Joe McKendrick points out that David Linthicum has noted a recent uptick in SOA activity versus a slowing trend late last year. I have seen a definitive uptick this week. For instance, a medical company (medical is big on SOA) was one of several companies to contact us this week about SOA work. It was a big improvement from the beginning of January. One thing analysts often miss (or most likely, don't know) is that job losses is a lagging economic indicator. These losses should have happened 6 months ago. While hidden in the news, some leading economic indicators are turning positive. But just as companies are too slow to fire, they are too slow to hire. I would expect SOA hiring to gradually pick up throughout the year.