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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