#splunkconf16 preview: Business Analytics, IoT & Industrial Data at .conf2016

SCL-Splunk-conf2016-preview-BigDataIdeas_twtr1-440x220My favorite technology conference – Splunk .conf2016 is around the corner! Truth be told it feels more like a family reunion than an event. .conf2016 has grown leaps and bounds not only in terms of attendance, but also in terms of technical content, customer presentation, partners exhibiting, and just overall awesomeness!

.conf2016 promises to shine light on machine data like never before! Our amazing customers continue to push the boundaries of what is possible with Splunk, with their unique use cases and stories. No where is this more evident than our customers adopting Splunk for Business Analytics and IoT.  If you plan to be at .conf2016, I would be sure to attend these sessions! These sessions will fuel your imagination, …

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Gartner Catalyst recap: City of San Diego Leading Innovation

San_Diego_City_SealA few perfectly pleasant and sunny days earlier this month formed an inviting setting for the Gartner Catalyst conference in San Diego.  I had the distinct honor of introducing and kicking off a session led by Mr. Gary Hayslip, the CISO for the City of San Diego, on how they use data analytics to fight cyber threats, manage application delivery, coordinate city-wide IT services and help San Diego continue to innovate as a smart city. Consider the following:

  • The City of San Diego, long considered one of the most innovative cities in the world and the 8th largest city in the US, employs 11,000 people to serve its 1.5 Million citizens and conducts $4 Billion in business
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LC Systems – The Swiss secret to success in the channel

csm_lcsystems_logo2_aa60786e83LC Systems is an innovative Swiss company operating on a global scale and has been a Splunk Partner since 2009. Since the very beginning LC Systems has developed an all-encompassing Splunk portfolio across the entire value chain, from consulting to implementation, change management, app development and management of customer Splunk environments. Last year, more than 100 customer projects were successfully implemented using Splunk software in the areas of security/SIEM, IT operations, business intelligence and application delivery. Moreover, LC Systems is an official Splunk training partner.

LC Systems is strongly associated with Splunk in the Swiss market – something that makes the company very proud!

We interviewed Christian Günther, Head of Data Analytics from LC Systems to find out a bit more …

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Groupon Standardizes on Splunk Solutions

SM_Share_Twitter_Groupon_102Whether it’s a tempting all-inclusive vacation package or taking advantage of an amazing deal on dinner for two, Groupon’s exciting offers continue to push me to discover new things. The global online and mobile marketplace has been one of our valued customers here at Splunk for five years, and we like to think that during that time we’ve helped Groupon discover a few things as well.

Like many of our retail and e-commerce customers, Groupon relies on the Splunk platform to gain insight into massive amounts of machine data. Now, Groupon has agreed to a multi-year Enterprise Adoption Agreement (EAA) for Splunk Enterprise and Splunk Enterprise Security (ES) that will enable it to gain Operational Intelligence across multiple teams …

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How Otto Gains Multichannel Visibility Into Business Transactions With Splunk

splunk-webinar-logoEvery sector in today’s economy is being impacted in a big way by Digitization. The retail industry is at the forefront. Customers have the ability to order online, in-store, or using their smartphone and they can pick up goods in-store or have them shipped to their doorstep. Retailers that have successfully embraced digitization have seen their market share grow, along with an increasing customer base. Otto (a subsidiary of Otto Group), headquartered in Germany is one such example of a retailer. Founded in 1949 as a mail order catalog company, Otto delivers a comprehensive, multi-channel retail environment and gives its customers the flexibility in how they order their goods. As a result of successfully embracing digitization, Otto has seen their …

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Knock knock. Who’s there? 48 million visitors a month. NHS Choices looks to Splunk for Operational Intelligence.

Increasingly, healthcare is becoming digital and multi-channel. The National Health Service in the UK is no stranger to this and recently rebranded its online services to be NHS Digital. I’m delighted to share our latest customer story from NHS Choices, the “front door” to the NHS and the UK’s biggest healthcare website. They are using Splunk to transform data into improved visibility of their infrastructure to deliver these critical online services.

NHS Choices traffic

NHS Choices has a complex infrastructure so gaining performance insights wasn’t easy. In the past, NHS Choices used an external service to monitor site availability, resulting in a lengthy troubleshooting process which impacted the usability and performance of the website. NHS Choices now uses Splunk

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Zillow Improves DevOps-Driven App Delivery Using Analytics

If you are like many San Francisco Bay Area residents, real estate is a hot topic and having up-to-date and correct property info is essential. We rely on products such as Zillow’s online marketplace for the latest data on what’s happening in local real estate markets. Zillow Group is using the Splunk platform to help deliver that amazing customer experience we love in their products. Zillow is using the Splunk platform to get real-time visibility across IT operations, application delivery, and business analytics. One important aspect I’d like to explore more is Zillow’s success with the Splunk platform within its DevOps environment.

Before Splunk, Zillow’s app delivery teams spent a lot of time collecting and piecing together various data silos, as …

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Play Ball with the Splunk App for AWS 4.2!

MoneyballOn a recent business trip to an AWS Summit, I utilized a long flight to re-read one of my favorite books by Michael Lewis: Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game.  I was struck by the parallels between some of our most common customer’s concerns and the challenges faced by the 2002 Oakland Athletics.

Moneyball tells the story of how general manager Billy Beane was able to field one of the most competitive teams and exceed everyone’s expectations despite having one of the smallest budgets in major league baseball. His secret was leveraging the insights of Paul DePodesta, a Harvard alum with a background in economics and a knack for baseball statistics. Beane and DePodesta revolutionized baseball just by taking …

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Metrics that Matter at DevOps Days London and Delivery Of Things World Berlin

There’s a crude assessment of opinions that you may recall from ‘The Dead Pool’, ‘Home for the Holidays’, or ‘The People vs. Larry Flynt’:

“Opinions are like %#^&@*s: Everyone has one, and they all stink!”

I tend to lean toward a cleaner version, especially in polite company:

“In God We Trust. All Others Bring Data.”


Or, as Tom Cruise and Cuba Gooding said in Jerry Maguire:


Read the opinions of commenters on almost any mainstream tech article on DevOps and you can see why DevOps is hitting ‘the peak of inflated expectations’ in the Gartner Hype Cycle. There is intense interest in DevOps, and lots of debate, but so many opinions, and …

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Splunk GovSummit UK 2016: Refusing to Sleepwalk to Cyber Crisis

Last week, Splunk hosted two simultaneous events in London, England. You can learn more about SplunkLive! London in Matt Davies’ blog post: SplunkLive! London – A Full House. Analytics, IT Operations And Security. Below, Ashok Sankar shares his report from our first annual Splunk GovSummit UK.

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Security is all the talk nowadays and the first annual Splunk GovSummit UK 2016 was no exception. After introductions from host Nick Butler and Splunk’s VP of EMEA region Richard Cahill set the tone for the day. He pointed out how data around us is helping improve our lives while at the same time continues to be the target of adversaries. He reaffirmed the company’s commitment to Europe and extending solutions to …

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