This is worrying. For several years, being a business enabler has sat at the heart of IT's sales pitch. If we drop this claim, we resign ourselves to a return to the bad old days, when IT was a service function that existed simply to support the lines of business.
Perhaps fingers were burnt, and pride was wounded, amid the wild claims of the dotcom boom. Or maybe, in these turbulent economic times, IT chiefs are more comfortable adhering to a cost-based budget than conjuring revenue-generating targets for themselves.
Whatever the reason, IT decision makers must retain faith in their ability to harness technology to transform organisations, offer new revenue streams and open new lines of business. Failure to do so will render IT departments as nothing more than glorified helpdesks.