Is that IT project haunting you worse than the Elf on the Shelf?

It’s that time of year again when those of us with young children dust off our beloved, albeit creepy, Elf on the Shelf so that he can watch over our kids and report back to Santa each night if they have been naughty or nice. Children find so much joy in being haunted every day by a so-jolly-that-it-must-be-evil, judging, lurking elf. In many ways, upcoming IT projects can be like the Elf on the Shelf popping up where you least expect it, reminding you that if you had completed it by now your organization would be more efficient, compliant, or prosperous. Allow me to offer four ways to get the elf off your back and your name off the naughty list before Santa arrives. Don’t ask Santa to do the work of an elf. We all know Santa is competent in many areas, but when it comes to making toys the elves are experts. Whether you’re investing in a CRM, EMR, or mobility solution, it is inefficient and risky to ask an internal resource to become a specialist during the evaluation phase. Say you are rolling out a mobile tablet solution to staff. Leveraging a consultant well versed in the mobility market who can quickly boil down your options, advantages, and risks will save you several weeks on the project. How does Santa handle all of that fan mail? Little Johnny had the nerve to write Santa three letters this year. THREE! Luckily, Santa has someone that screens his mail before making it to his desk. When the word gets out that you are in the market for a...