Is Big Data IT’s gift to the CEO?

Data Gift copyAt the beginning of June, I was at the Gartner CIO & IT Executive Summit in Berlin. It was an interesting event to attend in terms of the advice given to the CIOs at the event, how to deal with the “digital industrial revolution” and how to support the CEO’s top business priorities.

 

From the Gartner survey, a CEO’s top five priorities for 2014/15 are growth, costs, profit, IT and the customer.

Growth was number one and to support the CEO’s top priorities, Gartner suggested that the CIO will need to deliver a digital technology architecture, an enterprise information architecture, a strong cybersecurity & risk program and an industrialized IT infrastructure.

After the keynote, I attended one of the presentations …

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routr : App that Shares Splunk Alerts on Social Media

What is routr ?

routr is a simple if-this-then-that workflow app to share Splunk alerts on your Twitter or Tumblr. It is easy to install, configure and run. This app is bundled together with a sample Splunk saved search that searches on failed login events to post a tweet on Twitter or an article on Tumblr whenever the alert is triggered from your Splunk instance. The search is triggered every 1 minute and looks for matching events in the relative past 1 minute.

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Requirements to run this app ?

  1. Splunk installed
  2. Twitter and/or Tumblr account

How To Obtain Twitter OAuth And Access Tokens ?

  1. Sign up at Twitter if you are new to Twitter.
  2. Go to https://apps.twitter.com/
  3. Click at “Create New App”
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Atlanta Splunk User Group this Friday!

Just a reminder to folks that the monthly user group meeting is this Friday! If you haven’t already, please RSVP to the Meetup page so that we have an accurate count for food and building security.

The agenda:

• 11:30 – 12:00 Networking, lunch

• 12:00 ( 5-10 min) – Welcome, introductions

• 12:10 – 1:20 Presentations:

Michael Conner, Coke CCR – Automating Splunk app deployment in AWS

Hutch, Splunk – Advanced Visualizations

Hal, Splunk – Techniques for analyzing Splunk performance

• 1:20 – 1:30 Open discussion, next meeting logistics, close…

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Test-drive our new Splunk App for NetApp Bundle!

Do you like solving user and applications problems and helping your customers, but lack adequate resources? We have made it super easy for you to accelerate your journey deep into storage space! Take our new Splunk App for NetApp Bundle for a spin and we will get you there. Download it for free here.

So what is it and where will it take you?

You are getting our free version of Splunk Enterprise packaged together with our free Splunk App for NetApp Data ONTAP. With this powerful combo you get an at-a-glance view of your entire NetApp Data ONTAP storage space. Quickly explore logs, storage performance and the system configuration of your NetApp environment. You also get both Cluster-Mode and …

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Atlanta Splunk User Group meets soon!

EDIT:

We’ve decided to postpone the meetup and pick back up in July. Please track the meetup event page for the latest details!

If you are in or around Atlanta, please join us this Thursday for the June meeting which takes place in Marietta at 11:30 AM. You can find all the details at our meetup page. If you do plan to attend, please RSVP so that we can plan for food and site logistics.

Topics being discussed this time include:

  • Michael Conner, Coke CCR – Automating Splunk app deployment in AWS
  • Hutch Hutchinson, Splunk – Advanced Visualizations
  • Hal Rottenberg, Splunk – Techniques for analyzing Splunk performance

If you can’t make it to this one, please click the join button at the

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Splunking World Cup 2014. The winner will be…

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The football/soccer World Cup starts tonight and so here in the UK, the usual press and hype is building to fever “pitch” (apologies for the awful joke). The two questions everyone is asking are “can England get out of the group stage?” and “who’s going to win the World Cup?”.

English people already know how the World Cup will end, a disallowed goal probably followed by penalties which we’ll lose. Therefore, I thought I’d try and answer the second question of who is going to win the World Cup by analysing some data in Splunk.

 

 

 

World Cups 1930-2006

I started off looking at the historical data from the last 80 years or so of World Cup …

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Digital Intelligence at .conf2013 – A Reflection

Last week, I had the opportunity to look at the proposed sessions for .conf2014 – Splunk’s annual user conference.  I was very impressed by the variety of topics and the interesting use cases that many of the customers have proposed. Well I can’t share details about the topics, however I can promise that it is going to be simply amazing!

While we are on it, let’s talk about some of the sessions that were focused on digital intelligence at .conf2013.  We had great use cases from ADP, Lincoln Financial Group, and in-depth discussion about data capture and tag management from the CTO of Tealium. Lincoln Financial Group shared how they are improving user experience by combining …

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Splunk for Healthcare – Splunk attains 2014 ONC-HIT Certification

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In my tenure as Healthcare Domain Expert at Splunk, I have seen many Healthcare customers using Splunk for EHR and HIPAA audit reporting. New regulations require you to use Certified technology or “field certify” your solution. So, Splunk felt that the best way to serve our Healthcare Provider customers was to get Splunk software certified.

The specific module certification is 170.314 (d)(3) Audit Reporting. This is the same certification that other  industry solutions have, like FairWarning, IATRIC Security Manager, and P2Sentinel.

What does this mean to you? Healthcare providers can now use the leading technology platform for machine data, log management and operational intelligence without having to get “field certification”. Our customers have found Splunk to be a fraction of …

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Splunk Your Star Wars Data – Episode I. May the Fourth be with you.

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So we’re getting more Star Wars films – I have to admit both my 7 year old son and I are quite excited (I guess me maybe slightly more). Splunk’s one of those pieces of software where you love to show people the kinds of things it can do.  On the back of the Star Wars announcement, a bedtime conversation with my son about how many planets Luke Skywalker went to after Return of the Jedi led to my discovery of some Star Wars data sets – I set about seeing if I could answer my son’s questions with Splunk.

Thanks to the power of the Force – I was able to take the downloadable Star Wars encyclopedia database and …

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Splunk4Good – Splunking one person’s (long) kayaking journey to raise money & awareness for Autism

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For those of you that don’t know, Splunk has an initiative where we try and show the things we can all do with data to have a positive social impact – Splunk4Good. There have been a number of projects under the Splunk4Good banner and you can find out more at the Splunk4Good blog.
My fellow Splunker, Andrew Morris, is undertaking a pretty significant physical challenge. He’s going to be sitting down for three days… kayaking 150 miles down the Thames to raise money for Autism. He starts 7th May in Cricklade, Wiltshire and if it all goes to plan he might make it to Tower Bridge (150+ miles). Andrew’s daughter, Betsy, was diagnosed with Autism and it is …

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