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What’s New and What To Expect at WSO2Con USA 2017

Our countdown has begun for WSO2Con USA 2017 and we’ve just finalized the outline of our agenda.  As always, we promise to give participants three days of insightful talks, hands-on and interactive sessions, along with fun networking events from February 20-22 in San Francisco.

We’re still working out the finer details of our full agenda, but there’s something for CxOs, architects, and developers. A significant change in this time’s agenda is that we don’t have a dedicated day only for tutorials; our new structure allows you to start from a high-level introduction and then dive down to the details, including hands-on sessions, of your specific technology area.

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Here’s a sneak peek into what’s new, what not to miss, and what to expect.

What’s new?

  • Sessions that include knowledge sharing and technical expertise that will help startups to become global enterprises
  • An invigorating hackathon for developers to contribute to our community codebase and extension points
  • A special track to encourage participants’ requests to discuss other topics or technology areas not covered in the agenda or to repeat any sessions that were missed due to overlap

Things you don’t want to miss

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  • Opening keynote by WSO2’s Founder, CEO, and Chief Architect Sanjiva Weerawarana on how WSO2 can power your digital journey followed by a host of inspirational keynotes by industry experts
  • A dedicated strategy track specially designed for CEOs and CTOs focused on how you can address your enterprise IT challenges with middleware capabilities
  • Introductory, advance, and hands-on sessions as well as use cases and customer success stories related to the key technology areas integration, API management, security, analytics and IoT
  • One-on-one sessions with WSO2 experts to discuss your current enterprise requirements and challenges
  • An educational partner track that explains how WSO2’s Partner Program works and discussed best practices and success stories from current partners
  • Networking events and conference parties to mix and mingle with like-minded people, discuss projects, and exchange ideas

What to expect

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Dedicated technology tracks on:

    • API Management – Learn how APIs are the core of any connected business, exposing valuable services across customers, partners, and supplier channels. These sessions will also introduce WSO2’s API management capabilities to accelerate business innovation, enhance IoT initiatives, and facilitate applications delivery.
    • Integration – Learn how enterprises can leverage integration capabilities to seamlessly connect cloud-based, mobile, and on-premise systems. The session will also give you an overview and what’s new with WSO2’s integration offerings.
    • Analytics – Find out how analytics can revolutionize the way you understand and work with your data. The session will also include an introduction to analytics and explain how you can succeed with WSO2’s analytics capabilities.
    • Internet of Things – Become more familiar with what’s hot and new in the IoT world. The session will also explain how WSO2 can help you ramp up your mobile and IoT solutions while ensuring high scalability and flexibility.
    • Security – Know the importance of information technology security and learn how best to deal with the challenges. The session will also focus on how WSO2 addresses identity management across enterprise applications, services, and APIs.

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If you haven’t registered already, you have until October 31 to get our super early bird offer. Sign up now and don’t miss out!

CREATE-NET Discusses WSO2 and the Future of IoT

Charalampos Doukas is a researcher at CREATE-NET – or rather, the Center for Research And Telecommunication Experimentation for NETworked communities, the non-profit research center headquartered in Italy. Charalampos spoke at WSO2Con EU 2015 about his research into the world of open source in IoT and where WSO2 stands in this context.

In his 28-minute presentation, Charalampos started off by pointing out that despite the strange lack of discussion about open source in IoT conferences, to him the whole thing started with the open source community “with people connecting their Arduinos to the Internet and sharing their sensor data.” In fact, Pebble and SmartThings (the smart home platform maker acquired by Samsung) both used Arduinos for their 2012 proofs of concept; open source has always been closely tied to IoT platforms as we know them.

From a developer’s perspective, an IoT platform must be able to connect devices to each other and to users and to allow services to consume the data and control these devices, delivering interesting use cases. The main features, thus, are to communicate with and actuate devices, to collect and manage data from them, and to allow user interaction. A “spaghetti” of standardization bodies push a wide variety of protocols and standards for doing all this.

