The 2022 Splunkie Awards are Splunk's annual customer award celebration, to recognize our best and brightest customers and industry leaders who are using data to power operational excellence and innovation.
IT'S THE LAST WEEK TO NOMINATE OUR COMMUNITY'S BEST! 😍
That's right... last call for nominations is this week, so why not nominate your favoritest, most Splunkiest human today? 😁 There are six categories this year, with lots of details below! And the nomination process is quick and easy... just fill out this form!
This Year's 2022 Splunkie Awards Categories
The Explorer Award We want to recognize our data partners who have used Splunk to help them meet this moment in history. How did you rely on data to help you navigate the pandemic’s turbulent waters? What were your success stories while tapping into the power of data over the course of the pandemic? And how are you relying on Splunk to help bring you into the future?
The Data Heroes Award Have you had to overcome complex IT system designs or internal challenges to enable the Splunk platform to shine at your organization? Have you and your tech team wielded Splunk to resolve a significant business issue? Have you educated the business users at your company about the data analytics benefits of using Splunk software? Then this is the award for you.
The Innovation Award Is your team on a mission to bring data — and Splunk — to every question, decision and action? Do you use Splunk to help make the world a better place? Have you improved the lives of those around you by using Splunk in a creative way? Nominate in this category if you or someone you know is using Splunk for social or environmental causes that have great impact on your community.
The Developer Award Are you a guru-level developer or part of an amazing developer team? Do you know a user who has expanded the capabilities of Splunk software using the Splunk SDKs, REST APIs or other tools? Submit your nomination for the Developer Award.
The Community Award Calling all Splunk virtuosos! Do people flock to you online or in person with their Splunk needs? Have you inspired others to start using or making the most of Splunk software? Then you just might be the Splunk community champion we've been looking for.
The Ecosystem Award Splunk has a rich ecosystem of partners that help deliver, extend and enrich every Splunk deployment. Nominate and share details about how you’re working with any Splunk partner(s) to recognize their contribution to your Splunk implementation. You can nominate individuals or organizations in this category.
Just check out the nominations page for some common questions and their answers, as well as a link to the official rules and all that jazz. 🎶
Ready to Nominate?
Great! Just hop over and fill out the nomination form today!
Best of luck, my community nerd friends!
- Bryan Jennewein, Sr. Director - Splunk Community
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You might have caught the news about our fabulous event coming in June... .conf22! This year's event lets YOU choose how you want to .conf... either virtually/online or with us in-person in Las Vegas. And today, I'm THRILLED to announce that the Session Catalog is LIVE!
You can now explore more than 200 sessions, across five tracks, and start planning your time with us in Las Vegas or virtually. To learn more, check out the Session Catalog or the .conf event site! Special this year is our illustrious SplunkTrust, featured across ALL session tracks and with a special speaker filter, so you can bookmark 'em early.
Questions? Stoked? Want to share your enthusiasm? You can always shout us out in the comments below!
- Bryan Jennewein, Sr. Director of Splunk Community
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Hi @Orili , I can help you! Would you please send me a private message with the email address you used as part of your submission? I'll then forward that to Gartner to look into for us! Cheers, Bry
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Sandeep was among the first to reach out to us after we launched Splunk Love in December of 2021, and it was his ingenuity regarding Splunk Search that immediately impressed us. He works for an American multinational information services and technology company in the area of performance engineering and testing, and his contributions are critical to ensuring the uptime, stability, and reliability of his clients’ apps and digital experiences.
In his own words:
“I am a Performance Tester & Engineer, for the last one Jupiter year. Nearly half of it, my journey is with Splunk, as a key tool: Spelunking through the server logs, learning each day more ways to interpret the data from a huge pile, into a more human understanding. I am overjoyed, sluicing the gold bearing gravel of data from the banks of the Servers. :)”
Some of Sandeep’s Love for Splunk
Sandeep’s love for Splunk is rooted in both Splunk’s capabilities and in the efficiency and excellence it can bring to performance engineering and application performance management. It’s not uncommon for performance engineers to have to rigorously test applications and digital experiences with conditions different from a production or live environment, placing different aspects of the app’s infrastructure, services, or experiences under varying degrees of demand or use in order to confidently assure its stability and operability in similar live conditions. One objective of this critical work is to isolate and remediate errors if and when they arise from such circumstances, and this is where Splunk becomes critical, and where Sandeep’s use of Splunk becomes truly novel.
