Bristech Bytesize #12 - Thurs 21st Jan 2021

By Nicholas Hemley | January 6, 2021

Kieran Billingham - Multi-cloud Machine Learning: why you don’t need a centralised data stack to extract value from your data.

At GoCo, data is a group function. Historically, this allowed us to service multiple brands with a smaller team and a centralised data stack. However, as the organisation has grown through acquisitions keeping to one centralised stack has become much more difficult, forcing the data team to work across businesses and across multiple stacks.

In this talk, we discuss how GoCompare.com’s growth into a group has affected the way in which the data science team services the business, the journey from single cloud to multi-cloud machine learning production and the skills gap that needed bridging to achieve that.

To describe the transition, the recent deployment of a B2B API service using Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services will be used as an example, but we will not delve into the nitty gritty of the architecture.

About Kieran

Kieran is junior data scientist at the GoCo group, he has an MSc in data science and now works to build machine learning products for B2B partners using group data. Kieran is well versed in Azure services and is currently up-skilling across other cloud providers in order to deliver cross-cloud products. Previously, Kieran studied physics and provided business analytics for a FTSE 100 insurer and now works as an ambassador for STEM education.

Panel discussion participants to follow

Bristech Meetup Sponsors 2021

GoCo Group

GoCo Group is a tech-led business operating multiple leading brands that are focused on innovation and disruption with a common mission to help consumers save time and money, sustainably. Our people help us achieve this through a culture that embraces individuality, innovation and creativity.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) is an IaaS that delivers high-performance computing power to run cloud-native and enterprise company’s IT workloads. OCI provides real-time elasticity for enterprise applications by combining Oracle’s autonomous services, integrated security, and serverless computing. OCI has 30 regions worldwide and is also the only IaaS available in a company’s private data centre.

The OCI team in the UK build and run many core OCI services including API Gateway, Compute, Functions (FaaS), Container Engine for Kubernetes (OKE) Engine, Networking & Storage.

OVO Energy

Storm Consultancy

Storm works with startups, scale ups and corporate innovators to design and build world-class web apps, digital platforms and websites. Storm is here to see your digital business idea or project through from initial brainstorm to launch (and beyond!).

We’re your technology partner, your sounding board and your business confidant. We’re fully invested. We build partnerships and enjoy nothing more than celebrating your success.