As Charalampos explained, there are over 40 IoT platforms that fulfill these requirements. Some of them, like ThingSpeak and Nimbits, are open-source; Nimbits, one of the oldest, runs on Google App Engine and even integrates with Wolfram Alpha (leading to some interesting use cases). Then there are the likes of SiteWhere, which embeds WSO2 Siddhi for Complex Event Processing and connects to WSO2 Identity Server.

“So, WSO2,” he said in his talk. “This picture is quite clear and illustrates the different layers that you need to build an IoT application and where WSO2 starts. You have the devices, you have the enterprise service bus, and message broker that enable the messaging; you can do the processing and analytics, and on top of that you can have things like a dashboard or web portal for managing data and devices. The new things that are coming – and hopefully will be more and more improved and used – are the device manager and identity server.”

Charalampos quickly sketched out what he sees as the core components of the WSO2 IoT platform: the WSO2 Message Broker, Enterprise Service Bus, Identity Server, Enterprise Mobility Manager, User Engagement Server, API Manager, Business Activity Monitor and Complex Event Processor. Yes, it’s a handful to enunciate – but the way we’ve built our platform, each component is built on the Carbon framework and provides functionality that you can add and subtract as needed. This makes it easy to not just maintain the lightweight stack that an IoT solution typically needs, but also to integrate with other software that provides similar functionality.

One of our biggest changes since then is to create an all-new product, the upcoming WSO2 IoT Server, bringing together the best of the WSO2 platform’s many capabilities into a more out-of-the-box, enterprise-grade server-side IoT device management architecture. Once integrated with WSO2 Data Analytics Server (which contains the functionality of WSO2 CEP and WSO2 BAM), it offers advanced IoT device analytics, including policy-based edge analytics and predictive analytics using machine learning. And true to the roots of IoT, this remains open source.

To explore this future addition to our IoT platform for free, visit wso2.com/products/iot-server/. To watch the full video of Charalampos Doukas’ analysis of the IoT sphere, click here.

 

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.

WSO2Con US 2014 kicks off with CEO Sanjiva unveiling several strategic product developments to support today’s connected world

Its our biggest user-conference yet! After a great day of pre-conference tutorials yesterday, WSO2Con US 2014 officially got going with traditional drumming and CEO Sanjiva Weerawarana, talking about how competing in a connected world requires a new holistic approach to IT architecture that harnesses the combined power of the cloud, APIs, mobile computing, Internet of Things (IoT), analytics, DevOps, and integration.

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Here are some highlights from his keynote presentation:

Mobility and the Internet of Things

Enterprises are expanding the platforms they use to connect with employees, customers and partners. WSO2 is addressing the demands with two products: WSO2 Connected Device Manager and WSO2 App Manager.

WSO2 Connected Device Manager will build on the existing mobile device management capabilities of WSO2 Enterprise Mobility Manager (WSO2 EMM). New functionality will enable enterprises to deploy connected IoT devices to remotely manage them from a central point, update software, send out encryption keys remotely, and gather important information about devices’ physical locations.

WSO2 App Manager, in the first release, will extend the mobile application capabilities in WSO2 EMM to handle Web apps and desktop apps, providing unified management of these enterprise applications. Key capabilities will include:

  • Shared app store
  • Single-sign on solution
  • Publisher for managing enterprise applications throughout their life cycle
  • Application store that lets users search, view, rate and install applications on-demand
  • Console for administrators to manage users, administer policies, and install or uninstall  applications.

Expanding Public Cloud Capabilities

WSO2 continues to expand the capabilities of its WSO2 Cloud platform, which represents the company’s next generation of public platform as a service (PaaS). In conjunction with WSO2Con US 2014, WSO2 is rolling out added integration between WSO2 App Cloud, the application PaaS (APaaS) based on WSO2 App Factory, and WSO2 API Cloud, the API Management PaaS based on WSO2 API Manager, which are both in public beta. Through the integration, customers can develop and host Web services in WSO2 App Cloud, and then expose them as managed APIs in WSO2 API Cloud.

