Chris Haddad Joins WSO2 Management Team as Vice President of Technology Evangelism

Leading IT Expert Will Spearhead IT Education Initiatives Describing How Award-Winning WSO2 Open Source Middleware Can Support IT Strategies On-premise and in the Cloud

Palo Alto, CA – October 25, 2011 – WSO2, the lean enterprise middleware company, today announced that Chris Haddad has joined WSO2 as vice president of technology evangelism. Chris joins WSO2 from Gartner, Inc. where he served as a managing vice president within Gartner's IT Professionals Research and led the application platform and data management teams.

As WSO2 vice president of technology evangelism, Chris will focus on raising visibility, awareness and knowledge of the company’s products and services. These include its award-winning, 100% open source products: the WSO2 Carbon enterprise middleware platform and WSO2 Stratos cloud middleware platform, as well as the recently launched WSO2 StratosLive platform-as-a-service (PaaS), which is hosted by WSO2 and powered by the WSO2 Stratos software. Chris also will work closely with developers, architects, and C-level executives to increase WSO2 technology adoption, improve the middleware platforms, and maximize customer value.

“As more enterprises make WSO2 their strategic middleware platform, both on-premise and in the cloud, the circle of decision-makers is extending beyond our traditional architect and developer community to include CIOs and CTOs as well,” said Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarana, WSO2 founder and CEO. “We are thrilled to have Chris join the WSO2 team. His deep expertise in counseling technology executives on their application and middleware strategies will be invaluable in educating and advising these C-level buyers on the unique advantages that we bring with our WSO2 software and services.”

“I’m excited to join WSO2 and work directly with teams that are building innovative real-world solutions, and to help enterprises rapidly realize their IT project goals, based on leading-edge open source technologies and development best practices,” Chris said. “I look forward to assisting enterprise IT teams—from architects and developers to CTOs and CIOs—increase the value they gain from designing, developing and deploying applications and services on WSO2’s platforms.”

About Chris Haddad

For eight years, Chris led research teams at Gartner and the Burton Group (acquired by Gartner in 2009), advising Fortune 500 enterprise organizations and technology infrastructure vendors on adoption strategies, architecture, product selection, governance, and organizational alignment. These teams advanced best practices in PaaS, cloud application architecture patterns, service-oriented architecture, and application middleware.

Prior to his roles at Gartner and Burton, Chris held technology management positions for over thirteen years, with responsibility for building software development teams, creating infrastructure frameworks, establishing repeatable development methodologies, hiring and mentoring development talent, and delivering software-as-a-service (SaaS) and Internet applications. Chris also gained Apache Axis committer status, and he has been a featured speaker at industry events, including the Gartner Application Architecture Development and Integration (AADI) Summit, Gartner Symposium, Burton Group’s Catalyst Conference, Enterprise Architecture Summit, Networld+Interop, SOAWorld, JBossWorld, OMG Workshops, IASA IT Architecture Regional Conferences, and SDWest.

About WSO2

WSO2 is the lean enterprise middleware company. It delivers the only complete open source enterprise SOA middleware stack purpose-built as an integrated platform to support today’s heterogeneous enterprise environments—internally and in the cloud. WSO2’s service and support team is led by technical experts who have proven success in deploying enterprise SOAs and contribute to the technology standards that enable them. For more information, visit https://wso2.com and the WSO2 OxygenTank developer portal at https://wso2.org, or check out WSO2 on the WSO2 Blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and FriendFeed.

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