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Evolutionary Content Management System

Travelodge is the UK’s first budget hotel company, and became the first hotel company to make budget hotel rooms available to buy online in the UK, when it first launched its...

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Configured for success

Our configuration management skills were put to work as we created a virtualised test environment, avoiding downtime but providing the flexible computing power they needed....

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New payment system

Park Group wanted an entirely new payment system, all of their own, in order to differentiate themselves in the savings and corporate rewards market. Our past record in...

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Scalable eCommerce

Northern Rock needed an eCommerce portal that could grow with their business and adapt to the changing needs of their web-connected customers. We delivered the application they...

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Chart topping app

How do you match pace with the relentless mobile commerce space? Our client had plans for a mobile application, but needed additional design, development and test resources in...

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Big Data Visualisation

Find out what happened when we combined our BIG data expertise with open data from Network Rail...

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Big Data Visualisation

Find out what happened when we combined our BIG data
expertise with open data from Network Rail

Big Data

Last year, Network Rail provided public access to all UK train movement data for the first time. This enabled data scientists to analyse the train data in many different ways. Here at RDF Group we were particular interested to review train performance data at a station level of granularity. We decided to present the data of train lateness visually as heat maps. We have been looking at Big Data technology and ways of offering the analysis capabilities it enables to our customers. We felt the storing, processing and visualisation of train movement data would be a good test of our Big Data infrastructure, technology stacks and demonstrate our technical capabilities. Also it would be a fun, interesting and rewarding project to do.

Over a three month period, starting in late 2013, four RDF Group developers set up an Agile team to investigate and trial various Big Data technologies. As a result of the project, several technologies were adopted. The types of Big Data technology that we looked at included products such as Hadoop, Cloudera, HBase, Stomp, Map Reduce, Flume and Oozie.

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