All posts by Hasmin AbdulCader

WSO2 Cloud Summer School Kicks Off This Week

Here’s a great way to start your Summer. Since 2009, the popular WSO2 Summer School program has helped enterprise IT architects and developers become more familiar with service-oriented architecture (SOA) technologies and best practices. The all-new classes for 2012 will focus on the cloud: from selecting a cloud platform to developing cloud applications, scaling cloud deployments, and demonstrating cloud value.

We start off with a session on Selecting a Cloud Application Platform on June 12th followed by

Watch this video by lead presenter Chris Haddad, who brings more than a decade of expertise in cloud and platform-as-a-service (PaaS), on what you can expect to learn.

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

Hot Summer Releases to Watch Out For!

From an all new API Manager and a software development lifecycle management product (WSO2 AppFactory), to supporting new cloud technologies, totally new versions of WSO2 BAM and WSO2 Message Broker, you won’t want to miss what’s coming up this summer at WSO2.

As the team constantly looks at ways to stay ahead of the game, they’ve also made significant enhancements to the WSO2 Carbon framework and products such as the ESB, Governance Registry, Application Server, and Stratos.

We managed to get a hold of CTO, Paul Fremantle, to give you an overview of what’s in store on this technical update video:

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

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

Recognizing the Stars

No, this post is not about the Golden Globe Awards. This post is about another special awards ceremony that also took place last weekend — the annual WSO2 Awards Night!

Every year here at WSO2 we pay tribute to the top outstanding contributors. The entire team  really contains a whole bunch of stars but some do shine especially bright. Without their passion, commitment, and attitude to shine the extra mile, we would not have come this far in redefining middleware and providing support services matched by no other.

Like the Globes we’ve got a bunch of categories too: Outstanding Contributor of the Year, Customer Delight, and Outstanding Team of the Year.

And this years’ winners were … drum roll please …

Outstanding Contributor Award: Samisa, Azeez, Supun, Buddhika, Charitha, Saminda, Milinda, Evanthika, Krishantha, Chathuri, Padmika, Janath, Devaka, Shankar, Sumedha, Udeshika

Customer Delight Award: Prabath, Senaka, Hiranya, Asanka Abeysinghe, Chamith, Kasun, Nirosh

And the Outstanding Team of the Year Award goes to … the QA Team, for putting out 46 releases, about 150 patches, and 16 cloud releases, while remaining (mostly) sane.  Incredible work!

This year for the first time, we also gave out long service awards for those who’ve been in the Company for five years, which is practically since its inception. There were nine long-timers in total, including yours truly! :)

Its been a great team to work with and each year only gets better than the one before. So here’s to another outstanding year — 2011 here we come!

Hasmin AbdulCader, WSO2 Director of Marketing

Hasmin’s tweets: http://twitter.com/HasminA