Over the last few months I've seen a very nice shift in the focus of software vendors away from SOA & Business Process towards their next piece of string, Complex Event Process (CEP). Now this is being pushed as "part of SOA" but this is really great as it really focuses the vendors as being in the technical SOA space over the business SOA space. Oracle are focusing on the Grid infrastructure for scalable and reliable SOA infrastructures. These are all very positive things as they more firmly underline the difference between the technology enablement of SOA from its business definition. This is a very good thingTM as it highlights the missing area much more effectively than the confusion that was caused by the Web Service and BPEL focus that claimed to be business oriented but in reality was not.
This represents a real evolution of the T-SOA market, in particular with Oracle focusing more on the operational side of the technology over the bells and whistles approach.
Now the question is can SOA as a business concept be revived and establish itself as the way to think and deliver SOA with the vendors providing simply the platform on which it operates.