• Joint meetup with the Internet of Things Madison

    Venue Forty Two

    Join us for a Joint Meetup with the Internet of Things Madison Meetup RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/MadisonIOT/events/254993581/ The Madison "IoT" Meetup is thrilled to be a part of Meet the Meetups II. Milwaukee's largest tech gathering will take place at Venue 42 in the historic Pabst brewery neighborhood. Meet the Meetups' vision is to connect and celebrate the region's growing tech community. On October 23rd, 25+ of Southeast Wisconsin's top technology meetups and user groups will unite for a night filled with tech talks, pizza and craft beer! REGISTER HERE, space is limited: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-the-meetups-ii-mkes-tech-largest-meetup-tickets-50038918753 Meet the Meetups II will feature: >> Lightning technical talks crowdsourced from the local tech meetup community. Submit your talk by October 1st, here: https://goo.gl/forms/FL8nTkPkNFXCKlJd2 >> An opportunity to connect with the leaders of all participating meetup and user groups at the event >> Technical demos from local companies Elastic's Scott Gose will be speaking. Given a set of data in your environment, think of a question; a question that you know can be answered by the data. How hard is it to get the answer? And more interestingly, what surprises are in the data, waiting to be uncovered. In this talk we’ll go from theory into practice as we examine a data set, index it, and then build a dashboard to answer our questions. Who knows what surprises we’ll find along the way. Scott Gose is a Solutions Architect for Elastic. He's focused on helping companies unlock answers in their data with the Elastic stack. Prior to Elastic, Scott worked at Endeca, a company that helped pioneer the field of faceted search & navigation. He's also worked professionally as a software developer writing in Go, Ruby, and Swift. Scott has a Computer Science degree from the University of Illinois. Meet the Meetups II is supported by Aurora Health Care, Delta Defense, Northwestern Mutual, Elasticsearch, Genesis10, MacGregor Partners, Mars Solutions Group, Skills Pipeline and Tesch Global, Participating meetup and user groups include: AWS Milwaukee, Azure Meetup, Big Data MKE, Brew City UX, Creative Mornings Milwaukee, Docker Milwaukee, FinTech Wisconsin, Girl Develop It Milwaukee, Greater MKE Java Meetup, Laravel Milwaukee, Madison "IoT" Meetup, Milwaukee Agile, Milwaukee Functional Programming User Group, Milwaukee JS, Milwaukee PHP User Group, MKE Blockchain Meetup, MKE Search, ReactJS Wisconsin, Salesforce Saturday, Startup Milwaukee, Web414, Wisconsin Salesforce Developer Group, Wisconsin .Net User Group, Wisconsin Technology Association and Women in Big Data’s Midwest Chapter. REGISTER HERE, space is limited: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-the-meetups-ii-mkes-tech-largest-meetup-tickets-50038918753

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  • Spelunking the Bitcoin Blockchain with Elasticsearch

    Madison Public Library - Central

    Spelunking the Bitcoin Blockchain with Elasticsearch It seems like we hear stories about blockchain and bitcoin every day. What if I told you the data is fascinating to visualize. What if I told you there are even secrets and mysterious things in the data? The bitcoin blockchain is now more than 300 million transactions which makes working with it difficult, that’s a huge amount of data. But thanks to the power of the Elastic Stack we can unlock its secrets in real time. Let’s take a walk through the blockchain together. Josh Bressers is the head of Product Security at Elastic. Josh has been involved in the security of products and projects, especially open source, for a very long time. Josh has helped build and manage security groups for many open source projects as well as a number of organizations. Everything from managing vulnerabilities, security development lifecycle, DevOps, security product management, security strategy, and nearly any other task that falls under the security umbrella. Josh co-hosts the Open Source Security Podcast. Josh is also an active member of the Distributed Weaknesses and Filing project which is in the process of leveraging the power of open source for CVEs. Over the past 18 months, Sentry Insurance has transitioned the bulk of our internal infrastructure monitoring to the Elastic Metricbeat platform. Rob and Brian will walk through the decisions that led us to select the Beats platform, successes/challenges of the implementation, as what’s next on our roadmap. We’ll end the brief overview with a live demo of the Sentry Beats platform and open Q&A discussion. Rob Baxter – Cloud & Platform Services Manager Brian Perrault – Senior Platform Engineer

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  • Inaugural Elastic Milwaukee meetup with Paylocity and TDS Telecom