You may have guessed by now that Sandeep and his team ingest collections of data from all aspects of the applications they test into Splunk, and it probably comes as no surprise that Splunk helps Sandeep and his team search for, investigate, and remediate errors they do find. All of this is part and parcel for using Splunk for operations and for application performance monitoring. But what’s not so routine is how Sandeep has managed to orchestrate his use of Splunk search to take error identification and investigation down from an hour to mere minutes.
In Sandeep’s line-of-work, errors and issues often fall into similar patterns, but these patterns differ from those that might present themselves in a live environment, so traditional pattern detection tactics might lack both the data and the data context to increase the efficiency of performance engineers’ testing and remediation efforts. This is where Sandeep’s use of Splunk Search really impressed me. He and his team are able to recognize the patterns in errors easily, and when they do, they are able to create a search string that accounts for the pattern and returns what matches or what doesn’t. And when a novel error presents itself, his resulting dashboard makes it easy to obtain the error details, investigate, and get the valuable feedback needed to the right teams.
The end result of this clever work is more efficient testing, to the tune of an hour’s worth of work taking minutes. Now you might be thinking, “but what happens when an error doesn’t fall into a pattern accounted for by Sandeep’s search queries?” Well… much like AI/ML learn from detecting patterns, so does Sandeep and his search patterns. Investigating non-comforming errors is easy with Splunk, and when previously unaccounted for errors fit a pattern, too, he merely adapts his query. The result is an entire team efficiently investigating and remediating the anomalous instead of the mundane. Exceptional and inspiring work, Sandeep and team!
What’s next for Sandeep…
Sandeep shared that he’s recently begun exploring a trial of Splunk’s Observability Cloud, to better understand how some of these newer capabilities might further enhance his and his team’s work and impact. Good on you, Sandeep! Rumor also has it he is a writer! Perhaps he’ll share some of his work here some day soon!
If you’d like to connect with Sandeep, he is @Sandeep_prabha in our Splunk Community.
Keep the Splunk Love Coming, Nerds!
- Bryan Jennewein, Sr. Director Splunk Community
Want to snag yourself some limelight like Sandeep? Check out our Splunk Love program and submit your interest today!
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I could not love everything about this any more than I dooooo!! And an extra special shout-out from me to those first-time posters last week! Thanks for being brave, and I know our vibrant community can help many of you find what you need! ~B
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🔥 ONE WEEK LEFT!!! 🔥 Don't forget the .conf22 Call for Speakers closes 2/28! Submit yours now!
This Week in Product News and Announcements 🆕
Check out the latest news, product updates, and newsletters written by Splunkers who’ve got helpful information to share with the community:
Splunk APM's AlwaysOn Profiling is GA! APM's AlwaysOn profiling is now available for Java applications, giving app developers and service owners visibility of code level performance to troubleshoot production issues faster.
ICYMI: Some of last week's can't-miss highlights...
February Splunk Newsletter
Simplify Out-of-the-box Alerting in Three Steps With new AutoDetect!
Splunk Enterprise Security 7.0 is Here!
User Groups and Other Can't-Miss Community Events! 👏
We always have a bevy of events happening in the community, and here are a few highlighted happenings you might want to check out this week:
February Upcoming User Group Events:
Toronto User Group 2/23 (Tomorrow!) [RSVP]
Sao Paolo User Group 2/23 (Tomorrow!): Vamos falar de Splunk SOAR [RSVP]
Fort Worth User Group 2/24: Intro to HEC Tokens in Splunk, creating, onboarding and troubleshooting demo [RSVP]
Baltimore User Group 2/28: February Meeting [RSVP]
Harrisburg User Group 2/28: February Meeting [RSVP]
Chicago User Group 3/10: Quest Behind the Quest: Using Observability Cloud to Support Q11yQuest.
Don’t see your UG? Check out the full list!
Tech Talks Updates:
March schedule is coming soon! Until then, check out any of the hundreds of Tech Talks on-demand!
This Week From Splunk Answers… ✍️
It can take a lot of courage to post that first question, seeking help, advice, or guidance. So this week we want to give a special shout-out to some of last week's first-time posters (which of course also earned you your badge!): @ankitsaini20 , @dougburdan , @ainap , @Rapidz , @andreaantonioni , @jimrp , @mikepangrac , @3cime , @Drates , @hichem_khalfi , @Mr2022 , @decenior , @rkeenan , @DukeScottWu , @ChrisW-TX , @mchristian , @NewGhost , @THenryWV , @shreem , @MarkNicholls , @stavakler , @n37w0rk , @ashwinve1385 , @hj9b7Cn , @malo1230 , @icehack , @akhil11 , @akyz , @WollyCGN , @syamato @KingAD , @siddhantkumar08 , @JMondares , @davidbuttler , @Gian89 , @rsahoo , @Yy4pb , @rasikmhetre , @amitbenda , @rajshekarv , @baz , @sundarhcl_2022 , @ragonfly , @akasmika , @KDallman , @Pat , @Hadad , @bobmcperson , @tokio13 , @user9025 , @cdaviet , @Caren
Kudos again for taking a brave first step in posting! And while our broader community leans in to help where they can, don't forget you can always search the existing Splunk Answers for similar questions, comments, and solutions!
