Ed Merks' remarks can be found over here. This is his takeaway about SMILA:
"The integration of disparate sources of information across the enterprise is key issue to many. The same information can be interpreted in different ways and often separate sources of information need to be related as if they originated from a uniform semantic source. The SMILA approach is focused on this. The idea is to create a shared architecture standard.
Just a single company like Volkswagen might have 500 applications running just in Germany, so even just maintaining connectors for these applications is a significant cost. It's easier for application based on Eclipse because providers can be more easily encouraged to provide integration directly. Important players like SAP have gotten involved. He also drew attention to Eclipse's IP process, which, although can seem onerous, is something that's key to using open source in a way that's enterprise friendly. Ultimately it has extreme value for corporate consumers."
And Ian Skerrett already posts the slides over here, saying
"Hans-Christian Broxman [sic!] did a great job introducing the concepts and motivation for the new Eclipse SMILA project.Â SMILA has the potential to be one of the Eclipse projects that can take Eclipse and in particular Equinox into a new industry. Interesting stuff."