I’ve recently seen a spate of articles and books predicting the “death” of corporate IT. Cloud, virtualization, outsourcing and a raft of other buzzwords will relegate corporate IT to a dusty display case in the museum of corporate dinosaurs if you believe the pundits.
The problem with most "IT is dead" articles is that they peg a tool as killing a business function. Power tools didn’t kill carpentry any more than the loss of the adding machine didn’t kill corporate finance.
The most effective IT leaders have always been about solving a business problem with technology and process, and for the most part, no one in leadership cared if they used mainframes, terminals, cloud, or the "trained monkeys" someone cited above.
Frankly I think IT leaders do themselves a disservice when they focus on the tools rather than the outcome.