MongoDB 2.6 was released in March, 2014 (over 24 months ago). We are now approaching the end of life of this major version, and we will sunset support for MongoDB 2.6 at the end of October, 2016.
We encourage users to upgrade to version 3.0 or 3.2 soon . For customers who still use 2.4, note that upgrading from version 2.4 to 3.0 will require an intermediary upgrade to 2.6. Review the MongoDB downloads page to find the latest stable releases and begin your upgrade.
Information about the features in MongoDB 3.2, in addition to best practices around upgrading your version of MongoDB, can be found in our on-demand webinar.
If you would like hands-on assistance with your upgrade, our professional services team offers a Major Version Upgrade consulting service. Please contact your account executive for pricing, details, and scheduling.
Learn how to build an upgrade plan. Watch our on-demand presentation covering the best practices for upgrading to MongoDB 3.2.
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.
A Hub for Eco-Positivity
In this guest blog post, Natalia Goncharova, founder and web developer for EcoHub — an online platform where people can search for and connect with more than 13,000 companies, NGOs, and governmental agencies across 200-plus countries — describes how the company uses MongoDB to generate momentum around global environmental change. There is no denying that sustainability has become a global concern. In fact, the topic has gone mainstream. A 2021 report by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) shows a 71% rise in the popularity of searches for sustainable goods over the past five years. The report “measures engagement, awareness and action for nature in 27 languages, across 54 countries, covering 80% of the world’s population.” The EIU report states that the sustainability trend is accelerating in developing and emerging countries including Ecuador and Indonesia. For me, it’s not a lack of positive sentiment that is holding back change; it is our ability to turn ideas and goodwill into action. We need a way of harnessing this collective sentiment. In 2020, the decision to found EcoHub and devote so much time to it was a difficult one to make. I had just been promoted to team leader at work, and things were going well. Leaving my job with the goal of helping to protect our environment sounded ridiculous at times. Many questions raced through my mind, the most insistent one being: Will I be able to actually make a difference? However, as you’ll see in this post, my decision was ultimately quite clear. What is EcoHub? When I created EcoHub, my principal aim was to connect ecological NGOs and businesses. Now, EcoHub enables users to search a database of more than 10,000 organizations in more than 200 countries. You can search via a map or keyword. By making it easier to connect, EcoHub lets users quickly build networks of sustainably minded organizations. We believe networks are key to spreading good ideas, stripping out duplication, and building expertise. Building the platform has been a monumental task. I have developed it myself over the past few months, acting as product manager, project manager, and full-stack developer. (It wouldn’t be possible without my research, design, and media teams as well.) During the development of the EcoHub platform on MongoDB, the flexible schema helped us edit and add new fields in a document because the process doesn’t require defining data types. We had a situation in which it was necessary to change the schema and implement changes for all documents in the database. In this case, modifying the entire collection with MongoDB didn’t take long for an experienced developer. Additionally, MongoDB’s document-oriented data model works well with the way developers think. The model reflects how we see the objects in the codebase and makes the process easier. In my experience, the best resource to find answers when I ran into a question or issue was MongoDB documentation . It provides a good explanation of almost anything you want to do in your database. Search is everything In technical terms, my choices were ReactJS, NodeJS, and MongoDB. It is the latter that is so important to the effectiveness of the EcoHub platform. Search is everything. The easier we can make it for individuals or organizations to find like minds, the better. I knew from the start that I’d need a cloud-based database with strong querying abilities. As an experienced developer, I had previous experience with MongoDB and knew the company to be reliable, with excellent documentation and a really strong community of developers. It was a clear choice from the start. Choosing our partners carefully is also important. If EcoHub is to build awareness of environmental issues and foster collaboration, then we must ensure we make intelligent choices in terms of the companies we work with. I have been impressed with MongoDB’s sustainability commitments , particularly around diversity and inclusion, carbon reduction, and its appetite for exploring the way the business has an impact globally and locally. EcoHub search is built on the community version of MongoDB , which enables us to work quickly, implement easily and deliver the right performance. Importantly, as EcoHub grows and develops, MongoDB also allows us to make changes on the fly. As environmental concerns continue to grow, our database will expand. MongoDB enables our users to search, discover, and connect with environmental organizations all over the world. I believe these connections are key to sharing knowledge and expertise and helping local citizens coordinate their sustainability efforts. Commitment to sustainability When it came down to it, the decision to build EcoHub wasn’t as difficult as I initially thought. My commitment to sustainability actually started when I was young: I can remember myself at 8 years old, glued to the window, waiting for the monthly Greenpeace magazine to arrive. Later, that commitment grew as I went to university and graduated with a degree in Environmental Protection and Engineering. Soon after, I founded my first ecology organization and rallied our cityagainst businesses wanting to cut down our beautiful city parks. Starting EcoHub was a natural and exciting next step, despite the risks and unknown factors. I hope we can all join hands to create a sustainable future for ourselves, our children, and our animals and plants, and keep our planet beautiful and healthy. MongoDB Atlas makes operating MongoDB a snap at any scale. Determine the costs and benefits with our cost calculator .