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Hello Looker Team, Our July edition of the newsletter is here! Find out about our newest release, as well as some tips on using our new enhanced navigation. What’s New?The API Explorer has been receiving incredibly positive customer feedback! Learn more about it here. Latest Release Notes and Highlights21.12- Release Highlights, Changelog, Breaking Changes Enhanced Navigation. The Enhanced Navigation Labs feature simplifies and streamlines the left panel navigation and condenses the top navigation drop-down menus. Access the Development Mode toggle in the lower left and the Admin panel from the gear icon in the top right. Grouping and quick calculations. With the Custom Fields Labs feature enabled, you can more easily make a custom dimension that groups other dimensions and creates some commonly used table calculations in fewer steps. Marketplace Auto Install. When Marketplace Auto Install is enabled, you can specify which Looker-built applications that Looker will install and up
Thanks to all who joined our LookML Developer II Webinar last week! We had a really fun time with this event. In case you missed it, here is the webinar recording. You can find the entire presentation slide deck and all of the follow-up answers to the Q&A attached!
Hot off the press!We’re really excited to announce that over the next three months we are going to be delivering a 3-part series of webinars that uncover insights from our customers on the following distinct strategies for data monetization:Improving the customer experience Transforming products Uncovering new sources of revenueFrom these webinars, you’ll walk away with tangible steps to start planning your monetization strategy, and first hand inputs from customers who have already done it! Our first webinar of the series will be July 20th @ 11am PST. You can register for that webinar here.
Summer is here and so is the June edition of our customer success newsletter! What’s New?Have you seen our new documentation on System Activity Dashboards? This doc explains how you can gain insights on the performance of your Looker instance. Latest Release Note Highlights 21.10- Release Highlights, Changelog, Breaking Changes Support for materialized views. You can now leverage your BigQuery or Redshift database materialized view functionality to persist your native derived tables or SQL-based derived tables. Looker Components 2.0.0 is now available. All date picker and data functions are now contained in a new package called @looker/components-data. Support for new database dialect. Firebolt is now a fully supported Looker dialect, and can be configured using the Firebolt database configuration page. Create extensions from scratch more easily with create-looker-extension. The new command line interface tool, create-looker-extension, allows Looker extension developers to
Did you hear? We just launched the brand-new Google Cloud Community! 🎉 For all you Looker community members that also use Google Cloud technologies, the Google Cloud Community is the place to connect with Cloud experts, other users, and find opportunities to up-level your skills across Cloud. A great way to start:To honor the launch of this new community, we’re hosting a super fun Community Challenge where you’ll earn badges, compete for Google Swag, and learn practical BigQuery skills along the way. Create an Google Cloud Community account and let us know that you did on this thread and you’ll get a special Looker Community badge 😎 The Google Cloud Community is separate than the Looker Community and it is not replacing this Community. This is still the home for all Looker-related conversations and content.
Creating filtered measures just got easier! Starting in version 21.8, users can define filter expressions for custom measures using the UI-based filter controls that are used in dashboards. If you still prefer to define a custom filter using a Looker expression, that option is also available, but we hope that this new interface will be a lot faster and simpler to use! Try it out using the Customs Fields Open Beta and please let us know what you think in a comment below.
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) sense on June 23rd, 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.
Customer Success Newsletter - May 2021CS Newsletter
Hello Lookers, Our May Newsletter is here, and we have some great information to share with you! Thank you for reading our newsletter, and learning about what is happening at Looker. What’s New?Are you interested in building custom data experiences with Looker? Check out our Platform Developers Group on our Community Page! Did you know that you can get quick answers to commonly asked questions on the Looker Kitchen Table? Search by subject and find a plethora of already answered questions from other customers. You probably aren’t the first person to wonder about that subject! Latest Release Notes and Highlights21.8 Release Notes, Changelog, Breaking Changes Mobile app improvements. Users who open a Look or dashboard link from their mobile phone will be directed automatically to use the Looker mobile app. Looker admins can now forcibly log out users who have been inactive for 15 minutes. Users can now log in to the Looker mobile app using biometric authentication. The Looker mobile ap
We hope you’ve been enjoying all of the previously-internal product knowledge we published to the community Kitchen Table last month! I’m so happy to announce that the next round of Knowledge Drops will happen on Monday, May 10th! 🥳 So make sure to head to our Kitchen Table area to explore and learn from all that shiny new Looker content. Don’t know what I’m referring to? Read the announcement about these Knowledge Drops here!
