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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SplunkLive! Chicago: A Great Day for Splunkers and Blackhawks Fans

SplunkLiveLogoGenericWhat brings IT leaders back to SplunkLive! events year after year is hearing from our talented customers about ways that they drive value within their organizations using Splunk. This month’s SplunkLive! Chicago was no exception as over 400 Splunk experts and newbies descended on the Windy City to learn, teach and share their own success stories.

Highlights included:

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  • Martin Lavoie, online technology group deputy director with Ubisoft, explained how Splunk enables his group to identify and fix issues in their API quickly, helping developers to deliver a better gaming experience.
  • Joseph Barnes from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign described how his team delivered a single, scalable solution to monitor and analyze multiple uncontrolled logging environments.
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Splunk at Surescripts: Finding the cure for fraud

surescripts-logo-600x315I had a root canal last month, and it was not fun – at all. Fortunately, the endodontist prescribed some industrial-grade pain medications to help. When I picked up my medicine at Walgreens, that prescription had already gone through some serious hoops – getting verified and validated by the provider, the benefits manager, the payer (aka, insurance) and the pharmacy. That’s where Surescripts comes in – they provide the platform that connects all of the relevant parties together so my prescription can be authorized and I can stop half my face from throbbing.

This process is ripe for abuse – to the tune of billions of dollars each year. As the largest health information network in the United States, …

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SplunkLive! London: What did you miss?

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Full disclosure: I work for Splunk in the Sales Engineering team and have done so for the last 11 months.

This week I attended my very first SplunkLive! in London and it completely vindicated my decision to join this fantastic company.

Since I joined last June Splunk has grown, matured and expanded its cloud offering, providing the industry’s first and only 100% uptime availability for our managed machine data analytics platform and now we’ve rolled it out across the globe.

We’ve also launched Splunk MINT our mobile analytics platform that can provide deep insights for mobile app development teams as well as correlating a mobile app user’s experience with the performance and availability of the backend infrastructure.

We’ve added

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Zillow developing on Splunk

zilllowThe Splunk Developer platform allows extending the capabilities of Splunk Enterprise by building your custom solutions. One of the ways to extend Splunk is to implement custom search commands, effectively extending Splunk Search Processing Language (SPL). Custom search commands are programs that allow you to stream or report on data.

In a recent Seattle Splunk User Group meeting, Bernie Macias and Jerome Ibanes of Zillow provided an overview of custom search commands, discussed the anatomy of a command, and provided a deep dive into building and packaging them. They demonstrated real-world usage of custom search commands at Zillow.

You can read Bernie’s indepth post on the Zillow blog: Splunk at Zillow

For additional guidance on custom search commands and …

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