Congrats to ex Microsoft-ie @, as he just joined @, as noted at  by the Seattle Times' own Brier Dudley...

Brad Lovering, one of Microsoft's top engineers until he left last year, is heading a new Seattle office for Splunk, according to a report by Mary Jo Foley.

Lovering is now vice president of development platform with the San Francisco-based company, which provides an enterprise IT data management system used by thousands of customers.

During his 24 years at Microsoft, Lovering rose to become one of the company's elite Technical Fellows.

Splunk investors include Bellevue's Ignition Partners, a venture firm led by a number of Microsoft veterans.

As noted, Brad was a techical fellow at Microsoft, an "acknowledgement of the key role a technical leader plays in driving intentional innovation".