I read an article this morning titled “The Kessler Syndrome“, and it prompted me to think about how we humans will often charge forward to achieve a goal with little thought of the long term impact. Simply stated, the Kessler Syndrome theory presented in 1978 describes a theoretical scenario where there are too many satellites and other low Earth orbit (LEO) artifacts circling the planet. This creates the potential for a catastrophic cascading effect should a collision occur.
At present, there are no strong, internationally agreed upon, Laws governing the number of devices, how they are placed, where they are placed, and how to dispose of those no longer functioning or of value. In other words, any government and now commercial enterprise, has the ability to launch and place thousands of LEO’s in orbit around the Earth. This of course increases the possibility the Kessler Syndrome could become a reality.
Sadly, I have seen this in business as well, Technology is seen as the solution to a problem, and without considering the impact, department heads authorize the purchase of new software, hardware, or services without thought of what exists, and the impact it could have in the future. As a result, there are multiple, similar, products and services in use across the enterprise.
When the enterprise is so overcrowded with business solutions that they begin to negatively impact the end user thorough a lack of integration, siloed storage, and constant duplication of information causing business processes to crawl. In the past, the approach has been to consolidate yet even when consolidating on a defined platform, the information poured int it is rarely sorted, structured, or disposed of, causing a chaotic situation within a single environment.
In My View
Businesses tend to do as humans have done in space, we keep adding while seldom subtracting. We tend to toss more technology into the workplace as a fix to a situation, without looking at the bigger picture and planning ahead for the future. As data is imported from the various systems to a single platform, there is little to no oversight on what is relevant and of value, what should be discarded, and how the information will be managed and structured for find-ability.
To some this may sound like a decades old statement, to others it will resonate and align to the situation they currently face. The point is, technology has advanced but human thinking has not changed a whole lot. Many businesses focus on the now and give little thought of the tomorrows, setting the stage for their own versions of the Kessler Syndrome, with the potential for a chaotic collision of systems and information.