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April 12, 2022
A few years back, Wayfair jumped into the microservices revolution feet-first. The results were dramatic. We had tons of activity—hundreds of Wayfair teams launched thousands of microservices. It was great to see so much enthusiasm for microservices, but it came at a cost. We had a lot of confusion about infrastructure permissions: for any given infrastructure resource, who was authorized to manage that resource?
April 7, 2022
Have you considered contributing to open-source software but were not sure what the work entails? Maybe you heard some people even get paid to work on open source and are curious about where to begin. A good first step is to understand the common challenges and pitfalls that come with open-sourcing a new library, so you can avoid them. Come join me and the rest of the Dynamic Services team on our journey...to open source!
April 5, 2022
As a technology company, Wayfair encourages all team members to roll up their sleeves and innovate. We take immense pride in how our work impacts customers and contributes to the business’s success. We also derive great satisfaction when a team member is recognized by the larger technology community.
April 4, 2022
Suppliers are an integral part of Wayfair, and providing them with real-time and high-quality data with flexibility is important for our mission. Today I’m going to highlight two specific areas: how Wayfair is leveraging real-time data to provide suppliers with up-to-date sales information and how our team has tackled some of the problems that emerged along the journey.
March 29, 2022
Every day, Wayfair customers sift through more than 33 million items. Their goal? To find the perfect items to create a home they love. It’s not a grueling and stressful search, and their success isn’t the result of good luck. It’s the byproduct of a technology team committed to enhancing the customer experience through cutting-edge solutions.
March 22, 2022
Machine learning (ML) profoundly transformed the digital shopping experience for millions of people worldwide. We’ve seen this at Wayfair, where our teams are continuously delivering intelligent and improved experiences for our customers by integrating ML at every stage of their journey with us. Right now Wayfair is leveraging hundreds of ML applications, which on the outside are improving marketing campaigns, improving the visual merchandising of the products we sell, personalizing product recommendations, enabling high-quality customer service, and more.
March 17, 2022
I’m excited to share that today INFORMS announced Wayfair received the 2022 INFORMS Prize, which recognizes businesses for their “sustained and enduring achievement and success of utilizing Operations Research (O.R.) and analytics into our organizational decision making.”
March 16, 2022
When customers submit search queries, such as “ivory jute oriental,” it is essential for the search engine to understand which types of products they are looking for. In this case, the customer is likely shopping for an area rug. Equipped with this knowledge, we can tailor the search results page by displaying area rug-specific filters and banners and refine the search results by first showing area rugs. At Wayfair Search, the Query Classifier Model performs this task of real-time prediction of the desired product types based on user search queries. This blog post discusses how we designed, trained, and deployed this deep learning classification model at SearchTech.
March 15, 2022
This week the Women in Cybersecurity (WICyS) Organization kicks off their ninth annual WICYS 2022 conference. For anyone not familiar with WICyS, it’s a global organization dedicated to the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women in cybersecurity. The summit is THE premier event for women in cybersecurity, a place where the energies of attendees come together and push the needle when it comes to the underrepresentation of women in cyber.