Additionally WSO2 is demonstrating early previews of two forthcoming WSO2 Cloud offerings:

  • WSO2 Device Cloud is the mobile and IoT device management PaaS that will be based on the forthcoming WSO2 Device Manager.
  • WSO2 Integration Cloud, based on WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus is an integration PaaS (iPaaS) that will enable the development, execution and governance of cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-enterprise integrations.

AppFactory Cloud-Enabled DevOps

WSO2 App Factory is WSO2’s shared, elastic, and self-service enterprise DevOps platform that helps to eliminate the challenges of shadow IT projects. It enables multiple project teams to collaboratively write applications, manage the application life cycles, and provide continuous cloud delivery. At the same time, robust life-cycle management and governance ensure compliance with IT, corporate and government policies.

WSO2 is enhancing WSO2 App Factory with support for custom app types. The functionality, which will enable IT professionals to define their own application types, builds on the extensibility of WSO2 Private PaaS (based on Apache Stratos) and allows the easy provisioning of new runtimes using pluggable cartridges. In the same product release, WSO2 also will add support for .NET applications, PHP, and Node.js within WSO2 App Factory.

Eclipse Che Adoption

WSO2 today announced that it will adopt Eclipse Che, an open source platform for a software-as-a-service (SaaS) integrated developer environments, as the core platform for all WSO2 tooling supporting its middleware, cloud, and mobile platforms. WSO2 is migrating WSO2 Developer Studio from the Eclipse Rich Client Platform (RCP) to Eclipse Che with version 4.0, and has completed the first milestone. Additional details are available in the WSO2 press release from October 27, 2014, entitled “WSO2 Adopts Eclipse Che Platform for Developer Environments, Joins Eclipse Foundation to Contribute Technology to Eclipse Che.”

Analytics Evolution

Today, WSO2 delivers first solution for enabling data streams to be analyzed simultaneously in real-time with WSO2 Complex Event Processor (WSO2 CEP) and via batch processing through WSO2 Business Activity Monitor (WSO2 BAM). As a result, enterprises have unprecedented flexibility to gain valuable insights from the vast streams of events coming into the organization. An open architecture, this solution combines best-of-breed open source components, such as Apache Hadoop, Apache Hive, and Apache Spark, as well as WSO2’s own open source Siddhi CEP engine.

WSO2 will extend its analytics architecture with new offerings for machine learning and event stream management.

  • The machine learning product will provide a wizard to let users start with a data set, explore and play with that data set, try out many machine learning algorithms and create machine learning models in order to select the best algorithm for a given data set. The models then can be executed from other products in the WSO2 Carbon enterprise middleware platform, such as WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus (WSO2 ESB) platform or BAM/CEP offerings.
  • An event stream store and gateway, which is based on the same principles as the store and gateway capabilities in WSO2 API Manager, will let users catalog, manage and monitor event streams.

Unified Governance

Throughout 2015, WSO2 will roll out a strategic initiative to provide central governance for all artifacts and their relationships across the WSO2 platform, such as projects, applications, services, APIs, policies or people. The capabilities will be incorporated into WSO2 Governance Registry 5.0. Once artifacts are managed centrally, users will be able to apply policies to services, know which APIs are used by an application, or understand which people are working on a certain project—all from a unified governance center. Information will be published automatically from all WSO2 servers, ensuring that governance information is always up to date.

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The next 2 days will be filled with awesome speakers covering these topics and more! Follow us on Twitter (@wso2con) and Facebook for live updates.

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

WSO2Con 2013 CFP now open

It might be a bit of a challenge to get an elephant to cross London Bridge but WSO2Con will be just as exciting in 2013 as it has been in the past few years!

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Our annual user conference takes place February 12 – 14, in London, UK with a simultaneous live stream event in Colombo, Sri Lanka. With presentations from both cities, interactive Q & A sessions and panel discussions, this year’s agenda hopes to provide an excellent opportunity to explore WSO2 products, learn how others are using WSO2 middleware and connect with peers and experts.

