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Welcome to The Big Data Beard podcast, where we explore the trends, technology, and talented people making Big Data a big deal.

Welcome to The Big Data Beard podcast, where we explore the trends, technology, and talented people making Big Data a big deal.


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Welcome to The Big Data Beard podcast, where we explore the trends, technology, and talented people making Big Data a big deal.






The Splunk Trust & Splunk Community with Ryan Plas - #VR2C

It’s here!! Day 10 of 10 of our Virtual Race to .conf20 #VR2C! Today we chat about the Splunk Trust with Ryan Plas, Splunk Trust MVP. Ryan shares what it takes to earn one of the mythical Fez’s, and how to become a member of the Splunk Trust. He also shares some of his favorite tools and ways to engage with other Splunk users & partners. Love the Splunk community? Give this episode a listen. Full shownotes here


Splunk at Intel with Jac Noel & Merritte Stidston - #VR2C

We are on day 9 of 10 of the Virtual Race to .conf20, #VR2C! We sat down with Jac Noel – Security Solutions Architect in Intel IT Information Security, & Merritte Stidston – Technical Solution Specialist in Intel’s data platforms sales group. We hear how Intel is using Splunk internally, as well as their partnership with architectures based on the latest Intel technology. Jax and Merritte share how Intel is catching the bad guys with Splunk and how Intel is working with Splunk to optimize...


Splunk Observability & OpenTelemetry with Karthik Rau - #VR2C

We are on day 8 of or Virtual Race to .conf20 #VR2C. Today we hear about Karthik Rau, VP of Observability at Splunk. First we get a quick overview of what is observability and how Splunk is contributing to OpenTelemetry. Karhik also shares some of the standards needed for building a strong practice. To finish, we hear about how Splunk earned it’s spot in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for APM through it’s acquisition of SignalFX, Omnition and contributions to OpenTelemetry. Full shownotes here


Ethical Hacking and Splunk Security with Red River's Brian Clarke - #VR2C

It’s day 7 of our Virtual Race to .conf20! #VR2C Today we chat with Brian Clarke – Security SME, Design Engineering for Red River Technology. Brian shares his history of ethical hacking, and tells us of some of the security challenges organizations are facing today. We also learn how Red River uses Splunk to help solve IOT and security problems for a number of their customers in the federal space. Brian also shares what he’s excited for at .conf20 and what to be on the lookout for! Full...


The Arrow Autonomous Race Car with Joshua Parrish - #VR2C

We are at Daytona for day 6 of our Virtual Race to .conf20, #VR2C! Today we meet Joshua Parrish who is a Principal Field Applications Engineer for Arrow Electronics. Joshua shares around one of the coolest projects ever, the SAM (semi-autonomous mobility) car. We learn about the history of the project, and how it’s given drivers the ability to race again. Joshua also shares about the technical process of undertaking a project like this, and some of the design principles required for safe...


Splunk at Dell with Jaynene Hapanowicz & Will Hudson - #VR2C

Welcome to day five of our Virtual Race to .conf20 #VR2C! Our guests today are Jaynene Hapanowicz – CTO of Dell Digital, & Will Hudson – VP, IT for Dell Digital. We hear a bit around how Dell quickly implemented their work from home policy this year during the pandemic. Jaynene and Will also share a bit around Spunk and Observability are impacting them as they transition from a reactive to proactive IT environment. Full shownotes here


The Splunk Security Landscape with Albert Biketi - #VR2C

Join us on our fourth day of our virtual race to .conf20! #VR2C as we chat with Albert Biketi, VP of Security Business at Splunk. Albert shows us how businesses are going through a digital transformation and how we must change our security posture to adapt in this new digital world. We also hear about future trends of AI / ML as it relates to security with Splunk and learn a bit about some F1 trivia as well! Join in on the fun here. Full shownotes here


Racing Data Insights with McLaren and Splunk - #VR2C

Today on our Virtual Race to .conf20 #VR2C, we are at Silverstone! Dan McEwen Head of Partnerships at McLaren Racing and James Hodge, Chief Technical Advisor at Splunk join us and share insights around the McLaren and Splunk partnership. We learn about McLaren’s e-sports program, Veloce. Dan also shares what McLaren has learned through virtual racing and how James and team at Splunk have been able to quickly provide views into multiple data sources for real time insights in racing. Full...


