This from an InfoWorld Real World SOA blog post: “In working on a few projects, both commercial and government, I've come to the conclusion that many of the government organizations are both bullish on SOA, and are actually blazing trails that most in the commercial sector has yet to attempt.
“This is very different from the government IT work of my youth, where they were more about commodity and short-term cost savings, than long term strategic use of technology. However, things have changed, and for the better. As a tax payer, I could not be happier.”
Sometimes it seems that SOA has been hyped so much that it can’t actually be real and substantial, so this is great on two fronts. First that so much money and thought is being committed to SOAs that they may one day actually deliver the promised benefits. Second that the government might actually get it. I grew up with my conservative father dismissing any complicated activity he didn’t like with a pejorative “this is turning into a federal project.” Might be nice if some day that was a compliment.