Building a great Splunk App for Apptitude

How do I build an app that’s going to stand out as the best among an intensely competitive pool? That’s a question that’s on a lot of minds as Splunk Apptitude gets rolling.

Splunk has introduced a program that rewards the best Splunk App in two categories, with a big cash payout. Apptitude is getting the attention of a lot of users and partners, Splunkers who may have created apps for their own purposes, but who never considered submitting their work to the Splunk Apps site.

So, what it does it take to earn glory, karma, and the admiration of your peers? All you have to do is create and publish a solid winning Splunk app in one of …

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Share your Feedback!

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Hello Splunkers!
Thank you for being a Splunk customer!

At Splunk, we are always seeking ways to improve our service. The best way for us to do that is to ask you, the experts!

On November 4th, we launched our fourth Net Promoter Survey. As part of this effort, a set of customers will receive an email from Splunk requesting your input via a survey.

This survey walks you through your journey as a customer, which includes the Pre-sales experience, Service implementation, Support Delivery, Documentation, and Products. The survey takes less than ten minutes to complete. Your responses will be anonymous and will remain confidential.

We encourage you to take the survey if you receive it, and provide your feedback. …

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Biking With Splunk>4Good for Early Cancer Detection!

Earlier this year, a group of Splunkers decided to embark on the Canary Challenge—getting involved with the fight against cancer to benefit the Canary Center at Stanford.

To help make a difference in the lives of many family, friends, and colleagues who have been touched by cancer, each Splunker was tasked with training for a 50km, 75km, 75mile or 100mile bike ride through the beautiful scenery of the Peninsula and at least $400 worth of fundraising. Our team here at Splunk was able to use some creative fundraising campaigns to raise $7,986 as a team towards exceeding the overall Canary Challenge goal of $1M. In the end, the final fundraising tally of $1,094,322 will help the Canary Center …

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Splunk-o-ween. A Machine Data Horror Story

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It was a dark and stormy night at ACME Corporation. An IT guy, let’s call him Bill and his Product Manager, Ted (most excellent names) are sat in the office on the evening of Thursday 30st October. In a strange twist of fate the ACME UK office is an old mansion set on top of a big hill surrounded by nothing but ancient woods being battered by gale force winds and a most heinous storm. The time is 11:59 PM and Bill and Ted are trying to get a release live in time for the weekend. With power cuts, no mobile phone signal and a problem somewhere in either the code, the production environment or the database, things aren’t going …

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.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.

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Splunk Answers migration coming up on Sept 12th!

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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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