#splunkconf16 preview: Business Analytics, IoT & Industrial Data at .conf2016

SCL-Splunk-conf2016-preview-BigDataIdeas_twtr1-440x220My favorite technology conference – Splunk .conf2016 is around the corner! Truth be told it feels more like a family reunion than an event. .conf2016 has grown leaps and bounds not only in terms of attendance, but also in terms of technical content, customer presentation, partners exhibiting, and just overall awesomeness!

.conf2016 promises to shine light on machine data like never before! Our amazing customers continue to push the boundaries of what is possible with Splunk, with their unique use cases and stories. No where is this more evident than our customers adopting Splunk for Business Analytics and IoT.  If you plan to be at .conf2016, I would be sure to attend these sessions! These sessions will fuel your imagination, …

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How Otto Gains Multichannel Visibility Into Business Transactions With Splunk

splunk-webinar-logoEvery sector in today’s economy is being impacted in a big way by Digitization. The retail industry is at the forefront. Customers have the ability to order online, in-store, or using their smartphone and they can pick up goods in-store or have them shipped to their doorstep. Retailers that have successfully embraced digitization have seen their market share grow, along with an increasing customer base. Otto (a subsidiary of Otto Group), headquartered in Germany is one such example of a retailer. Founded in 1949 as a mail order catalog company, Otto delivers a comprehensive, multi-channel retail environment and gives its customers the flexibility in how they order their goods. As a result of successfully embracing digitization, Otto has seen their …

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Splunk at Gartner Business Intelligence & Analytics Summit 2016

Gartner_SummitsI am very excited to attend the Gartner Business Intelligence and Analytics Summit to be held in Grapevine, TX from March 14 – 16. It is one of the premier events in the industry that provides an opportunity to learn from leading thought leaders but also meet the most innovative companies. As evidenced by the changes in the latest Gartner BI MQ, the industry is going through a seismic shift. It is safe to say the nexus of the following trends is leading this:

Cloud – Cloud has been a game changer. Back in the day when we had to test a version of our software on multiple OS, it was a lengthy process – request, procure, wait, install, configure

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Splunk at the NRF BIG Show 2016

Splunk is excited to sponsor the National Retail Federation’s BIG Show being held in New York at the Jacob K. Javits Convention center from Jan 17 – 20th.
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IT in Retail is undergoing a major transformation with increasing focus on a number of core initiatives. These include:

  • Security/PCI: With the recent breaches at major retailers in the US, security is top of mind as IT takes a closer look at what they have in place to secure sensitive customer data.
  • Customer Experience / Insights: The rapid growth of mobile devices has transformed how customers engage with retailers. As a result, retailers need a much richer understanding of their customers in order to provide the seamless shopping experience that their customers
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.conf2015 Highlight Series: Tracking Business Transactions with Splunk – Northern Trust Bank

Continuing with our theme around Business Process Analytics, this blog highlights how Northern Trust Bank leverages Splunk to gain an end-to-end view of their financial transactions. They presented at .conf 2015 and you can listen to their amazing story here or download their presentation by clicking the title slide below:

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Headquartered in Chicago, Northern Trust Bank is a “Bank for the Banks”. With over $120 billion in banking assets, $6 trillion in assets under custody, and $887 billion in assets under management, the bulk of its business is to provide services to other banks and institutional clients. While they have a retail presence it is minor subset of their business.

As a result, most of their transactions are …

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Business Process Analytics – What and why?

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Business Processes are the lifeline of businesses. Trade settlement in financials; order lifecycle management in retail, claims processing in healthcare, and customer on boarding in Telco’s are all examples of critical business processes. They are not only critical from a customer experience perspective, but also from a top line, regulatory and compliance perspective as well.

In a recent Gartner Big Data survey, respondents highlighted process efficiency as the second highest priority for big data projects right behind enhanced customer experience. And as explained below, these two priorities are interrelated.
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Business process analytics enables organizations to gain real-time, end-to-end visibility into complex business processes. Often these processes span multiple systems both within and outside an organization. Once organizations have this visibility …

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Public-Private Partnerships: Treating Cybersecurity as a Team Sport

It’s often said one of the hardest things to do is ask for help. Recognizing that you can’t do something alone isn’t always easy. The same concept also applies to private and public sector organizations. Modern cybersecurity is something that can no longer be addressed with a siloed approach. Industry and government may not always share the same mission, but they do share a common challenge of protecting their organizations from malicious actors. Recognition of this common adversary is starting to happen, but it is critical that moving forward we continue to view cybersecurity as a “team sport.”

Bringing together officials from federal agencies, technology companies, commercial organizations and academia, enables us to create unified solutions to address broad cyber …

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Business Analytics at Splunk .conf2015

LGO-conf2015-RGBTime flies when you are having fun! With a blink of an eye, I am onto my second Splunk .conf event.

This years event is shaping up to be the best one yet! With amazing keynotes, customer led sessions, industry panels, expert sessions, etc. to name a few. Being a veteran of attending tech events, .conf is one of my favorite – the passion customers and fellow Splunkers bring to .conf is simply amazing!

This year we have a great round up of customers who have extended Splunk for Business Analytics use cases. These customer have leveraged the power of Splunk and applied their ingenuity to – improve customer experience, understand how customers use their products and engage with their …

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Splunk Webinar: Learn how Cerner Extends Splunk to Gain End-to-End Visibility into Complex Business Process

I am honored to have the privilege to host a Splunk webinar with Cerner on July 28. In this webinar, Cerner will be discussing one of their many exciting use cases around business process analytics and how they are extending Splunk software to gain end-to-end insights into complex business processes.

One such process is real-time eligibility, a critical and complex process in healthcare. As a part of the process, information for each patient (e.g., name, address, insurance carrier) is entered into the Cerner system, where it is then verified and forwarded to the insurance carrier. The carrier confirms the patient’s coverage and the amount of the deductible. Within moments, the healthcare provider can validate each patient’s eligibility and then provide …

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Announcing the availability of the latest version of Splunk DB Connect!

Integrating structured data from relational databases with machine data in Splunk® Enterprise can drive deeper levels of operational intelligence for IT operations, security and business analytics. Splunk DB Connect delivers reliable, scalable, real-time integration between Splunk Enterprise and relational databases.

Today, we are happy to announce general availability of the latest version of Splunk DB Connect. With the latest release we have added exciting new capabilities:

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  • A highly scalable and reliable architecture to support install and use of Splunk DB Connect in large distributed environments
  • Extended secure connectivity to Teradata, IBM Informix and MemSQL
  • Intuitive UI to set up and review database access policies, with built-in health checks and SQL assistance tools

Splunk DB Connect is one of the …

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