Knowledge Focus 2017: The Year in Review

As we step into the new year, it is always good to look back and reflect what happened in the year that brought us here. Valuable lessons are learned by looking at the successes and failures that a company experienced, and we’re happy to report that we had a lot more of the former. Here’s a look back at the highlights of 2017 at Knowledge Focus:

We worked on new exciting projects

There is nothing we like more than working on new projects. In the Elastic world, almost every project is different and brings it’s own set of unique challenges. 2017 did not lack in this department and we had the opportunity to sharpen our pencils on some new projects focusing on both search and logging use cases.

We will be looking to share some of these experiences in future events we will host, so if you have not already, please subscribe to our newsletter to receive notifications on all future Elastic events.

We are equally excited about what awaits us in 2018 and hope to have many more great experiences we can share with the community.

We started hosting the Elastic SA Meetups

Last year we took over the reigns of the Elastic SA Meetup group and hosted our first 2 events for the South African Elastic user community. Some fantastic talks were given by top-class speakers, laying out some of the interesting things that they are doing with Elastic, including:

  • Chris de Kock (Multichoice) – “Elastic at DStv Digital Media”
  • Jakob Reiter (Elastic) – “Small, Medium, or Large: Evolve Your Elastic Stack to Fit”
  • Steven Carter (Standard Bank) – “Automated Cluster Deployment”
  • Aatish Ramkaran (JSE) – “Think Elastic is just for logging? Here are 3 finance use cases.”

We’d also like to thank everyone who got involved with the process, including Investec and Multichoice who generously provided the venues for the events, and the Elastic Meetup team for their guidance and support.

2018 looks to be no different where Meetups are concerned, as we are already planning the next event and there are some interesting topics and presenters involved. Keep an eye on the Elastic SA Meetup group for new event announcements.

Our team grew

The amount of new and exciting search projects that our customers undertook meant that we had to grow our team by adding innovative and experienced search engineers to our ranks. This gives us a higher capacity to tackle big projects and a couple of new perspectives when creating our solutions. Welcome to everyone who joined our team in 2017! Looking ahead, we hope to continue growing and getting involved in more exciting projects.

With that being said, if there are any Elastic whiz kids out there that would like to chat with us about a possible future in Knowledge Focus please feel free to contact us.

Then there were the new toys

As with most technology, our partners at Elastic gave us a bunch of new features and releases to play with. First and foremost, Machine Learning became generally available in 2017, an absolutely game-changing feature that enables the automatic detection of anomalies in time series data. You can read more about what Machine Learning brings to the table here.

Elastic 6.0 was also released in December 2017, bringing with it a host of new features, optimisations and improvements to all the Elastic Stack modules. There really is too much to mention in this blog post so please follow this link to read all about it.

The Elastic Stack has incredible momentum at the moment with tons of new features and functionality being introduced constantly. We believe this trend will continue in 2018 as Elastic gets adopted by more and more customers across the globe. Watch this space for all new product and feature announcements.

2017 was a great year for us, and we have a ton of people to thank for that. To our team, our partners, friends of the company, our customers and our families, we couldn’t have done it without you all. Here’s to a prosperous 2018!