For many, the enterprise represents some corporate boundary whether local or global in size. It is our business space where business transacted, data created, collected and managed. It is that sphere through which all things pass. are governed, and churned into products, services, and revenue. It is the extension of our businesses and data collection capabilities through use of technology and the Internet of Things on this planet we call Earth.
While we may not realize it, the enterprise for NASA extends beyond our planet into the far reaches of our solar system and beyond, creating the Universal Enterprise. Voyagers 1 and 2 have left our solar system and are still sending data back to NASA project personnel. The moon projects proved that humans can travel to and from other planets with the Moon projects where Astronauts successfully landed, traveled to different areas of the moon using the Rover, collected data, and brought back samples for scientists to work with here in Earth.
Now NASA has deployed and is successfully collecting data from MARS using the Mars Rover – an extension of IoT devices, with plans to colonize that planet in the future. If you haven’t looked, I encourage you to visit NASA and look at the pictures being sent from MARS, as seen in the picture from NASA I inserted here. The clarity, definition, and view is amazing. This leads me to a discussion about business in the future and the extension of the business enterprise.
In the future, there will be opportunity to conduct interplanetary business and in fact to a certain level, this is in place today with the International Space Station (ISS). Supplies are purchased, for the resident Astronauts, and transported to the ISS by both governments and commercial logistics companies. This means that business data – transactional data – is being collected relating to a more galactic region. Additionally, there is data collected, analyzed and used for improvement purposes from the vehicles used to transport the goods, the Astronauts using the supplies, and the ISS itself.
In My View
The Universal Enterprise is here and growing. Plans exist to colonize the Moon, Mars, and who knows how far this could go. Looking forward, businesses will need to adopt new methods of transacting business, delivering supplies, and servicing the needs of humanity beyond the bounds of Earth. NASA along with commercial business, have broken some of the barriers, and is now on the cusp of initiating the expansion of humanity across the Galaxy.
This translates to opportunity for business expansion, interplanetary transaction, and a galactic presence with the need to establish new enterprise boundaries on a universal scale. Imagine not only a colony on Mars, but maybe one on the Moon serving as a logistical transfer station for supplies transportation. Perhaps even a series of ISS spread across the Galaxy serving as the truck stop of today where space craft and travelers could stop, refresh themselves and their supplies, before continuing on to their destinations. All of this requires data collection. Data about the vehicles, travelers, supply levels, and all of those things that keep commerce in motion here on Earth.
The question I have or you is this, Are you ready to meet the data and business challenges of tomorrow’s interplanetary markets? Are you even ready to meet the business challenges of today, here on Earth? Tomorrow is only a day away, and businesses must be ready for what tomorrow brings.
Bob Larrivee is President and Founder of Bob Larrivee Consultancy, a recognized expert in the application of advanced technologies and process improvement, and Journalist on Information Technology for Document Strategy. In his career, Bob has led many projects and authored hundreds of eBooks, Industry Reports, Blogs, Articles, and Infographics. In addition, he has served as host and guest Subject Matter Expert on a wide variety of Webinars, Podcasts, Virtual Events, and lectured at in-person seminars and conferences around the globe.