Help Local Kids in the Bay Area – Come Bowl for Kids’ Sake!

By Kelly Kitagawa

I’ve been involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters for almost two years now. We pair at-risk kids with a Big Brother or Sister – someone they can look up to, explore the world with, put their trust in – truly a role model that can be life-changing. Just by spending one-on-one time with someone with different experiences and a fresh perspective, kids learn more about the world and their own place in it. It can open doors, and their eyes, to a future full of possibilities.

And while every story is unique and different and beautiful, researchers have found that these relationships pay off. After 18 months of spending time with their Bigs, the participating children are:…

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Raise a Glass to Splunk Apptitude Winners

With the grand prize of $100,000 being awarded to the Fraud and Insider Threat category, it was only appropriate to announce the winners at Blackhat 2015 – one of the largest security conferences in the world. And though all of the winners couldn’t make it on short notice – they were coming from all over the globe, one even sending a video from the peaks of the Swiss Alps.

We received a great mix of submissions from customers, partners, and even some Splunk newbies. This really was a great showing of the breadth and varied experience of our users and developer community, as well as the creativity that can only come from a field from such varied experience and location.…

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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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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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Common Core Digital Assessment – Demystifying Your “Online” Readiness, and More With Splunk!

My family and I are very fortunate to live in one of the best school districts in Illinois, possibly the Midwest. This year Illinois became one of the 38 bold states to implement Common Core. Is it controversial or progressive? Dichotomous viewpoints for sure. Nonetheless, it necessitates assessments be realigned to these standards and states have chosen (or are gravitating) to employing one of the following three assessments: the SBAC (Smarter Balanced), PARCC (Pearson), or Aspire (ACT). All three have or are propelling states to replace traditional paper based exams with online assessments. Obvious benefits to online assessments include reduced test administration, automatic scoring, and instant diagnostic reporting for comparing results to other schools, districts, and …
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Recycling and Re-tooling by building with RAFT

By Stephanie Han


Splunk’s own Revenue and OM team spent a warm March morning working at RAFT (Resource Area For Teaching) in San Jose, assembling activity kits for teachers and students throughout the Bay area. The team constructed more than one hundred Breadboard Circuit kits, used to teach 1,500 students about electricity and creating basic circuits, and 41 Motorized Shake Table kits, which will be used to teach 1,640 students about earthquakes and structures.

Splunk Revenue and OM building activity kits for teachers and students with RAFT in San Jose.

Splunk Revenue and OM building activity kits for teachers and students throughout the Bay area with RAFT in San Jose.


But we were doing much more than building educational tools for Bay Area students. Each of these learning kits was comprised of recycled materials …

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Splunking the Leftovers

By Billy Priest

From time to time, you may have seen me scuttling out the front door in the evening, toting a heavily loaded Instacart or caterer’s bag. You might have wondered what it was I was carrying out of the building in so carefree a manner.

Wonder no more: It’s the leftovers!

Hundreds of sandwiches are given to the homeless.

Hundreds of sandwiches are given the homeless.

Despite detailed tracking of food and beverage consumption by floor, it’s impossible to buy exactly the right amount of food here at HQ. So when groceries arrive for the third floor, it had been my habit to simply throw away anything that had reached its “sell by” date (I got emails complaining about “expired” food if I didn’t). But since the “sell by” date …

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FIRST Robotic Competition combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology


The McKinney High School FRC crew, Team 4300


By Al Myscich

I have talked with my son’s McKinney High School FRC crew, Team 4300, about what is important during their current competition Recycle Rush. I discovered they need a way to organize the data collected during matches. Splunk could help them organize this information into user friendly dashboards that would allow them to make decisions quickly with the visualizations.

The critical data they need access to is during the autonomous period of the matches. They need to know if the other teams can move to the autozone, move totes to the autozone, move containers to the autozone, or stack totes.

The other detail they need to understand is how …

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Smart AnSwerS #14

Hey there and welcome to the 14th installment of Smart AnSwerS.

Here at Splunk, we’re not only building a community of users through user groups as highlighted in last week’s Smart AnSwerS blog, but we also participate in some cool projects for various communities at large through our corporate social responsibility program Splunk4Good. What better way to make a difference than through using our very own products to analyze and visualize big data for positive social impact? You can check out live projects at to see the potential and possibilities. Aside from just using Splunk to do good, we ourselves engage with local (and not so local) communities too. Just this past Tuesday, piebob and …

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#tbt: 5 of My Favourite Splunk Projects

Splunk Aircraft Monitoring

Not being one to look back at the past I usually hate the throwback Thursday hashtag.

That said, when you take a moment to look back and see some of the things our awesome customers are doing with Splunk there are occasions where I’ll consider it acceptable – this being one.

And with this justification, here are 5 of my favourite Splunk projects.…

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