WSO2 Named a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: API Management Solutions, Q4 2018 Report

Today, The Forrester Wave™: API Management Solutions, Q4 2018 was released and WSO2 is named a leader!

You can download the report (without filling in a form) here.

This recognition is a major achievement. Congratulations to the many internal teams, partners and customers that participated in the efforts to make WSO2 the only open source vendor evaluated in the report.

Nuwan Dias, WSO2’s product lead for APIM gave a tour-de-force 2-hour non-stop demo demonstrating raw software athleticism. Also, I’d like to tip my hat to Randy Heffner and the Forrester team for structuring a thorough (and frankly, exhausting) analysis that assuredly left no stone unturned from any vendor.

The API management market is growing because IT professionals see APIs as a critical foundation for agile software to support customer engagement, operational excellence, digital transformation, and business agility.

Forrester states why APIs are essential: “The API management solutions market is growing because more AD&D pros see APIs as a critical foundation for agile software to support customer engagement, operational excellence, digital transformation, and business agility.”

API management has become an essential part of every integration strategy and it’s why WSO2’s APIM solution is fundamental to how we help organizations become integration agile.

What Forrester Says About WSO2

  1. “WSO2’s open source solution provides a solid base for a variety of API strategies.”
  2. “[WSO2 is] the only fully open source solution in our Forrester Wave analysis.”
  3. “WSO2 provides good breadth across all evaluation criteria.”
  4. “[WSO2’s] strengths include formal life-cycle management and non-REST APIs, both of which facilitate mature and disciplined enterprise API strategies.”
  5. “WSO2’s solution provides flexibility to address a variety of approaches to APIs.”
  6. “The reference customers provided by WSO2 are highly satisfied with its solution and very satisfied with the vendor.”
  7. “[Customers] tend to be very to extremely satisfied with the product’s detailed features and functions.”
  8. “Customer comments include“[WSO2’s] partnership attitude inspires confidence and trust.”
  9. And “[WSO2’s] solution is easy to use.”

What Is Special About WSO2

In addition to the demo and a (many 100s) questionnaire, we delivered a summary presentation to Forrester’s team discussing our market penetration, product composition, and long term thinking.

WSO2 API Manager: The only comprehensive open source solution has been shipping for 6 years

API Management provides full lifecycle management of APIs for a variety of scenarios, whether B2B access, internal development, shared libraries, or monetization. WSO2 has been shipping our offering for 6 years and it has expanded to include a macro and micro gateway, embedded analytics and API identity, and API development tooling. WSO2 was the only vendor whose entire stack was both open source and available in on-premises or cloud offerings.

Embedded identity and integration makes legacy asset transformation into APIs possible without buying other products.

WSO2 provides a complete set of capabilities that allow customers to pursue any kind of API strategy. We front-end our offering with our ESB, identity server, and embedded analytics offerings to provide means to digitally transform legacy infrastructure into APIs.

More than 100 billion transactions run through WSO2 each day.

We are fortunate to have customers that participate in our conferences, give case studies and act as references. More than 30% of our API customers are financial services institutions. Starting small, our API management business is growing more than 75% each year and makes up 1/3 of our business.

What Are WSO2’s Big Bets

Forrester evaluates 26 criterion around the vendor’s current offering, strategy, and market presence.

WSO2’s long term strategy and roadmap are largely influenced by what we are seeing across the projects that we are working. Our observations are influenced by exploding endpoint issues on how integration has been preventing many organizations from realizing their agility goals.

  • Expect an increasing proliferation of digital endpoints, APIs, and applications that consume APIs. There is an integration economy that will grow exponentially with endpoints in the trillions, driven by edge computing, IoT, SaaS-SaaS integration, AI, machine learning, cloud computing and serverless.
  • APIs and digital endpoints will have an increasing diversity of origin. Different groups and personas will be creating APIs whether they are developers, knowledge workers or self-actualizing systems. There will be different locations where APIs reside, internal, external, on the edge, or in the cloud. And the structure of APIs will diversify taking construction from streams, events, async, and new protocols.
  • Expect the rise of dynamic APIs: short-lived, with frequent changes to facility agility. Microservices drive needs for fast-boot, low footprint, containerized services and some architectures requiring a microgateway per API. This creates change management and deployment problems for DevOps.
  • A need for adaptive management of APIs due to their proliferation and dynamism. Integral monitoring and management needed across diverse API origins. This amplifies demand for dynamic and federated identity, token swapping and SSO integration along with decentralized observability and monitoring with tools that keep pace with API rate-of-change.

These dynamic conditions allow us to invest into features that enable micro API management in environments that have thousands of constantly changing and distributed APIs.

WSO2 API Manager roadmap focuses on diversity and micro-ization of distributed APIs

Rethinking API Development and Lifecycle With Ballerina

Starting three years ago, WSO2 began working on Ballerina. It’s a new programming language that is designed to be the best language for writing services that need to talk over the network. Ballerina’s launch earlier this year has received a number of accolades, has grown in adoption, and now has multiple enterprises using it to build service-based architectures.

A service, or an API, is a first class concept within the language. Ballerina is a compiled, strongly and statically typed, concurrent language. The language provides modern benefits of structural programming without requiring significant scaffolding to resiliently (load balance, fail over, transaction, payload management, and error conditions) build and talk to APIs.

Ballerina dramatically improves developer productivity by making API iterations fast and agile. Ballerina has a built-in API gateway and is designed to plug any services built by Ballerina into an API management solution, or drag along a micro gateway. Essentially, the Ballerina language and compiler are distributed systems aware, and prepare the artifacts made by developers to be API management ready.

