Announcing the MongoDB Startup Accelerator
At MongoDB World last month, we announced the first MongoDB Startup Accelerator – a program designed to give early-stage startups the resources they need to grow their businesses. For startups, time and money are the scarcest resources, and being able to focus on application functionality and experience means the difference between delighting and disappointing your customers. That’s why so many startups, like Bond and Checkr , run their applications on MongoDB Atlas , the managed Database-as-a-Service for MongoDB. With Atlas, they can offload their operations to the MongoDB experts, and focus their efforts on building new features and getting more customers. To support the startup community, we’re offering eligible companies in the program free access to MongoDB Atlas, along with hands on support from our engineering, customer success, and marketing teams to ensure they have the best resources to grow their businesses. Our first cohort includes the companies listed below, who are using data and the power of MongoDB to innovate in exciting new areas including the development of emerging markets, travel, and education: ClearScholar is the leading student engagement platform that empowers learning institutions to build, retain, and grow life-long relationships with students. Selected is a platform for matching great teachers with great schools. TripCloud is all-in-one travel desk software for mid-sized companies, travel managers, business travelers, assistants, office administrators, and accountants. Lorem connects the existing 100 million website owners to the best freelancers on the web. We’re currently accepting startups into the program. To apply for the program, fill out the short form and get started with MongoDB Atlas.
Escape the Room, Meet the Drivers Team, and More at MongoDB World
When you go to a conference, your goal is to get actionable advice to bring back to your team – and have a great time doing it! At MongoDB World 2017 , alongside the 80+ technical and interactive sessions we’re planning, we have a number of fun programs that can help you get the most out of your two days of MongoDB education. Here’s what we’re brewing for the event: MongoDB’s Escape the Room Many of you have heard of Escape the Room challenges – and some have you might be talented escapers. At MongoDB World, we’ll be testing your knowledge with the Escape the Room Challenge. How does it work? Groups of 2-6 people can sign up to play. You will be locked in a room and given 10-15 min to solve 4 riddles in order to escape the room. All riddles will be based on MongoDB 3.4 features and will require the group to work together; refresh your knowledge so you can escape in record time! The free M034 course at MongoDB University will walk you through all of the updates in MongoDB 3.4. The Sharding Game: Are You Smarter Than a MongoDB Engineer? How well do you know MongoDB? See if you can beat MongoDB engineers and fellow conference attendees in a multiple choice, multiplayer game. You’ll be ranked on knowledge as well as speed. Drivers Rooms MongoDB officially supports 11 open source database drivers: C, C++, C#, Java, Motor, Node, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby and Scala. A select group of driver engineers will present on the latest MongoDB driver developments at MongoDB World. Each driver session will begin with a brief presentation about the state of the driver, followed by a peek into our roadmap, followed by Q&A. Your input and feedback will be used to create the roadmap for new features and improvements in the drivers. Hands-on Labs You’ll be learning a lot on-site at MongoDB World. We want to make more learning opportunities available with our hands-on labs and robo-learning tools, so you can interactively learn new tips and tricks for developing and managing MongoDB applications. Ask the Experts Bring your toughest MongoDB questions to the event, because you’ll be able to talk to a MongoDB expert one-on-one at the Ask the Experts booth. An expert can help you whiteboard solutions to your most pressing problems and give you more insight into how MongoDB can help you in your current and upcoming projects. We’re excited to see you there and help you with two days of hands-on learning. Register before March 3 to pay only $299 for full conference tickets! Register today!