Splunk AIOps with Kia Behnia - #VR2C

While we race at Laguna Seca on the #VR2C today, we chat with Kia Behnia, VP of IT Operations at Splunk. We learn how Splunk’s AIOps capabilities enable teams to provide 360 degree insights into your data. Kia shares how the networks landscape has change as we have transitioned to WFH this year. We also learn how AIOps is being applied to citical applications like SAP. Full shownotes here


Splunk and IOT with Red River's Amin Murad - #VR2C

Hear about the partners that are powering Splunk’s Virtual Race to .conf20. #VR2C Today we meet Amin Murad – Customer Solutions Architect at Red River Technologies. Amid shares how Red River helps customers use Splunk to answer their data analytics and IOT strategy. We also hear what’s next for the Splunk and Red River partnership, as well as what trends he’s excited about in the analytics space. Full shownotes here


The technologies that power AI with Nvidia's Chris Milroy

We've talked a lot about the application and use cases around Artificial Intelligence but we have not really gone into the infrastructure that is powering this awesome technology. In the season 7 finally of the Big Data Beard Podcast, Brett sits down with Nvidia's Chris Milroy to dig into the technologies that are powering AI today. Chris, a senior data scientist in Nvidia's public sector, talks about GPUs both past and present and their impact on the evolution of AI. Its not just about GPUs...


Talking To Servers and building Splunk Add-ons with Dean Jackson

Join Cory Minton as he chats with Kyle Prins & Dean Jackson around their newest development, The Redfish Add-on for Splunk! We dive into the history of Redfish, why open standards are important, and how to get started with redfish. We also discuss the use cases of monitoring your servers via the new api and what valuable use cases you'll have for it. To finish we discuss our experience with Splunk Add-on Builder and the next steps for our add-on. Full notes here.


The Three Pillars of AI in Federal with GAI

Today Cory and Kyle sit down with GAI President, Jay Lambke, and CTO Prem Jadwhani. GAI, or Government Acquisitions, is a Federal ISO-certified VAR focused on empowering Federal missions with cutting-edge research and development. Jay and Prem also discuss how the Federa is adopting machine learning and they can use the "3 pillars of AI" to achieve success. We also hear how laws being passed recently affect those technologies. Jay and Prem also share some of the challenges that the...


The Virtual Race to .Conf20 Announcement!

One year ago, the Big Data Beard Team set out on the most epic roadtrip on the #IOTRV. We learned a lot about Splunk, IOT data, and living in an RV. However, this year threw us a curveball. So we decided to make our epic roadtrip even more awesome! With Splunk .conf20 being virtual (as have most of the professional racing series), the Big Data Beard team decided to race ourselves (virtually) to .conf20! Come listen to our wild idea and some of the excitement around our Virtual Race 2...

Data Literacy and the Rise of the Citizen Data Scientist with Quanthub

In this week’s podcast, Cory Minton sits down with returning guest Matt Cowell, CEO of Quanthub, to hear about some of the innovation and changes that have been taking place at Quanthub over the past year. Quanthub, whose mission is to enable organizations to build great capabilities in data from data engineering to data science and advanced analytics provides skills assessments and a development platform to help organizations hire with confidence and for individuals to showcase and grow...


Smart Home Success with Dean Jackson

We're back for season 7! We hope you've all been safe and well. As for us, we've been social distancing, masking up, and balming our beards here. Oh! And we've been upgrading our smart homes! Since we haven't shared much, we thought we'd do that for today's episode. Today, Brett and Kyle are chatting with THE smart home guru, Dean Jackson! Dean's going to share his setup on his smart home, solar panels, smart doorbells, home data centre, and smart pool! We also hear about what Brett's...


Data Makes Us Faster: Apex Pro Digital Driving Coach

You’ve heard Cory Minton talk about his love of cars a lot on the Big Data Beard podcast, and in this episode he is joined by two fellow automotive enthusiasts, Andrew Raines and Austin Gurley, who founded Apex Pro. Building on their experiences in FSAE while attending Auburn University, these two used their unique combination of skills….Austin as a talented engineer and Andrew as an professional racing driver, to create a device that would give drivers like Cory real-time feedback on the...


Streaming Storage Reimagined

The Big Data Beard Podcast is back! To kick off our first episode of season 6, Cory Minton sits down with Amy Tenanes, Product Marketing Manager at Dell Technologies and Flavio Junquiera, Senior Distinguished Engineer at Dell Technologies to talk about all things streaming. In today's modern analytics world, streaming data is critical component that allows organizations to get the real-time insights to drive business decisions. Streams however provide challenges to traditional analytics...


The past, present, and future of the Big Data Beard

2019 has been a wild ride for the Big Data Beard podcast with a ton of great shows, all culminating in Season 5 and the epic Road Trip to Splunk .conf. During this episode, the team shares stories from the road, hard lessons learned in building the IOT RV and discuss the key takeaways from all of the incredible conversations we had in 2019. And with the holidays just around the corner, we talk about the tinkering we have planned for the holiday season and why Erin is considering crafting a...

Moving Data from Legacy to Next-Gen Platforms with Syncsort

This week's podcast, we meet with Dave Normandeau, VP Global Technology Alliances and Business Development from Syncsort. And Dave Hodgson, Chief Product Officer, from Syncsort. We review their 51 year old business and how they built the company around innovative data management products. Syncsort are specialists in moving data from the legacy platforms, like mainframes, to all the next gen platforms, like Splunk. We discuss use cases, the data types, and their Ironstream product which is...