iPhone5, Presidential Election, Football and Deer Hunting
Can you feel the excitement building? Do you feel the electricity in the air? Are the little hairs on the back of your neck standing up? Well, as the old Chinese proverb says, “May you live in interesting times.” And it is indeed interesting, and exciting. But as a solution provider, what are you more excited about right now? That is the real question.
The countdown has begun, but which one is getting your juices flowing more? There are just two months remaining until the Presidential election. The Republican National Convention took center stage last week and the Democratic National Convention is going on now. The country is buzzing, taking sides and politics are being talked about (or argued) everywhere you go. People are passionate on both sides of the aisle and it’s an exciting time in history. Which candidate will be better for the solution provider is an argument I am not going to make here in fear of The VAR Guy yanking my platform. But I will say regardless of whom you support, go out and vote. And if your candidate doesn’t win, graciously support this great country.
But another countdown is already upon us. Are you ready for some football? Come on, you know you want to sing it. Although my Super Bowl Champion Giants and their division rivals Cowboys kicked off the NFL season Wednesday night, the season really begins this weekend. Talk about electrifying. I know from many industry events, solution providers are die-hard football fans and regardless of what projects they are working on this week, they are anxiously waiting to root for their favorite team over the next four months.
Then, for guys like me, overshadowing both of these is the countdown to opening day of deer hunting season. Unless you are a hunter, or close to one, this is sometimes something hard to understand. Around this time of year, I get itchy and twitchy, and I start mumbling to myself and watching nature shows for no apparent reason. Oct. 1 is opening day for bow season here in New York, a full two weeks earlier than previous years, and my mind keeps wandering back to being in the woods whenever I sit still. The next three weeks can’t fly by fast enough for me. I know a lot of solution providers share my passion and mysteriously disappear for a few hours during October and November claiming they were on a service call. Wink, wink.
And oh yeah, I almost forgot. By all accounts it looks like the long-anticipated iPhone5 will be officially unveiled in less than two weeks. The magnitude of this countdown reminds me of the wait for the Windows 95 release. It’s that crazy. The new device is expected to have a larger screen, faster processor and the ability to make shopping easier through mobile payments. Wow, it’s a mobility-focused solution provider’s dream. Sure the iPhone5 is going to going to be a huge hit in the consumer world, but Apple is also betting that the timing, functionality and continued consumerization of IT will make even bigger inroads into corporate America. This is going to create tremendous integration, device management and security services for solution provieders and those specializing in mobility solutions are waiting with bated breath.
We are certainly living in interesting times. So tell me, what are you most excited about right now?
Knock em alive!