Gravity R&D Partners with MageCloud

MageCloud – Simplifying Magento for eCommerce stores, Developers, and Agencies


Today, Gravity R&D and MageCloud have agreed to create a partnership. MageCloud has simplified the installation and maintenance of Magento installations for both developers and merchants. This partnership will benefit customers of both of our companies as we will be able to provide recommendation services for MageCloud’s ecommerce clients, just as MageCloud will help our clients manage their Magento installations.

By leveraging the power of Amazon Web Services, MageCloud makes Magento easier for users of all technical levels. If you’re just starting out with your first ecommerce store, you’ll appreciate how easy it is to use their platform to get a Magento store built in just three minutes without any technical skills. If you’re an experienced Magento developer or agency with tons of clients, you’ll also appreciate using MageCloud’s development and deployment automation tools that let you service all of your clients within an organized and easy to use dashboard.


MageCloud’s expertise covers all aspects of Magento. They offer various services depending on your needs, such as: reliable hosting, Magento themes, Magento extensions, migrating to Magento, Magento 2 installations, and an easy to use Magento Theme Editor. For a smooth Magento experience, there’s no better choice than MageCloud, best of all, getting started is free.


About MageCloud

MageCloud consists of a team of dedicated IT and business professionals who came together in order to make Magento more accessible for businesses and developers. MageCloud simplifies the Magento installation and management process, giving non-technical users the ability to take advantage of Magento. It also saves time for experienced developers, eliminating the mundane and repetitive task of setting up and managing multiple Magento stores for clients.

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Gravity R&D will be presenting and moderating at RecSys 2015!

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is holding their annual Recommender Systems conference (RecSys 2015) in Vienna, Austria later this month from the 16th to the 20th of September. RecSys is the premier international forum for the presentation of new research results, systems and techniques in the broad field of recommender systems. RecSys has an international presence and audience, with previous conferences having been held around the world in places like Silicon Valley, New York, Barcelona, and Hong Kong.

RecSys has over the years garnered the reputation of being the world’s most important annual conference for the presentation and discussion of recommender systems research. This conference can be seen as a collective of the major international research groups along with many of the world’s leading internet companies. Representatives from companies like Yahoo, Google, Pandora, LinkedIn, and Netflix will all be making a presence at the conference.

Gravity R&D’s prominent roles during the RecSys 2015 conference

The Gravity Team

Gravity R&D will be attending and delivering multiple presentations during the event as well as contributing through their involvement as a chair or co-chair in several events. Several members from Gravity R&D’s team will be attending, including:

  •      Domonkos Tikk – Founder and CEO
  •      Bottyan Nemeth – Founder and Product Owner
  •      István Pilászy – Founder and Head of Core Development
  •      Balázs Hidasi – Head of Data Mining and Research

Heading up Gravity R&D’s primary role at the conference, Domonkos Tikk will be the Industry Co-Chair along with Werner Geyer, a fellow colleague from IBM. Together, they have been organizing the RecSys 2015 Industry Program including the two Industry Sessions and the Industry Panel for the conference.

Three members of the Gravity R&D team will be delivering three separate presentations

A Gravity Team Member Presenting

Balázs Hidasi will be participating in the doctoral symposium being held at RecSys 2015. He will be presenting the results of his PhD thesis on Context-aware preference modeling with factorization. It revolves around his endorsement of the General Factorization Framework (GFF) and how to scale the training process to make accurate high factor models more viable.

Bottyán Németh will be giving an overview of Gravity R&D’s recommendation engine solution during Industry Session 2: Generic Platforms and Location-based Application Domains. Part of the focus will be on the challenges the team encountered with their rapid growth as the popularity of Gravity R&D’s solutions increased over time. Scaling up the business’s infrastructure to accommodate the increase in traffic led us to accordingly adjust our system architecture and the algorithms used to generate recommendations.

