Shazam – real-time business analytics with Splunk
Business analytics and data visualization are hot topics right now. One of the questions I get asked a lot is “so what’s different about Splunk when it comes to business analytics?” The short answer is the kinds of data we can analyse, the amount of information we can manage, the power of our search language and the real-time nature of the data. We’ve got some great examples of customers such as John Lewis, UniCredit, Domino’s Pizza, SurveyMonkey, Comcast etc. using Splunk for business analytics. I’m delighted that we can now add Shazam to that list:
Valentine’s Day 2015 – a Splunk data-driven guide to finding love
Firstly, happy Valentine’s Day. Last year I wrote a slightly dubious love story to big data that you can read and cringe at here. This year I thought I’d try and be a bit less cheesy romantic novel and be a bit more loved up data analyst. I’ve pulled together a few different dating, gift and Valentine’s spending data sets and indexed them in Splunk. The outcome is some interesting analytics and insights which I’ll try and summarise into some love-based Operational Intelligence (sounds romantic doesn’t it?) that will give you a sure fire, data driven way to have a successful Valentine’s Day. Please consider that last time I tried to predict something with data (the winner of the …
Christmas 2020. Will big data and IOT change things for Father Christmas? Part II
In part 1 we discussed how Father Christmas is planning to use sensor data for the Internet of Toys.
In part 2 we’re going to discuss how he is going to use very large data sets to build out his Christmas 2020 technology strategy.
Big Data & Analytics
There’s a lot of information that goes into making Christmas a success. This data includes:
- Social media sentiment about good or naughty children
- Christmas present lists from children (both digitized scanned letters and increasingly electronic present lists)
- Data from toys and manufacturing equipment to spot patterns in quality control
- 500 years of Christmas Eve delivery data to help optimize sleigh route planning
- Reindeer biometric information to ensure optimum
Christmas 2020. Will big data and IOT change things for Father Christmas? Part I
After last year’s case study on Santa Claus International, I recently had the opportunity to spend some more time with Father Christmas discussing his long term plans and business strategy for the next 5-10 years called “2020 Vision – Noel Limits”. We covered how the “advent” (geddit?) of technology over the last couple of years has changed the way Father Christmas has to prepare and deliver “positive festive outcomes” throughout the year. We talked about everything from The Internet Of Toys, use of big data and Ho-ho-hodoop, the unfortunately named Christmas Retail Analytics Platform and Augmented Sleigh Service. In part 1 we’ll review Father Christmas’ plans for The Internet Of Toys and in part 2 (tomorrow) we will cover …
The best Christmas presents are surprises. Splunk wins “Best Business Application” at UK’s V3 awards.
I hope everyone is getting ready for Christmas and nobody got injured in the madness that was black Friday. I’ve just got back from San Francisco where the festive season was in full effect. My Christmas shopping is nearly complete and the adoption of secret service level espionage tactics to hide presents from my children is underway. I’m fairly useless at keeping gifts a secret – I’ve nearly told my 8 year old son that he’s going to get an army of Star Wars Clonetroopers a number of times. I think it is important to try and keep presents a surprise to recapture some of the magic of the festive period when I was growing up and to try and …
My .conf2014 Data Adventure Part II. Leaving Las Vegas
I hope you all had a suitably spooky Halloween. In Part I of my round up of .conf2014 I went through the keynote speakers on the first day (GE, Red Hat, Coca Cola and NASDAQ) and how they used Splunk for a wide range of operational intelligence use cases. Day two and three of .conf were a huge selection of customer presenters, technical workshops and best practice sessions. We also had SiliconAngle’s “The Cube” at the event interviewing Splunk users, customers, analysts and employees. There was some great press coverage too, following the interviews earlier in the week. In part II, I wanted to highlight some of the stories from Credit Suisse, BNP Paribas, BskyB, Dominos Pizza, FINRA and …
Splunk-o-ween. A Machine Data Horror Story
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 …
My .conf2014 Data Adventure Part I – What Happens in Vegas Doesn’t Stay in Vegas
(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 …
Getting value from your data just got really fast. Introducing Splunk Enterprise & Hunk 6.2
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.
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:
With that in mind, I’m delighted to announce …
From big data to a 360 degree customer view with Hunk and Hortonworks
You 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 …