Drools/JBoss rules is really cool. The web based BRMS system looks very nice, and offloading the maintenance to the business users is a must anyway. I'll be using this soon.
I found the keynote by Vefim Natis from Gartner interesting. Although I am way tired of hearing about SOA I still got a lot out of his talk. Some of his points :
- Gartner's hype cycle currently puts SOA entering mainstream acceptance.
- SOA is primarily about business modeling : identifying the business components that need to be developed as software.
- Establishment of an Integration/SOA Competency Center (ICC) is the barometer of success
- Heterogenous software/environments are not only necessary, but should be regarded as a goal.