When you set up alerts in MongoDB Management Service, you now have the option to send them to PagerDuty. Like MMS, PagerDuty helps you increase application uptime and identify performance issues. With this new integration, you can set up multiple on-call schedules in PagerDuty to rotate your MMS alerts to different members of the team.
MongoDB Management Service tracks dozens of different MongoDB-specific metrics, providing you with visibility into the performance of you MongoDB system. Using MMS, you can create alerts when particular statistics are out of range. While previously you were limited to setting email and mobile alerts to individual members of the team, you can now rotate those alerts around your team, giving everyone time off by easily scheduling on-call rotations. And with PagerDuty, there are automated escalations so you can be sure that you’ll never miss an alert.
Meet Alvin Richards: Technical Director for Performance and Quality
Meet Alvin Richards, MongoDB’s Technical Director for Performance and Quality. What is your role at MongoDB? I’m MongoDB’s Technical Director for Performance and Quality. I work in the engineering department, but my job is cross-functional across all our products. I make sure everything we produce is high quality, acceptable, correct, and performant. Where were you before MongoDB? Why did you choose to come to MongoDB? I’ve worked at a variety of small companies and startups. Right out of college I started at Oracle, a little company building this new thing called a relational database. Soon Oracle became the market leader in that space; we’d completely changed how people thought about data. After sixteen years I left to work at a variety of startups and pursue a second degree. When I joined MongoDB, I felt like it was the way Oracle had been in the eighties; we were disrupting the ways people thought about their data. We were fixing areas where relational theory had broken down and now we’re reinventing the industry. I’ve been here for four years and we’ve just only started. What’s your hometown? That’s a good question. My heart says San Francisco, but my birth certificate says London. Right now I live in Belmont, California. Did you have previous experience using MongoDB before you arrived? If so, how are things different now that you work at MongoDB? My education was Dwight asking me to build a 100-node cluster for a conference in 6 weeks. So it was a baptism of fire in learning the technology, how to deploy something that size on EC2, figuring out LVM versus MD and many other issues. I love we now have a formal education program… but sometimes I think the new employees are missing out on an experience. Have you had any personal projects where you’ve used MongoDB? I’m hacking my Linn Magik DS at home. I think I can do better than the Frankenstein set of technologies the vendor thinks I have to use to simply play music over a network. Bike or public transportation to work? Electric car. I get to hack the system by being in a car alone and using the carpool lane. That’s California! What’s a typical day (or week) for you? We work in a form of organized chaos because we’re developing a new product and disrupting an existing space. You need to be able to think on your feet but keep the mission in mind. Each day starts with a triage of what happened overnight, covering everything from customer cases, performance runs in the lab, requests from the field or partners. It’s then trying to find the balance of keeping the short term moving but make progress on your strategic goals (i.e. keep your eyes on the prize). What do you love most about MongoDB? The people. There were only twelve of us when I joined and now we’re 340. Part of the joy of being here is watching the growth of not only the organization but also the people. New hires mature and take on new roles and opportunities. It’s very exciting to watch. What’s the most challenging aspect of your job? Solving the next problem. I could say starting as the initial employee in California and building that team from scratch. Then going to Europe for two years and doing the same thing for a whole continent. We had to go to community events, contact existing customers and find new ones, join meetups, and try to figure out what was happening when and where and why. You have to do literally everything. I’m doing the same with my new team, starting from scratch and building in three locations (New York, Palo Alto and Austin) at the same time. What’s one of the most rewarding experiences you’ve had working here so far? Random people coming up to me after to talk or meetup to tell me that I’ve helped them think through the problems they have been having. What’s your favorite Seamless lunch order? BLT from ‘wichcraft Name one secret skill you have, unrelated to work. Debugging a 1965 Datsun Fairlady. A rare but critical skill to ownership. Kindle or book? What’s your favorite book? Always a book, preferably on a beach. I’m not sure if this is my favorite but I enjoy “Season of Blood” by Fergal Keene immensely. Describe your perfect weekend. The kids don’t wake me up too early (they’re 11 and 8). Southampton wins a soccer game. I get to spend time with the family and dog (a 2 year old Hungarian Vizsla). Maybe playing some Apex Twin or Underworld a little too loudly on the turntables. So what did you get that second degree in? I graduated with a degree in computer science when I was 19. I worked at Oracle for about 7 or 8 years, and then I realized that tech was here to stay, and I could really do this job for the rest of my life. So I decided to go out and do what I wanted before things got too complicated (worrying about a family, marriage, etc.) I got a degree in photography, then went off to travel the world and take photos. I did a lot of work for the IRCR (International Committee of the Red Cross). They were fun times and a great way to collect stories to tell the grandchildren, but the bug of technology was never far away for me. If you're interested in joining the MongoDB Team there many open positions available in Engineering, Sales, Marketing, and Business Development. To learn more about open roles at MongoDB, please visit the MongoDB Careers Page .
