At the Gartner conference the fact that there is little growth in IT budgets and IT must demonstrate value to the business was called out. Kenneth McGee identified 9 actions that CIO's must carry out in the next three years in order to:
"continually show members of the entire enterprise that they deliver value sufficient to warrant remaining an intact organization. To do this, IT executives must do more than just cut costs. They must deliver value that is measurable and of significant importance to the enterprise."
In my travels to customers I have definitely seen this as a priority in the Enterprise Architecture offices and real concern at the CIO level. Nick Carr takes this as further proof that IT doesn’t matter. I guess that depends on your definition of IT, personally I think that IT just providing technology without respect to the needs of the business doesn't matter much however IT which enables whole new marketplaces and revenue streams is pretty damn important to the business.
Interestingly enough I notice that SOA isn't mentioned anywhere in the article however Web 2.0 is:
Operate All Revenue Generating Channels in a Web 2.0 Architecture by 2008. Enterprise architects must act as catalysts that speed the formation of unified business technology strategies and their execution. The enterprise architecture process must shift gears from limiting complexity by limiting choices to accelerating innovation and execution by coordinating complexity through unified business and IT strategy, decentralized execution and loose coupling among all related stakeholder disciplines.
I have read this a couple of times and have no idea what it means but then I suspect neither did the author. I do however think that web 2.0 will provide a new marketplace and business model for the enterprise so I disagree with Nick (although I do have a lot of sympathy for his viewpoint).