Gaze into Splunk’s Crystal Ball for What’s to Come in 2017

social-splunk-2017predictionsLast year, a team of Splunkers came up with several predictions for what 2016 would bring in the fields of IT, security, and big data. This year we’ve done it again, looking into our crystal ball (or industry experience) to share our prophecies for 2017.

But first, let’s look back at some of the hits and misses of what we predicted for 2016.

Behavioral analysis will shift from an emphasis on user credentials to machine-to-machine credentials.

Haiyan Song, our SVP of security markets, predicted that “anomaly detection will become less about analyzing users or entities and more about leveraging machine learning and data science.” While there’s still a way to go, this has begun to come true: As

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Splunk Women In Tech: Making the Jump to the Executive and C-Suite

Research shows that women who have a sponsor are more likely to have better pay, advance more quickly, get more high-profile assignments and stay in the workforce once they have children. Yet, men are 45% more likely than women to have a sponsor.

Splunk WiT 3On Monday, Dec. 12, Tracy Edkins, Chief Human Resources Officer at Splunk, shared this research and highlighted the importance of sponsorship as she kicked off Splunk’s Women in Technology event: Making the Jump to the Executive and C-Suite. The event brought together 50 senior-level Splunkers to engage in a conversation on this topic. The evening included networking and executive-facilitated discussions over dinner, followed by a fireside chat with Godfrey Sullivan, Chairman of the Board and former …

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Women in Technology: Meet Comcast’s Kate Lawrence-Gupta

KateLawrence-Gupta_headshot2016[1]We’ve known about Kate’s technology leadership at Comcast, one of the world’s largest media companies, for some time now. Our team first learned about Kate’s accomplishments using Splunk software when she won a Revolution Award at .conf2013. Then, we got to hear more about her story when she sat on a Women in Technology (WiT) panel at .conf last year.

At .conf2016, Kate and her team at Comcast were honored to be included in CEO Doug Merritt’s keynote address, where he highlighted her team’s achievements with Splunk and the X1 Platform.

In this Women in Technology (#SplunkWiT) Q&A blog, Lawrence-Gupta shares some of what she has learned on her path to engineering leadership at Comcast and her …

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My Journey at Splunk and Chairing the Women in Tech (#SplunkWiT) group

In the four years that I have been at Splunk one thing has been constant – growth. Both for Splunk and for me in my career. Through the years I have personally developed and learned a tremendous amount. I am now the Vice President of the Program Management team for our Product Development organization, leading our product delivery efforts. This year I also took on the chair role of our Splunk Women in Technology committee, a position which brings me great satisfaction. I’m lucky to work with a fantastic committee of leaders at Splunk and with truly engaged executives to support and drive forward our mission: to broaden the diversity of Splunk to reflect the community we operate in.

The …

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#SplunkWiT blogs: Key Relationships to Drive Your Career

Oprah Winfrey – Maya Angelou
Yves St Laurent – Christian Dior
Mark Zuckerberg – Steve Jobs
Henry David Thoreau – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Sheryl Sandberg – Larry Summers

These are just a few examples of some famous mentee – mentor relationships. When you read about the careers of famous leaders and innovators, you often learn about the significant impact a mentor had on the mentee’s career. Modern media even praises the role of mentors with TV shows like The Voice built around this concept.

A well-constructed mentor relationship provides a mentee with valuable career advice to navigate complex environments and tackle specific challenges. In spite of this, recent studies have shown that even though women have the same number of …

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Haiyan Song Celebrated as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Tech

B8D0DA9F-EDB5-4E54-BF2F-B1942EB678F6Breaking barriers and setting high standards for themselves and others. That’s how the National Diversity Council’s President and CEO, Dennis Kennedy, described the 50 women who were celebrated for their achievements and contributions to technology. A dinner reception was held at the Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara, last week to honor these women and among the 50 included our own Haiyan Song, SVP of Security Markets. In her introduction video, Haiyan spoke about her early childhood dream of becoming an astronaut after watching a moon landing documentary. From a young age this freedom to roam in space inspired her to break barriers and become a leader.

Haiyan’s view on leadership includes a lifelong quest “to be a student of life …

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Women in Technology: Have a blast — do what you love in tech

LinkedIn-WIT-Banner-101When we recently kicked off our Women in Technology (#SplunkWiT) Q&A blog post series I knew that Cardinal Health’s Patty Morrison would be an exceptional woman to feature. We value her, both as a customer and as a member of Splunk’s board of directors. I’m grateful that Morrison took time to share some of what she has learned in her career dedicated to using technology to solve business problems.

Tell us about your role at Cardinal Health.
I’m executive vice president for customer support services and chief information officer (CIO). I have responsibility for our primary customer service, customer administration functions for our medical and pharmaceutical businesses and global IT.

What was your path to where you are

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Reimagining IT at .conf2016

Last month, during the IT Ops Keynote at Splunk .conf2016, Splunk’s Chief Technology Advocate Andi Mann talked about the massive impact and opportunity created by digital transformation. Every industry, every business and every organization is experiencing the effects of digitization and dealing with an astounding rate of change. Whether it’s software-defined-everything, containerization, microservices or the world of the Internet of Things (IoT), digital transformation is everywhere. This newest evolution of IT is disrupting market leaders and upending entire industries – pushing every business to be a technology business. Digital transformation is also changing the technology we use as well as the way our teams connect, work and solve problems.

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The Fabric That’s Powering Your Digital Transformation

SCL-Splunk-conf2016-Badge-1_fb-1200x627It’s finally here! Splunk .conf2016. This is the most exciting week on the Splunk calendar. An opportunity for us to hear all the great things our customers and partners are up to. We’re always amazed to see the endless spigot of new and creative uses for Splunk. Listening and learning from our customers and partners gets every Splunker fired-up and inspired. And of course, this week gives us a chance to download the latest innovations we’ve been hard at work on as well.

Flying to Orlando gave me a little time for reflection. It amazes me how much has changed in less then a decade. I took an Uber instead of a taxi to the airport, used a mobile …

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Women in Technology: Meet Booz Allen’s Angie Messer

Angie Messer, EVP, Booz Allen

Angie Messer, EVP, Booz Allen

When we launched our Women in Technology (#SplunkWiT) Q&A blog post series recently, I knew Angie Messer would be an inspiring woman to feature. I met Angie for the first time at .conf 2015, Splunk’s annual users conference when I participated in a “war game” exercise led by Booz Allen. What an experience! I’m delighted to share our recent conversation highlighting Angie’s thoughts on the importance of getting more women involved in STEM and cyber and the related initiatives Booz Allen supports.

Tell us about your role at Booz Allen Hamilton.
I’ve been at Booz Allen close to 20 years and have had multiple roles. Today, I lead Cyber in multiple …

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