Australian Start-Up Ynomia Is Building an IoT Platform to Transform the Construction Industry and its Hostile Environments
The trillion dollar construction industry has not yet experienced the same revolution in technology you might have expected. Low levels of R&D and difficult working environments have led to a lack of innovation and fundamental improvements have been slow. But one Australian start-up is changing that by building an Internet of Things (IoT) platform to harness construction and jobsite data in real time. “Productivity in construction is down there with hunting and fishing as one of the least productive industries per capita in the entire world. It's a space that's ripe for people to come in and really help,” explains Rob Postill , CTO at Ynomia. Ynomia has already been closely involved with many prestigious construction projects, including the residential N06 development in London’s famous 2012 Olympic Village. It was also integral to the construction of the Victoria University Tower in Australia. Link to Podcast Episode Here “These projects involve massive outflow of money: think about glass facades on modern buildings, which can represent 20-30 percent of the overall project cost. They are largely produced in China and can take 12 weeks to get here,” says Postill. “Meanwhile, the plasterer, the plumber, the electrician are all waiting for those glass facades to be put on so it is safe for them to work. If you get it wrong, you can go in the deep red very quickly.” To tackle these longstanding challenges, Ynomia aims to address the lack of connectivity, transparency and data management on construction sites, which has traditionally resulted in the inefficient use of critical personnel, equipment and materials; compressed timelines; and unpredictable cash flows. To optimize productivity, Ynomia offers a simple end-to-end technology solution that creates a Connected Jobsite. Helping teams manage materials, tools, and people across the worksite in real time. IOT in a Hostile Environment The deployment of technology in construction is often fraught with risk. As a result, construction sites are still largely run on paper, such as blueprints, diagrams and models as well as the more traditional invoices and filing. At the same time, there is a constant need to track progress and monitor massive volumes of information across the entire supply chain. Engineers, builders, electricians, plumbers, and all the other associated professionals need to know what they need to do, where they need to be, and when they need to start. “The environment is hostile to technology like GPS, computers, and mobile phone reception because you have a lot of Faraday cages and lots of water and dust,” explains Postill. “You can't have somebody wandering around a construction site with a laptop; it'll get trashed pretty quickly." Enter MongoDB Atlas “On a site, you might be talking about materials, then if you add to that plant & equipment, or bins, or tools etc, you're rapidly getting into thousands and thousands of tags, talking all the time, every day,” said Postill. That means thousands of tags now send millions of readings on Ynomia building sites around the world. All these IoT data packets must be stored efficiently and accurately so Ynomia can reassemble the history of what has happened and track tagged inventory, personnel, and vehicles around the site. Many of the tag events are also safety critical so accuracy is a vital component and packets can't be missed. To address these needs Ynomia was looking for a database that was scalable, flexible, resilient and could easily handle a wide variety of fast-changing sensor data captured from multiple devices. The final component Postill was looking for in a database layer was freedom: a database that didn't lock them into a single cloud platform as they were still in the early stages of assessing cloud partners. The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation , which Postill had worked with in the past, suggested MongoDB , a general purpose, document-based database built for modern applications. “The most important factor was that the database is event-driven, which I knew would be difficult in the traditional relational model. We deal with millions of tag readings a day, which is a massive wall of data,” said Postill. A Cloud Database Ynomia is using MongoDB Atlas , the global cloud database service, now hosted on Microsoft Azure. Atlas offers best-in-class automation and proven practices that combine availability, scalability, and compliance with the most demanding data security and privacy standards. “When we started we didn't know enough about the problem and we didn't want to be constrained," explained Postill. "MongoDB Atlas gives us a cloud environment that moves with us. It allows us to understand what is happening and make changes to the architecture as we go." Postill says this combination of flexibility and management tooling also allows his developers to focus on business value not undifferentiated code. One example Postill gave was cluster administration: "Cluster administration for a start-up like us is wasted work," he said. "We’re not solving the customer's problem. We're not moving anything on. We’re focusing on the wrong thing. For us to be able to just make that problem go away is huge. Why wouldn’t you?" Atlas also gives Ynomia the option to spin out new clusters seamlessly anywhere in the world. This allows customers to keep data local to their construction site, improving latency and helping solve for regional data regulations. Real Time Analytics The company has also deployed MongoDB Charts, which takes this live data and automatically provides a real time view. Charts is the fastest and easiest way to visualize event data directly from MongoDB in order to act instantly and decisively based on the real-time insights generated by event-driven architecture. It allows Ynomia to share dashboards so all the right people can see what they need to and can collaborate accordingly. “Charts enables us to quickly visualize information without having to build more expensive tools, both internally and externally, to examine our data,” comments Postill. “As a startup, we go through this journey of: what are we doing and how are we doing it? There's a lot of stuff we are finding out along the way on how we slice and re-slice our data using Charts.” A Platform for Future Growth Ynomia is targeting a huge market and is set for ambitious growth in the coming years. How the platform, and its underlying architecture, can continue to scale and evolve will be crucial to enabling that business growth. “We do anything we can to keep things simple,” concluded Postill. “We pick technology partners that save us from spending time we shouldn't spend so we can solve real problems. We pick technologies that roll with the punches and that's MongoDB.” When we started we didn't know enough about the problem and we didn't want to be constrained," explained Postill. "MongoDB Atlas gives us a cloud environment that moves with us. It allows us to understand what is happening and make changes to the architecture as we go. Rob Postill, CTO, Ynomia