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WSO2Con EU 2016: London, and What We Did There

Every so often, London gets to deal with us.

And by us, we mean WSO2 and all of our fantastic clients from all over Europe: people implementing solutions large and small at the cutting edge of enterprise tech and government.

Thus, WSO2Con EU, 2016:  three days of pure WSO2 at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, London. We’d set up a pretty fancy stage and made sure we had a good 1:1 ratio between wine-glasses and presentations. Our sponsors from all across Europe – Yenlo, Chakray, Emoxa, Profesia, RealDolmen, Avintis, iEOLLODEV and Redpill – had joined us at their booths, and all was good…

The tutorials

It’s tradition that the first day houses all of our tutorials. Park Plaza’s curiously labelled Floor -4 (there’s no -3) became home to four color-coded tracks conducted by our experts, with a little bit of mad science happening in the background.

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At our last conference (Asia), we saw quite a lot of interest in microservices and IoT: this time it was integration and analytics that pulled the majority of the crowd – perhaps this had a lot to with the fact that we’re making some pretty big changes and product reveals in these spaces.

The keynotes

Our conferences typically begin with keynotes and shift to a series of topical tracks, including one workshop especially for our partners.

But you need a proper opening act to start off with – and this time it was Box 9 Drumline; the energetic UK-based drummers provided the perfect beat to get everyone awake and ready for WSO2’s founder, CEO and Chief Architect, Dr Sanjiva Weerawarana.

Sanjiva’s keynote touched not just on how WSO2 really works, but also everything new: our new approach to product delivery, for instance, where product, tooling and analytics are equally important; our plans for Carbon 5, the next generation of the underlying foundation on which all our products are built; where we stand on the microservices hype; and how everything we’re doing helps our customers adapt and keep evolving in a digital world.

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There is, he explained, a whole spectrum of digital readiness within organizations. Some companies are born and bred in digital: others are moving up the cycle in stages – starting with problems like ‘I’d like this application connected to this data store’ to ‘how to we give this functionality to our customers?’

And regardless of whatever level of readiness a company finds itself in, he pointed out, introducing the newest changes to our platform, WSO2 is ready to work with them.

The second keynote was by Nigel Fenwick, a VP and Principal Analyst of Forrester. Forrester’s grown immensely since their first report in 1983, and Nigel’s speech, which outlined how companies actually deal with the challenges of going digital, was a clear illustration of the staggering amount of insight they’ve gained in this industry. Less than 20% of companies, he explained, have the right tech to go digital proper in the first place, a problem exacerbated by tacky bolt-on approaches to the problem. It’s a problem of leadership as much as it is of tech. Leaders who truly do understand digital are able to transform into Digital Predators, leading the curve and disrupting how their businesses deliver value to customers.

The third for the day, before we broke off for our multi-track speeches, was Isabelle Mauny, WSO2’s VP of Product Strategy. Isabelle touched on a critical point of today’s business world: customers are no longer satisfied with generic services: decades of personalized search and the likes of social media have led us to expect services that are automatically tailored to our needs. That’s where Big Data and analytics really come in. With WSO2’s analytics platform, not only are we now capable of building services at scale: we’re becoming better and better at identifying what people actually want and adapting – also at scale.

We greeted the end of day three wrapped up with two more keynotes and two panel discussions. Venura Mendis, CTO of WSO2.Telco, a joint venture between WSO2 and Axiata, explaining WSO2.Telco’s vision for telecommunications companies fighting in a digital world; there was Asanka Abeysinghe, WSO2’s VP of Solutions Architecture, explaining how one goes about building a digital enterprise – including what being digital and being connected means in the context of each industry, drawing from the wealth of solutions we’ve built with customers to discuss everything from transport to wearables to architecture.

To those of you who missed out on the keynotes, fear not: they’re recorded and available at eu16.wso2con.com/videos.

The sessions

And was that it? Hardly.

Our conference played out over two levels of the Park Plaza Riverbank, London. In between the keynotes, we had four tracks running constantly, ranging from Integration to Analytics to Strategy to Governance, where our experts talked about the old and the new of the WSO2 platform and our customers and partners shared their stories and insight with what they’ve done. Yenlo even wrote a blogpost from within the conference itself.

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What does Carbon 5 mean for customers? The new IoT server: how do you leverage that? Where is Data Analytics Server headed? What’s the best way to approach microservices? All of this and more were discussed within these halls.

And of course, we had epic music to wind down to …

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We socialized …

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And of course, we had food.

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Because food is important and you can’t integrate stuff on an empty stomach. Our partners agreed with us: Yenlo, who were among our sponsors, brought along a whopping 80 kilograms of candy to distribute to all and sundry. Yes. Free.

All in all, it was three days of pure, undiluted WSO2 in front of the Thames. 55 glorious sessions, 56 speakers, 5 keynotes and 2 parties to boot: experts from all over Europe converging into one single location to share stories you’d never find elsewhere.

Don’t worry – we’ve not let it go unrecorded. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be uploading all the videos to our conference videos list, our YouTube channel and putting up the slides from the presentations  on Slideshare.

Only 2 more weeks for WSO2Con Europe 2016!

