Costs of Friday the 13th
(Time to kick things up a few notches...)
He dropped her home around 1 AM, her parents thought she came from Akka's they didnt notice the car was gone. She went to bed a few minutes later...
The week flew by faster than sound, on Friday..Bally walked by... he had taken a couple days off after returning from Jaipur and they hadnt talked much... the Gurgaon workshop HW upgrade stood at the very same spot where it was before
No approvals from R&B citing "memory hog, klugey, unreliable SW etc"
Despite having been gently removed from the project he continued to make his presence felt
Around Noon Friday Bally was in her cube and they were going over the latest on all three front, Deployment, Training and Go Live
Gurgain showrrom stood at 80% efficiency, had a lot of younger people in the staff and so training them on new SW was not very difficult
Whether they "Wanted" to use it or not was a different story... Bally and her were discussing "What would be a good time to strip machines off the legacy SW,"
it was like a mother's hand incredibly separation anxiety associated with it... all around, both with the IT head at the Corp office and the showrooms where the deployment already had happened
Bally: U know whats going to happen?
II: they wont use it but we will be fixing random issues until the maintenance expires
Bally:exactly... they are not going to ever go 100% on it I can guarantee you
II: how many units altogether?
Bally: hello... u should know yaar I am still in vacation mode
II looked up her files... it was 36 showrooms, 16 workshops and 8 inspection/Distribution centers in all... the Distribution centers did not theoretically "need" the SW, because all they did was send the automobiles to one showroom or the other for delivery
Very rarely they had someone complete financial transactions at the inspection center...
nevertheless it was considered a "site" for deployment purposes, almost three months into the game and the progress was 4 showrooms and one sputtering workshop
They had a goal to exit the client in 15 months just like any SW project things were bound to slip... and it was apparent already, at this run rate,
they were going to be in Excelsior atleast for 60 months or five years, they ran some mathematical models and were trying to figure out some numbers when Mr Bansal's admin stopped by
"Bansal wants an update do u have numbers? she asked
Bally was startled, they didnt have slides or clean dashboards to discuss progress
Bally: i thought he was in Korea
Mrs Dave: Well that must be his clone coz I just got him coffee
Bally:Can u give us an hour?
Mrs Dave: Sure, let me IM you...
Bally and II exchanged a look
Bally: Ur FIL's friendship is going to cost him stuff yaar
II: hey dont link me to that
Bally:I mean this is ridiculous...
Someone that works with Appa texted him around the time Bally and II were frantically pulling updates together
"Is this the person you know?" Mr Hariharan and Appa were friends for years,
Appa may have shared more than necessary with Mr Hari, because he seemed to know everything about II's impending wedding...
Appa clicked on the link and it was a leading Hindi newspaper talking about the scandal
"according to sources it said the case against Delhi's leading industrialist Mr Ranjan Bhalla may be reopened, because the "victim"
claims to know of one other person that maybe involved in the whole deal...
Appa's face went pale, he called Amma immediately
Amma panicked and turned on the TV at home she was writing Chapter 9 after work and wnated some peace and quiet.
"Cards have not be decided, I am going to give it a week Madhu if this blows up big I am calling it off" Appa said coldly but firmly
"ayyo dont speak negatively" Amma begged...
"I TOLD YOU SUCH THINGS NEVER GO AWAY" appa whispered
"She is not marrying Ranjan Bhalla" Amma whispered back the nurse was for a change not browsing the phone and was listening, though Periappa's room was down
the corridor Amma had found him staring out the window when she went to the study moments ago to get her USB drive
"I dont see ANY news channel talking about it... dont be paranoid, I have never heard of the Hindi newspaper link youve sent" "Its Hindi our relatives dont read that"
"Wait until its announced in Sun News, Ishita's pidivadam, stubborness is going to cost a lot
His Thai partner wasnt too happy with the way they looked at a Danish company specializing in Mergers and Acquistion SW, the French dudes were a "Go" on it
the two Thai guys in typical Asian style wanted "more more more numbers"
The fund seeker had a acquisition tracking software that helped post merger intergration, so deals can be closed faster, and integration can happen in months instead of years
So the company thats "buying" a new company can focus on increasing shareholder wealth instead of spending unusual time getting things merged
R&B's speciality was M&A at Grad School and he was Argent's "public face"
The Thai guy was with him for 4.5 on Friday morning making a case for R&B to fly out to Copenhagen
R&B was happy to do it but didnt want to go out to look at "one prospect"
There were others in London and Geneva that needed his attention but not YET...
He would have to stay in Europe for a month in order to hop cities... his partners knew about his wedding... but it seemed lame that he would hold things off a month before it
Delays costed Argent big bucks, the faster they invested and faster they turned the more returns they could make for the 7...
"Try to head out tonite, I will call Duff and maybe you can return via Geneva? A nanotechnology startup...
He hung up and made reservations to fly out at night...
Edited by Nisha0604 - 6 years ago