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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.
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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 government can face with artificial intelligence; like how to scale and secure these complex platforms. Full shownotes can be found here.
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 learned setting up his smart home, as well as some tips and tricks to help you get started as well.Full shownotes here.
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 track about the performance capabilities of their vehicle.  Listen in to hear how this start-up in Birmingham has transformed data acquisition for drivers to real-time feedback powered by IoT and machine learning.  Be sure to listen all the way to the end as Andrew shares his top tips for amateurs to improve their performance based on not only his experience, but the massive amounts of data they now have in hand. If you are interested in getting one of these awesome devices yourself, head over to Music from this episode is by Andrew Belle.
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 platforms.  Amy and Flavio dive into these challenges and introduce Pravega, an Apache open-source project that provides a new storage abstraction for continuous and unbounded data.  The team discusses how Pravega solves unique challenges, how it compares to other open-source projects and how organizations are using Pravega today.  Amy and Flavio also share how Dell Technologies has incorporated Pravega into Dell's Streaming Data Platform, a new solution designed specifically to help organization easily and quickly get value out of their data streams. Want to enter for a chance to win a free copy of Streaming Systems by Tyler Akidau?  Click here to get your hands on Pravega and check it out for yourself.  To enter for a chance to win, tweet your experience with Pravega to @PravegaIO!
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 raft to cross the Caribbean. This will be the last episode of Season 5 of the podcast and the last one for 2019...but this is not the end.  While we are going to have some changes to publishing schedules in 2020, we want your feedback on what you want to hear from the Big Data Beard podcast.  Comment below or on Twitter and guide us on our search in 2020 for the most interesting and inspiring use cases of AI and Big Data changing our world!
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 available in a free and paid version.
We're at Splunk's .conf 19 with SVP & GM Rick Fitz. Rick climbs in the #IoTRV with Cory Minton as they discuss Rick's history around campervans and IT software tools. We also hear about Splunk's recent acquisitions of SignalFX among other new logos to join the family. Rick shares what exactly goes into acquiring a company (hint: its not just the tech) and how AI plays a role in the new announcements from Splunk!
Recorded at Splunk’s .conf 2019, Cory sits down with Sendur Sellakumar, Chief Product Officer at Splunk to dive into all the great product announcements unveiled at the 10th annual .conf.  Every year, Splunk releases multitudes of features into Splunk Enterprise to provide customers with a best in class product but Sendur talks about how this year, Splunk has gone above and beyond the stack that is Splunk Enterprise.  Cory and Sendur unpack some of the major announcements such as Data Fabric Search, Data Stream Processor and Splunk Enterprise 8.0 and get insights into how Splunk is evolving to enable Data to Everything.
Splunk .conf is one of our favorite weeks of the year.  After a 14 day #RoadTrip2conf we couldn't think of a better way to start our .conf19 then to sit down with Splunk CEO Doug Merritt.  Cory and Doug discuss Splunk's vision around Data to Everything, Splunk4Good, the Splunk community and much more.
Passing through Colorado on our Road Trip 2 .conf19, we caught up with Andi Mann, Chief Technology Advocate for Splunk in the final podcast before Splunk .conf19. Tune in to hear Andi share innovative stories from his work in DevOps and how organizations use the powerful Splunk platform to mine valuable insights from all the emerging ops categories.  You'll get a preview of Andi's sessions at .conf19 and hear his passion for this exciting gathering of techies from around the world. Follow our entire adventure and all of our livestreams, podcasts, and live dashboards at
On day 11 of the Road Trip 2 .conf, Cory and Brett sit down with Davitt Potter, Global Security Practice Lead and Frank Lyles, Splunk Sales Engineer to hear how Arrow is helping customers manage the complexities and ever the evolving landscape important areas like security and IoT.  At the beautiful Arrow HQ in Denver, Davitt and Frank talk about how Arrow's mission and strategy and the partner ecosystem they are leveraging to help their customers.  Cory and Brett hear about Arrow's partnership with Splunk and the way this partnership is helping customers.
