Say what you will about the imperial excess IBM has planned for the MGM Grand in Las Vegas next month, but Big Blue is not the type to throw around its cash like a young rapper with a hit record. IBM’s always been a buttoned-down operation. It’s not shelling out for Hollywood A-list comedians and multi-platinum selling bands on a whim. Rest assured, the only reason it’s writing the fat check for this event is because it’s making a fatter pile of money on its SOA business.
I can't comment about any piles of money that IBM may or may not be making, but I like Meehan's suggestion that SOA has arrived. Because it really has. People used to have a quizzical look on their faces when SOA was discussed, then they feigned a "yes, I know what you're talking about" look. Now they just want to know more because SOA is happening where they work and they want to be part of it. I remember being at an Open Group conference about three years ago in Houston. In August. That alone should give you an indication of where SOA was on peoples' radars. But the group was small, yet very enthusiastic. They all felt like outliers, too. Now, those people are probably leading architecture efforts within their companies.