Splunk-o-ween. A Machine Data Horror Story

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It was a dark and stormy night at ACME Corporation. An IT guy, let’s call him Bill and his Product Manager, Ted (most excellent names) are sat in the office on the evening of Thursday 30st October. In a strange twist of fate the ACME UK office is an old mansion set on top of a big hill surrounded by nothing but ancient woods being battered by gale force winds and a most heinous storm. The time is 11:59 PM and Bill and Ted are trying to get a release live in time for the weekend. With power cuts, no mobile phone signal and a problem somewhere in either the code, the production environment or the database, things aren’t going …

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My .conf2014 Data Adventure Part I – What Happens in Vegas Doesn’t Stay in Vegas

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(Note – no monkeys, tigers, Mike Tyson or Mr Chow were harmed in the writing of this blog or at .conf2014).

They say what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

That clearly didn’t happen with Splunk’s .conf 2014 where the theme was “Your Data Adventure”.

The news from the event, customer stories, press coverage, analyst commentary, social media buzz and the GA of new products have spread globally and certainly haven’t stayed in Vegas.

If there was one thing that summarised what I saw during the week, it was the growth of operational intelligence inside companies – across new use cases and deeper within existing uses of Splunk, but most interestingly combining different use cases together. There were customers presenting …

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Getting value from your data just got really fast. Introducing Splunk Enterprise & Hunk 6.2

SW_SpeedOne of the reported challenges of data management and especially big data is the ease of getting value from the data quickly (less than 12 parsecs).

Traditionally, a lot of time has been spent collecting and preparing data. Eventually you get to ask the questions of the data, start to create the right analytics and get the insight you need from it. This can take a lot of time.

 

 

My colleague, Nima, came up with a great diagram to show this:
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Where we really need to get to, is the ability to get to the “asking” stage and to get the value from the data as quickly as possible:

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With that in mind, I’m delighted to announce …

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From big data to a 360 degree customer view with Hunk and Hortonworks

Age of the customerYou can’t really escape the fact that we’re in the age of the customer. From CRM to the “long tail” to multi-channel to social media brand sentiment to Net Promoter Scores – it is all about customer experience. Big Data has an important part to play – no great revelation there but how do you actually do it? There are an awful lot of questions that come up when it comes to Big Data and customer view;

What should my architecture be? How do I put together the right data strategy for the short and long term? How do I get the value from the data? How do I build customer analytics on top of my data? How do I …

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From South Africa to Oslo & shipping to life insurance to sensor data. SplunkLive EMEA customer round up.

CT2It has been a busy few weeks for Splunk EMEA with eight SplunkLive events in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Frankfurt, Vienna, Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Amsterdam. There have been close to a thousand people hearing some great customer stories about how organisations use Splunk to get operational intelligence across a huge range of different industries. I was lucky enough to be at six of them and thought it would be worth sharing some of the stories from across the region.

 

 

It has been a bit of a flying visit to each country with the usual plane-airport-taxi-hotel-presentation-taxi-airport-plane but the range of use cases for Splunk, the many different industries and the different kinds of value the organisations are getting from …

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Is Big Data IT’s gift to the CEO?

Data Gift copyAt the beginning of June, I was at the Gartner CIO & IT Executive Summit in Berlin. It was an interesting event to attend in terms of the advice given to the CIOs at the event, how to deal with the “digital industrial revolution” and how to support the CEO’s top business priorities.

 

From the Gartner survey, a CEO’s top five priorities for 2014/15 are growth, costs, profit, IT and the customer.

Growth was number one and to support the CEO’s top priorities, Gartner suggested that the CIO will need to deliver a digital technology architecture, an enterprise information architecture, a strong cybersecurity & risk program and an industrialized IT infrastructure.

After the keynote, I attended one of the presentations …

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Big data just got its Tricorder

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In Star Trek a Tricorder is described as:

“A Tricorder is a multifunction hand-held device useful for data sensing, analysis, and recording data, with many specialized abilities which make it an asset to crews aboard starships and space stations as well as on away missions”.

I’m happy to announce the launch of the Splunk Mobile App, which unofficially I’m calling the “Big Data Tricorder”. You can download it from here (iTunes).

The Splunk Mobile App allows you to take the Splunk (Starship) Enterprise platform and allows you to explore strange new insights, to seek out new data and new visualizations, to boldly go where no machine data has gone before.

You can find more in the official press release here

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Splunking World Cup 2014. The winner will be…

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The football/soccer World Cup starts tonight and so here in the UK, the usual press and hype is building to fever “pitch” (apologies for the awful joke). The two questions everyone is asking are “can England get out of the group stage?” and “who’s going to win the World Cup?”.

English people already know how the World Cup will end, a disallowed goal probably followed by penalties which we’ll lose. Therefore, I thought I’d try and answer the second question of who is going to win the World Cup by analysing some data in Splunk.

 

 

 

World Cups 1930-2006

I started off looking at the historical data from the last 80 years or so of World Cup …

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London is going to get Splunked…

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May 21st. 9:30am. Lancaster London Hotel. That’s when SplunkLive comes to London. Last year I was in the audience of more than 400 people as I hadn’t joined Splunk (although I was very close). I got to see Barclays, EE and WorldPay talk about what they were doing with their data and how they used Splunk. As you can tell by the fact I’m blogging for Splunk – I joined shortly after the event and being at SplunkLive London 2013 and hearing the great things customers were doing certainly played a big part in that. Here’s a picture from last year – I’m stood in the far right corner under the emergency exit sign (click to enlarge).

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Enough …

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Splunk Your Star Wars Data – Episode I. May the Fourth be with you.

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So we’re getting more Star Wars films – I have to admit both my 7 year old son and I are quite excited (I guess me maybe slightly more). Splunk’s one of those pieces of software where you love to show people the kinds of things it can do.  On the back of the Star Wars announcement, a bedtime conversation with my son about how many planets Luke Skywalker went to after Return of the Jedi led to my discovery of some Star Wars data sets – I set about seeing if I could answer my son’s questions with Splunk.

Thanks to the power of the Force – I was able to take the downloadable Star Wars encyclopedia database and …

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