There is a massive trend as organisations shift and The Death of the Functional Organisation occurs.  There are three effects of this on every profession / silo / function.  

They all:

1. Normalise to soft platitudes at the top end.  Each function says it “… wont succeed without executive support”, “… is all about collaboration and leadership”, etc

2. Focus on getting others to recognise the value of their datasets.  “… integrate our data into operations”

3. Try to build a comprehensive theory of the firm where there profession is the key.  Eg. “Organisations are really all about change”

The latest example is the “tax” function of all things:

As usual there are some great points in this article – but they are part of a trend towards capability-based governance rather than about the importance of the tax function specifically.