If Christmas Movies Were About IT

Christmas movies

Written by Dan Callahan

I am a Senior Technical Advisor to CGNET. Formerly, I managed our Cybersecurity and Cloud Services businesses, and provided consulting to many clients over the years. I wear a lot of hats. Professionally, I'm a builder of businesses. Outside of work, I'm a hobby farmer, chef, skier, dog walker, jokester, woodworker, structuralist, husband and father.

December 1, 2022

Alright, time for some fun. We are not at the end of the year, but (to paraphrase a politician) we can see it from here. As we move past Thanksgiving (in the US, anyway) and barrel toward Christmas, allow me to reimagine some well-known Christmas movies. What if these movies were about information technology concerns? They might look something like this.

Frosty the Snowman

The CFO wants to know why they are required to use MFA.

A Christmas Story

Conference moderators learn how to use Zoom breakout rooms.

Home Alone

Hilarity ensues when an employee working from home receives a request from the CEO to purchase gift cards.

It’s a Wonderful Life

The Executive Director of a trade association feels like no one appreciates her work. Then she goes to the association’s annual conference.

Holiday Inn

Organizations struggle to decide when they should reopen the office.

Miracle on 34th Street

“Digital transformation” starts to mean something.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

A salesperson, hoping to close a multi-year service renewal, promises that the customer’s requested feature will be in the next software release.

The Polar Express

Technology providers deal with supply chain issues.

A Christmas Carol

An IT Director is visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past (file server backup problems), the Ghost of Christmas Future (the upcoming Grants Management implementation) and the Ghost of Christmas Present (staff turnover).

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

The programs group decides to include representatives of its target audience as it forms its proposed intervention.

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

An organization undergoes a ransomware attack on December 24th.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

The organization’s network crashes when its employees all attempt to stream the Ghana-Uruguay World Cup match.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

The day before the holiday shutdown a Board member asks for a status update on the actions raised by a recent IT audit.

Die Hard

A consultant stirs controversy when he asks, “Is Die Hard even a Christmas movie?”

 

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