I was posting on this topic more than 5 years ago (for a selection of posts on this see here) and would never have dreamed of returning to it if it had not been for a flurry of responses to a conversation someone started on a LinkedIn group. The conversation began with this question:
What can IT do to better align itself with the needs of the business?
Responses were all over the map—some thoughtful, some trite, some tongue in cheek, others dismissive. Some even became argumentative. Most were ‘motherhood and apple pie’—hard to fault, but not very insightful or helpful. Few of them, if any, added anything new. Some shared my view that the whole notion of “alignment” was way past its sell-by date. A CIO still struggling to achieve alignment has not only missed that boat, but has failed to recognize that for those that must cover great distances, boat travel was replaced by jet travel years ago (to push the transportation metaphor way too far!)
From Alignment to Convergence
As one CIO noted:
That type of