Following the latest incident in which dealing with a matter in which local businesses practices had lead to yet another deluge of adrenaline and dread, I found myself in a position where I had to pass on exactly the urgency I been squeezed into and... unlike the last time where the accountant completely failed... A functional response emerged. Mutual urgency and absolute business necessity managed to break the dance of "usual suppliers" and "this arbitrarily limited set of rituals is what we have done before and we are deathly afraid to deviate from it". A request I had been making for a while in the form of:
Let's get some commodity hardware, I don't particularly care how. Let us make lots of money together.
Which was obstructed by the cargo cult dance of trying to imitate how business is done. Outside of this point the provider had otherwise behaved sanely proving the space, power, and connectivity requested. For some reason "provide exactly the hardware requested" had hit a stumbling block. For some religious reason they had to have a supplier to solicit quotes from to forward those quotes. Yet:
Let's get some commodity hardware, I don't particularly care how but if it can't be had business is impossible. Let us make lots of money together.
Was apparently the proper way structure a request that opens up the vast catalog of shit that can be ordered off the vast catalogs of the internet. That:
but if it can't be had business is impossible.
Was necessary will likely keep me somewhat pissed off until I fall asleep and wake up into a new day. What I have to keep with me after the acute disruption fades is that this construction appears to be working. As of this minute I am waiting for the quote, it should be arriving soon. Unless there's some other magic words I need to learn to take more cult out of the cargo cult.