Thursday, January 28.
It was cool in Silicon Valley, there was a slight drizzle and a chill in the air.
We were working the day watch out of the city. The boss is Captain Glenn. My partner’s Ram. He’s a good player. I am Detective Sergeant Joe Friday.
We got a call about an ongoing acquisition at the Network Circle. We checked it out.
The acquiring CEO was still talking. One of the engineers being acquired spoke with us.
“It is terrible, officer.”
“Just the facts, ma’am.”
“We have good workstations, half of Wall Street runs on our systems; the Java franchise is not skimpy either …” she said
“ Shh ..” said Ram, “Let us listen to what Larry has to say for his acquisition …”
“… has a fabulous installed base, a fabulous group of customers, a wonderful pipeline of technology”, said Larry, “ … and we just have to do a better job of taking this wonderful engineering output and delivering it to customers…” He continued ” … we are very good at saying no, … and will halt … practice of filling special orders for unprofitable systems with unusual features. We don’t want to sell products that we lose money on.”
Jonathan was charged with mismanaging an icon. He was last seen tweeting a #Haiku from his cell – “Financial crisis/Stalled too many customers/CEO no more …”
Larry was found innocent. He rushed out of the courtroom to continue his fight against the cloud windmills. The judge said he wished he did acquisitions as good.
As closing remarks, the Judge was troubled by a new development he had heard and asked if there are any good definitions of this new trend called “Cloud Computing”. We said we will pound the streets hard, shake the informants and will get back as soon as we find any signs … On second thought, I should have pointed him to my blog.