Robert Fehrman: Giant of the Month, September
MongoDB customers and community members are the people who realize GIANT ideas. We are excited to begin highlighting some of our community members, our MongoDB Giants, who are tackling challenging problems and bringing solutions to life with MongoDB. September’s Giant of the Month is Robert Fehrman, Senior Architect at Snagajob, a site that aims to put people in the right fit positions so they can maximize their potential and live more fulfilling lives. !(https://webassets.mongodb.com/_com_assets/cms/Robert_Fehrman_MongoDB-yzlqzop8id.png) Robert has been working with Database technologies for over 30 years. Back then the newest kid on the block was Oracle. Over the years Robert has worked on countless applications, small and big, development and administration, always staying close to the data tier. While requirements against the data tier continuously increased the capabilities of traditional data systems didn't keep up with the pace. Five years ago Snagajobs growth outpaced the incremental improvements on their relational systems, and Robert was searching for a new database that could handle their continued growth. In 2011 MongoDB was still lacking major features but it had incredible potential. It was a Giant Idea and the bet paid off big time for Snagajob. Read how Snagajob turned a calculated risk into a huge success Since then Robert has taken almost all the courses at MongoDB University, has been a founding member of the Richmond MUG, which celebrated it's 3rd anniversary in October of last year. And when Snagajob opened an office in Arlington, VA, Robert joined the Washington DC MUG, became a co-organizer and convinced Snagajob to provide the community with the same support for the DC community that the Richmond community has enjoyed for years. Robert also enjoys working with Hadoop, Vertica, and exploring new DevOps and cloud technologies. In his spare time Robert likes to travel with his wife and two daughters, sailing big boats and flying kites. Read Robert’s story on why he bet on MongoDB five years ago and why he and his team continue to use the database today. Have your voice heard in the MongoDB community. Join our Advocacy Hub and start getting involved today. Join the Advocacy Hub
Bringing MongoDB and Microservices to UPS i-parcel
How does the UPS i-parcel service give online shoppers a native checkout experience in more than 100 countries, and with 70 different currencies? In our webinar Yursil Kidwai, Vice President of Technology at UPS i-parcel , he explains how an infrastructure of MongoDB powered microservices helps answer that question.
From IoT to Blockchain: Here are the top sessions from MongoDB World 2016
MongoDB World 2016 was the biggest MongoDB conference to date. Members of the global MongoDB community came together over the course of three days to learn through sessions, workshops, and one-on-one sessions with the team that builds MongoDB. Check out our most popular sessions below: Financial Transaction Management and Analysis: Distributed Ledgers, Blockchain + MongoDB Blockchain is a decentralized, distributed ledger and the underlying technology powering the most disruptive applications in finance, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. Blockchain allows users to safely validate transactions without need for an intermediary 3rd party. While blockchain promises major upheavals in fintech, we need integrate blockchain with MongoDB to produce truly performant, innovative and robust financial applications. Reusing Tests for Fun and Profit MongoDB is well-known for its flexibility and for a rich feature set that users have come to know and love. With so many ways to use MongoDB, it's impractical to enumerate and test all possible configurations and workloads an application might run. How do the engineers at MongoDB then ensure that the database behaves correctly no matter what our users throw at it? ETL for Pros: Getting Data into MongoDB the Right Way Many applications require processes that load large amounts of data into MongoDB. It is easy to get these processes wrong, resulting in hours or days of loading time when it could be done in minutes. This talk identifies common mistakes and pitfalls and shows design patterns that can dramatically improve performance. Topics include: How to turn rows and columns into complex documents, doing efficient joins, tuning the bulk loading process. The patterns introduced here can be used with any tool or programming language. NOW TV and Linear Streaming: Scaling MongoDB for High Load Events NOW TV’s customer base has tripled year on year, and linear event streaming has become a greater and greater percentage of their viewing. This talk will take you through the lessons we learned following one unfortunate event in 2014 which led NOW TV to catastrophic failure, and the improvements and scalability challenges we were faced with when preparing for the same event just one year later. Bringing IoT to AXA Our “Connected Home” solution aggregates events from the AXA France IOT partners' APIs, in order to set up new customer services for insurance products. AXA France is a “country-pilot” for IOT opportunities. To build this application, we needed a flexible architecture that could evolve with our agile methodology, frameworks and DDD practices. In this talk you’ll learn more about our architectural evolution with MongoDB, from IaaS, to on premise and into the cloud. We discuss: Why we decided on MongoDB with Ops Manager and Node.js as our language of choice, why we chose different hosting options during different phases of project development, and how we work with the MongoDB team to follow their roadmap, get the features we need right away, and get the most out of our relationship. Enabling IoT at Proximus Proximus is one of the biggest Telecom companies in the Belgian market. This year the company began developing a new IoT network using LoRaWan technology. The talk details our development team’s search for a database suited to meet the needs of our IoT project, the selection and implementation of MongoDB as a database, as well as well as how we built a system for storing a variety of sensor data with high throughput by leveraging sleepy mongoose. The talk will also discuss how different decisions around data storage impact applications in regards to both performance and total cost. Thanks to all of the presenters who came to MongoDB World this year. What would you like to see at MongoDB World 2017? Give us your feedback on what you would like to see at the event next year. Share Feedback