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With only 2 weeks to go, we’re ready to rock your minds, and maybe even your bodies, at WSO2Con Europe happening at Park Plaza, Riverbank, London from June 7 to 9 this year. Get ready for three full days of knowledge, networking and entertainment at one of the biggest middleware conferences in the world!

We recently added guest speaker Roland Major, an enterprise architect at Transport for London, to the agenda, where he will be talking about Reducing Disruption to the Road Network Through the Cloud.

There’s more! Here’s what you can look forward to:

  • Inspiring keynotes from industry leaders including Vice President and Principal Analyst of Forrester Research Inc. Nigel Fenwick’s talk on Digital Predator Or Prey: Which Will Your Company Be?
  • Insightful sessions on Internet of Things (IoT), microservices, API management, security, analytics and more including 12 guest speakers from Profesia, City Sprint, Yenlo, CSI Piemonte and Emoxa among others.
  • Hands-on product tutorials by WSO2 experts covering areas such as integration, security, IoT and mobility, analytics and devops.
  • Networking opportunities with industry thought leaders, peers and WSO2 experts at the welcome reception and conference party.
  • A strategy forum that will help CxOs uncover key strategies and gain insights into how their enterprise can remain competitive and grow revenue.
  • A solutions provider track where our sponsors, including Yenlo and RealDolman, will explore customer use cases on partner driven projects built around the WSO2 platform.

Visit https://eu16.wso2con.com/ for more information about the agenda, speakers and registration.

WSO2Con Asia 2016 – highlights, pictures and turkey tweets!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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In true WSO2 style, WSO2Con Asia 2016 came to a close with a rocking after-party featuring the band Glory.

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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.

Get your Early Bird Discount for WSO2Con EU 2015

PrintRegistration is now open for WSO2Con EU 2015, taking place this June in London. Take advantage of the early bird discounts on offer through March 23, to attend the most sort after conference that focuses on providing insights into WSO2 Technology that help build innovative solutions for your connected business.

The connected world is moving fast with organization looking to open new streams of revenue, build valuable relationships with customers and partners, and improving business operations.

As we’ve done in the past, customers and industry leaders join our team of experts to present reference architectures, case studies, product road maps and best practice guidelines, that will help you get ahead of the game.

Key highlights of the 3-day conference include:

  • An in-depth, hands-on Tutorials Day, followed by the Conference Technology Day for insights into WSO2 middleware products and the Conference Industry Day for domain-specific solutions.
  • Guest keynotes and panel discussions featuring well known thought leaders
  • Networking events and conference after-parties that is sure to help you unwind and have fun

For more details and to register visit http://eu15.wso2con.com/

WSO2Con hits three cities in 2014!

We are excited to announce not just one, but three WSO2 user-conferences, taking place in three different cities this year. The first of which is WSO2Con Asia, on March 24 – 26 in Colombo, Sri Lanka,  followed by WSO2Con EU in Spain, June 16 – 18, and WSO2Con US in San Francisco, October 27 – 29wso2con-2014-asia

The 2-day conference and in-depth tutorials day of each WSO2Con will showcase how a connected business seamlessly integrates people, process, and data across an extended value chain, decreases interaction cost, and automatically adapts business activity in response to market events. The sessions will focus on:

  • New enterprise integration architectures

  • Cloud technologies that transform application delivery

  • Enterprise mobility solutions

  • Enhancing business opportunities with big data analysis, enterprise governance and security

  • Agile enterprise application development platforms

wso2con-2014-euWhile the first cut of the agenda for WSO2Con Asia is now online, Call for Presentations (CFP) is now open for the event in Spain. We look forward to receiving your submission on how the revolutionary WSO2 enterprise middleware platform as has made an impact in your organization.  

 

 

So do save the dates and start making plans today to join us at a WSO2Con closest to you! See wso2con.com for more details.

Tasha Hettiarachchi, Senior Marketing Officer at WSO2, and General-Chairperson WSO2Con 2014

4 days left to save 25% – Register now for WSO2Con US 2013

We have just about 2 months to go for our very first US edition of WSO2Con. Aiming to repeat the same success of the user conferences held in London and Colombo, San Francisco is shaping out to be one event you won’t want to miss!

In the last few weeks we have added over a dozen guest speakers along with our own engineers and architects to an agenda that spans across 3 days. We are excited about the great line up of talks and tutorials that will touch on the theme of being a Connected Business.

Why Connected Business? Connected businesses grow revenue and outperform the competition by increasing customer engagement, enhancing productivity, and seizing market opportunity. WSO2 Products and technology form key building blocks that construct a Connected Business.  We’ll showcase all the pieces you need to help build this new IT infrastructure that is lean, efficient, scalable, social, mobile and allows you to deliver solutions faster, cheaper and better than anyone else.

Early bird registration ends September 10th. You can save up to $400 by signing up today.

Hope to see you at WSO2Con US 2013!

Be there

– Hasmin Abdul Cader, Director of Communications at WSO2

If you’re going to San Francisco…

…make sure its in October for WSO2Con US!

Following the success of WSO2Con London earlier in the year, we cross the Atlantic to bring you our popular user conference to San Francisco from the 29th to the 31st of October.

