SplunkLIVE! DC 2012 Brings Focused Collaboration & Tailored Networking To Private And Public Sector Users

Stephanie Davidson, Splunk

Earlier this month the machine big data company Splunk held its largest DC users conference, SplunkLIVE!, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

With over 400 attendees, SplunkLIVE! brings highly-technical users together to share best-practices, success cases, and the opportunity to collaborate through targeted training workshops regarding new Splunk technologies and advancements.

“It is a great way to bring current customers and Splunk employees to hear about different use cases because there are so many different use cases you can have with Splunk technology,” said Stephanie Davidson, Director of Federal Sales at Splunk.

Tailored networking among peers in the private and public sectors was also a big draw for those who attended the conference.

“Splunk users are able to see different successful deployments of Splunk so that they can broaden the usage.  They can find their own network to communicate with and share tips and techniques,” Davidson told WashingtonExec.

The conference gives government users the opportunity to meet other Splunk users that serve in the same agency, but might otherwise not have the opportunity to meet.

Davidson noted, “I was just introducing a group of DHS folks to another group of DHS folks…they did not know they both existed. That happens a lot with the government. Once I was conducting a mini-users group and we had three different Department of Commerce groups…they didn’t know each other. The Department of Commerce is not that big of an agency, there were three Splunk users that sat around the table and had just met each other, but one solved the other guys problem. They are buds now.”

When asked what makes SplunkLIVE! different from other technical user forums, Davidson said, “SplunkLIVE! is more of a users group that also includes marketing and sharing use cases, whereas the user groups are just technical how-to, tips, and techniques. We have individual user groups that are held in cities around the country, and then we have our big user group that is set for  Las Vegas in September. It is three days of pure training, technical workshops. No marketing, no sales. SplunkLIVE! DC is a compilation of those three things.”

The world-wide Splunk Users Conference is scheduled to be held September 10th-13th in Las Vegas, Nevada. Find more information about the upcoming conference here.

Bob Gourley, founder and CTO of technology research, consulting and services firm, Crucial Point, LLC keynoted the event. Read WashingtonExec’s recap here. Gourley was also recently named a “Top 50 Twitter Influencer for Big Data,” read on here.



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