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Nov. 25th, 2017 @ 09:09 pm New release
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Eight years ago, when the company I work for celebrated its 20-year anniversary, there was a whole festive do with employees and customers. It was then that our then-CEO announced we were going to do something with “enveloping” the documents that were produced with our software. A new product was developed — and it was a mess. There were a lot of problems with it, so deployments needed constant hand-holding. Meanwhile, promises about scalability and traceability were never delivered upon, and the software never got Generally Available. Only the rightly anointed High Priests were allowed to do anything with it, so the implementations didn’t scale either.
Then the company got acquired, then we got acquired again, and suddenly there were two document production products in the portfolio. The other product is/was not as good as our product with actually producing documents, but they had built that on top of a really cool process engine — and they did a lot of things with enveloping and other output management things, things we never could get stable. We absorbed the product and the team, basically scrapped what we already had for the output management software, and started off re-implementing the concepts that we had (which are really, really good) on top of that better software.
(Meanwhile, the company has been split again, and we lost that team, but we retained the software that we had already integrated.)

Next month will see the release of version 5.1.1 of our software. And it will see the generally available launch of our output management solution. We’re making good on that promise of eight years ago! That’s very exciting, but there is still an aura of mystery surrounding the idea of output management, as if it’s really difficult. But with our new version, it isn’t really.
As product manager, it is my task to introduce our new releases to our colleagues. And because this thing is completely new, I went all in: first an extended demo to introduce all the functionalities and to explain why you would use it, and then a second video that shows how to configure a freshly installed system to do the things I showed in the demo. All in all, it turned into just under 3,5 hours of video!

Me behind my desk, ready to start recording! I brought my own microphone, because it has so much better sound than the headset I have at the office, and I care about those things.

Crossposted from my blog. Comment here or at the original post.
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From:spiral_meter
Date:November 26th, 2017 07:05 am (UTC)
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those glasses really suit your face.

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From:fub
Date:November 27th, 2017 08:38 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! I have another pair that I call my 'stern glasses': the rims are broader and the glasses are more squarish. I like this pair better because they're lighter.
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From:lisa_thecat
Date:November 26th, 2017 11:37 am (UTC)
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Wow, it took a while to get this product working perfectly, especially going through all the ownership and managerial changes. Congratulations! Over 3 hours of video sounds like a long time to be focused on presenting the capabilities of the system! I'd lose my voice (and my cool) after one hour!
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From:fub
Date:November 27th, 2017 08:49 pm (UTC)
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The cool thing about a video is that you don't have to do it all in one take!
I created a powerpoint presentation to introduce a feature while I talk about it, then I switch to the desktop view so I can demo it, and then I switch back to the slideshow. At that point, you can stop the recording: if you make sure to resume at the same slide, you can simply add the two videos together into a larger one and it will be seamless! The two hour video consisted of 20 pieces in the end... So luckily I was able to record all this footage in the course of several days. But I have to admit that in the later pieces, my voice was indeed giving out a bit!
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From:nucleosides
Date:November 29th, 2017 01:21 am (UTC)
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I should consider getting a better... setup for our computer in case I want to use it to record any sort of video. Maybe something like this. :P

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From:fub
Date:November 29th, 2017 07:43 pm (UTC)
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After hearing my voice in a recorded video, I decided to invest in a "proper" microphone, but a cheap USB one. I got the Samson Go Mic and the cheapest microphone stand I could find, and that has improve my sound quality so much for very little!
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