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5 Things To Know About Google’s Acquisition Of Looker Data Sciences

‘Looker extends our business analytics offering with two important capabilities --first, the ability to define business metrics once in a consistent way across data sources,’ Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian says. ‘Second, Looker also provides users with a powerful analytics platform that delivers applications for business intelligence and use-case specific solutions such as Sales Analytics, as well as a flexible, embedded analytics product to collaborate on business decisions.’

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Google’s $2.6 billion deal to buy Looker Data Sciences Inc. marks a major initial salvo in new Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian’s charge to beef up the No. 3 cloud provider’s offerings and close the gap with rivals Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.

It’s the first major Google Cloud acquisition since Kurian formally took the reins of the No. 3 cloud provider this year and vowed to aggressively invest in its sales organization and channel relationship to boost its growth. It’s the largest Google purchase since the Mountain View, Calif., company bought smart-home product maker Nest Labs for $3.2 billion in 2014, and its largest cloud-related acquisition since the purchase of API company Apigee in 2016 in a transaction valued at about $625 million.

The new deal for the software-as-a-service (SaaS) company instantly makes Google Cloud an “analytics powerhouse,” according to analyst Hyoun Park, chief executive officer of Arlington, Mass.-based Amalgam Insights.

Santa Cruz, Calif.-based Looker’s unified platform for business intelligence, data applications and embedded analytics, extends Google Cloud’s business analytics offerings with two important capabilities, including the ability to define business metrics once in a consistent way across data sources, Kurian said in a blog post on the deal.

“This makes it easy for anyone to query data while maintaining consistent definitions in their calculations, ensuring teams get accurate results,” Kurian said. “Second, Looker also provides users with a powerful analytics platform that delivers applications for business intelligence and use-case specific solutions such as Sales Analytics, as well as a flexible, embedded analytics product to collaborate on business decisions.”

Click through to read more about what Looker brings to the table, Google’s and Looker’s continued hybrid- and multi-cloud commitment, why the acquisition makes Google Cloud an “analytics powerhouse,” the deal fundamentals and Google Cloud parent company Alphabet’s previous funding of Looker.

 
 
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