Visit Splunk and hear from Yoox at the Gartner Security & Risk Summit in London next week

YooxNext week is the Gartner Security and Risk Summit in London and Splunk is going to be there together with our customer Yoox. If you didn’t see the news, Yoox and Net-a-Porter are merging and Gianluca Gaias, their Head of Information Security, will be presenting how they are using Splunk to build an enterprise-grade Security Intelligence Platform. If you’re at the Summit, Yoox is presenting on Tuesday 15th at 10:15 in the Westminster A room. The Security Summit follows on from the recent Gartner SIEM Magic Quadrant where Splunk was named a leader. You can get a free copy of the report here. There’s also a short video that gives you an overview of Splunk for Security:

We’re …

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Tea and Biscuits and Operational Intelligence

KettleWherever in the world you are reading this, there’s always time for a cup of tea. Whether it is English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Peppermint or Roobois, in the 4-5 minutes it takes you to make “a cuppa” (British slang) you can also get your Operational Intelligence Benchmark score based on EMEA wide research conducted by industry analyst Quocirca and Splunk. I’m going to guide you through the steps whilst making my own cup of tea:

  1. Fill the kettle up and switch it on. Your water should boil in about 2 minutes.
  2. Whilst it is boiling, open your web browser and visit (English), (German) or (French) and click “start”


  3. Select your industry, answer the twelve quick questions and
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Splunking Soccer and the English Premier League


The English soccer season starts this weekend and I was lucky enough to go to the season opener (The Community Shield) for my son’s first football match. He had a lot of questions including “who won the most matches last year?”, “who scored the most goals?”, “who gave the most red cards?”. Despite my shambolic efforts to predict the winner of the 2014 World Cup, I thought I’d try and find out by Splunking the data.The top four in the Premier League last year were Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United (in that order) so I thought I’d look into the story the data told about the season. I managed to find a file of all the results from …

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Splunk wins “Big Data Innovation” at Computing’s Vendor Excellence Awards

ExcellenceIt is always nice to end a working week on a high and last Friday gave the Splunk EMEA team a great start to the weekend. We were nominated and won Computing’s Vendor Excellence Award for “Big Data Innovation”. The judges commented specifically on Splunk’s ability to democratize big data so that everyone can use it.


It was a nice way to spend a Friday afternoon and there was a lot of nervous anticipation over lunch as to who was going to win the various awards.


The ceremony started with something I’d never seen before. The pre-award entertainment was 25 year old rapper comedian, Chris Turner (@ChrisPJTurner). Dressed in a very dapper suit he explained how he was going …

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Masters Of Machines 2015 Part 4: Meeting the increasing security threat head-on with Operational Intelligence

Matrix FightIn the fourth and final part of this blog series to accompany the “Masters of Machines II” research from Splunk and industry analyst Quocirca, we discuss the rising security threats faced by organisations today and how Operational Intelligence has a key part to play in defending yourself.





If you want to catch up with previous posts:

Part 1 – Discusses the high level findings from the research

Part 2 – The increase in IT complexity and managing it with OI

Part 3 – How to improve customer experience by harnessing machine data


The fastest growing IT management concern from 2013 to 2015 was increased security threats through the compromise of IT systems.


The …

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Masters Of Machines 2015 Part 3: Customer Experience and Operational Intelligence

CExp_DataIn part 1 of this blog series we discussed the high level findings from the Quocirca analyst research into Operational Intelligence. In part 2 we discussed in detail IT complexity and the role of machine data. In part 3 I wanted to talk about the fact that poor customer experience is one of the top three fastest growing IT concerns. In April, I wrote here and here about how organisations (such as Shazam, John Lewis, Auchan, Nordstrom and Domino’s Pizza) are using Splunk to improve customer experience and the research shows how important a priority it is. It is no surprise that customer experience is now a multi-channel initiative across web, voice, mobile, face-to-face, social and IoT. What is a …

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Masters of Machines 2015 Part 2: IT Complexity on the Rise

WiresIn part 1, I spoke about the key findings from the recently published research by Quocirca. In part 2, I’ll focus on how the research shows that Operational Intelligence helps manage IT infrastructure complexity. The adoption of cloud services (IaaS, Paas and SaaS) has a lot of well documented benefits but does add to IT infrastructure complexity making it more difficult to get insight into a technology landscape that is increasingly hybrid.


There were three big concerns with IT infrastructure:

  • Downtime and disruption to mission critical (often hybrid) services
  • Keeping up with innovation (e.g. cloud, big data, the internet-of-things (IoT), DevOps (software development and operations) and mobility
  • Data chaos from all the information generated by a modern
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Master of Machines 2015 Part 1: Operational Intelligence helps conquer complexity


We’ve been very busy the last few months working on a piece of research with industry analyst Quocirca and I’m very pleased to announce 2015’s Masters of Machines report and a new Operational Intelligence benchmarking tool. We conducted this research last year and it gave the market some great insight into the value machine data can deliver and the maturity of Operational Intelligence in Europe, so we’ve repeated it for 2015 and the findings are fascinating. The research analysed around 400 senior business and IT decision makers from the UK, Germany, France, Sweden and the Netherlands to look again at the maturity of Operational Intelligence. The key findings from the research are that the fastest growing concerns for IT …

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Is the secret to (big) data success collect once and use many?

swiss_army_knife_512373Many moons ago, I used to write code, badly. I learnt to program in COBOL, PL1 and JCL (Job Control Language). I then moved on to programming Java which promised portability, reuse and “write once, run many”. I’ve spent the last few weeks talking to a lot of Splunk customers and it struck me that the companies having the most success and making the best case for value of big data are the ones who are using the same data for multiple purposes. It got me thinking if there is something in that promise of Java many years ago that we can learn from with big data. Is the secret for big data success “collect once and use many”?


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May the 4th Be With You: The Data Awakens.

SW_AWAKENSI’m sure, like a lot of you, the recent trailer for the new Star Wars film made you feel like a kid again. My first cinematic memory was going to watch a double bill of Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi when I was about nine. Times have changed and last year I wrote a blog post about Splunking Star Wars Data with my 8 year old son (he’s pretty excited about the new Star Wars film but maybe not quite as much as me!). We used Splunk to investigate planets, lightsabers, Luke Skywalker etc.

To celebrate this year’s May the 4th, I’ve been investigating what Star Wars would have been like if a long time ago, …

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