Google to Acquire Looker, for $2.6 Billion

Google has apparently liked what it's seen while looking at Looker.                  Alain Jocard  Getty Images

Google LLC parent Alphabet Inc. said the California-based tech giant believes the acquisition of Looker Data Sciences Inc. will equip its clients with "a more comprehensive analytics solution" for the large amounts of data needed for areas like business intelligence, machine learning and artificial intelligence. It's not one of the dominant players in the cloud services market and the addition of Looker would appear to boost its appeal to potential converts from Microsoft, Amazon or IBM. That's a pretty sweet deal for Looker's investors.

He also says that it is ethical for purchasers, who've requested Google for tighter integrations with Looker - and that, again, its cloud possibilities can engage whether to exercise Looker or now not. It is interesting to note that before Google plunged onto Looker, both Amazon and Microsoft had shown a keen interest in this hot analytics startup that had raised more than $280 million in the last few months.

"The combination provides an end-to-end analytics platform to connect, collect, analyze and visualize data across Google Cloud, Azure, AWS, on-premises databases and ISV applications".

Then, there is the issue of whether Google will limit which clouds Looker can be run on. Microsoft, meanwhile, has its own Power BI business analytics tool. This blend of tools will offer customers a more complete analytics solution right from data ingestion to visualising results and integrating data and insights into their daily workflows.

The company, which has offices in San Francisco, New York, Boulder, London, Tokyo and Dublin, Ireland, was backed by CapitalG, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Meritech Capital Partners, Premji Invest, Redpoint Ventures and Goldman Sachs.

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As for whether or no longer Google ever plans to reduce again off Looker's integrations with starting up air clouds and services, Kurian had a flat denial.

It will be bought by Google as a part of its cloud computing division.

"One of the most important ways we advance Google's mission is by helping other businesses realize theirs", Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in a release.

But Handy, whose firm does data analytics work for companies like Casper and SeatGeek, is concerned about sustaining the path of innovation it blazed early in the decade. The companies were already working together and share about 350 customers including Buzzfeed, Hearst and Yahoo!

There are also questions on if Google will limit Looker to BigQuery, or at least get the newest features first.

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