Some worthy mo-tivation

Don’t look now – Movember is fast approaching!

Bob before

Bob Evans before his annual growth.

While you may think Movember is all about giving people an excuse to grow a dirty ‘stache or giving permission to not shave for a month, Movember is actually an organization that raises awareness and significant funding for cancer research. They raised more than $61 million globally in 2015 alone. And you may not know this, but we actually have people here at Splunk fighting Prostate Cancer. In fact, our very own Bob Evans has been battling aggressive Prostate Cancer since 2009. You can learn more about his journey here.

A little about Movember

The Movember Foundation is the only charity tackling men’s health on …

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Smart AnSwerS #80

Hey there community and welcome to the 80th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

The Splunk Pledge was announced last month, which is our commitment to research, education, and community service. Through Splunk4Good, a minimum of $100 million will be donated over the course of 10 years in software licenses, training, support, and education to nonprofit organizations and educational institutions. If there are any nonprofits or academic institutions engaging in positive social change that you feel could benefit from a free 10GB Splunk Enterprise license,  standard support, and Splunk eLearning access, please do encourage them to apply!

Check out this week’s featured Splunk Answers posts:

Is there documentation comparing the features of Splunk User Behavior Analytics (Splunk UBA) and

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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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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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Smart AnSwerS #79

Hey there community and welcome to the 79th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

It was great meeting a good handful of folks at .conf2016 just two weeks ago, and finally getting to put more faces to names among our awesome Splunk community. The enthusiasm, excitement, and overall energy throughout the conference is always revitalizing, reminding us Splunkers how important it is to maintain an open environment and culture moving forward. It’s thanks to the feedback of the many users in every type of role and level of experience that continue to make Splunk what it is today. I’m looking forward to more good times of learning and engaging with you all in the coming year.

Also, big congrats to our …

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Buttercup Games – Level 3: The One-Millionth Flap


On the final day of .conf2016 some of us were having dinner and I noticed the number of total flaps was approaching 1 million. That means people tapped their screen nearly 1 million total times to make Buttercup fly! So of course I needed to open a real-time search and watch it click over.

This made me wonder who was the person who actually touched their screen for the 1 millionth time?  The answer is always just a search away in splunk.

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Congratulations to Mike Ruszkowski, I hope bells rang and confetti rained! I know my co-worker Matt Oliver (at the top of the table above) was gunning for that 1 millionth flap.

Beyond the millionth flap there have been some other impressive statistics. I’m …

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Congratulations to the 2016-17 SplunkTrust MVPs!!!

splunktrust_square_logoWelcome back from .conf2016, everyone! It’s been a tremendous good time for all of us at Splunk, and we’re hoping those of you who were able to join us got as much out of it as we did. Among the other opportunities we took to recognize our outstanding customers and partners this year was the announcement of this year’s SplunkTrust Community MVPs.

We created the SplunkTrust Community MVP program to recognize our community’s top contributors, and to involve them in planning and policy decisions as our community grows. These community members have shown the very highest level of commitment to helping others succeed with Splunk, and are the second year’s SplunkTrust member roster:


2016-17 SplunkTrust inductees with Doug Merritt and Rachel Perkins

2016-17 SplunkTrust inductees with CEO Doug

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Buttercup Games – Level 2: Buttercup Go data

Buttercup Go is thriving 4,234 people have played the game and lots of data is being generated. In this post I’ll walk through some of the data we are generating.

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The data includes web, OS, load balancer, network, firewall, other AWS data, etc. There are a few other data sources I want to point out specifically.

Authentication Data

We wanted to allow users to play right away, without the need to sign up. Auth0 was a perfect choice. It was quite easy to use and gave us everything we needed. Not only did it allow many authentication options (think Google, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc) but Auth0 also generated great data and could send directly into Splunk. Here was the breakdown of how people …

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Buttercup Games – Level 1: The Premise

If you saw the .conf2016 keynote you might be wondering “What is Buttercup Games? Is it for real?” Well, yes and no. It’s not a real company, but it is a real game.

Screen Shot 2016-09-28 at 12.43.49 PMSo why Buttercup Games? Years ago a few Splunkers decided to build some training material around a fictitious company and make it fun. They chose to take our mascot (Buttercup) and something fun (games) and combine them. Buttercup Games was born. Logos were designed, data was generated, classes were created. Maybe you’ve even taken one – if you haven’t you should. Especially if you attended .conf this year and got $5,000 in education credit for free.

A couple of weeks ago some Splunk employees …

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Smart AnSwerS #78

Hey there community and welcome to the 78th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

Things have been ramping up around Splunk HQ with conf2016 just around the corner! The Splunk education team is starting off strong with Splunk University beginning tomorrow and running through Monday, while the rest of the conference staff are working hard to make the final touches to ensure a smooth and awesome experience for all attendees. I’m looking forward to running into familiar faces and coming across new ones! I’ll be hanging out at the Splunk Answers booth at least half of the time during the conference, so if you happen to be exploring the source=*Pavillion, feel free to stop by to say hello. :) Safe travels …

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