtime, is a core component of the Looker application. It is the backend engine that validates your LookML and translates your LookML into SQL queries when users are exploring data or working in dashboards. Specifically, the LookML compiler is responsible for the following: Compiling a model: Parsing and loading a model into cache, which occurs every seven days or after any changes have been made. Validation: Parsing LookML code and front-end content and identifying any errors. Generating metadata for an Explore: Identifying and exposing views, fields, and other metadata from the Lo
Riding the momentum from our Beyond BI event, we’ve just launched a brand new community group designated for all those interested in building custom data experiences with Looker! The Platform Developers group is a space to go deeper on topics such as APIs, Looker extensions, and embedding. Whether you’re just beginning your journey with APIs or already an extension framework pro - this group will have valuable insights into how to best leverage Looker when building customized data workflows and applications. A similar style as our famous Data Explorers Guild, the Platform Developers group will: Host monthly events where we’ll demo key workflows, answer questions, and share tips and tricks Provide hands-on activities to put your new skills to practice Give you access to Looker experts who will help guide and teach Connect you with other group members to learn from and share with We already have an API Roundtable event on the books for May 20th, as well as a carefully crafted Platform
Google acquired Looker in 2020. Since then, Looker customers who also use other Google Cloud products have received support for Google Cloud products and services in one platform, and support for Looker in a different platform. We're now moving into a new phase of the acquisition, where customers who have Looker and are an existing customer of Google Cloud with Standard Support or Enhanced Support will receive a fully integrated support experience. This phase of integration will deliver a streamlined service whereby all your queries for both Looker and Google Cloud products can be submitted through the same platform. Therefore, from August 1, 2022, you are able to submit your Looker cases from the Google Cloud Console. Customer Care delivers a secure, powerful and flexible support platform where you can choose the service that is right for you. Whether that’s a fast response, a self-management service or an additional service to enrich your experience, you’re in control! The three co
July 2022 Hello Lookers,We have quite a few new release notes, and exciting things to tell you about. Read on to find out more! Customer Insights: Are you passionate about feature requests, cool use cases, beta features, or want to give feedback on the Looker product? Wish there was a way to get more attention for your input? Join the Looker Customer Insights program for one-of-a-kind opportunities to directly influence our planning by interacting with the user research teams, engineers, and product managers. Want to share your thoughts on improvements to the Looker Front End and Visualizations? Join us on Thursday July 28th at 9AM PT for a discussion with our Product Management team to learn about your most important requests that we should make to the front end and visualization. RSVP using this form by July 27th or reach out to Marout@google.com. Latest Release Note Highlights 🎉 22.12 - Release Highlights, Changelog, Breaking Changes New LookML Runtime is GA. The New LookML Runt
Are you a brand new to Looker? Are you an admin, developer, or BI lead? If yes, then we have the perfect webinar for you! Our customer success team has been hard at work identifying the foundational insights new admins, devs, and BI leads should know in order to ramp up fast. Now, they’ve turned that understanding into an incredibly informative webinar for all to join for free! Live in the (virtual) flesh on March 25th and April 8th, dedicated CSMs will be leading this invaluable onboarding discussion and answering any questions that come up along the way. If this isn’t you but you know others who would benefit, please share the event link! Check out the North America and EMEA event pages for more info and to register.
