Machine data is all around us: logs, sensors, GPS devices and meters to name a few. The enormous growth of machine data has become a major driver of big data solutions and a challenge for many organizations. The complex and diverse nature of machine data leaves many organizations unable to leverage it. Yet without it, they’re making business decisions on a fraction of the information available to them. Operations analysis is about using big data technologies to enable a new generation of applications that analyze machine data and gain insight from it, which in turn improves business results.