The Year of Giant Ideas: MongoDB Innovation Award Winners 2016
The annual MongoDB Innovation Awards recognizes those organizations and individuals that took a giant idea and made a tangible impact in the world. This year, we received hundreds of nominations, across dozens of industries. The winning organizations were honored today at MongoDB World 2016 with an Innovation Award. You can see the full list here: Center of Excellence, Financial Services: Barclays Barclays is a transatlantic consumer, corporate and investment bank offering products and services across personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards and wealth management. To replace three decades of relational databases in numerous use cases throughout the bank, Barclays built a Centre of Excellence for its non-relational database of choice: MongoDB. The CoE was created in a strategic partnership with MongoDB to help to drive adoption and define best practices across its global organisation. Barclays is already seeing increased agility, scalability, and cost-efficiencies from this transformative project. Center of Excellence, Telecommunications: Comcast Comcast Corporation, the largest broadcasting and cable company in the world, has been using MongoDB to improve revenue and increase customer satisfaction on applications such as its set-top box. To best take advantage of MongoDB, the company has also created an internal MongoDB database as a service to make it even simpler for developers and operations teams to migrate away from relational databases. Customer Service: HMRC and Equal Experts HM Revenue and Customs, the UK’s tax and customs authority, built a tax-platform-as-a-service using MongoDB’s scalability, agility and ease of development. This was put together with the support and expertise of software consultancy Equal Experts. HMRC has a network of more than 250 microservices which has transformed user experience for a whole host of tax and payment services. Developers have gone from two releases a year, to more than 50 a week. Data-Driven Business: Prescient Prescient is a global risk management firm that provides a range of enterprise-wide solutions, from due diligence and investigations to traveler safety dashboards and applications. The company’s traveler safety solution, Prescient Traveler, uses MongoDB to drive ‘infinite scale’ for its breakthrough technologies. Launched earlier this year, Prescient Traveler analyzes petabytes of data from more than 48,000 sources to protect business and leisure travelers. Using its existing connectors, MongoDB also works together with SAP HANA and Hadoop to assess where people and companies are vulnerable. The system is modeled on the company’s past performance in federal counterintelligence and national security programs. Emerging Markets: cMapIT cMapIT is using data to help Nigerians track social issues, understand the impact of governance, and fight corruption. This is being done with cMapIT's web application PolicyMapNG. Built on MongoDB the application opens up government data sets for instant download for analytics while there is API access to developers too to build their own application with the datasets. To also expand the use of the web mapping tool, which has more than 40,000 downloads, cMAP has opened its first tech hub to adapt the project to local use in different Nigerian Local communities. Enterprise Startup: cyberGRID To compete with enterprises such as Siemens, ABB and EnerNOC, cyberGRID has relied on MongoDB to restructure its offering to better service the electricity markets. The company’s main solution, cyberNOC, is a sophisticated IT system used by electricity retailers and grid operators to help them utilize demand response, distributed generation and storage flexibilities. By redesigning the database with MongoDB, cyberGRID can now offer data to its clients in real time. These structural improvements open up a much wider range of potential customers and makes the company one of the pioneers in using software technology on secondary reserve markets. Enterprise Startup: Practice Fusion Practice Fusion is the largest cloud-based connected health platform in the U.S., with over 30,000 healthcare practices using its services to manage patient records and coordinate care. As part of its commitment to connected healthcare, Practice Fusion implemented a novel Clinical Data Repository (CDR) using MongoDB. The CDR is designed for heavy read activity, assembling complex data structures such as patient records from multiple relational databases and packaging them as documents in MongoDB for efficient distribution. Practice Fusion’s CDR serves as a foundation for standards-based exchange of patient data between healthcare organizations. Eye of the Tiger: YouGov YouGov, one of the world’s leading market research organizations, migrated its mission critical survey platform to MongoDB 3.0 with WiredTiger. The team got a 70% reduction in storage capacity, improved performance and increased the pace YouGov could deliver services across multiple geographies into production. Innovation in Retail: Weblib Weblib’s Smart Wifi is a hotspot application that gives retailers relevant knowledge about their customers by allowing users to log into Wifi with their Facebook account. International brands such as UNIQLO, McDonald's and KFC use the service to offer customers a seamless way to receive relevant deals while shopping. The deals are individually