Astronomer Update


#1

Hi everyone —

Here’s an update on the Astronomer project:

We just released version 0.2.1 of the package: https://atmospherejs.com/astronomerio/core

  • Settings are simplified and more flexible
  • Internal improvements/bugfixes
  • Better generated name for user events

We’re up to 10 back-end integrations for the data hub now, that you can direct your user events to:

  • Keen IO
  • Google Analytics (Events)
  • Mixpanel
  • KISSmetrics
  • Heap
  • Amplitude
  • Customer.io
  • Calq

We’re working on getting the live stream preview working next; it’ll be ready “very soon.”

It only takes 5 minutes to add Astronomer to your app — here’s a short video that shows the process: http://youtu.be/e-xVBvmZe_c.

We’d love to get you onboard :slight_smile:


#2

Why should I use Astronomer over https://segment.com/?


#3

Present day:

We’ve only been working on Astronomer for two months, so right now the biggest difference between Astronomer and Segment is for Meteor devs — if you haven’t instrumented your app for user analytics yet, our Meteor package wraps Meteor methods, iron-router, flow-router, and Mongo database interactions — effectively instrumenting your entire Meteor app for user events, automatically.

Type meteor add astronomerio:core, add the configuration, and your app will emit well-formed user events automatically to the Astronomer service. From there you can designate where to send your user data.

Vision:

  • We’ll implement auto-event emission for other app dev frameworks; React and Angular are next. Our goal is to save devs the boring/error-prone work of instrumenting their app for user analytics (so in this way we’re sort of like Heap).
  • We’ll make adopting new tools less painful — data replay functionality will be a standard feature. Again, goal is to make dev’s life easier. Exporting data from one service and into another is a huge pain for devs today.
  • Amazon Redshift is getting popular for analytics (once you want to take the training wheels off, and move away from tools like Mixpanel/KISSmetrics) — access to your data in Redshift will be a standard feature.
  • We provide an option to bring-your-own AWS account, giving you full control of your data, not us.
  • We’ll license our entire platform for larger enterprises that want complete control/customization. Once you have a handful of sources and a handful of destinations, things get messy, especially considering things like unreliable APIs and data replay. Our platform provides a hub to keep things tidy.

The service will be very affordable whether or not you care about Redshift. Some new pricing ideas here: http://astronomer.io/first-100 — we’re still learning, would love more testers.


#4

That could be a viable feature for me. I will try out Astronomer for our app and report back my feedback.


#5

This looks great. When is Intercom support likely to be integrated?


#6

Thanks @Sanjo :slight_smile: looking forward to your feedback.


#7

Hi @sgoudie — we’re working on Intercom right now, I expect we’ll have it up early this week, barring any extraordinary problems.


#8

That’s awesome! Looking forward to seeing how it all works.


#9

Hey Ry (@ryw),

Any news on the Intercom support? We’re looking forward to using astronomer!


#10

any feedback yet Sanjo?

Cheers!


#11

No, not yet. Probably in the next two weeks.


#12

We have the Intercom integration live right now, ready for some alpha testers to see if we got it right :slight_smile: Feel free to ping me directly if you run into any problems (ry@astronomer.io).

-Ry