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Down & Dirty Results with Splunk – Webinar Replayyg


Written by: Kinney Group | Last Updated:

July 8, 2022

Originally Published:

June 3, 2020

In our recent webinar, Down & Dirty Results with Splunk, our hosts Josh Morris and Ali Buckley highlighted three easy & effective tips for improving data sources in Splunk. As a Splunk Analyst II and Customer Success Manager, Josh and Ali pull from experience working directly with Splunk customers, challenging these problems on the frontlines directly through our Expertise on Demand team.

With years of Splunk experience under our belt, we’ve uncovered a common issue with our customers: a need to clean up the data in Splunk. We’ve come up with three tips that will help you do just that. Read, watch, and take away tangible steps to improving the data in your Splunk environment. Watch the full webinar above to dive a little deeper into each tip…

Down & Dirty Results with Splunk

3 Easy & Effective Tips for Improving Data Sources (You Can Use Right Away)


Tip #1: Eliminate “Dark Data”

Splunk recently conducted a survey of over 1,000 businesses and discovered that more than 60% is considered “Dark Data.” Dark data is all the unknown and untapped data across your company, generated by systems, devices, and interactions. It’s information you don’t know about or aren’t using. If you don’t know it exists, then you can’t use it for insights and metrics. When it comes to finding Dark Data, here are some questions to ask…

  1. Where is my data coming from?
  2. How is data being brought in?
  3. Is my data clean?
  4. Who needs to utilize the data?
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Tip #2: Let Splunk Find the Issues

Another common pain point Splunk customers face is judging the accuracy of their data. Lucky for you, Splunk ingests all of its internal logs as well as the data you are onboarding. Meaning, you can run a variety of reports, alerts, and dashboards to provide a picture of how well Splunk is performing, and if all of your data is being ingested properly.

You can keep a close eye on Splunk’s performance by utilizing:

  • Audit logs
  • Internal logs
  • Btool
  • Monitoring Console

Tip #3: Keep Splunk on Alert

Splunk has plenty of visualization methods to help you see results. Utilizing dashboards & alerting properly can give you more insight into situational awareness.

Splunk Alerting

Use alerts to monitor for and respond to specific events. Alerts use a saved search to look for events in real-time or on a schedule and trigger when search results meet specific criteria.

Audit Dashboarding

Utilize your audit dashboard for device performance and user auditing. Get instant insights on ad-hoc search performance and investigate potential security threats.

Executive Dashboarding

Provide a high-level summary of company performance, depending on the data used including ROI and KPI metrics. We cover a great example on executive dashboarding, highlighting the Splunk RWI app.

That’s a Wrap

After watching and reviewing our three tips, we hope you have direct takeaways that you can apply directly to your Splunk environment. Watch the full webinar replay for more insights.

We know data clean up can be a big task, even with these helpful tips. That’s where our Expertise on Demand team comes to help. Splunk data clean up, along with all of the day to day Splunk issues you may face, can now be resolved in minutes. Our EOD team provides on-demand support and best practice knowledge transfer that will get you through the potential downfalls in Splunk. If you’d like to chat more with one of our Splunk experts, fill out the form below.

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