How to manage PDTs at scale with Looker’s new Apache Airflow and Cloud Composer integrationsTutorial
Looker persistent derived tables (PDTs) provide the ultimate data modeling flexibility. They put robust data transformation capability into the hands of analysts and data modelers by enabling them to use LookML to write materialized query results back to the database. This means performant reporting based on complex analytical patterns behind the scenes (think cohorting, retention, user behavior patterns, etc.) can be in the hands of users faster.However, as our customers have leaned into the magic of PDTs, some have run into challenges with scalability. Monitoring and managing PDTs that refresh on varying schedules becomes exponentially more complex as the number of PDTs grows. As a solution to this, we are thrilled to share that we have released a new integration with Apache Airflow that is now also available in Cloud Composer, Google’s managed workflow orchestration service built on Apache Airflow. This new integration provides a pathway for our customers to scale their PDT usage th
If you’re new here, you might be thinking to yourself: “Wow, nice community! I can’t wait to become part of it.” If that’s you— Feel free to read this to see all the new features, but make sure to also check out the Getting Started guide. For the Looker Community old-timers, looking around and going “WOah, where am I?”— Read on.Up at the top for visibility: There is currently an issue with the Feature Requests category and how we map its posts. It’s not visible right now, but will be surfaced again once we can straighten things out. Check out this post for info on how to submit Product Ideas to Looker: What did we do?For the last several months, the Looker Community team has been hard at work planning for this platform migration. Today, we’ve moved all of the great content and users from discourse.looker.com over here, to community.looker.com. There’s a fresh new look and some great new functionality (detailed below), but still all of the same users and Lookers— and the same community
Hello Looker Community, Happy summer to you and your Looker team! Scroll down to find out more about the Looker Data Champion event coming up in a few weeks!Community Spotlight: Video Tutorials Visit our Community Page, and check out our Video Tutorials on common errors or use cases. Our latest video demonstrates how to automate Looker with Google Cloud Functions. Latest Release Note Highlights 🎉 22.10 - Release Highlights, Changelog, Breaking Changes Table Column Ordering: Data downloads now respect the order of columns specified in the visualization, rather than the data table; in most cases. Looker Connect Training: Learn Looker faster with Looker ConnectWhether you’re new to Looker or hoping to broaden your Looker Skills, make an account at Looker Connect. At Looker Connect, you’ll have access to the most recent learning modules, documentation, community articles, hands-on labs, and videos. Events, and Looker Training Looker Data Champion Webinar - July 12 Google Cloud Next '22
Hello Lookers, Read on for information on the Looker Adoption Group, Release Notes, and our new section called Customer Insights! Community Spotlight Looker Boards - Helping users find data that matters most Check out the above community post to learn how Looker boards can help users at your company access the data most relevant to them, in a quick and easy way. Want more resources and tips around adoption? Join the Looker Adoption Group for additional best practices shared each month. Latest Release Note Highlights 🎉 22.8 - Release Highlights, Changelog, Breaking Changes Forecasting: The Forecasting Labs feature, which lets users add projections to new or existing Explore queries, helps users predict and monitor specific data points. It is now enabled by default in preparation for general availability. Customer Insights 💡 Are you passionate about feature requests, cool use cases, beta features, or want to give feedback on the Looker product? Wish there was a way to get more atte
Hello Looker Community, We have many new updates that we are excited to share with you! Make sure to see our events at the bottom of this page. Looker Community Spotlight: Creating Internal Documentation to Support Looker User Adoption Check out the above community post to learn how to create an effective onboarding and enablement resource page to promote Looker adoption at your company. Want more resources and tips around adoption? Join the Looker Adoption Group for additional best practices shared each month. Latest Release Note Highlights 🎉22.6 - Release Highlights, Changelog, Breaking Changes Enhanced Action Hub is now GA: New actions offer integrations for sending data from Looker to Salesforce and Facebook for better targeting. With the Salesforce Campaigns Action, customers can send custom lists of leads or contacts from Looker to populate new or existing campaigns within Salesforce. With the Facebook Custom Audiences Action, customers can use their first-party data within
Disclaimer: The chatbot is only accessible to users who are permitted to use chats; there’s no change in our chat access policy. Users will still be able to engage with a support analyst by clicking “Get in Touch” in the chat window. We are starting the launch from March 14th to March 24th as part of the 22.4 deployment, at which time it will be by default switched on for customer instances on 22.4 and above unless you request to switch it off by filing a support request. If you want to switch the chatbot off, please make sure the instance is on one of our supported releases. The chatbot can be toggled for the whole instance on request. We cannot selectively switch off the chatbot for a particular user. Q&A:How do I start a live chat support once the chatbot is enabled?When the chat widget pops up, you will be prompted to ask a question first, after posting the question, the “Get in touch” button will appear in 3-5 seconds. What’s the best w
Hello Lookers, We have a lot of information for you this month! But, first, don’t forget to register for the Data Cloud Summit at the bottom of this page. Looker Community Spotlight: How to manage PDTs at scale with Looker’s new Apache Airflow integration Read the above community post to learn how to support the scalability of PDTs with the Apache Airflow Integration. This how-to post provides technical steps on how to set this up successfully. Then, respond to the post with any questions or feedback you may have! Did you miss the “What’s New In Looker” webinar? You can register to see the latest On Demand version to stay up to date! Latest Release Note Highlights 🎉22.4 - Release Highlights, Changelog, Breaking Changes API 4.0. Looker API 4.0 is now in general availability and has multiple breaking and additive changes, which promote various endpoints from beta to stable. Read more about these changes in this document. API 3.1 and 3.0 versions are unaffected. Looker and community-s
