Jacob replied, “Mr. Patrick, I worked for many organizations when I lived in New York, but I do not recall working with ePETRO. Did you have a merger or acquisition that would have changed your firm’s name?”
Mike, at least five to ten years senior to Jacob, had been a new CTO at the time for MaraOil and had been impressed at the speed in which the young man had accomplished the systems review and had provided updates over a six month period to their internal workflows. The detail oriented service was what he felt he had needed for employees to find the root of the problems as well as get Marge the Barge off his ass. Apparently access to information was still a part of this young man’s skillset.
“You worked on some network testing, certifications, and security issues when I worked at MaraOil. I have since moved on in essentially the same field but as a CEO for ePETRO, which is a multinational commodities broker.
“I am having some issues with data analysis and potential data corruption of the partner production information, since my return from Egypt. I am typically found these days in London, but we have offices in several countries in which we do business. Do you still work in security and data handling, or have you moved on to some other field?”
Jacob recalled the man and the operations he had run at MaraOil. At the time, Mike had been essentially a jerk to his staff and to his help. The work product Jacob had delivered was stellar, and he had received a bonus post effort. The guy had a way of belittling his staff and definitely did not have the knowledge for operations for the company. Jacob had to return for fast training segments several times one-on-one with Mr. Patrick. The guy was a weasel, but the project sounded in line with the issue Wolfgang had related. Premium pricing though, definitely the big bucks to work with this guy.
“Mr. Patrick, I do work in the information systems profession and provide contract work for customers all over the world. I can send some of our team members to take a look at your issues, and then assess a project cost to you. Possibly as early as next …”
Mike’s panic was instantaneous as he interrupted, “No. I need you, specifically. I have seen you work, and your former boss says you hold the highest confidence levels for your customers’ business issues. My problem is very immediate, and I am more than willing to pay top dollar to get you onsite. I can put you up in the finest accommodations and provide you with a driver, anything you need to meet my timeline.”
The desperation of the man was quite evident. Jacob knew that sort of attitude was usually because other avenues had failed, and a boss above was screaming. Sounded like a hornets’ nest. Jacob started a slow grin. It was exactly the kind of situation he worked best in, but contracts were typically handled by Otto. Almost as if on cue, an IM window hit Jacob’s display with:
I am sending you a dropbox and secure email account for his information. It is now the current work item on your screen. You can provide a briefing to the team. I can schedule a meeting with team if you wish. ePETRO is having serious investor issues at present, they control about 40% of the oil distribution markets. The summary of this information is now in document ePETRO.1 Standard premium rates are currently at 500 Euros per hour with a PO guaranteed for a 25,000 Euro minimum (or three days including travel costs)
Jacob smiled as he read ICABOD’s IM then said, “Mr. Patrick, I will need information background before I can commit to tomorrow. I will need a PO for a minimum of twenty-five thousand Euros, which covers the first three days of my time at your locations. I need details of the issue, when it began, steps you have taken to date, my contact while on site, and of course administrative access to your systems.”
Mike was stunned. The price was high, and the access would take some time. He mentally reviewed the risk of not taking this action.
“Mr. Patrick, are you still there? Did you hear what I said? Do you want to continue?”
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