Enterprise Geeks Podcast – New Podcast Format Mayhem

Season 2 Episode 14
This is the first week of switching to the new podcast format where we allow all the members of the Enterprise Geeks to join in on an open weekly discussion. Even though the discussions went in a lot of directions, it was still a fun, casual conversation that we hope you enjoy. Listen in and let us know what you think.

Running Time: 01:15:50

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18 responses to “Enterprise Geeks Podcast – New Podcast Format Mayhem”

  1. Matt says :

    Hi guys.
    Good work considering the high marketing content and lack of happenings this week:-). I did notice a lack of rants from Ed this week which I hope is not a new format exclusion!
    Just on DemoJam. Bring back the fun requirement to innovation. Egheads see right through marketing and it’s the “cool” and not necessarily useful ideas that really make a great demo jam. Also, Craig – please tell everyone that just using an iPad does not make this innovative as I’m guessing over 50% of submissions will have this. I’m thinking an xbox kinect controlled beer serving machine with iPad Xcelsius reporting linked to SDN points for cash might be a go.

    Just on the iPad and it’s use cases. The iPad is a killer midi controller for music. Check out midipad on YouTube for the reason I purchased one. Apart from that, my wife uses it for cooking (epicurious), kids for games (angry birds is addictive) and I use it for quickly checking email and twitter. I’m also attempting to type this with it and it really sucks so don’t go there!

    BTW- I think we got a little insight into what happens at Hooters with you guys at TechEd in the premium content this week.

    If you are up for a laggy Aussie player on Steam, let me know.


  2. Ed Herrmann says :

    @Matt – thanks for the comment and don’t worry my friend, no format can keep a good ewH rant down. πŸ˜‰ Also, send me your steam id and I will add you to the group!

  3. Chris Paine says :

    Two days of tram trips to and from work – with people looking at me as if I’m the local tram crazy (you might have to be from Melbourne, Aus to understand the comment) – LOL is an apt description.

    Will be interesting if you do get to get past the marketing and onto bigger discussions – but was a great listen nevertheless! I look forward to new episodes in the same style.

    Now I want to know which character types you all favour in TF2 – I love that flamethrower, but being a Medic is pretty cool too – what does that say about me?

  4. Thomas Jung says :

    @Chris – I favor the Sniper in TF2. Part of the beauty of Steam is that you can see for yourself which I favor:

    I do believe that your character type of choice does say something about you. πŸ™‚

  5. Craig Cmehil says :

    @Chris – Just make sure you are on the same team as Tom if you play, otherwise you never seem to make it far before he blows your head off. He nailed me as a cloaked Spy – go figure!

    @Matt As for Demo Jam, innovation is still there but you gotta remember everyone has a different definition of what they consider innovative – I think the selection committee does a good job considering…

  6. Matt Harding says :

    @Craig – Don’t get me wrong as I definitely feel for the selection committee as it must be a hard job I’m sure. Also, each year we do see some great entries and I’m not questioning the innovation involved in each entry. I’m just suggesting that the year Ed and Dan did Wiihands was an example of something that is kind of thought provoking, fun, mostly useless in the enterprise (sorry Ed and Dan), but great entertainment value which earns great kudos from the crowd.
    My request (and it is only a request) is that we see entries that you feel is something which stretches the imagination.
    Anyway, I’d love to see a small topic for a future podcast on what you all would like to see in this year’s DemoJam.

    @Ed – Hardkill13 – But I’m only just exploring Steam now as I’m typically a Sony guy.

  7. Ed Herrmann says :

    @Matt – no need to apologize, as Dan and I knew very well that there was not much applicability to the wii hands demo. Even though people loved that demo and it’s still talked about to this day, I still believe that we wouldn’t have been selected by the demo jam committee to show it if they knew what we were doing. The only reason we were on stage was because we were supposed to do a non-competing flash back demo of the winning SAPlink demo from the year before. Dan and I talked and agreed that since we couldn’t compete, we didn’t need to follow the rules. To me, Wii Hands and last year’s winners from Denis Browne’s Imagineering team with the beer keg demo are what I like to see.

