According to 10gen CEO Dwight Merriman, a complete revisiting of the corporate data architecture and its respective best practices is in order because of cloud computing and big changes in computing technology and software development. In some cases, a complete inversion has occurred (in the best way) to solve a particular problem. To be competitive, organizations need to take advantage of these new ways of doing things. Massive data and information is out there if we can just grasp it. Below are some principles and practices on how we can better deal with data going forward.
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"Consumer tech gets most of the attention but enterprise tech is really the stuff that's changing the world." Business Insider has included 10gen CTO Eliot Horowitz in its round-up of “The 50 Most Powerful People In Enterprise Tech”. In Eliot’s highlight they call out his work with MongoDB and the momentum it is gaining with the enterprise.
MongoDB MongoDB is a popular open source NoSQL data store that uses structured data in JSON-like documents using a dynamic schemas called Binary JSON. Created by the founders of DoubleClick, MongoDB is currently used by several large enterprises such as Craigslist, Disney Interactive Media Group, Etsy, The New York Times, and MTV Networks.
When 10Gen went into business a few years ago, you might have wondered if it was a quixotic quest. The company would wind up competing with one of the biggest companies in software in one of the toughest areas of corporate IT: databases.
But the windmills quickly disappeared.
"I had heard about and been following 10gen for quite some time on Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter, so naturally I started following two executives — the two most public-facing people in the company,” says [10gen Community Manager Francesca Krihely. “I also followed the company’s LinkedIn group and saw how the popularity and legitimacy of MongoDB had grown.”
10gen's Eliot Horowitz: Mongo important database guy
Eliot Horowitz, CTO and co-Founder, 10gen. Horowitz is one of the key people behind MongoDB, an open source "NoSQL" database that is powering the big data phenom. MongoDB is really starting to take the enterprise by storm. That puts Eliot in the enterprise spotlight as a technical guru. He's also the co-founder and chief scientist of ShopWiki.
Campaign Manager Dashboard app for iPhone and Android puts data on 100 million voters and powerful analytics in campaign workers' hands. The database behind the scenes at 5ivepoints is MongoDB, a NoSQL database that lets the developer move quickly and blend different types of data, including voter rolls, marketing lists, and social media data.
In a list of the Top 10 most sought after job skills by resume site Indeed.com, MongoDB is No. 2 -- beat only by HTML5. That makes MongoDB more sought after than iOS and Android and mobile. Indeed.com searches millions of job postings to come up with its list of the fastest growing keywords.
Performance and scalability are table stakes in the big-data market. To stand out, products and vendors have to offer something more. For MongoDB, that something extra is ease of use and speed of development, according to 10Gen, the company that developed the NoSQL database, and it says these qualities have put the product at the head of the pack in a fast-growing market.
A growing need for flexible databases has brought 10gen Inc. a fresh $42 million in financing. New Enterprise Associates led the New York-based company's Series E round, which also included participation from existing investors Flybridge Capital Partners, Sequoia Capital and Union Square Ventures.