Alexa for Business, Private Skills and Splunk

I was very excited to hear of the availability of Alexa for Business at AWS re:Invent 2017.

When the freely available and open source Splunk Alexa Integration was created in early 2016, it employed a little hack to make the skill private to the user and not published as a public Alexa Skill.Which is what you need when you are integrating with your own private Splunk environment.

This essentially entails running the Splunk Alexa skill under your own private development account.

Alexa for Business totally addresses this need with private skills.

I had an inkling this feature would be released by the Alexa team at some point, and it is now here.

So thank you Werner “Santa” Vogels and Team!

“… With Alexa for Business you can make these skills available to your shared devices and enrolled users without having to publish them to the Alexa Skills store…..”

“… When your skill is ready you can mark the skill as private, submit the skill, and then distribute it to your Alexa for Business account….”

We are here to help you with any setup and configuration of your Splunk Alexa environment that you require as well as custom development with the developer extension hooks built into the integration(look for “create your own dynamic actions in the docs“) that allow you to essentially achieve anything you can conceive of above and beyond the core functionality of mapping your voice intents to underlying SPL searches.

So please contact us so we can get you talking to Splunk.

Merry Xmas everyone and happy Splunking with your voice.

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Author: Damien Dallimore

After the better part of a decade working at Splunk as Worldwide Developer Evangelist, Damien's accumulated body of work has been extensively downloaded and installed in Splunk customer production environments globally, in fact, he is the most downloaded and production installed individual developer in the history of Splunk and many of his creations have become de facto standards in their respective domains, spanning public and private sector customers and all verticals that Splunk touches.He has presented to Splunk developers on the global stage at all sizes of Splunk and Industry developer events and been a trailblazer for countless other Splunk Apps, Tools, SDKS, Frameworks and Developer Initiatives.Damien founded BaboonBones and personally oversees all of the team's development and support.

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