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AppSignal vs Scout: What are the differences?

Developers describe AppSignal as "Monitoring for Ruby and Elixir. By developers, for developers". AppSignal gives you and your team alerts and detailed metrics about your Ruby or Elixir application Sensible pricing, no aggressive sales & support by developers.. On the other hand, Scout is detailed as "Application Monitoring that Developers Love". Scout is application monitoring that points developers right to the source of problems: N+1 database queries, memory bloat, performance trends, and more Scout eliminates much of the investigation part when performance woes occur. .

AppSignal and Scout can be categorized as "Performance Monitoring" tools.

Some of the features offered by AppSignal are:

  • Track errors
  • Performance Monitoring
  • Compare deploys. Monitor background jobs.

On the other hand, Scout provides the following key features:

  • Monitors Ruby & Elixir apps with more languages to come
  • Easy install
  • Detailed transaction traces

"Easy setup" is the top reason why over 5 developers like AppSignal, while over 9 developers mention "Easy setup" as the leading cause for choosing Scout.

According to the StackShare community, Scout has a broader approval, being mentioned in 29 company stacks & 7 developers stacks; compared to AppSignal, which is listed in 24 company stacks and 5 developer stacks.

Decisions about AppSignal and Scout
Kamil Kowalski
Lead Architect at Fresha · | 3 upvotes · 137.7K views

Coming from a Ruby background, we've been users of New Relic for quite some time. When we adopted Elixir, the New Relic integration was young and missing essential features, so we gave AppSignal a try. It worked for quite some time, we even implemented a :telemetry reporter for AppSignal . But it was difficult to correlate data in two monitoring solutions, New Relic was undergoing a UI overhaul which made it difficult to use, and AppSignal was missing the flexibility we needed. We had some fans of Datadog, so we gave it a try and it worked out perfectly. Datadog works great with Ruby , Elixir , JavaScript , and has powerful features our engineers love to use (notebooks, dashboards, very flexible alerting). Cherry on top - thanks to the Datadog Terraform provider everything is written as code, allowing us to collaborate on our Datadog setup.

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Pros of AppSignal
Pros of Scout
  • 14
    Easy setup
  • 8
    Logs Errors
  • 7
    Tracks performance
  • 6
    Support Elixir
  • 6
    Profiles Ruby Memory Usage
  • 6
    Elixir support out of the box
  • 5
    Great UI
  • 5
    In App Customer support via chat
  • 4
    Affordable, holistic, All-in-One solution for Rails
  • 4
    Custom metrics
  • 4
    GIT Integration
  • 4
    Cheapest option
  • 4
    Anomaly detection
  • 8
    Easy setup
  • 5
  • 3
  • 1
    Custom Scopes
  • 1
    GIT Integration
  • 1
    Local Developer Tracing
  • 1
    Profiles Ruby Memory Usage
  • 1
    Heroku Integration

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What is AppSignal?

AppSignal gives you and your team alerts and detailed metrics about your Ruby, Node.js or Elixir application. Sensible pricing, no aggressive sales & support by developers.

What is Scout?

Scout APM helps developers quickly pinpoint & resolve performance issues before the customer ever sees them. Spend less time debugging & more time building with a streamlined interface & tracing logic that ties bottlenecks to source code.

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What are some alternatives to AppSignal and Scout?
New Relic
The world’s best software and DevOps teams rely on New Relic to move faster, make better decisions and create best-in-class digital experiences. If you run software, you need to run New Relic. More than 50% of the Fortune 100 do too.
Sentry’s Application Monitoring platform helps developers see performance issues, fix errors faster, and optimize their code health.
Skylight is a smart profiler for your Rails apps that visualizes request performance across all of your servers.
Datadog is the leading service for cloud-scale monitoring. It is used by IT, operations, and development teams who build and operate applications that run on dynamic or hybrid cloud infrastructure. Start monitoring in minutes with Datadog!
Azure Application Insights
It is an extensible Application Performance Management service for developers and DevOps professionals. Use it to monitor your live applications. It will automatically detect performance anomalies, and includes powerful analytics tools.
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