Not necessarily agreeing with it, still worth linking to: Tim Bray about Web Services. What I really do like:
[A]pplications that try to abstract away the fact that they’re exchanging XML messages will suffer for it. Thus, I tend to consider any “Web Services” specification that’s more than two steps away from XML for content and URIs for addressing to be somewhat suspect.
What I assume will create an outcry among Workflow and BPEL people:
And as regards the workflow products, I never once heard of a single successful deployment of a complex automated-workflow scenario on any scale.