Steve Jobs, SceneDoc and Me…what we all have in common
How could SceneDoc and I have anything in common with Steve Jobs, other than the fact there’re a lot of Apple products currently in our mutual possession? Easy. It’s all about dots. That’s it. No esoteric or metaphysical long-winded tortured explanation. Just dots.
In his 2005 Stanford commencement speech, Steve Jobs famously said, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect them looking backwards.” It struck me that this perfectly described what law enforcement, the intelligence community, and our military have been trying to do for ages. It’s about connecting the dots to prevent the next terrorist attack, the next drive-by shooting or gang retaliation, identify and arrest a serial rapist or killer, locate and return a missing child, interdict a large drug shipment and more.
To connect the dots, you must first collect the dots. Dots begin to create a mosaic of future events. The more dots you collect, the more the mosaic is filled in and the quicker the nature of the event becomes clear. While many have attempted to ‘predict’ future events, these predictions are only as good as the dots already in your possession. Now the question is how to quickly and efficiently collect more dots from more sources and more locations.
Mobility is not just the answer – it’s the key to an effective strategy. Imagine every law enforcement officer equipped with the ability to capture events, activities, data points, observations in a way that accelerates the decision making process through the deliberate application of technology. Now, imagine the speed and precision in responding to events when the mosaic is no longer a shadow of an outline, but a picture complete enough to quickly recognize the true nature and context of what faces you.
Beyond law enforcement, military and intelligence there is the realm of natural disasters that don’t recognize boundaries and don’t care who they impact. The response and recovery from a major disaster require that time-sensitive decisions be made with the best available information. Too often, good intentions fall victim to bad decision-making. What if first responders could quickly and accurately paint a picture of a disaster scene that was so complete, it didn’t require guessing?
So that’s why I am honored and excited to join the advisory board at SceneDoc. To collect the dots so we can connect the dots. And, like Steve, to put a ‘dent in the universe’.
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