5 Year Anniversary

Hello Everyone,

The day was Tuesday, February 26, in the year 2013.  A small group of us gathered at Charlie’s on the Lake for the first meeting of Splunk402.  Little did I know the journey I was in for.  Over the last 5 years, I have been able to meet so many great people and developed amazing friendships.  I have had the opportunity to represent Nebraska on an international stage at different events.

Since the first meeting 5 years ago, we have had some great meetings.  People have come and people have gone, but the spirit of the group has remained.  We are curious about technology and passionate about finding solutions to questions that have been asked and ones we didn’t know existed until we saw the data.

This group has been a shining light for Splunk.  The power of the user group in the fly over state that sits in the middle of the United States is astonishing.  I completely attribute this to the members of this group.  Without you, I would just be a person talking to myself about Splunk but you give me a voice to the community.  As a group, we continue to ask questions, give advice, and to push each other.

And for this, you deserve a party.  Please join me at the Beercade at 6104 Maple St, Omaha, NE 68104 on Thursday March 8th starting at 6pm for a celebration of the past 5 years.  We will provide the food, drinks, and video games.  Thank you for the memories and I look forward to the future with all of you.

Please register for the event at:

http://splk.site/5years

2018 Planning and Survey Results

Happy New Year to everyone out there.

We recently send out a survey to members of our user group to help understand what the group is looking for in this up coming year.   Thank you to everyone that took the survey.  Your opinions, thoughts, and suggestions help to shape the user group.

Question 1 is about topics for meetings.

Question 2, 3, 4 is about the meeting (type of meeting, day, time).

Question 5 is about activities that the group could do.

Question 6 is about the Splunk402 5-year party.

Question 7 is an open-ended question on what we can do better.


In 2018, what features of Splunk do you want to learn more about with Splunk?
Responses 22
Not Really Somewhat Yes Please Weighted Average
Building Dashboards 1 9 12 2.50
Splunk for Security 4 8 10 2.27
Machine Learning 5 6 11 2.27
ITSI 5 7 10 2.23
Getting Data in to Splunk 5 10 7 2.09
Splunk for IoT 7 7 8 2.05
What are the conf and what do they do? 6 9 7 2.05
Splunk for Cloud (AWS / Azure) 6 12 4 1.91
Comments:
Common Information Model
all are great topics, honestly.

In which of these styles do you think would be best for you for the User Group?
Responses 22
No Thank You Sometimes Yes Please N/A Weighted Average
Lecture Style – Person(s) up front interacting with everyone 0 9 12 1 2.45
Large Group – Everyone together 2 11 8 1 2.18
Presentation – Listen to a presenter (in person / online) or watch something as a group 2 11 8 1 2.18
Small Group  – Small groups of people working interacting with each other 5 10 6 1 1.95
Networking – Less focused on the learning and more on the socializing aspect 5 12 4 1 1.86
Comments:
N/A because I’ve never been to an event
i like networking for like a tiny portion, but not the whole meeting.

What time works best for you for the user group? (1 = Best for you, 5 = Worst for you)
Responses 22
1 2 3 4 5 Score
Lunch (Noon) 17 2 1 1 1 4.50
Late Afternoon (3pm) 1 11 4 5 1 3.27
After work (6 pm) 3 5 6 8 0 3.14
Breakfast (9am) 1 2 8 3 8 2.32
Evening (8pm) 0 2 3 5 12 1.77

What day of the week works best? (1 = Best for you, 5 = Worst for you)
Responses 22
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Score
Tuesday 6 6 5 2 3 0 0 5.45
Wednesday 5 9 3 1 1 1 2 5.23
Thursday 5 4 5 3 2 2 1 4.86
Monday 3 1 4 9 5 0 0 4.45
Friday 2 0 4 5 9 1 1 3.82
Saturday 1 0 1 2 0 12 6 2.27
Sunday 0 2 0 0 2 6 12 1.91

If the User Group had an event in between meeting, please check any/all that you would want to attend.
Responses 17
Hack-a-thon (building dashboards/reports in a set timeframe) 10 59%
Boss of the SOC 9 53%
SPLing Bee 8 47%
Boss of the NOC 8 47%

We are coming up on our 5th year anniversary.  If we were to throw a party, where should we have it?
Responses 22
Not for me Maybe Yes Please Weighted Average
Beercade 3 7 12 2.41
Private room of a bar 2 11 9 2.32
Bowling Alley 5 12 5 2.00
Escape Rooms 7 11 4 1.86
Family Fun Center XL 9 12 1 1.64
Comments:
private room at a bar only if the beer selection is on par with beercade
only answering not for me because I’ve never been to an event and would feel bad about taking advantage of a party

What can we do to help you and what can we do to make Splunk402 better?
Comments:
Keep on truckin.
Another topic I’d be interested in seeing is perhaps a live demo, or a walk through of how best to setup SSL/TLS through an entire Splunk deployment. There is some good .conf presentations, but even a group discussion on what works, lessons learned, strategies, ongoing maintenance considerations, etc. might provide benefit to the group.
free beer
Meetings 4-6 times a year.
Keep on keeping on …
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August 2017 Meeting

About the Meeting:

With security being in the new so much lately, we are featuring it front and center in this user group meeting. We will be joined by a Special Agent of the Omaha FBI. He will be talking about Cyber Security and the FBI.

We will be at the offices of our great partner Sirius (formerly Continuum) in Omaha. We will also have a film crew from Splunk on hand to film our user group. Splunk .conf2017 is just around the corner and this will be the last time we meet before conf. If you have questions about conf, please let us know or talk to us at the meeting.

Date and Time:

August 10th, 2017 at Noon

Agenda

  12:00 PM Start Meeting, Grab Food, Introductions
  12:15 PM The FBI and Cyber Security
  01:15 PM General Discussion

Register for the Event
We are happy to be at the offices of Sirius this meeting. Their offices are at 14301 FNB Parkway, Suite 400, Omaha, NE 68154.

Register for the event at:
https://usergroups.splunk.com/group/nebraska-splunk-402-user-group/b65058dc-d0b5-47dc-96cf-0b63e4b4449c.html

April 2017 Meeting Recap

User Group Meeting:

Thank you to everyone that came out to our meeting.  We had a great time learning about Splunk for AWS.  We also had a great discussion afterwards with many people sharing their experiences to help other members of the group.

The WebEx recording of Splunk for AWS is at:
https://splunk.webex.com/splunk/ldr.php?RCID=3f4e82ee9cbe110328218495db3e3d29

PowerPoint (in PDF form) from the WebEx:
Splunk AWS Presentation

The marketing video for Splunk for AWS – Gain End-to-End AWS Visibility:
https://www.splunk.com/en_us/resources/video.5jYXR4MjE6hL2mlcK7r-TlN3IFkgSQ5Z.html


Survey Data:

From the data collect in the web survey, we will continue to have our meeting over lunch or after work.  During these meetings we will focus on technical solutions.  I will work to find ways for the meeting to be more interactive with more troubleshooting type of meetings.

Comments:

  • Problems & Solutions; or a session to work through issues faced.
  • less sales, more tech details and app usage cases