Join us in Dallas, Texas when we catch up with Gregg Woodcock & Noah Woodcock to learn why and how they built Splunxter, their Splunk consulting practice during The Big Data Beard Road Trip to Splunk's .conf 2019! We also chat about Gregg's activity on Splunk Answers as well as the Dallas Splunk User Group he started. We also get a preview of Gregg's new venture, Siemplicity, and how it will utilize Splunk to simplify for SIEM. Be sure to checkout their 2018 .conf talk here. Find out more here: Follow our entire adventure and all of our livestreams, podcasts, and live dashboards at is one of the most frequently visited eCommerce sites and is a major contributor to Dell Technologies revenue.  Where even minutes of downtime could cause millions in lost revenue, it's up to the Dell Technologies Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) team to ensure continuous availability. On day 9 from our #RoadTrip2conf, Kyle and Brett sit down with the team charged with ensuring is always up and running.  Scott Mosqueda, Sr. Director for SRE and Tanuj Arcot, Lead SRE Engineer talk about their responsibility to keep up and running and how they turned to Splunk to help.  Scott and Tanuj go into how Splunk was introduced into the data center and the evolution of how it's been used.
On the 8th day of our Road Trip 2 .conf, we find ourselves at the Dell Technologies headquarters in Round Rock, TX.  Cory and Brett sit down with Dell's new Chief Digital Officer, Jen Felch to hear about Dell's vision for digital transformation.  In a organization where digital transformation is a never ending journey, Jen talks about the role that  people, process technology and culture play in driving Dell's strategy and next phases of digital transformation.
Join Cory and Kyle in Nashville, TN as we go under the Fez, into the mind of the Splunk Trust. We chat with Splunk Trust members Duane "DuckFez" Waddle and George Starcher, discussing the history of Splunk Trust, how Duane became "DuckFez", and what really goes into being able to wear the black fez. We also chat about the community surrounding Splunk Answers, icq, and the slack channel.
It's Day 4 of our #RoadTrip2conf!  In our journey so far, we have traveled across 9 states and have had some excellent conversations.  For the podcast today, Kevin Steeprow and Ramon Taylor join Cory and Kyle for round 2.  Kevin and Ramon provide a deeper look into the tools and technologies that customers are using to solve their analytics challenges and further their AI capabilities.
We are just outside Washington DC on day 2 of the #RoadTrip2Conf. Join us as Brett and Cory sit down with Navy veteran and Splunk's Public Sector Chief Technical Advisor, Juliana Vida. Juliana shares insights from her career as a naval officer turned technologist. She also provides advice for military personnel wanting to broaden their career in IT. Then we dive in on the power of data and how its helping transform experiences from higher education to military intelligence.
It's day 2 of our #RoadTrip2conf and today we are in Washington D.C meeting with Red River Technology.  In today's podcast Cory and Kyle sit down with Kevin Steeprow, VP of Design Engineering and Ramon Thomas, Design Engineering Manager.  Kevin and Ramon provide a glimpse into how Red River is helping customers make sense of their data and turn insights in actionable intelligence.  
Its finally here! The Big Data Beard team has started its epic Road Trip 2 .conf today.  I can think of no better way to kick off our Road Trip series of podcasts than with Splunk's very own Jeff Champagne.  In the first episode of season 5, Brett and Kyle sit down with Jeff and get his thoughts on how customers are deploying Splunk at scale, deployment trends and the evolution of SplunkNext.
Season four of the Big Data Beard podcast was 36 weeks of episodes following the trends, technology, and talented people making AI, IoT, and Big Data a big deal.  In season five, you're in for something different. This is going to be a very short, but crazy busy season of podcasts from the Big Data Beard.  Starting October 7th, you'll see a new podcast post every day, Monday to Friday until October 18th.  Then you'll see the podcasts we record during Splunk's .conf19 publish each Tuesday following the conference.  And don't forget to check out our YouTube channel for our daily "Breakfast With The Beards" during the Road Trip 2 .conf! You can follow along with all our progress on the Road Trip simply by going to and click on Road Trip 2 .conf. Join us on this wild adventure as we uncover the incredible stories of Digital Transformation with Splunk and our sponsors, Dell Technologies, VMware, Red River Technologies, Arrow Electronics, and Converging Data!
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