Get Started with WSO2’s API Management Offering

WSO2 is now the world’s 6th largest open source software company. Our significant size and staff (600 employees!) allow us to run a 24/7 operation with a global reach. We have sold and delivered into 63 different countries with offices in the United Kingdom, Brazil, Mexico, United States, Sri Lanka, Australia, and Germany.

And as usual, if you have any questions about open source, our API management offerings, or WSO2 (we are hiring, a lot!), you can reach me at tyler@wso2.com.

New WSO2 Fall 2018 Release Helps Enterprises Close Today’s Integration Gap by Becoming Integration Agile

For years, integration has been viewed as the sidekick to application development—important but not the leading player. That has changed with the rise of digital businesses whose success is based on the strength of their interactions across communities—from internal teams to partner ecosystems, customers, industry groups, and government entities, among others.

John Rymer, Forrester Research vice president and principal analyst, captured this new reality in his keynote presentation at WSO2Con US 2018 where he observed, “Modern apps are distributed, meaning integration must now be built in, not bolted on.”

In other words, integration needs to move from being a sidekick to co-starring with app development in driving digital business innovation.

WSO2 Addresses Today’s Integration Gap

The central role of integration in software projects means that integration has to be as agile as app delivery. However, while code development has shifted to agile, the same can’t be said for integration, which is still trapped in a siloed, waterfall mentality. To address this challenge, we are helping enterprises transform into “integration agile” organizations.

Integration agile is an integration practice that favors short, continuous, iterative integration releases—similar in nature to agile code development. The approach is based upon organization, architecture, and methodology that enable multiple DevOps teams to code both applications and their integrations. The result speeds integration releases, minimizes organizational IT silos, and enables enterprises to respond rapidly to changing market and business demands.

The approach is codified in the WSO2 Integration Agile Platform. First introduced in July 2018, it offers a cohesive architecture along with the components and processes needed to help simplify and unify complex integration projects. Architected on a common code base of open source technologies, the cloud native WSO2 Integration Agile Platform features seamlessly integrated functionality for full lifecycle API creation and management, enterprise integration, identity and access management (IAM), and event stream processing.

WSO2 Advances Integration Agile Platform with Fall 2018 Release

We are now advancing the ability of enterprises to become integration agile with the Fall 2018 Release of our WSO2 Integration Agile Platform—addressing people and processes as well as enabling technologies. This newest release of our platform introduces:

  • Unified monitoring and analysis of integration flows via out-of-the-box analytics in WSO2 Stream Processor
  • Adaptive authentication with WSO2 Identity Server to handle integrated apps and services where authentication cannot be predetermined
  • New WSO2 Integration Agile Consulting services and resources for transforming IT organizations’ development and integration silos into fully Integration Agile teams

Unified Analytics: WSO2 Stream Processor is an open source, cloud-native, and lightweight stream processing product that captures, analyzes, processes and acts on events using streaming SQL queries in real time. With the Fall 2018 Release, it adds out-of-the-box analytics for WSO2 Enterprise Integrator, WSO2 API Manager, and WSO2 Identity Server. Now, customers can apply rich analytics and alerting capabilities across the WSO2 products to obtain a holistic view of integration projects with large-scale instance volumes across a range of business use cases. WSO2 Stream Processor also introduces an industry first with the ability to calculate long-running, real-time aggregations with milliseconds accuracy—from seconds up to years—even when events arrive out of order. Users no longer face the complexity of adding specialized storage for big data to obtain this functionality.

Adaptive Authentication: WSO2 Identity Server is a uniquely extensible, open source IAM product featuring adaptive and strong authentication, which helps bridge identity protocols and is optimized for identity federation and single sign-on (SSO) across on-premises and cloud environments. The Fall 2018 Release of WSO2 Identity Server addresses the fact that authentication options available for any given application cannot be predetermined by enabling organizations to dynamically determine authentication at runtime without impacting usability. The new script-based adaptive authentication functionality gives identity administrators the flexibility to control how they authenticate users into their organization’s apps, integrate with external identity providers, and handle token transformation as required by the apps. Other new features include:

  • Basic-level support for User-Managed Access (UMA), an OAuth-based access management protocol, which facilitates integration by letting users register their resources and define policies for accessing them using APIs.
  • Simplified integration with Microsoft Office 365 by letting enterprises rely on WSO2 Identity Server to act as the identity provider and handle synchronization with Microsoft Cloud.

Integration Agile Consulting, Methodology and Architecture: We’ve taken a decade-plus of experience working on integration and digital transformation projects to develop the WSO2 Maturity Model for Agility. With the Fall 2018 Release of the WSO2 Integration Agile Platform, we’re rolling out new WSO2 Integration Agile Consulting services that apply this model to help executives take a pragmatic approach to accelerating their IT organizations’ journey toward integration agility. These include a range of assessment, planning and implementation services that are tailored to each customer’s current state, goals and desired outcomes. The services are complemented by two new reference documents available for download:

  • WSO2 Methodology for Agility is a prescriptive approach to assist digitally driven organizations in becoming integration agile by focusing on their people, processes and technology.
  • WSO2 Reference Architecture for Agility provides a five-stage evolutionary approach, technical guidance, and best practices for digital-native organizations that are implementing integration agile projects.

Many enterprises are now moving to agile digital business models that connect people, processes, and information to deliver new products and services. With our expanded WSO2 Integration Agile Platform, we are empowering these organizations to transform their teams, architectures and methodologies to speed their integration releases—and make integration and code development co-stars in accelerating innovation.