Note - This entry is really just a continuation of my last post.
Well, we got back to Durham last night at 8:30 PM Eastern and I went through some email and cruised the web. Lo and behold there was an email on the topic of IBM podcasting (dated Friday) from Ethan McCarty of Strategic Communications. And there was also a story on podcasting on the IBM Intranet home page (also dated Friday). So now I see how much I can miss when I take just one day off!
The first podcast is called "The Future of Driving" and consists of Ben Edwards from IBM Communications interviewing two IBMers who work on IT solutions for the automobile industry. I was somewhat familiar with this topic because Grady had told me about BMW's iDrive software last year when he was examining it (reg. required) for the Handbook of Software Architecture.
The good news is that Ethan, Ben, & co. got this first podcast 98% right, which would have been a big surprise on Sunday morning but wasn't surprising at all when I saw the email from Ethan and knew he was involved (he gets all this stuff). I actually learned quite a few new interesting technical things, which is how I measure a podcast's effectiveness. The guys really knew their stuff and they really made me understand Grady's point that the more interesting engineering in cars these days is in the software.
I was also happy to see that the audio engineers got the little things right - like making the interview a good length (20 minutes), using a simple MP3 file, and tagging the MP3 file with logical metadata (both in terms of the fields they completed and the contents of those fields).
There were only two things I'd say could be improved for future shows. The first was that the guys seemed a little reserved which is to be expected on a first podcast. The second is that I didn't care for the little entrance and exit elevator music. Come on Ethan, I know you have better taste than that - we're a high tech company - play some electronica or techno or something! The folks at IBM who might be appalled by "hip" music probably won't be able to figure out how to get the MP3 to play anyhow :-)
So anyhow, bravo guys! I'm looking forward to future shows.
If you're interested in future shows, you can either subscribe to the RSS feed or monitor the web site. They've also included an intro to podcasting article which probably isn't necessary reading for readers of this blog, but is a very nice touch for newbies.
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Review of first IBM podcast