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Friday
Sep052014

Vroom Room

Good Morning!

Painting by Jay KokaIts Friday, its the Vroom Room, the cappuccino and biscotti are served, join the conversation, leave a comment.

Lets start with a bit if nostalgia from 2 years ago...The Strada Garage.

Canadian Sales

What can you say for August, yes...an epic month in an epic year. Impressive when most manufacturers are firing on all cylinders, and the funding/leasing keeps on flowing. To repeat ourselves, for whatever reasons it took a few years to reach a juncture where every manufacturers gets competitive.

In case you did not know the auto business is very competitive, always was, always will be, and when everyone decides to start trading paint...its wonderful to see.

You may have noticed that this past week we got warmed up for the last stretch of reality to the end of the year. Scroll down to take a look. We hope that you have used the past few days to align yourself out of the Dog Days of Summer, refreshed, reenergised, and back into reality.

The Colonel (our official writer/blogger) is almost caught up, he has a few minor details to complete. He had a busy start of the year, and it got even crazier for him during the past few months. Kudos to the guy for keeping it up, and rarely missing a beat. It would have been easier for him the put somethings aside.

Yes...the passion runs deep...

We are working on a few "thoughts" that have captured our imagination during the summer, we will keep you informed of how they develop in the coming weeks.

Old cars and stunning photography from the Coppa d'Oro Delle Dolomiti 2014.

 

 

Thursday
Sep042014

Connecting the Dots

Pressed for time, challenged for attention in an environment flooded with content.

How do you quickly make relevant sense of all the stuff that is disseminated?

Lets take a look at some points:

  • We all gravitate to content that captures our attention, or content that is relevant to our activities.
  • We are all flooded by immense amounts of content, be it thoughts, opinions or data.
  • We instinctively filter portions if not all of the content.
  • We all know that the same news item gets repeated by a ton of platforms that are in the news business.
  • All of this pedestrian content is free, and is repeated by numerous platforms.

How do you connect dots to arrive at a meaningful perspective?

  • Its a real challenge.
  • Its time consuming.
  • It requires a profound understanding and a deep knowledge base.
  • It requires the ability to quickly uncover specific points (dots).
  • It requires the prescience to connect seemingly unrelated dots.

Once you have connected dots and have a perspective!

  • Go out and do it, usually its the stuff you read about, that someone connected dots and did it.
  • Yes...most folks will not understand, even the ones in the same business as you.
  • Obvious that when they don't understand is when you have a serious advantage.
  • Yes...they might even think that you are a s#$t disturber...its all cool do it.

 

 

Wednesday
Sep032014

Your Own Editor

We constantly advise you to be your own editor, at a time when anyone can publish, mainstream media is a huge blog, and everyone is chasing eyeballs for a variety of reasons.

While everyone is pressed for time, with a shorter attention span. 

There is an infinite amount of published stuff, by an immense number of individuals, on a myriad of platforms, directed towards folks that have less time and even less attention. This surely explains some of the headlines, and the importance given to insignificant events to capture the moment.

While the number of experts, analysts, pundits, disseminating pedestrian knowledge is reaching epic proportions. Perhaps its becoming its own industry. 

Have you noticed that many publications put a price on what they disseminate, if its free its genuinely pedestrian stuff, if it involves a higher level of thinking its usually premium content destined for folks that pay (subscribers). 

Its perhaps the same for the various pundits, that have their own groupings, their own points of reference, and their own group security blankets. There must be some security in numbers.

We again urge you to be your own editor.

By now you know that at Strada our content is not pedestrian, although its free, and we would like to think that we provoke your thinking...yes we do. 

 

 

Tuesday
Sep022014

Big Data 

As we get back to "reality" this morning.

Hoping that you had a wonderful summer with your family and friends, and that you are prepared to get back to the real thing.

As usual we are enjoying a few balmy days which were elusive during most the summer.

Enough pre ambles...let's get going.

Have you noticed that during a time of big data many individuals focus on the data, thinking that its the answer. We all hear data here, there, and literally all over the place, and of the various tools to better assemble big data in various formats. Dashboards becoming the favorites lately, while requiring tomorrow's data yesterday. 

Lets go back a few steps to gather some insight.

If you were around during the time when the slide rule was the order of the day. You surely remember that humans can understand a myriad if numbers and fomulas, but lacked the tools to comprehend a good quantity of numbers.

Obvious that Lotus 123 was quickly adopted by the folks that understood slide rules. It made by today's standards a modest amount of data easier to understand, and started providing a competitive advantage to companies that were proficient in understanding their numbers.

This entire process created the term "spreadsheet jockey" since one generation was more adept than another at "jockeying" spreadsheets. While focusing on numbers for the sake of the numbers.

Imagine spreadsheet jockeys, teamed up with powerpoint pilots what a powerful combination during a time of big data. Agreed you have to reflect on this for a moment.

As we get back to reality be aware that data generated by spreadsheet jockeys, and presented by powerpoint pilots is useless without a deep understanding of the customer, the business, and people.

Its the proufound understanding that makes the data come alive, become useful, provide an advantage.

During the Dog Days of Summer, we have seen more folks shuffle a bunch of data relating to the auto business for the sake of the data, that its almost...no it is scary. 

 

 

Monday
Sep012014

The Original Hot Rod

Must be fitting that we conclude the Dog Days of Summer on this Labour Day with the original Deuce hot rod from over 65 years ago. Jay Leno asks the questions, Bruce Myer provides the answers. Notice the column shifter and enjoy...its a cool car which is timeless.

 

Yes...tomorrow its back to reality.