Technology Anytime,Anyplace,Anywhere: A Network That Doesn?t Depend on a Single Power Cord

Technology Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere: A Network That Doesn?t Depend on a Single Power Cord


This week, I am in Chicago attending the NASA Integrated Services Network (NISN) Forum.  Amid discussions of bandwidth, jitter, reliability, and availability, I thought about the staff meeting I had earlier this week. My ops guy Joe was there.   He was smiling.  As you know, ops people never smile.  Something has crashed, is about to crash, or might crash ? always.  So, being worried about his mental health, I asked him why he was smiling.  He said things were going very well and he was happy. 


I was cruising with my husband and my family.  I do like to cruise.  When I went on my first cruise almost 10 years ago, I liked the isolation.  No news, new email, nothing.  But, here lately my favorite cruise line implemented a wireless network on board.  Ooh, access to everything, even in the middle of an ocean.  So, last year, I checked my email, misguided soul that I am.  I had an email from my boss.  He was on a rant about the email issues du jour.  I replied back, ?Ed, I?m sorry about the problems, but I can?t do much as I am somewhere in the middle of the Caribbean.  I have absolutely no clue where.?  Well, Ed thought that was funny.  I?ll put aside any observations of his wry sense of humor, but he was tickled that I was reading email at some unknown latitude and longitude.  It really wasn?t funny.


I am pictured here on my last cruise.  Goddard CIO in St. Thomas holding blackberry while talking on cellphoneMy anniversary in fact; 16 wonderful years with a retired ops guy.  I am in St. Thomas and am downright giddy because both my blackberry AND cell phone worked!!!  At last, I am the connected CIO again.  Life was good. What a great vacation.  I?ve convinced myself that I?m not really obsessed.  I?m used to being connected ? all the time, anywhere I go, globally.   And as the NASA Goddard CIO, and in the backdrop of this NISN Forum, we are connected anywhere in the solar system or even the universe. 


I heard a talk at the Department of Energy CIO Conference from one of my predecessors —  Linda Wilbanks, now the CIO of National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).  In her talk, IT Toys, she discussed the outcomes of always connected employees.  They are constantly juggling, have no downtime, and are in constant communication.  This drives us to become dangerous drivers who text while driving and desperate and overworked people always in search of communication signals. Some may argue that being always connected is not a healthy thing, but as service providers, we need to understand that consumers and customers have the expectation of being always connected.  Anywhere, anytime.  


This week, I heard about no jitter, no packet drops, good throughput, high availability ? oh, and low cost and highly secure.  No wonder Joe never smiles.  He knows what we do is important ? businesses, customers, consumers, and CIOs expect it and lives depend on it.



2 thoughts on “Technology Anytime,Anyplace,Anywhere: A Network That Doesn?t Depend on a Single Power Cord”

  1. Thoughts on Smiling

    As Linda’s Ops guy, there are a lot of things to be unhappy about: shrinking budgets, aging infrastructure, C&A, challenging customer requirements. I used to smile much more before running ops. I won’t think about my engineering golden years. These are my new golden years. But, I recently learned about the “Power of Intention” by Wayne Dyer. If I keep thinking something will break or go wrong, then the intention of that negative energy will create that reality. Deep! Thanks to our Customer Relationship Manager, Christie, for introducing me to this. So, intentional positive thoughts are my focus of recent days to create a desirable reality. It all starts with a “smile”. It also makes those around you feel good. Just look at the positive impact it had on Linda. Positive energy, positive environment, positive results.

  2. the “Power of Intention” by Wayne Dyer is great.

    I also follow Dr. Dyers daily inspiration tips

    Marshall Lawson
    Sr. Account Manager

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