Some “Swede” use cases from SplunkLive Stockholm 2016

I have a fondness for Stockholm. I lived there for three months and asked my wife to marry me there (luckily she said yes or this blog post would start a lot less happy). I love going to all the cities in EMEA where we run SplunkLives but Stockholm is always one of my favourites.


At last year’s SplunkLive Stockholm we were lucky enough to have IKEA talking about why they replaced their SIEM with Splunk, Klarna talking about using Splunk in their SOC and Statnett talking about IT Troubleshooting and IT Service Management.

This year we had an equally strong line up of customers with some really “Swede” speakers (sorry), covering a variety of Splunk use cases in a …

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Splunk at IP Expo London – operating the IT of the digital enterprise.



IP Expo London (at the ExCel Centre in London) is upon us and it promises to be a great couple of days. Splunk have three presentations and I’m interested to hear what the current views are around IT operations, monitoring and application management. Hopefully you’ve had a chance to read Matthias’ blog on securing the digital enterprise. I wanted to focus on the role of IT in operating the technology that is underpinning digital transformation.


IT operations is going through a period of significant change and disruption (when isn’t it?). The pressures of companies undergoing digital transformation whilst trying to ensure uptime, reduce the cost of IT, making sure they are secure and enabling the CIO to show value …

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“Wheely” impressive. From London to Paris in data.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how Alberto Contador, Bradley Wiggins and Laura Trott took a back seat after the Olympics and an intrepid team of UK Splunkers in the peak(ish) of condition cycled from London to Paris to raise money The Royal British Legion. The team completed their 284-mile journey and have raised over 7000 pounds for the charity. Needless to say – data analytics and Splunk had a part to play in getting them over the line in (nearly) one piece. The team splunked all of the data from their trip and this post covers their exploits and if you’re a keen cyclist then there are some interesting things you can do to bring your training …

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Splunk4Good. London to Paris – 284 miles of pedal power.

PedalParisLogo284 miles or 460km. That’s the distance from London to Paris and starting Thursday, a team of six highly trained Splunk athletes (with a combined age that is higher than you might think) are cycling from London to Paris to raise money for the Royal British Legion.

For those of you who don’t know who the Royal British Legion (RBL) are, they are a charity that raises much needed money to support the vital welfare work that takes care of the armed forces community. The Royal British Legion provides support to the whole armed forces family – serving staff, ex-service people and their dependents.

The RBL also campaigns on issues affecting service people. To this end they spend £1.4 …

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Bullseye! Arrow on target with Splunk award and ambitious plans for 2016 and beyond

BullseyeEarlier this year, Splunk had its Global Partner Summit in Las Vegas. We had hundreds of partners attend the three day event that was integrated with Splunk’s SKO. Arrow won the “Worldwide Distribution Partner of the Year” award and Arrow Sweden won the equivalent EMEA award.


The relationship with Arrow has gone from strength to strength and is a core part of Splunk’s business in EMEA. In our last EMEA partner spotlight we recently showcased the customer success that our partner Moviri have had in Italy and in this blog post we wanted to highlight the great work between Splunk and Arrow in EMEA.


Arrow work with a large number of technology providers and the relationship with Splunk …

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Splunking Euro2016 – an analytics approach to who’s going to win

UPDATED 8th July for France vs Portugal

So I’m having mixed results. I said Germany would win. Clearly wrong after they lost to France last night. I think that says more about my analysis than Splunk. It also shows the importance of having the most upto date, real-time data and not basing decisions on a 2012 data set! Nevertheless as Winston Churchill said “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm” so I thought I’d see what the data says for the final of France vs Portugal.

First up goals scored and conceded in 2012:


Portugal had the edge in 2012. So far in Euro 2016, France have been pretty good defensively and in terms of …

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Knock knock. Who’s there? 48 million visitors a month. NHS Choices looks to Splunk for Operational Intelligence.

Increasingly, healthcare is becoming digital and multi-channel. The National Health Service in the UK is no stranger to this and recently rebranded its online services to be NHS Digital. I’m delighted to share our latest customer story from NHS Choices, the “front door” to the NHS and the UK’s biggest healthcare website. They are using Splunk to transform data into improved visibility of their infrastructure to deliver these critical online services.

NHS Choices traffic

NHS Choices has a complex infrastructure so gaining performance insights wasn’t easy. In the past, NHS Choices used an external service to monitor site availability, resulting in a lengthy troubleshooting process which impacted the usability and performance of the website. NHS Choices now uses Splunk

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What’s North of the Wall? Why cybersecurity is like Game of Thrones.

Cybersecurity winter is coming

Firstly, I was late to Game of Thrones but I’m now hooked. Here in the UK it is on TV on a Monday night so I spend most of Monday avoiding spoilers after it has shown the night before in the US. Secondly, this post tries to frame the modern cyber security landscape through a Game of Thrones lens and I have to warn you it might get a bit geeky.

If you haven’t ever seen Game of Thrones (GoT) it is the story of politics, war, power, dragons and a growing threat from an army of undead (called the White Walkers) north of a massive wall (according to the GoT wiki it is 300 miles long, 700 feet …

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A Vertu-ous circle – a DevOps case study of smartphones, machine data and Splunk

VertuThere’s a lot of talk about DevOps at the moment. Splunk’s part in this story is to help make the most of the machine data across the DevOps ecosystem. We’re helping customers to use data to ensure quality of software, increase velocity of releases and maximize the impact they have. We’re delighted to publish the latest Splunk customer story from Vertu, a luxury mobile phone manufacturer in the UK, which is using Splunk to support quality, velocity and impact across their software development lifecycle.

Vertu (originally part of Nokia but now independent) phones are a thing of beauty. An individual craftsperson hand makes each phone from sapphire crystal, hand stitched leather (from one of the UK’s oldest tanneries) and …

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SplunkLive! London – A Full House. Analytics, IT Operations And Security.

pokerfullhouse2Last week I was lucky enough to be in London for our annual SplunkLive! where we had a full house in terms of standing room only and Splunk customer speakers covering each of our main use cases:

  • NHS Digital (formerly HSCIC) talking about IT operations and application delivery
  • John Lewis talking about cybersecurity and compliance in retail
  • Shazam talking about real-time analytics, music and sensor data
  • BBC Worldwide talking about their use of cloud for visibility into new digital service BBC Store


We had over 800 people at the event with a wide mix of expert Splunk ninjas through to first time attendees and complete newbies. A special think you to the largest partner ecosystem we’ve had a SplunkLive! …

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