Splunk App for Jenkins: Increase quality and velocity of your software releases

jenkins-stickersMore than 12,000 customers are using Splunk software to monitor their critical services. They are deploying Splunk software on-premises or using Splunk Cloud, across a variety of operating systems, different deployment configurations and scale complexities. As a result, ensuring the highest Splunk software quality is of paramount importance.

To help with this endeavor, our engineering team is running most of our development and testing workflows using the Jenkins platform. The complexity of developing and testing Splunk software across various configurations has resulted in a massive Jenkins deployment infrastructure with multiple clusters, with more than 500 slaves per master running thousands of jobs per day. Previously, analyzing Jenkins data at this scale manually was not possible. As a result, our …

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Table Datasets – Data Prep & Analysis without SPL

One of the highlights of Splunk Enterprise 6.5 is Table Datasets. It’s a significant breakthrough that improves productivity and unleashes the power of machine data analysis to a much broader set of users across your organization.

Go Get It! Splunk Enterprise customers need to upgrade to 6.5 then download the Splunk Datasets Add-on from Splunkbase to install the feature – and over 3000 customers have already! Splunk Cloud customers have it pre-installed as part of their standard upgrade.

With Table Datasets:

  • Power users can more easily prep data into a structured format that’s ready for downstream users to put to use for analysis
  • Occasional, non-proficient users can further refine the data, perform in-depth analysis and generate reports – all without
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The Splunk 12 Days Of Christmas

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Splunk_Twitter-Card_Santa_Ad1_v3Ho Ho Ho! I hope you’re all ready for Christmas and the holiday season. From (Yule) log files to ERP (Enhanced Reindeer Planning) systems to wood burning fire-walls and NOCs (Noel Operations Centre), a lot of organisations have done some amazing things with their machine data this year. In the spirit of sharing gifts, I give you the Splunk 12 Days Of Christmas featuring some of those customers who’ve improved their operations using Splunk as a machine data fabric. Have a great festive season and enjoy the stories below:

As always, thanks for reading

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Gatwick Airport lands passenger experience & operational efficiency with IoT, analytics and Splunk Cloud.

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95% of passengers through security in 5 mins or less.

We’ve all been there, stuck at an airport, flight delayed, watching the departures board, trying to find somewhere to sit down and wanting to set off to where you’re going or just get home. Gatwick Airport, the busiest single runway airport in the world, processing up to 945 flights per day is striving to make this situation a thing of the past. I’m delighted to announce that they are using data from the Internet of Things and Splunk Cloud to improve the passenger experience and enhance operational efficiencies across the airport. Gatwick are using their machine data to deliver historic, real-time and predictive analytics to ensure a faster journey through the …

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Black Friday. How Machine Data and Real-Time Analytics Underpins Online Retail

black-fridayBlack Friday and Cyber Monday are nearly upon us with reports stating that up to 4bn pounds could be spent over the course of the week, with 42% of purchases made online. So far, the sheer number of sensor enabled, Bluetooth connected toothbrushes on offer risks redefining IoT as the “Internet of Teeth”. I guess a lot of those toothbrushes will be “filling” Christmas stockings (sorry). On a more serious note, machine data, real-time analytics and Operational Intelligence are going to play an important part in Black Friday and Cyber Monday in four main ways:

 

  • Underpinning the IT infrastructure that makes up an online retailers digital services
  • Securing consumers and organisations from fraud, breaches and insider threats
  • Ensuring the
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ING Bank at Gartner Symposium. Delivering business value from operational insights.

ING_logo-1024x768Last week was EMEA’s Gartner Symposium and it was a pretty busy week. Thousands of CIOs, senior IT leaders and IT companies converged on a very windy Barcelona. We were lucky enough to have ING Bank speaking about how it uses Splunk to deliver business value from IT and ensure its customers are happy. ING Bank Slaski in Poland has over four million customers monitored by Splunk. ING’s IT goal is to make sure they are listening to the voice of the customer “to stay a step ahead in life and business” by:

  • Making it clear and easy to use ING’s banking services
  • Allowing customers access to those services anytime and anywhere
  • Empowering users to self serve and make use
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Dashboard Digest Series – Episode 4 – NFL Predictions

In Episode 4 we will take a look at the four downs of football. We used the Machine Learning Toolkit and more than a decade of NFL data to build models to make predictions during NFL games.

In order to make it quick and easy to plug in a scenario and visualize the most likely outcomes, we made a simple dashboard so editors at Sports Illustrated could try it out during a game. You may have seen the dashboard if you were watching CNN before the Super Bowl earlier this year:

Purpose: Predict the next play
Splunk Version: Splunk 6.4
Data Sources: Every NFL play and player since 1999
Apps: Machine Learning Toolkit, Shapester

The data contains a lot of fields

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Drive your Business in Real-Time with Splunk – Part 2

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You remember last week ? We were speaking about ESB and how you can leverage this central component to drive your business in real-time ! Simply by using Splunk Stream to capture ESB traffic on the fly without any modification…

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Today, I will focus on a potential use-case for this at the “Splunk
Hotel”! SplunkHotel is a company that owns a few hotels but also references other hotels on its booking website. Those independent hotels pay to be on the website. In exchange we guarantee additional revenue.

Splunk already collects the data in Stream and as we saw last week we collect the business payload so we can get inputs regarding the business, including revenues and trends.

Let’s play with the data! …

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What is your “Art of the Possible” Idea?

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Allow me to paint a quick picture for you and then ask a few simple questions that are intended to significantly advance your career.

You work at a company, in an organization and at a job that pays the bills.  Your job is two parts keep the train on the tracks and one part emergency repair person.  Said another way, the long bouts of mundane routine is interrupted by emergencies not of your doing and most of the time not your responsibility but hey, when something breaks everyone gets involved.

The above story could be someone in IT, Security – or even the business (as we all have our part to do and each person contributes to the daily function of …

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Drive your Business in Real-Time with Splunk – Part 1

Why would you use Splunk to drive your Business in Real-Time ?

The answer is because Splunk brings you flexibility and reactivity.

Companies constantly look to build agile and flexible IT to support their evolving businesses, this is why they built micro-services and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). Splunk aligns to this flexibility at the data level to measure and drive your business performance.

We use the term flexibility not only because it is easy to capture all the required data but first and foremost because iteration is key when you build Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). I mean, KPIs start out as the things that business analysts think would be nice to measure your performance but they always end up changing several times. You need to iterate …

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