WGSN asked Alex McLintock (Alephant's MD) to design a new Big Data system for them which would help them keep track of what clothes were available for purchase on almost every website around the world. This let them analyse fashion trends. Today this system is the popular product "InStock". This originally used Amazon Web Services and Cloudera's Distribution of Hadoop
WGSN Instock is a big data solution, made specifically for buyers and merchandisers working in fashion. Knowing when to back a trend and when to back off can be a multi-million pound decision. Instock gives you the confidence ? and the intelligence ? to get it right.
Funding Circle wanted a better way to process their financial risk calculations. Alex McLintock helped to integrate Hadoop with their existing SAS statistics code.
IG Group asked Alex McLintock to help them with their embryonic Hadoop project. They needed a Hadoop SME (Subject Matter Expert) to steer their infrastructure team. In particular Alex integrated Hadoop from Hortonworks with IG Group's Splunk setup - using Splunk's Hunk tool.
Find My Past Group, as part of DC Thompson, sought a way to improve the speed with which existing data could be re-ingested and presented to their customers. They wanted to learn how Big Data techniques might help revolutionise the way that they create new products and improve the maintenance of existing ones.