Sorry for the delays in my posting. A lot has been going on here. I was out of the country for a few days as well.
On the SOA front, I have started and gotten agreement for the first part of our POCs with Amberpoint and Actional. This is good news, as these tools will help us a lot in managing our web of services that we use internally and externally. The POC is focused on internal APIs in use.
As for nlayers, I had an interesting POC, that I was working on but its turning out to be more complex. We are having issues getting the correct machines and span ports configured to use the tool properly. Dealing with 10 spans in an environment is just not effective. There has to be a better way to handle these kinds of things. Hopefully the span issues will get resolved this week.