Call for papers is now open with an extended deadline of October 14, 2012. We invite you to submit a talk on any topic related to using WSO2 products for integration, SOA, API, mobile, data and analytics, application development, governance, business services, cloud computing, and REST. If you don’t see your particular area covered in this list, do send in your proposals anyway. We would love to hear your unique WSO2 case study or experience.

For more details and updates on WSO2Con 2013 you can follow us on twitter, like us on Facebook or keep an eye on the event website.

WSO2Con 2011 was a real Tweet!

WSO2Con 2011 is winding down – last set of tutorials conclude today.  I may be biased but IMO this has been the best technology conference I’ve ever attended.  Great speakers from around the world, lots of insight and frank discussion, tons of intra-conference networking and info sharing, fabulous keynotes, and a great mix of the practical and the visionary.  And the conference organization was … outstanding?  impeccable?  jawdropping? … I’m kind of speechless!  You’d think our WSO2 event team had been doing this for decades.

And ripples of the event went out well beyond Water’s Edge – hundreds of sessions were viewed live through the simultaneous webcast (recordings will be available at some point.)  Facebook pictures are still popping up from dozens of attendees (what was the last tech conference you went to that included elephant rides?)  And twitter was going nuts – #WSO2con was used over 1000 times, and broke the top 100 of trending topics during the conference.  So I’d thought I’d share a few highlights as expressed through some of my favorite tweets:

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(Paul answering a question about how we can compete technically against IBM’s R&D budget.)

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(The question was about how we assign “resources” to projects and tasks.)

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(Samisa talking about how a company of our size builds the impressive number of “products” and services that we do.)

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(That’s on two units over the first two months of deployment, equal to approx 250K US $ – a very cool iPod-based point-of-sale app modeled after the Apple Store experience – read the just-released case study.)

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(During Shankar’s building of a complete application in StratosLive during his session.)

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(Dimitry made heavy use of free public forums during his evaluation and development.)

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2ndn.jpgAnd here’s the image I referred to, I snapped during the Bathiya and Santhush closing concert:

Just a small taste – start planning now not to miss WSO2Con 2012.  I won’t miss it for anything!

Jonathan Marsh, VP Business Development and Product Design
Jonathan’s blog: http://jonathanmarsh.net/blog

WSO2Con 2011 – More than just another tech conference

You’ve probably seen the agenda which has over 22 guest speakers and over 30 presentations covering the unique convergence of SOA, Open Source software, mobile and cloud computing, along with IT strategies for improving productivity and competing in a global economy.

You’ve also probably taken note of the stellar keynote sessions taking place on all three days of the conference by distinguished guests from IBM, eBay, Google and Cognizant Technologies.

What you probably don’t know yet is that WSO2Con 2011 is more than just a technology conference.

Held in the beautifully landscaped Waters Edge Resort, amidst a golf course, the 3 day conference also includes the most entertaining evening networking sessions you’ll ever come across.

Day 1: Cultural performances that showcase Sri Lanka’s rich set of cultural dances that are diverse and unique. From lithe graceful movements to the more vigorous, they reflect the complex rhythms of various drum beats. There is also a special appearance of a jumbo guest that should not be missed!

Jam with the WSO2 crew on Day 2. The team has been tuning up guitar strings, and vocal cords for an evening of smooth tunes and moving local flare. Even if you don’t play an instrument or have a voice of a nightingale, you can still join in the fun by singing and clapping along.

Ending the conference in style, one of the biggest names in the Sri Lankan music industry will perform. Mixing Sinhala, Tamil and English lyrics in their originals, bringing out their contemporary style and revolutionary music, this internationally acclaimed duo will make the evening definitely one to remember!

Can’t be here live? No problem, watch all sessions online, as and when they happen. Log in to http://wso2.org/events/wso2con-2011-colombo starting at 9PM Pacific time tonight!

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