Half a century of Star Trek legacy is something that needs to be
properly celebrated. We thought the best way was to assign the
members of the first USS Enterprise crew with everyday IT
department tasks, and here's in which roles they fit the
Today is one of the most important dates in every geek's
calendar – it's the official Star Trek Day. And this year
it is even more special than usual – it's Star Trek's
50th anniversary. To mark the first broadcast of this iconic TV
show and movie series, we are remembering the original USS
Enterprise crew and trying to picture them as members of your
typical IT department.
To find the most suitable roles for them, we sent our emissary
to the future, using the same trick Star Trek crew used in the
fourth movie, and put them through the grueling testing procedure
every future IT department member must successfully complete. Here
are our findings...
How to successfully mix logic and emotions
Captain James T. Kirk is an exceptional Star
Fleet officer, occasionally hot-headed and willing to go
"where no man has gone before" without thinking too much
about the consequences. He might not be the perfect
CTO for our organization, but would most certainly
be among the boldest ones, always willing to try new technologies
and solutions, and if something goes wrong he'd deal with the
later, with the help of his loyal crew of course.
First Officer Spock, and also Science Officer
on the ship, is troubled by his mixed Vulcan-Human heritage and is
mostly governed by logic. This is why he is Kirk's right-hand
man, and it should be the same in the depths of the IT department.
There he would take up the role of Systems
Analyst, to apply his logical thinking on the most complex
problems that come the IT department's way.
USS Enterprise's Chief Engineer is Montgomery
Scott AKA Scotty. Although he can jump in to command the
entire ship, he is at his best when engines and other systems need
fixing. Scotty knows every trick in the book, and several more,
especially when it comes to engines. So in our IT department cast,
he would most certainly be a Senior System
Administrator, that guy who should be running the place
but likes that he gets to deal with cables and servers on a regular
basis. And nobody can touch any piece of equipment before
Special skills always come in handy
Communications Officer Nyota Uhura utilizes her
knowledge of linguistics, cryptography, and philology to resolve
everyday challenges. She also frequently helps by translating
messages that no one else understands. This is why she would be
ideal as ITSupport Director,
translating the everyday issues between users around the company
breaking down computers in the most unusual ways and her IT support
experts, always ready to solve yet another case of alien virus
infection spread around the company's network.
Helmsman Hikaru Sulu is an unusual character,
especially for someone living in the 23rd century. Dabbling with
gymnastics, botany, fencing and ancient weaponry, he must feel at
least a bit out of place while traveling at warp speed. His
weirdness is something that will surely help him in the role of
Software Engineer, where he would have no trouble
becoming familiar with other pieces of ancient times –
programming languages he would have to use while developing
different systems our organization needs.
Talent and enthusiasm can take you places
Leonard McCoy is Chief Medical Officer aboard
the Enterprise. A very gifted surgeon, not one to shy away from
giving his advice no matter if anyone asked for it, and somewhat
suspicious of technology, although he regularly uses it. In our IT
organization we would love to have him take the position of a
Business Analyst, so he can establish a perfect
balance between the things IT geeks would like to do, and those
that are really needed by the company.
Navigator Pavel Checkov, although the youngest
member of the ship's crew, relatively quickly moved up and
became Chief Tactical Officer and Chief of Security. That makes him
a perfect candidate to show his enthusiasm while fulfilling the
needs of two roles, both of Network Engineer and
Information Security Engineer. We are extremely
confident that his fast learning capabilities will help him succeed
at both of these roles, and that our IT organization would thrive
with him in these positions.
We are sure you will find many flaws in the roles we thought
would suit USS Enterprise crew, so please share with us your
thoughts in the comments below and help us find the best way to use
their exceptional skills in our ideal IT department.
And may you all live long and prosper!
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