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Why Ocado Technology adopted a cloud-first strategy

Why Ocado Technology adopted a cloud-first strategy

Using the cloud, Ocado Technology is able to integrate hundreds of AWS-based microservices into a Google Cloud data lake that powers artificial intelligence capabilities across its infrastructure. Ocado uses the cloud to power the Ocado Smart Platform (OSP) and offer its solutions to large bricks-and-mortar grocery retailers worldwide.

Find out why the cloud has revolutionized the way Ocado Technology works from CTO Paul Clarke, including how moving to the cloud has accelerated the pace of innovation and has made development more cost effective:



The scalability the cloud is crucial to the delivery of OSP as a service. If you are interested in hearing more about our use of the cloud, Ocado Technology will be delivering two talks at QCon London 2018.

Alex Harvey, Head of Robotics and Autonomous Systems, and Paul Sweetman, Head of Software Architecture, will be delivering a headline talk on Tuesday 6th March. Their presentation will make up part of the Architecture You’ve Always Wondered About track, where the biggest names in technology will discuss their practices and proofs, looking into hot topics including self-driving cars, next-gen architecture and deep learning.

The talk will encompass the OSP journey as whole. This comes at a significant time, as it was only at the end of 2017 that Ocado signed their third international deal with Sobeys, the second largest grocery retailer in Canada, which had been preceded only a few months previously by the deal with Group Casino in France.

Alex and Paul will discuss all things OSP, including the control protocols for the army of 1,100 robots that will power the OSP Customer Fulfillment Center (CFC) in Andover, optimising delivery routes as customers shop and using machine learning to predict which products will be in high demand.



The architecture of this cloud-native platform has allowed Ocado to fulfill an order of 50 grocery items in under five minutes, a process that took Ocado’s first generation warehouses within the region of two hours. The talk will cover how Ocado Technology built built a solution combining AWS-based microservice architecture and Google Cloud-powered data analytics, with a swarm robotics grid controlled by an intelligent air traffic system running on private cloud that is unlike anything currently available on the market.  

And that’s not all: Carlos Garcia, OSP Fraud Team Lead, and Przemyslaw Pastuszka, ML Engineer, will be contributing to the Distributed Stateful Systems track the following day. Here they will present Ocado’s ML solution to fraud detection using Google Cloud – more to come in our blog later this month.

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Holly Godwin, PR Executive

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