Introducing #TriviaTuesday — Your chance to win a free pass to .conf2015

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How would you like to attend .conf2015: The 6th Annual Splunk Worldwide Users’ Conference for FREE?! We assume your answer is “uhhhh….yes, please…” So let us tell you how it can be done:

Simply start brushing up on your .conf knowledge because we are kicking off a #TriviaTuesday sweepstakes on Twitter tomorrow! Follow @splunkconf on Twitter and we will tweet out a question based on either .conf2015 facts or previous .conf events every Tuesday at 10am PST for the next six weeks (hint: conf.splunk.com holds the key to your very free .conf2015 future).

You read that right. All you have to do is tweet us the correct answer to our trivia question and include the hashtags #enter …

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.conf2014 Highlight Series: Splunk for Data Science

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.conf2015 registration is open!
Also, the first round of speakers have been announced for .conf2015.

In anticipation of .conf2015: The 6th Annual Splunk Worldwide Users’ Conference in Las Vegas this September, we continue our #TBT series of .conf2014 highlights. This week we revisit Olivier De Garrigues and Tom LaGatta’s presentation explaining how data scientists obtain insights from their data.

Skill Level:
Advanced

Solution Area:
Business Analytics

Splunk:
Splunk Enterprise

Presentation Overview:
Data scientists utilize a variety of tools and techniques to obtain insights from data. In this session, we discuss where and how Splunk fits into the data scientist’s tool belt. We highlight Splunk’s built-in statistical capabilities and integrate external statistical and graphical tools to showcase data preparation, predictive …

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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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.conf2014 Highlight Series: Onboarding Data Into Splunk

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.conf2015 registration is open!

We’re excited to continue our series of .conf2014 #TBT highlights, especially as .conf2015: The 6th Annual Splunk Worldwide Users’ Conference in Las Vegas is quickly approaching. This week we revisit Andrew Duca’s presentation, because getting your data into Splunk is important!

Skill Level:
Good for All Skill Levels

Solution Area:
Splunk Admin

Splunk:
Splunk Enterprise

Presentation Overview:
It’s important to get data into Splunk right the first time. This session shows you how to get the ‘important’ things right, the first time, sometimes using .conf files. Some of those important things to get right include timestamp and timezone, host extractions (which host to extract), sourcetype, line-breaking and index. Splunk’s “schema-on-the-fly” allows flexibility in field extractions, but …

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.conf2014 Highlight Series: Lesser Known Commands in Splunk Search Processing Language (SPL)

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.conf2015 registration is open!

As we get closer to .conf2015: The 6th Annual Splunk Worldwide Users’ Conference in Las Vegas this September, we’re excited to continue our series of .conf2014 retrospectives. This week we revisit Kyle Smith’s presentation covering less popular but powerful commands in Splunk Search Processing Language (SPL).

Skill Level:
Good for All Skill Levels

Solution Area:
Search Language

Splunk:
Splunk Enterprise

Presentation Overview:
From one of the most active contributors to Splunk Answers and the IRC channel, this session covers those less popular but still super powerful commands, such as “map”, “xyseries”, “contingency” and others. This session also showcases tricks such as “eval host_{host} = Value” to dynamically create fields based on other field values, and …

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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.
  • Dan Schreiber and Ed
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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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