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FullStory Data Integration with Redshift

With Portable, integrate FullStory data with your Redshift warehouse in minutes. Access your Digital Experience Intelligence (DXI) platform data from Redshift without having to manage cumbersome ETL scripts.

The Two Paths to Connect FullStory to Amazon Redshift

There are two ways to sync data from FullStory into your data warehouse for analytics.

Method 1: Manually Developing a Custom Data Pipeline Yourself

Write code from scratch or use an open-source framework to build an integration between FullStory and Redshift.

Method 2: Automating the ETL Process with a No-Code Solution

Leverage a pre-built connector from a cloud-hosted solution like Portable.

How to Create Value with FullStory Data

Teams connect FullStory to their data warehouse to build dashboards and generate value for their business. Let’s dig into the capabilities FullStory exposes via their API, outline insights you can build with the data, and summarize the most common analytics environments that teams are using to process their FullStory data.

Extract: What Data Can You Extract from the FullStory API?

FullStory is a Digital Experience Intelligence (DXI) platform used for allowing users to track and monitor each customer activity.

To help clients power downstream analytics, FullStory offers an application programming interface (API) for clients to extract data on business entities. Here are a few example entities you can extract from the API:

  • List Segments
  • Create Segment Export
  • Get User Events
  • Get User Pages
  • List Sessions

You can visit the FullStory API Documentation to explore the entire catalog of available API resources and the complete schema definition for each.

As you think about the data you will need for analytics, don’t forget that Portable offers no-code integrations to other similar applications.

Regardless of the SaaS solution you use, it’s important to find a Digital Experience Intelligence (DXI) platform with robust data available for analytics.

Load: Which Destinations Are Best for Your FullStory ETL Pipeline?

To turn raw data from FullStory into dashboards, most companies centralize information into a data warehouse or data lake. For Portable clients, the most common ETL pipelines are:

  1. FullStory to Snowflake Integration
  2. FullStory to Google BigQuery Integration
  3. FullStory to Amazon Redshift Integration
  4. FullStory to PostgreSQL Integration
Common Data Warehouses
Common Data Warehouses

Once you have a destination to load the data, it’s common to combine FullStory data with information from other enterprise applications like Jira, Mailchimp, HubSpot, Zendesk, and Klaviyo.

From there, you can build cross-functional dashboards in a visualization tool like Power BI, Tableau, Looker, or Retool.

Develop: Which Dashboards Should You Build with FullStory Data?

Now that you have identified the data you want to extract, the next step is to plan out the dashboards you can build with the data.

As a process, you want to consume raw data, overlay SQL logic, and build a dashboard to either 1) increase revenue or 2) decrease costs.

Replicating FullStory data into your cloud data warehouse can unlock a wide array of opportunities to power analytics, automate workflows, and develop products. The use cases are endless.

Now that we have a clear sense of the insights we can create, let’s compare the process of developing a custom FullStory integration with the benefits of using a no-code ETL solution like Portable.

Method 1: Building a Custom FullStory ETL Pipeline

To build your own FullStory integration, there are three steps:

  1. Navigate the FullStory API documentation
  2. Make your first API request
  3. Turn an API request into a complete data pipeline

Let’s walk through the process in more detail.

How to Interpret FullStory’s API Documentation

When reading API documentation, there are a handful of key concepts to consider.

Authentication

There are many common authentication mechanisms. OAuth 2.0 (Auth Code and Client Credentials), API Keys, JWT Tokens, Personal Access Tokens, Basic Authentication, etc. For FullStory, it’s important to identify the authentication mechanism and how best to incorporate the necessary credentials into your API requests.

FullStory's HTTP API endpoints use API keys for authentication. This means that whenever an integration with FullStory is being done, an API key should be generated and used in every request.

Resources

It’s important to identify the FullStory API endpoints you want to use for analytics. Most APIs offer a combination of GET, POST, PUT, and DELETE request methods; however, for analytics, GET requests are typically the most useful. At times, POST requests can be used to extract data as well.

For FullStory, the get user pages endpoint is a great place to get started.

Request Parameters

For each API endpoint you would like to use for analytics, you need to understand the method (GET, POST, PUT, or DELETE) and the URL, but there are other considerations to take into account as well. You should look out for pagination mechanics, query parameters, and parameters that are added to the request path.

