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About Expedia…

Expedia is the world’s largest online travel brand with 29 localized websites in addition to other online businesses such as Hotels.com. Their technology is also behind the travel bookings for over 10,000 partners including airlines and major tour operators.

Expedia have spent the last 3 years collecting, massaging and investing in their data set. They wanted to build a set of stunning visualizations that turn all this data into information that can be used across the business to drive change and decisions in addition to optimizing their customer’s experience. This is being delivered through a high profile DWH programme, working with data sets of the volume of up to 1.2 PB by the end of 2013, and built to scale up to considerably higher volumes moving forward.

Expedia’s Problem…

Despite having a substantial and very effective internal recruitment function and a good employee network, this was a very new area for Expedia and as a result they had been searching for over 9 months for the talent needed to architect and develop their Big Data programme in the UK. It was becoming business critical that they would be able to secure the right people and quickly…

The Approach…

Engage took detailed assignment briefs from the key Expedia stakeholders and set about mapping out the entire Big Data market across the whole of Europe – focusing on the largest and most complex Big Data programmes.

Our initial mapping covered over 500 Big Data engineers across Europe from which we delivered a shortlist within 3 weeks of engagement. Our research also provided Expedia with insight into how other orgainsations had successfully tackled major technology challenges and the structure of the teams that they had adopted - a big factor behind the decisions on the makeup future hires.

The Outcome…

We headhunted one of the best Hadoop leaders in the UK to move to Expedia and lead their programme, with a second hire joining within weeks of the first and a clear map of further resources that could be approached as the programme progressed.

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