Shares of Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLK) rose Thursday evening after the data analytics company reported better than expected earnings and revenue for the most recent quarter.\r\nQ3 Earnings Summary\r\n\r\n \tEarnings: $0.58 per share\r\n \tRevenue: $626 million\r\n\r\nSplunk\u2019s earnings report exceeded analysts\u2019 expectations on both the top and bottom lines. For the quarter ending October 31, the company reported non-GAAP income per share of $0.58 on revenue of $626 million. Analysts in a median estimate had called for an EPS of $0.54 on revenue of $626.24 million.\r\n\r\nThe revenue number was 30% higher than a year earlier. Software revenues jumped 40% year-over-year to reach $454 million.\r\n\r\nJason Child, Splunk\u2019s chief financial officer, said term licenses and cloud offerings drove 53% of the company\u2019s annual recurring revenue (ARR) growth. The ARR component was worth $1.44 billion by the end of the quarter.\r\n\r\nThe impressive results were driven by 440 new enterprise clients from the U.S., Europe, Japan and Australia. New clients included Airbus Defence and Space, Anaplan and the U.S. Census Bureau.\r\n\r\nSplunk's management also issued positive guidance for its fiscal fourth quarter, which ends January 31, 2020. Over that period, the company expects total revenues to reach $780 million. For fiscal 2020, total revenues are forecast to hit $2.35 billion.\r\n\r\nMoving forward, Splunk expects its newly unveiled Data-to-Everything platform to be a major driver of growth. The technology enables companies to enhance their data-driven decision-making through a single platform.\r\n\r\nThe data analytics market is among the fastest-growing segments\r\n\r\nData analytics is one of the fastest-growing segments of the emerging technology landscape. Depending on who you ask, the \u2018big data\u2019 market is said to be worth around $49 billion annually \u2013 a figure that will more than double within the next decade.\r\nSPLK Stock Surges After Hours\r\nSplunk\u2019s share price flat-lined in regular trading Thursday before exploding higher after hours. SPLK was up more than 6% after the close before paring gains. The stock was last seen trading around $132.00, up 4%.\r\n\r\nAt current values, the stock is on track to exceed the $20 billion market capitalization when regular trading resumes Friday.\r\n\r\nSPLK has gained almost 23% year-to-date compared with 28% for the Nasdaq Composite Index. Despite the solid performance, Splunk is trading 12% below its 52-week high of $143.70.\r\n\r\nWall Street has given Splunk a \u201cbuy\u201d rating, based on 31 analyst reviews in the past year. As of Thursday, the stock is said to have 12.8% upside, according to MarketBeat.\r\n\r\nDisclaimer: Author holds no investment position in Splunk at the time of writing.