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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Splunk4Good – Splunking one person’s (long) kayaking journey to raise money & awareness for Autism

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For those of you that don’t know, Splunk has an initiative where we try and show the things we can all do with data to have a positive social impact – Splunk4Good. There have been a number of projects under the Splunk4Good banner and you can find out more at the Splunk4Good blog.
My fellow Splunker, Andrew Morris, is undertaking a pretty significant physical challenge. He’s going to be sitting down for three days… kayaking 150 miles down the Thames to raise money for Autism. He starts 7th May in Cricklade, Wiltshire and if it all goes to plan he might make it to Tower Bridge (150+ miles). Andrew’s daughter, Betsy, was diagnosed with Autism and it is …

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Masters of Machines – Operational Intelligence in EMEA

 

t800Firstly – apologies – this isn’t going to be a blog post about how Skynet wins and Terminators take over the earth. It also won’t be about how Keanu Reeves wearing cool sunglasses(AKA Neo) saves us, via The Matrix, from sentient robot squids. Splunk recently commissioned Quocirca to conduct a piece of market research about the state of machine data adoption in EMEA and where organisations are in getting Operational Intelligence from that data.

We have a webinar this Thursday, 3rd April at 10am UK time (11 CET) and we’d love to have you come along and hear Bob Tarzey, the Quocirca analyst who conducted the research go through the findings.

You can get a copy of the …

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Splunk EMEA Partner Kick Off – Breakthrough, Barcelona, Beavis and Beaker

BB3As I write this, I’m somewhere over France on my way back from the Splunk EMEA Partner Kick Off (PKO). We’ve been to sunny Barcelona at the Rey Juan Carlos Hotel (a place I’ve spent many a happy corporate event). After confessing to being an A-ha fan in Oslo, having frozen hair in Stockholm and apologising for being English in Paris – I foolishly decided to confess to looking like the lovechild of Beavis and Beaker from The Muppets. I’ll let you decide and comment below. Be kind!

We had about 150 partners from across the region telling their stories, sharing experiences of how their customers are using their machine data and getting a comprehensive, and hopefully useful, update from …

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Splunk wins “Cloud Management Product of the Year” and I meet a Dragon

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I was lucky enough to spend last week in San Francisco for the Splunk Annual Sales Kickoff – always nice to spend some time “Sitting by the dock of the bay” (or at least the Union Square Westin Hotel). Having watched Pacific Rim on the plane I was expecting something to come out of the fog and take out the Golden Gate Bridge…

While I was there, we had the great news that Splunk had been nominated for “Cloud management product of the year” at the UK Cloud Awards. The basis for the award was the work we’d done at UCAS and Cognia and how they manage their AWS, Azure and cloud based applications in Splunk.

 

The great news was …

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It’s Valentine’s Day – love your date and your data

It’s Valentine’s day and I’ve just got back from Paris – the alleged “city of love”. I was there for SplunkLive! Paris so no romance but lots of alluring stories of how organisations are using their data.

It inspired me to think about the different stages of falling in love and how they relate to how we see people fall in love with their data using Splunk.

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Think of that first meeting, a blend of nervousness, excitement, scope for unlimited embarrassment and imagination of where this is going to end. This could be a chance meeting, speed dating, mutual friend or downloading Splunk (bear with me on this!).

Hopefully the first meeting goes well. You click, you laugh at how …

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