Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Exploding Seatbelts!

Hyundai is recalling 240,000 cars because the seatbelts might explode! 

They have a technology called "pretensioners" to automatically tighten seatbelts in case of an accident. It relies on "small explosive devices".

Get this: "...pretensioners supplied for the seatbelt retractor mechanisms may not perform the way Hyundai's safety engineers intended, and an uncontrolled explosion may release shrapnel into the cabin."  


Definitely not technical Strategic Simplicity®!

© 2022 Praveen Puri

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Today's Inflation is Another Reason to Practice Strategic Simplicity®

With today's inflation increasing their supply chain costs, companies are either eating the difference, raising prices, or reducing the amount supplied.

There is another option, rooted in Decision Simplicity, which is part of my Strategic Simplicity® framework.  By reducing the options and choices you offer customers, you can buy larger quantities from fewer suppliers, thus increasing your leverage for negotiating costs.

© 2022 Praveen Puri

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Why Do I Need A Data Lake?

This webinar from my colleague Douglas Squirrel is a great strategic introduction to Data Lakes: https://squirrelsquadron.com/events/2022/02-24-why-do-i-need-a-data-lake.html

They have great strategic value because they allow you to store data that you don't currently use, but may need to analyze in the future, in a raw state (structured enough so that you can retrieve it).

Keeping the data in a data lake can be better than the alternatives: discard it, or store it in a processed state in a data base / data warehouse (where it's silo'ed, slows down performance, and has lost raw info during the formatting/cleanup process).

© 2022 Praveen Puri

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Simplicity is Key

"We tend to make everything far too complex and complicated, as if that’s our value. I don’t know about you, but my value is in making things clear and simple. Right?" - Alan Weiss

© 2022 Praveen Puri

Friday, January 7, 2022

"Great Resignation"

Sign of the times: ZipRecuiter is advertising on the back of fortunes from fortune cookies.  

© 2022 Praveen Puri

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

For Cyber Security, Pay Attention To Your "Invisible" Software

Over the this past weekend,  companies and governments were left scrambling to prevent cyberattacks after a serious flaw was discovered in Log4j, an open software package that is used by applications and servers to log activity.

Log4j is a piece of software that is used everywhere, yet "invisible", because it's behind the scenes.

The lesson is that, for cybersecurity, companies must track, and keep patches up to date with, ALL software that they use—including unsexy, low-level packages such as Log4j. 

© 2021 Praveen Puri

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Electric School Buses and Transformation

The new infrastructure bill provides money to school districts for purchasing electric school buses.

Targeting school buses to convert to EVs makes sense because:

1. Daily student ridership in the U.S. is four times the ridership of the NYC subway.
2. Kids are exposed to diesel exhaust every time the buses idle in traffic.
3. Buses drive short, fixed routes and spend plenty of time in bus lots where they can be charged.

This means that focusing on electrifying school buses is low-hanging fruit, compared to electrifying cars or trucks.

That provides a lesson for businesses on transformation and strategic project management.  Can you carve out similar low-hanging fruit (high benefit, low effort)?

© 2021 Praveen Puri