November 6, 2023
We are excited to share that MongoDB has taken over development of the community-driven MongoDB integration for Laravel framework, making it a first-class citizen in our product portfolio.
Formerly known as jenssegers/laravel-mongodb, the library delivers a seamless experience for the PHP developers using MongoDB by extending Eloquent, Laravel’s built-in ORM, adding functionalities like Eloquent models, query builder, and transactions. As many in the Laravel community must be aware, the library was in need of a higher degree of support and investment; users have been requesting ongoing maintenance and updates, and we've heard you loud and clear. We understand the importance of an official, robust, and well-maintained library that integrates seamlessly with Laravel. With MongoDB taking over the library, you can expect regular updates with improvements to the functionality, bug fixes, and compatibility with most recent Laravel and MongoDB releases.
We are strongly committed to our PHP Laravel community, providing you with the tools to have a modern and elegant developer experience with MongoDB. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the development of the library as we highly value community contribution and engagement.
To use MongoDB with Laravel framework, check out the latest release of this library, which added support for Laravel 10 - Laravel MongoDB 4.0.0. If you’re just getting started with MongoDB PHP projects, we have a tutorial on how to build a Laravel + MongoDB back end service and documentation for the library. Give it a try today and let us know what you think! Please report any ideas, bugs, or feedback in the PHPORM JIRA project.
Darwinbox Scales Up and Out with MongoDB
Tech startup Darwinbox has seen exponential growth since its first line of code was written in 2015. Today, the HR Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform handles all employee interactions from recruitment to retirement, is present in 116 countries, and has over 850 customers and more than 2.2 million daily users. What’s more, Darwinbox has been recognized as the number one human capital management (HCM) solution by Gartner and secured investor backing from such big-name players as Sequoia, TCB, Salesforce, and Lightspeed. "The journey," says Shailendra Gupta, Director of Engineering at Darwinbox – with zero understatement – "has been fantastic." Shailendra and colleague, Brahma Prakash Chary Deegutla, Senior Director – Engineering, Product Development at Darwinbox presented at MongoDB.local Delhi where they shared more of that "fantastic journey" and how MongoDB fits into it. On top of Darwinbox sits a robust framework that gives HR leaders a holistic view of employees and the organization. An AI-powered chatbot provides a single interface whereby employees can interact with the system. If someone wants to request leave, access travel policy documents, or submit expenses–whatever the HR representative needs –the chatbot can help meet it, 24/7. With 2.2 million plus employees accessing the portal the volume of data generated is massive; over 250TB of data is in the system. While the pace at which Darwinbox is growing into different geographies leads to an even greater increase in data volumes and users, prompting this ambitious tech company to ask; "How do we address the data locality, and how do we address scaling?" "The answer," says Brahma, "is MongoDB." Given the multidimensional nature of the data and the scale at which it’s growing, Darwinbox needed, "A flexible schema, good scalability, robust security, and documents-based storage–and all this comes as a package with MongoDB Atlas ." "MongoDB, a document-search, document-based database, with capabilities for the aggregation framework, delivers amazing performance and it’s helping us provide near real-time insights to HR leaders." Before MongoDB Atlas, provisioning and managing the instances had to be done by the Darwinbox team; setting up configurations, upgrades, monitoring, backups, and restorations were all done internally – consuming considerable time and human resources. "With MongoDB Atlas, all these problems are solved" says Shailendra, "The architecture is lean, the search facility is quick, the managed service is amazing." And the flexibility afforded by MongoDB brings added value to a fast-growing and changing company. "MongoDB makes it very easy to adapt for any new changes or customizations," says Brahma. "MongoDB has become an integral part of our infrastructure," he adds, "enabling us for our growth expansion and business operations."
