Change the Ratio: Nominate a Female Innovator to Attend MongoDB World
January 25, 2017
Women have traditionally been significantly underrepresented in technology. At MongoDB, we’re committed to changing the ratio in our industry. MongoDB World, our annual educational conference, is coming up June 20-21 in Chicago, and we’re excited to kickstart another round of the Female Innovators initiative.
The program, now in its second year, aims to make MongoDB World more accessible to women in technology by issuing complimentary tickets to eligible candidates.
At the event, Female Innovators will be able to get insight into building and maintaining applications with MongoDB in technical sessions, have fun at our famous after party, connect with other women in tech at the Women and Trans Coders Lounge, and more.
How it works:
- Nominate a woman who works or aspires to work in tech. (You can also nominate yourself. We love self nominations!)
- Eligible nominees will be notified of their acceptance status by February 17.
Make sure to act fast; only a limited number of tickets are available.
Eligible nominees will receive complimentary admission to MongoDB World, June 20-21 in Chicago. Please note that travel and lodging is not included in this award.
Nominees must be 18 years old or older, and must identify as women. This includes cis, trans, genderqueer, and nonbinary people who identify as women.
How a 520% Increase in Players Sparked Online Gaming Platform Pirate Kings Migration to MongoDB Professional and Cloud Manager
70 million pirates battle it out on MongoDB Jelly Button Games is a free-to-play mobile gaming company based in Tel Aviv, Israel that focuses on building original games that are mobile-friendly, multi-platform, and allow people to play together no matter where in the world they are located. Founded in 2011, Jelly Button has grown from the five original founders to more than 85 employees. I’m Shai Zonis, a senior server developer at Jelly Button for the game Pirate Kings. Pirate Kings is a fully realized world where over 70 million pirates battle it out to conquer exotic islands in a quest of gold, artifacts and revenge. Most users notice the palm trees, glimmers of gold, and the quality of the animation, but few think about the tools working behind the scenes to make the game operate seamlessly. ![Pirate Kings](https://webassets.mongodb.com/_com_assets/cms/PirateKings1-asetu3pmrr.png "Pirate Kings") After upgrading to MongoDB Professional and Cloud Manager , we have scaled to easily manage 70 million users with 60% cost savings compared to our previous MongoDB hosting provider. While today everything is running smoothly, the path to success wasn’t always nicely paved - we had to fight our own battles to win the day. Challenges of a third party database hosting service Our team originally had experience with relational database technologies. However, we knew that a relational database would not provide the scale, agility and performance needed to make a game like Pirate Kings successful. MongoDB was the clear choice, though at the time, we didn’t know much about the operational aspects of running it. In the end we decide to work with a third party MongoDB hosting service to manage our database. In the early days Jelly Button had a million daily unique users and, for a while, all was going well. Suddenly, the game went viral and there was a 520% increase in users in just two weeks. The business was excited by this increase in popularity, though the engineering team got a little nervous about the latency spikes impacting the user experience. Despite the challenges we faced, we initially did not want to migrate from our existing hosting service because of the amount of time and money we had already invested in the platform. ![Pirate Kings](https://webassets.mongodb.com/_com_assets/cms/PirateKings_2-y6i6skptmm.png "Pirate Kings") The final straw Fast forward to February of 2016 when our existing third party MongoDB hosting service began to strangle our ability to scale and expand the game. We were constantly facing issues with performance, and the third party service was not able to help us address the problem. At that point, it was necessary to move beyond a third party and instead work directly with the team that develops the database. We needed to find ways to better manage our data and scale to meet our growing number of users. We tried to make the transition on our own, but quickly realized we could accelerate the upgrade and transition by working directly with MongoDB Professional Services . Working with Masters - how MongoDB helped replatform our database and grow the business Before the migration, we were facing exorbitant costs and had very little insight into how the database was performing. MongoDB Professional Services worked alongside our team to successfully migrate Pirate Kings from the third party hosting service to MongoDB 3.2 configured with the WiredTiger storage engine in under two months. Together we were able to migrate, fix and optimize our database with little downtime. Our consultant was focused on teaching and mentoring the team, and the amount of know-how and technical discussions we had during this time were truly empowering. Working with professional services felt like working with true MongoDB masters. Once upgraded, we saw a 60% cost savings and we were able to compress 18 shards down to one single replica set. With the transition to WiredTiger, the data size on disk dropped by 60% due to its native compression libraries. MongoDB Cloud Manager, a platform for managing MongoDB, was also instrumental in giving us full insight into the database for the first time. With Cloud Manager we had much higher levels of data protection and lower operational complexity with managed backups. We were finally able to dig deep into database telemetry to understand the pitfalls that were inherent in our previous service. With MongoDB Professional , we were able to get direct access to 24x7 support. Overall, the complexity of our database significantly decreased and our database administrators are able to sleep much better. What’s Next While the main motivation for migrating away from a third party hosted service was to better manage Pirate Kings data, MongoDB provided us the promise of a better life for our developers and a better future for our company. Today Pirate Kings easily manages 10 million unique players per month. Better yet, our team now feels very comfortable and confident with the technology. Moving forward, you can expect to see Jelly Button develop two new games per year, all of which - we are excited to say - are being built on MongoDB. They are the pirate kings! Try MongoDB Cloud Manager
