MongoDB Stitch (currently in beta) provides an alternative approach to orchestrating functions. In addition to providing a REST-like API to MongoDB, Stitch's multi-stage service pipelines allow each stage to act on the data before passing its results on to the next.
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Women in Tech: The MongoDB + Women ReBOOT Initiative
How do you build a great company? You hire great people. How do you hire great people? You look for great resumes. Seems straightforward enough, but can a resume truly reflect a person’s quality, character or potential? Is it possible that by focusing on resumes, we are missing out on exceptional talent? Our Dublin office recently partnered with Technology Ireland on their Women ReBOOT initiative, which is specifically designed to build a bridge between technology employers and highly skilled women who have been out of the workforce for some time. The program helps us to identify highly skilled talent within the region that we may have otherwise missed. Women ReBOOT supports women who are considering going back to work after taking time off to tend to family and personal matters. The program is structured and built on four pillars which include providing eLearning courses to help update technology skills, two-week mentored company work-placement in order to become familiar with today’s tech sector, monthly group seminars to enhance professional development, and one-on-one professional coaching to build confidence. The program was first introduced in February of this year as an initiative led by Technology Ireland and Software Skillnet to support diversity and address the gender imbalance. Women make up around 25% of the total technology workforce in Ireland, and across Europe only 9% of women above the age of 45 work in the sector. Programs and initiatives have been established across the region to encourage more women to pursue careers in STEM, but there is also a massive opportunity to attract women from STEM disciplines back into the workforce. Carol Teskey, the Senior Director of People in EMEA and APAC at MongoDB, had heard about the program and reached out to include MongoDB as one of the first partners of the ReBoot program. ‘We are always looking for new ways to find great talent, and change the ratio for women in technology. The ReBoot program seemed like a wonderful opportunity to do just that.” MongoDB Technical Services Engineer Clare Scally was invited to speak to the group on behalf of MongoDB regarding her experience working as a full-time mother and as a woman in tech. “Taking time off can impact morale. It’s common for people to disqualify themselves from a role before they even apply due to lack of confidence in experience. I merely acted as a motivator to help build self-assurance. I received great feedback from the women in the audience. Their experiences were very similar to mine and I believe it helped them to realize there was still opportunities available.” Women ReBOOT Participants: Angela Morgan and Mary Gorman ReBOOT participant Mary Gorman had been in the developer space for almost 10 years until she decided to take personal leave to be with her four young children full time in 2003, but never stopped doing technical work. She became the go-to point of contact for any IT-related issues that occurred during her kids’ extracurriculars. She also set up an online craft business which became an international success, selling knitted pieces world-wide. “I would knit while the boys were doing their homework. It was great that I was able to be there for them and still had my own interests. I thought I was too old to get back and my skills were not where they needed to be. I also considered what my CV would look like to an employer given the large gap since my last role, and I worried because I didn’t have any recent references to list.” Mary was first introduced to the ReBOOT program through a friend, and when she started working through the online courses she was surprised to see how little things had changed. There was more functionality than she had ever seen – some of the terms and syntax were different – but the programming courses were just as she remembered. This gave her the reassurance that programming was programming regardless of time away. At the same time, Angela Morgan, a programmer with more than 10 years of experience working overseas in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City, was also considering getting back to work full time. She was just a teenager when she started programming, and continued through university where she earned a degree in Applied Computing. She worked for a handful of companies in both Ireland and the U.S., and gained extensive programming experience until 2007 when she decided to take some time off to raise her family. “I had been out of the workforce for years and away from programming. Because of how fast technology changes I didn’t feel all that confident going back. I knew I enjoyed having interactions with customers and users so I decided to pivot to the support side, and spent three years in the Bay Area as a Technical Support Engineer. When we finally moved back to Ireland, I had never worked in Dublin before so I didn’t know anyone to reach out to in terms of networking. I worried given the gaps in my CV and the changes in roles I would have a very hard time finding my next role.” Angela joined the ReBOOT initiative by means of her husband who came across an online ad, and leveraged the e-learning courses to refresh her skills. With each seminar she felt more familiar and more engaged, but most importantly