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Amazon SNS

Amazon SNS is great for at least two use-cases: building cheap, non-emergency alerts, and decoupling services with pub/sub messaging. SNS is great for creating email notifications in minutes for alerts that are not worthy of PagerDuty. Subscribing multiple AWS Lambda functions to a topic is a great way to decouple features.
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Localytics

It is a great product for a smaller team to integrate into their app to start getting some in-depth analytics. The web interface is a great analytics tool without the need for writing SQL. Lack of Unity support makes it a lesser choice for mobile gaming. Like many third-party products, once data needs become substantial, the business will likely outgrow Localytics and will move towards an in-house solution.
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Pros

  • The AWS Lambda SNS trigger is great. Subscribing multiple Lambda functions to an SNS topic is a nice way to decouple features.
  • SNS is fully-managed. Our team is too small to manage our own pub/sub infrastructure.
  • Subscribing email endpoints to SNS topics and integrating topics with CloudWatch alerts is very easy; we create more non-emergency notifications than we would without SNS.
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  • Great web interface which provides a couple of levels of pivoting and filtering of data
  • Straight-forward integration for simpler use cases
  • Access to raw data through S3 for use in your own data pipeline
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Cons

  • The SNS Console has not been updated in a long time, and it was confusing to begin with.
  • Testing systems that use SNS end-to-end can be tricky; LocalStack somewhat ameliorates this problem.
  • Debugging is difficult.
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  • Unity SDK plugin support is severely lacking
  • Mobile gaming apps do not seem to be a priority for their business
  • Development focus in the last couple of years has been on their marketing product over their analytics product
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There is a lot of competition. I would renew if there isn't anything more exceptional that would justify the re-coding and implementation load costs
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Alternatives Considered

SNS is much more customizable compared to SES and allows for many more delivery methods. While it is better for email-based notification services, not being able to send notifications via SMS limits your app functionality considerably. Being able to switch message delivery types is an invaluable tool for any application deployment
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Also used Adobe Marketing Suite for App Measurement. This was useful because it can be correlated with on site usage. But it required a more depth implementation and is more expensive.
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Return on Investment

  • Positive from the cost savings of the service itself
  • Positive from the labor savings from both the ease of setup and learning curve of the programmers
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  • Was our first provider of user-level event data
  • Allows for many users to easily answer their own questions before making requests of the data team
  • Raw data dumps gave the data team the ability to provide more in-depth analyses.
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Amazon SNS

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Free Trial
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Localytics

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Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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