Distribution of Lithium, a challenge

Electric vehicles

Almost all is written about the impact of the electric vehicles on our lives and how the trend of the consumer, the industry and the governments are doing around it.

Once you go in deep, this new industry generates bottlelnecks that are opportunities to the people and companies working around the electric vehicle industry. The batteries are the core component of them and the lithium the main component of the batteries (graphite and cobalt could also been seen as examples).

Lithium extraction and distribution

Lithium is not a problem itslef, there is identified 40 million tonnes of lithium resources, the problem is to extract it and obtain as much as possible. Here there is an example of a company (Lilac Solutions) I found that is competing to improve the way the process is performed. This picture helped me a lot to understand the challenge:

European Green Vehicles Initiative (EGVI)

I had a conversation with some friends that started with the following question:

Does it make sense to me to purchase a Diesel van or I should wait to the electric van?

To purchase a car/van is an investment to be analyzied, the disruption that is coming in terms of electric vehicles makes that some type of models do not make sense anymore.

This is specially important as the law is being adapted to fulfill the CO2 targets we have in the EU. Nobody wants to purchase a diesel van and 5 years later the valuation is zero because basically you cannot circulate in the city (there are local authorities applying this type of practices in big cities).

For cars the situation is different, the market already offers solutions and the trend is clear through the electric vehicles. The government is also promoting the procurement of electric vehicles through subventions, so these are things you can add to the analysis of cost.

The habits

are changing a lot, in my case, now we do not use the car at all during the week, and we only do it during weekends when we go out of city. I have jumped from doing 25.000 kms / year to drive just 11.000 kms / year.

In the city we live there are sharing car companies, so you can access to a car whenever you need.

We are asking ourselves if it makes sense to purchase a car or not.

European Green Vehicles Initiative,

EGVI is a is a contractual public-private partnership dedicated to delivering green vehicles and mobility system solutions which match the major societal, environmental and economic challenges ahead.

I have read the electrification roadmap defined for Europe which contains a lot of data related to:

  • Stakeholders implied on this revolution.
  • Forecast of readiness of the industry.
  • Level of CO2 targets estimated and how they can be achieved.
  • What are the legal aspects that need to change.
  • How the electric net needs to evolve.
  • What are the expected benefits of the changes.
  • Logistics challenges for the transport of energy, the peaks of compsumption…
  • Scenarios about the penetration of electric vehicles during next 15 years.
  • The importance of the research projects and the local investments in the different countries for the right deployment of the whole thing in the different regions.
  • How this initiative is founded by Horizon 2020 framework.

The document answers a lot of questions about where we are going to, and there are so many other challenges that right now are still not known.

In a nutshell, if you want to purchase a van now, you can do it, it will be useful for the next 10 – 15 years. The electrification roadmap document details that for vans there are still so many technical challenges that they need to be resolved, and they give a pesimistic forecast that the peaks of high presence of new sold vehicles will be happening around 2030.

WordPress in big corporations

Listen this week that a big Spanish company has in their IT road map WordPress as a platform for content management is not a surprise to me, the surprise is that there are still few big companies that are still not doing it.

Open source adoption continues and big organizations are understanding that the long term investment deserves the risk on these type of platforms. The list continues growing,

GAFAMA

Right now there are six digital ecosystems that dominates the digital world,they are known as GAFAMA: Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, Alibaba.

Between these six ecosystems their combined market cap is $2.3 trillion (equivalent to the size of the UK economy). For the rest of the world there are 2 main questions:

  1. How can I become the next one on that list?
  2. How can I survive living on those ecosystems?…how can I interact/negotiate/take advantage of the use of their services.

GAFAMA

The importance of projects delivered on time for future sales

You can repeat and repeat to your teams:

Good delivery and good project performance is the most important thing to retain our customer to continue working with us!

But in some cases they will not understand you, some other times they are so focused on their stuff and some others they just don’t care…

So well, IDC in one of the their analysis they highlight that the factor with more contribution to the customer to buy your consulting services again is the projects delivered on time.

Factors-impacting-repeating-buys-Nice! now I can tell them: It’s not me, it’s IDC saying it.

Crowdchat session

I have assisted to a crowdchat session, and it has been an interesting experience:

  • The integration of chat-twitter,
  • How all data can be shared,
  • How easy is to access to the profiles of the people attending the chat.
  • There is a blocking feature for trolls,
  • There is a panel on the right to know the latest posts added to the chat.
  • Sometimes there are so much interactions and you have few milliseconds to read each post.

Migrate from Lotus Notes to Slack

During these years, the 66% of big companies are moving from Lotus Notes to Outlook as e-mail platform. I am affected by this migration and I can only say that my efficiency has not improved, I really cannot change the way to work or share information… it’s almost the same.

What is disruptive it is to move from Lotus Notes to Slack.

  • How many integrations can you do with Outlook?
  • Is Microsoft allowing to the developers community to work and enable new integrations?
  • What is the next good integration in Outlook?

In Slack, the community of developers take the risk to develop something, and if the people use it, it becomes popular and then Eureka! they have build something useful.