Most of the blogs I have read don't seem to talk about the developers viewpoint ("the masses") of actually implementing an enterprise SOA using ESB or other technologies. Maybe I have missed some good independent literature out there.
Currently I am working with a variety of clients that are large and small using third party ESB, MOM or Open Source. In my travels I have run into the good and bad of SOA and when done right, the benefits it can provide.
As I navigate my customers problems and learn/implement the WS-* standards, I'll post what I find. Maybe this will help you or at a minimum draw some debate.