István Pilászy has been invited to talk at the Large-Scale Recommender Systems (LSRS) workshop. His discussion will cover his findings from the comparison of neighbor methods and matrix factorization through case studies on real-life recommendations. The LSRS workshop has historically been the most highly attended workshop during the conference. The goal of the workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners working on LSRS to collaborate and share ideas. Collectively, these groups will be better equipped to handle the increasing complexity associated with the shift into the era of Big Data.

Gravity R&D’s CEO making a strong appearance at RecSys 2015

In addition to being the previously mentioned Industry Co-Chair, Domonkos Tikk will be having a substantial presence at RecSys 2015 through his additional roles within the conference. His roles at RecSys 2015 lead to further reinforce Gravity R&D’s position as a key influencer and core member in the RecSys research and industry community. His additional Chair and Co-Chair positions during the conference include: Chair of Industry Session 1, Moderator of the Industry Panel on recommender system start-ups and Co-Chair of the workshop on Crowdsourcing and Human Computation for Recommender Systems (CrowdRec) workshop.

As a moderator on the Industry Panel, Domonkos Tikk will lead a discussion overviewing important points for businesses involved in recommender systems. Topics covered will include items like: What business models have and haven’t worked for companies in the past?, How can new startups succeed?, Is differentiation or effectiveness more important as a company?, and Generic versus custom tailored recommendation solutions.

The CrowdRec 2015 workshop serves as a forum within the RecSys community. As Co-Chair of this workshop, Domonkos Tikk will facilitate the discussion of crowd-related topics within the RecSys community. Leveraging the power of the crowd has the potential to improve recommender systems and realize new applications and services that were previously unimaginable. There’s currently so much potential that can result from the mutual collaboration of the RecSys community within the world of CrowdRec, facilitating this meeting of the minds is an exciting way for Gravity R&D to get involved.

Gravity R&D’s team is looking forward to making their contributions to the RecSys community and seeing how other organizations are making strides in the field of Recommender Systems. By collaborating our efforts together, the whole is surely greater than the sum of its parts.

You can find a full schedule of all events on the Program Page of the RecSys 2015 website.

See you in Vienna!

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Now Introducing: The RECO Platform

Big data isn’t just for big businesses. Our new product, the RECO platform, is taking Gravity R&D’s award winning technology and making it accessible for companies of all sizes. RECO uses the same technology behind Gravity R&D, but comes in a more simplified and miniaturized package. RECO is built to quickly integrate with all online e-commerce platforms like Shopify, WooCommerce, or Magento. Installation is as easy as copying in a code snippet alongside your Google Analytics code.

If you’ve been hesitating about whether or not to implement a recommendation engine into your website, there’s never been a better time than the present. For the next month, all new clients will receive 20% off for their first year with RECO. In addition to this promotion, the first 30 days are absolutely free and no credit card information or commitment is required. Integration is also easy and free.

Find out more about RECO by visiting their website and reading their newest blog post overviewing RECO in detail.

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Gravity Tech: Centralized logging (and more) with Apache Kafka

With numerous large enterprise customers (and several smaller ones), recommendation engines in the Gravity SaaS infrastructure generate around a terabyte of application logs a day, scattered on more than fifty hosts. This counts as moderate in today’s “big data” world, but it already exceeds the size where naive approaches to log aggregation and processing (like copy scripts to a central host or grepping on individual hosts) would work effectively: what you would like to do is see and process all logs at once, near real-time. Generally speaking, this is a distributed system, hence it needs a messaging solution.


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Gravity at the ICMA conference in Berlin

The International Classified Media Association (ICMA) is a trade organization representing the top players in the classified industry. Last week, Gravity took part in a global conference organized by ICMA in Berlin (May 6-8). The main focus of the conference was the sharing economy, a new business concept brought about mainly by the emergence of social media. As Gravity is a leading personalization provider for the classified industry, we talked about the importance of personalization in today’s digital world and highlighted the impact that mobile has on the way people use the internet, including classifieds.  If you’re interested in our presentation, check it out here:

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