KPI strongly encourages clients to understand the principles of SOA, understand why SOA fails, and what makes SOA projects successful. Many potential clients simply want to dive right in. Reading case studies up front is a great way to mitigate the high risk of a failed SOA project (remember, up to 80% of SOA projects are still failing). Here is a case study from First American, a company which provides information to financial companies. FA faced the same issues facing many projects going towards SOA -- a lot of software running on different systems. FA built a consolidated data center, using virtualization and a mirrored site for DA. Most interestingly, they are looking at implementing Cisco's Service-Oriented Network Architecture (SONA). SONA is an architectural approach for designing advanced capabilities into the network infrastructure.