MongoDB Doubles Down on Aotearoa as Part of Continued APAC Expansion
MongoDB is expanding its business in New Zealand to help Kiwi organisations build modern applications and take advantage of the AI opportunity that exists today. With hundreds of customers already in Aotearoa, including Pathfinder, Rapido, and Tourism Holdings, we're continuing to hire and invest to continue to grow our community in the country. Powering the next generation of modern applications Interest and excitement in AI, and particularly generative AI, has exploded. With a proud history of Innovation, it's not a surprise that many New Zealand companies are early adopters of this incredible technology. In fact, an AI Forum report has revealed that AI has the potential to increase New Zealand's GDP by as much as $54 billion by 2035. No matter what you think of the veracity of those bold predictions, one thing is sure: Almost every company is trying to figure out how to take advantage of data and software, to help them build better products, more efficiently and more quickly. Jake McInteer speaking at MongoDB.local Auckland As organisations transform into digital-first businesses, they’re faced with a growing list of application and data requirements. Modern applications are complex – they need to handle transactional workloads, app-driven analytics, full-text search, AI-enhanced experiences, stream data processing, and more. Companies are being asked to do this all while reducing data infrastructure sprawl, complexity and often also cut costs. What we are seeing globally is our developer data platform solves this challenge and complexity since it integrates all of the data services organisations need to build modern applications in a unified developer experience. Additionally, we also allow our customers to easily run anywhere in the world with over 110+ locations making us uniquely placed to enable Kiwi companies to adapt to a multicloud future. We also have strong local partnerships with all three cloud hyperscalers, all of which plan to open new cloud regions in New Zealand in the coming years. With the support of our cloud partners, in New Zealand we've already seen great adoption of MongoDB Atlas, including the largest established enterprises, through to cutting-edge startups. Here are a couple of examples. Pathfinder: Protecting vulnerable children Pathfinder , headquartered in Auckland, is a global leader in software development specialising in protecting vulnerable children. The company's mission centres on empowering law enforcement agencies with state-of-the-art technology, meticulously designed to combat the reprehensible crime of child exploitation. "We are committed to delivering investigators the most advanced tools. We cannot accept delays in removing a child from harm due to investigations being overwhelmed by large amounts of disparate data. In situations where every minute impacts a child's well-being, these tools must enable investigators to swiftly navigate data challenges, and rapidly apprehend perpetrators" said Bree Atkinson, CEO of Pathfinder Labs. Pathfinder’s Paradigm service is being built on MongoDB Atlas, running on AWS, and takes advantage of the wider developer data platform features in order to enable the next generation of data-driven investigative capabilities. By using MongoDB Atlas Vector Search , a native part of the MongoDB Atlas platform, the Pathfinder team are also able to match images and details within images (such as people and objects), classify documents and text, and build better search experiences for their users via semantic search. This enables Paradigm to efficiently aid law enforcement in identifying victims and apprehending offenders. Bree Atkinson, CEO of Pathfinder Labs, and Peter Pilly, DevOps Architect at Pathfinder Labs, with the MongoDB team in Auckland at the recent .local event "MongoDB Atlas allows our team to focus on our strengths: developing outstanding technology. It works with us not against us, enhancing integration which enables us to build better user experiences," said Peter Pilley, DevOps Architect at Pathfinder Labs. "Take MongoDB Atlas Vector Search, for example. Before MongoDB, we would have needed to incorporate multiple tools to achieve that functionality. Now we can handle it all from a single platform removing complexity and architecture that wasn't needed. With MongoDB Atlas, we're able to make data-driven decisions swiftly, boosting our productivity and decision-making speed." Peter's team at Pathfinder also uses MongoDB's performance advisor. They say it's like having an extra team member who suggests the best indexes for accessing their data, which is critical in an industry where getting to a specific piece of data could make all the difference. Rapido: Optimising B2B revenue and distribution Rapido has been utilising MongoDB Atlas for over five years. The team was originally part of MongoDB for Startups , a programme that offers startups free credits and technical advice to help them build faster and scale further. Their eagerness to adopt new technologies has enabled them to effectively harness MongoDB Atlas's evolving features. Working with the Accredo ERP system, Rapido has harnessed MongoDB Atlas to innovate in business-to-business (B2B) transactions. Using features like MongoDB Atlas Vector Search, the ' moreLikeThis ' operator, and MongoDB App Services, they've transformed business interactions, offering precise product recommendations and improved real-time visibility via change streams. Rapido's platform, which has processed orders collectively worth more than $100m to date, is essential for many wholesale businesses in New Zealand. Adam Holt, CEO of Rapido, summarises their experience: "Our journey with MongoDB Atlas has been transformative. By building on a cohesive developer data platform, we don't need to bolt-on and learn special technologies for every requirement. Continuously integrating new features keeps our platform advanced in the fast-paced B2B market. It's about leveraging technology to innovate and deliver better solutions to our clients." MongoDB expands in Aotearoa The increased demand from Kiwi organisations who are looking to innovate faster and take advantage of cutting-edge technologies, like AI, means MongoDB is now doubling down on its New Zealand footprint. Earlier this month, MongoDB established its local operations in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Jake McInteer , a native Kiwi, has officially transferred from MongoDB’s Australia business to lead the organisation in New Zealand. MongoDB already has a large, engaged community, more than 200 customers, and an extensive partner network. CEO of Lumin Max Ferguson presents at the Christchurch MongoDB user group We are incredibly excited about the opportunity to invest in and contribute to the Kiwi tech ecosystem, both to support local companies and help kiwi startups like Lumin and Marsello as well as established companies like Tourism Holdings , Figured , and Foster Moore . To support our growth, we have roles open on our Sales and Solutions Architecture team. If you are based in NZ and interested in joining our incredible team, working in our hybrid environment, please check out and apply for the roles here: Enterprise Account Executive, Acquisition Senior Solutions Architect Additionally, read here about the massive opportunity at MongoDB in APAC from our SVP Simon Eid.