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Databricks and Looker Partner To Deliver Powerful Analytics and Big Data Insights

Companies give data scientists and analysts easier and faster answers to big data problems

September 14, 2017
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San Francisco, CA and Santa Cruz, CA -- September 14, 2017 - Databricks, provider of the leading Unified Analytics Platform and founded by the team who created Apache Spark™, and Looker, the leading data platform company, today announced they have partnered to bridge the power of analytics and visualization for data scientists and analysts. The announcement was made today at Looker’s JOIN 2017 Conference, where Databricks is a Gigabyte sponsor.

In response to joint customer demand, Databricks and Looker are partnering to provide an intuitive way for business users and analysts to discover the powerful analytics results of Apache Spark. Customers will realize three main benefits:

  • Easy-to-Use Visualizations: Productivity is instantly increased through Looker’s powerful visualization capabilities. Analysts and data scientists alike will experience faster user adoption with an intuitive user interface;
  • Powerful Analytics: Data can be processed faster with the implementation of the Spark-powered Databricks Unified Analytics Platform. Users can solve the most complex analytics problem faster than ever before; and
  • Bigger Insights: Complex, analytical answers will now be available to more users across the organization to drive cross-company insights that are game changing.

“We’re thrilled to be working with Looker and look forward to seeing what our users create,” said Michael Hoff, senior vice president of Business Development at Databricks. “Making sense of big data is no easy task. At all stages of a user’s workflow - from processing data, to advanced analytics, to visualization – there are challenges. Our partnership with Looker will extend the power of the Databricks Unified Analytics Platform, couple it with deeply insightful visualizations, and ultimately help our joint customers make the most of their data.”

“We love teaming up with our partners to drive innovation that substantially helps our customers,” said Keenan Rice, vice president of Alliances at Looker. “Integrating the power and speed of Databricks with Looker opens up a new level of analytics capabilities to a broader set of users.”

To learn more, register for an upcoming webinar on November 8th: “5 Keys to Build Machine Learning, AI, and Visualization Into Your Application” and hear joint customer John Huang of Handshake discuss his integration of Databricks and Looker.

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About Databricks

Databricks’ mission is to accelerate innovation for its customers by unifying Data Science, Engineering and Business. Founded by the team who created Apache Spark™, Databricks provides a Unified Analytics Platform for data science teams to collaborate with data engineering and lines of business to build data products. Users achieve faster time-to-value with Databricks by creating analytic workflows that go from ETL and interactive exploration to production. The company also makes it easier for its users to focus on their data by providing a fully managed, scalable, and secure cloud infrastructure that reduces operational complexity and total cost of ownership. Databricks, venture-backed by Andreessen Horowitz, NEA and Battery Ventures, among others, has a global customer base that includes Salesforce, Viacom, Shell and HP. For more information, visit

About Looker

Looker is a complete data platform that offers data analytics and business insights to every department, and easily integrates into applications to deliver data directly into the decision-making process. The company is powering data-driven cultures at more than 1000 industry-leading and innovative companies such as Sony, Amazon, The Economist, Kohler, Etsy, Lyft and Kickstarter. The company is headquartered in Santa Cruz, California, with offices in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Boulder, London and Dublin, Ireland. Investors include CapitalG, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Meritech Capital Partners, Redpoint Ventures, First Round Capital, Sapphire Ventures and Goldman Sachs. For more information, connect with us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube or visit

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