PRACTICAL LOGIC

“Okay, you are telling me that you can monitor every minute what is happening in our pumping stations and pipelines through your system. You can even install a movement activated camera in any area?” bungad sa akin ng Division Manager.

“You are also implying that since the Master Station, the heart of the whole system is your product, you can easily configure everything to fit this system you are talking about. And we are referring to almost 2,500 wells, about a hundred field facilities, thousands of kilometers of pipeline.” Dagdag pa niya.

“Yes,” kako and then I started explaining how it works, and how it alerts the security force of the company, who will then immediately coordinate with the police if there is an eminent danger to the company.

Tinanong niya ako kung halimbawang may Ali Baba na nagnanakaw ng mga cables o communication equipment sa mga remote facilities ay magbibigay ng alert sa security. (Ali Baba ay common term dito sa magnanakaw). Tapos ang dami kong pinagsasabing Smart Wireless Technology at mga features tulad ng touchscreen security monitors, alarms, auto lighting, etc.

“Make it simple and practical.” Ang maikli niyang sagot sa napakahaba kong paliwanag.

“What do you mean Sir?” Ang tanong ko.

Tagalugin natin ang kanyang tugon.

“Ano sa palagay mo ang mangyayari kung me 3 o 4 na Ali Babas na ninanakaw ang cable ng isa naming facility, 10 kms from the Security Post sa alas 3:00 ng madaling araw? Pupunta ba kaagad doon ang mga guards para magcheck sa disoras ng madaling araw? At paano kung pumunta nga at me inabutan, sa palagay mo ba ay huhulihin nila mga iyon? Okay, itatawag nila sa pulis. Balik tayo sa unang dalawang tanong ko. Pupunta ba sila at manghuhuli. O magtsatsaa na lang at sasabihing malakas lang ang hangin kaya nag-alert ang system.? Puwede rin na sabihing sira ang system, nagshort. At iyan ang pinakaconvenient na excuse, sira ang system dahil sa dami ng features, bumigay sa exposure sa mataas at mababang temperature.”

Napatango na lang ako. Nabira ako roon a. Nawala ng bisa ang mga explanation at presentation ko.

Kaya pala kako, walang perfect na system. Lagi na lang ito ang nasisisi kapag may mga failures o sablay.

Kahit sa araw araw na pamumuhay.

Na-late sa pagpasok, kasi hindi nag-alarm ang orasan.
Hindi nasagot ang importanteng tawag kasi nawalan ng signal.
Nabura ang ginagawang report, dahil bigla na lang nawalan ng kuryente.
Nakaligtaang naglalambing si bunso, dahil nakatuon sa video games.
Hindi natapos ang trabaho, kasi navirus ang computer.

Practical reasons. Convenient excuses.

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“When I was young, it seemed that life was so wonderful, a miracle, it was beautiful, magical . And all the birds in the trees, well they’d be singing so happily, joyfully, playfully, watching me . But then they send me away to teach me how to be sensible, logical, responsible, practical.” – Supertramp

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