Gwen Shapira nails one of the best aspects of NoSQL, generally, and MongoDB, particularly, in her “Love Your MongoDB” post. Namely, the freedom a dynamic schema offers developers. She writes:
MongoDB supports the most important paradigm of the post-relational-database era: Grab data first, structure it later. As much as DBAs don't want to hear about it - the requirement to define a data model and schema before you start collecting data creates serious friction on the starting phases of development.
Yes, Big Data is a big deal. No, it’s not the be-all, end-all. And it’s certainly not going to replace real people anytime soon.
Two articles serve to remind us of this.
The first is David Brooks’ excellent New York Times op-ed piece, entitled “What Data Can’t Do.” As cool as it is that the City of Chicago uses Big Data (and MongoDB) to improve services and lower crime, Brooks notes plenty of areas where data simply can’t solve our problems.
As he notes:
Data falls down on social analysis (“Computer-driven data analysis, on
When your business is innovation, throttling creativity with rigid, upfront schema design is a recipe for frustration. It’s therefore not surprising that Post+Beam, an innovation and communications “factory,” turned to MongoDB to enable rapid development. Part startup incubator, part branding and communication agency, part development firm, Post+Beam takes ideas and turns them into products.
Post+Beam’s first MongoDB-based product is Linea, a cross-platform photo browsing application that extends from web to mobile and enables users to create and share stories through photos, focusing on the photos and the collaboration around them, not photo storage.
With Christmas and New Year celebrations long gone, and the cold weather dragging on, we all need a little something to look forward until the sunshine returns. Thankfully, MongoDB Berlin is right around the corner - with more than 300 users and contributors attending, and over 20 sessions taking place thanks to 10gen engineers and MongoDB users, you'll have lots to look forward to at the event on February 26th 2013.
On The Agenda
This year's MongoDB Berlin conference offers over 20 unique sessions, led by a great mix of 10gen engineers and... Read More >
High school students only have to worry about one transcript: their own. But for Pearson, a multi-billion dollar learning company that operates in over 70 countries and employs some 36,000 people, its transcript management problem is much bigger. Pearson Education manages the transcripts for over 14 million students from more than 25,000 institutions, and makes and allows NTC member institutions to securely send records and transcripts to any of over 137,000 academic institutions, not to mention employers, licensure agencies, and scholarship organizations.
To manage this big data problem, Pearson turned to MongoDB as the underlying... Read More >
This is a guest post by Emrah Ozcelebi, CEO of SPP42, a leading NoSQL consultancy in Turkey.
Nokta, one of the largest Internet companies in Turkey, knows what it means to operate at scale. The Internet leader reaches over 84% of all Turkish Internet users, and its video platform, Izlesene.com, delivers more than 2.7 million videos with over 2 billion page views and significant video views. As a Facebook Timeline launch partner, Nokta’s Izlesene.com also enables significant video sharing on Facebook. Finally, Nokta also operates Turkey’s leading photo sharing site, Foto Kritik, as well as... Read More >
Rod Ebrahimi has a great piece in Forbes identifying three big Silicon Valley trends that will reshape the Financial Services industry. And while I think he’s right that increased transparency, more automation, and improved access to capital are, indeed, changing the way the Financial Services world operates, I can’t help but think he left out the biggest trend in Financial Services:
Open-source innovation in Big Data.
In his defense, Ebrahimi was focused more on front-office innovations in retail banking, like how much information banks share with Main Street customers like you and me. And perhaps he would consider open... Read More >