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Honoring WSO2’s Long-Standing Customers by Helping Those in Need

Earlier this year at WSO2Con USA we celebrated our customers who’ve stuck with us through thick and thin for 10 long years — eBay, Kaiser Permanente, Trimble and Concur. In recognition of their long-standing relationship with us, we launched the WSO2 10-Year Customer Anniversary Undergraduate Scholarship Program — a program that offers a full undergraduate university scholarship to passionate students in Sri Lanka.

Standing by our commitment to education (we have over 100 alumni that have or are currently pursuing master’s degrees or PhDs), we figured there’s no better way to honor our customers than by helping those who need financial assistance in following their dreams of a quality education.

The fully-paid program enables the selected students to obtain a degree in Computer Science, awarded by the prestigious University of Westminster, London, UK, through Informatics Institute of Technology (IIT), Sri Lanka. The program also provides a monthly allowance paid by WSO2 to meet daily expenses and mentoring by WSO2 employees throughout their school tenure.

We partnered with IIT and began the search for the perfect candidates in early August. We received many applications from students from all walks of life but had to narrow it down to four (for the four customers). We selected the students based on their financial need, educational qualifications, and extra-curricular activities.

After a lot of deliberation, we announced the selected candidates last week! Our Congratulations go out to

  • Negeesha Divyanjalee Katulanda selected for the BSc (Hons) Computer Science course
  • Piyumi Hansika Madhubani Gamage selected for the BSc (Hons) Computer Science course
  • Chanuka Abeysinghe selected for the BEng (Hons) Software Engineering course
  • Jayasanka Buddhika Weerasinghe selected for the BSc (Hons) Computer Science course

We wish you all the best!

WSO2 Summit is Coming to New York!

There are only a few more days for WSO2 Summit New York 2017 and we’re taking the city by storm! Join us as we take you through a series of thought leadership sessions on creating and implementing a digital transformation strategy followed by an evening networking session. The event will be held September 27, 2017, at Park Central Hotel, New York from 1:00 p.m. onwards.

What’s more, our newly appointed WSO2 CEO Tyler Jewell will be attending the event, so not only will you be able to meet with our WSO2 experts but you can also discuss our future vision with him.

Here’s a brief intro to all the sessions that will take place:

Navigating the Digital Transformation Landscape

Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarana, Founder, Chairman & Chief Architect, WSO2

Digital businesses are reshaping the landscape of many industries with novel products, services, and business models. To thrive and remain competitive new businesses and established enterprises alike need to adapt both their technology strategies and core aspects of their cultures. In this session, Sanjiva will review cultural factors, technology requirements, and proven strategies for driving an effective digital transformation initiative.

Driving Digital Transformation Through Big Data Analytics and Machine Learning

Dinesh Lokhande, Distinguish Engineer – Software Development, Verizon,
and Prachi Govalkar, Senior DevOps Engineer, Verizon

Verizon’s big data and AI platform consume petabytes of data from multiple sources such as wireless networks, telematics and IoT and processes it in real-time to deliver actionable insights, predictions, and trends using the web portal and APIs to digital consumers. In this session, Dinesh and Prachi will discuss

  • Use cases for digital transformation strategies
  • Lessons learned, challenges faced and how they were addressed
  • A high-level architecture framework
  • How Verizon’s big data platform is embracing digital transformation

Architecting a Digital Enterprise

Mifan Careem, Senior Director of Solutions Architecture, WSO2

Digital transformation requires alignment between business and IT for it to be effective and workable. However, this is not the case in most organizations. Business and technical leads working on a digital transformation project realize the challenges of creating a digital workspace comprised of proper processes, systems, and an efficient and productive workforce. In this session, Mifan will explore the business and technical architectures of the digital enterprise; he will discuss the reference architecture for each of these and explain how they can be defined to build your digital platform.

Why WSO2 for Digital Transformation

Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarana, Founder, Chairman & Chief Architect, WSO2

In this session, Sanjiva will explore how the 100% open source WSO2 platform offers all the key technology enablers for digital transformation including API management, integration, identity and access management, analytics and IoT. With our products and support, you’ll be able to create and implement a digital transformation strategy that’s geared for success.

