Friday, November 30, 2007

Google's Intranet

Some time ago I asked here and here how Google manages it's own information internally. I didn't get any answers (yet).
However now part of my question has been answered. John Batelle and ReadWriteWeb point to a Blogoscoped post on Google's Intranet! There you'll find a lengthy description of what it looks like, with lots of screenshots.

I found this quote about organizational transparency most interesting:
Ex-employee Doug Edwards mentioned how he came to take for granted everything was available on the intranet, "from the status of products in development to the number of employees at any point in the company’s history." He adds that the transparency was also a motivator, as "Your failures are also visible to everyone in the company, which provides an even greater motivator to continuously improve performance in the areas for which you are responsible." These days however, as Doug writes, Google "clamped down on who had access the complete state of the business."
Interesting. I was wondering if this Intranet is truly global (multi-site). E.g. does Google Zurich also use this Intranet? Furthermore, is this Intranet also the portal to their work documents. In other words, is Moma als their document/information management system?

By the way, in one of the comments on this post, Andy Baio of Waxy.org points to what he says are "recent intranet screenshots for Yahoo! and Microsoft". You can find them here:
flickr.com/photos/pwacher/5022 ...
flickr.com/photos/smileycat/27 ...

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