Time does fly and I got a bit behind on posting about postings in the Phoenix Business Journal. So here are three articles we hope everyone finds interesting:
It’s a Mess
One of the most annoying aspects of modern business life is the proclamation: “It’s a mess.” Complaining is fine, but there is no indication of what the problem is and no attempt at a solution. Please read “Turning “it’s a mess” or “it doesn’t work” into positive change” to share my pain and explore some solutions.
The latest tech trendiness is a technology for keeping track of transactions called Blockchain. Its popularity stems from the fact that it has some significant advantages over traditional ways of recording transaction. It is also popular because people have made millions out of thin air using it to track the creation of cryptocurrency. “Beyond the hype, understanding blockchain – Part 1” I share what I learned about the technology that is Blockchain.
This week’s TechFlash focuses on the role that small technical companies play in providing key Research & Development contributions to significant projects. Inspired by a visit to just such a company in Utah, “Small tech businesses R&D to the rescue” shares our experience in this area.
PADT is very honored to have received the “Small Company of the Year Technical Contributions Award” from the Phoenix Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) at their annual award banquet held on February 9th, 2013.
Quoting the award, it was given: “In Recognition of Developing Outstanding Engineering Services and Technologies for Companies Throughout the Southwest.” It was a very special honor to receive this particular award because it is recognition from the local electronics business community, an important part of PADT’s customer base. As a company focused on providing products and services to customers that develop physical products, what most people consider mechanical engineering, being thanked for our contributions by a group of very hard core electrical engineers was truly touching.
The awards banquet was well attended, there are a lot of electrical engineers in Phoenix. Seven of PADT’s staff were able to attend, including three of the four owners. The networking before the dinner was an enjoyable time and we were able to talk with many customers and managers of groups that we have serviced for a long time, many for over 15 years. Some were even customers back in 1994 or 1995 when the company was just starting out.
It is always a privilege to be listed with other companies who are so successful and well known. Being a co-sponsor with Freescale, Intel, and On Semiconductor, who are all also customers, was icing on the evening’s cake.
It might be time to start looking for another shelf in the lobby for awards. We placed this one between our Governor’s Celebration of Innovation and ASU Innovation Awards. The shelves are getting so crowded that I had to move my FDM Kachina models to another shelf!
In all seriousness, we truly do appreciate the recognition that these awards signify. They are acknowledgement from our peers and the community that what we do here at PADT is different, that by doing a good job at something you really enjoy doing, you can make a difference.
There was time during the ceremony for a short acceptance speech. We missed filming the beginning which basically said “Thank you very much, this is an truly an honor, coming from a group made up of Electrical Engineers to a company that provides Mechanical Engineering products and services. Most of you here are customers of PADT, and what we…”