Splunk’s Erik Swan Captures InfoWorld CTO 25 Award Honors

June 1, 2009

Splunk Technology Leadership and Approach Gains Further Validation From Industry Experts

SAN FRANCISCO, June 1 /PRNewswire/Splunk, the IT Search company, today announced that Splunk CTO, and co-founder, Erik Swan has been named as a recipient of the prestigious IDG InfoWorld CTO 25 Awards, an annual award that honors senior IT executives, like Swan, who demonstrate leadership within their companies and in the IT community. The honor further demonstrates the company’s commitment to leadership excellence and validation of its innovative IT Search approach for managing, securing and auditing IT.

InfoWorld believes that CTOs are often the unsung heroes of IT, potentially driving new technology development for customer-facing and/or internal use and managing and improving the core technology that underpins the business operations. In any case, the long-standing publication believes that it’s CTOs that translate the promise of technology into real business benefit. In his role at Splunk, Swan is the company’s chief product innovator. Having spent years managing large-scale IT infrastructures at companies like Yahoo!, Infoseek, Disney and Apple, Swan and the other Splunk founders were constantly frustrated by the inflexible and unfriendly tools required to manage, secure and audit these environments. With a “by the people, for the people” approach, Swan and his team are dedicated to building software they want to use. His approach to product development at Splunk is to trust autonomous teams of really smart people to deliver amazing innovations in an iterative, open environment.

“It’s true that our design philosophy is to deliver technology ‘by the people, for the people’. We’ve been committed to creating software that we really wanted to use ourselves. So it’s no wonder users and industry experts are enthusiastic fans,” said Erik Swan, CTO and co-founder, Splunk. “People in the trenches like sysadmins, security analysts, network engineers, developers or service desk and support staff can use Splunk right away and get the really challenging parts of their jobs done better, faster and more easily. Splunk users routinely solve problems in minutes that used to take them hours or days. That’s the power of Splunk, and the reason people love it.”

Swan and his Splunk team created an IT Search engine unique in its ability to quickly deploy, easily scale – and most importantly – provide companies with tangible, immediate results that validate a return on investment. Splunk’s innovative approach to keeping the IT infrastructure available, secure and compliant, enables customers to index and search logs, configurations, messages, traps, alerts, metrics and more from any IT component, from one location and in real time. Organizations use this data to troubleshoot outages, speed threat analysis and response, and drive compliance reporting.

“The diversity of challenges that a CTO faces was very evident in this year’s InfoWorld CTO 25 entries. But what was common across the 25 CTOs we chose as the year’s top CTOs was a combination of management savvy, technological insight, and the ability to lead a team to success even in difficult circumstances,” said Galen Gruman, executive editor, News and Features, InfoWorld . “This year’s honorees reinvented untenable legacies, provided game-changing insight to make their businesses succeed through the use of technology. Our honorees did much more than implement technology well; they brought its use to a new level.”

InfoWorld coverage, with additional detail of achievements by Swan and Splunk can be found at http://www.infoworld.com/t/it-management/best-ctos-2009-133.

In addition to earning this esteemed award, Splunk’s recent list of accomplishments include:

  • Q1 2009 results: adds 110 customers, best quarter ever (+110% over Q1 2008)
  • Winner 2009 SC Magazine Award, Europe: Best Integrated Security Solution
  • Winner of 2009 TiE50 Award
  • Ranked #1 in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 Rising Star
  • Thirty-one licensed customers in the Fortune 100
  • Named Among San Francisco Business Times “2008 Best Places to Work”

About InfoWorld Media Group

InfoWorld Media Group helps IT Decision Makers choose the right technology, within the context of a cohesive strategy for business impact at their organizations. InfoWorld identifies and promotes emerging technology segments that add unique value for the organizations that implement them, as well as the vendors that provide those solutions. Using an integrated communications approach including online, events, research, and a continued investment in an independent Test Center, InfoWorld analysts and editors provide hands-on analysis and evaluation, as well as expert commentary on issues surrounding emerging technologies and products. Visit InfoWorld at http://www.infoworld.com.

About International Data Group

International Data Group (IDG) is the world’s leading technology media, events, and research company. IDG’s online network includes more than 450 web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment and video games worldwide. IDG also publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers in 85 countries. IDG’s media brands include CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. IDG’s lead-generation service, IDG Connect, matches technology companies with an audience of engaged, high-quality IT professionals, influencers, and decision makers. IDG is a leading producer of more than 750 technology-related events including Macworld Conference & Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Entertainment for All Expo (E for All), DEMO, Storage Networking World, and IDC Directions. IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events. Over 900 IDC analysts in more than 90 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends.

Additional information about IDG, a privately held company, is available at http://www.idg.com.

About Splunk

Splunk is the IT Search company radically changing the way organizations manage and secure their IT infrastructures. Only Splunk enables you to search, analyze, monitor and report on data from any application, server or network device in real time to troubleshoot outages, investigate security incidents, meet compliance requirements, and more, in minutes instead of hours or days. Over 900 enterprises, government organizations and service providers, and more than 300,000 users, use Splunk to achieve higher availability, investigate security incidents in record time, and realize new levels of IT operational efficiency. Partners such as BT and Cisco and over 50 OEM, System Integrator, Value Added Reseller and Managed Service Provider partners are driving new business and fueling their offerings with IT Search. Download your own free copy of Splunk today at http://www.splunk.com


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