more confident. After MongoDB reviewed a number of applications and interviewed five candidates who practiced interviewing skills and updated their CVs with ReBOOT, Mary and Angela were two of three women brought on to complete their two week work placement at the MongoDB office. They were placed on the Technical Services Engineering team, and Clare was their assigned mentor. “There is such a high caliber of women in the program,” Clare notes. “They are exactly what organizations are looking for but can’t seem to find because CVs don’t always tell the entire story. We were looking for skills aside from just technical. The women were out of date with some of the technology but they learned quickly and were easily brought up to speed. I introduced them to the MongoDB training courses, and had them set up a replica set – they succeeded at every task and worked very well as a team. They were extremely motivated, patient, and did a great job juggling customer cases and issues. They possessed the unique qualities that come from raising a family, and were able to apply them to work." On her first day, Mary was “Terrified. My eldest son is 21 and a lot of his friends are in the software space – I was afraid I was going to step into a room full of his friends. I was worried about not knowing all the buzzwords, but I learned them quickly. The technical meetings were a fantastic way to learn. Dublin is a very busy office but we were able to shadow as closely as we needed to which was really advantageous. I really enjoyed the environment and felt I bonded with the people.” Angela was “Impressed. Everything was so organized for when we arrived. They were really ready for us. Clare was our main mentor and she gave us something to do everyday from setting up a replica set to guiding us through the documentation to learn more about MongoDB and document databases. Someone was always there to help if we ran into a problem, and we worked together as a team.” After a two week term in the Dublin office working on a number of cases and projects and going well beyond their standard support responsibilities, it was suggested that if interested they apply for full time positions at MongoDB. Both Mary and Angela did apply, went through the standard MongoDB interview process, and after a few weeks both were extended offers to work at MongoDB full time, which they accepted. Mary Gorman is one of our newest Cloud Triage Support Associate and Angela Morgan has joined as a Cloud Support Associate, both on the Technical Services team. With so few women choosing the IT sector to begin with, the ReBOOT program was an incredible opportunity for us to connect with existing qualified talent and make two great hires to our team. Initiatives like Women’s ReBOOT help to set an example for the next generation so they never feel the need to chose between family and a career. ReBOOT will be offering another program opportunity this fall and we are looking forward to partnering with them again. Interested in learning more about Women ReBOOT? Click here.
Transitioning from Teacher to MongoDB’s New Enterprise Modernization Team: Meet Gabriela Preiss
As a global company, MongoDB has amazing employees with interesting backgrounds and stories. I recently sat down with Gabriela Preiss, an Enterprise Modernization Consultant, to learn more about her journey across the globe from the U.S. to Barcelona, Spain, and her experience transitioning from teaching to becoming the first hire for MongoDB’s brand-new Enterprise Modernization Team, shifting enterprises toward innovation and generating a ton of compelling content along the way. Andrew Bell: Thank you for sharing your story, Gabriela. I’d love to know how you got to where you are today in your role. What skills are important for someone on your team to be successful? Gabriela Priess: My career journey has been from one end of the spectrum to the other. Originally, I studied English and education, and I was a high school teacher for four years. I loved teaching, and I encourage anyone who wants to pursue it to do just that, but eventually, I hit a block and craved more mobility. So I moved from the U.S. to Portugal and studied web and mobile development. Finding myself back as a junior in a new industry, I worked my way up by freelancing as a web developer, building a curriculum for a coding school, and then quickly finding my way into a lead tech support role with a popular web application organization, where I also led the QA process. So, how does all of this add up to working in and with data? I truly believe every professional experience is the chance to extract something positive — a learning takeaway. This diverse background has challenged me and shaped me, as well as helped me to be confident in my choices, to trust I’m taking steps in the right direction, because ultimately each career move has been better than the last and has led me to where I am now, with MongoDB, as an Enterprise Modernization Consultant. Ultimately a career risk led me to a job that didn’t even exist a year ago on a new team. So, we can never truly say what the future holds for us; we may be headed toward a killer career that hasn’t even been invented yet. When it comes to being successful on my team, I think this role is open to so much diversity. I’m trying to narrow down any specific skills, but I think anyone who is ambitious, independent, takes ownership with what they produce, and is curious will succeed here. Curiosity is a huge asset — someone who is open to learning and diving deep into what they don’t yet understand, eager to keep growing, and tech-curious. A