Looker vs Redash: What are the differences?
What is Looker? Pioneering the next generation of BI, data discovery & data analytics. We've built a unique data modeling language, connections to today's fastest analytical databases, and a service that you can deploy on any infrastructure, and explore on any device. Plus, we'll help you every step of the way.
What is Redash? Easily query an existing database, share the dataset and visualize it in different ways. Redash helps you make sense of your data. Connect and query your data sources, build dashboards to visualize data and share them with your company.
Looker and Redash can be categorized as "Business Intelligence" tools.
Some of the features offered by Looker are:
- Zero-lag access to data
- No limits
- Personalized setup and support
On the other hand, Redash provides the following key features:
- Query Editor
Redash is an open source tool with 13.1K GitHub stars and 2.17K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Redash's open source repository on GitHub.
DigitalOcean, 9GAG, and CircleCI are some of the popular companies that use Looker, whereas Redash is used by Sentry, Implisit, and OTOBANK. Looker has a broader approval, being mentioned in 71 company stacks & 7 developers stacks; compared to Redash, which is listed in 38 company stacks and 17 developer stacks.
Very easy-to-use UI. Good way to make data available inside the company for analysis.
Has some built-in visualizations and can be easily integrated with other JS visualization libraries such as D3.
Can be embedded into product to provide reporting functions.
Support team are helpful.
The only complain I have is lack of API support. Hard to track changes as codes and automate report deployment.
Power BI is really easy to start with. If you have just several Excel sheets or CSV files, or you build your first automated pipeline, it is actually quite intuitive to build your first reports.
And as we have kept growing, all the additional features and tools were just there within the Azure platform and/or Office 365.
Since we started building Mews, we have already passed several milestones in becoming start up, later also a scale up company and now getting ready to grow even further, and during all these phases Power BI was just the right tool for us.