Of course, as a J2EE developer I do not want EJB goes away and would like to see its continuing progress.
However, if you compare the 2 J2EE tutorials, the 1.3 and the newer 1.4, you may find that Sun still keeps all the old chapters (Servlets, JSA, security,...) except those on EJBs, stressed significantly the web services. What does that mean to newcomers? Looks to me what suggested by Sun is obviuos. Poor Sun.
As for the IBM, the sell point of their new WebSphere 5 series is the web services. They also want people to use their WS 5 express, which has no support for EJB.
Since I got 2 vouchers (another is the IBM 484 J2EE 1.3), I will take the tests anyway.