The first Elastic SA Meetup of 2018 took place on the 22nd of February in the Auditorium at Nedbank. It was great to see many new and familiar faces at the event, which shows that the South African Elastic community is steadily growing. Evert Smith (Nedbank) and Mark Billett (Knowledge Focus) delivered amazing presentations that covered hot Elastic topics. Here are some brief refreshers of both presentations:
Mark’s presentation/demo took us through an IT Operational Analytics use case and showcased how Elastic’s Machine Learning can effectively be used for anomaly detection in this space. The demo sparked a lot of interest from the community, so we put together some resources on the topic (please see them at the bottom of this post).
Evert took the audience through the process of taking an Elastic project from concept to adoption in a large organisation. He also ran us through the use cases and architecture of the Elastic Stack at Nedbank. This presentation is invaluable to anyone looking to kick-start an Elastic project in their organisation. A copy of Evert’s presentation will be available here soon.
Knowledge Focus would like to extend a big thank you to Evert Smith (Nedbank), Mark Billett and Doug Moll (both Knowledge Focus) for their presentations. We would like to also thank Anesca de Wet and Annalie Jacobs (both Nedbank) for their help with the venue and arrangements. Finally, we would like to thank everyone who took the time to attend the event, and we hope to see you all again soon.
If you are working on anything cool related to Elastic and would like to present it to the Elastic SA Meetup community, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to start a conversation. Similarly, please send an email if there are any suggestions for possible venues for the next Meetup.
As mentioned earlier, here are the Elastic resources compiled by Damian Pfister from Elastic on Machine Learning:
- Here is the background white paper when Prelert was still in the making before it became part of Elastic. The logic still applies though. http://www.ijmlc.org/papers/398-LC018.pdf
- How Prelect integrates with Elasticsearch:
- These are great to get people started from a 101 hands on approach too: https://www.elastic.co/videos/machine-learning-tutorial-creating-a-single-metric-job
- This ElasticON 2017 video goes into a fair amount of detail too: https://www.elastic.co/elasticon/conf/2017/sf/machine-learning-in-the-elastic-stack
- Elastic now does forecasting in ML as of 6.1: https://www.elastic.co/blog/machine-learning-6-1-0-released