Look at all the pretty colors!

Well, it’s Sunday here in Las Vegas, and  .conf2014 is about to go down. I’m sitting in one of our Splunk University classes at the MGM, with many of our fine customers.

The class is our Power User Bootcamp, and we just finished talking about Splunk’s tagging, event types, and lookup functionalities. One of our more security-minded customers asked “hey – that ability to assign a color to event types in the Splunk search GUI is pretty cool – I’d like to use that to prioritize the events I’m looking at based on the risk profile assigned to a user. From a lookup. Can I do that?”

A second customer said “I like that idea.”

So, since this …

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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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From big data to a 360 degree customer view with Hunk and Hortonworks

Age of the customerYou can’t really escape the fact that we’re in the age of the customer. From CRM to the “long tail” to multi-channel to social media brand sentiment to Net Promoter Scores – it is all about customer experience. Big Data has an important part to play – no great revelation there but how do you actually do it? There are an awful lot of questions that come up when it comes to Big Data and customer view;

What should my architecture be? How do I put together the right data strategy for the short and long term? How do I get the value from the data? How do I build customer analytics on top of my data? How do I …

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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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Mainframe machine data in Splunk – Made way easier!

In the past, IT professionals have had to maintain specialized and expensive tools to monitor their mainframes. Mainframe operational insights are important but even more so in the context of the rest of the infrastructure and application performance and operational data. Now getting these insights is only a few steps away – I am very excited to announce Syncsort’s Ironstream, the latest addition to our Splunk apps.

Ironstream enables our and Syncsort’s joint customers to collect, visualize and report on mainframe log data in Splunk Enterprise and Splunk Cloud. This rich source of mainframe machine data includes z/OS log files such as syslog, various SMF records, WebSphere Log4j and more.

There are many benefits of analyzing mainframe data …

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From South Africa to Oslo & shipping to life insurance to sensor data. SplunkLive EMEA customer round up.

CT2It has been a busy few weeks for Splunk EMEA with eight SplunkLive events in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Frankfurt, Vienna, Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Amsterdam. There have been close to a thousand people hearing some great customer stories about how organisations use Splunk to get operational intelligence across a huge range of different industries. I was lucky enough to be at six of them and thought it would be worth sharing some of the stories from across the region.

 

 

It has been a bit of a flying visit to each country with the usual plane-airport-taxi-hotel-presentation-taxi-airport-plane but the range of use cases for Splunk, the many different industries and the different kinds of value the organisations are getting from …

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What’s in store for Developers at .conf2014

In less then a week, .conf2014 kicks off at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. As in past years, there won’t only be tons of great keynotes, sessions and training for the entire Splunk community, but also plenty of things tailored just for developers.

  • Once again, Splunk University starts off the week with hands-on training, including an intense Splunk App Developer Bootcamp
  • This year we’re introducing the Splunk Dev Lounge, a dedicated space for hacking on Splunk throughout the conference. All throughout the week, you’ll find members of the engineering and evangelist teams ready to answer any question or guide you in the right direction. We’ll also have chalk talk sessions (heavy on code, light on slides) led by Splunkers
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Give the gift of karma…at .conf!

Are you a Splunk Answers user? Are you attending Splunk’s 5th Worldwide User Conference next week in Las Vegas? Do you want a way to show your appreciation for other .conf attendees, presenters, vendors, your Splunk University instructors (besides buying them a drink*)?

Introducing SplunKarma, the mobile karma dispenser!

Starting on Saturday, October 4th (the first day of Splunk University), you can visit http://answers.splunk.com/karma from your mobile device and log in with your Splunk Answers credentials. You’ll be given a cache of karma points to use to reward the members of the Splunk Community around you at .conf. All you need to do is find out what their Splunk Answers userID is.

If you’re speaking at .conf, tell your session audience your Splunk Answers …

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