Keen vs Rakam: What are the differences?
Keen: Keen is the embedded analytics API that makes shipping custom user-facing analytics easy and seamless. Keen is a set of powerful APIs that allow you to collect, analyze, and visualize events from anything connected to the internet. Send all your data – any event, from any source, all the time, any time. Keen IO was specifically built to capture and store event data — those constant little interactions that happen all day, every day, in your apps. Event data can be anything, and Keen IO gives you the ability to grab as much of it as you want, then store it forever on our cloud database; Rakam: Custom Analytics Platform. You can build custom reports or custom dashboards just connect Rakam with third-party tools or join Rakam data with internal data sources. A full stack analytics platform for you, including both backend and frontend.
Keen and Rakam belong to "Custom Analytics" category of the tech stack.
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The service is incredibly easy to use, both from a data collection standpoint and a visualization perspective. I ran into a few snags with the documentation lagging behind the actual code, but I got pretty near real-time support from one of the founders emailing me from 30,000 ft over Thanksgiving weekend.
The only reason I know about any reliability issues is because Keen emails me whenever anything is degraded or problematic, even if it only lasts a few minutes. They could be a whole lot less transparent and get away with it, but they don't take that short cut.
We use Keen to analyze transfer logs over at Mover (https://mover.io). Each time a user performs a transfer of files we give Keen a summary of their transfer. At any time, technical and non-technical users on our team can easily pull information out of the datasets we've presented.
Keen makes it extremely easy to feed data and then ask for useful graphs and formatted information. We wrote a larger review on our blog at https://blog.mover.io/2014/03/15/why-we-chose-keen-io/
I’ve known the Keen IO team since I started working on Leanstack and they’ve been super helpful. Leanstack didn’t have too much use for something like Keen early on. But recently we started talking to vendors that wanted access to basic analytics for their pages (views and clicks). So we started thinking about how we could provide customer-facing dashboards. That’s when Josh over at Keen suggested Keen, and it seemed like a great fit. Not only could we use Keen for external dashboards, but we could use it to get insight into usage for our own purposes.
At the same time they were working on an open source library called CommonWeb that helps you track everything happening on your site with little-to-no configuration. So we signed up and agreed to be a guinea pig for their new library to see how CommonWeb could help us. It’s been super useful so far. We now know who’s logging in to StackShare, how long they were on the site, and which content they contribute; we have much better insight into funnels, and we’ll soon have dashboards. The Keen team has been great as far as support (thanks Alex!). I think we’re really going to be able to improve the site once we start using the data we’re collecting, super excited about that. We’re definitely going to be using their new open source dashboards.
Having watched the Keen.IO guys grow their company since it's inception, I think we can safely say that they are one of the best out there in terms of general analytics and storage.