We could fill up an entire database with reasons to join us at MongoDB World. But don’t just take our word for it. Read about attendees’ experiences at MongoDB World 2016 and find out why they’re joining us again this year on June 20-21 in Chicago.
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“The "Ask an Expert" booth was informative and the engineer walked me through several different possible solutions to an issue we were having at work.”
-- Doug Duncan, Database Administrator
“The best lecture I've been to is the Building WiredTiger session. I loved getting to know the internal staff and the decisions made behind the scenes.”
-- Dror Asaf, Big Data Developer
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“My favorite part about #MDBW16 was meeting and interacting with peers in the community. Go for the learning, but take advantage of the spontaneous opportunities that are presented through personal connections!”
-- William Finch, Sr Database Manager
“Being from Montana, it was the first time I'd ever met anyone else that uses MongoDB in person. It was completely surreal to be surrounded by a room full of people that do what I do, more or less.”
-- Joshua Lawrence Austill, Software Engineer
Learn best practices
“I definitely have more ‘action items’ after this conference than other conferences that I attend because there's so much I want to check in to, read up on, or just learn more about after. I can't wait for this year's edition and hope to meet more of the community!”
-- Michael Grayson, Sr Oracle/MongoDB/MySQL Database Administrator
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Connecting Patients to Medical Providers Quicker with MongoDB – Phreesia Wins MongoDB 2017 Innovation Award for Scale
This year, we received nominations across dozens of industries for the annual MongoDB Innovation Awards that recognize organizations and individuals that took a giant idea and made a tangible impact on the world. The winners will be honored at MongoDB World 2017 , in Chicago on June 20 and 21. But we’re so excited about some of the winners we wanted to share their stories before the event. This year, Phreesia won the MongoDB Innovation Award for Scale. Here’s why: Improving Patient Experience Patient care and organizational efficiency are vastly improved today, thanks to technology innovation that is connecting hospitals, insurance providers, doctors’ offices, and patients. Phreesia, a company at the heart of this movement, is helping healthcare providers better manage, access, and store patient information so the healthcare organization can focus on what they do best: doctor-patient interactions, diagnosis, and treatment. Phreesia’s software as a service (SaaS) is also pushing the power of self-service to improve the patient experience, as it enables patients to complete their registration on their home computer or mobile device before they arrive at a clinic. Patients can also pay copays and outstanding balances through their mobile device or Phreesia hardware in the waiting room. For over 10 years, healthcare providers all over the country have integrated Phreesia’s software into their electronic medical record/practice management systems. Today, Phreesia manages intake for over 50 million patients annually and has checked in more than 15% of the U.S. population. On the payment side alone, Phreesia processes tens of millions of transactions per year, significantly streamlining healthcare organizations’ workflow. In addition to improving efficiency and profitability, Phreesia also uses its database to administer clinical screeners to patients and alert clinical staff about the need for a test or treatment. Diagnosis and Treatment Phreesia was built on relational databases, but in recent years the volume and variety of patient data being managed on some parts of the platform led the company to look for alternatives. Certain workloads – particularly the patient intake information – were posing problems because of the wide variety of formats and data types that would need to be processed. Alongside that variety, there was another challenge: volume. Securely storing and managing several million insurance claims for every major insurer is no small feat. To get there, Phreesia migrated its eligibility application away from relational databases and on to MongoDB, to take advantage of the flexibility of the document model to better handle this rapidly expanding volume and variety of data. To ensure the migration process was smooth and no downtime affected customers, Phreesia called on MongoDB’s consulting engineers . The professional services team helped Phreesia avoid common pitfalls and equipped them with best practices from the start of their journey with MongoDB, helping the developers focus on building value for patients and not wrangling infrastructure. Now running on MongoDB 3.4, Phreesia’s eligibility application covers the gamut of the ‘run-up appointment’ processes, which allows patients to proactively pre-register, manage copayments, and ensure all their personal contact, medical history, and insurance information is accurate and up to date. This information is seamlessly pushed to their physicians quickly and in advance of the doctor visit. Importantly, insurance providers are contacted directly to make certain all patient information is accurate and current. Reliability, Security, Scalability – With a Lower Total Cost Performance and ease of development aren’t enough in the healthcare sector. Security and regulatory requirements are always the first priority. To address those concerns and ensure the SaaS platform had best-in-class data layer security, Phreesia used MongoDB’s encrypted storage engine, available with MongoDB Enterprise Advanced . This native encryption, along with the other advanced security features of MongoDB Enterprise Advanced, help Phreesia meet the regulatory requirements of HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) and PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards). To monitor, automate, and back up the deployment, as well as support disaster recovery, Phreesia relies on MongoDB’s cloud-hosted management tool, Cloud Manager . Dan Nathan, VP of Engineering at Phreesia, said: “Downtime or data loss isn’t an option when you’re dealing with this kind of information. MongoDB has given us the confidence that our customers have secure, always-on, and reliable access to data.” “MongoDB does what we need it to do by scaling independently of the application, no matter how many millions of patients we’re processing,” added Nathan. “The fantastic thing is we get this scale and flexibility, all at a lower total cost of ownership.” Phreesia manages the administrative tasks of patient intake so medical professionals can focus on the important stuff – managing the health and wellbeing of their patients. In much the same way, MongoDB’s document data model is helping Phreesia developers focus on what’s most important – building new applications and features so they can continue delivering critical services for millions of patients and practitioners. Phreesia is a clear and deserving winner in the Scale category for the MongoDB Innovation Awards 2017.
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