Big Data in the Real World: Innovation and Scale for Rapid Business Growth

To stay ahead of the competition, e-learning technology company CPL Online tracks and analyzes detailed user interaction data, which it uses to improve its courses, deliver sophisticated reports and detailed insights to clients. As the rapidly growing volume of completed online courses generated a flood of data, the company’s original SQL-based e-learning platform simply could not keep up. By taking advantage of the performance, ease of use and integration of the open source big data platform HPCC Systems®, CPL Online now supports its growth with half the developers it originally anticipated. The company has also developed sophisticated new capabilities including next-generation courses, data visualization tools and cheating detection.

Join Flavio Villanustre, Vice President of Technology for HPCC Systems and David Dasher, Managing Director for CPL Online as they discuss how CPL Online implemented HPCC Systems to fuel their business growth. Flavio and David will share insights on best implementation practices and the unexpected benefits of their big data implementation.

The key takeaways of the webinar: 

  • Hear a real-world case study on how HPCC Systems is being utilized to handle high data demands while reducing developer resource demands
  • Get recommendations and guidance on enabling rapid development and implementation for your next big data initiative
  • See how businesses of any size can apply big data on commodity hardware to fuel business growth and find impactful meaning from their data
  • Learn how HPCC Systems enables sophisticated analysis and visualization to drive innovation and new commercial offerings
  • Dive into the architectural components of the HPCC Systems open source platform

About the Speakers

Dr. Flavio Villanustre

Vice President Technology

LexisNexis® Risk Solutions

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Dr. Flavio Villanustre leads HPCC Systems®, and is also VP, Technology for LexisNexis Risk Solutions®. In this position, he is responsible for Information and Physical Security, overall platform strategy and new product development. Dr. Villanustre is also involved in a number of projects involving Big Data integration, analytics and Business Intelligence. Previously, Dr. Villanustre was Director of Infrastructure for Seisint. Prior to 2001, Flavio served in a variety of roles at different companies including Infrastructure, Information Security and Information Technology. In addition to this, Dr. Villanustre has been involved with the open source community for over 15 years through multiple initiatives. Some of these include founding the first Linux User Group in Buenos Aires (BALUG) in 1994, releasing several pieces of software under different open source licenses, and evangelizing open source to different audiences through conferences, training and education. Prior to his technology career, Dr. Villanustre was a neurosurgeon.

David Dasher

Managing Director

CPL Online, CPL Training Group.

David Dasher is the Managing Director of CPL Online, part of CPL Training Group. With over 24 years’ experience within the IT sector, he has worked extensively in the UK’s corporate sector developing database, marketing, and management solutions. Under David’s leadership, CPL Online has established itself as the leading provider of e-Learning and digital services to the UK’s hospitality sector. Since the company’s inception in 2010, David has guided CPL Online to 100 percent growth year on year. Subsequently, David was also personally responsible for generating £1m worth of revenues in 2015/16. Away from his responsibilities as Managing Director, David is heavily involved in the company’s big data engineering operations. His hand-on approach has been fundamental in ensuring that CPL continues to lead the way in product design and development. David also sits on the Community Advisory Board for HPCC Systems® (LexisNexis® Risk Solutions).
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