One of the biggest misconceptions I hear from companies is that moving to an SOA based approach will help a company save money in the recession. There are a couple things wrong with this point of view. Of course, SOA is a long term investment which will actually result in higher short term costs. The payoff is long term. The basis for this misconception is rooted in a company's belief that you can build a production ready SOA system in 4-6 months. Believe it or not, we field this request far, far too often. If you're reading this blog, we do not need to explain further.