Star Trek and the risk business of IT

Star Trek and the risk business of IT

Summary: Where are the Kirks and Star Treks of this generation? Maybe this speech provides inspiration

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As the conference season swings into action once again, I wonder how many of the enterprise vendors out there will be reminded of Captain James T Kirk's stirring speech?

I can think of a few that have morphed from once being genuine pioneers bringing fundamental change to that of addict, sucking relentlessly on the teat of maintenance revenue; hoping against hope that their giant size keeps them immune from landscape change.

But to continue with stellar metaphors, astro physicists tell us that red giants eventually burn out.

For me, that conference season starts Monday with SAP TechEd...just sayin'

Inspiration courtesy of Derya Unutmaz - an academic at NYU School of Medicine and found on Google Plus. As he says:

...where are the Kirks and Star Treks of this generation?

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Dennis Howlett

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  • RE: Star Trek and the risk business of IT

    He was wrong though. The first Apollo mission didn't make it to the moon. It was never intended to.
    Test Subject
  • RE: Star Trek and the risk business of IT

    Heh - maybe we could rewrite IT history in similar terms?
    dahowlett
  • RE: Star Trek and the risk business of IT

    Star Trek was socialist (the great irony of a well loved US show). Money didn't exist and motivation was improving yourself and setting new challenges.

    Kirk was trained in an academy, as were all the crew and passed numerous tests to get to that post. He also had the backing of the Federation behind him.

    Contrast this to "entrepreneurs" using other people's money with other people's work and ideas to feather their own nest. Or looking to advertising and packaging companies to make a great leap forward.

    Thanks heaven we have MS. because there's bugger all intelligent life outside it ;-)
    tonymcs@...
    • RE: Star Trek and the risk business of IT

      @tonymcs@...

      The whole "there's no money, everything's either available from government stores or via replicator technology" didn't show up until ST:TNG & later episodes. ST:TOS, on the other hand, had episodes that showed financial transactions, most likely involving money. Specifically, check out: #6 (Mudd's Women) & #76 (The Cloud Minders), for examples of Kirk negotiating to obtain materials, as opposed to simply appropriating them via his authority as a Federation agent; #42 (The Trouble With Tribbles), where a free trader & a bartender discuss repayment of a bar tab; & #49 (A Piece of the Action), where Kirk specifically sets up a situation where the Federation will collect a percentage of cash annually, invest the money in a trust fund, & use it to help educate the planet's population to move it away from its "gangster" template.
      spdragoo@...
  • RE: Star Trek and the risk business of IT

    I'm not sure who or where the Kirks (or Pickards) are, but some of us are trying to train the next generation of them. See http://business.samford.edu/news.aspx?id=21474838173
    ftlohrke
  • RE: Star Trek and the risk business of IT

    Sorry...that should have been "Picards"
    ftlohrke
  • RE: Star Trek and the risk business of IT

    Dennis: StarTrek and Kirk? C'mon, how old is the ZDNet demographic? Is there nothing more current, like Katy Perry?

    :-)
    mschafer555