Space is big, and that size conjures images of isolation and solitude. Success in space ironically demands the opposite. To prosper in the space domain, especially as part of all-domain operations, organizations must aggressivlely adopt stances of collaboration and integration. The melding of capabilities within the space domain requires innovation across all components and emerging technologies that lead to digital transformation. So let’s explore collaboration, integration, digital transformation, and space domination.
Digital transformation and the continuing expansion of the space-to-ground network fuel the need for a culture of innovation, agility, and adaptability. As access to commercial technologies increases, it is imperative that our agencies and organizations rethink what they already know and are comfortable with, reevaluate their methodologies, and begin adopting these emerging technologies to stay ahead of change, retain and recruit the best talent, and remain competitive.
Collaboration fuels a broad innovative community
It is essential to shift to a “together is better” mindset and collaborate across all technology and organizational domains to create a seamless and connected innovation ecosystem to improve our interaction and data sharing. High-quality collaboration paired with a strong focus on modernizing our infrastructures and tools to improve our delivery of capabilities will help attain speedy and successful space and all-domain mission outcomes.
At SAIC, we are systems integrators and, by definition, bring communities together to deliver capabilities and customer-centered values and outcomes. We believe in promoting experimentation while we develop and refine our capabilities through integration with teammates and innovators in the community from academia, startups, startup accelerators (e.g. Techstars Startburst), and others.
In creating this broader context of how we do business, we not only leverage academia and government relationships and expertise, but we also infuse startup community best practices into the production and delivery of our capabilities.
It’s about thinking outside of our SAIC toolbox and supporting and investing in these communities that are behaving in the ways we want to replicate in order to establish and expand this innovation ecosystem stakeholder model.
This collaboration is very important in creating and maintaining a culture of relentless innovation. Learning to effectively utilize emerging technologies and make them relevant to the work we are doing is very important in accelerating our capabilities to support our customers.