Hello Lookers, We have some interesting topics this month! Enjoy reading how you helped shape Looker by submitting your product feature requests in 2021. Looker Community Spotlight: How you helped make Looker better in 2021! Check out this recent post in the Looker Community, highlighting how user feedback impacted the product this past year. Over 50 user-driven requests were released in 2021! Read the post to learn more about the features released and learn how Product is improving the feedback process in 2022.. Latest Release Note Highlights 🎉22.2 - Release Highlights, Changelog, Breaking Changes Salesforce Campaigns integration with Looker Action Hub. Users can choose to create a new campaign or append users to an existing campaign. Cookieless login experimental Labs feature. Browsers have implemented stricter policies that prevent cookies from being set through iframes when the origins don’t match the parent page. Organize LookML dashboards in folders. Brings parity to how
Product Announcement: Introducing New API endpoints for PDT ManagementProduct Announcement
We’re excited to share that we now have three new API endpoints available for PDT management starting with Looker version 22.2. These new API endpoints provide finer-grained control over PDT management and pave the way for powerful integrations with workflow orchestration tools.With these new endpoints, developers can use the API (or API Explorer) to: Force a full rebuild of an incremental PDT, either on-demand or on a schedule Start a PDT build without running a query against it or waiting for the Regenerator to kick off a build the next time the table is triggered Build a PDT that takes longer than an hour to materialize in development mode (PDTs that take longer than an hour to build cannot be built in an Explore) This new functionality is gated behind the “develop” permission, so a user would need to have this permission in order to use the API for PDT management. Getting startedIn order to manage PDTs via the API, a toggle called Enable PDT API Control needs to be enabled in t
Hi all,We are excited to announce that Looker API 4.0 will be generally available in Looker 22.4! The generally available API 4.0 will have multiple breaking and additive changes and will promote multiple endpoints from Beta to Stable. Check out the announcement at developers.looker.com for more details on how this affects you.
Last update: 06:30, Jan 12, 2022 (UTC)GitHub SSH connections in LookML projects and new Marketplace installations are working as expected. What occurred? Due to a 24-hour GitHub brownout on Jan 11, 2022, GitHub connections using SSH in LookML projects and Looker Marketplace installation experienced issues. On March 15, 2022, the new GitHub protocol will become permanent (more information here). How will Looker handle the change? Looker is actively working on this change. We will provide a mechanism to regenerate key-pairs well in advance of the GitHub protocol becoming permanent on March 15, 2022. Further information will be announced in our regular product communication channels (release docs, in-app notifications) shortly. How do I know if I’m using SSH or HTTPS?You can check to see how your project is connected to git by running a Git connection test from the git action panel to see your remote repository URL. If this URL starts with “https://github” it is configured using H
Hey Good Lookers! **Starting this Thursday, Feb 17th, I am going to be handing over the keys to the Looker Community to @patricia.chai who will be acting as Interim Community Manager until the next full-time CM is hired on. It’s been a wonderful year+ managing the Looker Community -- During my time, I’ve been continuously inspired by the intelligence and helpfulness of our Community. From Community events and meetups, to JOIN, to building out the Kitchen Table area of the Community, to planning a lot of upcoming Community programs - there have been a lot of personal highlights during my time in this role! You’re in the best of hands, friends: @patricia.chai has been on Looker’s world-famous chat support team for years, and is a true Looker superstar. Please feel free to shoot her a DM or reply here and say hello! We’ll make sure to communicate out when the next long term Community Manager is brought on board. It’s been a pleasure,Michael
Ever since we rolled out a new system for gathering your feedback and requests, we’ve been overjoyed at the response! Thousands of Looker users have posted thoughtful, high-quality notes in the Product Idea portal. We are deeply impressed by the level of passion and insight demonstrated by our users (aka Good Lookers). But to be honest, we’ve also been a little overwhelmed by the sheer volume of these ideas. Understandably, many of you have expressed frustration at not hearing back quickly on the status of requests. We wanted to take a moment to let you know that we read every request and greatly appreciate the time taken to write them. As 2022 kicks off, we’re improving our process for responding to requests in order to create faster feedback loops. But first, let’s take a look at the impact of Looker user feedback in the past year.We released 51 user-driven requests in 2021!Here are the top 10 most-requested features that have now been released: Request Released in Version
Hello Lookers, Happy New Year! We are back with exciting product updates, Community Spotlights, and a pro tip in this newsletter edition. Looker Community Spotlight: Community Groups Did you know that we have four Looker Community Groups? These are sub-groups within the larger Community focused on different topics. Find out more about each community group by clicking on the links below. Please join the group(s) you are interested in! Data Explorers Guild: Data-driven people come together to learn from peers, share experiences with data, and explore fun datasets in a collaborative environment. Early Access Group: Eager customers can stay up to date on the latest features and try them out before the general population. Looker Adoption: Learn about all things Looker adoption, enablement, and change management. Platform Developers: Nurtures our application developer community - this means a heavy focus on topics such as APIs, the extension framework, embedding, and components.
