What We're Reading This Week
Here's what we're reading this week from the MongoDB community.
Business Insider: 21 Enterprise Startups to Bet On in 2014
MongodB News: RMS Revolutionizes Risk Management for Insurance Industry with Secure Platform Built on MongoDB
Silicon Angle: MongoDB Gets Endorsement from Risk Management Insurance Company RMS
InfoWorld: MongoDB Named to InfoWorld’s Technology of the Year Awards List
The MongoDB Blog: Meet Trisha Gee, Java Engineer and Evangelist
Asya Kamsky: Replication without High Availability
Asya Kamsky: Help! Someone Deleted My Database Files!
Asya Kamsky: The MongoDB Trap
Vlad Mihalcea A Beginner’s Guide To MongoDB Performance TurboCharging
Meet Trisha Gee: Java Engineer
We're excited to introduce you to Trisha Gee, a Java Engineer and Evangelist based in Spain. What is your role at MongoDB? I’m a Java Engineer. I work on the Java driver for the Developer Experience team. Where were you before MongoDB? Why did you choose to come to MongoDB? I’ve been a Java engineer for twelve years since I graduated in 2001. Before joining MongoDB just over a year ago, I was working for company called LMAX Exchange, a financial exchange in London focusing on low latency, high performance trading. I came to MongoDB because I had spent a lot of time working in finance and I wanted to work for a company with a product. The evangelism within the MongoDB community was also big part of the draw. At previous positions I’d mostly done coding with only a bit of outreach on the side, but I was interested in doing more. At MongoDB, I had the opportunity to continue with coding and development but take on more speaking and evangelism roles. I also really liked the vision the executives had for the product and the company. Where are you from? I recently moved to Seville, Spain but before that I was in London. Why did you decide to move? My boyfriend is actually from Spain. Back in March we were looking ahead to the rest of the year, and decided we needed a change of scenery and a change of weather! And honestly, it doesn’t matter where I live because I’m either travelling for evangelism events or working from home. Did you have previous experience using MongoDB before you arrived? If so, how are things different now that you work at MongoDB? If not, how did you learn MongoDB and how was the education process? I didn’t have much experience with MongoDB. But when I started in London we had a basic overview of the product, and then I went to the weeklong boot camp in New York. There was a lot of intense technical information, but it was good to have it all as a reference. And meeting the people in the New York offices was great. I learned a lot on the job, mostly when we were working on community support. Handling the challenges of clients using our product in the real world gives you a great idea of how the product functions. Supporting other MongoDB users taught me a lot about how to use it myself. What’s a typical day (or week) for you? I have two different kinds of days: the ones when I work from home and the ones when I travel. When I’m at home, I go out for a nice breakfast to get out of the house and sit out in the sunshine. My boyfriend is also a Java developer so we’ll have a mini “standup” where we talk about what we’re hoping to accomplish that day. Then the mornings are focused mostly on administrative tasks, code review, catching up on email, booking my next trip, etc. In the afternoon is my coding time, although most days I’ll also have a video conference with my team or department. When I’m travelling it’s totally different. On my way to a conference I always try to write a blog but I’m usually preparing for my presentation instead. I get up very early and go to the gym. I always make sure to get a good breakfast (you never know what your meals could look like when you’re at a conference). I go through one more dry run in my hotel room before presenting. Then I usually give my presentation and take notes on others to include in blog posts later on. On the flight home I’ll try to write a post, but I often end up watching movies. What do you love most about MongoDB? I like that I’m never bored! I jumped around between several companies before MongoDB because I wanted more to do. There’s always something to work on, and everything is flexible so you can focus on what you’re great at or what you’d like to improve. There’s a lot of variety so you can move around between projects. And the people are amazing. What’s the most challenging aspect of your job? At the moment we’re trying to rewrite the entire Java Driver from scratch. Project rewrites are always a lot of work, and on top of this big project I’m still managing my schedule of evangelism trips. It's challenging to switch between the contexts of coding and community outreach. What’s one of the most rewarding experiences you’ve had working here so far? I actually love our review process. It’s so constructive to sit down with your manager and have them say, this is what you’re great at and this is what you could be even better at. They help you come up with ways to improve and be