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To Space and Beyond: NASA’s Mission with Connected Data

ScottKellyRecently I heard an interesting story about a space mission shared by Captain Scott Kelly, an astronaut who set the record for the total accumulated number of days spent in space, and was most recently in space for 340 days on an International Space Station mission. Capt. Kelly compared the two different information eras of space travel that he witnessed – the 1990s which had paper trails for mission information and the current decade in which we have “connected devices” talking to each other and sharing data. Interestingly, these devices were keeping track of the physical changes happening with Capt. Kelly in space and his identical twin, a former astronaut, on Earth.

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The applications for leveraging the wealth of data generated across all sources (whether in space or in a business setting) are abundant. In this Data 3.0 era, data is compared to many things – the new oil, currency, electricity, etc.

In attending key notes from CXOs of Tableau, Microsoft, Informatica, and a few more software companies of varied sizes, there seems to be one common message that I have gathered – DATA POWERS BUSINESS. In fact, that theme was even resonating in how these software product development companies are using data themes and focus groups to make product design decisions. Data is all around us, in the Internet of Things, in cloud, and on-premise. Data helps us make decisions including engaging with your customers, empowering your organization with data-driven decision making, optimizing your operations, and launching new products and designs. Data is also helping to optimize space missions, travel, and conditions for astronauts.


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Arvind Murali, Chief Data Strategist

Arvind Murali is the Chief Data Strategist for Data Governance with Perficient. His role includes defining data strategy and governance to deliver transformative data platforms. Arvind has served as an executive advisor for data strategy and governance to organizations across several industries. Arvind’s dedication to solving challenges and identifying new opportunities has provided valuable business-focused results for clients, such as providing self-service access to data for global sales teams; helping physicians create informed wellness plans; and delivering insights about current supply chain inventories. He is a passionate Vlogger on YouTube and discusses real-world insights, data platform trends, and the importance of governance as big data continues its exponential growth.

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