Yahoo! As A Technology Company

28 10 2007

The perception of Y! as an Organization has for a long time been that of a Internet/Web-based Company. From a Business point of view on what Y! does, this seems like a perfectly correct view point and that is what it is famous for. Well! I agree to the same that it is a Internet/Web-based Company, but as an Organization, all that require a lot of technological thought and expertise to sustain and grow, along with an extreme sense of innovation within the Organization. It is the perception of the Web tag along with the unique name (made more so famous by the song & dance of ‘Shammi Kapoor’, in India’s film Industry of yore), which has given the Company, although an excellent work culture, a wrong perception/view in the people’s mind, of it not doing anything except to build and maintain Web Pages.
The above perception is something which needs to be taken care of whenever a new hire is made. Lots of people do not/can not visualize the technology which is going into making the Web and Y! a better place to be in, when the Internet is growing at this pace. From the outside they vie this as a place where people churn out Web pages and goof off as if still in their teens and College days. From the inside, it is more of an Academia. There are people who do churn away on Web pages, but those are pages made from a lot of technological thought and innovation. They have to be optimized for the maximum User Experience and minimal load times. Each page has a function to take care of, and a lot of thought process and sweat goes behind each. Along with the above, an optimized delivery platform is also there to be taken care of. Cable companies claim that their bandwidth is being used, but I think a better way to put it is, that it is being utilized (and not for free, as they wish the rest of the World to believe). An immense amount of innovation and technological thought process goes into each component of a Web page and this is where people don’t/can’t appreciate the value of the same. They see a great looking interface and will go and visit it, but not give a thought to the work and sweat which has given them the page.
All I say, Y! is more technologically oriented than any of the various other product Organizations I have gone through. Also, they have a truly great environment and work culture, which is to be appreciated and hopefully preserved for the future of the Organization. At the same time, trying to dispel the wrong notion developing in people’s mind that technologically, it might not be the best place to work ad grow from.

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