adapted to each customer's profile. The Weblib team migrated from MySQL to MongoDB, dramatically reducing the access-time for data which makes the software more responsive for users. The new MongoDB system has 10 times more throughput per logical access. Internet of Things: Florida Power & Light Florida Power & Light Company is the third-largest electric utility in the United States, serving more than 4.8 million customers. To gain insight into its business FPL created the NextGrid analytics application. NextGrid takes data about field assets like AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructure), substations, utility lines, fault current and lightning data – and uses MongoDB to connect them to an Apache Spark Data Lake for operational analytics. These operational analytics will allow for better allocation of resources to problems in the field, saving the company time and allowing them to serve their customers more effectively. This innovative use of MongoDB and Spark is giving Florida Power & Light an unprecedented view into their operation. Launch Fast: DHL DHL, a global market leader in logistics, built a single view of their application performance. By exposing log data with a search interface for analytics, DHL experienced a 66% reduction in cost due to lower hardware demands and elastic scaling on demand. Using MongoDB rapidly simplified the solution architecture compared with conventional technologies, and the monitoring and alert mechanism built with MongoDB Ops Manager resulted in a 30% reduction in overall effort for the operations team and third party support. DHL was able to go from prototype to production in weeks, and experienced an overall improved application quality of service, all by working with MongoDB. Launch Fast: Mindspace Mindspace built a next generation training application with the capacity to train hundreds of thousands of Starbucks Baristas, and is now being deployed to enrich employee engagement for the agency's other Fortune 100 clients. MongoDB allowed the company to innovate and build the platform in weeks, rather than months, and continually develop new features. The application, Fathom, is improving training engagement and helping employees get up to speed faster, proving how successful the combination of MongoDB and an unbridled approach to application development can be. Mobile: Saavn Saavn is a revolutionary music streaming service reinventing how people listen to and share music, in India and around the world. With its catalog spanning more than 75 languages, Saavn is the leading streaming music provider in India. MongoDB’s horizontal scalability, flexible schema and high availability have helped Saavn see tremendous growth over the last year, adding more than a million users a month. Saavn also uses MongoDB to store user cohorts and send highly targeted push notifications to it’s user base. Internet of Things: AXA AXA, one of the biggest insurance companies in the world, has been helping people for more than 30 years. The insurer’s Connected Home solution aggregates events from a number of different organizations and internet-of-things partners in France. The data is then used to help AXA to do three things for its customers: Prevent, Assist and Personalize. The project is powered by MongoDB, and AXA’s developers took advantage of the database’s flexible architecture to continually evolve their agile methodology and frameworks. The team was also able to migrate away from an on-premise model to cloud infrastructure running MongoDB. Modern Enterprise Architecture: Comparethemarket.com One of the UK’s leading price comparison sites, comparethemarket.com, put MongoDB at the core of a microservices-based architecture that means developers can build better applications faster. Microservices support a growing proportion of the company’s comparison tools which currently include travel and home insurance alongside the Meerkat Movies 2-for-1 cinema campaign. The use of containers, microservices, Kafka, Hadoop and MongoDB has helped the comparethemarket team make technology a competitive differentiator. OEM of the Year: Beet Analytics Beet Analytics Technology creates solutions to help the automation systems industry simplify the complicated. Beet’s Process Visibility System, Envision, makes the machine process visible and measurable down to every motion and event. Built on MongoDB, Envision is able to precisely analyze manufacturing data pulled in from sensors in the production line to help improve the manufacturing process. Open Source: Learning Locker Learning Locker is the most installed Open Source Learning Record Store (LRS) in the world - a massively scalable data store designed specifically for the education and learning sector. Built on MongoDB, Learning Locker leverages the Aggregation Framework to enable custom dashboards to be built in real-time. Since its launch in 2014, Learning Locker has risen to become the defacto choice for major corporations, universities and schools. Learning Locker shows teachers and administrators in-depth insights into learner behavior while connecting with 3rd party tools, like predictive analytics engines and machine learning applications. Partner of the Year: Infosys Technologies Infosys, a global leader in consulting, technology and next-generation services, is one of the first services companies to adopt MongoDB and has been a huge advocate for its transformative power. Along with a number of joint customers, Infosys has also built joint solutions with MongoDB. Securing the Enterprise: Swimlane Swimlane is an automated security operations platform that enables organizations to automate their response to cyber security threats. Swimlane is used by the Fortune 500, US Federal Government and Managed Services Providers, helping them tackle the challenges of an ever increasing number of cyber security attacks, alert fatigue and the vast shortages of qualified cybersecurity professionals. By automating security operations and applying conditional workflow