While Scott McKenzie sang about making sure to wear flowers in your hair in 1967, we encourage you to come join us for 3 days of  knowledge sharing, networking and great insights into WSO2.

Call for presentation is now open for end-user case studies, industry expert vision, and hands-on development guidance on the following topics :

  • Cloud-Native Platform-as-a-Service and developing Cloud-aware Applications

  • Using APIs to extend Apps and Services

  • Implementing Enterprise Integration Patterns, ESB best practices, and achieving integration agility

  • How to follow Practical SOA and establish effective SOA Governance

  • Empowering business owners with business process and business rule based systems

  • Making better business decisions with Complex Event Processing (CEP), Business Activity Monitoring (BAM), and Big Data analytics

  • Open source strategies, communities, and adoption practices

  • Embedding WSO2 middleware in OEM and ISV products

This is only  a sample of what you can submit. If you’ve done anything with WSO2, we’d love to hear about it!

For more on the submission guidelines and to send us your proposal please visit http://us13.wso2con.com/call-for-presentations

Hurry only 2 more weeks for the deadline!

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– Hasmin Abdul Cader, Director of Communication at WSO2

The team heads to OSBC, you can too

We are happy to announce that WSO2 is a platinum sponsor of Open Business Conference (OSBC) 2013 in San Francisco. The 2-day conference takes place this month on the 29th & 30th, and covers the open source strategic challenges that IT management deals with on a daily basis. In addition, this year, the conference will feature content such as cloud, data, mobile, and how to capitalize on cutting edge open source technologies, for the developer community.

As an open source technology company building middleware for the enterprise cloud and enabling you to be a connected business, we feel that this is a great opportunity to showcase what we have to offer.osbc-mail-v2

Chris Hadded, VP of technology evangelism will present a talk on A New IT Plan: Enterprise DevOps PaaS, APIs, and Ecosystems, and John Mathon, VP, product marketing, will be a panelist at the Opening Up the Cloud discussion. See agenda for details.

If you are in the area and would like to attend, you can qualify to win a free pass to OSBC by telling us your top 3 wow factors about WSO2. To submit your responses and for more information, please visit: http://wso2.com/osbc-2013-giveaway/

You can meet up with the WSO2 leadership team and get a preview of our new DevOps platform, WSO2 App Factory and new developments in our cloud PaaS, WSO2 Stratos, at the WSO2 booth. This event provides the perfect opportunity to network with open source peers and learn how open source has fuelled innovation in cloud, data and mobile technologies

– Hasmin AbdulCader, Director of Communications at WSO2

Kudos for WSO2Con 2013

We had an amazing 3 days last month at WSO2Con 2013. Nearly 400  IT professionals joined us in both London and Colombo with as many watching the live stream online. In addition to the keynote presentations, technical sessions and tutorials which explored best practices in API management, SOA, open source, cloud computing, mobile, data and analytics, application development, enterprise integration and governance, a highlight of the conference was a demonstration of the WSO2Con mobile application built using WSO2 Carbon enterprise middleware and running on a cluster of 24 Raspberry Pi computers—offering a proof of concept for building applications that are optimized for small form-factor devices.

The technical teams also showcased beta versions of hot new products such as WSO2 Stratos2 and WSO2 App Factory. You can watch a recording of these sessions and more at http://wso2con.com/agenda/

Here are just a few comments we saw over Twitter

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You will find pictures of the conference on our Facebook Page; http://www.facebook.com/wso2con/photos_stream

A big thank you to all those who joined us and helped make WSO2Con 2013 a resounding success! For those who couldn’t make it to London or Colombo this time, stay tuned for our next user conference coming soon.  

Hasmin AbdulCader,
Director, Communications http://www.twitter.com/hasmina

Have you registered for WSO2Con 2013 yet?

With just about 2 more weeks to go, the team is prepped and ready to make WSO2Con the most talked about enterprise middleware conference for 2013! We recently added to the agenda a fourth keynote session by Yefim Natis, Vice President and Distinguished Analyst at Gartner Research to talk about Cloud Computing Powered By Platform as a Service.
And if thats not enough, here are 5 more awesome reasons to join us.

  1. Discover how to reinvent enterprise IT around APIs and Apps in the opening keynote by WSO2 CEO, Sanjiva Weerawarana.
  2. Meet the team behind WSO2’s cutting-edge products and who have contributed to many of today’s SOA, XML and open source standards.
  3. See what other customers, researchers and third-party solution providers are doing – 16 guest speakers present case studies and technical overviews on cloud, open source, API management, SOA, and mobile technology best practices.
  4. Free networking reception sponsored by our partner Yenlo – Don’t miss out on this opportunity to share ideas and challenges with peers over cocktails and light refreshments.
  5. Spark creativity – See how the team built the Raspberry Pi cluster, optimized the kernel to run on the Raspberry Pi, and how the application was built.

Visit http://wso2con.com for more details on the agenda, speakers, and registration information. Feel free to ask us for any community discounts on offer that you might want to take advantage of. 

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Hasmin AbdulCader,
Director, Communications http://www.twitter.com/hasmina

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