Xmas at Userlane Day Twenty

Day Twenty: Advice from Frosty the Snowman

Background

Santa decides to modernize things to enjoy some free time.
He leaves his Head Elf Bernard in charge of implementing new automation at the North Pole….But changing well-established processes is not that easy.
Read more background information in the introduction to Santa's 24 days before Xmas little stories.


Santa meets his old Friend

Meanwhile at the North Pole

Bernard and Prancer returned from the coal mines to the North Pole and found that things were looking a little different! . And by different, as if they hired professional Christmas decorators to completely redecorate the whole workshop! Usually, the North Pole always looks festive, but the elves really went all out for this year’s Christmas.
Bernard found Sugar Plum who was busy throwing tinsel on a mini Christmas tree. He asked her what the special occasion was.

“Since we can use the Christmas Adoption Platform (XAP) while we are doing our work in the Christmas Resource Planning (XRP) tool, we had more time to invest in decorating!”

Bob the elf walked by carrying boxes of ornaments.

“Since I can use the XAP whenever I need it, I don’t spend time asking Sheldon for help or looking things up on Elfapedia anymore. I finally have time to get back to my passion for making ornaments!” he exclaimed.

Bernard was glad to hear this, because it was exactly the question that Santa had asked in his last email. He went over to his computer to let Santa know.

Santa's Reply to Bernard

Dear Bernard,

Today I made time to visit my old friend Frosty the Snowman at his place in the Candy Cane Forest. Did you know Frosty and I actually started a business together when we were young? We sold a special kind of hot cocoa in the North Pole, and our signature was that we added a candy cane in every mug; we were actually quite profitable!

I found out that Frosty now has his own business selling snowball machines. He has his own small workshop of gnomes who build each snowball machine by hand. He told me that his Snowball Tracking Solution released a new update last week and the gnomes lost track of all of the work they were doing, including the information on their inventory.

Gnomes are creatures of habit, you know, so they are still recovering from this incident. Unfortunately, they are still completely backed up with orders and aren’t sure if they will get all of the machines out before Christmas.

Which made me wonder, what if the XRP has another unexpected update so close to C-Day? Frosty told me we should prepare for any kind of downtime. Wouldn’t that affect the XAP? Thus, affect toy production?

Love,

Santa

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