logic and algorithms, Swimlane helps organizations respond to more incidents, faster. Incident data is stored in MongoDB where Swimlane relies on an aggregation pipeline to run statistical analysis on the data to identify and react to threats in real time. Social Impact: Oxford Nanopore Technologies Oxford Nanopore Technologies built the MinION, a portable, real time, long-read, low cost device that has been designed to bring easy biological analyses to anyone, whether in scientific research, education or a range of real world applications such as disease/pathogen surveillance, environmental monitoring, food chain surveillance, self-quantification or even microgravity biology. This is supplemented by real time analysis solutions provided by Metrichor, designed to help people analyse living things over time in any environment or location. This speed is enabled by Oxford Nanopore’s MongoDB powered cloud deployment that lets scientists access its analyses anywhere in the world. Startup Enterprise: Royal Bank of Scotland Driven by the competing pressures of cost, agility and data quality, Royal Bank of Scotland used MongoDB to build an enterprise data service which is underpinning several core trading systems. Some of the incumbent enterprise application architectures had proven too complex, difficult to maintain and expensive. The team at RBS are transforming the way traditional banks imagine data management. Startup Enterprise: UPS iParcel The UPS i-parcel network provides retailers with a fully trackable cross-border service that can increase international online sales and improve customer experience. Global online shoppers benefit from a localized website and a portfolio of shipping options that balance speed and cost. To continue to innovate and adapt the service, the UPS i-parcel team rebuilt its operations platform on MongoDB. By migrating away from a relational database, UPS i-parcel dramatically improved the speed of development and reduced response time on its web and mobile properties by 90 percent. See who uses MongoDB
Innovation Velocity: the Key Driver of Cloud Adoption
Cloud computing can help make organizations more agile, proactive and responsive than ever. According to MongoDB’s 2016 Cloud Adoption Survey , the most often-cited rationale for cloud adoption was accelerating time to value with 40% of respondents indicating cloud adoption reduces time to app delivery and 30% reporting cloud enables them to scale to new geographic regions and markets more swiftly. Cost, which has been considered to be the leading driver of cloud adoption, has been replaced by time to market, and it’s easy to see why. Time to Market is critical to Innovation. Innovation is key to driving revenue. Inability to innovate is a huge risk for organizations today. If organizations can’t increase their innovation velocity, they lose out on new markets and new revenue streams, and often, IT is seen as a blocker to the velocity that is essential to remain competitive in today's global, digitally connected market. Organizations need IT to enable the business, and move fast to beat out existing competitors and potential upstarts to market. They need tools and practices that allow them seize opportunities, and resources focused on developing new applications rather than just maintaining old ones. By outsourcing underlying infrastructure to a vendor, or in the case of private cloud to an internal organization, product teams can focus on app delivery to enter early into new markets and meet customer needs. Technology can be an enabler, but it is not the only thing to consider when you want to change how your organization delivers new products to market. How should you go about adopting new cloud services for this purpose? Some things to consider Which functions will you move to the cloud? Don’t just adopt the cloud to follow the trend. Consider what within your organization can be optimized with less operational overhead. Is it your database maintenance, monitoring service, or your entire application development infrastructure? Take into account data governance policies in your organization, and roles and responsibilities that will be adjusted as a result. Also consider whether you should plan out initiatives to build a private cloud for your entire organization, or work with an external vendor. How will you align business and IT to deliver products faster? Cloud adoption can lead to business process transformation, and this opens up an opportunity for business units to work more closely with product teams, offering feedback not only during the requirements phase but throughout the development lifecycle. Setting your teams up for success in this area will only lead to bigger gains. that will be adjusted as a result. Also consider whether you should plan out initiatives to build a private cloud for your entire organization, or work with an external vendor. What will need to change? How will you adjust your cultural and developmental practices to accommodate this new infrastructure? Encourage your teams to move quickly, fail fast and leverage the operational efficiencies offered by the cloud. Failure, when part of iterative development can be low cost and high yield -- and it can decrease the potential of deploying faulty software. Work with your team to ensure you can adjust your development processes, possibly moving to agile development methods, new project management roles, delivery pipelines and continuous integration software so you can spot problems early. The 2016 Cloud Brief includes insights on the progression of cloud computing based on responses from over 2,000 technical stakeholders. We’ve compiled the full results of the survey into our Report, which will help you see how the fastest growing database community views the progress of and barriers to cloud adoption in their organizations. Read the 2016 Cloud Brief
4 Reasons Not to Miss out on MongoDB World 2016
