Splunk 0 – 1 Journalists. Team Fortress 2 Smackdown!

TF2To tie in with the recent news that Valve have standardized on Splunk, we hosted a Team Fortress 2 Smackdown event in the Splunk London office. A team of journalists faced off against a group of UK Splunkers. As a bit of background, Team Fortress 2 (or TF2) is one of Valve’s most popular games. Valve are also creators of some of the best-selling game franchises including Counter-Strike, Dota 2, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Portal as well as leading technologies Steam and Source. Valve have over 100 million active accounts and they are using Splunk to get Operational Intelligence into how games are being played, uptime of servers and ensuring the security of Valve and Steam games. Valve will …

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The NHS Spine. A Great Example of the Next Generation of Digital Public Sector Services.

Xray spineAfter the recent news that Splunk is now in the G-Cloud and this month’s TechUK Public Services 2030 event, I’m delighted to announce that the UK National Health Service (NHS) is using Splunk Enterprise to support one of their core IT systems called the Spine. The Spine is a collection of national applications that connects clinicians, patients and local service providers throughout England to essential national healthcare services. The Spine team is using Splunk to get Operational Intelligence from the machine data from these applications and infrastructure.

 

There are multiple national IT systems and services that make up the Spine and these include the Electronic Prescription and Summary Care Record services, as well as Choose and Book, which …

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Changing culture to deliver the next generation of government digital services from Cloud, Mobile, IoT and Data Analytics

Last week, I attended techUK’s Public Sector 2030 Conference. The focus was on how the adoption of technology will help deliver the next generation of UK government digital services. There were four main areas that were discussed; IoT, mobile, data analytics and cloud. Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office, kicked off the event with a presentation that called out government as a platform and included (impressively) the importance of APIs and how Apple’s App Store is the model of how UK Government digital services should evolve. He described government digital services as a critical piece of national infrastructure and drew an analogy with the Victorians building the sewer system. There was standing room only for his opening.

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Splunk and Operational Intelligence come to the G-Cloud

Having been at TechUK’s Public Sector 2030 event last week and having completed my online tax self-assessment recently (just in time for the deadline of 31st January), digital government services have been on my mind the last few weeks. So it was quite timely that Splunk in the UK started the year with some good news. Splunk is now part of G-Cloud 6 and the UK Government’s Digital Marketplace. We have some great public sector customers in the UK and being part of the G-Cloud was an obvious choice. You’ll be hearing a lot more about some of the public sector customers using Splunk and getting the benefits from Operational Intelligence over the next weeks and months. The team has been working …

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Shazam – real-time business analytics with Splunk

shazam_logo2Business 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:

 

 

Shazam Drives Improved User Engagement and Increased Revenue with Splunk Enterprise (press release)

Splunk and Shazam. Real-Time Insight Drives

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Valentine’s Day 2015 – a Splunk data-driven guide to finding love

ILoveYouBinaryFirstly, 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 …

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Christmas 2020. Will big data and IOT change things for Father Christmas? Part II

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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
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Christmas 2020. Will big data and IOT change things for Father Christmas? Part I

Data TreeAfter 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 …

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The best Christmas presents are surprises. Splunk wins “Best Business Application” at UK’s V3 awards.

SurpriseI 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 …

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My .conf2014 Data Adventure Part II. Leaving Las Vegas

Bye_Bye_VegasI 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 …

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