CanDeal Can Do with Splunk

I love listening to our customers talk about their passion for Splunk software. The stories they share about never-ending ways they can utilize our software are truly inspiring and there is typically a common thread: it usually starts with one use case in one department. As one customer put it: “Splunk spreads throughout the organization like wildfire.” The recent CanDeal success story we recently published is yet another confirmation of the phenomenal success our customers are having with Splunk software throughout the entire enterprise.

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It all started with security…

At CanDeal, a Canadian financial services company, they take their security seriously—especially with tighter and rising financial regulatory requirements. CanDeal wanted to proactively tackle and alleviate advanced persistent threats, and thus …

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Storytelling: The Heart of Splunk Beats at .conf2015

I love a good story. It’s when you hear an amazing story that the lines blur between what you were told and what you actually feel. I also believe there is great power in a well-told story – the power to motivate, teach, inspire, and entertain.  In business, we often use our podium time to help teach or report out, but when I hear people share ideas through emotionally-charged storytelling, I find that I’m more apt to relate to and then recall what was said.

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Our Splunk customers are some of the best storytellers I know. When they present, I often feel like I’m listening to ancient explorers or modern-day detectives who are using Splunk software to make rare discoveries …

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Announcing the SplunkTrust Community MVP Program!

The meaning of the Splunk fez we know and love is about to come into sharper focus–splunktrust
–as the symbol for our new Community MVP program, the SplunkTrust.

The Splunk user community is one of the strongest, best communities in the world. We’re excited to be able to recognize our community leaders formally, thank them for their passion and service to other users, and to give them opportunities to learn about our roadmap and share product and process feedback with us.

What makes someone a SplunkTrust member?

SplunkTrust membership is open to Splunk customers and partners, and is renewed yearly. You can apply yourself, or nominate someone else. You do not have to be a ‘paying’ customer–your community contributions are what matter here. If you are nominated, …

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Raise a Glass to Splunk Apptitude Winners

With the grand prize of $100,000 being awarded to the Fraud and Insider Threat category, it was only appropriate to announce the winners at Blackhat 2015 – one of the largest security conferences in the world. And though all of the winners couldn’t make it on short notice – they were coming from all over the globe, one even sending a video from the peaks of the Swiss Alps.

We received a great mix of submissions from customers, partners, and even some Splunk newbies. This really was a great showing of the breadth and varied experience of our users and developer community, as well as the creativity that can only come from a field from such varied experience and location.…

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Like Malcolm Gladwell, Splunk Cloud Helps You See Things Others Don’t

As I’m sitting in my home office, I glance over at my credenza and I spy the Malcolm Gladwell non-fiction book, “David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.”  I’m a big Gladwell fan.  While I enjoy how he uses powerful story-telling to reshape the way we think about life and the world around us, I also like how he uses research and data to make discoveries many of us might miss.  Much like the capabilities offered to companies through Splunk software, Gladwell inspires me to dig deeper and look at things from a different perspective.

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The premise of Gladwell’s “David and Goliath” book is the Old Testament account about the shepherd boy who takes down a …

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Getting ready for Business Analytics at .conf2015 – Part 1

It’s almost August! That’s a pretty special time for us here at Splunk because we start working with speakers for our annual user conference. That’s right, .conf2015 is just around the corner and I am super excited to meet Splunkers from around the world, hear all the cool use cases from machine data and learn what makes Splunk one of the most innovative companies in the world. It is a fantastic opportunity to interact with passionate users and learn about the innovate ways in which Splunk users have derived value from data for business and IT.

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There are number of great sessions around business analytics. These customer sessions will showcase innovative use of Splunk to solve business use …

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Under the Hood of Cisco IT

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Do you know which technology is under the hood of Cisco IT?

Do you know what Cisco uses to monitor the health of 70+ of their apps and to respond to security incidents?

We bring you the answers straight from the horse’s mouth.

At the recent SplunkLive! SF and in front of a packed room, Robert Novak, , Quinn Zuo and Ruby Chiang of the Cisco IT team, , uncovered the mystery and gave us a good look under the hood.  They showed how Splunk powers their operations and solves some of their critical IT challenges.

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A Platform Gaining Momentum

You’ve probably noticed a repeating thread in my posts over the last few months, as we’ve taken a closer look at how Splunk customers are standardizing on the Splunk Platform (not to mention a recent flurry of announcements on the same topic).

It’s a topic that’s easy to be passionate about and is at the core of the success of Splunk. Our Splunk platform drives compounding value. Adding more data from a wider variety of sources results in more correlations, more insights, more recommendations, more competitive differentiation and more value. Because Splunk Enterprise is a platform, it’s being used across every industry, in every geography, and for an endless stream of use cases.

I’ll give you a few concrete examples …

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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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A Bank, the Cloud, and Real-time Data Insight

OrrstownWhat really inspires me about this business is being entrenched in the ingenuity and innovation – witnessing the amazing human propensity to create a better, safer world with technology. Take cyber security for example. For years, security software companies have been focused on developing preventative measures to defend businesses and consumers from online threats. It didn’t take long, however, for the bad guys to find ways around these defenses and into the network – making organizations question whether it was simply a matter of when (no longer if) they would be breached. But, as always, there was a solution: the concept of integrating more sophisticated upfront detection.

Today, organizations recognize that the best cybersecurity boils down to a combination of …

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