16 September 2011 saw the opening of another new WSO2 office – the second this year, with the expansion of the Colombo “campus” to a third building. Starting this week, WSO2 will occupy the top two floors (with a third yet to be constructed) of the ICICI Bank building a couple of blocks from the existing Flower Road buildings. The new facilities should go a long way to relieving the overcrowding of the existing facilities as the WSO2 team continues to expand, both within Sri Lanka and with growth in overseas offices and the addition of more remote employees around the world.
As customary, the opening ceremony includes employees at all levels who take turns lighting wicks in the jasmine-flower strung brass oil lamp. The lighting of the five-foot lamp symbolizes the dispelling of ignorance (darkness), replacing it with knowledge – the greatest of all forms of wealth in Sri Lanka. The lamp is topped by an image of a rooster further reinforcing the dawning of light as well as good fortune.
This simple ceremony seems especially fitting for WSO2, with our ceaseless mission to discover and invent technologies that will solve current and future enterprise problems and build the best foundation for enterprises to succeed in our rapidly-changing world. And then make these innovations available to the world freely as open source.
After the lamp-lighting Paul and Sanjiva shared a few words of gratitude for the incredible accomplishments of the team so far this year – as well as a stern warning not to rest on our laurels as we have much to accomplish! We can’t rest but must continue to “do what it takes to get it done” for our customers and users.
I can’t help but include a candid snapshot of Sanjiva prior to the ceremony demonstrating the breadth of his duties as CEO. “Do what it takes to get it done.” That’s a bit of knowledge we all acquire as members of the WSO2 team.
Jonathan Marsh, VP Business Development and Product Design
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