Smart AnSwerS #68

Hey there community and welcome to the 68th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

It’s the week of LGBT Pride in San Francisco, so SplunQers and fellow allies came together yesterday afternoon for our second party ever in the new building at HQ. The courtyard was set up with rainbow themed decorations, treats, and libations (of course) to celebrate the many identities that make up the diversity of our company. The turnout was amazing as we filled the courtyard with lively energy and blaring music in true Splunk fashion. Big thanks to the SplunQers, Fun Council, and Facilities for organizing and promoting an open culture.

Check out this week’s featured Splunk Answers posts:

How to speed up LDAP / Active

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2016 State of DevOps Report: Release 200x and Recover 24x Faster

D1339Sponsor_Graphics_600x300I am happy to announce that Splunk is a proud sponsor of  2016 State of DevOps 2016 Report authored by our technology partner Puppet and DevOps Research and Assessment (DORA). With more than 4,600 responses from IT professionals around the world, this report is one of the most comprehensive in the industry. It examines important trends in the DevOps community today. Key results include:

  • High-performing organizations deploy 200x more frequently than low performers, with 2,555x faster lead times and 24x faster recovery times
  • High performers spend 22% less time on unplanned work and rework, and 29% more time on new work than low performers
  • High performers spend 50% less time remediation security issues than low performers
  • Employees in
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Smart AnSwerS #67

Hey there community and welcome to the 67th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

For folks who will be in the San Francisco Bay Area the first full week of July, you’re all welcome to join us at the SFBA User Group meeting on Wednesday, July 6th @ 6:30PM PDT. chuckers has graciously offered to host at Comcast in Sunnyvale, CA where we’ll be hearing some interesting talks by watkinst from Mastercard and Splunk Senior Director of Product Management, Gaurav Agarwal. If you can make it, be sure to visit the SFBA User Group page to RSVP!

Check out this week’s featured Splunk Answers posts:

What happens to my multisite indexer cluster when connectivity between sites dies?

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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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Smart AnSwerS #66

Hey there community and welcome to the 66th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

Splunk HQ now has an open room with giant Lego like blocks for Splunkers to take a creative escape from the daily grind. Some folks have already constructed some pretty epic stuff. In the first week, someone built a “conference room” with a fully functional table and bench seating that could be used for gaming, eating lunch, and quick meetings…possibly. When I checked out the space again last week, there was a 30+ foot long bridge and some sort of igloo maze fort of sorts. Who knows what architectural feats people will come up with next!

Check out this week’s featured Splunk Answers posts:

Splunk Add-on for

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One source, many use cases: How to deliver value right away by addressing different IT challenges with Splunk – Part 2

Do you remember this piece of raw data:


I hope so, it was on the blog only last week … 😉

Today, let’s focus on the value we can extract and how we’ll be able to address some of the IT challenges related to the company strategy.

IT Ops

What kind of information would be relevant for the application manager?

I am sure he would be interested by:

  • Number of transactions during the last X minutes and the trend
  • Number of transactions in errors during the last X minutes and if this number is growing compared to the last Y minutes
  • How long a transaction takes to complete for each customer
  • A geographic distribution of the transactions

“What? You said …

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Zillow Improves DevOps-Driven App Delivery Using Analytics

If you are like many San Francisco Bay Area residents, real estate is a hot topic and having up-to-date and correct property info is essential. We rely on products such as Zillow’s online marketplace for the latest data on what’s happening in local real estate markets. Zillow Group is using the Splunk platform to help deliver that amazing customer experience we love in their products. Zillow is using the Splunk platform to get real-time visibility across IT operations, application delivery, and business analytics. One important aspect I’d like to explore more is Zillow’s success with the Splunk platform within its DevOps environment.

Before Splunk, Zillow’s app delivery teams spent a lot of time collecting and piecing together various data silos, as …

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Smart AnSwerS #65

Hey there community and welcome to the 65th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

We have a couple back-to-back community events happening right after the upcoming long Memorial Day weekend! The next SplunkTrust Virtual .conf Session is scheduled for Tuesday, May 31st at 12:00PM PDT. SplunkTrust member rich7177 will be teaching nOObs the basics of navigating Splunk Web and, time permitting, how to build reports, visualizations, and dashboards. For those of you in the San Francisco Bay Area next week, the SFBA User Group will be on Wednesday, June 1st @ 6:00PM PDT at Splunk HQ in our brand new building next door! Come join us in the shiny new space as Sr. Engineering Manager mszebenyi, original …

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Smart AnSwerS #64

Hey there community and welcome to the 64th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

One of the Splunk Cloud support engineers left on vacation last week, so in true Splunk fashion, his desk is getting a complete makeover by the time he returns! yannK has been putting on his creative hat this week to transform the desk into a Star Wars TIE Fighter which has been coming together incredibly well. If it were my desk, I’d leave it as a permanent installation because it looks that cool and is still completely functional as a work station…not that I’m jealous or anything ;P

Check out this week’s featured Splunk Answers posts:

How would one correctly configure DATETIME_CONFIG for an app that

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