Marines and Baby Wipes?
By Mike Glauser
What started as a cost-saving maneuver has turned into an improbable relief effort.
The Splunk Facilities team has donated more than 4,000 baby wipes to Operation Care and Comfort, a non-profit organization committed to supporting our troops during time of war. OCC has donated more than 1 million pounds of care packages to U.S. military personnel since 2003.
Why does our Facilities team have so many baby wipes? And why do our troops want so many baby wipes? The answer to both of these questions is a happy case of coincidence.
Enter Andrew Doudna, the newest member of the Facilities team. While serving his country in the Marines, Andrew became acutely aware of what is needed on …
Splunking World Cup 2014. The winner will be…
The football/soccer World Cup starts tonight and so here in the UK, the usual press and hype is building to fever “pitch” (apologies for the awful joke). The two questions everyone is asking are “can England get out of the group stage?” and “who’s going to win the World Cup?”.
English people already know how the World Cup will end, a disallowed goal probably followed by penalties which we’ll lose. Therefore, I thought I’d try and answer the second question of who is going to win the World Cup by analysing some data in Splunk.
World Cups 1930-2006
I started off looking at the historical data from the last 80 years or so of World Cup …
Karen Grimes — CRN 2014 Women of the Channel
I was very pleased to see my colleague, Karen Grimes be honored as part of a rarefied group of individuals called Computer Reseller News’ 2014 Women of the Channel. While I’ve been at Splunk for over four and a half years, I recently took on a new role as Senior Director of Public Sector Marketing. Moving into public sector sales organization, I knew before I got the new role the importance of the channel and channel partners for public sector sales. I didn’t know whom I’d be working with or the health of our channel relationships. I needn’t have been concerned. I quickly realized that Karen had already laid the groundwork for a successful Splunk channel organization and a …
That happened: episode 41
This week in “That happened: notes from #splunk”, a blog about the goings-on in the Splunk IRC channel: how to hire a ninja, the usual assortment of bad jokes, blame-based dashboarding:
I will find you, and I will splunk you
Must have a very particular set of skills…
<Baconesq> We are trying to write a job req for a “splunk person”
<Baconesq> Why is this so hard?
<cerby> Baconesq: because there aren’t enough of us.
<xoff> “Must be rockstar, like Pie.”
<xoff> (and Bacon)
<snowmizer> baconesq: can I work from iowa
<xoff> Baconesq: seriously, I wouldn’t mind a copy of what you …
Splunk Enablement Team Wins ASTD Award
Let me set the scene for you… It’s February 19th and the Splunk Global Field Enablement Team is busy delivering on our Annual Sales Kickoff Event in San Francisco. It’s about 6:00 PM and I am heading back to our office (aka war room) to take a little break and check my email. Sounds like just another day in Field Enablement, right?
Well this time it wasn’t.
Our small team (five people at the time) submitted an application for an Excellence in Practice Award from ASTD back in November. It was our first time submitting so we didn’t really know what to expect. We just knew that we had an excellent program that we believe in, and that is showing …
That happened: episode 40
This week in “That happened: notes from #splunk”, a blog about the goings-on in the Splunk IRC channel: Ducky drops some wisdom, the #splunk buddy system in action, some things never get old, sharing the Splunk clue:
Interested in Splunk performance as it relates to kernel filesystem caching?
Check out this awesome blog post from resident #splunk genius duckfez: http://duanewaddle.com/effect-of-kernel-filesystem-caching-on-splunk-performance/
The family that upgrades together…
…might also need a tetanus shot:
<Degann> catalan you upgrade to 6.0.3?
<Degann> we can be upgrade buddies, I just finished
* catalan cuts her thumb and holds out the knife
Is there nothing regex can’t do?…
National Corndog Day 2014
This is the first annual blog post regarding Splunk HQ’s third consecutive year of celebrating National Corndog Day one day early.
NCD is a fake holiday, invented by children, sponsored by giant food and beverage corporations, devoted to the over-consumption of corndogs, tater tots, and exceedingly cheap light beer, and the viewing of the NCAA March Madness college basketball tournament.
The goal of NCD is to achieve the triple-double, i.e. to consume 10 corndogs, 100 tater tots (10 units of 10) and 10 beers between the opening whistle of the first and the ending buzzer of the last basketball game played. Have we done this? No. But we’ll keep trying, because they keep sending us free corndogs.
I would like …
Splunk Welcomes Spring with Color!
There’s always something fun & unique happening in our not-so-corporate corporate headquarters. We just celebrated Holi – a global celebration of the spring season, best known as the festival of colors. Blessed by the weather gods, we enjoyed yummy chaat & pakoda, and played with colors in the courtyard. Brian, I hope you were able to get your glasses clean! Happy spring!
See more photos here.…
Splunk wins “Cloud Management Product of the Year” and I meet a Dragon
I was lucky enough to spend last week in San Francisco for the Splunk Annual Sales Kickoff – always nice to spend some time “Sitting by the dock of the bay” (or at least the Union Square Westin Hotel). Having watched Pacific Rim on the plane I was expecting something to come out of the fog and take out the Golden Gate Bridge…
While I was there, we had the great news that Splunk had been nominated for “Cloud management product of the year” at the UK Cloud Awards. The basis for the award was the work we’d done at UCAS and Cognia and how they manage their AWS, Azure and cloud based applications in Splunk.
The great news was …
It’s Valentine’s Day – love your date and your data
It’s Valentine’s day and I’ve just got back from Paris – the alleged “city of love”. I was there for SplunkLive! Paris so no romance but lots of alluring stories of how organisations are using their data.
It inspired me to think about the different stages of falling in love and how they relate to how we see people fall in love with their data using Splunk.
Think of that first meeting, a blend of nervousness, excitement, scope for unlimited embarrassment and imagination of where this is going to end. This could be a chance meeting, speed dating, mutual friend or downloading Splunk (bear with me on this!).
Hopefully the first meeting goes well. You click, you laugh at how …