As the sessions come to a close, the networking event will be the perfect place for you to mingle with your peers, industry experts and of course our new and old CEOs.

Don’t miss out, request an invite!

Welcome Back Paul: Our old and new CTO!

Paul met Sanjiva back in 1998 (almost a lifetime ago for some!). Their shared vision for the future encouraged them to leave IBM and start up their own open source company — WSO2. They soon ramped up their first project, Apache Axis2, and became one of the most competitive middleware companies in the industry.

Paul has been with us for the most part of our journey but decided to take some time off to work on his Ph.D., something he had wanted to do for quite a while. He now comes back as Dr. Paul Fremantle, our newly reinstated CTO. “He is someone who will challenge you and expect you to challenge him back,” said Sanjiva. So we welcome you back with open arms and are looking forward to being challenged.

Here’s a little bit of what Paul has been doing over the last two and a half years. For his Ph.D. he focused on security for IoT devices. As he pointed out, we feel that buying a device gives us control over our data, but in reality, the control is with the companies that manufacture these devices. During his research and after going through a lot of painful mathematics, he was able to create a new architecture model, OAuthing, which

  • Provides a simple way for you to take ownership of the device through an improved federated identity approach for IoT
  • Creates an instance of the server that handles a device for each user (personal cloud middleware)
  • Enables pseudonymity by not having to share your identity by default

His research directly influenced the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and was even partly used in our own WSO2 IoT Server!

Even with all of this going on, he managed to pick up the hobby of making musical instruments and has now leveled up from crafting ukuleles to mandolins and guitars. He says his current pet project of making a violin (one of the hardest yet) is the complete opposite of software development. In software development, if you make a mistake you can easily learn from it, iterate and fix it. But the smallest mistake in violin-making means you have to start right from the beginning all over again!

“I’ve been trying to learn patience, but I can’t seem to learn it quick enough,” jokes Paul. Glad to have you back Paul. We all look forward to working with you again.

We’re Celebrating Our People This Year!

We turned 12 last month and to celebrate this year we picked 12 amazing humans of WSO2 (by popular vote) and shared their stories. The people at WSO2 are our biggest asset and the drivers of our success. Here are some of those who have inspired us all:

Flora Ariyapala – Assistant Administration Officer

“I can’t pick the best memory. I’ve never had a bad day here. This is family. This is my home,” said Flora with a gleam in her eye while talking about her workplace — one she has been at for the past 12 years. Her stint at WSO2 is what she calls her first “proper” job. From being one of the first employees at WSO2 she has grown to be the person you look for in times of need, very similar to when you look for your mom at home. Be it having all the biscuit jars in our pantry filled, making sure you get a plaster for that scratch or looking after each and every employee like they were her own children (including the ones in their 30’s). Flora has played numerous roles in WSO2 and her unwavering dedication and affection towards the WSO2 family are admirable. We’re nothing but grateful for everything that Flora has done for us.

Nandika Jayawardana – Associate Director and Architect

You come to know a person for who they are when they are under stress or when they are in power. Nandika has been in both these situations at WSO2, mostly at the same time. Yet he’s calm and down-to-earth at all times and never projects his emotions, no matter how frustrated he is. “He’s a person who makes everyone laugh even when they’re panicking about emerging deadlines or in a “war room”,” said his team. As a starting member of the team, Nandika has proven to be a friendly, kind-hearted and knowledgeable person for the past 12 years. For a guy who’s as smart as he is, he’s surprisingly humble. He also knows what it means to be truly empathetic. When it comes to Nandika we’re told that “You surely know that you have enjoyed work life if you have worked with him.”. Thanks for being super cool, Nandika!

