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When you meet someone for the first time, I’m sure most of you have heard that “it is good to put a face with a name.” That was certainly a benefit of being so privileged to hang out in the SDN clubhouse during two TechEd events this year. We got to meet a lot of people that we have had contact with on SDN over the years. Now that we have met some of you guys, we would like to take the next step and “put a place with the face” by asking you to show off your work area; the place where all the magic happens; the place where you spend most of your waking day.

Here at Colgate, I work in an open area with a small group of developers (Dan McWeeney, Ryan Quackenboss, and Phil Young) that focus on designing application solutions and implementing new technologies. Yes, the title of this blog is a little misleading because we actually hate cubicles. We hated them so much that we begged our management to find us an open area to sit in where we could collaborate and have access to multiple white boards. As you can see below, the powers that be smiled upon us.

And last but not least, I want to show off one of our most prized areas. This is our SDN wall of fame. We have each one of the points milestone shirts (the ones that we have at least) on a wall. When someone reaches that milestone, they get to put their name on the shirt. Take notice of the ghetto “Hello my name is” tags. 🙂 This wall has been stirring a lot of interest with other Colgate developers to start participating on SDN so they too can become an SDN-crazy.

Feel free to visit the link to the above photos on Flickr and add notes and/or comments.

OK, so now it’s your turn to show us where you work. Do you heart your cubicle? Maybe others will be inspired by it.

-ewH

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  1. David Halitsky
    Hey EH –

    When I was down in Huntsville AL working as a contractor for the “bad guys”, a company I worked for was experimenting with “extreme programming” as a RAD prototyping technique.

    The “extreme programming” group used a circular tables instead of the rows depicted in your pictures.

    So if you’re ever going to do “extreme programming”, you’d better get your “feng shui” correct!

    But wait a second!

    Why am I even making this suggestion? 

    EVERYTHING you guys program is already “extreme to the max” …

    Seriously, the SAPLink upgrades might legitimately be considered to have been done via “extreme programming”, so maybe SDN itself is providing a virtual version of the required “circular table”.

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    1. Ed Herrmann Post author
      Hi David,

      We are indeed big fans of agile development methods.    I have to give credit for the success of SAPlink to the open source model. So yes, SDN certainly provides a great atmosphere for leveraging the community and gathering developers of the virtual round table.  🙂

      -ewH  

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  2. Alvaro Tejada Galindo
    Well…I almost never been on a company for more than 6 months…So, I don’t have an exact workplace…We just get there…implement R/3 and then move to another company…

    And for the T-Shirts…I rather wear them than hang them on walls -:P

    Greetings,

    Blag.

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      1. Thomas Jung
        Yep those are old computers.  I have two under my desk and one around the corner.  I have a hard time parting with old hardware. Actually the oldest one – a P2-400Mhz – is still plugged in and on my network.  I use it as a file/print server (and a space heater in the winter 🙂 ).

        But the big green computer on my desk is my pride and joy.  It is a 2.8Ghz with 3Gig of memory and 200Gig of HD (10,000 RPM) space in Raid 0.  It runs the Netweaver04S AS-ABAP Trial real nice!

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    1. Ed Herrmann Post author
      haha, thats great.  Now we know where the genius sits all day. There goes any notion for anyone who thought you were a neat freak. 

      I wish you had notes enabled on these photos, because there are so many things in this picture to comment on.  Like all the computers, toys, and multiple copies of your own book.  🙂

      -ewH

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          1. Ed Herrmann Post author
            It looks like you are a neat freak compared to Thomas and ourselves.

            Also, if you are such a fast typer, why is the fire extinguisher still in the box?  🙂

            -ewH

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    1. Alvaro Tejada Galindo
      Your right Craig…Rich have posted tons of pics -:P I’m not saying that I don’t like them…They’re great -:) But…The page is going to get bigger and bigger…

      P.S: I just posted a comment on the Wiki -;)

      Greetings,

      Blag.

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