I'm sitting in the bar of the Argent Hotel with Dan Farber. He's just come from a concluding ODBC panel on open source and (vs) open standards with among others, Bob Sutor and Tim Bray. I saw Tim last night at Sun's sushi party where he told me that of course he's partisan and that I should get used to it or some such sentiment. He also says Atom is gonna win. At least he believes in what he's doing and is transparent about it.
Sutor on the other hand goes way beyond partisan. Take this quote courtesy of the Human Transcriber (Farber) "SOA is coming like a Mac truck for reformulating systems. The only way it works is with open standards." This from the guy who singlehandedly locked Sun out of the WS-I for two years. Of course, reformulating is the code word for IGS, IBM's global reformation of this week's IT in a new, soon to be reformulated again framework.
After the marketplace forced Sutor out of his bunker to establish a sham election where Sun graduated to WS-I non-founder but real important because they just are status, he popped up as head of Websphere Reformulation Services. Now he's back in charge of IBM standards. Have another cigar Bob.