    Join us for our first meetup in Milwaukee, WI! Thank you to devCodeCamp (http://devcodecamp.com/) for hosting us –– we'll be in Suite 206 The agenda for the evening will be: 6:00pm - doors open (food & beverage will be provided) 6:30pm - talks start and time for Q&A 1. Analyzing over 500 million logs per day with the Elastic Stack by Paylocity's Justin Purdy 2. How-to Build Kibana Visualization by TDS Telecom's Matt Gruett 8:00pm - we'll start to wrap things up, stick around and mingle for a bit Analyzing over 500 million logs per day with the Elastic Stack As SaaS provider Paylocity underwent massive growth over the past several years, keeping track of all their logs became a real challenge. Learn how they went from poring through individual logs to indexing and analyzing over 500 million logs per day with the Elastic Stack. Justin Purdy is a Systems Administrator at cloud-based payroll and HCM provider Paylocity. He has built several platforms to help provide monitoring and visibility into Paylocity's IT systems. Over the past year, he's led the project of implementing the Elastic Stack, and has helped it grow from a single use-case to a must-have tool across their Technology organization. How-to Build Kibana Visualization Learn what Kibana tricks TDS Telecom has used to show data percentages with Kibana’s pie chart visualization and real-world examples of the split slices and split charts features. Kibana’s histogram capabilities will get a lot of attention as well including how-tos on splitting histogram bars, building percentage-based histograms, forcing histograms into defined time periods, adjusting the Y-axis scale, using IP networks to create custom filters and creating fill-based histograms for visually plotting network bandwidth. Other visualizations such as mapping latitude and longitude, creating export tables and showing top 10 and bottom 10 data summaries will be discussed as well. This time will be largely interactive with plenty of time for Q&A. Matt Gruett is the manager of the IT Risk Management & Security team at TDS Telecom. He and his team manage customer-facing and internal enterprise security for TDS Telecom, which is the wireline and cable service provider division of parent company Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. (NYSE: TDS) While at TDS Telecom, Matt has worked as an architect and network security engineer creating security solutions for TDS Telecom’s residential and commercial customers for both the telephone and cable business units of the company. Previous to TDS Telecom, he worked in security and system administration/engineering in a number of other industry sectors including printing, entertainment and manufacturing at numerous companies including Big Idea Productions and Rockwell Automation. He has also done freelance writing including authoring a weekly column for technology blog network LockerGnome.com (http://www.lockergnome.com/)

  • How-to Build Kibana Visualizations

    TDS

    Join us for our upcoming meetup! Matt Gruett from TDS Telecom will be leading a how-to presentation on building visualizations in Kibana 5.2. Doors will open at 6pm and we'll have the how-to presentation start at 6:30pm. Learn what Kibana tricks TDS Telecom has used to show data percentages with Kibana’s pie chart visualization and real-world examples of the split slices and split charts features. Kibana’s histogram capabilities will get a lot of attention as well including how-tos on splitting histogram bars, building percentage-based histograms, forcing histograms into defined time periods, adjusting the Y-axis scale, using IP networks to create custom filters and creating fill-based histograms for visually plotting network bandwidth. Other visualizations such as mapping latitude and longitude, creating export tables and showing top 10 and bottom 10 data summaries will be discussed as well. This time will be largely interactive with plenty of time for Q&A. Matt Gruett is the manager of the IT Risk Management & Security team at TDS Telecom. He and his team manage customer-facing and internal enterprise security for TDS Telecom, which is the wireline and cable service provider division of parent company Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. (NYSE: TDS) While at TDS Telecom, Matt has worked as an architect and network security engineer creating security solutions for TDS Telecom’s residential and commercial customers for both the telephone and cable business units of the company. Previous to TDS Telecom, he worked in security and system administration/engineering in a number of other industry sectors including printing, entertainment and manufacturing at numerous companies including Big Idea Productions and Rockwell Automation. He has also done freelance writing including authoring a weekly column for technology blog network LockerGnome.com (http://www.lockergnome.com/)

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  • Elastic Meetup with Sentry Insurance

    Join us for our upcoming Elastic meetup in Madison. We'll have a talk from Sentry Insurance's Rob Baxter and Jared Kauppila on, "Elastic and the Enterprise – Elasticsearch at Sentry Insurance." Thank you to TDS Telecom for offering to host us again. Great conversation, food, and beverages will be provided! ---------------- Elastic and the Enterprise – Elasticsearch at Sentry Insurance Rob and Jared will walk through Sentry Insurance’s journey to Elasticsearch, from idea through implementation. The primary focus will be on Elastic Stack and it’s use in an enterprise logging solution but we will also touch on additional use cases as Sentry looks to incorporate Elastic as a key platform in our next generation application stack. Sentry Insurance is a mutual insurance company based in Stevens Point, WI (with several branch office locations throughout the country, including Madison) that offers life, group health, auto, and other property/casualty lines. Rob Baxter is an Infrastructure Operations Manager at Sentry Insurance whose responsibilities include the Sentry Application Platform Services and Enterprise Monitoring groups. The Platform Services group is responsible for day to day administration of Sentry’s .NET and Java applications, distributed messaging platforms (RabbitMQ), source control, and Elasticsearch clusters. Rob received a BS in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999 and worked as a web application developer before moving into the information security arena. He spent several years doing penetration testing and working with a number of log analysis/SIM/SEIM tools and doing system administration on Sentry’s Linux/Jboss application servers before moving into his current role. Jared Kauppila is a Senior Platform Engineer based in Sentry’s Steven’s Point Home Office. As a primary application support specialist, Jared saw firsthand the inefficiencies of a decentralized logging approach and was the primary advocate for Sentry to pursue an Elastic Stack solution. When not answering questions about Elasticsearch or Logstash for the rest of the enterprise, Jared is assigned to Sentry’s cloud & colocation initiative and working to develop the automation tooling that will support Sentry’s infrastructure operations as we transition out of our traditional on-premises data centers.​ ---------------- Whether you're new to the Elastic Stack or an experienced user, this user group will have good, technical conversations, and offer immediately-usable tactical tips. We are on the lookout for speakers, hosts, and community organizers. If you are interested in getting more involved with this user group, please reach out to us at [masked].

