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.
Splunk Conf 17 is just around the corner and this year AWS is a Peta level sponsor.
We’ve built several Splunk solutions that integrate with AWS over the years.Check out some of these innovative ways to bring the 2 platforms together for an even greater experience with your data!
We wrote the original App for indexing data in Splunk from Kinesis and it is used extensively to this day by Splunk customers.
What’s cool about this App is that it can handle text AND binary data in the Kinesis streams. What’s even cooler is that you can plug in your own custom handlers to preprocess the raw received data in the streams any way you want before indexing it in Splunk, powerful stuff!
What do you think the future experience of interacting with your data is going to be?
Is it going to be logging in by way of a user interface and then using your mouse/keyboard/gestures to view and interact with something on a display panel, or is it going to be more like simply talking with another person?
Introducing the “Talk to Splunk with Amazon Alexa” App
This is a Splunk App that enables your Splunk instance for interfacing with Amazon Alexa by way of a custom Alexa skill, thereby provisioning a completely voice based Natural Language Interface for Splunk.
You can then use an Alexa device such as Amazon’s Echo, Tap or Dot or another 3rd party hardware device to tell or ask Splunk anything you want.
Get answers to questions based off Splunk Searches
Ask for information, such as search command descriptions
Return static responses and audio file snippets
Developer extension hooks to plugin ANY custom voice driven requests and actions you want
The App also allows you to train your Splunk instance to the conversational vocabulary for your specific use case.
The ultimate vision I foresee here is a future where you can completely do away with your keyboard, mouse, monitor & login prompt.
Even right now there are use cases where having to look at a monitor or operate an input device are simply counter productive, infeasible or unsafe.Industrial operating environments immediately come to mind.
You should be able to be transparently & dynamically authenticated based on your voice signature and then simply converse with your data like how you would talk to another person… asking questions or requesting to perform some action.
This app is a step in the direction of this vision.