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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
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
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
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 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.
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
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
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
September 2021 Hi Lookers,Fall is here and we have many exciting things going on at Looker! Be sure to check out the events at the bottom of this page.What’s New?Our annual data conference, JOIN@Home, is coming November 9-11! Be sure to register before spots fill up. We can’t wait to see you! Latest Release Note Highlights 🎉21.16- Release Highlights, Changelog, Breaking Changes Dashboard improvements. You can now copy user-defined dashboard content from the dashboard’s action menu. You can customize the filter bar to be expanded or collapsed, with expanded as the default behavior. Explore improvements. You can now perform Quick Calculations with pivoted data. The legacy Explore field picker has been removed. The Custom Fields Labs feature has transitioned from experimental to beta. LookML dashboard organization. When the LookML Dashboard Organization Labs feature is enabled, you can move LookML dashboards into folders other than the default LookML Dashboard folder. When in other
Hello Lookers,We have a great newsletter for you this month, please see all the amazing events at the bottom! What’s New?Learning Looker has been reimagined with the new platform Looker Connect, currently in public preview. Now your users can learn all about Looker with curated classes designed for their specific role. Access is available to all licensed Looker users. Latest Release Note Highlights 🎉21.14- Release Highlights, Changelog, Breaking Changes GitHub auth change. Beginning August 13, 2021, GitHub no longer accepts account passwords to authenticate Git operations. Each user must update their Git configuration to use a personal access token. Projects configured to use a deploy key will not be affected. API Explorer. Introducing the next-generation interactive API reference documentation. Forecasting. Users can extrapolate their Explore data to predict future results, even factoring seasonality into results. Forecasting is available for Cartesian charts and data tables, w
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
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.
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