Splunking The Billboard Hot 100 with help from the Spotify API

There's a lot of data out there and once we put it into Splunk, there's a lot of interesting information we can pull out of it, so why not have a trip down memory lane and see what sort of songs pop up when going through the Billboard Hot 100 charts from now back to 2000?

First, I found a scraper for the data - thank you Allen Guo for your Billboard charts scraper - and output the data in this format: 

date | title | artist | weeks | delta | current | peak | previous | spotifyID

I did so with this python script:

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Splunk 7 Event Annotations and You!

If you're anything our team at Function1, you can't wait to experiment with all of Splunk 7's dynamic new features. One of these features is “Event Annotations,” a powerful tool to highlight charts. At the moment, Event Annotations can be used in time-series charts. They are relatively simple to use; all you need is a separate search on your dashboard of type=annotation, with the annotation_label defined as the field you want to show as an annotation, and the annotation_category defined as the field to group your annotations by type. There is a simple but comprehensive example in the...


I Ain't Afraid of No Ghosts!!!

A Campfire and a Scary Story

With All Hallows Eve aka Halloween fast approaching (my favorite made-up holiday of the year), I figured I would share a little tale of fright, mayhem, blood, and hair raising shrieks in the night... you know, to get you in a spooky mood. So, here goes nothin'... [The setting is night time around a camp fire in a dark wooded area] Once upon a time in quaint southern town, the home of a massive titan of web commerce, there was a web content management deployment with the name WebCenter Sites (WCS). About 3 or 4 months ago, WCS users were ecstatic as they were...


New in Splunk 7.0 – Metrics!

Like most avid Splunk users and admins, our team at Function1 was excited to hear about the release of Splunk 7.0 and all of its powerful new features and enhancements. One of the bigger announcements was Splunk 7.0's debut of a new data type called Metrics.

Splunk’s goal in introducing Metrics is to provide organizations with a highly efficient and scalable method of ingesting, utilizing, and extracting business value out of metrics from critical IT systems.

What are Metrics … and why are they important?

In short, Metrics are numerical values that pertain to an activity or...


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