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  • Elastic Meetup on Timelion and Logstash Filters

    Join us on Tuesday, June 21st for our second Elastic meetup in Madison. Mike Heldebrant , a Solutions Architect for Elastic, will be discussing Timelion and Logstash filters. Great conversation, food, and beverages will be provided! ---------------- In this talk we'll dive deep into Timelion, discussing what you can do with it and how you can use it. Timelion (pronounced "Timeline") is a Kibana plugin that lets you visualize time series data in Elasticsearch using Kibana. Using a new expression syntax for Kibana, Timelion provides a way to describe queries, transformations, and visualization in one place, in one line. We’ll also dive deep into Logstash, and discuss how to use Logstash filters. We’ll cover the basics (simple log parsing, enrichment) as well as more advanced topics (a batch job elapsed time). Michael Heldebrant has been using open source technologies for 19 years. He currently works for Elastic as a Solutions Architect. He started with open source in support of his Ph.D research in Molecular Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. Michael continues his passion for data exploration, analysis and bioinformatics by helping harness the value of data with the Elastic stack. ---------------- Whether you're new to the Elastic Stack or an experienced user, this user group will have good, technical conversations, and offer immediately-usable tactical tips. We focus on technical tutorials and real world use cases in these meetups. So, please come ready to ask the hard questions and learn how the Elastic Stack can help you and your team! We are on the lookout for speakers, hosts, and community organizers. If you are interested in getting more involved with this user group, please reach out to us at [masked].

  • Elastic Meetup with TDS & Elastic{ON} recap

    We are excited to be hosting our first meetup for the new Madison & Milwaukee user group! We hope you can join us on Thursday, April 7th. Doors open at 6pm. Food, beverages, and great conversation will be provided! Our talks will start at 6:30pm *Please bring your ID for admission, this is a 21+ event* TDS Telecom - Looking to implement the Elastic Stack To start the meetup, our generous hosts and power users, TDS Telecom, will say hi and share how TDS Telecom is looking to use the Elastic Stack to provide logging solutions in a number of areas of the business. Matt Gruett is the manager of the IT Risk Management & Security team at TDS Telecom. He and his team manage customer-facing and internal enterprise security for TDS Telecom, which is the wireline and cable service provider division of parent company Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. (NYSE: TDS) While at TDS Telecom, Matt has worked as an architect and network security engineer creating security solutions for TDS Telecom’s residential and commercial customers for both the telephone and cable business units of the company. Previous to TDS Telecom, he worked in security and system administration/engineering in a number of other industry sectors including printing, entertainment and manufacturing at numerous companies including Big Idea Productions and Rockwell Automation. He has also done freelance writing including authoring a weekly column for technology blog network LockerGnome.com (http://www.lockergnome.com/). Tony Bichanich has been a system administrator/engineer in the Madison area for over 18 years, including the last 12 months within the TDS Telecom security team helping to tackle the security needs that arise in supporting enterprise business networks and service provider customer carrier networks with his big data expertise and experience. This is Tony's second stint at TDS Telecom, having previously worked for nearly 10 years on the systems team that managed servers within the TDS Telecom ISP. Before joining the security team with TDS Telecom he worked in a number of start-ups in the Madison area in varied industries including social media, could storage, and Internet retail. Elastic{0N}'16 Recap Then, time for a rapid review of outcomes from Elastic{ON}: At time warp speed, tech guru Mike H from the Elastic team will share the latest and greatest capabilities and use cases, from shredding and transforming log files and time series data with Logstash, to hitting the beat with Beats, to tuning Elastic clusters for mega load and showing budget-inspiring information visualizations with Kibana. And more, Oh, there is more! Can you say "several super SaaS's" five times fast? Michael Heldebrant has been using open source technologies for 19 years. He currently works for Elastic as a Solutions Architect. He started with open source in support of his Ph.D research in Molecular Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. Michael continues his passion for data exploration, analysis and bioinformatics by helping harness the value of data with the Elastic stack. ---------------------- Whether you're new to the Elastic Stack or an experienced user, this user group will have good, technical conversations, and offer immediately-usable tactical tips. We focus on technical tutorials and real world use cases in these meetups. So, please come ready to ask the hard questions and learn how the Elastic Stack can help you and your team! SPACE IS LIMITED - RSVP ASAP TO SAVE YOUR SPOT

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