Retail Success at John Lewis

Since I joined Splunk a few months ago, I’ve had the opportunity to hear about some amazing things customers are doing with Splunk. During those conversations, I’ve noticed that most of our customers have a similar experience – they download Splunk to solve a specific issue, but quickly find out it can do so much more.

John Lewis is a prime example. In a recent press release, we announced how this UK retailer is using Splunk Enterprise to support the operations of a website that generates over 1 billion pounds in sales per year. The company initially downloaded Splunk to solve a single problem. In this case, John Lewis was trying to identify and resolve an extremely arcane technical …

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Can Big Data Predict and Prevent Your Next Outage or Breach? Discover the answer at Splunk Booth, CIsco Live San Francisco!

Can you guess what Internet of Things, big data, SDN, virtualization, Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure and FlexPod have in common? No, it’s not that they’re all the latest industry buzzwords. Find the solution at our Splunk booth (#2011) at Cisco Live World of Solutions in San Francisco from May 19th through the 22nd. That’s four days, packed with brand new sessions and demos. Check out our theater sessions schedule here.

Yes, we are also known for our cool Splunk t-shirts. Come by and grab one, but also have fun learning all the new ways of getting Operational Intelligence from your machine data. Not to mention a chance to travel home peacefully with a new pair of Bose headphones. Or …

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Splunk Enterprise 6.1: Embedded Reports

Splunk 6.1 is here and I’m loving it.

For those who haven’t read thru the release notes yet and jumped on the “Embedded reports” feature, I wanted to walk you through it and show you just how easy it is.  Go to splunk.com and download Splunk 6.1.  While you’re there, go over to the Apps community and get this bad boy–Splunk Enterprise 6.1 Overview.

Once you fire it up, your Splunk home screen should look like this.

 

001_SplunkStarteAppInstalled

 

In addition to giving you a tour of the new key features, the Splunk Enterprise 6.1 Overview app includes some data already assigned to index=sfpd.  I’ll use that data and make a simple search that will form the basis of …

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Mission Critical Analytics – Everywhere

You are so incredibly awesome.

That’s what I wanted to call the new release of Splunk Enterprise announced today, but instead we went with Splunk Enterprise 6.1. What this release represents is pretty remarkable. Why? Because it’s defined by what we see you do.

You’ve made machine data a valuable asset in your organization. Whether you’re in IT, on the applications team or on the security team, you’ve helped yield powerful results for the company you work for. So valuable that machine data insights are now more mission critical than ever.

You’re changing how you analyze data—you’re comfortable exploring and analyzing data, knowing that Splunk software will eat just about anything you throw at it and give you answers …

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Announcing Splunk ODBC Driver

Most people using Splunk Enterprise today would probably agree that they’re getting valuable insights from the machine data their applications, technology and devices continuously generate. Splunk helps thousands of organizations use their data to drive higher service uptime, prevent cyber-security attacks and drive completely new and valuable insights for their business.

IT teams know the value of machine data and leverage it every day, but what about the other users in your organization. How do you share that data with them, without always being the go-to guy? What about users in your organization that are already using an analytics tool such as Microsoft Excel or Tableau Desktop? How can they start leveraging the data in Splunk Enterprise, without asking IT …

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How to Stream Internet of Things Data into Splunk in Ten Easy Steps!

Inspired by Discovered Intelligence’s blog post “How to Stream Twitter into Splunk in 10 Simple Steps” last week, I began thinking about a simple Internet of Things example where we could demonstrate an easy integration of IoT platforms and data into Splunk that everyone could access. There are plenty of great examples of Internet of Things services we could poll with the REST modular input, but for this example we will be building a quick integration with LogMeIn’s Xively service using their “Test Drive” tutorial.

This walkthrough assumes you have a working install of Splunk 6 and have installed the REST API Modular Input App. If not, please follow the links and you should be up and …

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Business analytics, jam and social media – an eclectic but interesting mix

TweetjamHappy Monday everyone. I spent an hour on Friday attending the Gartner Business Intelligence Tweetjam. You may be disappointed to hear it wasn’t a 140 character discussion of the merits of strawberry vs. apricot or the right amount of sugar and fruit.  The Tweetjam took the format of a high-speed Q & A session around Business Intelligence with Gartner analysts and people interested in the topic.

What I found most valuable was the breadth of topics we managed to get through in an hour. Also, the obvious limitation in terms of what you could write meant that answers were thought through, concise and captured the key points very well. You can go back and see the full conversation by looking …

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Further Simplifying Big Data Analytics

In the past we’ve talked about simplifying big data analytics and the 80:20 rule for data analysis. Most organizations spend 80% of analytics efforts running and optimizing the business and 20% on advanced analytics, which includes advanced data mining, algorithm development and advanced predictive modeling.

Hadoop has seen very good adoption for big data analytics, specifically batch analytics for large datasets, and many organizations have initiatives to use it for advanced analytics and optimizing the business. Unfortunately, those organizations are struggling to derive value from their Hadoop implementations. They’re finding that analysis takes too long and requires specialized talent. Another issue is that getting data into Hadoop is difficult, getting meaningful analysis even more challenging.

In the past few months, …

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Think Beyond Application Monitoring

Are you going to be at .conf? If not, you should be. Don’t miss the opportunity to listen to Justin Hardeman from Availity, a leading health information network, where he discusses how his organization uses Splunk for proactive monitoring and business reporting. In this session, he illustrates how Splunk has helped his organization gain visibility, analytics and intelligence on their applications, infrastructure and business with proactive monitoring and rich analytics. Join Justin at his session “Think Beyond Application Monitoring”, speak to him (and the Splunk team if you want!) and learn about how he has been able to drive enterprise adoption of Splunk.

Where: The Cosmopolitan Hotel, Brera 2&3

Date: 09.12.2012

Time 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm…

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I invested in a shiny new tool/technology…

You hear this quite often.  We all love to share the excitement of a new purchase – be a new car or a new gadget.  Feelings from purchasing a new software are no different.   Organizations tout on their investment in a new tool or technology, soon to realize that they have not achieved the full value or benefit from their investment.  There is a perception that investment in tools/technology is the answer to all the problems.  Well that is just the beginning for solving the problems.  There are two important questions that I tend to ask:

1) Was your selection the best for solving the problem you were aiming to solve?

2) Have you invested the right resources or …

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