May 19, 2020

Is Splunk the Answer for Your Company?

Operations
Technology
Big Data
Cloud Computing
Adam Groff
3 min
Technology: The Future of Business in Canada

If your company is looking for real-time operational intelligence for its computing needs, then Splunk might just be the IT answer.

Splunk is helping some Canadian companies and hundreds of other companies across the globe unlock useful insights from their data management practices.

With IT ROI in mind, here are just a few ways your company can take advantage of Splunk:

Application Management

Your company probably uses more than one type of application on a daily basis. Whether it's a social, cloud-based, or mobile platform, Splunk can help your company handle a number of infrastructures seamlessly.

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In the world of application management, it's all about visibility and Splunk offers visibility across everything from web servers, databases, and a number of other applications. This allows your business to correlate applications and proactively find infrastructure inconsistencies faster, which eliminates application issues.

Big Data Insights

Whether you own a small business or one of Canada's largest corporations, data management is the key to your company's success. As data sets expand with each passing minute, Splunk is there to handle all of that valuable information.

With Splunk, your company can extract valuable business insights from even the most insignificant data.

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Splunk's analytics tools are scalable, which means they can handle diverse big data sets.

In other words, if your company's data is becoming too large to handle, Splunk can create separate analytics stores to balance the load.

Digital Intelligence

As the following article shows, there's a reason why customers want to get real-time mainframe big data into Splunk: actionable insights. Splunk is answering the call by offering unparalleled digital intelligence across multiple channels and platforms.

Real-time is the only timescale your company works within, which is why real-time insights for your data are so important. You can use Splunk's web analytics tools to improve data usage for both historical and real-time data.

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These insights also help your company improve its customer satisfaction, mobile, and website practices.

Digital intelligence in real-time will provide your company the opportunity to derive value from its data much faster. This optimizes your digital world and puts you ahead of other Canadian companies.

Cloud Computing

You can't really talk about big data and digital intelligence without mentioning the cloud.

Splunk also offers cloud services that offer continuous scalability, increased uptime, and virtual security standards that are ready to stop any online threat.

Because Splunk's cloud service is ready for enterprises both large and small, it enables your company to search, collect, store, analyze, and monitor machine data across multiple platforms.

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In addition, because the data exists on the cloud, your company can access and monitor its data from just about anywhere.

IT Management

Everything above boils down to one main area: IT operations and management. With the operational visibility and scalability of Splunk, your company can resolve IT problems faster, which reduces overall IT operations costs.

Not only that, Splunk continuously monitors your digital environment for fluctuations and deviations in performance. When changes do occur, Splunk automatically correlates your various infrastructures, which creates a more streamlined IT process.

When it comes to improving your company's digital world, Splunk might just be the answer.

 

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About the Author: Adam Groff is a freelance writer and creator of content. He writes on a variety of topics including technology and business.

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Jun 12, 2021

How changing your company's software code can prevent bias

Deltek
diversity
softwarecode
inclusivity
Lisa Roberts, Senior Director ...
3 min
Removing biased terminology from software can help organisations create a more inclusive culture, argues Lisa Roberts, Senior Director of HR at Deltek

Two-third of tech professionals believe organizations aren’t doing enough to address racial inequality. After all, many companies will just hire a DEI consultant, have a few training sessions and call it a day. 

Wanting to take a unique yet impactful approach to DEI, Deltek, the leading global provider of software and solutions for project-based businesses, took a look at  and removed all exclusive terminology in their software code. By removing terms such as ‘master’ and ‘blacklist’ from company coding, Deltek is working to ensure that diversity and inclusion are woven into every aspect of their organization. 

Business Chief North America talks to Lisa Roberts, Senior Director of HR and Leader of Diversity & Inclusion at Deltek to find out more.

Why should businesses today care about removing company bias within their software code?  

We know that words can have a profound impact on people and leave a lasting impression. Many of the words that have been used in a technology environment were created many years ago, and today those words can be harmful to our customers and employees. Businesses should use words that will leave a positive impact and help create a more inclusive culture in their organization

What impact can exclusive terms have on employees? 

Exclusive terms can have a significant impact on employees. It starts with the words we use in our job postings to describe the responsibilities in the position and of course, we also see this in our software code and other areas of the business. Exclusive terminology can be hurtful, and even make employees feel unwelcome. That can impact a person’s desire to join the team, stay at a company, or ultimately decide to leave. All of these critical actions impact the bottom line to the organization.    

Please explain how Deltek has removed bias terminology from its software code

Deltek’s engineering team has removed biased terminology from our products, as well as from our documentation. The terms we focused on first that were easy to identify include blacklist, whitelist, and master/slave relationships in data architecture. We have also made some progress in removing gendered language, such as changing he and she to they in some documentation, as well as heteronormative language. We see this most commonly in pick lists that ask to identify someone as your husband or wife. The work is not done, but we are proud of how far we’ve come with this exercise!

What steps is Deltek taking to ensure biased terminology doesn’t end up in its code in the future?

What we are doing at Deltek, and what other organizations can do, is to put accountability on employees to recognize when this is happening – if you see something, say something! We also listen to feedback our customers give us and have heard their feedback on this topic. Those are both very reactive things of course, but we are also proactive. We have created guidance that identifies words that are more inclusive and also just good practice for communicating in a way that includes and respects others.

What advice would you give to other HR leaders who are looking to enhance DEI efforts within company technology? 

My simple advice is to start with what makes sense to your organization and culture. Doing nothing is worse than doing something. And one of the best places to start is by acknowledging this is not just an HR initiative. Every employee owns the success of D&I efforts, and employees want to help the organization be better. For example, removing bias terminology was an action initiated by our Engineering and Product Strategy teams at Deltek, not HR. You can solicit the voices of employees by asking for feedback in engagement surveys, focus groups, and town halls. We hear great recommendations from employees and take those opportunities to improve. 

 

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