    My fear is like yours, the iPad will now be the new iPhone and we will have to sit through an hour of sales pitches and “look at my app running on the iWhatever device”. I’m fine if someone does something on the iPhone or iPad that is truly innovative, but when I see someone with it on stage, my first thought still remains….WILL IT BLEND!

  8. Craig Cmehil says :

    @Matt as Ed pointed out so I won’t say much more than places like Hacker’s Night are opportunities for that…

    I just passed the “ipad” feedback along to the head of the selection committee.

  9. Ed Herrmann says :

    @Craig – even though I said it, it still makes me sad. This is why I cringed in your innojagd video where it was pitched that past winners grew their sales. I would hate to see the demo jam turn into more of a sales pitch and less of an innovation showcase.

    I’m with Matt, who’s in with us to do an XBOX Kinect demo this year? I think we need to talk to Denis Browne. πŸ˜‰

  10. Chris Paine says :

    @Craig looks like I’m just a noob compared to Thomas – I’d definately want to be on his team…


    @Matt – any chance we could figure out how to do a Demo Jam involving a Parrot AR.Drone? Must be able to find some excuse to buy one…

  11. Matt says :

    @Ed – Count me in though I imagine Denis would need to pull some serious strings!

    @Craig – Thanks – iPad is still very cool (being a fellow owner) – but it’s the idea to inspire which should be key and if it involves iPad – cool.

    @Chris – Had to look that one up and just like for Kevin Costner – buy it and the idea will come (possibly not but it will be fun)!

  12. Craig Cmehil says :

    @Ed but it’s reality for many partners and hiding it would not help anything either – our committee this year (I met with the head this week in Palo Alto) is very focused on innovation and inspiring demos so they are excited to work together and at the possibility people will come and present for innojagd for me to have a chance to start encouraging the cool ones now.

  13. Matt says :

    @craig – After what you’ve said, I’m hopefull we’ll get a good round of innovation and fun at Demo Jam but if we ever found out that you could pay to get a spot or SAP were using products they wanted pushed as a selection criteria, that would be deal breaker. Hence, marketing is a bonus of DemoJam people but should not influence the selection process.

    And just to open another potential can of worms, let’s hope that Hacker night gets some sponsors this year that really gets hacker night. Last year had a few interesting moments early on. Xcelsius stuff and CHIPs was right on the money (even if we didn’t know what CHIPs stood for then!).

  14. Craig Cmehil says :

    @Matt if I was allowed I would share the “bribe mails” as I call them but it’s one reason why I am visible and the selection committee is not; I don’t get to choose and have no influence in it other than the feedback I give people to help them when submitting their demo. The committee is secret and the head of the group ensures no one “gets to them” – SAP takes it probably more seriously than we need to but we want to ensure an honest event – heck the “Applause-o-Meter” alone is a complicated device to ensure a honest reading from the crowd.

    Hacker Night this year is looking to be EXTREMELY cool the next and probably final meeting on the overall concept will be this Thursday.and with the Enterprise Geeks as sponsors this year I might just be able ot break the first news about 2010 Berlin and Vegas on one of the podcasts here πŸ˜‰

  15. Matt says :

    @Craig. That’s good feedback and if you ever want a secret customer within the committee, I’m happy to sign an NDA. Also, you’ve got me excited about hacker night. Go the eGheads!

  16. Craig Cmehil says :

    @Matt will keep the offer in mind πŸ™‚ oh yes Hacker Night is shaping up nicely!

  17. Craig Cmehil says :

    Meeting postponed, sorry no new news on Hacker Night yet.

  18. sapdba says :

    Late as usual, but I’ll chime in anyway… I also can’t wait for Hacker night! πŸ˜€

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