Former Microsoft tech fellow Brad Lovering to open R&D office for Splunk

Former Microsoft tech fellow Brad Lovering to open R&D office for Splunk

Summary: Brad Lovering, a former Microsoft Technical Fellow who left the company in October 2010, has a new gig. Lovering is opening the Seattle office for San Francisco-based Splunk, a company that indexes real-time and historical IT data.

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Brad Lovering, a former Microsoft Technical Fellow who left the company in October 2010, has a new gig. Lovering is opening the Seattle office for San Francisco-based Splunk, a company that indexes real-time and historical IT data.

The Splunk Seattle office, which will be dedicated to R&D, will open on February 8, according to Lovering, who has already been on the new job for a couple of weeks as Splunk's Vice President of Development Platform.

Lovering was a 24-plus-year Microsoft veteran -- and most recently head of the disintegrating Microsoft Oslo modeling effort -- when he left Microsoft last year. Lovering gave himself three months to investigate the Seattle market, something he needed to do, given Microsoft was the only place he had worked since college.

"I was at Microsoft so long. It was a universe" in and of itself, Lovering told me. Not being much of "a real networking kind of guy," his first order of business was to meet with anyone and everyone who sounded even remotely interesting, he said.

He met with venture capitalists, startups, bigger companies. He considered doing something on his own, he said. Then he met with Ignition Partners, a venture firm full of former Softies.

Splunk, a company doing "operational intelligence," was part of Ignition's portfolio. Splunk is looking to build a developer ecosystem around its technology, which enables users to search data from weblogs and a variety of other systems storing real-time information. Splunk allows users to search for events in specific time windows. Splunk is in the "big data" arena -- and is working on a cloud-computing platform/extension -- making the company a good fit for Lovering, who had been doing work at Microsoft involving databases, systems management and the cloud.

"There's a complete revolution in data management happening, and it is great to have found a place I can work on all that," he said.

Topics: Data Management, Banking, Data Centers, Enterprise Software, Microsoft, Software

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  • Hmmmm

    Traitor!
    BallmerFanBoy
    • RE: Former Microsoft tech fellow Brad Lovering to open R&D office for Splunk

      @BallmerFanBoy Traitor? Reallly? Because he left a company that makes PC Operating Systems, Games, and Office applications for an R&D company that does web analytics. Competitively, not even in each others ball park...it's not like he left Glee Club to play on the Football Team. It's a job, he got bored, he took another.
      Socratesfoot
  • Going where...

    ...the grass is greener.
    james347
  • Welcome to Splunk!

    Welcome aboard, Brad! We're stoked to have you!

    -JM
    http://www.splunk.com/
    johnmark9
  • RE: Former Microsoft tech fellow Brad Lovering to open R&D office for Splunk

    ugftpn,good post!
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