SplunkLive! Arrives in the Nation’s Capital

SplunkGov LogoLast week we hosted one of our largest SplunkLive! events of the year. More than 1,100 people came together in downtown Washington, DC to learn how more than 11,000 companies, federal agencies, universities and service providers worldwide use Splunk software and platforms to mitigate cybersecurity risks, prevent fraud, improve performance, reduce costs and deepen business insights and customer understanding.

With 16 breakout sessions to choose from, attendees were able to hear from a wide range of different customers and Splunk experts, and learn how our platforms help address and solve challenges in any environment. From sessions on Operational Security Intelligence and how to take Splunk to the next level for management, to hands-on tutorials on Splunk User Behavior Analytics (UBA

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Earn a Seat at the Table: The convergence of IoT and business analytics

When I was a Splunk customer in financial services, my team and I had a strut; we had a swagger. We were in the business of equipment finance, providing commercial leases for things like forklifts, freight trucks, and x-ray machines, but despite being in an industry that hadn’t really changed in decades, our peers saw the value of technology. When we walked into a meeting with the business, people knew we weren’t there to fix the printer; we were there to help use technology to deliver more value to our customers. We had earned a seat at their table.

If you think about it, once you’ve signed for a lease or loan, you hear from your bank for a couple …

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Earning a Seat at the Table: Why Containers Matter

Docker-logo Container technologies like Docker matter to the enterprise for three key reasons:

1. Density
2. Portability
3. DevOps

Density is about extracting as much value from your infrastructure as possible. Private clouds deployed using traditional VM’s are memory-bound, which is why most private clouds still run with single or low double digit CPU utilization. I was able to run my private cloud at roughly 2 VM’s per core, where each VM hosted an application server instance. Using containers, I was able to get roughly 10 containers per core, where each container hosted an application server instance with an identical configuration.

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Similar to virtual machines, containers are inherently portable – they abstract the underlying hardware from the app, enabling the app …

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Earning a Seat at the Table: Hybrid Cloud with Continuous Delivery & Insights (Part 2)

As discussed in my last post, after setting the vision to “responsibly move at market speed” and defining the KPI’s, you can break the technical organization into three focused, empowered teams:

Team 1: hybrid cloud

Team 2: continuous delivery

Team 3: continuous insights

I addressed hybrid cloud in my previous post. Today I’m going to focus on continuous delivery and insights.

Continuous Delivery

I like to think of the following guiding principle when approaching continuous delivery…

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I’ve been involved with previous projects that attempted to rollout Agile and DevOps across the organization that have failed because of philosophical debates. Those passionate about Agile methodologies would argue with those that believed Waterfall was best. Similarly, those that …

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Earning a Seat at the Table: Hybrid Cloud with Continuous Delivery & Insights (Part 1)

In my previous post, I addressed the need for organizations to transform and adapt their IT capabilities to ensure that they “responsibly move at market speed.” Now, I wanted to talk about how that can be achieved.

There’s a famous quote from Benjamin Franklin, “If I had more time, I would write you a shorter letter” that a mentor of mine transformed into a set of leadership principles that she called the “rule of 3”.

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By combining hybrid cloud, continuous delivery and continuous insights, organizations are able to optimize three KPIs:

  1. Development Velocity: the speed at which app teams can deliver new features to market.
  2. Shifting operational metrics from hardware-centric (e.g. 99.99% available), to user experience-centric by monitoring,
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Earning a Seat at the Table: Responsibly Move at Market Speed


As I indicated in my preview post, Earning at Seat at the Table, I’m fascinated by the transformation of IT and its increased role at the business strategy table. Enamored by the glory, impact, and success of Silicon Valley unicorns, CIO’s aspire to drive innovation within their companies. Often times however, the cart is put before the horse. Programs that include ideas like blocking 20% of an employees time to innovate are rolled out with the hope of cultivating a few great prototypes that can be shown off to the executive staff. I’ve found that to roll out an effective innovation strategy, it is critical to first improve the ability to execute IT projects, and subsequently to formalize strategies for …

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Earning a Seat at the Table

SnehalI am incredibly excited to be writing the first of many blog posts in my new role as chief technology officer here at Splunk. As I laid out in my conversation with CRN — Splunk CTO Lays out Technology Roadmap — we’ve come a long way from being a log analytics tool for IT operations. I look forward to driving our vision of delivering vertical solutions – particularly within business analytics and the Internet of Things. I’m hoping to share my insights and lessons learned here on the blog.

At traditional companies, when IT walks into the boardroom, people assume it’s because the printer is broken. The challenge is transforming IT and earning a seat at the business strategy …

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