MongoDB CTO Mark Porter has been on all sides of the technology industry. He was most recently CTO of core technology and transport at Grab, a super-app serving Southeast Asia, and prior to that held leadership roles at Amazon Web Services and Oracle, among other places.
In this interview, he shares his views on the thawing relationship between software vendors and cloud providers, and why there’s still a big business in selling installed software. Porter also dives deep on his time at Grab, sharing insights into what it’s like building technology in a fast-growing market and leading a team distributed around the world.
Previously, you were at Oracle and then AWS working on relational databases. You’ve been involved in implementing database systems at consumer-facing companies. Now, you’re at MongoDB working on a non-relational, or NoSQL, system. So where are we now with the relational versus non-relational discussion?
MARK PORTER: I think relational is always…