Boss of the SOC

Boss of the NOC

San Diego, CA
March 28, 2019

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Arcus-Data Join us for a Boss of the NOC (BOTN) competition hosted by Splunk and Arcus Data where teams of four compete against one another to solve five simulated scenarios they would normally face in their everyday IT life. We encourage contestants to sign up in teams of (up to) four for the best chance to become the Boss of the NOC! You will be competing for prizes and bragging rights. The five scenarios the teams can tackle in any order are:

  1. “My homepage won’t load..?”
  2. “I can’t get to the CMS!”
  3. “The network seems slow....
  4. “All my files are lost, HELP!”
  5. “Nobody can place any orders on our site!”
So, bring your out-of-the-box thought process and your can-do attitude for a fun for all event brought to you by the Splunk ITOA Specialist team.

  • If you wish to play on a team, please communicate with your team before registering to be sure and use exactly the same “Team Name”. (Pro-tip: Register with friends and co-workers with different professional backgrounds and varying areas of expertise for an advantage!).
  • Each BOTN participant must bring their own laptop with functional/configurable WiFi (OS doesn't matter as long as it can load Splunk in its browser).
  • Each player must be physically present for the competition.
  • Every player must register to participate in this event.
  • Attendees need a valid identification card and driver’s license to enter the building!
  • Every player must register to participate in this event.

For any questions about this competition, feel free to contact the BOTN Team.

Space is limited. Pre-registration required.


  • 9:00-9:30am: Registration
  • 9:30-10:00am: Welcome & Introduction
  • 10:00am-12:00pm: BOTN Competition
  • 12:00-1:00pm: Working Lunch
  • 1:00-3:00pm: BOTN Competition Continues
  • 3:00-3:30pm: Winners Announced & Closing

Event Details


Thursday, March 28, 2019
9:00am – 3:30pm


AWS Office
10300 Campus Point Dr.
San Diego, CA 92121



  • What is Boss of the NOC (BOTN)?: BOTN is a capture the flaq-esque competition, played in teams of (up to) four. You will search through real data sets in Splunk hunting for clues, irregularities, and ultimately root cause for real world incidents.

    It is a fun way to up-level your current Splunk skills, compete with/against co-workers and other Splunkers, and have some fun in the process!
  • What BOTN is NOT: BOTN is not an ‘Intro to Splunk’ training course. Competitors should have some beginning to intermediate knowledge of writing searches, understanding of sourcetypes, and other SPL-fu.This competition is fast paced, and time will be limited!
  • Who should play?: IT Operations Technicians
    Production Support Analysts
    NOC Analysts
    Application Analysts
    Anyone who has an interest in IT Operations activities and/or Splunk!
  • Prizes?!?!? You can win a coveted BOTN badge and a certificate proving you are the BOSS OF THE NOC. The winning team will receive a one-of-a-kind trophy to display at their workspace.

    We look forward to seeing you at BOTN!
    The Splunk ITOA Team