Recently 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.
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.