'92 Houston was the scene, ISA was at its height|
Doing its very best to put the recession out of sight
'Twas Gunfight at the ISA Corrall, the famous Fieldbus Fight
Honeywell was brooding sulkily, that Rosemount should be there
The scene was odd as odd could be. The players were all around
Emerson had just bought Fisher, which made them both a pair
'It's very rude,' said Honeywell, 'but we'll act like we don't care.'
You couldn't see much business 'cause Customers did not abound
The Bailey boys wore Italian suits. And Foxboro couldn't be found!
Yokogawa and Siemens were walking close at hand
'If we could form an ISP,'said Siemens, 'Do you think
They wept with joy that they could play in such as mightly land
'If we could only spoil the fun,' they said, 'it would be grand!'
That all the hungry oysters would join us for a drink ?'
'You're right,' the Yokogawa said, and nodded, with a wink.
'O Oysters come and walk with us!' then Siemens did beseech
Rosemount and Fisher looked at him and jumped right into bed,
'A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk.' It was a pleasant speech.
'We'll all make up an ISP! There is a prize for each!'
They saw a chance to thumb their nose at Honeywell instead.
Their new-found size made people think that they had jumped ahead!
And hordes of hungry hangers-on hurried up with food in mind,
So other oysters followed them and quickly there were more
They felt that they would simply win the leadership they'd find
And this was odd, because they were the blind following the blind....
As if to say that sheer crowds could make the "standard" show
And SP became ISP - to Honeywell a blow.
Siemens put in Profibus, because they owned the show
'The time has come,' the Siemens said, 'To speak of many things
And Yokogawa simply smiled, as if they really know
And all the little oysters they just waited in a row
Of MAP and TOP and Fieldbus too, of cabbages and kings
And how we can gain market share, and whether pigs have wings.'
'But wait a bit,' the oysters cried, 'Before we have our chat
'A little business,' Yokogawa said, 'Is what we chiefly need
For some of us are starving, and others less than fat.'
'No hurry,' said the Siemens, and Emerson smiled at that.
A small foothold, some market share, is where we'd like to lead
Now, if you're ready, Siemens dear, we can begin to feed!'
'But, not on me,' said Honeywell - by now almost alone.
'It was so kind of you to come, you are so very nice.'
The Committees and the User Groups just sat there, turned to stone
And all the Oysters simply stood and waited for a bone.
Yokogawa said nothing but 'Cut me another slice...'
Siemens was busy with Profibus and they had to ask him twice.
'It seems a shame,' the Siemens said, 'To play them such a trick
'I weep for you, my Honeywell, I deeply sympathize.'
After we've brought them out so far, and made them trot so quick.'
The Yokogawa said nothing but, 'The butters spead too thick...'
With sobs and tears, they sorted out a few more juicy lies
Holding their juicy yen and marks against the dollars shrinking size.
Honeywell now almost alone, preparing to jump ship,
'O Oysters,' said the Siemens now, 'You've had a pleasant run,
The Bailey boys in Italian suits, they came up with a whip.
Not just French or Italian style, but grandiose "World FIP" !
Shall we be trotting home again?' - but answer there came none
But, that was scarcely odd because - they'd eaten everyone.....