more effective. I’ve worked at lots of different companies and never have had as constructive a review process than at MongoDB. What’s your favorite Seamless lunch order? When I’m in the NYC office I often order salad, which is weird since I’m not that fond of salad. I guess I like that I can put everything I want in there and nothing more. Favorite breakfast? My favorite breakfasts are always in New York (I lived there for a year five years ago). I love diners and I usually get something simple like eggs and sausage. My perfect breakfast, if I’m going to treat myself, is eggs benedict. Name one secret skill you have, unrelated to work. I’m an expert at putting together IKEA furniture. And given how much I’ve moved around, it’s extremely useful. Kindle or book? What’s your favorite book? I love books but since I travel so much having a Kindle is fantastic and I use it all the time. You can sync all your devices and read a technical book and a novel at the same time. It’s great. My favorite book is Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Describe your perfect weekend. A few years ago I would have said a visit to Prague or another city. But since I get to travel all the time now, I want to be here in Seville, go on a bike ride, meet friends and family for food, and have the time to do stuff around the house. I’d end the day with a movie and a glass of wine. Favorite airline? The staff on Virgin Atlantic are always so nice and friendly, but I often fly British Airways because they let you take hand baggage on board and go to a lot of different locations. Craziest flying experience? On a flight from New York to San Francisco in September, we get to JFK and our flight was delayed. When we finally get on the flight we sat around for hours, before taxiing back to the terminal. Apparently there was a grinding noise so they didn’t want to fly. So we waited about two hours for another plane, get on the plane, and sit there for a few hours before finding out this one also has a mechanical problem. I had to go back to Manhattan for the night and fly out the next morning. If you're interested in joining the MongoDB Team there many open positions available in Engineering, Sales, Marketing, and Business Development. If you’re inspired by Trisha, we’re looking to fill the positions of a Java Engineer/Evangelist , a Java Application Engineer , and a Web Applications Developer . To learn more about open roles at MongoDB, please visit the MongoDB Careers Page .
Congratulations to the 2023 APAC Innovation Award Winners
I’m thrilled to announce the nine winners of the 2023 MongoDB APAC Innovation Awards . The MongoDB Innovation Awards honor projects and people who dream big. They celebrate the groundbreaking use of data to build compelling applications and the creativity of professionals expanding the limits of technology with MongoDB. This year, we have broken the awards down regionally to celebrate organizations in APAC, from startups to industry-leading enterprises, across a wide variety of industries, who are delivering big results. We are delighted to announce the winners below: 2023 MongoDB APAC Innovation Award Winners: Positive Impact Open Government Products Open Government Products (OGP) is an in-house team of engineers, designers, and product managers, who is a part of the Singapore Government, and is responsible for building technologies for the public good. OGP used MongoDB’s developer data platform, MongoDB Atlas to create its digital form builder, FormSG. Used by the Singapore government and public healthcare institutions, FormSG securely collects data from residents and businesses and helps public officers to create digital government forms in minutes. It eliminates the use of paper forms and the manual process of transcribing physical documents, which had raised concerns around data privacy and protection. During the pandemic, FormSG enabled public officers to collect more than 100,000 daily temperature declarations nationwide. Today, FormSG has served more than 120,000 public officers from 155 agencies and it has created more than 500,000 digital forms to help the government collect data on travel and health declarations by visitors to the country, applications for COVID-19 swab tests, and applications for financial assistance. Organization Transformation Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Bendigo and Adelaide Bank is one of Australia’s largest banks, with around 7,000 employees helping more than 2.2 million customers achieve their financial goals. The bank has been on a multi-year journey of transformation using MongoDB's developer data platform to improve efficiency and deliver a better customer experience as they fulfill their vision to become Australia’s bank of choice. Recently, the cloud team launched Ready-Set-MongoDB (or RSM). This event-driven framework allows developers to streamline the consumption of internal or external APIs, and applies data transformations and storage automatically within a MongoDB collection of their choice. Using MongoDB Atlas Search, the bank also enabled developers to gain insights across its