What do you say, community? Think you can help some of our new friends out? Check out some of the unanswered questions and see if there's some commentary or a solution that you can offer someone. On the Splunk Answers page, just click on the dropdown next to “ Category Activity ” and choose “Unsolved”, or choose your own category of expertise to explore or post a question yourself!
Splunk Love! ❤️
Last week we shared a short kudos and brava for some of our earliest supporters of the new Splunk Love program, and there's still plenty of time to have YOUR success and achievements recognized through expertly crafted videos, written case studies, major speaking opportunities, blogging, media interviews, analyst relations opportunities, and more.
There's also ONE WEEK LEFT to snag that $25 Amazon Gift card by leaving your honest review here! All reviews, public or anonymous, are eligible for the gift card, and all public reviews earn that Splunk Love community badge, too!
— Bryan Jennewein, Sr. Director of Splunk Community
— Michelle Schlachta, Community + Content at Splunk
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In December, we launched of "Splunk Love," a program to highlight YOUR achievements and success with Splunk in whatever ways interest you most. And we cannot believe that in just two short months nearly FIFTY of you have thrown your hands up! KUDOS! Brava!
Personally, I've had the great fortune of hopping on zooms with several of you, and getting to know you has been utterly inspiring. Your intelligence, passion, creativity, and achievement deserve to be celebrated, and I'm so glad this program will help us do just that.
Today, we want to recognize some of these members that engaged right away, sent us some of their stories, hopped on a zoom chat, and/or left us a review. You all are blazing the Splunk Love trail for sure! You should see your new Splunk Love badge appear on your profile soon, and we'll be publishing your stories soon after. To those of you still in the queue... we got you, and we're working quickly!
Early shout-outs to: @9192gks , @Jortegalcec , @Splunk_noobie , @The_Simko , @gauripkulkarni , and @nshaikh ! (There are several more, so if you didn't get your badge, look for an email from me!)
Jealous of that shiny new badge? Who wouldn't be! 😉 If you want to hop on the Splunk Love train, we'd love to learn all about you and snag you some spotlight!
Learn more about the Splunk Love program
Share your Splunk Love now
And... there's one week left to snag a $25 Amazon gift card by leaving your honest review!
Stay awesome, Splunk Community!
- Bryan Jennewein, Sr. Director, Splunk Community
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What's up, Community nerds! Have you heard the latest .conf news?? Our biggest annual customer and partner event is moving from October to June! This year, .conf22 will take place June 13th through the 16th both in-person in Las Vegas and online as a virtual event. That's right... we're going fully hybrid, baby!
Read: Kathleen's blog post announcing the .conf22 event update!
Why the change from October to June?
It's no secret that you, our customers and community members, are at the heart of everything we do, and our commitment to helping you all be data heroes remains unwavering. We've been so excited to reconnect, both in-person and online, and moving the .conf event to June helps us connect with you all, and helps you all connect with each other, much earlier in the year. We already have so much on deck including new products, apps, add-ons, use cases, and more. Believe me... we're bringing all of the .conf goodness and excitement, so mark those calendars and prepare for the best .conf event yet!
Where can I find more information on .conf22?
The first and best place for .conf22 information will always be the .conf website. For some specifics about this year's .conf event and the changes, you can read this stellar post from Kathleen. And we have an incredible HYBRID event planned, so you can attend in-person in Las Vegas or online with Virtual .conf22!
What about the Call for Speakers? (June is coming up fast!)
We hear that! This year's Call for Speakers will open very soon, and we'll share the news and details far and wide (and here, on the Community blog, too). So start getting your fab submission ideas ready, because CFS will open is just a few short days!
Will this impact any other Splunk or Community events?
Yes and no; yes, in the sense that some planned events may shift, but no, in the sense that everything you've come to expect from our community you can absolutely continue to count on. BSides will be a fabulous part of the .conf22 experience now, and other favorites like our World User Group Week and our SplunkTrust Summit will be organized later this year.
