The Next Big Thing

Nexus 7 Tablet Everyone is looking for the “Next Big Thing” and I have good news … it is closer than you think. It started slowly a few years ago and is picking up speed rapidly. I see more and more evidence the explosion will happen soon and you should be ready.

What is the “Next Big Thing?” Tablets. That’s right, tablets. They have taken off in the consumer market and are beginning to move to the business market. The normal progression is underway and it will follow the same course as the laptop and cell phone, with many companies living the value of these devices.

Cell phones slowly moved from consumer to business and really began the BYOD* movement. As with all things, business is hesitant to implement new technology until it has proven itself in several arenas. Those being;

  • Security
  • Price
  • Software availability
  • Tie-in to existing systems
  • Ease of transition
  • Training
  • Implementation

The first two points are being addressed as fast as the manufacturers can move. Security has to be a number one priority for the devices before any IT group will take them seriously. Pricing is important when calculated against existing expenses for outfitting personnel. The software for most modern software is either available as an app or web-based, with the later making almost any application available on mobile devices. Ease of transition, training, and implementation only involves a rock-solid project management plan and team.

The big hold up is the ability to tie into existing systems. This is the one keeping IT departments up at night as upper management pushes to rush tablets into the hands of outside sales people because of all the Pros for doing so. How do you make it so the new device can talk to legacy hardware in the corporate office? That is the big deal that will soon be as irrelevant as how to move a cell phone into the workflow.

Are you ready? Is your company? I suggest you get ready because the train has left the station and is picking up speed.

*Bring Your Own Device

The New Larry Hendrick Website

Over the next few weeks, this website, will morph into my consulting business site. I will have much more information available in the near future.

I will also be trying out several themes and many WordPress plugins as I round out the site. Don’t be alarmed if you see lots of interesting looks over the next couple of weeks.

About is composed of four blogs currently. This blog is the entry blog and is here to direct visitors to the desired blog. The three main blogs are:

Motivation on the Run

Business Unusual

Letters to Mom

Motivation on the Run is about motivation, leadership, management, goal setting and goal acheiving. It is a topic of great interest to me and I have spent years reading books and articles and listening to cassette tapes on the subjects. I have read and listened to Brian Tracy, Tom Hopkins, and Zig Ziglar to name a few popular speakers and a bunch you have probably not heard of. Leadership and motivation are important to our lives and my goal is to encourage people and plant the seeds of leadership in them and help it grow.

Business Unusual is subtitled Business, Technology and Life because it is my place for things that fit into those categories. I am in the technology business which covers two of the three and the last one is obvious. If you prowl by categories, you will see the way I think about them. It is the accumulation of 18 months of blogging and has all the posts from former blogs, “What a Country” and “Have a Great Day” in this one location. While moving the posts from the other blogs, and re-reading the posts, the name Business Unusual seemed to be the perfect fit.

Letters to Mom is dedicated to my Mom and others who are latecomers to the computer age. The basics are covered in “plain English” with pictures, and step-by-step instructions for regular tasks.