You may have learned MongoDB online at MongoDB University , at a User Group or a local MongoDB event . Now it’s time to take the next step, and continue your mastery of MongoDB at MongoDB World . MongoDB World is the largest conference of MongoDB developers, operators, and business leaders coming together to learn, collaborate, and exchange ideas about solving problems using MongoDB. It’s also the place where you’ll hear about new trends in technology like IoT, Spark, and Microservices. Here’s how you can expect to learn and grow at MongoDB World. Learn best practices. Based on your feedback, we've added more sessions by MongoDB engineers including a whole new track of sessions by the MongoDB Drivers team. We also have four brand new, full-day workshops on 3.2 , Ops Manager, Asynchronous Microservices, and Enterprise Architecture, skills that will help you excel in the coming year. With over 80 deep-dive technical sessions delivered by MongoDB engineers and customers on Analytics, Performance, Operations, Microservices, and Internals there’s a lot to learn. Your biggest challenge will be picking the sessions. First-hand insight into the latest news. MongoDB World is the place to get first-hand insight on what’s coming in MongoDB. Past shows have announced new server functionality such as Document Level Locking, and new products like MongoDB Compass, the Connector for BI, and more! This year get front row seats for one of our biggest announcements to date. You won't want to miss this one! Meet the MongoDB experts. Get advice on your deployment and ask your toughest questions of MongoDB experts at Ask the Experts. At this real-time MongoDB support center you can whiteboard solutions to your most pressing MongoDB problems with the support of a MongoDB consulting engineer, giving you invaluable insights. Meet other MongoDB enthusiasts. The event brings together the fastest growing database community on the planet. You’ll have endless opportunities to connect with others in the Leaf Lounge and the Women and Trans Coders Lounge. We’ll keep the conversations going at the After Party. This is the best opportunity to connect with other professionals and keep your finger on the community pulse. There’s a lot to look forward to at MongoDB World. Join us in New York, June 28-29 and get everything you need to prepare for your next year and your next project. Register for MongoDB World 2016
Make IoT a Reality at MongoDB World
Millions of people monitor their homes with “Smart Home” technology. A small genomic sequencer the size of a small cellphone helps health workers understand the spread of viruses like Ebola and stop the an epidemic in its tracks. One of the largest transformations in the twenty first century is the Internet of Things (IoT) - the availability for devices to process sensor data and to analyze this data for new insights in real time. IoT has been adopted across many industries, from home services to retail to industrial manufacturing. MongoDB World will showcase customers who have turned to MongoDB to tackle the complicated world of IoT. Learn more about how MongoDB is securing homes, tracking the spread of Ebola and more through IoT. Building and Scaling the Internet of Things with MongoDB at Vivint Three years ago Vivint started an ambitious initiative to make the Smart Home mainstream. Their new platform had to have ultimate extensibility, ultra-low latency, a wide array of functionality out of the gate, and it had to be ready to attach millions of devices in its first year of operation. With only a year to go from concept to customers, Nick Brown’s team at Vivint chose to built a brand new integration platform based around MongoDB. 8 million devices and 1 billion messages per day later, Nick will share best practices for architecting scaleable IoT platforms based on his experience. Building an IoT Network In this session, Dave de Groote will share how he and a team of developers built new IoT network for the largest Telecom in Belgium. You’ll learn about the system’s requirements and how they arrived at MongoDB. Dave will also walk you through some of the application design and schema tradeoffs they made, how they defined storage engine requirements, and the aggregation and indexing strategies that allow for read-intensive and high performance systems. Building the Internet of Living Things Oxford Nanopore Technologies uses MongoDB to help prevent the spread viruses by analyzing genetic material in real-time. The UK-based company has built a handheld device that can analyze any piece of genetic material in just a few hours, rather than the weeks it had taken previously. This speed is enabled by Oxford Nanopore’s MongoDB-powered cloud deployment that lets users access its genetic database anywhere in the world. Their device, MinIon, is being used in Guinea to track the outbreak of Ebola, and will soon be tested by NASA in the international space station. At MongoDB World, you’ll meet Richard Carter, Associate Director of Data Integration at Oxford Nanopore Technologies, who will teach you how they build the software behind the MinIon device to rapidly analyze complex genomic information. You’ll learn how they simplify operations with Cloud Manager and how they optimize their schemas for fast reads. The Device Mesh and the User Experience: A 3 Part Series on IoT and MongoDB Want IoT from soup to nuts? Join the Next Gen Apps track, you get three sessions that cover architecting, operationalizing, and deploying an app. The three-part session on IoT is led by a veteran team of MongoDB experts, Jake Angerman and Jay Runkel. In this series they’ll walk you through IoT architectures Complex analytical queries Data ingestion processes Efficient sharding techniques Native MongoDB analytics options Connecting to Spark and external BI sources Are you looking to build IoT applications with MongoDB? Join us at MongoDB World to learn the from the experts on analytics, operations and more. Early Bird ticket pricing ends May 13, so snag your tickets now below. Register for MongoDB World 2016
What does the Retailer of the Future Look Like?
