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Nordstrom Data Lab and AWS - David Von Lehman and Jason Wilson

Monday, March[masked] pm

The Nordstrom Data Lab is building out an API that powers product recommendations for our customer online and beyond. Recommendo, our flagship product, was built from the ground up using Node.js and AWS in a little over three months. Since launch in November 2013 we've served up over three billion recommendations and survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday without breaking a sweat. We'll be sharing our learnings for building and operating a high traffic API on the AWS platform as a service focusing on Node.js, Elastic Beanstalk, and DynamoDB. Additionally we'll discuss some of the cultural challenges and opportunities presented when adopting the public cloud at a large corporate IT organization. In short, we believe there are tremendous advantages to be had for enterprises willing to make the leap to the cloud.

Jason and David are developers in the Nordstrom Data Lab focusing on infrastructure development for Nordstrom's next generation personalization platform. Before joining Nordstrom Jason held various engineering roles in military / defense and gaming. David was previously a member of the Nordstrom Innovation Lab and prior to that spent several years as an Application Architect for

6:00-6:30 Food & Networking
6:30-7:30 Presentation
7:30-8:00 Q & A


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  • David Von L.

    3 · March 11, 2014

    • Michael I.

      Thank you! Great job...again.

      March 11, 2014

    • Zak

      Thank you.

      March 12, 2014

  • Jim

    Much thanks to Teri and AltaSource for planning and sponsoring this meetup and to David and Jason for their presentation.

    1 · March 11, 2014

  • Stephen W.

    Awesome project. Hopefully the graphs in slide form too. Thanks to AltaSource Group for sponsoring it.

    2 · March 10, 2014

  • Michael I.

    There was a slide in the deck tonight of which I had hoped to capture a snapshot. It was the final slide in the set with the old lady and the power lifter. Any chance someone might post it?

    1 · March 10, 2014

    • HK H.

      I too would love to see that list of attributes again on "Agility and ..."!

      March 10, 2014

  • Teri R.

    Thank you to everyone who attended, sponsor and speakers. I was very impressed by all and glad you could make it. Thank you all for supporting the group. Was fun!

    1 · March 10, 2014

  • Michael I.

    Thanks for a very informative meet up. I look forward to the next one.

    1 · March 10, 2014

  • Teri R.

    Doors are open until 6. Please try to come by six but can text me if late and I'll let you in. [masked]

    March 10, 2014

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