Merriam-Webster is the premier English language reference in North America, with a strong search footprint and large share of the market: over 100 million pageviews/month on its core, free website and over 3 billion pageviews/year across all of its sites and apps. In addition to dictionary and thesaurus resources, Merriam-Webster features language content, word games, learning tools, a podcast, and a highly engaging Twitter presence.
Dated product and development infrastructure was blocking innovation, speed, and flexibility — especially the use of print-centric XML files as the basis for the online dictionary.
As the company transitioned to digital-first along with their AWS migration, they wanted to be able to make and deploy changes quickly as well as build new products and features from their nearly 200-year trove of language data.
10x faster updates and deployments saved hours of key engineering time that was shifted to new product development, accelerating innovation and growth. This key infrastructure update also enabled Merriam-Webster’s historically unprecedented response to adding words related to the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020. As Slate reported, “Recent upgrades in Merriam’s data-processing system had shaved the time needed to add new entries from weeks to hours.”
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