Friday, October 01, 2004
All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusions is called a consultant
In a rather amusing turn of events, Respected Employer has repeatedly vouchsafed that it would not attempt to enter a certain line of business as a provider, preferring instead to provide the professional services for the extant providers and consumers of said line of business to implement and improve same. Indeed, one major eight figure deal we have pending is contingent on this very promise. It seems however, that said promise is only the public face, as there's an initiative (translate that as there's some funny money left in the budget, not real dough that would go to wasteful expenditures such as raises) to develop a turnkey shrinkwrap version of said line of business. Of course, it'll be about as turnkey as getting a kit plane, and require loads of professional services to actually implement. One slight problem is that in our very large firm, there are about three people who really understand what needs to be done from a business perspective, and they're viewing this as a plumbing exercise. Oh well, if it flies it'll make a great ongoing revenue stream, as the customers for said line of business cordially hate the providers and would ditch them in an instant if a fungible substitute for the product was available sans le risque. And of course we'll market it with the same customer relationship management techniques that have made Peruvian Marching Powder derivatives such a successfull commodity.