Splunk Certified Architect 6.3

It’s official — I got my Splunk Certified Architect 6.3 badge today. It was a lot more work than I though it would be; it’s definitely not just symbolic. Six classes at about 55 hours total (not including studying) capped off by a final lab that we had 24 hours to complete (I think I took about 8 hours, the first day running well past midnight.)

Splunk Certified Architect BadgeThe best way to learn about many technologies, I feel, is to get certified. Preparing for a certification forces you to study and learn the details and a lot of things that you might not have used before, but after learning them, may come in handy later. These classes and tests helped me understand how Splunk works and the depth of the tools and options it offers. It’s really a massive solution, and now I have a better handle on how to apply its various features for almost any type of environment.

The classes were very good as well as their instructors. The education program shows that it cares as much about the quality of their training materials and delivery as the engineers who built and support Splunk products. I always appreciated how Splunk was created and designed–it just felt like it made sense. Now that I demonstrably know a bit more, my instinct has been validated.

The Moral Dilema of Windows XP

Do we have a moral obligation to respond if we see someone using a clearly outdated operating system like Windows XP? Is it along the same lines as “if you see something, say something?” I guess it comes down to risk management. If the deprecated OS is observed using sensitive or personal data (such as in a doctor’s office), the need to do something is elevated. If you see it driving an electronic billboard, well maybe not so much.