For the past 50 years, “Star Trek” has served as our template for tomorrow. While there are still hurdles to overcome before we can traverse the stars at warp speed, many of Gene Roddenberry’s visions of advanced technology have come to life. The first tricorders Bones and Captain Kirk fantastically flipped open in “Star Trek: The Original Series” were basically the one-app smartphone.

Looking to the Future With ‘Star Trek’

From the original series to the newly released “Star Trek: Discovery,” our favorite captains instantly receive information from a data delivery mechanism that comes after the cloud and can traverse the galaxy. Every time Picard calls “Computer,” on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” biometrics combined with tight database integration ensure that the system is ready with information for his eyes and ears only. In the “Star Trek” future, all of the issues that currently slow down our enterprise missions have been worked out.

Gearing Up for Successful Missions

But what if the myriad “Star Trek” subsystems didn’t work like magic? While no one wants to watch an episode titled “Chief O’Brien Writes APIs for the Replicators,” I find dark humor in imagining scenarios in which tomorrow’s technology remains mired in today’s business processes.

For instance, what happens when identity verification isn’t tightly integrated and prevents easy access across all mission-critical systems? The answer is far more perilous than the Klingons and Romulans combined. Don’t believe me? Just take a look below.

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