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How Ocado moved its databases to the cloud

Being the world’s largest online-only supermarket means Ocado eats big data for breakfast. Since its inception more than three years ago, the data team at Ocado Technology has been finding ever more efficient ways to manage Ocado’s digital footprint.

One way to achieve this goal was to be at...

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Code for Life, inspiring the next generation of technologists

Welcome to the Ocado Technology Webinars, where you can hear from the people building the ground-breaking, game-changing technology that powers Ocado, the world's largest online-only grocery retailer.

In this webinar Celine Boudier, Code for Life team leader, talks about how a group of volunteers at Ocado Technology are creating...

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Taking customer analytics to the cloud

One of the biggest projects under way in the Ocado Technology data team has been building our own solution for storing and processing extremely large sets of customer data in the cloud. An online-only supermarket, Ocado.com has a dedicated customer base of over 580,000 active users who visit our website...

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Adopting the Ceph storage platform at Ocado Technology

For many working with data, it has become clear that there’s only one way for it to go: up!

At Ocado, we produce huge amounts of data, from our customer-friendly websites to our highly-automated warehouses and our IoT-ready vans.

My team is responsible for building the high-performance data...

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The asynchronous, uncoordinated and continuous delivery of more than 35 microservices

Welcome to the Ocado Technology Webinars, where you can hear from the people building the ground-breaking, game-changing technology that powers Ocado, the world's largest online-only grocery retailer.

In this webinar Clayton Wells, OSP webshop team leader Ocado Technology, talks about the challenges involved in delivering more than 35 microservices.

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Ocado uses latest robotics technology from TUB for SoMa project

Ocado, the world’s largest online-only supermarket, has been evaluating the feasibility of robotic picking and packing of shopping orders in its highly-automated warehouses through the SoMa project, a Horizon 2020 framework programme for research and innovation funded by the European Union.

SoMa is a collaborative research project between...

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The ROI of public speaking

‘Public speaking is not for me’ - we often hear this from our colleagues. A fraction of them say ‘maybe one day’, however this day usually never comes.

Having just delivered my first keynote speech at a cross-government conference for product managers, I decided to review the cost and...

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Ocado's journey to the cloud using Amazon AWS

Welcome to the Ocado Technology Webinars, where you can hear from the people building the ground-breaking, game-changing technology that powers Ocado, the world's largest online-only grocery retailer.

In this webinar Alex Howard Whitaker, cloud services engineer at Ocado Technology, talks about the challenges and opportunities involved in adopting a...

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Rapid Router game from Ocado gets a Christmas makeover

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, but do you recall the most famous reindeer of all?

Ocado has employed the services of Santa and the world’s most famous red-nosed reindeer to help students improve their coding skills.

Winter scene in Rapid Router

Used by...

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Ocado Technology becomes 16-BIT Community Sponsor for Skills Matter

We are very excited to announce that Ocado Technology is now a 16-BIT Community Sponsor for Skills Matter. Over the past decade, Skills Matter has grown into Europe's largest community of coders and developers, gaining momentum in London’s thriving tech scene.

We are delighted we can count Ocado Technology as...

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Teaching robots to talk over 4G

When we were building the hardware architecture of the new warehouse in Andover, we realized we had developed a world first in radio design.

The new warehouse solution designed for our next generation of CFCs has thrown up lots of interesting technical challenges along the way. One of...

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How Ocado uses machine learning to improve customer service

Being the world’s largest online-only grocery supermarket with over 500,000 active customers means we get the opportunity to interact with people all across the UK on a daily basis. Ocado prides itself on offering the best customer service in the industry which is one of the many reasons why...

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Kanban tricks for solving problems fast

In October, my area within Ocado Technology undertook a radical transformation. Over the course of a single day we carried out an area-wide, self-selecting restructuring exercise. The team I now work in consists of six team members. None of us had worked together before. Although most of the other...

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All about HexagonJS, our latest open source project

Last weekend kicked off with an exciting announcement for my team: we’d just open sourced our HexagonJS project.

We’re looking forward to contributions from outside the company, so here’s what it does and why, and we hope to see you getting involved soon.

What is HexagonJS?

A modular, themeable...

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Self selection – how to restructure your team for greater autonomy.

One of our largest areas recently undertook a revolutionary self-selecting restructuring exercise, the goal being a complete split between teams working on two different propositions. The overall aim of this split is to achieve greater alignment, autonomy and purpose.

Following the principle that a collaborative and distributed approach is often...

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Why we’ve open-sourced Code for Life

In the spirit of collaboration, we’ve open-sourced the game and portal of our free Code for Life education initiative.

To give you a bit of background, Code for Life consists of free teaching resources, including lesson plans, videos, and the Rapid Router game.

To play, pupils use basic programming...

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SecondHands – developing the world’s most advanced collaborative robots

Recently we kicked off an exciting project to develop an autonomous humanoid robot. It will use artificial intelligence, machine learning and advanced vision systems to understand what human workers want, in order to offer assistance.

For example, it will be able to hand tools to maintenance technicians, and manipulate objects...

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How we created the first grocery app for the Apple Watch

Our intention was to make it effortless for Ocado customers to shop without even needing to get their phone out.

The Apple Watch app serves as an extension to the iPhone app, offering some extra options the user can perform in mere seconds. Our main focus was on quick...

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Why the Lords report on digital skills matters

On Tuesday the Lords’ Digital Skills Committee released a report, ‘Make or Break: The UK’s Digital Future’, warning of a digital skills gap and its impact.

For me, there were two points that particularly resonated:

One, that digital literacy should be a core...

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New open-source, closure tables, and a handy Django library

In computer science, data is often modelled in a hierarchical tree-based structure, with a root node and subtrees of child nodes:

Table 1

Within Ocado Technology, a number of our systems contain data that follows this structure, and it’s commonly stored in traditional relational databases, such as Postgres....

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New for Rapid Router – learn to code in Python

I’m proud to announce the latest update to our Code for Life teaching resource: your pupils can now learn to code in Python using the Rapid Router game.

For anyone who’s unfamiliar, Python is a proper coding language used by companies such as Google and NASA. It’s also simple to...

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