big part of what we do involves us keeping our finger on the pulse of tech and data innovation, so we can confidently discuss, debate, or write about it. This means feeding ourselves with the right tech news content. AB: I’d love to know more about the modernization team. What’s your role and your day-to-day like? GP: Our reach is quite broad, but if I had to define it, I’d say the Enterprise Modernization Team (EMT) assists, educates, and helps inspire large enterprises to move toward modernization and innovation. Often, large enterprises have the most complex, costly legacies in their systems and need macro and micro aid and insights to not only modernize but also to visualize and tally the endpoint. EMT Principles and Consultants have the industry expertise and capability to translate our value proposition to senior executives and engineering management. This includes generating training content for internal teams; meeting with other teams for potential and ongoing accounts; delivering webinars, published content, and interactive exposition presentations; and meeting with clients so they have a stronger understanding of how MongoDB helps them to modernize from the most basic format, such as adopting the document model, to truly leading in innovation, such as data science, machine learning, and real-time analytics. So, EMT is a bridge between sales, technical sales, and marketing for complex industry use cases and solutions. These are the teams we collaborate most often with, working closely with sales reps and solutions architects, collaborating with solution providers, and closely aligning with the marketing team producing diverse content and product alignments. So, if you ask me what exactly is my role, I’d say it’s all of the above. Our team is small, although it’s growing quickly, and we have big plans to expand exponentially in the near future. That said, we have a democratic way of dividing the work. We’re made up of our Global Head, Boris Bialek, our Principal, Steve Dalby, and the two Consultants, including myself and Vanda Friedrichs. And we’re all expected to bring equally to the table, despite who has more seniority. This lets us all have an idea of what everyone is working on, and we frequently dip into each other’s projects either to help out or request aid. Each project is free roaming for all: as long as we’re aware of the objective and deadline, we can get creative with how we reach the endpoint. My projects are constantly evolving and regenerating, and I could joke that the only thing they have in common with each other is they all have to do with MongoDB. However, when I was hired, Boris was very clear and direct that each day would be different, and his promise has held true. I don’t have a day-to-day like most others might in regard to consistent projects, but the objective is always the same for each: how can we showcase MongoDB’s value in modernization and innovation in regards to data and tech? Because my projects are so diverse, and often more creative-oriented than anything else, I make up for what some may call a “lack of structure” by being very structured in how I plan my day. Before each day, I predetermine how my next day is going to be divided hourly by projects, tasks, and follow-ups, and I reserve some time for “self-learning,” where I take time to continue my training curriculum, since that’s an ongoing track. AB: Since this is a new role, what tools and resources (e.g., Sales Bootcamp) were you given to help you ramp up? GP: True, this was a new role when I first stepped in, so I didn’t totally know what to expect. There was a running joke I was learning by a fire hose, just having everything blasted at me, and something was bound to stick. MongoDB sets all employees up with boundless learning resources, so I created a curriculum for myself. I prioritized from the top down, based on what I needed to understand ASAP, such as MongoDB’s services and functions, and from there I had freedom to roam based on what interested me the most and what my weak spots were, and was given time to dive in deep technically. For example, I ran POVs to see the data in action from a locally set up database. I know other teams within the company have established curriculums for onboarding, but because this was a new role, I used the resources available and that worked for me. I was given a lot of liberty with my learning because it was mostly autonomous and self-driven, but that’s not to say my learning is over. The company really promotes a learning culture, and every week there are new resources with webinars, learning materials, training materials, and so on. Early into my onboarding, I participated in what’s called our Sales Bootcamp. It’s a two-week intensive training that dives deep into MongoDB’s services as a whole and lays a strong foundation to build on. It’s usually something that’s done in person at MongoDB’s headquarters in New York City, but since this is the COVID-19 era, it was done virtually, with a big cohort of new hires included from Europe and the Americas. This was a cool experience, because I got to meet a lot of new faces. Professionally, my background is originally in education, so I used to write my own curricula for my students, and I’ve been impressed with what I find the MongoDB enablement and Learning & Development teams generating. AB: What content have you and will you create? What is the purpose of this content? How is it leveraged? GP: Among many other roles, the EMT is a content-generating team, so we’re constantly working on creating something new, or collaborating with other teams to create new