David Stephenson, CCEO, CluedIn

David Stephenson


Implementing a Real-Time Streaming Recommendation Engine within Two Weeks

Recommendation engines are critical in today’s ecommerce sector. They dramatically increase sales while simultaneously improving the customer shopping experience by helping customers quickly identify and locate the most relevant items. Implementing such a recommendation engine in production, however, can be a very expensive and time-consuming process. In this case study, Dr. Stephenson will explain how the Axel Springer digital group creatively leveraged existing technologies to build a real-time streaming implementation on an existing ecommerce platform — in only two weeks. Neo4j was used as a key part of the solution architecture that made this launch possible.


David Stephenson is an internationally recognized expert and frequent keynote speaker in the fields of Data Science and Big Data Analytics. He has led global analytics programs for companies such as eBay, Axel Springer and Coolblue (a skyrocketing ecommerce player in the Netherlands). David has also worked extensively in insurance, capital markets, and financial risk management and has served as an expert advisor to leading investment, private equity and management consulting firms. David completed his Ph.D. at Cornell University and was subsequently Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, teaching applied analytics to graduate students in the engineering and Wharton business schools. David is currently based in Amsterdam.