Charting New Territories in Defense Systems

This is an exciting time to be involved in defense computing technology.  We are at a critical point in defense system architecture, one where the WSO2 technology stack is uniquely situated to play a pivotal role.

I was excited to join the WSO2 team as Director of Defense and Government Solutions earlier this year. I’ve spent the better part of 25 years both using and designing defense systems ranging from precision-guided munitions and unmanned aerial vehicles to those supporting amphibious warfare and humanitarian demining.

WSO2 software represents a disruptive, transformative capability that could allow the US defense and intelligence communities to both leverage legacy systems and develop new ones in an agile and sustainable manner.  This is especially relevant in an environment of contracting defense budgets.

In the next few months I will be crafting WSO2’s strategy for this new sector as well as engaging my colleagues in the defense community in an effort to introduce them to the capabilities offered by WSO2 technology.  To this end, I’ve written 2 white papers

  1. Engagements: The Role of the Middleware Vendor in the Defence Industry – outlines how the advent of open source middleware creates the conditions for a new revolution in military affairs.
  2. Integration Platforms and App Factories: The Transformation of Legacy Defense Systems – explores how service-oriented architecture (SOA) principles around granular, modular, composable and interoperable services—applied either on the platform or the cloud—can overcome infrastructural challenges within legacy defense systems.

I also presented a talk at WSO2Con 2013 in London earlier this year on the topic “Sharpening the Spearpoint: Empowering the Edge Through SOA”. A recording of this talk can be found here.

There’s lots more to come – the subject is important, relevant and timely and I believe that one of the best ways I can serve the defense and intelligence communities is to publish my thoughts in a way that will start the dialogue rolling. I’ve got a regular blog at for anyone who’s interested.

– Adam Firestone, Director, Defense and Government Solutions

Be an Early Adopter of the WSO2 App Factory

WSO2 App Factory, is a platform for managed application development for the entire lifecycle of your enterprise apps. You can now create, develop, test, verify, deploy to production and retire applications all in one single user interface. With the cloud opening doors to new business models within enterprises and across their partner networks, WSO2 App Factory provides a shared, multi-tenant and elastic cloud-based enterprise DevOps platform.

What this means is that the WSO2 App Factory can accelerates business growth by delivering a self-service development collaboration platform that extends business capabilities across a connected ecosystem of participants which accelerates their business activity. In addition, an App Factory powered Ecosystem PaaS creates business opportunity by enabling lower interaction cost and managed integration across a value web of suppliers, channel partners, distributors, and customers.

CIOs and other senior-level IT executives who have PaaS initiatives would find our new beta program useful to learn more about the WSO2 APP Factory and get early access to foster innovation and enable collaboration among business units and/or with partners.

The team and I are presenting a 3-part webinar series this month introducing WSO2 App Factory and how it can be used in your enterprise. For more details and to register for the sessions, please visit

Feel free to explore the preview version as well We’d love to hear your feedback and comments.

Dimuthu Leelarathne, WSO2 App Factory Product Lead

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Forrester Places WSO2 in Top 2 for API Management

A few weeks ago, Forrester Research released The Forrester Wave: API Management Platforms, Q1 2013 report. The report’s findings were based on a 15-criteria evaluation of commercial and open source vendors that deliver products for the emerging API management platforms market, including API consumer experience, integration capabilities with various back-end and third-party systems, analytics and monitoring features.

We were thrilled that Forrester cited us as a leader in this report.  We believe that it validates our commitment to democratizing API management by making it affordable to acquire the software, easy to control APIs and manage the API lifecycle, and simple to find and subscribe to APIs. We have expanded on that commitment with significant enhancements in WSO2 API Manager 1.3 and in our continued evolution in enhancing the customer experience. (version 1.4 coming soon too!)

The WSO2 API Manager enables you to securely and confidently extend data, processes, and services out to customers, partners, and business units.  The enterprise-ready product transforms your cloud service or web service delivery by offering on-demand self-service API subscription, API lifecycle governance, key management, access provisioning, and API usage monitoring.
You can download the full report by visiting

Sumedha Rubasinghe,
Software architect and Data Technologies MC Chairperson

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

Here are just a few comments we saw over Twitter


You will find pictures of the conference on our Facebook Page;

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