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:

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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.

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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.

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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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SplunkLive! London Calling – Shazam, John Lewis and the NHS. Should I stay or should I go?

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As with most of my blog posts, apologies for the title. It isn’t often you can combine big data and The Clash. It doesn’t seem long since last year’s event but SplunkLive! London is here again. We’ve got an outstanding line up of customers with Shazam, John Lewis and HSCIC (the IT provider for the NHS) talking about how they use machine data for IT operations, cybersecurity and real-time business analytics. You can see the full line up and register at http://live.splunk.com/london

A platform is only as good as its ecosystem and we have our most innovative, extensive set of sponsors ever with Cisco, AWS, EMC, SyncSort, Nimble Storage, Qualys, Recorded Future, Sbox, Alpha Insight, ECS, Eview, Phoenix, Somerford all demonstrating their part in the big data and Operational Intelligence landscape.

Not only …

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Splunk and Moviri – driving Italian Operational Intelligence at UniCredit, Yoox/Net-A-Porter & Saipem

SplunkLiveMilanLast week we ran SplunkLive! Italy in Milan and Rome. I was lucky enough to be in Milan and spend some time with the Splunk team but also one of our key partners, Moviri. We’ve been working with Moviri for many years and together we have delivered some outstanding examples of Operational Intelligence using machine data. Moviri is a leader in IT optimization in Italy, focusing on security, analytics, and monitoring operations. The customer speakers in Milan were UniCredit, Yoox/Net-A-Porter and Saipem. UniCredit presented their excellent story on delivering IT Operational Analytics, Yoox presented real-time security intelligence and Saipem presented on how they use the platform for multiple use cases in Oil and Gas. All three customers have gained significant …

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GISEC 2016 in Dubai. Life’s a breach.

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GISEC is here again. It doesn’t seem long since the last one and the security market seems to have gathered even more pace since this time last year. Splunk is delighted to be at GISEC again this year. It has been an exciting twelve months for Splunk in the security space, including being voted “Best SIEM Solution” at the 2016 SC Magazine Awards. Splunk Enterprise has also been named the Best Fraud Prevention Solution. Splunk is positioned as a leader in the Gartner SIEM Magic Quadrant (a complimentary copy of the report can be found here). The Splunk Middle East team will be at the event to talk about how other leading organisations in the region are using …

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Operational Intelligence a ‘shoe-in’ at Kurt Geiger

KG_Shoe2Firstly, let’s get the apologies for the pun in the title out of the way. It was a choice of ‘shoe-in’, ‘perfect fit’ or ‘Kurt Geiger puts best foot forward with Operational Intelligence’. In EMEA, we’ve got a lot of online retailers (John Lewis, Tesco, Otto Group, IKEA to name a few) turning their machine data into Operational Intelligence. I’m delighted to announce that we can now add Kurt Geiger to the list of leading e-commerce companies benefitting from real-time answers to critical business questions around sales performance.

If you don’t know Kurt Geiger, they have been a global luxury footwear and fashion retailer for over 50 years. They have multiple stores and presence in many …

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What is Operational Intelligence? Real-World Examples

Having run through the four levels of Operational Intelligence (level 1, level 2level 3level 4) I thought it made sense to end this blog series with some customer examples. I’ve tried to pick an example from each industry and try to cover IT Operations, Security and Customer Experience. I’ve also included a link to a case study or press release where possible.

 

Financial Services

UniCredit uses Splunk Enterprise for real-time insights into multiple terabytes of operational data and to monitor key business metrics. Proactive incident management has resulted in about 40% of incidents managed before becoming evident to end users, while problem solving and troubleshooting time has been reduced by 70%. UniCredit has improved …

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