Welcome to our new hosts
bol.com Techlab
by bol.com - Techlab
15h ago
It has been a while, we are back with a very special episode. One we never had before. One we knew one day would come. People were already asking on X “Will there be new episodes of Techlab”. And the answer is: Yes! As initiators of the Techlab Podcast we produced 118 episodes. Started in 2019 so 5 years ago. And the good news is, Techlab Podcast will continue!!!! In this episode we will explain more about this. Guests Anthony Moendir ; Principal Tech Lead • IT - Tech Enabling – TE Maybe you know him from the episode: Tech Radar - hard discussions lead to transparency Tim Beeren ; Softw ..read more
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Discovery for Technical Platform Teams
bol.com Techlab
by bol.com - Techlab
10M ago
There are two pillars in this episode. We start with the Technical Platform at bol.com. We'll explore what type of software engineering these teams are working on and what they are trying to achieve for the rest of our engineering community. The other part is Product Discovery. We try to figure out what problems we are solving in the discovery phase. While doing this we keep our focus on the Technical Platform and try to uncover how these specific challenges are solved. What this episode covers The Technical Platform: What are we trying to achieve by having Technical Platform teams? Which ..read more
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Elastic Search to the Cloud
bol.com Techlab
by bol.com - Techlab
11M ago
Moving Elastic Search to the Cloud. Elastic is one of the core components of the eCommerce Tech Platform. It powers the search engine as well as other trivial functions. In our own data center it has the biggest footprint. Time to discuss how the team approached this cloud journey. What this episode covers In this episode we want to answer these questions: How do I transfer my Elastic Search data? What is Elastic Search migration? How do I set up Elastic Search on Google Cloud? Does Google Cloud have Elastic Search? Is Elastic Search cloud free? How do I change my Elastic Search storage loca ..read more
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DDoS - specific attacks require AI powered washing solutions
bol.com Techlab
by bol.com - Techlab
1y ago
If you look at the title of this episode, you might think that we are going to unveil our details about how we protect the bol.com platform against DDoS attacks. We should be clear about this, we just can’t in the current world we live in. But we wanted to talk about this because the solution used is worthwhile sharing. So we double-checked with our security department and verified what aspects we can share; they are interesting enough. What this episode covers DDOS protection For an ecommerce site like bol.com, is this a large problem? With DDOS protection in place, what did we still miss ..read more
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The Buying Drip - A scoop of the 2nd book of Chantal Schinkels
bol.com Techlab
by bol.com - Techlab
1y ago
Chantal is on a mission. To make people aware of the buying drip or in Dutch "Koopinfuus". Together with Chantal we dive into this phenomenon and discuss what it is. We find out what the three pillars are that contribute to this drip. We make the connection with Tech. Tech empowers platforms like bol.com to use for the good and bad. Never before it was so important to be aware of this phenomenon and ask ourselves the question how we contribute to this. And just like her first book, it backed by a lot of research. The book will be released on the 17th of May and can be pre-ordered. What this e ..read more
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Tech Radar - hard discussions lead to transparency
bol.com Techlab
by bol.com - Techlab
1y ago
The Tech Radar is a tool to inspire and support Engineering teams at Bol.com to pick the best technologies for new projects; it provides a platform to share knowledge and experience in technologies, to reflect on technology decisions and continuously evolve our technology landscape. Based on the pioneering work of ThoughtWorks, our Tech Radar sets out the changes in technologies that are interesting in software development — changes that we think our engineering teams should pay attention to and use in their projects. What this episode covers We will answer questions like: What is a tech rad ..read more
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Neurodiversity - Two brave guests sharing their personal stories
bol.com Techlab
by bol.com - Techlab
1y ago
Neurodiversity is the idea that neurological differences, such as autism, ADHD, Tourette syndrome and dyslexia, should be recognized and respected as a natural form of human diversity, similar to cultural and ethnic diversity. The neurodiversity movement advocates for the rights and equality of individuals with neurological differences and promotes the idea that these differences should be celebrated and not stigmatized. What this episode covers We structured this episode about neurodiversity into a couple of main topics: Introduction of the topic of neurodiversity and providing some backgro ..read more
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Data Build Tool - a tool to build data
bol.com Techlab
by bol.com - Techlab
1y ago
The guest of our show presented the Data Build Tool, DBT, in one of our knowledge-sharing sessions. Especially the fun part is what I recognize when I look at this knowledge-sharing session. The guest of the show presented it in an enthusiastic way and used terms like: the macro functionality makes DBT awesome and Ephemeral is the Unique Selling Point. What this episode covers In General What is a Data Build Tool? What problems does it solve? What are the two versions? Cloud, CLI Why is it much more interesting to use than other ETL, transformation tools? Analytics Engineering Explain a bit ..read more
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The IT Girl - Chantal Schinkels
bol.com Techlab
by bol.com - Techlab
1y ago
Five years ago, Chantal found out she got a lower salary than a male colleague with less experience. Till that moment she was ok with the male-dominated Tech world. But this triggered her. She started reading about this topic, interviewed many people and decided to write this book. She became very passionate about this important topic which you can already feel when reading the book. And while interviewing her, Peter Paul and Peter were triggered many times by this passion. What this episode covers The Book The book is an excellent combination of research, examples, tip&tricks and even a ..read more
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Order Sourcing Simulation with Data Science
bol.com Techlab
by bol.com - Techlab
1y ago
Order Sourcing Simulation is needed to enable capacity steering over our warehouses, network of sellers and logistical partners. Data Science is used to predict customer behavior and simulate capacity impact. What this episode covers What is: Order Sourcing Capacity Steering (multiple warehouses, locations, etc) What is needed to do this well? Intake Etc. Now the context is clear, we can dive into the issue What do we need to solve/achieve? And when the why is clear, we can dive into the Data Science part: When did Data Science popped up? How do you use this for this issue? What challen ..read more
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