Splunk named one of Fast Company’s 10 Most Innovative Companies in Big Data for 2015

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It’s an exciting day for Splunk as we’ve been named one of Fast Company’s 10 Most Innovative Companies in Big Data for the third year in a row!

Once again, this recognition is a testament to the brilliant work of Splunkers around the world and the amazing ingenuity of our customers. Last year we delivered even more ways to use Splunk with the launch of Splunk Cloud, Splunk MINT, the Splunk App for Stream and the Splunk Mobile App, not to mention new features for Splunk Enterprise and Hunk, and new integrations with AWS.

Meanwhile, our customers continue to amaze us with the fascinating insights and incredible feats they achieve with our technology. Coca-Cola used Splunk

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Introducing Splunk Mobile App 2.0

I am thrilled to announce the availability of Splunk Mobile App 2.0. With the new release, Splunk Mobile App now supports Android phones as well as all iOS devices.

Enterprise Ready 
What’s most exciting to me is that Splunk Mobile App now supports enterprise security requirements for single sign-on and Mobile Device Management compatibility. And with support for Splunk Enterprise search head clustering, Mobile App can now meet the needs of large-scale deployments.

Essentially, Mobile App has now moved from an early adopter curiosity to a fully-fledged enterprise app and bona fide interface to Splunk intelligence.

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Flexibility for Front-Line Admins
The Mobile App allows operations to stay on top of ops status and quickly resolve issues while on the …

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Splunk App for Salesforce

Do you manage a Salesforce environment and would like to analyze who is accessing what? Would you like to find out who is exporting sensitive data? Would you like to detect any Salesforce related suspicious activities or any slow running reports, dashboards, SOQL queries?

If the answer to the above is yes, you should check out the Splunk App for Salesforce which has been recently released as a service on Splunk Cloud. This App relies on the Salesforce Event Log File that exposes Salesforce access logs. In addition to that, you can also leverage this app to collect and index any data from the standard Salesforce objects. In other words, you can use this app to index structured and unstructured salesforce data.
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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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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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