It’s pretty difficult to predict the future. Who has predicted the economical downturn we’re in today? Only a handful. So I’m not going to start with it. It is however much easier to use the pressure that companies are under to look at how IT can help to give back to the business and help saving money. Not by just cutting some IT budget, but by using existing budgets to get more out of IT. We clearly see a number of domains where IT can help optimizing business environments, save some money, and positively impact productivity.
So if you look at the IT glass being half-full instead of half empty you will see that Nicholas Carr was wrong and that IT does matter. Have a look at www.microsoft.be/economie or http://www.microsoft.com/nz/economy/ (for English speakers) and find out how IT can help you getting the glass back full.