Last week we concluded WSO2Con Asia 2016 with a bang! Over 250 attendees from across the region joined us, making it our biggest user conference to date.
We had inspiring keynotes, customer stories and technical sessions ranging from analytics and API management to cloud and integration. We also had lots of fun like twitter competitions and after parties.
Here’s a recap on some of our most memorable moments…
Day 1 was dedicated to tutorials. The sessions provided hands-on experience and deep dives into key WSO2 products. The ones on microservices and IoT were specially popular.
The official start of the conference however, was day 2 where the punchy sounds of Sachintha and the Beat Drummers kicked things off at the opening ceremony.
This was followed by the opening keynote by WSO2 Founder, CEO and Chief Architect Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarana. In his usual flair Sanjiva talked about WSO2’s progress in the past 10 years and how the WSO2 platform is being used by customers across industries such as transport, government, entertainment, mobile and more. He also spoke about WSO2’s vision for the connected enterprise and its future in the middleware industry.
Other keynotes for the day included an engaging presentation on Vega, the high performance electric sports car being developed in Sri Lanka. Dr. Harsha Subasinghe, the president and CEO of Codegen, and Dr. Beshan Kulapala, a research scientist at Codegen highlighted the challenges and opportunities in leading complex engineering projects to success.
Dr. Frank Leymann, a director in the Institute of Architecture of Application Systems at University of Stuttgart, discussed loose coupling and its implications on microservice and cloud native architectures.
Isabelle Mauny, the vice president of product management at WSO2, gave the final keynote for the day on how analytics can improve customer experiences. Interestingly the phrase “Turkeys” was trending on our twitter dashboard during her talk!
The day continued with dedicated tracks running in parallel on cloud, API management, security and integration.
Several customers shared their experiences and how they have used the WSO2 Platform to effectively meet their technical and business goals.
Harshavardhan Mohanraj and Praveen Doddamani, technical leads at ZeOmega, spoke about how they leveraged the WSO2 platform to build a healthcare solution while improving component manageability and standardizing security in the API Management Track.
Ibrahim Khalil, a system integration analyst and team lead at Capgemini, spoke about how they leveraged their experience with United Nations agencies and built a vertical solution, enabled by WSO2 products, for UN organizations in the Cloud Track.
Gina Keune, the team lead of integration and configuration at Royal Automobile Association, shared the challenges they faced and wins they celebrated when incrementally adopting SOA using WSO2.
Charith De Silva, a lead architect at WSO2.Telco, introduced WSO2.Telco IDS which provides a fully Mobile Connect (OIDC) compliant solution for telcos embarking on a federated ID strategy.
This year we also hosted a special Strategy Forum for CxOs which saw attendees from companies such as Honeywell, NYU, John Keells Holdings, zMessenger, LOLC and more. The forum was led by WSO2 VP of Solutions Architecture Asanka Abeysinghe who spoke about the digital transformation of enterprise platforms.
The day ended with a networking event featuring smooth jazz tunes provided by Brown Sugar. Tasteful bites accompanied by cocktails coupled with lounge-like seating made it the perfect environment to catch up with industry experts and peers.
The third and final day of the conference was also packed with insightful technical sessions. The tracks covered topics on governance, IT consumerization, analytics, devOps and app development.
The session on microservices attracted over a 100 of the attendees and proved to be one of the most popular talks of the day.
Another popular talk was by Kiran Kumar, an enterprise architect at Wipro, who discussed a case study of a governance system where service governance meets API governance.
The technical sessions came to an end with a closing keynote by Asanka and panel discussion on the benefits and effects of creating a digital enterprise.
In addition to the technical sessions, a team led by Srinath Perera, vice president of research at WSO2, showcased capabilities of the WSO2 Analytics platform by hooking up with Twitter to create a sentiment analyser. The project which tracked #wso2conasia was able to give valuable insights into sessions and popular topics. It also helped identify the most dedicated tweep, who walked away with a GoPro camera for his contributions.
Sumedha Rubasinghe, director of API architecture at WSO2 also ran a project that combined Google’s voice API with the soon to be released WSO2 IoT Server which displayed what speakers of each session were talking about. This was just a sampling of what you can expect in the future with WSO2’s IoT Platform.
In true WSO2 style, WSO2Con Asia 2016 came to a close with a rocking after-party featuring the band Glory.
In the coming weeks we’ll be sharing more details of the presentations, so stay tuned for that. In the meantime you can check out the slides for all sessions at the WSO2Con Asia website.