If you didn't have a chance to watch Thomas Kurian's keynote at JavaOne, I would encourage you to do so: it was far and away the most compelling and coherent keynote presentation this year. The three major focal areas were J2EE 1.5, SOA, and Web 2.0 support in our product line and in our donations to open source projects. Most of what Thomas talked about is functionality that is available now, so its a pretty exciting time to be here.
Of course, I am focused on the SOA products, so its nice to see the Fabric infrastructure get prominent billing. The really cool thing about Fabric is that its a best of breed combination of support for service infrastructure, policy management, business activity monitoring, identity based security and event driven architecture that is designed as a fully integrated, common platform: all the essential building blocks of the next generation IT infrastructure. There's not really any other platform offering that can compare. I have a good feeling its going to shortly be the standard SOA infrastructure for many enterprises.