So get excited! Get those breakout submissions ready! And get set to join us in-person or online in June! And shout out any questions below!
-- Bryan Jennewein, Sr. Director, Splunk Community
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Way to lift this up, @sensitive-thug !!! I wish I could give this karma TWICE, because it's such great engagement, community! Way to go!! I am always sincerely moved by this flourishing collection of wonderful humans.
It takes A LOT of bravery to ask that first question.... and 336 of you doing so is just fantastic! It also takes a lot of bravery to offer your first comment or suggestion... and 279 of you stepping out in that new way... YESSS, and keep it going, as you're sure to join the ranks of the 61 of you last month having a solution accepted for the first time! YES YES and more YES!
Way to go, Splunk Community! 😍
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And just like that... .conf21 in behind us, and what a wonderful collection of experiences it has been. You may have seen me popping in here or there, and I know I saw plenty of YOU... on the virtual stage with your fabulous breakout sessions... on the Twitch steam and keynote stage with our illustrious new SplunkTrust... and in our Virtual Community Lounge.
Would you believe that a whopping 32,322 of you registered for the event from 136 countries across our customer, prospect, partner and Splunker communities, and that 20,542 of you participated live?! We also unveiled a number of advancements across our portfolio of products, which you can catch up on over at our Product News & Announcements blog, or just right into the announcements for platform, security, or observability, not to mention sign up for our new Beta for Splunk Enterprise. In total, more than 112k sessions were attended across the two days, the virtual booths clocked 26k+ of you stopping by, and we even had 80+ of you pop in to our Community Virtual hangout after-hours... so I think it's fair to say... y'all are living your best .conf life. 💅
What was MY favorite moment of .conf21, you might ask? Well... surely I'm biased... but it was a straight up tie between the induction of our new 2021 SplunkTrust AND seeing them in their VIP virtual front-row seats during the main .conf21 keynote! Our SplunkTrust, selected annually, represent some of our most knowledgable, most passionate, and most contributing community members across all of our programs. And this year we welcomed 13 new members alongside 56 returning members. You can check out @jhupka_splunk 's blog post, learn more about the program, and look for the fez around the community!
If you missed it, never fear... .conf Online is here! More than 200 breakout sessions are now available, with slides and video, and of course still absolutely free for our community. (Pro Tip: check out the filters on the left 👈 to narrow down all that awesome content... by track, role, industry, product, and more.) And if you're looking for "tips" from some of our "pros," then I highly recommend checking out the SplunkTrust Track Sessions from this year's event. They're... they're just... ... ... *chef's kiss emoji*. (Yeah... I spelled out the emoji.)
But if I could recommend only one thing to watch (or re-watch!), it would have to be the the .conf21 Keynote and Super Sessions. They're all chocked full of Splunk-y goodness, and include:
.conf21 Keynote -- "How to Turn Data Into Doing"
Security Super Session -- "Reduce Risk with Analytics-Fueled, Automation-Driven and Cloud-Delivered Security"
Observability Super Session -- "Innovate and Modernize Faster with Splunk's Comprehensive Enterprise Observability Solution"
Platform Super Session -- "Splunk, Your Partner in the New Era of Cloud Transformation"
Customer Success Super Session -- "Success on Every Step of the Journey"
Partner Super Session -- "Driving Customer Success Together, with Partners"
With all of this awesome content available online, I know some of you are wondering where some of the event's "Feature Sessions" are (*cough* *cough* Mark Hamill *cough*). Unfortunately, if it isn't already available in .conf21 Online, then it likely means we don't have permission to make that content available on demand. Sorry 'bout that, but it just means you've got to tune in next year and sign up for notifications about .conf22.
Do YOU have a favorite session? Favorite track? Favorite magic moment? We want to hear about it! Even with all the recommendations here AND some amazing tracks, learning paths, and call-outs, it can be challenging honing in on what might have been extra special or helpful. So SOUND OFF, community! You never know when there might be an extra special surprise in it for sharing YOUR "Best of .conf21" with everyone!
Bryan Jennewein - Sr. Director, Splunk Community
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@thunder_991 I was able to confirm that... unfortunately... FEA1966 is *NOT* among those featured sessions we had rights to record and replay. Sessions like these, featuring guest speakers like this, are often part of only the "onsite" experience when we host on location. So with the entirely virtual experience, it was only available to attendees during the scheduled event times.
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@thunder_991 I might be able to help! Very few of our "Featured" sessions included rights to record and stream after the live event, unfortunately. But some will be made available online. Could you remind me what the title or topic of FEA1966 was, and I'll check?
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