About two years ago a friend introduced me to a different kind of database. It was one of the many new NoSQL solutions entering the marketplace. I spent about a month vetting it and all the other NoSQL databases and concluded that MongoDB would be the solution that would change the way development happened and in a big way.
Over the next two years I led OpenSky to become the first Ecommerce site built on MongoDB and one of the first PHP sites to use MongoDB. Along the way I gave a few presentations and we created the open source library Doctrine MongoDB ODM, an extension of the Doctrine project.
Fast forward to the present and Mongo is changing the world. Their install base is more than all of the other NoSQL solutions combined. Disney, Craigslist, Foursquare, Shutterfly, Etsy, SourceForge, NY Times, IGN, Disqus, Chartbeat, EA, Sailthru, SongKick, Topsy, Turntable, Squarespace, OpenSky and hundreds of other companies have chosen MongoDB as their database Solution. The future looks very bright for MongoDB.
Why all this talk about MongoDB? I have recently joined 10gen (the MongoDB company) as Chief Solutions Architect. In this role I will lead the public side of the engineering organization including integration, evangelism, support and consulting. I will be bringing to this role my experience as an engineer, architect and executive building innovative products and companies since 1995.
I look forward to the new challenges, opportunities and friends this new role will provide and hope to help advance the adoption, ability and usability of MongoDB