Gary Angel, einer der angesehensten US-Experten für den Bereich Web Analytics (und mit seinem Unternehmen Semphonic Partner von Omniture, Coremetrics, Webtrends, Google Analytics, Unica und Yahoo! Analytics) hat einen interessanten Eintrag zum neuen Release von comScore verfasst
Digital Analytix by comScore A Major Shake-up in the Analytics Tool Landscape
„Ever since eMetrics, Ive been meaning to write about comScores U.S. introduction of their new Web analytics tool: Digital Analytix. Its the most significant change in the Web analytics tool landscape since the introduction of Google Analytics.
What makes Digital Analytix important? Lets start with what its not. Its not another me-tool analytics offering with the same reports and the same faux GA interface that we now see everywhere. Its not a low-end, free tool for the masses. Its not a half-baked product with some cool ideas thats missing core pieces that no enterprise will do without.
Heres what it is:
1. A powerful enterprise analytics tool that provides access to granular event and visitor level data
2. A unique integration of behavioral and demographic data that provides a terrific platform for Digital Database Marketing
3. A proven enterprise product with a large EU client-base including a couple of the highest-volume Web sites in the world
4. A parent company (public) with deep experience in Digital Analytics and high-volume data processing
The Digital Analytix product plugs many of the holes that have driven Web analysts crazy these last few years.
* Cardinality limits on variables? None.
* Custom Variables? Unlimited.
* Segmentation? Unlimited.
* Segment Creation? Nestable.
* Reprocessing data? Not necessary.
* API? Rest-based and included in all contracts.
* Latency? Near real-time.
* Mobile? SDKs for iOS, Android, Blackberry.
* Excel Integration? Check.
* Numeric Fields not just Text? Check.
* Multiple Attribution Models? First, Last, Linear, Increasing, Engagement, etc..
For a first rev in the United States, this is a remarkably complete product. There are, of course, other complete products on the enterprise market. Adobe, IBM and Webtrends all offer complete solutions. What distinguishes Digital Analytix is the power of the underlying engine that builds all the reports from granular data. Its that single advantage that makes possible the really impressive analytics features of the product: unlimited segmentation and unlimited custom variables without reprocessing in real-time.
There are other advantages to the comScore product, some completely unique. The tight integration of demographic data (age and gender right now) into the tool provides an audience view that simply doesnt exist in any other solution. For tagging, comScore is relying (at least in part) on their existing tagging infrastructure. That means that most media properties are ALREADY tagged for Digital Analytix. Thats a huge advantage but its one that only existing comScore clients (mostly media) will have.
They are also providing a single UI (ala NetInsight) that can plausibly support both self-service users, power-users and real analysts.
Whats not to like? There are a few things. I think the UI has a few rough edges especially if you compare it to something as beautiful as Webtrends Analytics 10. Its closer in spirit SiteCatalyst or NetInsight than Webtrends, though right now it packs more punch than any of them.
My biggest concern, though, would be query performance at scale. Just how fast is their Atomix technology and how well will it scale when comScore starts adding serious numbers of clients? I dont know. In a product that delivers this much functionality, query latency is bound to be a potential issue and only time and testing will provide a definitive answer. Similar issues will inevitably exist with ALL re-platformed solutions – it’s almost impossible to deliver consistently cube-like performance without cubes.
That means that query latency is going to be a critical differentiator in the new world of Web analytics. Unfortunately, query latency won’t be easy to compare except in real-world situations, and it may change rapidly as vendors add clients and infrastructure.
Der Autor ist CTO und Gründer von Semphonic (USA)
With comScores Digital Analytix, Omniture and Webtrends both re-platforming, and IBM due to bring out a unified platform soon, this may turn out to be a pivotal year in our industry; a year when the crippling limitations of obsolete data architectures are finally banished. At least right now, its the new kid on the block with the clear lead.
Which goes hand in hand with the larger theme Ive been writing about; the convergence of Database Marketing and Digital Analytics requires and is driven by these new capabilities. Granular access to visit and event-level data is the key to effective segmentation, targeting and personalization.
If youre short-listing enterprise analytics tools, Digital Analytix deserves to be on the list right now. At Version 1, it has a number of truly important perhaps essential – features that simply dont exist in other current solutions on the market and it delivers those features without any gaping holes that might disqualify it at most organizations.“
Hier der Link zum Artikel und zum Semphonic-Blog: Digital Analytix is Web Analytics