At MongoDB World, the largest gathering of the MongoDB Community, you'll see how engineers and technical executives around the world have discovered the power of MongoDB to help them transform their businesses, using MongoDB to take innovative applications from pilot to production in weeks, not months, building high performance systems at scale.
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The DBA's future as the Database Adviser
With such a large shift towards NoSQL technologies like MongoDB, there is a lot of discussion about the changing role of the Database Administrator (DBA). Many go so far as to say DBAs are no longer needed , an idea driven by new database capabilities that focus on agility with a dynamic schema instead of a fixed schema and features that make operational management easier in areas like high availability and horizontal scaling. Based on my experience working with hundreds of customers to implement MongoDB in their organizations, there is still room for the DBA, even if their everyday tasks might take less time with MongoDB. First, let's talk about the parts of their role that stay the same. There still needs to be someone to set up back-up/recovery processes, handle capacity planning, run maintenance tasks (e.g. upgrades), diagnose issues, do configuration management, and set up replication and sharding. In enterprises, often separate operational teams handle security, monitoring, and diagnosing common issues but that could be part of the DBA's role in some firms as well. Notice I left out schema management; in MongoDB, the implementation of the schema is NOT predefined but is rather determined at the application level and the structure of the object is stored in the application team’s favorite programming language. This is incredibly valuable when business units request new features or data be added to the application. The application developer can simply add it in, and no change needs to be made in the database, enabling rapid agility. In this case, the DBA is no longer the middleman, and can focus on keeping the database up and running. But in some cases, application changes are more complex, and development teams need a database expert to consult about schema design and its impact on performance, maintainability, and other factors. In this case, the role of the DBA transforms into the DB Adviser. In this role, the DB Advisor would work closely with the application development team that implements the schema. The DBA provides the process and due diligence to manage the pace of change rather than enforce the limitations of the relational schema. Implementing the schema in the application might be disconcerting to some DBAs and others out there who rightfully worry about application developers making uninformed decisions and bringing down an application. Letting go of schema management might be a difficult step, but DBAs rely on application developers to make decisions in their application code on a regular basis. Creating a poorly constructed algorithm will bring the system to a crawl and querying fields in unexpected ways would cause performance problems as well. Is choosing schema design in the database so much more responsibility than any other development decision? The DBA should still guide developers, but without the enormous overhead of having to always update a relationship database schema to simply add a field! Your schema should be as dynamic as your business: agile with the optimal amount of control. The DBA has always been the person accountable to ensure the reliability and performance of the database alongside development teams. However, in today's market, the DBA will continue performing most of the activities they do in the former relational-only world, but will advise in other areas to allow their business groups to innovate and iterate faster than their competition. In this shift, the DBAs can take on new roles to help their businesses achieve more, faster. See how you can help your organizations get faster, better and leaner with MongoDB .
Congratulations to the 2023 EMEA MongoDB Innovation Award Winners
Throughout 2023, MongoDB has recognized the exceptional successes our APAC and North America customers realize when they build with MongoDB Atlas. Today, we are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2023 EMEA MongoDB Innovation Awards. These customers join a premiere group of organizations that have been recognized for boldly exploring the power of data and harnessing it to build the applications of tomorrow. The professionals behind these innovative projects span industries, use cases, and geographies. However, what remains constant is each organization's unfailing commitment to delivering deeper insights, powerful features, and capabilities, as well as seamless experiences, to their customers. We congratulate each of the EMEA MongoDB Innovation Award winners for delivering big results and invite you to find inspiration in their work below. Building the Next Big Thing Since being originally founded in Finland as a food delivery service, Wolt expanded their offering into groceries, gifts, and other items, and makes it possible for people living in hundreds of cities across 25 countries to get whatever they need, delivered quickly and reliably to their front door. Due to the rapidly increasing scale in their business and new partnerships with enterprise retailers, Wolt needed to rethink their existing tooling that is used by their tens of thousands of merchant partners to manage their offering inside Wolt’s delivery platform. To provide their merchants with multi-venue management capabilities, increased automation, and no limitations on amounts of menu items, Wolt chose fully-managed MongoDB Atlas due to its flexible data document model, support for Kafka and event-driven architectures, high performance, and limitless scalability. Industry Transformation Gong ’s Revenue Intelligence Platform uses proprietary AI technology to enable revenue teams to utilize customer interactions to increase business efficiency, improve decision-making, and accelerate revenue growth. Gong chose MongoDB Atlas as a high-performing transactional database due to its ability to handle Gong’s complex data structures and algorithms, and indeed MongoDB Atlas was able to support 30-40 million daily interactions and mission-critical search queries. Through the adoption of MongoDB Atlas, Gong’s queries take only 20-30 milliseconds, and with Atlas’ sharding capabilities, Gong future-proofed its environment for ongoing growth and gained greater control over its customer data. Innovative Leadership in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion As part of its "Inclusion for All" strategy, Vodafone is committed to ensuring our digital society is accessible to all, and that women feel empowered to participate in it. In addition, Vodafone’s mission is to have 40% of women in management roles by 2030. Earlier this year, Vodafone UK teamed up with MongoDB to host interactive sessions and networking for “Digital & IT Women in Tech Week.” With a shared goal of reducing the gender gap in technology and inspiring young women to build their careers by pursuing leadership roles, the week’s events brought together more than 200 Vodafone employees to discuss breaking workplace biases and enhancing gender equality in the industry. In addition, Vodafone spoke at the 2023 MongoDB.local London event in the IDEA Lounge. Inspiring Innovation Ernst & Young LLP (EY) manages high volumes of transactional data and its clients and internal teams work under strict timelines to file taxes and meet regulatory deadlines. Their cloud-based Global VAT Reporting Tool (GVRT) platform automates and digitizes the preparation of 242 different types of returns across 79 countries. With support from MongoDB Professional Services, EY planned and executed a data migration from their previous database solution to MongoDB Atlas so that the GVRT tool could fully benefit from MongoDB’s developer data platform. Since migrating to Atlas, EY experienced a significant performance boost, they reduced costs by as much as 50%, and they are able to scale without limitations to handle increased data volumes, transactional loads, and concurrent user requests during peak periods. Find out Who Uses MongoDB and read more about our customers’ MongoDB Atlas successes.