Tomorrow at 2pm ET, Solutions Architect Rick Houlihan will be hosting webinar on MongoDB Management Service, including a live demo of MMS. Whether you’re new to MMS or a long-time user, this session is an opportunity to discover how MMS can provide you with the capabilities you need to ensure a great experience for your customers. We’ll cover installation and setup, a walk through of charts and alerts, and look at how backup works. Rick will even provide a peek under the hood at the underlying architecture of MMS.
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This Week in MongoDB April 14-20, 2014
Here's what's going on in the MongoDB community this week: Learn More See how to build a recommendation engines with MongoDB and Hadoop in our webinar with the Mortar Data team April 15 See how Bosch is connecting billions of physical assets and devices with MongoDB at MongoDB World Submit your app to the MongoDB Innovation Awards and get recognized at MongoDB World Events this Week: Apr 14: An Evening with MongoDB Barcelona Apr 14: SF Office Hours Apr 15: London MUG - Public Sector Hackathon Apr 15: Partner Webinar: Recommendation Engines with MongoDB and Hadoop Apr 15: Webinar: How Financial Services Organizations Use MongoDB Apr 16: London Office Hours Apr 16: LA MUG April 16: NYC Office Hours Apr 16: Webinar: Run MongoDB with Confidence Using MongoDB Management Service Apr 16: SV Office Hours Apr 16: Charlotte MUG April 16: Nashville MUG Apr 16: DC MUG Apr 16: Padova MUG Apr 17: OC MUG Apr 17: Webinar: Delivering the Complete Customer View - Today's Table Stakes by Infusion & MongoDB Apr 17: Webinar: Build an Application Series - Session 7 - Backup and DR Apr 17: Webinar: What's New in MongoDB Upcoming Events: Apr 22: Toulouse MUG Apr 22: Baltimore MUG Apr 22: Webinar: How Financial Organizations use MongoDB for Real-time Risk Management & Regulatory Reporting Apr 23: NYC Office Hours Apr 23: Denver MUG Apr 23: Partner Webinar: How the Government is Utilizing Open Source with MongoDB Apr 24: Webinar: MongoDB and Amazon Web Services - Integrating with AWS Apr 24: Little Rock MUG Apr 24: Sevilla MUG Apr 25: Sao Paulo MUG Online Education: Apr 14 - M101P: MongoDB for Developers - Opened Today! Apr 29 - M202: MongoDB Advanced Deployment and Operations (New Course) May 6-13 - C100DEV: MongoDB Certified Developer Associate Exam May 6-13 - C100DBA: MongoDB Certified DBA Associate Exam May 26 - M101J: MongoDB for Java Developers Jun 02 - M101JS: MongoDB for Node.js Developers
The Rise of the Strategic Developer
The work of developers is sometimes seen as tactical in nature. In other words, developers are not often asked to produce strategy. Rather, they are expected to execute against strategy, manifesting digital experiences that are defined by the “business.” But that is changing. With the automation of many time-consuming tasks -- from database administration to coding itself -- developers are now able to spend more time on higher value work, like understanding market needs or identifying strategic problems to solve. And just as the value of their work increases, so too does the value of their opinions. As a result, many developers are evolving, from coders with their heads-down in the corporate trenches to highly strategic visionaries of the digital experiences that define brands. “I think the very definition of ‘developer’ is expanding,” says Stephen “Stennie” Steneker, an engineering manager on the Developer Relations team at MongoDB. “It’s not just programmers anymore. It’s anyone who builds something.” Stennie notes that the learning curve needed to build something is flattening. Fast. He points to an emerging category of low code tools like Zapier, which allows people to stitch web apps together without having to write scripts or set up APIs. “People with no formal software engineering experience can build complex automated workflows to solve business problems. That’s a strategic developer.” Many other traditional developer tasks are being automated as well. At MongoDB, for example, we pride ourselves on removing the most time-consuming, low-value work of database administration. And of course, services like GitHub Copilot are automating the act of coding itself. So what does this all mean for developers? A few things: First, move to higher ground. In describing one of the potential outcomes of GitHub Copilot, Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott said, ““It may very well be one of those things that makes programming itself more approachable.” When the barriers to entry for a particular line of work start falling, standing still is not an option. It’s time to up your strategic game by offering insight and suggestions on new digital experiences that advance the objectives of the business. Second, accept more responsibility. A strategic developer is someone who can conceive, articulate, and execute an idea. That also means you are accountable for the success or failure of that idea. And as Stennie reminded me, “There are more ways than ever before to measure the success of a developer’s work.” And third, never stop skilling. Developers with narrow or limited skill sets will never add strategic value, and they will always be vulnerable to replacement. Like software itself, developers need to constantly evolve and improve, expanding both hard and soft skills. How do you see the role of the developer evolving? Any advice for those that aspire to more strategic roles within their organizations? Reach out and let me know what you think at @MarkLovesTech .