Re: Excellent Metaphor
While your overall message is constructive, your comments on the use of the term "alignment" are not. Hence, let's focus on the things that IT and business can do to better leverage IT to obtain demonstrable value.
I would be remiss if I did not point out that for years we have been saying that it is NOT aligning IT WITH the business; it is aligning IT AND the business; which is what is implied in your message. Whether it is called aligned, fused, integrated, harmonized, fit, or whatever, let's not debate the name. Let's focus on what needs to be done, and what has been done by exemplar organizations. Last, we do discuss aligning other organization AND the business all of the time.