Rolling out over the next week, Looker is introducing new in-app onboarding guides! These onboarding guides are developed with the Business User/ Analyst in mind. They’re meant to guide users through key aspects of Looker so end users can quickly ramp on Looker basics. We’ve designed these guides to be an integrated part of the Looker experience - seamlessly walking users through the homepage, dashboards, and explore pages. Here’s an example of what this experience will look like for Looker users. We’re gradually rolling these guides out to all non-embed users on version 22.0+ by Friday January 28th. These guides will display to any user that is brand new to Looker, but can also be easily accessed by our new Resource Center logo next to the search icon. FAQs Q: When will I see these guides? A: You will see the Welcome guide once as a brand new business user - once you click through or dismiss it, it will not reappear. These guides will always be available via the Resource
Hello Lookers, We wish you a festive and joyous holiday season! Thank you for a great 2021, and we look forward to partnering with you next year. We do not have a release in December, so this newsletter will omit our usual release highlights. Looker Community Spotlight: Community Groups Did you know that we have four Looker Community Groups? These are sub-groups within the larger Community, focused on different topics. Find out more about each community group by clicking on the links below. Please join the group(s) you are interested in! Data Explorers Guild: Data-driven people come together to learn from peers, share experiences with data, and explore fun datasets in a collaborative environment. Early Access Group: Eager customers can stay up to date on the latest features and try them out before the general population. Looker Adoption: All things Looker adoption, enablement and change management. Platform Developers: Nurtures our application developer community - this mea
We have our final ‘Data Circles of Success’ sessions happening TODAY! Part of Looker’s JOIN@Home 2021 conference, these peer-to-peer knowledge sharing sessions are a true community events - come and talk with other users who share similar use cases, Looker implementations, or interests! Our final session topics today are: Efficient LookML model development Data pipelines and ETL Sensitive data management Super Admin Lightning fast Looker Scale your expertise through self-service analytics These sessions are totally FREE and you can register and ‘Save a Seat’ for your session here.
Looker’s annual Hackathon - Hack@Home 2021 - is only a week and a half away! Make sure to register for the Hackathon as soon as possible to participate in this ultra-fun, and hands-on experience in building data experiences with Looker. In need of some extra hype?? Watch our Hack@Home 2021 video below!! Watch the Hack@Home 2021 video here!
Hackathon & Data Circles | JOIN@Home 2021JOIN@Home 2021
With Looker’s JOIN@Home 2021 conference right around the corner, I’m super excited to highlight some of the community-oriented events we’re hosting! Hack@Home 2021 | 2-Day Hackathon Did you know that Looker’s famously fun Hackathon IS BACK at this year’s JOIN@Home conference? That’s right! Hack@Home is back for a two day, virtual Hack event on Nov 10th & 11th. You can expect inspiring projects, fun collaborations, expert support, and tons of that good ol’ Looker magic. This event is perfect for those interested in: Action Development API Extension Framework Embedding LookMLIf you, or anyone else you know, is interested in joining for this hands-on experience in building data experiences on top of Looker, please join us! And yes, there will be exclusive Hack@Home swag for participants. 😎 -You can find the full agenda and register for the Hackathon here. Click the ‘seat’ icon to sign up.-Join the Hack@Home 2021 Community Group to stay up-to-date on event communications. Data
Hello Lookers, We are excited to bring you the news on what is happening at Looker this month. Don’t forget to register for Join@Home! Sessions are filling up fast! Looker Community SpotlightThe Looker Community is the place to: Engage with other Looker users Stay in the know about the latest Looker events Ask questions and get answers To join the Looker Community: Create an account here. Select 'Create New Account' under the 'Login' heading. Choose a username and password and click ‘Register.’ Latest Release Note Highlights 🎉21.18- Release Highlights, Changelog, Breaking Changes URL Links in Boards. The new URL Links in Boards Labs feature allows editors of boards to add URL links to a board alongside Looks and dashboards. Links to Looker content will open in the same browser tab; links to content outside Looker will open in a separate browser tab. Revert to legacy dashboards. The Revert to Legacy Dashboards legacy feature has been extended. Users will continue to have
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