Cher Horowitz (You remember her right? From Clueless ?) wakes up in her home on Monday morning to get ready for school. It’s January in Beverly Hills, and it’s gotten a bit chilly, so she rushes to her phone to try on some coats she’s recently liked on Instagram. She opens an app that brings her to a virtual fitting room. In the closet are all the recent items she’s liked on Instagram, with price listings from different retailers. She tries on a number of coats and picks one from Net-a-porter. In a few minutes, a drone comes to her front door with her new coat. She gets in her Escalade and heads to school. This is the future of the digitally oriented consumer, the future of retail, and it is all based on urgency. An urgency to react to data that can drastically improve the customer experience. In the late 90’s and early 2000’s, older retailers were beat by the rise of .com giants like eBay, Zappos and Amazon. This gave something exceptional to the consumer: the power of choice. They could shop anywhere, they could browse anytime, and they could make a decision at any time. Now, retailers like you are embracing technology as a competitive differentiator to keep in touch with new digital consumers and offer them exceptional customer experiences. Here’s how retailers are using the power of data to unleash innovation now and how you can innovate in the future. Welcome to the present and future of data-driven retail. The Retailer of Now Organizations are actively leveraging data to empower their business outcomes, especially in retail. In this landscape Data means a better customer experience and allows for personalization and optimal delivery of your products. Omnichannel View of the Business The number of selling and interaction channels has grown tremendously. Customers can interact with retailer’s products on their phone, laptop or tablet, and, as is often the case, they may browse products after being prompted by a Twitter, Instagram or Facebook post, all before making a purchase on your site. Data-driven retailers deliver great customer experiences across these different channels with accurate product availability so customers can get what they want when they want it. The most sophisticated retailers, like Urban Outfitters with its brands Anthropologie, BHLDN, Free People, Terrain, and Urban Outfitters, make the experience seamless across channels. Personalization Having digital consumers gives you a huge opportunity: for the first time, you can really understand how your users think, allowing you to adapt your products to their needs. In this way being data-driven makes your customer the center of the show. GILT Groupe , known for its online flash-sale business model, allows customers to see their favorite brands when they even log in just by leveraging its user preference service. MongoDB enables Gilt to tailor the homepage layout for millions of users – all at once, and while delivering stable, consistent performance. Invest in data analytics tools to better understand your users and engineer customized experiences for customers and create quality mobile experiences to capture customer engagement across many channels. Supply Chain Management In 2015, consumers spent an estimated $1.7 trillion online . To meet the delivery expectations of these customers, fast order fulfillment is a critical business objective. Many global brands, like Gap , keep a growing number of regional warehouses and fulfillment centers to keep pace with demand and deliver products quickly. They are focused on developing efficiencies that keep shipping costs as low as possible while delivering a great customer experience. You can optimize delivery with technology, beyond just tracking packages. When designing systems for Distribution Centers, you need to engineer processes to balance the constraints of the physical world, such as protecting against mishaps like lost goods and time. For example, these systems need to minimize movements and pick and pack time for associates, optimize for speed and costs of shipping across dozens of shipping partners, and reduce the number of lost goods in the distribution center. How can data help? Hourly inventory updates give logistics management in Distribution Centers the insights to plan and act on inefficiencies as packages are sorted and sent out for delivery. This optimization and up-front information ensure you can focus on delivering a great customer experience along with great products. The Retailer of the Future Virtual Dressing Rooms In the 90's cult classic, Clueless, the protagonist, Cher, has a computer that helps her pick out her outfits. In the same way that Zappos simplified online retail for shoes with free delivery and returns, augmented reality will transform the experience