In a thread here: If IT really is a “profession”, what is our “pro bono” contribution as IT professionals? Zal Parchem and I were bantering about the attitudes of IT-folk toward business-folk. Although this was only banter, it made me think of the old German proverb “Der Mensch denkt und Gott lenkt” and its English translation “Man proposes, God disposes”. But what if we replace “man” and “god” with “business” and “IT”, or vice-versa? Should it be: “Business proposes and IT disposes” or: “IT proposes and business disposes” ? And does the advent of BPX and Enterprise SOA change the way we should look at this question in the first place. My own feeling is that before BPX and Enterprise SOA, the accepted paradigm was the second version above: “IT proposes and business disposes” That is, it was up to IT to propose solutions and up to business to decide whether these solutions were acceptable and worthwhile. But with the advent of BPX and Enterprise SOA, maybe it’s more the other way around: “Business proposes and IT disposes”. That is, if business is empowered by BPX and Enterprise SOA to think up its own solutions, maybe IT becomes the limiting factor determining which of these solutions are feasible in real-time, given certain limitations on hardware and software which will never go away. Maybe the right proverb should be: “Business and IT can propose all they want, but queueing theory disposes”.