James D. Miller talks about “Mastering Splunk 8”.

James D. Miller is the author of Mastering Splunk 8, we got the chance to sit down with him and find out more about his experience of writing with Packt.

Q: How did you become an author for Packt? Tell us about your journey.

James: Packt reached out to me based upon my LinkedIn profile. I have authored 10 books with Packt to-date.

Q: How long did it take you to write the book?

James: 6 months.

Q: What was your motivation for writing this book?

James: Splunk is a front-running technology which is changing the global machine data landscape and readers would do well to gain experience with it.

Q: What kind of research did you do, and how long did you spend researching before beginning the book?

James: I had written other books on the topic in the past, so I spent around 1 month researching this title before beginning.

Q: What’s your take on the technologies discussed in the book? Where do you see these technologies heading in the future?

James: We can see Splunk continue to lead in all areas of consuming machine data – security, operational, machine learning, etc.

Q: How do you see these technologies benefiting society in the long run?

James: Splunk makes it possible to use any kind of data for real-world action at machine speed. When you bring data to everything, anything is possible. Take action in real-time!

Q: Did you face any challenges during the writing process? How did you overcome them?

James: Not really, I love to write and I love the topic. Packt was always there for any queries around the writing side of the project and I have a good support network.

Q: What advice would you give to readers learning tech? Do you have any top tips?

James: Read the book cover to cover and try the examples! Download the free trial version of the software and use it!

Q. How do you keep up-to-date on your tech?

James: Read everyday, leverage online training, keep it “hands on”!

Q. Can you share any blogs, websites and forums to help readers gain a holistic view of the tech they are learning?

James: splunkbase.com

Q. How would you describe your author journey with Packt? Would you recommend Packt to aspiring authors?

James: Very smooth! Yes I would recommend Packt!

You can find James’s book on Amazon by following the link below the cover image:

Mastering Splunk 8 – Available on Amazon.com