Smart AnSwerS #35

Hey there community and welcome to the 35th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

For all the hard work put into making all things Splunk as awesome as possible, a group of Splunkers were taken on a day trip to Sausalito, CA for some kayaking and paddleboarding action in the bay. The morning was chilly, cloudy, and windy, so most folks avoided falling into the water like the plague, but of course the overcast gloom cleared up to show off some sun and blue skies AFTER we were done. It’s just good ole San Francisco Bay Area weather teasing us in its true, unpredictable form. Nonetheless, folks had a great, and well deserved, time :) Great job and big thanks to …

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Smart AnSwerS #34

Hey there community and welcome to the 34th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

An exciting announcement just went out earlier this week, and that was the launch of the Community MVP Program, the SplunkTrust. The Splunk community is full of amazing leaders that are passionate about our various products and actively share their knowledge with other users to grow and learn, whether that be through active participation on Splunk Answers, Splunk User Groups, writing blogs, and many more avenues. These helpful leaders are what being a SplunkTrust member is all about. Read through the SplunkTrust blog announcement by Rachel Perkins, the Sr. Director of Community, to learn more about the program, the awesome perks of being a …

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Announcing the SplunkTrust Community MVP Program!

The meaning of the Splunk fez we know and love is about to come into sharper focus–splunktrust
–as the symbol for our new Community MVP program, the SplunkTrust.

The Splunk user community is one of the strongest, best communities in the world. We’re excited to be able to recognize our community leaders formally, thank them for their passion and service to other users, and to give them opportunities to learn about our roadmap and share product and process feedback with us.

What makes someone a SplunkTrust member?

SplunkTrust membership is open to Splunk customers and partners, and is renewed yearly. You can apply yourself, or nominate someone else. You do not have to be a ‘paying’ customer–your community contributions are what matter here. If you are nominated, …

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Smart AnSwerS #33

Hey there community and welcome to the 33rd installment of Smart AnSwerS.

Yesterday, two teams of Splunk interns presented their Splunk4Good Hack projects in a contest where they had to create an app using public open source data in a way that could highlight issues affecting different communities, build awareness, and spark constructive conversations. I had the opportunity to help judge the contest and see what awesome work some of the Splunkterns put together throughout their time at Splunk for the Summer. BIG congratulations to the winners Brooke Wenig and Aamir Goriawala for their app using public San Francisco crime data to find trends for certain types of criminal activity throughout different districts in San Francisco. They made …

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Meet the Splunkterns: Ryan Flynn

IMG_0935 Welcome back to our “Meet the Splunkterns” series. This week our featured Splunktern is Ryan Flynn, a Software Engineering Intern working in the Content/Applications (ITSI) Department. Ryan is from Dublin, CA and is majoring in Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley.

We got the chance to speak with Ryan and here is what he had to say about his summer in The City as a Splunktern:

How did you find out about Splunk’s internship program?
I briefly spoke to a recruiter at a career fair on campus and dropped off my resume, but I learned more about it when one of my friends from school was given an offer to work for Splunk in Seattle.

What kind of

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Smart AnSwerS #32

Hey there community and welcome to the 32nd installment of Smart AnSwerS.

The SF Bay Area Splunk User Group met up this week at Splunk HQ which opened up a lot of great discussion between fellow Splunkers and customers alike. Octavio Di Sciullo, Principal Supportability Engineer at Splunk, covered a presentation on the Distributed Management Console and also facilitated a discussion between everyone present. It was a great opportunity to pick their brains on how they currently manage and monitor their Splunk deployments, but also hear their woes with current built-in features, including the DMC. The takeaways from the meeting were constructive and helpful in how to improve the long term supportability of the product, making the lives of …

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Be strong, Be Smart, Be Beautiful. Girl Power at Splunk

I was fortunate to moderate a panel of intelligent and charismatic technical Splunk leaders here at HQ last week. The panel featured:

  • Haiyan Song, SVP of security markets
  • Margaret Lee, VP of product management
  • Katrina Reid, VP of program management
  • Carola Thompson, Chief Experience Officer

Splunk_WomeninTech_PanelThey all had different backgrounds coming from places like the United Kingdom, mid-western US, and China. Some had remarkable journeys at big names like Oracle, HP and Yahoo while others tried their hand at start-ups that were later acquired (some did both!). Their careers started in academia, management consulting and engineering and now they all lead technical teams that are core to Splunk. In discussing pivotal moments in their careers, Haiyan, Carola, Katrina and Margaret hit …

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Smart AnSwerS #31

Hey there community and welcome to the 31st installment of Smart AnSwerS.

An awesome event transpired last week in Splunk HQ’s courtyard that was hosted by Women in Tech @ Splunk. It was a panel featuring 5 of our very own Splunkers speaking on their background, the journey to Splunk, pivotal moments that helped steer their career path into the tech industry, and advice for breaking through barriers that women often face in the workplace. A  much needed reality check and discussion surfaced on the lack of diversity in tech from various underrepresented communities in regards to gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, etc. This was just one of many possible opportunities to make positive change in the …

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Smart AnSwerS #30

Hey there community and welcome to the 30th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

Splunk HQ’s kitchens underwent a total makeover last week, and this beast of an automated hot drink machine appeared on the 1st floor. Splunkers have been frequenting the new big shiny toy, taking all the mugs, bringing them back to their respective floors, and leaving us first floor dwellers with nothing *cries*. Fortunately, this new installation has brought comic relief. Some new signage was placed on the machine saying “”OK Coffee” I am voice activated, please try me.” The machine is not voice activated, serving some occasional amusement 😉

Check out this week’s featured Splunk Answers posts:

Real Time Search Performance Considerations: Are there any

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Splunk wins “Big Data Innovation” at Computing’s Vendor Excellence Awards

ExcellenceIt is always nice to end a working week on a high and last Friday gave the Splunk EMEA team a great start to the weekend. We were nominated and won Computing’s Vendor Excellence Award for “Big Data Innovation”. The judges commented specifically on Splunk’s ability to democratize big data so that everyone can use it.

 

It was a nice way to spend a Friday afternoon and there was a lot of nervous anticipation over lunch as to who was going to win the various awards.

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The ceremony started with something I’d never seen before. The pre-award entertainment was 25 year old rapper comedian, Chris Turner (@ChrisPJTurner). Dressed in a very dapper suit he explained how he was going …

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