I'd like to thank everybody for their input. I asked 50 Enterprise Architects what were their top priorities for 2008/2009. Although it must be said, not the largest statistical sample, the results perhaps aren't so suprising:
1) reducing IT cost base through consolidation/virtualisation
2) deploying new architectures (primarily SOA)
3) implementing an IT chargeback model
With the global market in so much turmoil, the price of oil consistently rising, and businesses under pressure financially, it's not suprising that cost issues dominate the top priorities for the EA community. IT leaders must continually seek to recognise the value that they provide to the business, and deliver cost/effective solutions to their business divisions. In the top priorities we see reflected a need to reduce costs, but also to ensure cost is proportionately allocated to lines of business. Finally, we see that new architectures are a key part of the IT agenda, delivering greater flexibility, agility and scalability.