Smart AnSwerS #3

Hello Splunketeers and welcome to the 3rd installment of Smart AnSwerS!

We’ve been in quite a drought here in California and we’ve all been waiting and hoping for some rain to come on by…aaaand we got it, flooding our HQ basement floor! Good thing that hasn’t dampened our spirits or stopped us from the daily grind ;) – Check out this week’s featured Splunk Answers posts:

Why searching for a string with comparison operator “!=” returns the same source file name as “=”?

Have you ever asked yourself this question? jBoynton and I certainly have (no shame). This topic has come up several times and has left many to scratch their heads..and further scratching. The Search Processing Language struggle is …

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Christmas 2020. Will big data and IOT change things for Father Christmas? Part II

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In part 1 we discussed how Father Christmas is planning to use sensor data for the Internet of Toys.

 

In part 2 we’re going to discuss how he is going to use very large data sets to build out his Christmas 2020 technology strategy.

 

 

 

 

 

Big Data & Analytics

There’s a lot of information that goes into making Christmas a success. This data includes:

  • Social media sentiment about good or naughty children
  • Christmas present lists from children (both digitized scanned letters and increasingly electronic present lists)
  • Data from toys and manufacturing equipment to spot patterns in quality control
  • 500 years of Christmas Eve delivery data to help optimize sleigh route planning
  • Reindeer biometric information to ensure optimum
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Christmas 2020. Will big data and IOT change things for Father Christmas? Part I

Data TreeAfter last year’s case study on Santa Claus International, I recently had the opportunity to spend some more time with Father Christmas discussing his long term plans and business strategy for the next 5-10 years called “2020 Vision – Noel Limits”. We covered how the “advent” (geddit?) of technology over the last couple of years has changed the way Father Christmas has to prepare and deliver “positive festive outcomes” throughout the year. We talked about everything from The Internet Of Toys, use of big data and Ho-ho-hodoop, the unfortunately named Christmas Retail Analytics Platform and Augmented Sleigh Service. In part 1 we’ll review Father Christmas’ plans for The Internet Of Toys and in part 2 (tomorrow) we will cover …

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The best Christmas presents are surprises. Splunk wins “Best Business Application” at UK’s V3 awards.

SurpriseI hope everyone is getting ready for Christmas and nobody got injured in the madness that was black Friday. I’ve just got back from San Francisco where the festive season was in full effect. My Christmas shopping is nearly complete and the adoption of secret service level espionage tactics to hide presents from my children is underway. I’m fairly useless at keeping gifts a secret – I’ve nearly told my 8 year old son that he’s going to get an army of Star Wars Clonetroopers a number of times. I think it is important to try and keep presents a surprise to recapture some of the magic of the festive period when I was growing up and to try and …

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That happened: episode 42 (#splunk, the universe, and everything)

This week in “That happened: notes from #splunk”, a blog about the goings-on in the Splunk IRC channel:

There are really only 300 people on the internet

…and #splunk is 200 of them:

<RichardRa> Is it possible to timechart multiple fields per other field? More specifically, I am wanting to show a timechart of freespace by device by host. Using one of the Linux-TAs, my pseudo-search would look like: index=os_nix sourcetype=df | timechart span=5m max(UsePct) BY MountedOn BY host
<duckfez> RichardRa: by device by host or by the (device,host) tuple?
<Ayn> RichardRa: trying to think about what that would look like
<RichardRa> So, my goal would be a line for each device …

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She’s on a Mission: Dana Le

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It’s not everyday that Splunkers head to Uganda by themselves. Much less to serve on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic halfway around the world.

But Dana Le is clearly no average Splunker.

In February 2015, Dana will be traveling to Uganda with Rescue Widows, Elderly, Youth and Orphans With AIDS (RWEYOWA), a Kampala, Uganda-based organization that works to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS and improve the lives of those affected.

And not only is Dana donating her time for this trip – where she will provide education programs to local primary schools about HIV prevention, HIV counseling, and conduct home visits to those infected with HIV/AIDS – she also donates 100 percent of her weekend on-call …

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Smart AnSwerS #2

Hey there Splunk community!  Welcome to the 2nd installment of Smart AnSwerS!

We’re in the last month of the year and entering prime holiday season, but big data waits for no one ;D — Check out this week’s featured Splunk Answers posts:

Is there a guide or map to understand Splunk’s internal indexes and their log content?

This topic is a great read and points you in the right direction to a better understanding of what Splunk logs about itself. ChrisG references a helpful page from the Splunk Troubleshooting Manual that contains a list of the various internal logs and a description of each one. However, the poster of the question (feickertmd) needed to dig a bit deeper into …

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Splunk Challenge 2014 – Bringing data to the next level.

It is just another day at Nanyang Polytechnic. But at one of the lab in this award winning school of IT, gathers a group of about 30 students who are competing in a splunk challenge. Yes, it is the annual Nanyang Polytechnic splunk challenge 2014.

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Using data from the US mid term election 2014, the challenge comprises of 2 parts:

Part 1 – Standard Tasks assesses the students skill, speed and accuracy in developing dashboard
Part 2 – Challenge Tasks assesses the students proficiency, resourcefulness and creativity in producing dashboards with more advance features.
In the room, I see students who are awe of the power of data analytics and attracted by the unlimited possibility of transforming these machine data …

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Smart AnSwerS

Hello, and welcome to the debut of Smart AnSwerS, a weekly blog series featuring posts from Splunk Answers on trending issues, interesting use cases, and more!

For the last couple of months, I’ve been reviewing incoming content on Answers and selecting high-value postings to summarize and email weekly to my compadres on the mighty Splunk Support team. Pretty quickly, we realized that this information wasn’t just useful to Support–it is useful to everyone who uses Splunk–so here we are. This first installment is a bit of a best-of from the previous emails, but look for a new blog post each week chock full of specially-curated Answers for you to expand your brainmeats with.

Answers? What’s that?

If you aren’t familiar with Splunk

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Building a great Splunk App for Apptitude

How do I build an app that’s going to stand out as the best among an intensely competitive pool? That’s a question that’s on a lot of minds as Splunk Apptitude gets rolling.

Splunk has introduced a program that rewards the best Splunk App in two categories, with a big cash payout. Apptitude is getting the attention of a lot of users and partners, Splunkers who may have created apps for their own purposes, but who never considered submitting their work to the Splunk Apps site.

So, what it does it take to earn glory, karma, and the admiration of your peers? All you have to do is create and publish a solid winning Splunk app in one of …

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