Customer Success Newsletter - April 2021CS Newsletter
Hi Lookers,Happy Spring! We have lots of exciting events coming up as well as our 21.6 release highlights! Looker News and Events What's New In Looker? April 29 Americas What's New In Looker? April 29 EMEA Ask Me Anything - Looker API May 4 Data Explorer's Guild May 5 Early Session Data Explorer's Guild May 5 Late Session Database to Dashboard: Connecting Big Query and Analyzing Data May 6 Developer Roundtable - APIs May 19 Join the Early Access Community! Are you interested in trying out the latest Looker features before the general population? If so, please join our Early Access Community. By signing up, you’ll join the 110+ companies who’ve moved to the front of Looker’s deployment schedule line and: Have early access to the newest Looker releases, up to two full weeks before the rest of the population. Get notified early about new features and open betas as they become available. Participate in our Community Group’s Forum for discussions about Looker where we’ll
After a few months of hiatus and transition, I couldn’t be happier to announce: Data Explorers Guild events are coming back in full force! 🕵️♂️🕵️♀️ In case you don’t know, the Data Explorers Guild (DEG) is a friendly group of data enthusiasts that get together virtually each month to learn from one another, share experiences with Looker and data, and explore fun datasets in a collaborative environment. We’re still locking in the details for the next upcoming event and will share more on that soon. For now, we’re looking for speakers! Sign up to speak at one of our monthly meetups! You don’t need to have participated in past DEG meetups to speak, just a desire to share your experience with Looker, data, or any other relevant topic you’re passionate about. Virtual meeting fatigue is real, BUT this is truly a worthwhile way to plug into a great network of data-minded people while having a really fun time all the while. PS. If you have any ideas for a future event topic, post them h
Hey Good Lookers, It’s been an absolutely delightful run serving as your community manager. Over the past few years, I’ve had the great privilege of meeting many of you in person, and even more of you virtually— I feel so lucky. I can’t think of a better way to keep abreast of the latest Looker functionality and news than to embed into the Community (the exact same benefit y’all get from being here). So it’s with somewhat heavy heart that I formally announce a changing of the guard. For a few months now actually, I’ve been working on our engineering team building out a Developer Relations function for those using our API and other “Powered By Looker” features.@Michael will be taking the reigns of the Looker Community team and bringing awesome new energy and ideas with him. I’ll let him introduce himself in his own words below, but rest assured that I’m really excited about what he’s going to do with the place. I’ll still be hanging around and making sure to answer all your API and embe
As promised, here is the wrap-up of all the questions that we didn’t have time to get to live (or had to research the answers to) during the Q1 2021 “What’s New in Looker?” webinar last week! Weren’t able to make it to the webinar? No problem! Here’s the AMER recording | Here’s the EMEA recording Explore Improvements and Quick Start Can the Quick Start functionality be leveraged in embedded environments?Quick Start can definitely be used by embedded customers! Someone will need to define the queries in the model/Explore, so that is something to take into account if you require more granular permissioning of fields for your embed use case. Can we save specific visualization settings to be associated with Quick Start? This isn't possible today, but something we're evaluating as we consider improvements to Quick Start. Currently, we are using Looker's default visualization selection based on the fields in the query. Does it slow anything? Any impact on performance?We don't have any know
Would love to hear, how the community is thinking about the Google acquire. What’re your thoughts? 🙂 Google Cloud Blog Google to Acquire Looker | Google Cloud Blog Google to acquire Looker, a unified platform for business intelligence, data applications, and embedded analytics.
This is a super cool peek under the hood of Looker, written by our engineers and posted on our official engineering blog. It’s definitely software engineering heavy, but if you’re interested in looking into the inner workings of the Looker app, it’s really cool. https://medium.com/looker-engineering/turning-looker-up-to-11-daa00de88d4c
This is a wrap-up of all the questions that we didn’t have time to get to live (or had to research the answers to) during the Q4 2020 “What’s New in Looker?” webinar. Didn’t make it to the webinar? Catch the recording here. Mobile AppRegarding the mobile app is there a plan for an iPad specific app? I tested on an iPad and it displays as phone sized, not filling the screen completely. Yes! The work for full iPad support is slated soon. Do links work in the mobile app? They should work fine! If you have a more specific question or aren’t seeing what you’d expect, feel free to drop a comment here. Is dashboards-next supported in the mobile app? The mobile app currently uses legacy dashboards, there’s no option to change the dashboard type at this time. To be clear, this just means that all dashboards will display in the legacy style— All dashboards, regardless of version, will be accessible and usable in the mobile app. How do user attributes work with the mobile app? We currently pa
Hello everyone! Remember that tomorrow morning (October 23rd), Discourse will go into “Read Only Mode” while we complete migration work over the weekend. On Tuesday October 27th, it will go fully live again on the new platform. There should be zero downtime for content. See this post for more details. All posts should be redirected and all accounts will still be present with history, though you will need to claim your account using the email address you currently use for discourse.looker.com. We will post instructions on how to do that! Looking forward to seeing you all over there 👋. If you have any questions about the community while Discourse is frozen, you can always email firstname.lastname@example.org. For any Looker support questions, please check out the Documentation and Help Center. You can file a support ticket here
The Data Explorers Guild is a group of data enthusiasts that meet virtually each month to learn from one another, share experiences with Looker and data, and explore fun datasets in a collaborative environment. Join us for an hour of interactive data-driven fun & education with your fellow data explorers. All are welcome! 🕵📈 🕵️‍♀ Hey Data Explorers! 🕵️‍♀📈 🕵 The Data Explorers Guild is back 🎉 We’re back on track with our “Data Storytelling” topic coming right up, so start thinking of awesome articles, presentations, or stories you’ve seen or built to share. We’ll be meeting again on Tuesday October 27 at 3PM PDT (Americas) and 3PM BST (EMEA). You must RSVP below to receive videoconference details and data access Agenda Speed Networking Pair up with 2-3 other Data Explorers for 5 minutes to connect, network, and chat about data/Looker. Sometimes, there’s secret Looker employee east
It’s JOIN Week! Starting right now, the JOIN Keynote is live— And throughout the rest of the week, we’ll have breakout sessions available to stream and some live events happening Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. You can get all the content (and watch the livestream if you’re quick) at http://joindataconference.com/ Happy JOIN, and I wish I was there in person with all of you 😭. To try and keep a real conversation going, I wanted to create this space to “live-tweet” the event and share all our favorite parts, questions, etc. Reply here with your favorite sessions, interesting learnings, or anything you’d like— or #JOINData on twitter.