content. As of today, I’ve been with MongoDB for four months, and in that short time, I’ve been able to generate a lot of interesting, challenging pieces. Each project I’m given is a chance to dive deeper into that subject and expand my understanding of it — like data science or fintech, for example. One of the first projects I had was the chance to write a blog about MongoDB’s partnership with Iguazio , and how our data platform is the ideal persistence layer for Iguazio’s data science and MLOps platform, which is used to develop, deploy, and manage AI applications. Clearly, each project is a team effort, but this gave me the opportunity to dive into a topic I find personally interesting, while building connections with some of our most innovative partners. My first or second week I was introduced to an internal deck created by one of our Solutions Architects, Pascal Jensen. It was a sort of think piece on how data is being driven by the growing uncertainties of the world, in a political, social, and economic sense, and how the most innovative leading companies are responding. We decided to turn this into a more holistic, complete white paper to reach a wider audience. With that, after really digesting the deck that was available and multiple interviews with the Solutions Architects that contributed to it, I built an extensive paper around it, giving breath to the expression “digital by default.” This was something I was quite proud of, because it was so early on in my time with MongoDB, and it let me dive into truly interesting topics. I was able to build on the holistic elements of data and how it’s reshaping even the most mundane elements of the world, propelling us into the future with innovative technologies and solutions for some of the most crucial global concerns, such as hunger or healthcare. Last month, I presented my first corporate webinar with MongoDB, discussing transitioning from a relational database to MongoDB’s document model. It was a huge opportunity, because we were focusing on Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America. For me, this was almost a beta project, because I didn’t know what to expect in regard to reception. In the end, it was a massive success: overall, we had more than 6,500 registrants. That was a really exciting experience, because I knew as a team and a company we were clearly doing something right, engaging with the right audience, and connecting with the right people. There is a really positive response still outpouring from that webinar, and I was happy to be a part of it, especially as a rookie. Again, it just speaks to how much autonomy and freedom to create I’ve been given. My manager never holds me back from any opportunity and really encourages our success. In the spring, we’ll repeat the same endeavor with another webinar, covering a different topic I’m currently preparing in Spanish. AB: What was it like starting in a new role on a new team, especially during the pandemic? How do you stay connected to the team despite living in different countries? GP: Despite the pandemic, there was a lot to dive into because the company was running full speed ahead. It can be slightly intimidating being the new person on a fast-paced team, but I felt very included and seen from day one, and there was more than enough work and training to keep me busy. I haven’t really considered what it would’ve been like to work with MongoDB prepandemic, because at this point, this is all I’ve known. Staying connected with my direct team, though, has been the easiest part for me. I’ve never once felt disconnected despite never having met them in person. As of now, we’re dispersed across Dublin, London, Zurich, and Barcelona, and we’re growing. Plus, our backgrounds are even more diverse considering where we’ve lived, where we’re from, and the languages we speak. It’s refreshing to be part of a team that doesn’t feel limited to one geographic region, because it opens our minds and team discussions to diverse views and ideas. AB: How would you describe the team’s culture? And how do you maintain this culture during COVID-19? GP: The team culture is really positive, inclusive, and ambitious. Every team meeting feels like a brainstorming session, because part of our job is innovation. We’re all given a voice and are expected to use it as we shuffle through ideas and ongoing projects. But overall, our team culture is casual, in the sense that we engage with each other informally, but we all recognize what we need to be working on and by when. We’re each expected to take ownership of our work, and we’re given a lot of creative and structured autonomy. This means independently owning whatever it is we’re working on, and this goes for professional learning too. MongoDB creates a lot of resources internally that I take advantage of, from guided training and courses to reading material, interactive training, webinars, and so forth. I was paired up with one of our Solutions Architects, Benjamin Schubert, and he patiently made himself available to help guide me through some of the more technical aspects of our databases as I was learning how to maneuver through it myself, and I am eternally grateful. Of course, we have support any time we need it, and I can easily seek out resources or set up a Zoom call with an internal expert if I have any questions, but at the end of the day, the ticker moves forward only if everyone is doing their part, so each of us takes our part seriously. Interested in pursuing a career at MongoDB? We have several open roles on our teams across the globe , and would love you to build your career with us!