DevOps Metrics: Measuring Team Productivity – Yes or No?

In my last blog post, I talked about the importance of measuring the business impact of DevOps-driven application delivery. At the DevOpsDays Seattle Open Space discussion on metrics, we also explored measuring DevOps teams’ performance and people productivity. I was glad to see that Nancy Gohring from 451 Research joined our session (check out her insights). Below are some of the key highlights from that Open Space discussion.

For DevOps leaders, knowing if DevOps teams are making progress toward meeting their organizational goals are important. Often these teams seem to have conflicting objectives. And, since DevOps practice involves a cultural shift, in our discussion it was concluded that it is crucial for Dev and Ops teams to …

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DevOps Metrics: Measuring Business Impact

A few weeks ago, I attended DevOpsDays Seattle. As a big fan of Open Space, I was happy when my session proposal on DevOps metrics was accepted. And as it turns out, this is an important subject for DevOps community, as my colleague, Splunk Chief Technology Advocate, Andi Mann also noted in his blog. Below are some of the highlights from those discussions among 30+ DevOps practitioners.seattle 3

Measuring Business Impact

Since the audience was from a variety of organizations of different sizes and maturity, it was great that a common theme/metric bubbled up: knowing and measuring the business impact of DevOps activities. The first step is to identify a business or customer success goal. Other relevant parameters stem …

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CanDeal Can Do with Splunk

I love listening to our customers talk about their passion for Splunk software. The stories they share about never-ending ways they can utilize our software are truly inspiring and there is typically a common thread: it usually starts with one use case in one department. As one customer put it: “Splunk spreads throughout the organization like wildfire.” The recent CanDeal success story we recently published is yet another confirmation of the phenomenal success our customers are having with Splunk software throughout the entire enterprise.


It all started with security…

At CanDeal, a Canadian financial services company, they take their security seriously—especially with tighter and rising financial regulatory requirements. CanDeal wanted to proactively tackle and alleviate advanced persistent threats, and thus …

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Announcing the Splunk Developer Guidance

Greetings, Splunk Developer Community!

This week we are announcing the new Splunk Developer Guidance program at the Splunk Partner Summit Americas 2015. The main objective is to provide our developer community with tools and guidance to build amazing apps on the Splunk platform and enrich users’ experience in gaining insights from their machine data – where ever it might come from and whatever domain they might be specializing in! We are fully aware that the first thing most devs are looking for is code that they can take apart, learn from, and reuse. That’s why we built reference apps for you. The reference apps are complete, end-to-end, real-world apps built with our partners that are meant to showcase various underlying …

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Reflections on a Splunk developer’s journey : Part 2

Why should you develop ?

In “Reflections on a Splunk developer’s journey : Part 1” I shared some of my experiences of developing and supporting Splunk Community Apps and Add-ons over the years.

But WHY did I choose to develop and WHY should you choose to develop and start your foray the Splunk developer ecosystem?

Well the reasons for developing are going to be different for everyone depending on your motives. You might be a business or you might just be an individual community collaborator.

The reasons I started developing were because I discovered Splunkbase (now Apps / Answers) and realized that it was a great forum for collaborating and getting involved with the “Big Data” community to use …

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Using Splunk as a data store for developers

A number of years ago, I wrote a blog entry called Everybody Splunk with the Splunk SDK, which succinctly encouraged developers to put data into Splunk for their applications and then search on the indexed data to avoid doing sequential search on unstructured text. Since it’s been a while and I don’t expect people to memorize the dissertations of ancient history (to paraphrase Bob Dylan), I’ve decided to write about the topic again, but this time in more detail with explanations on how to proceed.

Why Splunk as a Data Store?

Some may proclaim that there are many no-sql like data stores out there already, so why use Splunk for an application data store? The answers point to simplicity, …

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Splunk EMEA Partner Kick Off – Breakthrough, Barcelona, Beavis and Beaker

BB3As I write this, I’m somewhere over France on my way back from the Splunk EMEA Partner Kick Off (PKO). We’ve been to sunny Barcelona at the Rey Juan Carlos Hotel (a place I’ve spent many a happy corporate event). After confessing to being an A-ha fan in Oslo, having frozen hair in Stockholm and apologising for being English in Paris – I foolishly decided to confess to looking like the lovechild of Beavis and Beaker from The Muppets. I’ll let you decide and comment below. Be kind!

We had about 150 partners from across the region telling their stories, sharing experiences of how their customers are using their machine data and getting a comprehensive, and hopefully useful, update from …

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A Developer’s Smorgasbord

First bite of the Cherry(py)

I didn’t always work at Splunk. In fact, many moons ago I used to be a Splunk customer. At the time we were simply looking for a means to better consolidate our enterprise’s numerous sources of log data into a centralized repository. A colleague of mine mentioned this product called Splunk , and hence the journey began. Like many, this started with getting some log files indexed into Splunk and creating some trivial searches and Simple XML dashboards. This very quickly led to more data sources and more elaborate dashboards. Then the bloke sitting next to me saw what I was doing and wanted in on the action, then the adjacent team and then the …

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Splunk4Good partners with Geeks Without Bounds

I am happy to announce Splunk4Good is formally partnering with Geeks Without Bounds (GWOB) in 2013! The partnership will lend broad support to GWOB’s mission and encourage the use of Splunk products in humanitarian projects.

GWOB is a non-profit organization with a mission to apply technology as an accelerator for humanitarian projects. In order to achieve this mission GWOB hosts humanitarian hackathons around the globe and also works with humanitarian startups in an accelerator program with 2 cohorts per year.

Read a bit more about GWOB in the words of their Executive Director, Willow Brugh, (and click thru to read their full Theory of Change):

Geeks Without Bounds works towards positive change by bridging the gap between technological capabilities and

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Calling all Big Data developers, coders and hackers

Do you want to go to Vegas in September for Splunk Conf ? Heck yes you do, because this year we have a dedicated developer’s track. Whether you are new to developing with Splunk or already a rockstar in your own right, we have heaps of awesome topics and presenters that you’ll really dig.

Whether you are into building Splunkbase apps, standalone applications using the Python, Java & Javascript SDKs, or perhaps extending and customizing Splunk , there is a session for you.

PS : I have a special registration discount code available for drop me a line and I’ll give it to you ! You can find me on Splunkbase under the username “Damien Dallimore”.

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