UK's Channel 4 wins Award for MongoDB Powered Scrapbook Application
August 6, 2013 | Updated: May 22, 2015
Channel 4, one of the UK's most popular television networks, recently won an award in the "Best Technical Innovation" category at the Online Media awards. The website awarded called Scrapbook is a place to tag and collect content from the Channel 4's TV shows, was built with MongoDB in just 19 weeks.
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Big Data Is The New Normal
Now Big Data has even won a Gartner Seal of Approval, so to speak, with the publication of a new report that says Big Data is on the fast track to maturity and by 2016 it will just be data. The huge idea here is that as information goes cross-platform and vaults up in volume, very shortly Big Data will become another norm of how business gets done. By no means will all data be Big Data - that would make no sense because there of course are key values found in certain, specific data warehouses that are quite small and structured. But there also is the fact that, suddenly, business realizes it is awash in data and it knows that if only it can harness the insights that can be derived from the information already on hand or soon to be, great value will ensue. Big data transforming bricks + mortar retailing Think about the recent New York Times story about how pioneering retailers are tracking customer behavior by monitoring cellphone signals -- WiFi in particular. The story triggered significant teeth gnashing by privacy proponents, and these concerns are understandable. But a reality is that e-commerce players already have enormous tracking data on their customers and it stands to reason that, finally, bricks and mortar retailers would want to level the playing field. Big data plus smartphones is an equation that works. Put the privacy debate aside. Think simply about the information flow, its volume and the insights it would give retailers. That is very big data indeed and the goal would be mashing it up and then reinventing store layout, product placement, and in effect making it easier for consumers to find and buy what they came into the store for. Really knowing the customer Probably a gold standard for pursuing BIg Data is Netflix, which is well known for gathering information about what their customers watch but also how they watch it - where do they fast forward, where do they rewind, when do they simply turn off a film and never return? But then Netflix goes farther with its data, per reporting in SiliconANGLE : “[Netflix] actually [is] putting that data to use. Netflix has begun to produce its own original TV shows, and to do so its leveraging all of its data to do it. Netflix used its data to decide that the BBC’s ‘House of Cards’ was the best fit for a remake, and its data also correlated fans of the original to fans of actor Kevin Spacey and director David Fincher, which in turn was what led to them being hired.” Think about the power there: Big data is driving complex decisions and, apparently, it is helping get closer to what consumers really want. The maturation of Big Data A safe bet is that such stories - revolutionary as they sound in 2013 - will seem commonplace within a very few years because, right now, the ingredients are all coming together for a flowering of Big Data into an everyday business tool and probably 2016, as Gartner predicts, is as good a guess as any. Certainly it will become more commonplace in many more businesses very soon, about now in fact as the first generation pioneers - with their massive data stores and new analytical tools for rapidly making sense out of them -- start to enjoy differentially superior results. They are demonstrating that Big Data works, period. It’s no longer a computer science project, it’s becoming just plain business. The irony is that when Big Data becomes humdrum - when it loses its buzzword status - that is when it genuinely will have solidified a role as a transformational information utility. By, say, 2020 we will look back and be puzzled at how organizations arrived at their marketing and design decisions without Big Data. It will seem every bit as puzzling as, say, how organizations maintained customer data befor CRM (can you say 3” x 5” card?). From where we sit in 2013, that future seems distant indeed. But it also is closer than we think.
MongoDB Releases “Focus Mode” in Compass GUI
We’re excited to announce an improvement to the aggregation-building experience in MongoDB Compass. Compass already makes it easy to view and manage your MongoDB databases, and with the addition of Focus Mode you now have the option to dial in on specific stages within your aggregation pipeline. Overview MongoDB's Query API and Aggregation Pipelines enable easy retrieval and processing of data from collections. They also facilitate complex operations such as filtering, grouping, and transforming, making computation and analysis effortless. MongoDB Compass' intuitive interface simplifies the process of building aggregations by enabling developers to easily create, test, and refine aggregation pipelines, and the introduction of Focus Mode takes this a step further. When constructing pipelines, having to simultaneously view and consider multiple stages can make it challenging to analyze the impact of a specific stage, leading to increased cognitive load. Now, developers can toggle Focus Mode on stages, opening a view that focuses exclusively on the contents of the specific stage they are working on. This view can also be used to view sample input (before the aggregation stage is applied) and output (after the stage is applied) documents, aiding in the understanding, troubleshooting, and optimizing of the data pipeline. Developers can also switch between different stages by accessing a drop-down menu at the top of their screen. This makes identifying inefficiencies and optimizing performance easier, as well as providing deeper insights from the output documents for data-driven decision making. Focus Mode offers a streamlined and distraction-free environment for working with stages, improving the efficiency and precision of testing, debugging, and analyzing the impact of each stage on the data, ultimately simplifying the creation and management of pipelines. Conclusion The addition of Focus Mode is part of our continued refresh of the query and aggregation experience in Compass. These improvements are made possible thanks to the feedback of our developer community, so we encourage you to try out this new feature and let us know what you think! To learn more about Aggregation Pipeline Builder in Compass, visit our documentation .