For pagination, as a default solution FullStory uses 'limit' query parameter on its endpoints. If the 'limit' query parameter is not sent, then the default is considered to be 20 entries. Also, FullStory API endpoints receive one more query parameter called 'pagination_token' which is an optional pagination token for retrieving further results.

How Do You Call the FullStory API? (Tutorial)

  1. Follow the instructions above to read the FullStory API documentation
  2. Identify and collect your credentials for authentication
  3. Pick the API resource you want to pull data from
  4. Configure the necessary parameters, method, and URL to make your first request (e.g. with curl or Postman)
  5. Add your credentials and make your first API call . Here is an example request using curl (without real credentials):
curl --compressed -O -J -X GET  https://export.fullstory.com/api/v1/export/userPages?uid=10154       
-H 'Authorization: Basic {YOUR_API_KEY}'

How Do You Maintain a Custom FullStory to Redshift ETL Pipeline?

Making a call to the FullStory API is just the beginning of maintaining a complete custom ETL pipeline.

Here is a getting-started guide to building a production-grade pipeline for FullStory:

  • For each API endpoint, define schemas (which fields exist and the type for each)
  • Process the API response and parse the data (typically parsing JSON or XML)
  • Handle and replicate nested objects and custom fields
  • Identify which FullStory fields are primary keys and which keys are required vs. optional
  • Version control your changes in a git-based workflow (using GitHub, GitLab, etc.)
  • Handle code dependencies in your toolchain and the upgrades that come with each
  • Monitor the health of the upstream API, and —when things go wrong— troubleshoot via the status page, reach out to support, and open tickets
  • Handle error codes (HTTP error codes like 400s, 500s, etc.)
  • Manage and respect rate limits imposed by the server

We won’t go into detail on all of the items above, but rate limits are a great example of the complexity found in a production-grade data pipeline.

FullStory has a limit of 1000 events per minute.

If you don’t respect rate limits, and if you can’t handle server responses (like 429 errors with a Retry-After header), your pipeline can break, and analytics can become out-of-date.

What Are the Drawbacks of Building the FullStory ETL Pipeline Yourself?

You can probably tell at this point that there is a lot of work that goes into building and maintaining an ETL pipeline from FullStory to your data warehouse.

If you want less development work, faster insights, and no ongoing responsibilities, you should consider a cloud-hosted ETL solution.

Let’s walk through the setup process for a no-code ETL solution and its benefits.

Method 2: Using a No-Code FullStory ETL Solution

No-code ETL solutions are simple. Vendors specialize in building and maintaining data pipelines on your behalf. Instead of starting from scratch for each integration. Companies like Portable create connector templates that can be leveraged by hundreds or thousands of clients.

Step-By-Step Tutorial for Configuring Your FullStory ETL Pipeline

Off-the-shelf ETL tools offer a no-code setup process. Here are the instructions to connect FullStory to your cloud data warehouse with Portable.

  1. Create an account (no credit card required)
  2. Add a source —search for and select FullStory
  3. Authenticate with FullStory using the instructions in the Portable console
  4. Select Redshift and authenticate
  5. Set up a flow connecting FullStory to your analytics environment
  6. Run your flow to replicate data from FullStory to your warehouse
  7. Use the dropdown to set your data flow to run on a cadence

What Are the Benefits of Using Portable for FullStory ETL?

No-Code Simplicity

Start moving FullStory data in minutes. Save yourself the headaches of reading API documentation, writing code, and worrying about maintenance. Leave the hassle to us.

Easy to Understand Pricing

With predictable, fixed-cost pricing per data flow, you know exactly how much your FullStory integration will cost every month.

Fast Development Speeds

Access lightning-fast connector development. Portable can build new integrations on-demand in hours or days.

Hands-On Support

APIs change. Schemas evolve. FullStory will have maintenance issues and errors. With Portable, we will do everything in our power to make your life easier.

Unlimited Data Volumes

You can move as much data from FullStory to Amazon Redshift as you want without worrying about usage credits or overages. Instead of analyzing your ETL costs, you should be analyzing your data.

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