Gartner Catalyst recap: City of San Diego Leading Innovation

San_Diego_City_SealA few perfectly pleasant and sunny days earlier this month formed an inviting setting for the Gartner Catalyst conference in San Diego.  I had the distinct honor of introducing and kicking off a session led by Mr. Gary Hayslip, the CISO for the City of San Diego, on how they use data analytics to fight cyber threats, manage application delivery, coordinate city-wide IT services and help San Diego continue to innovate as a smart city. Consider the following:

  • The City of San Diego, long considered one of the most innovative cities in the world and the 8th largest city in the US, employs 11,000 people to serve its 1.5 Million citizens and conducts $4 Billion in business
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Women in Technology: Meet Booz Allen’s Angie Messer

Angie Messer, EVP, Booz Allen

Angie Messer, EVP, Booz Allen

When we launched our Women in Technology (#SplunkWiT) Q&A blog post series recently, I knew Angie Messer would be an inspiring woman to feature. I met Angie for the first time at .conf 2015, Splunk’s annual users conference when I participated in a “war game” exercise led by Booz Allen. What an experience! I’m delighted to share our recent conversation highlighting Angie’s thoughts on the importance of getting more women involved in STEM and cyber and the related initiatives Booz Allen supports.

Tell us about your role at Booz Allen Hamilton.
I’ve been at Booz Allen close to 20 years and have had multiple roles. Today, I lead Cyber in multiple …

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How to Create a Modular Alert

What’s a Modular Alert (and why should I care)?

Modular Alerts is a feature in included in Splunk 6.3 and later that allows it to actively respond to events and send alerts, gather more data, or perform actions. Splunk includes an API that makes it easy for people to write their own apps with modular alerts that can be shared on apps.splunk.comSee the official docs for more detailed information.

Modular Alerts can used for things such as:

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Smart AnSwerS #75

Hey there community and welcome to the 75th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

The “Where Will Your Karma Take You” contest officially ended this past Monday, and the winners were announced in a Splunk blog post by piebob earlier this week. BIG congratulations to sundareshr, skoelpin, and jkat54 for accruing the most karma points during the competition period, earning them each a free pass to .conf2016! If any of these guys have helped you solve your issues on Splunk Answers, be sure to thank them for being such awesome community contributors if you happen to cross paths. :)

Check out this week’s featured Splunk Answers posts:

How to encode a URL for a Hipchat notification alert action

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iOS Memory Warnings

Memory on mobile devices is a shared resource, and apps that manage memory improperly run out of memory and crash. iOS manages the memory footprint of an application by controlling the lifetime of all objects using object ownership, which is part of the compiler and runtime feature called Automatic Reference Counting (ARC). When you start interacting with an object, you’re said to own that object, which means that it’s guaranteed to exist as long as you’re using it. When you’re done with the object, you relinquish ownership and if the object has no other owners, the OS destroys the object and frees up the memory. Not relinquishing ownership of an object causes memory to leak and the app to crash. …

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Tracing Objective-C Methods

You can write very fast programs in Objective-C, but you can also write very slow ones. Performance isn’t a characteristic of a language but of a language implementation, and more importantly, of the programs written in that language. Performance optimization requires that you measure the time to perform a task, then try algorithm and coding changes to make the task faster.

The most important performance issue is the quality of the libraries used in developing applications. Good quality libraries reduce the performance impact. So to help you improve performance in your apps, we’ve updated the Splunk MINT SDK for iOS to provide an easy way to trace a method performance using MACROS.

To trace an Objective-C method, add the MINT_METHOD_TRACE_START …

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Android ANR troubleshooting with MINT

Being involved with shippable software for mobile and desktop, I realize that there is a class of problems that are not easy to troubleshoot.

Crashes are probably the easiest to reproduce in QA and Engineering environments and so they are easier to fix. But one class of problems, that in many cases requires more time and possible code redesign, is application sluggishness. This problem usually falls into the gray area of software development that everybody tries to address during design and implementation stages. The problem of application sluggishness seldom shows up in QA or other controller environments, but always happens when the actual user is trying to use the app.

Modern mobile apps are complex creatures. A lot of things

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Winners of the 2016 Splunk Answers .conf Karma contest announced!

Those of you who have been around a while know that we have a Karma contest on Splunk Answers every summer.  This year, the contest took place from July 15th to August 15th, with the top 3* scorers getting free passes to .conf 2016 in Orlando!

Congrats to this year’s Answers Karma contest superstars:

These folks pushed hard to get as much Karma as possible in a single month, and their efforts helped a lot of people build their Splunk clue. Thank you, and CONGRATULATIONS!!! Might we suggest you apply for membership in the SplunkTrust? Applications close this Saturday!

Keep getting that Karma, and we’ll see you at …

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Splunk at Cardinal Health: Business Innovation Behind the Healthcare Supply Chain

cardinal-health-large-logoThe healthcare supply chain consists of multiple independent agents that include hospitals, doctors and many other stakeholders. The continued shift from volume-based reimbursement to value-based care is bringing the importance on the supply chain to the forefront.

Backed by nearly 100 years of experience, Cardinal Health connects patients, providers, payers, pharmacists and manufacturers for integrated care coordination and better patient management. Cardinal Health is an essential link in the healthcare innovation supply chain, supporting partners with more than 37,000 employees in nearly 60 countries worldwide.

For more than three years, Cardinal Health has trusted Splunk Enterprise to help ensure operational performance across its mission-critical e-commerce platform that customers depend on for health service and product purchases.

Splunk is excited to …

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Splunk Named a Leader in Gartner SIEM Magic Quadrant for the Fourth Straight Year

Gartner has published the 2016 Magic Quadrant for Security Information and Event Management and Splunk was named a leader for the fourth straight year.

In the report, Gartner placed Splunk in the Leaders quadrant and positioned Splunk furthest overall for completeness of vision.

MQ SIEM FINAL

Our security portfolio, including Splunk® Enterprise and the Splunk Enterprise Security solves basic, advanced and emerging SIEM use cases to dramatically accelerate the detection, investigation of advanced threats and attacks and to rapidly respond and remediate them by providing security intelligence from all security relevant data that is collected across IT, the business, and the cloud.

A growing number of organizations are using Splunk Enterprise Security to augment, replace and go beyond their legacy SIEM deployments.…

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