[Sidefx-houdini-list] Clear market feedback with RFE

Antoine Durr antoine at floqfx.com
Thu Jan 31 13:23:59 EST 2008

I know I've suggested an RFE forum here at sidefx.com several times.   
I think that one of the main uses would be to coalesce ideas and  
flesh out things that are important to users.  For example, user A  
says "I would love to have X", and then user B says "hmm, never  
thought of it, but if it did X+Y, I could really use it on this  

And many of the RFEs are probably going to be simple requests, e.g.  
"gee, I wish there was a button to do ABC, as I'm doing those three  
steps repeatedly many times per day."

Another potentially useful outcome of an RFE forum might be to  
highlight what small (but oh so critical to smooth workflow) pieces  
of a new technology are missing.

I don't see an RFE forum as coming up with any groundbreaking ideas.   
It's a long step between "we need fluid simulation" and DOPs, for  

So to sum up, it's just another tool for SESI to collect  
information.  But more importantly, it provides a place where users  
with ideas can share them, and where they might get some  
encouragement from other users.

-- Antoine

On Jan 31, 2008, at 8:34 AM, Ivan DeWolf wrote:

> Success in creating a good, innovative, useful product rarely comes  
> from simply
> following the advice of your customer.
> a good quote from a successful innovator:
> "What the customer demands is last year's model, cheaper. To find  
> out what the
> customer needs you have to understand what the customer is doing as  
> well as he
> understands it. Then you build what he needs and you educate him to  
> the fact
> that he needs it."
> Many companies have gone under by delivering exactly what their  
> customers were
> requesting instead of what they actually needed; read "the  
> innovators dilemma"
> for a bit more about this.
> Yes, RFE's are a fantastic idea to listen to, but they should never  
> be relied on
> to be a roadmap for future development. SESI is a very small  
> company trying to
> deliver useful tools to an underfunded industry with their skeleton  
> staff. They
> produce an awesome amount of tools given their constraints, I would  
> hate to see
> that hampered by them constantly chasing RFE's. RFE's really should  
> be a source
> of fresh ideas, not just a list of demands from customers.
> -Ivan DeWolf
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-- Antoine

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