Tuesday, September 29, 2015

FirstNet RFP: will it be a party with a bunch of nerds, some ugly chicks and bad food? Invite the Turkeys!

FirstNet is going to advertise an RFP to the market place asking for a partner. It may be just me but we may have a few issues.

Let’s see, lots of talk about nothing; lots of travel saying nothing; no business case presented; no funding solution presented; no real plan for the future; no standards divulged; and nothing that talks about what a partnership will look like and how it will achieve any type of success. Who wouldn’t want to go to this party? What could go wrong? It’s like a slow train wreck happening on ground hog day.

Let’s take a look at a potential partner. Someone who has deep pockets, wants to invest in something, and wants to make lots more money to put back into their pockets. OK that’s fine! But what do they invest in? Who do they invest with? Who will be there investment partners? What is the share of their investment? When is the ROI on that investment? What will the exit strategy look like? What is the realistic view of whether, or not, the investment will actually happen? What does the timeline look like? And oh yes, they have to have deep pockets. Did I say that already?

A turkey was chatting with a bull. "I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree," sighed the turkey, "but I haven't got the energy."

"Well, why don't you nibble on some of my droppings?" replied the bull. "They're packed with nutrients."

The turkey pecked at a lump of dung and found that it actually gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree.

The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch.

Finally after a fourth night, there he was, proudly perched at the top of the tree. Soon he was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot the turkey out of the tree.

Moral of the story: Bullshit might get you to the top, but it won't keep you there.

I can safely state that there will always be Turkey’s willing to go to this party -- guaranteed.

But who am I other than…..

Just some guy and a blog….

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