Why Lead a Splunk User Group?

Many SplunkTrust members are User Group leaders - they are held in the highest esteem. Plus, it'll look great on your resume. And, as with most things Splunk, it will be fun!

 

User Group Leaders Can

  • Influence the discussion
  • Encourage others to share their knowledge
  • Decide where the meetings are held

 

A Splunk User Group Is

  • Free to attend
  • Open to everyone
  • Led by volunteers, both users and developers
  • Independently organized with support from Splunk
  • An ongoing group that meets regularly (once a month or once a quarter)
  • A friendly environment to ask questions and hear the latest Splunk news

 

A Splunk User Group Is Not

  • A place to hear or give sales pitches
  • A one-off or closed event

 

What to Expect

Developing an active community takes time. Depending on adoption levels and the number of users in your region, it could take some time before you identify your champions and your regulars. If you keep bringing people together for active discussions on the topics they're interested in, the group will grow. If your group is getting 5-10 people together on a regular basis to share their Splunk world with each other, then it's a success.

 

Picking a Venue

If you don't have access to a conference room or similar space at your office, or at the offices of another group member—no worries! Splunk User Group meetings work well at a pub or restaurant that has a private room. This doesn't have to be formal. In fact, people tend to relax and talk more if it's not.

 

Suggestions and Tips

  • When sending the meeting details, make it clear where attendees need to enter, park, etc.
  • Host the meeting in a central location that's easily accessible to participants
  • Create a break-out area for food and networking
  • Have a table set up near the entrance of the room for checking people off the attendee list, and greetings
  • Arrange for a dry erase board or flip charts and markers for brainstorming
  • Run groups round-table-style to promote discussion, rather than lecture style

 

Got Questions?

Don't be afraid to ask for help from the Community team at Splunk. We’re here to help.