Making Sense: Manufacturing, Splunk and Industrial Data

Recently, in the online publication Manufacturers Monthly, Denise Carson published a piece called “Harnessing Operational Intelligence”, and really made the case for using big-data and platforms like Splunk to deal with “rising costs and the tyranny of distance”. Denise explained that operational intelligence has the potential to help manufacturers do things smarter and remain competitive in the face of massive volumes, velocity, and variety of data.

In the same week, in the “Smart Business” section of the Chinese language ITHome.com, Yu Zhihao wrote about how a Korean semiconductor company was using Splunk and big data to perform real-time analysis of the semiconductor production line, and was quickly getting to the bottom of production issues through advanced analytics …

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My .conf2014 Data Adventure Part II. Leaving Las Vegas

Bye_Bye_VegasI hope you all had a suitably spooky Halloween. In Part I of my round up of .conf2014 I went through the keynote speakers on the first day (GE, Red Hat, Coca Cola and NASDAQ) and how they used Splunk for a wide range of operational intelligence use cases. Day two and three of .conf were a huge selection of customer presenters, technical workshops and best practice sessions. We also had SiliconAngle’s “The Cube” at the event interviewing Splunk users, customers, analysts and employees. There was some great press coverage too, following the interviews earlier in the week. In part II, I wanted to highlight some of the stories from Credit Suisse, BNP Paribas, BskyB, Dominos Pizza, FINRA and …

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My .conf2014 Data Adventure Part I – What Happens in Vegas Doesn’t Stay in Vegas

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(Note – no monkeys, tigers, Mike Tyson or Mr Chow were harmed in the writing of this blog or at .conf2014).

They say what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

That clearly didn’t happen with Splunk’s .conf 2014 where the theme was “Your Data Adventure”.

The news from the event, customer stories, press coverage, analyst commentary, social media buzz and the GA of new products have spread globally and certainly haven’t stayed in Vegas.

If there was one thing that summarised what I saw during the week, it was the growth of operational intelligence inside companies – across new use cases and deeper within existing uses of Splunk, but most interestingly combining different use cases together. There were customers presenting …

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Congratulations, Splunk Revolution Award Winners!

Every year at .conf, Splunk’s annual worldwide users’ conference, we shine a big spotlight on the Revolution Awards. These awards, and their associated categories, distinguish the achievements of individual customers and recognize the many adventurous and cool things they are doing with Splunk software at their organization.

We announced this year’s Revolution Award winners during the Partner Soiree at .conf2014 at a ceremony that was followed by a fun game of Splunk Family Feud where the winners split up into two “families” and were subsequently joined by Splunkers. Winners were again recognized during our keynote sessions opened by Splunk Chairman and CEO Godfrey Sullivan. We also celebrated with award winners at a customer appreciation dinner later in the week at …

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.conf 2014: The Community Report

Whew! Welcome back from .conf, everyone. I know it’s been two weeks since we all hung out together in the Community Lounge, but it still feels like we only just left the MGM yesterday…

All for you: the Community Lounge

This year at .conf, we created an intentional space for our amazing user community: you. You folks are the reason we’re here, and we wanted you to have a cool place to meet other Splunk users, talk about the stuff that matters to you, and get a little fun in at the same time.

The Answers Desk

The Splunk Answers Desk was, as always, hugely popular. Our staff of lab-coated (and sometimes be-fezzed) Support and Sustaining Engineering specialists were kept busy helping …

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How to boost your apps performance with insights from virtualization and storage?

Are you getting the most out of your virtualized infrastructure investment? If your critical applications are suddenly running slow, how do you identify where exactly and how widespread is the issue causing the degradation. Is it the storage latency problem, overcommitted resources or something else? To find out answers to these questions and more join our “Getting Deeper Insights Into Your Virtualization and Storage with Splunk” session on Thursday, October 9th, 11:45 AM, suite 121-122.

Here is a sneak peek into our session. First, we will dive deeper into Splunk Apps for VMware and NetApp Data ONTAP and help you get better understanding of the value these extremely popular Splunk apps can bring to your enterprise. After that our amazing virtualization expert Mike Donnelly, …

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 .conf14 for Communications Providers

For Communications providers, supporting Next Generation doesn’t mean Star Trek, but Data is still involved (I’m sorry! I couldn’t help myself.).  The world’s leading telecommunications providers use Splunk technology to provide operational visibility for their networks, insights into the customer experience, and maintaining service availability.

We’re honored to have so many communications providers here with us at .conf14, and we have several sessions that may be of interest, listed below.

Tuesday, October 7:

3:15 – 4:15 PM Room 120

Session: Managing Splunk at Comcast to Support the X1 DVR Product Launch

Speakers: Kate Lawrence-Gupta, Administrator; Joe Cramasta, Product Development Engineer

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Community Theater, Grand Ballroom

Session: How to Sell Your Ideas (and Splunk) Internally

Speaker: Nathan …

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.conf14 for Retail – let the omni-commerce data adventure begin!

.conf14 is right around the corner, and for those of you in Retail, there’s a lot to choose from. With attendees from the world’s best known retailers, .conf14 will have plenty of opportunities for you to network and share best practices. Some events/sessions that might interest you are listed below.

Tuesday, October 7:

12:15 – 12:45 PM Community Theater, Grand Ballroom

Retail Panel: Gaining Customer Insights from Machine Data

Panelists: Aleem Cummins (John Lewis), Russ Turner (Dominos), Matt van Deventer (TradeMe)

3:15 – 4:15 PM Room 118

Session: Understanding and Improving Customer Experience at the UK’s Leading Multi-channel Retailer, John Lewis

Speaker: Aleem Cummins, Release Manager and Splunk Lead

4:45 – 5:45 PM Room 118

Session: Transform E-commerce the …

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Live in Vegas – Splunk Operational Analytics for Networking and SDNs

Are you going to .conf2014: The Fifth Annual Splunk Worldwide Users’ Conference?

Do not miss our “Splunk Operational Analytics for Networking and SDNs” session on Wednesday, October 8th, 10:30 AM! There, you will learn how Splunk software can help you optimize networking resources for the most efficient application performance and gain end-to-end visibility into your traditional as well as software-defined networks. We will also highlight Splunk software integrations with key vendors in networking space including Cisco, Arista, Ixia, Emulex (Endace) and others. In the demo part of our session, we will showcase Cisco ACI for Splunk Enterprise app.

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You will learn how to utilize Splunk software for proactive monitoring of Cisco ACI  to dramatically reduce troubleshooting times, optimize applications delivery and …

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Get your Community on at .conf2014!

Community is HUGE at Splunk, and we’re doing it up big at this year’s .conf with our own gigantic Community Lounge. Here’s a sampling of what’s in the works:

Masters of IRC panel discussion

Wednesday, Oct 8th 11am-12noon on the Community Stage

Join us for an informal panel discussion with 6-7 of our most knowledgeable, longtime customers from the #splunk IRC channel. They will be taking your questions and sharing best practices and stories from their long years of experience deploying and maintaining Splunk at scale. Bring your questions! Whisky optional, but recommended :).

Learn how to start your own Splunk User Group (and meet other people who do, too)

Wednesday, Oct 8th, 12:15pm – 12:45pm on the Community

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