Meet the Splunkterns: Dillon Lew

DillonWelcome back to our Splunktern series! Maybe it’s just me but I feel like everyone always forgets about all the non-technical people at tech companies. Of course we have a large number of technical Splunkterns but we also have interns filling those vital but non-technical roles. With that in mind, I wanted to introduce you to Dillon Lew, a legal intern working out of our San Francisco HQ. Originally from Piedmont, CA, Dillon is an Economics major at Yale University. We asked Dillon a few questions and here is what he had to say:

What kind of experience do you hope to gain from your internship?
I’m interested in going to law school following the completion of my undergraduate …

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Splunk Apptitude App Contest: Hear from previous winners and enter now

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The Splunk Apptitude App contest is entering its final month and there’s still time for you to enter for a chance to win up to $150,000.

Earlier this month we were fortunate to catch up with past winners Erica Feldman, Rich Acosta and Chris Summers to discuss their entries and to gain some insight into their participation.

Other than the obvious financial incentives, what was it that attracted you to the Splunk Apptitude contest?

Chris: I’ve been working with SCCM for about 12 years so it’s a product I’m very familiar with. I’d been wanting to work with Splunk for a long time and I saw this an opportunity to finally get to know the product. I wanted

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Master of Machines 2015 Part 1: Operational Intelligence helps conquer complexity


We’ve been very busy the last few months working on a piece of research with industry analyst Quocirca and I’m very pleased to announce 2015’s Masters of Machines report and a new Operational Intelligence benchmarking tool. We conducted this research last year and it gave the market some great insight into the value machine data can deliver and the maturity of Operational Intelligence in Europe, so we’ve repeated it for 2015 and the findings are fascinating. The research analysed around 400 senior business and IT decision makers from the UK, Germany, France, Sweden and the Netherlands to look again at the maturity of Operational Intelligence. The key findings from the research are that the fastest growing concerns for IT …

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A Platform Gaining Momentum

You’ve probably noticed a repeating thread in my posts over the last few months, as we’ve taken a closer look at how Splunk customers are standardizing on the Splunk Platform (not to mention a recent flurry of announcements on the same topic).

It’s a topic that’s easy to be passionate about and is at the core of the success of Splunk. Our Splunk platform drives compounding value. Adding more data from a wider variety of sources results in more correlations, more insights, more recommendations, more competitive differentiation and more value. Because Splunk Enterprise is a platform, it’s being used across every industry, in every geography, and for an endless stream of use cases.

I’ll give you a few concrete examples …

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24 Million CDC US Birth Records and Splunk #vitalstatsviz

Births vs. Mothers Age

The CDC – like most government bodies the world over – are starting to make more, and more data publicly available to advance research.

In January the CDC posted a blog post (since deleted) challenging the public to work with their Vital Stats datasets, including both birth and mortality data.

Over the coming weeks I’m going to post some of my findings (and workings) from analysing these datasets alongside other sources including weather and employment, all in Splunk.

In an optimistic mood I started with birth data.…

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Is the secret to (big) data success collect once and use many?

swiss_army_knife_512373Many moons ago, I used to write code, badly. I learnt to program in COBOL, PL1 and JCL (Job Control Language). I then moved on to programming Java which promised portability, reuse and “write once, run many”. I’ve spent the last few weeks talking to a lot of Splunk customers and it struck me that the companies having the most success and making the best case for value of big data are the ones who are using the same data for multiple purposes. It got me thinking if there is something in that promise of Java many years ago that we can learn from with big data. Is the secret for big data success “collect once and use many”?


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“Go Big Security”: Insights from MeriTalk Panel

B_GSiiLXIAAU1wsIt sounds simple – combat cyber threats by harnessing the power of your own data. But many government agencies are still not taking full advantage of big data analytics to detect, contain, and remediate cyber threats.

Last week, I participated in a webinar hosted by MeriTalk that focused on how government agencies can improve cybersecurity through a big data approach. The webinar discussion focused on the findings from a recent Splunk-sponsored MeriTalk survey of 300 federal, state, and local government IT leaders.

I was joined during the webinar by fellow panelists George Jakabcin, CIO for the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, and Matt Smith, Chief Security Engineer at the Department of Homeland Security. We discussed what agencies are currently …

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Smart AnSwerS #26

Hey there community! Welcome to the 26th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

This just in! The documentation for the join command has been recently updated by our very own senior technical writer Laura Stewart! I used to check that page every now and then, only to find a tumbleweed rolling by. Well, that didn’t really happen, but that’s what I imagined in my head. It was in need of some tender loving care, and it has finally undergone a complete overhaul. If you’d like to provide input about the new content, feel free to navigate to “Was this topic useful?” at the bottom of that page to leave positive constructive feedback :) After you’re done perusing through the join topic makeover…

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Splunkers in Atlanta, Meetup this Friday! Learn what’s new with Splunk App for Stream & more

splunk app for stream screenshot showing HTTP payloadHeadline says it all, but to elaborate just a tiny bit, be sure to join us in Atlanta this Friday! The user group meeting will be held in the Cumberland / Windy Hill area. Show up for a great time of learning more about Splunk, and networking with your colleagues in the Metro Atlanta area. Food will be provided. For full details and to register, please RSVP at our event page so that we have an accurate count for food.


11:00 – Welcome & networking

11:30 – Lunch served

11:40 – Housekeeping, group introductions

11:50 – Main speaker: Clayton Ching, Sr Product Manager at Splunk. Topic: What’s New with Splunk App for Stream

12:40 – Lightning rounds, member presentations

13:30 – User Group planning / networking

14:00 – Event …

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Integrating with Splunk: You Gotta Think Outside the Box

This morning, a question was asked about integrating with Splunk that started with something like, “but I can’t send syslog from my system, so how can I get that data in Splunk?” It really doesn’t matter what system or what data; before digging in, I already knew that the answer was out there.

“But wait a second, Hal, how could you know that?”, you might be thinking.

Well, it’s just a matter of knowing a bit about how computer systems work, and understanding that Splunk has many ways of ingesting data. You see, at a very high level, there are only two ways that Splunk can integrate with another system. I’ll call these integration types “intentional”, and “operational”. Let’s define them:…

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