IT Consultants vs Cow Boy: Good One!

A cowboy named Bud was overseeing his herd in a remote mountainous pasture in California


when suddenly a brand-new BMW 7 Series advanced out of a dust cloud towards him.


The driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, Cartier sunglasses and YSL


tie, leans out the window and asks the cowboy, ‘If I tell you exactly how many


cows and calves you have in your herd, Will you give me a calf?’


Bud looks at the man, obviously a yuppie, then looks at his peacefully grazing herd


and calmly answers, ‘Sure, Why not?’ The yuppie parks his car, whips out his HP notebook


computer, connects it to his Nokia N95 cell phone, and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet,


where he calls up a GPS satellite to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another
NASA satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resoluti on photo.


The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop and exports it to an image
processing facility in Hamburg , Germany …

Within seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot that
the image has been processed and the data stored.

He then accesses a MS-SQL database through
an ODBC connected Excel spreadsheet with email on his Blackberry and, after a few minutes,
receives a response.

Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his hi-Tech Miniaturized HP
LaserJet printer and finally turns to the cowboy and says,

‘You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves.’
‘That’s right ! Well, I guess you can take one of my calves,’ says Bud.


He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on amused as the young man stuffs it
into the trunk of his car..

Then Bud says to the young man,
‘Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my calf?’
The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, ‘Okay, why not?’


‘You’re an IT Consultant’, says Bud. ——–


‘Wow! That’s correct,’ says the yuppie, ‘but how did you guess that?’


‘No guessing required.’ answered the cowboy.


‘You showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already
knew, to a question I never asked.

You tried to show me how much smarter than me you are;
and you don’t know a thing about cows…this is a herd of sheep. . . . . . . . . . .’


[I like reading the last statement again and again]
”Now give me back my dog”

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