multi-cloud deployments, identifying cost savings, and providing inventory information to account owners and technical stakeholders. Within the first 18 months of launching these programmes, the automation had saved the organization more than 1,100 developers days. It also helped reduce human involvement, removed stale data, and allowed engineers to focus on the things that matter. The development of Ready-Set-MongoDB is ongoing and improving, as new Bendigo multi-cloud challenges arise and new MongoDB products are released. The application is a perfect representation of how Bendigo's Technology Department is using modern technology, rapid development, and innovation-led problem solving to drive organizational transformation. Heroes in Health Redcliffe Lifetech Private Limited Over the last few years, Redcliffe Labs has become India's fastest growing technology-driven diagnostics service provider. Redcliffe Labs is on a mission to serve 500 Million Indians by 2030 with fusion of technology and world- class laboratories. The company already serves thousands of people daily, with more than 73 labs and close to 1500 walk-in centers across 180 cities. Redcliffe Labs has relied on MongoDB Atlas’ flexible document model to power its innovative Smart Health Report, a patient resource that provides a number of indicators and trackers to gauge holistic health. The MongoDB developer data platform's best in class security, compliance, and privacy controls allows Redcliffe's team to confidently handle even the most sensitive patient data. MongoDB Atlas takes care of many of the traditional database management challenges, which means that developers can spend their time building diagnostics for patients, rather than managing databases. Redcliffe Labs is focusing on incorporating next-generation technologies in the diagnostics space with an AI platform that will make Interactive Diagnostics reports, Advanced Health Profiling and more detailed Diagnostics and Health Alerts. Industry Disruptor Cathay Pacific Cathay Pacific , Hong Kong’s home carrier operating in more than 60 destinations worldwide, has been on an impressive journey to become one of the very first airlines to create a truly paperless flight deck. Until recently, a flight from Hong Kong to New York would require a crew to review more than 150 pages of finely printed text and charts before their flight and make ongoing updates throughout the trip. In 2019, Cathay Pacific conducted the first zero paper flight, removing 50kg of manuals, charts, maps, and flight briefing paperwork. They achieved this enormous feat with the help of one seamless and highly customized iPad application: Flight Folder. Built on MongoDB Atlas, Flight Folder is designed to improve the pilot briefing experience. MongoDB helped consolidate dozens of different information sources into one place, and made it possible for flight crews to easily share their experiences with others. It also included a digital refueling feature that helps crews become much more efficient with fueling strategies – saving significant flight time and costs. The use of MongoDB Device Sync enables seamless syncing and no data loss even when the app goes on- and offline mid-flight. Since the Flight Folder launch, Cathay Pacific has completed more than 340,000 flights with full digital integration in the flight deck. In addition to the greatly improved flight crew experience, flight times have been reduced, and digital refueling saves eight minutes of ground time on average. All these efficiencies have helped the company avoid the release of 15,000 tons of carbon. From Batch to Real-Time Adani Digital Labs Adani Digital Labs is the India-based digital innovation arm of the larger Adani group. The lab’s team's mission is to create one single platform – a SuperApp called AdaniOne – to empower a billion stories in India. To address several use cases and the huge scale that will be required by the superapp, the Adani Digital team selected MongoDB Atlas as its the main transactional database that will further enhance the application. A key component of the app is how it can bring together disparate data in order to provide a single view of activity across the application. In the first process, developers had taken out the data in batches and sent it to their database However, this was too slow and unpredictable as far as business requirements are concerned. Also, the consolidated view of customer history, orders, inventory, and supply chain network updates was likely to impact their customer's ability to generate revenue. Therefore, in order to find a better solution, Adani Digital Labs built a more modern architecture in line with MongoDB. Using MongoDB's Change Streams and the data platform's native Kafka connector, they created an event-based architecture that pushes the data out in real-time for analysis. Adani Digital Labs is still in the early phases of the SuperApp's rollout and collaborating with MongoDB as its developer data platform continues to help the firm to grow and deliver insights in real time. Industry 4.0 Dongwha Founded in 1948, the Dongwha Group has