.conf 2014: The Community Report

Whew! Welcome back from .conf, everyone. I know it’s been two weeks since we all hung out together in the Community Lounge, but it still feels like we only just left the MGM yesterday…

All for you: the Community Lounge

This year at .conf, we created an intentional space for our amazing user community: you. You folks are the reason we’re here, and we wanted you to have a cool place to meet other Splunk users, talk about the stuff that matters to you, and get a little fun in at the same time.

The Answers Desk

The Splunk Answers Desk was, as always, hugely popular. Our staff of lab-coated (and sometimes be-fezzed) Support and Sustaining Engineering specialists were kept busy helping …

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Get your Community on at .conf2014!

Community is HUGE at Splunk, and we’re doing it up big at this year’s .conf with our own gigantic Community Lounge. Here’s a sampling of what’s in the works:

Masters of IRC panel discussion

Wednesday, Oct 8th 11am-12noon on the Community Stage

Join us for an informal panel discussion with 6-7 of our most knowledgeable, longtime customers from the #splunk IRC channel. They will be taking your questions and sharing best practices and stories from their long years of experience deploying and maintaining Splunk at scale. Bring your questions! Whisky optional, but recommended :).

Learn how to start your own Splunk User Group (and meet other people who do, too)

Wednesday, Oct 8th, 12:15pm – 12:45pm on the Community

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Give the gift of karma…at .conf!

Are you a Splunk Answers user? Are you attending Splunk’s 5th Worldwide User Conference next week in Las Vegas? Do you want a way to show your appreciation for other .conf attendees, presenters, vendors, your Splunk University instructors (besides buying them a drink*)?

Introducing SplunKarma, the mobile karma dispenser!

Starting on Saturday, October 4th (the first day of Splunk University), you can visit http://answers.splunk.com/karma from your mobile device and log in with your Splunk Answers credentials. You’ll be given a cache of karma points to use to reward the members of the Splunk Community around you at .conf. All you need to do is find out what their Splunk Answers userID is.

If you’re speaking at .conf, tell your session audience your Splunk Answers …

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Splunk Answers is now migrated!

Splunk Answers has just been migrated to a new platform!  Read more about the process and goals.

What to expect

You won’t see much in the way of UI changes, but the site underneath will be more stable and more flexible.  You should experience faster loading times, more responsive controls, and very importantly, an improved search experience. We will now also have access to new and improved spam blocking features, a much-needed improvement.

The goal of the initial migration is to maintain feature parity with the existing Splunk Answers site. This will help us make sure we don’t break anything you’ve come to rely on. Over time, we will be able to launch new features and improved functionality.

Update: …

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Splunk Answers migration coming up on Sept 12th!

Update

9/13 12:30pm Pacific: Still working out final issues with userID mappings. Sorry for the delay!

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Home to more than 35,000 questions and more than 43,000 answers as well as a thriving community of your fellow Splunk users, Splunk Answers will be getting an update soon! Here’s what to expect:

What will happen during the migration?

During the migration process, we will put the existing production site into a read-only mode so we can get the most up-to-date copy of the Answers database to use on the new site. This will start at around 8pm Pacific, which our own Splunk instance tells us is when usage of the site begins to taper off significantly for the weekend. During this time, you will be able to …

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An Amazing Summer Internship At Splunk

First of all, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to my manager, Alex Raitz who taught me invaluable skills and professionalism during this internship.  I was fortunate to be offered a second summer internship with the incredible App Foundations team.

Access to People and Knowledge

Among the amazing perks I received as an intern was the direct and open access to people and knowledge.  It was a pleasure to learn from my amazing teammates, Roy, Bill, Michael, Melanie, Ian, Kellen, Bumyong and Roussi who shared their knowledge of this field and taught me not only about software development, but also the values of teamwork and how to succeed together.  I had the opportunity to work closely with …

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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.

Operation Care and Comfort logo

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 …

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Splunking World Cup 2014. The winner will be…

World Cup Data 2

 

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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