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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EHLO, Is it ME You’re Looking For? New Splunk App Simplifies Microsoft Exchange Monitoring

The Splunk App for Microsoft Exchange is consistently one of the most popular apps on Splunk Apps. We just released a new version of the app with some exciting new features. Version 3.1 is available now on Splunk Apps with a free 60-day license.

So what’s new? Microsoft Exchange is one of those multi-system business-critical systems so it’s not good enough to just glance at it every now and then. Organizations need clear, up-to-date information on whether it’s working and how bad it is when it’s not. To this end, we’ve created the Exchange Service Analyzer – a new workflow experience explicitly designed for Microsoft Exchange. It gives you insight into the health of your entire Exchange environment including ActiveSync, …

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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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What can you get for $10.74 / hour ?

Why $10.74 you may ask? Well, that’s the minimum hourly wage in San Francisco (at least as of this writing Nov 2014) …

With that out of the way let’s see what else you could get for $10.74/hour …

  • you could rent a “deluxe” bicycle and tour SF for ~$9/hour, but don’t forget to add the tax ;)
  • you could rent a car from one of the car sharing companies in SF and tour the entire Bay Area …
  • you also have enough dough to pay for Hunk on a 14 node EMR cluster

Let me expand on that last item a bit: you can get over 10 years of Splunk’s experience in working with machine data, packaged up, configured and …

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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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Announcing availability of the latest version of the Splunk ODBC driver!

We are happy to announce general availability of the latest version of the Splunk ODBC driver. With the latest release we have added exciting new capabilities:

  • Microstrategy Analytics Desktop users can now directly connect to and access data in Splunk Enterprise
  • Business users can directly access Data Models and Saved Searches defined in Splunk Enterprise
  • Users benefit from performance optimizations that deliver a faster, iterative and interactive analytics experience

Since its launch earlier this year, the Splunk ODBC driver has seen rapid adoption across our customer base. With Splunk’s growing success with our customers beyond traditional IT, Operations and Security use cases, business users are increasingly requesting access to machine data in Splunk Enterprise for new business insights. The Splunk …

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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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Getting value from your data just got really fast. Introducing Splunk Enterprise & Hunk 6.2

SW_SpeedOne of the reported challenges of data management and especially big data is the ease of getting value from the data quickly (less than 12 parsecs).

Traditionally, a lot of time has been spent collecting and preparing data. Eventually you get to ask the questions of the data, start to create the right analytics and get the insight you need from it. This can take a lot of time.

 

 

My colleague, Nima, came up with a great diagram to show this:
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Where we really need to get to, is the ability to get to the “asking” stage and to get the value from the data as quickly as possible:

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With that in mind, I’m delighted to announce …

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Splunk MINT—A fresh approach to mobile analytics

We’re at .conf2014 and it’s been a blast so far. We’ve had great attendance and lots of positive interactions! In our keynote this morning, we announced our first mobile intelligence offerings since our acquisition of BugSense last yearSplunk MINT. MINT, short for “mobile intelligence,” gives insight into what users are experiencing and doing with your mobile apps. Clint Sharp, our Senior Director of Product Management spared no dramatics in letting the audience know how important mobile intelligence is to Splunk and our 7,900 customers.

Panos Papadopoulos and I will walk through these products in our breakouts on Tuesday (2-3p.m.) and Thursday (2:15-3:15p.m.). You’ll also get to see Splunk MINT in action. The conference app is enabled …

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