Creating a paradigm shift for bol.com marketing attribution

    Ivan Budincevic, on 8-09-2020
    Category: Development

    This year at Spaces Summit, the bol.com annual internal IT conference, I presented a talk about the work our team, Team SmartAds, has been doing in creating a new marketing attribution truth for our platform. About the talk How do we verify that we are using our marketing budget effectively? As bol.com, we are spending a considerable amount of our budget on digital marketing. Because of this, we need to be able to allocate this budget in the most effective, data-driven way possible. The four main methods for determining marketing…

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    Spaces Talk #4: From prototype to production. A real-life cloud story.

    Quiran Storey, on 24-08-2020
    Category: Architecture, Cloud, Infrastructure, Development

    This year the bol.com Spaces Summit was held virtually and Anastasija and myself, Quiran Storey, presented a talk on a topic that is close to our daily work “From prototype to production. A real-life cloud story.” About the talk All things start out as ideas, or prototypes, and our R2D2 is no different. In this talk we will give you a glimpse of how bol.com’s self-service cloud provisioning tool came to be. But also how it is constantly evolving from a proof of concept to a full-on production system. We…

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    Spaces Talk #3: How to work the climbing ladder?

    Asparuh Hristov, on 10-08-2020
    Category: Blog, Culture

    I, Asparuh Hristov, a Data Science Craft Lead at bol.com, believe that my working experience actually helps my other huge passion: Climbing. Sure, my work leaves a limited amount of time for actual climbing, but at the same time improved the quality of this time spent practicing my hobby tremendously. During the Spaces Summit 2020 digital conference from bol.com, I did a talk on “How to work the climbing ladder?”. About the talk “Your job should be your passion” has been repeatedly questioned by work/life-balance “gurus” with the argument that…

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    Spaces Talk #2: Introduction to Sociotechnical Architecture

    Eduardo da Silva, on 27-07-2020
    Category: Architecture, Development

    I’ve had the great pleasure of giving a talk at the Spaces Summit 2020, the internal bol.com Tech conference. About the talk Maximizing the impact of our products is more than just thinking about their technical architecture. Doing so would lead to just partially optimizing their potential impact. Instead, we need to follow an approach that also recognizes people (i.e. the teams building the products) as a central element in the design space. This way of co-designing is termed “Sociotechnical Architecture”. In my talk on this topic, I first lay…

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    Spaces Talk #1: They took our jobs!

    Asparuh Hristov, on 13-07-2020
    Category: Blog, Data Science & AI

    Spaces Summit is our annual internal bol.com conference for IT, by IT, and friends: Two fun days of inspiration, knowledge sharing, bragging, and community. This year we had our first digital version of the summit. My name is Asparuh Hristov and working as a Data Science Craft Lead in the Forecasting team, I keep encountering people that believe Machine Learning can automate all existing jobs, including Data Science itself. I hope that this talk can bring a bit more of understanding what Data Science is, which steps can be automated…

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    Spaces Summit goes virtual – Organising our internal tech conference

    Peter Brouwers, Peter Paul van de Beek, on 28-05-2020
    Category: Culture, Podcast

    Spaces Summit in corona time means Spaces Summit goes virtual. Maybe you remember from last year that we have an annual internal tech conference at bol.com. Given the measures, in place, we can’t come together. So, we go for a digital online equivalent. We wanted to know what it takes to organise an event like this? But we found out there’s an even more important step before. It’s getting the answer to the question “what are we going to do?” Many people and organisations who are organizing conferences, meetups, summits…

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    Scary close to fully autonomous teams at Onefootball

    Peter Brouwers, Peter Paul van de Beek, on 3-07-2019
    Category: Podcast

    This is a special episode of the bol.com Techlab Podcast. It’s recorded on at our own Tech Conference the bol.com spaces summit. Directly after Jim gave his presentation about ‘scary close to fully autonomous teams at Onefootball’ we interviewed him. We had a great presentation at Spaces Summit with the Title: “scary close to fully autonomous teams”. Within bol.com we strive for autonomous teams because we believe that we will go faster, are more agile and we have more fun. But it is also great to hear from people outside…

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    Spaces Summit 2019 – Part II

    Peter Paul van de Beek, Peter Brouwers, on 27-06-2019
    Category: Podcast

    Three years ago, a group of enthusiastic engineers gathered together during the Friday drinks. They wanted to interact more in the growing organization. Learn more from each other by sharing cool stories. The plan for a bol.com tech summit was born, they called it Spaces Summit.   Three years later the 3rd edition in succession is organized by a dedicated team of committed engineers. It’s the 13th of June and the Techlab Podcast team is on the Spaces Summit 2019 location to give you an impression of the Spaces Summit.   In the previous episode of the podcast we interviewed one…

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    Spaces Summit 2019 – Part I

    Peter Paul van de Beek, Peter Brouwers, on 20-06-2019
    Category: Podcast

    Three years ago a group of enthusiastic engineers gathered together during the Friday drinks. They wanted to interact more in the growing organization. Learn more from each other by sharing cool stories. The plan for a bol.com tech summit was born, they called it Spaces Summit.   Three years later the 3rd edition in succession is organized by a dedicated team of committed engineers. It’s the 13th of June and the Techlab Podcast team is on the Spaces Summit location to give you an impression of the Spaces Summit.   We interviewed one of the committee members to tell you the What, Why…

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    Spaces Summit – Launching for the 3rd edition

    Niels Kuiper, on 7-06-2019
    Category: Culture, Development, Events

    On June 13th, we organize the third edition of Spaces Summit: an internal tech conference for and by bol.com IT. From the start of the idea three years ago at a “borrel” (Friday afternoon drinks), Spaces Summit has become the biggest event inside bol.com IT to get inspired, learn, share knowledge, show off and get together as a community . This third edition will again be bigger than last year: a total of 500 attendees (150 more than last year!), an unusual afternoon keynote, inspiring talks on a variety of subjects, good…

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    Life of an IT Intern at bol.com

    Laura & Paul, on 11-09-2018
    Category: Blog, Culture, Development

    At bol.com, we deal with a lot of complex, technical challenges. Luckily, we also attract a lot of people who like a good challenge. This blog features two of our valuable interns, who chose to do a project with bol.com to benefit both us, and their studies. Read about their experiences, and the fun they had while doing their awesome work.

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