of shopping at home. This luxury of convenience is slowly becoming part of the retail playbook with apps like Styliff and Toshiba’s digital changing booth or Chico’s interactive Tech Tables . In the future, you’ll be able to send a new resort collection directly to your customers via these virtual fitting rooms in snowy January, so they don’t have to leave their house to try on their clothes. The Internet of Subscriptions We’ve all heard the story of the smart refrigerator, a machine so smart, it orders refills for milk when it’s almost out. Retail can look to this model for future revenue generation and customer retention. Amazon’s current model of “ subscribe and save ” is a precursor to the Internet of Subscriptions. The connected home will be in constant communication with your retailer on what you need in stock, whether it be milk, diapers, or sponges. With this model, retailers can retain loyal customers, understand their buying habits and can offer better personalization. Payments Mobile devices today are as powerful as desktop computers in the 90’s, opening a value chain for innovators like Stripe , Square and Poynt to rapidly innovate in the payments industry, one that is ripe for innovation. The future retailer will be attuned to consumer needs, and installing smarter, more secure payment machines in their retail stores, powered by mobile devices. In a similar vein, the future will see an end to the war on cash. Venmo introduced non-card real-time payments and Snapchat launched Snapcash, online chat-based payments powered by Square. McKinsey predicts that by 2018 these real-time payments can create additional revenue of $80 Billion. Using SMS to power payments in developing countries, like India and Nigera, where an estimated 84% of people have cell phones (and less than 24% have smartphones) could be a large revenue stream for brands. Use Data to Serve the Digitally-Oriented Consumer Data will be at the core of customer experience. The new digitally-oriented consumer will expect personalization, information and gratification. These evolving behaviors can pose a challenge for retailers, but they also represent a tremendous opportunity to harness and mobilize data to pull themselves ahead of the competition. Take a deeper dive into the technical challenges of retail organizations today and see how they can be solved with MongoDB, the database for giant ideas. Learn more about the challenges of retail and how MongoDB addresses those challenges in our white paper. Serving the Digitally-Oriented Consumer Thanks to Dror Asaf, Samir Despande, Aleksandar Tolev, Michael Grayson, and Ajeeth Ganapathinageswaran for their helpful insights.
Announcing MongoDB's Giant of the Month, Mike Grayson of PayChex
MongoDB customers and community members are the people who realize GIANT ideas. We are excited to begin highlighting some of our community members, our MongoDB Giants, who are tackling challenging problems and bringing solutions to life with MongoDB. Accelerate your MongoDB knowledge. Join the Advocacy Hub . March’s Giant of the Month is Mike Grayson, Senior MongoDB DBA at PayChex , a provider of payroll, human resource, and benefits outsourcing solutions for small to medium-sized businesses. Mike has been involved in many aspects of the MongoDB community since he started using the database in 2014. He received numerous internal awards from PayChex for his dedication to operationalizing their new system and educating his teams on the new database technology. In his own words, “with lots of help from Ops Manager, integrating MongoDB in to our ecosystem has been a great and painless process.” Mike was also instrumental in the MongoDB 3.2 release and participated in Beta Testing for The Encrypted Storage Engine and MongoDB Compass. Paychex is a member of MongoDB’s customer advisory board and through their involvement Michael provides input into MongoDB’s product development. In his spare time, if he’s not spending his time on the Advocacy Hub or reading about MongoDB and other databases, you can find Mike playing video games, rooting for Bayern Munich, or any of his favorite Philadelphia sports teams with his wife, three girls, and two dogs in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York. Have your voice heard in the MongoDB community. Join our Advocacy Hub and start getting involved today. Join the Advocacy Hub
Announcing MongoDB's Giant of the Month, Attila Toszer of Amadeus
Announcing MongoDB's Giant of the Month, Attila Tozser of Amadeus MongoDB customers and community members are the people who realize GIANT ideas. We are excited to begin highlighting some of our community members, our MongoDB Giants, who are tackling challenging problems and bringing solutions to life with MongoDB.