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Phil Wills, Senior Software Architect at The Guardian

Phil Wills

Biography: Phil Wills

Phil Wills is senior software architect for Guardian News and Media. He doesn't believe it's possible to do this well without writing production code. Phil has helped rebuild and scale, integrate the editorial process for print and web and in recent years has driven the adoption of Scala, continuous delivery and data driven decision making.

Twitter: @philwills

Presentation: How Elasticsearch Powers the Guardian's Newsroom

Track: NoSQL / Time: Friday 13:20 - 14:10 / Location: Glazen Zaal is one of the world's most popular news websites, recently passing 100 million unique browsers in a month. Yet in the past, their journalists and editors found it difficult to get meaningful, timely data on what people were reading.

In response to these issues, Phil and colleagues at the Guardian built "ophan", an in-house real-time analytics system based on Elasticsearch. By working closely with journalists and editors, they've focused on what they can action to provide a better experience for the Guardian's existing readers and enable more people discover their unique content.

In this talk, Phil will dive into the details of ophan - obstacles faced by the newsroom that prompted them to build the system, how it works for alerting and how the tool has made the Guardian's readers - and staffers - lives better. While Phil explores this real world use case, Shay will cover the technical underpinnings of ophan with a deep dive into the Elasticsearch features and functionality that power the ophan system.

Attendees will leave with a solid understanding of Elasticsearch's features and architecture, all gained through the lens of a real-world use case.