At Expedia, the tools for porting our machine learning pipeline to the cloud became extremely useful for improving other services. Notable amongst these was our marketplace design service.

In the hotel space, marketplace design amounts to incentivising hoteliers to abide by contractual obligations and enhance the experience for our customer base. This is crucial for both brand reputation as well as long-term conversion.

Using the statistical model deployment tools, some Spark ingenuity and help from Qubole solution architects, we managed to design a cloud-based system that lifted our on-prem python/hive/mongoDB marketplace design services to the cloud. In addition to speed and throughput, we found benefits in system flexibilty, clarity and functionality. Notably, we were immediately poised to consume streaming data rather than daily batch jobs.