Using Splunk – It’s a Revolution!

Revolution awards

I’m still coming down from the high that I experienced at .conf2015 a few weeks ago in Las Vegas. It was an outstanding event—from the great customer presentations, to the new product updates and the Search Party (the silent disco was a highlight!). That said, not much can compete with the honor I had in presenting this year’s Splunk Revolution Award Winners.

If you’re not familiar with the Splunk Revolution Awards, the awards were established to distinguish the “best of the best” among our customers and hopefully inspire others in the process. These are folks who share their stories and I’m blown away by what they’ve been able to accomplish with the Splunk Platform.

There was so much goodness that I could easily blog on each of the winners, but in the spirit of time management, here are a few highlights:

  • Simon Balz and Mika Borner
(LC Systems—Switzerland) – collaborated to develop the Alert Manager app, which works as an extension on top of Splunk’s built-in alerting mechanism. Incidentally, they also won the Splunk Apptitude contest with the Hyperthreat App Suite, which uses risk scoring to identify insider threats.
  • Khalid Ali (Symantec) – built a SIEM with Splunk software, then worked across Symantec’s IT Ops, Apps and Analytics teams to prove the value of the Splunk Platform as an enterprise solution.
  • Frank D’Arrigo (AAA Western and Central New York) – took first place in the Innovation category of Splunk’s Apptitude contest with his PRI Capacity app. Thanks to Frank, AAA uses Splunk Cloud to improve customer service by monitoring the company’s call management system. Frank developed a self-monitoring, self-diagnostic, and self-healing Splunk solution that helps AAA mitigate the risk of telephone busy signals across the Western and Central New York territory.

Revolution Award winners at the Partner Soiree

Revolution Award winners at the Partner Soiree

You can check out the full list of winners below, or click here to learn more about the awards. If you’re interesting in submitting for next year’s awards, pre-register for .conf2016, which will be held September 26-29, 2016, at the Walt Disney World Swan Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida.

Hope to see you in Orlando!



Full List of Winners



Simon Balz, LC Systems

Mika Borner, LC Systems

Ashok Sharma, QOS Technology



Khalid Ali, Symantec

Steven Selk, Sony Network Entertainment International

Rick Sigle, Jump Operations

Jordan Weinstein, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP



Dennis Berman, Capital One Services, LLC

Frank D’Arrigo, AAA Western and Central New York

Amanda Peck, The Walt Disney Company

Andrew Wurster, Atlassian Software Systems


Social Impact:

Tyler Menezes, StudentRND


Splunk Ninjas:

Joe Cramasta, Comcast

Charlie Huggard, Cerner Corporation

Maria McClelland, Oak Ridge National Labs

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Doug Merritt

Doug Merritt has served as Splunk’s president and CEO and a member of the Splunk Board since 2015. Previously, Doug served as senior vice president of field operations at Splunk from 2014 to 2015. Prior to joining Splunk, he served as senior vice president of products and solutions marketing at Cisco Systems, Inc., a networking company, from 2012 to 2014. From 2011 to 2012, he served as CEO of Baynote, Inc., a behavioral personalization and marketing technology company.  Previously, Doug served in a number of executive roles and as a member of the extended Executive Board at SAP A.G., from 2005 to 2011. From 2001 to 2004, he served as group vice president and general manager of the Human Capital Management Product Division at PeopleSoft Inc. (acquired by Oracle Corporation). He also co-founded and served as CEO of Icarian, Inc. (since acquired by Workstream Corp.), a cloud-based company, from 1996 to 2001. He holds a B.S. from The University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. He was born in 1964 and attended Miramonte High in Orinda, CA. 

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