Jackie Wheeler – Vice President of Technical Content

Jackie is a thrill-seeker who has a wide spectrum of interests ranging from the Burning Man and bats to karaoke, skiing, and sailing. In addition to this, she’s a self-published author of four novels, a fantastic singer and a black belt in martial arts. Yes, she can kick your a** while singing about our documentation! That’s not all, she even put aside her fear of heights and went skydiving. When asked what her favorite thing at WSO2 was she said “The people. I’ve come to see Sri Lanka as a second home and the team as my extended family. We’ve had too many fun adventures and hilarious times, usually involving tuk tuks.” And we love her too; everyone raves about her leadership and writing skills. You’re a true rock star, Jackie!

Kapila Chandana – Assistant Administration Officer

Often found rushing to the scene of a faulty AC or making sure the lobby is equipped with music by The Chainsmokers or Daler Mehndi, Kapila a.k.a. KC is also a part-time comedian and Superman — in-house of course. Don’t be alarmed if you see him with a hammer or a sharp tool, this brave ex-soldier is your friendly fixer-upper for all things broken. He seems to have an ever-ready thumbs up or a salute and a Tennison Cooray-esque joke every time you greet him. He will gladly be your go-to-man when running an event or an executive business meeting, just to make sure nothing falls apart — it’s almost as if the words “no” or “can’t” don’t exist in his vocabulary. Kapila has nothing but undying love and affection towards WSO2, a place that he refers to as the “talent spot”. He’s even won the outstanding contribution award for 3 years in a row for the three and a half years he’s been here. KC, what a dude!

Asma Cader – Senior Marketing Officer

Asma Cader affectionately known as Aso exuberates confidence, isn’t afraid to speak her mind and stands up for both herself and others. Her bubbly personality is so lovable that people often overlook her constant insults. A lover of all things Disney and Pixar, she’s an avid collector of Minion merchandise and anything fluffy. She even went through a ‘Frozen’ phase where everyone had the pleasure of listening to her endlessly singing ‘Do you want to build a snowman’…for a year! But what she lacks in singing she makes up for in basketball. Her command of the sport makes her one of the best players at WSO2. She also thinks she’d be a suitable mascot for BallerinaLang and is dedicated to making it the most popular programming language out there. Thank you for being you, Aso!

Sumedha Rubasinghe – Director of IoT Architecture

Most of Sumedha’s stories can’t (and shouldn’t!) be shared in public. One that can be shared, however, is the time he convinced a team member to report his height and weight to HR, to attend a company trip! While Sumedha is famously known for his pranks, everyone agrees that he is one of the best mentors around. He identifies his team mates’ talents quickly and encourages them to work on their strengths. Sumedha is an all rounder — he’s a fantastic storyteller, an amazing singer, and conga player, a part-time banana cultivator and an IoT and API guru. The number of tools in his massive pickup truck show his enthusiasm in creating anything cool. Keep inspiring us all Sumedha!

Danesha Unantenne – Associate Lead in Administration

Danesha makes sure everyone at WSO2 is well fed and happy. Not only does she let us choose from fantastic lunch options, she hides in the pantry and eats them too…for testing purposes of course. Her inability to say no has roped her into many games of basketball, a sport she’s slowly warming up to. She recollects her favorite memory at WSO2 as the time she climbed Sanjiva’s (our CEO’s) desk to reach for chocolate stuck on the ceiling. “Fortunately he wasn’t there. He would have kicked me out,” said Danesha. She is the epitome of going the extra mile and is always willing to help you out. Her team overlooks (tries) her extraordinary gift of talking non-stop, loves her open-mindedness and considers her as a ‘machan’ (dude). We’re very lucky to have you Danesha!

Asela Pathberiya – Technical Lead

With multiple titles such as ‘one man army’, an ‘ambassador for the WSO2 security domain’, and ‘father of XACML’, Asela is an integral part of WSO2. He is a celebrity in his own right as the writer of one of the most popular blogs (http://xacmlinfo.org/) in the security space. He is also famously known for carrying a water bottle around whenever he’s overseas (not to drink, but because only toilet paper isn’t ideal). He is a mentor to many and generously shares his knowledge with everyone. Asela has been a devoted employee at WSO2 for the past 8 years and has made it his home. He has quite literally lived in each Sri Lankan WSO2 office (our snooze room and gym showers are very accommodating) and the popular belief is that had he not got married he would still be living at Palm Grove. “Although Asela worked remotely in Finland for a short period of time, he migrated back to Sri Lanka because of his attachment to the company and its people,” said a colleague. He even had a go bag with toiletries in his car whenever he had to work late. We really admire your dedication Asela!

