It wasn’t that it was an IT issue per se, but a business issue that had technology implications. An example was the topic I was there to discuss: sourcing options. Not cloud computing, not outsourcing/in/near/far-sourcing, not IT services, not SOA.
The underlying theme was that the sourcing of business options continues to see enormous innovation, and that future business leaders need to be aware of those options (many listed above), how they can be used to deliver business functions, and how it it is fundamentally a purchasing decision. A purchasing decision with strategic consequences.
All the same concerns were discussed in a forthright and insightful manner: issues around security, liability, compliance, control, process integration.
But what was clear to me as I reflected on that class was this: watch out world, innovative sourcing options are on the table and will be a significant factor in future business strategy. There is no turning back. That bodes well for strategies like “cloud”.