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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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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Splunking Euro2016 – an analytics approach to who’s going to win

EurosSo it is football time again with the upcoming Euro 2016 football (soccer for those US readers) so prompted by my colleague Emanuele, I thought I’d try and use Splunk for some analysis into the last Euros and the players in this summer’s competition. A couple of caveats – I was pretty awful at football when I was a kid. Secondly, I did an appalling job trying to predict the winner of the last World Cup (embarrassment here – I went for Spain).

However, I’m not good at learning from previous mistakes so I’m going to try and use Splunk to predict the winner again this time.

First thing I did was find a couple of sources of data – …

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Team Agility with The Splunk Platform

In continuing my DevOps series I talked about how my journey at Splunk sparked my drive to help our customers get a better understanding of application delivery cycle. I briefly talked about DevOps methodology and basic concepts. But the most important element is how your team responds to DevOps–driven workflow.

DevOps teams use numerous types of project management tools while many companies are looking to move into a Scrum process flow or become a full agile shop. Tools like Atlassian’s JIRA, Version One, and Rally enable teams to see the value of their work by tracking project tasks in Sprints that can represents various work periods. Teams that follow this type of flow have a better understanding of items that …

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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.

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

At a recent #Splunk4Rookies event in Paris, we invited people to think about what kind of information they could get from a single piece of raw data to address different needs.

Here at Splunk we work hard to ensure you get the maximum value from your data.

We used the Prism example from (my blog hero) Matt Davies.  You can see his take on this issue here: http://blogs.splunk.com/2015/06/22/bigdatasuccess/


I would like to share with you some ideas on how to promote Splunk internally by getting lots of values from your machine data. First things first, you need to be aligned with the company strategy. So, let me introduce a scenario for this first blog post so we can identify quick wins that will …

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Astronomy Part 3: Splunk, Megastructures, and ITSI

It’s been over half a decade since I wrote a blog entry here at Splunk about an astronomy related topic and that’s because I was just waiting for something interesting to talk about. In the past, I have spoken about star brightness, but recent news has taken this subject to another level.

For those, who may not be following, last fall, astronomers found an inexplicable property of a star almost 1500 light years away. Using Kepler spacecraft data, the star was shown to dim up to 22 percent of its original brightness at various times. To put this in perspective, the largest planets passing in front of a star only dim most stars less than one percent. So, it was …

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Metrics that Matter at DevOps Days London and Delivery Of Things World Berlin

There’s a crude assessment of opinions that you may recall from ‘The Dead Pool’, ‘Home for the Holidays’, or ‘The People vs. Larry Flynt’:

“Opinions are like %#^&@*s: Everyone has one, and they all stink!”

I tend to lean toward a cleaner version, especially in polite company:

“In God We Trust. All Others Bring Data.”


Or, as Tom Cruise and Cuba Gooding said in Jerry Maguire:


Read the opinions of commenters on almost any mainstream tech article on DevOps and you can see why DevOps is hitting ‘the peak of inflated expectations’ in the Gartner Hype Cycle. There is intense interest in DevOps, and lots of debate, but so many opinions, and …

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My Journey with DevOps at Splunk

Ten months ago, I took the journey from being an Openstack/ Tooling Engineer and entered the world of Sales Engineering at Splunk.  I wanted to continue to maintain my development skills and help customers understand the importance to their business of their automation and deployment activities. I have focused on helping customers see the value in moving to a full DevOps methodology, but find that a lot of my customers are still struggling with getting the basics concepts of DevOps fundamentals. With how much technology has changed it surprises me that basic fundamentals of development and release management are not being followed or understood; nor are people willing to adapt to a streamlined process. But that hasn’t stopped me from …

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