evolved from a singular focus on the wood and timber industry into a global leader across a number of sectors including building materials, chemicals and media. As part of its wider digital transformation strategy, Dongwha required smarter factories that would improve and optimize their production efficiency. Dongwha built an innovative Smart Factory Software platform that collects and analyzes data to enhance quality and production management capabilities. Originally, the platform was built with the community version of MongoDB. However, in order to scale and adapt, the team recently migrated to MongoDB Atlas in the cloud. This enabled them to store large volumes in the fastest and most secure way, optimize their solution for time series data, and make it easy to run machine learning across their data. Dongwha completed the migration seamlessly, without any disruption or downtime to their factories, and it has now been launched across five different sites. Over the last year, the application has significantly increased its availability and reliability while performance has improved by as much as 6x . As they look to the future, Dongwha plans to roll out the software to more of its international factories. Digital Native myBillBook India is home to more than 60 million small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) but only a small portion of those SMBs are taking advantage of digitization and many still operate using pen and paper. In addition, many businesses in India still struggle with fluctuations in internet services, outages, and latency. FloBiz is on a mission to change that with myBillBook , a one-stop solution that helps SMBs create professional invoices, manage stock, collect payments, automate reminders through smart banking, engage with their customers, manage staff attendance and payroll and generate more than 25 business reports for accounting and decision making. The app is also mobile-first, so businesses can access them from their mobile devices and allows users to manage billing and inventory in both online and offline environments. The myBillbook app is powered by MongoDB Atlas, providing the flexible and scalable foundation for the business to do everything from building new features to performing complex analytical queries. In addition, MongoDB Realm, the mobile database within the data platform, supports offline usage and syncing to ensure there is never data loss or functionality for users due to poor internet connection. Because of its success in supporting customers with business critical operations, more than 6.5 million business owners in India are now using myBillbook for their billing, accounting, collection and business growth. Customer Focused KASIKORN Business-Technology Group Established in 1945, Kasikornbank (KBank) is one of the largest and oldest banks in Thailand. Their mission is to strive towards service excellence and empower every customer’s life and business. One of KBank’s subsidiaries, KASIKORN Business-Technology Group (KBTG) , developed a mobile banking application – MAKE by KBank. MongoDB Atlas’ flexibility and ease of development enabled MAKE’s development team to choose the best type of database for its tasks, to automate data tiering with Atlas Online Archive, and to reduce hours spent on operational maintenance. With more time to focus on delivering new innovations to customers, they created unique features like Cloud Pocket which can allocate funds into unlimited customizable pockets for separate usage. They also built Pop Pay, a feature that allows users to easily search for nearby friends and transfer money by clicking their profile picture as well as “Expense Summary" a spending analysis services that helps inform and manage users’ financial habits. As of January 2023, MAKE has acquired more than 1 million users, and increased the number of transactions in MAKE from 900,000 to more than 7.5 million in a span of one year. Massive Scale China Mobile China Mobile provides mobile voice and multimedia services via its nationwide mobile telecommunications network across mainland China and Hong Kong. It is the world's largest mobile network operator by total number of subscribers. The telecommunications leader is using MongoDB to support one of its largest and most critical push services, which sends out billing details to more than 1 billion users every month. Prior to MongoDB, the tech team relied on Oracle, but as the user numbers increased, performance degraded. Despite large investments, it was still taking too long to do basic requests like finalize and deliver bills to users. In 2019, after comprehensive testing, China Mobile migrated to MongoDB. By taking advantage of MongoDB's native sharding, they were able to improve performance by 80% and go from 50 Oracle machines, to just 12 machines for the same workload. The service now handles all current requirements and is set up to scale with future growth. With the support of MongoDB, China Mobile is growing steadily,with more than 168 million monthly users and has one of the highest customer satisfaction scores in the China Mobile group.