CriblCon: The Power of Choice!

Written by Mike Dupuis

June 27, 2022

What a kickoff to the summer! That’s right, in the past two weeks, we got to welcome a lot of our ecosystem back with hugs, high fives, fist bumps, and air fives! It has been a great way to get welcomed into my new work family. That’s right, there’s no better feeling than getting to meet customers and THEY are the ones educating me on what Cribl does well, what would be awesome to see, AND more importantly, what Cribl would be like if it was a person (or a GOAT… shoutout to Ian, our mascot!)

If you didn’t get a chance to join us at our first ever CriblCon, I’d say skip all the way to the end of this blog to get the links, or else this might trigger a bit of FOMO! I’m only kidding, but it will only get you more excited about what we’re bringing to you at BlackHat and later this year.

Alright, let’s kick things off with a little recap. Earlier this year, YOU told us you wanted choice and control for your data AND for your live Cribl experience, so we went to work on delivering. After a little brainstorming, we realized that you probably already had other conferences planned and we didn’t want to “lock you in” if we decided to “roll our own” (just a pun to make sure you check out our Roll Your Own Pack contest), so we decided to bring the action to you! So, we set out to get you together with other Criblers to learn about what’s next and share best practices. No death by PowerPoint, just ways to collaborate, solve problems, share ideas, say ‘Hi’ in person, and have fun!

The First Criblcon!

How did we do? Well, keeping in line with our ‘Customers First, Always’ value, let me quote a customer who said, “It was fun! It was packed! It was a wall of people… Clint gave a talk and it was one of the best talks ever because it didn’t ramble on and it was not very salesy, it was just perfect! Now, I’m biased, however, I will agree with this customer–he also happens to lead the Cribl User Group, if you’d like to catch up with us virtually! The whole event was awesome, but since the NHL playoffs are about to wrap-up (which means I might gain a bunch of time back in a week), let’s do a quick ESPN-style breakdown by the numbers of the event. We had over 280 attendees made up of folks who were curious about Cribl, folks who are just starting out their journey, those looking to see what the goats are all about, and seasoned Criblers there to share better and best practices with each other. It was great to see the community in action. What you can’t see in the pictures is the fire marshall making sure we didn’t create an unsafe situation since we were the HOTTEST TICKET in Vegas on that Monday evening! Now for folks who didn’t get a chance to stop by, let’s jump into a recap and get people excited to join us on our next stop!

Let’s dive into CEO Clint Sharp’s talk. As Rich said, it was efficient and not too salesy. Clint reminded us of Cribl’s purpose which is to create breakthrough enterprise software that takes tech professionals from “THIS SUCKS” to “HELL YEAH!” Now in typical Clint fashion, he might have used a different vocabulary, but details, details. He then jumped to the topic of continuously delivering value through our vision. From Cribl Stream to Edge, and Search in the near future. At Cribl, we want to unlock ALL of your observability data and we will not rest until we do. He also reminded us that building the functionality of this platform is important to you, therefore it’s important to Cribl as we focus on our first-principles approach to developing and delivering solutions.

Solving Customer Problems In Rapid Fashion

Clint also covered one of my favorite customer stories. The one about Geneva Trading, a leading proprietary trading firm that completed dual ingestion, tagging, and index renaming within the first week of deployment. The rest of the 6 week migration timeline was focused on data integrity, field enrichment, and alert validation. If that’s not an amazing return on investment, I don’t know what is. For more Cribl + Splunk goodness, check out TransUnion’s presentation: TransUnion Teams Up with Cribl Stream to Drive Greater Efficiency.

After the presentation, we unleashed the masses back to the tee boxes for a little bit more fun and a whole lot more conversations. As I said before, I AM biased, but I really think this was an awesome event. It was especially amazing to me to see our community out in full force interacting with each other and sharing knowledge to help each other succeed. I hope to meet more of you at our second event next month!

Now if you aren’t part of the community yet, don’t delay any longer. Head on over to our Community page for more information.

See you at Blackhat!

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