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During my early days as a Professional Service consultant, I used to travel from one customer site to another, effectively living out of a suitcase. I was in my mid-20’s, and the lifestyle was fun and adventurous — it gave me the freedom to work without being tied to a 9–5 office gig. However, there was one thing that I couldn’t escape no matter how many miles I flew: an overbearingly strict boss. 

My manager was your typical Type-A from New York City with a razor-sharp tone and someone who had never used a pleasantry in his whole life. It was all business all the time, and he demanded the solutions I was building be top-notch. I have to thank him for teaching me an extremely valuable lesson — one that I’d carry throughout the rest of my career making my customers successful. A motto he repeated so many times it’s permanently inked onto my soul: 

“Don’t ever make a dashboard unless it’s interactive!”

  • Feb 21, 2019 8:48:45 AM |
  • Joshua McQueen

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During the Holiday Season I was doing what a lot of professionals in my industry do. I was enjoying some well deserved time off, spending time with my family, and closing out one particular task that I despise more than anything: submitting expense reports.

While slogging through hundreds of e-mail receipts, cancelled rides, and surge pricing statements I started to think, “man, I sure do take a lot of Uber rides”. Then a brilliant idea struck me! I should make an Uber Splunk App.

What follows is a three-part series dedicated to showing you how the sausage is made. How to go from a tiny inkling of an idea to a full-fledged use case. Why you should leverage a powerful data visualization tool (like Splunk) for rapid prototyping. Instead of focusing on the technical nuts-and-bolts we’ll explore “big ideas” like design, approach, and how to incorporate user feedback.

Follow these guidelines and your next Splunk App will be more intuitive, tell a more impactful story, and increase the value from your big data solution.

  • Feb 14, 2019 9:08:24 AM |
  • Joshua McQueen


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