The Data Explorers Guild is a group of data enthusiasts that meet virtually each month to learn from one another, share experiences with Looker and data, and explore fun datasets in a collaborative environment. Join us for an hour of interactive data-driven fun & education with your fellow data explorers. All are welcome! 🕵📈 🕵️‍♀ Hey Data Explorers! 🕵️‍♀📈 🕵 The Data Explorers Guild is back 🎉 We’re back on track with our “Science of Visualizations” topic coming right up, so start thinking of awesome visualizations you’ve seen or built to share. We’ll be meeting again on Tuesday September 29 at 3PM PDT (Americas) and 3PM BST (EMEA). You must RSVP below to receive videoconference details and data access Agenda Speed Networking Pair up with 2-3 other Data Explorers for 5 minutes to connect, network, and chat about data/Looker. Sometimes, there’s secret Looker employee easter eggs you
Hi Everyone, We are aware of issues affecting the helpdesk technology provider that powers Looker support and in-app chat. If you have trouble reaching us via chat, please try again in a bit. We’ll be back with you as soon as possible. Ticket based support will continue to function via our Help Center. If you’d like, you can also ask any questions here, in the Looker Community!
3.16 Release Date: March 2, 2015 Dashboards & Visualizations Dashboards Adjustable Row Height - Ability to change the height of rows of elements in User Defined Dashboards. Hover between rows to see an up/down arrow. Drag down to increase the height of the row above your mouse. (see documentation) Notes - Each element on a Dashboard can now have an accompanying text note used to convey information specific to that element. Add and edit the note from the gear dropdown in each element. The note can be displayed at the top of the element, bottom of the element, or on hover. (see documentation) Collapsible Dashboard Listeners - Filters that each element is listening to now collapse if they are longer than 1 line - click them to expand Improved Dashboard PDF Formatting - Includes link to dashboard, footer with time it was downloaded, and Notes Filter Modal Changes The “Apply to Field” in the Listener section of the Dashboard filter creation modal defaults to the field that matches
We are facing unique challenges due to the blackouts and wildfires currently spreading near our headquarters in Santa Cruz, CA. We have multiple layers of redundancy for these situations, but it is possible there may be delays or downtime for live chat support during Pacific time business hours. There will be no impact to high severity issues. The last section of this post will be kept up-to-date with the latest service status. To our amazing customers, 2020 has truly been a year of challenges and tragedy across the world in so many ways. Nevertheless, DCL has appreciated the extent to which we have been able to stay connected in the literal sense as well as at the human level working together to solve data problems. We are working hard to continue that but are facing some very unique challenges in California at the moment. For our California based support team that covers 8am Pacific to 6pm Pacific we are facing challenges of wildfires roaring adjacent to our headquarters in Santa C
The Data Explorers Guild is a group of data enthusiasts that meet virtually each month to learn from one another, share experiences with Looker and data, and explore fun datasets in a collaborative environment. Join us for an hour of interactive data-driven fun & education with your fellow data explorers. All are welcome! 🕵📈 🕵️‍♀ Hey Data Explorers! 🕵️‍♀📈 🕵 The Data Explorers Guild is back 🎉 We’re changing the regularly scheduled programming and shifting the “Science of Visualizations” to next month to make room for some more conversation on Data Culture and Curiosity that was sparked from last month’s meeting. If you had questions or thoughts you didn’t get to share last time, bring them again! We’ll be meeting again on Tuesday August 25 at 3PM PDT (Americas) and 3PM BST (EMEA). You must RSVP below to receive videoconference details and data access Agenda Speed Networking Pair u
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