re: IT's 2012 Resolution: Stop The Hand-Wringing
"Here's a goal we can all embrace for 2012: no more existential hand-wringing about whether IT has a promising role, future, value, or purpose."
This article is attacking a straw-man. I don't think any CEO is questioning the value of IT. Possibly particular IT services or initiatives, but not IT in general. This article is referencing the article by Nicholas Carr titled "IT Doesn't Matter" in HBR. Carr's thesis is that IT has become standardized and should be thought of as an operational cost, such as electricity (i.e. standardize it and use the lowest cost method of achieving the output, be it applications or electricity). Many people misinterpreted the article to mean that companies do not need IT, which, for Carr, would be like saying companies do not need electricity. What he is arguing is: if you don't care how your electricity is provided as long as it meets your SLAs, why do you care how IT services are provided as long as it meets your SLAs. The real question is, now that we agree that we need IT services and electricity, is it best to have IT managed in-house or provided the same way electricity is provided, as a managed service (or in a "cloud", if you like) as our electrical power is supplied.
The ultimate question to ask when considering if "IT" has a future is: what do you mean by IT? If you mean administrative, "meeting the SLA" work, then no it probably doesn't have a future unless you can match the economies of scale of a massive service provider. If you mean delivering a new innovation or service which provides a competitive advantage, then yes, IT is crucial.