Using MongoDB Skill Scanner to Build Better Training Programs
Technology leaders know that transformation is about more than just adopting modern technologies like MongoDB. The entire organization has to rally behind change — which is no easy task. The skills that modern development teams need are evolving faster than ever, and hiring to fill skills gaps can be too time-consuming and expensive of a process for many organizations. So it’s imperative that we plan for how we want to bring our people with us on our modernization journey, and proactively upskill them on the technologies we’re betting on. Because what happens if you choose MongoDB, but your developers don’t know how to use it? CIOs know that training programs are easier said than done. EY reported that 30% of CIOs acknowledge that their training programs are ineffective, and that they’re struggling to retain talent because of it. These leaders come to us to help them build and execute their MongoDB training programs , and seek advice on two extremely common yet critical challenges: How do we get away from the less effective one-size-fits-all approach? How do we measure the ROI of our training program and connect it to business impact? How we use MongoDB Skill Scanner to overcome training challenges Our Professional Services team uses a tool called MongoDB Skill Scanner to address both of these challenges. This tool helps us provide these three benefits to our customers looking to build a training program: Improve MongoDB proficiency: Teams can use Skill Scanner to quickly and easily assess the MongoDB skill gaps of their team members and gain a comprehensive understanding of their team’s MongoDB skills baseline. Increased productivity and accuracy: When team members have a comprehensive understanding of MongoDB, they are able to work more quickly and accurately on projects, leading to increased productivity and a higher quality of work. Save time and money with targeted Training: Using Skill Scanner, customers can avoid wasting time and money on trial-and-error learning. Instead, they can focus on improving their skills in a more targeted and efficient way with right-sized training plans. By leveraging this data, our customers’ engineers can engage in the right training at the right time, targeted for their job role and specific skill shortages. When a training program is built this way, engineers maximize their knowledge retention and minimize time away from their projects. Skill Scanner includes three role-based assessments, one for developers, database administrators, and DevOps respectively. Through a series of multiple choice questions, Skill Scanner provides customers with a clear understanding of their level of expertise across a set of technical skills that are critical for success in their role. After submitting the assessment, engineers will get results in each skill area outlining if they are beginner, intermediate, or advanced. Why data-driven training programs matter We’ve learned that it’s not enough to just tell teams to go watch training videos or webinars on their own, or to place everyone in the same one-size-fits-all program. Skills gaps vary from team to team, and individual to individual. The one-size-fits-all approach of some programs may not address individual learners' needs, wasting time and making it difficult for them to acquire new skills. By using Skill Scanner, we’re able to interpret this data to help determine which training courses your team should take. But we don’t only capture this data before doing training; we use Skill Scanner again after training programs are completed to see where immediate improvements have been made. This helps technology leaders prove the impact and ROI of their training, and gives them the confidence that their teams are ready to be successful with MongoDB. Developing a Precision Learning Program To go even further, our team can work with you to build a Precision Learning Program, where we use Skill Scanner data to build learning schedules that are unique to each individual. These schedules include a variety of short, blended, learning events such as classes, technical workshops, self-paced exercises, and project coaching. We’ve seen PLP lead to higher knowledge retention and of course, measurable project results. A customer who recently concluded their PLP saw a 43% increase in knowledge retention. Getting started building a personalized training program Skill gaps aren’t a novel problem IT leaders are facing. But with new digital courses, training, and technologies, the resources to close these gaps are at your fingertips. Skill Scanner and Precision Learning Program have been specifically designed to empower teams by offering targeted training that enhances their understanding of MongoDB. These short training events are carefully crafted to close skill gaps without compromising developer productivity. We’ve seen a variety of customers use this tool to help train their team’s individual needs, from needing to upskill new hires on their teams, projects with new MongoDB products, migrating to MongoDB Atlas, and more. It also saves your business the hours developers would've wasted searching for answers (and developers don’t want to spend their time that way, either). “We need help getting from point A to point B and feel MongoDB is uniquely positioned to help” — CTO at large insurance firm If you're interested in trying out MongoDB Skill Scanner or want to explore the MongoDB Precision Learning Program further, you can reach out to your account representative or contact us directly .