Evanthika Amarasiri – Senior Technical Lead

Traveling from Kiribathgoda? Meet the owner of “(Evan)Thika travels”, a term coined by her colleagues who make use of her carpool service. Evanthika was born to be a mentor and has been a pseudo therapist at WSO2 for the past 10 years. She guides both newcomers and those who’ve been at WSO2 for a while. Her teammates call her their best friend and counselor and she’s known to be a hardcore techie fashionista — not a combo you see often. “The culture is what makes me love WSO2. Becoming the quality assurance lead here was pretty special too,” said Evanthika about her experience at WSO2. She’s always cheerful and is the first person to yell “I’m in” if there’s any fun activity. She gives people due credit and makes sure everyone around her is having a great time. Thank you for being a good sport, Evanthika!

Sriskandarajah Suhothayan – Associate Director and Architect

Suho is the kind of team player that hits home runs. So much so that even his intern project became a hugely successful product – WSO2 Siddhi (CEP engine) – that’s currently used by Uber. “That was pretty memorable,” recalled Suho. He’s well known for his leadership skills and intelligence and is also one of the friendliest guys with the best sense of humor. “Even though Suho’s a busy person, he always helps and advises team members on their problems,” said his colleagues. He often goes on walks where he falls into deep thinking — the faster he walks the more he thinks. Even when he sits down he starts shaking his leg to fuel his thought. Fidget spinners are clearly not for everyone. Despite his excellent work ethic, he’s rather a slob when it comes to his car, often waiting til it rains so the dirt washes off. That’s ok Suho, we get it. Thank you for prioritizing WSO2!

Dimuthu Leelarathne, Director – Solutions Architecture

“She’s one of the pillars of WSO2, is an exemplary lady and everything that WSO2 stands for. Everyone looks up to her, especially all the new female engineers” said one of Dimuthu’s team members. If there’s anyone in the team that has a “never say die” attitude, it’s Dimuthu. She wasn’t raised to be a quitter, which is evident in how she taught herself to swim…online! Dimuthu is a hard working, committed person who brings the best out of everyone she mentors. She’s fun loving and always enthusiastic about trying out new things. You can tell how much her team loves her by the song they wrote for her when she returned from maternity leave. Keep shining Dimuthu!

Sameera Jayasoma, Director – Platform Architecture

“Oka podi wadak (It’s a small job)”, Sameera said. Days into the project, everyone realizes it isn’t. It never is. We’re assuming he said the same about BallerinaLang. All stories about Sameera are R-rated and best kept a secret. We can probably talk about his talents as a cha cha dancer, but let’s not go there. The things he loves most in life can be ranked in this order: Leopards, photography (which he’s extremely talented at), table tennis and then perhaps his wife. He’s an excellent leader who drives his team while looking into every individual’s needs. His vast technical knowledge makes him a great problem solver too. But don’t expect a serious response from this brilliant mind when talking about life, he’ll most likely act dumb and avoid it. Thanks for being the cool smart you, Sameera!

We’d like to thank each and everyone — past, present and future — who have shaped and will shape WSO2 into an exciting place to work in.

Here’s to many more years of hard work and fun!

WSO2Con EU 2017: The countdown for #digitaltransformation begins

The time has come to eagerly await our next user conference in Europe. With inspiring keynotes, in-depth technical sessions, customer success stories and a hackathon, we’ll be counting down to these three days of knowledge-sharing and fun networking events. WSO2Con EU 2017 will run from November 6 – 8 at Royal Garden Hotel in London.

Our user conference is ideal for CIOs, CTOs, architects, integration engineers and developers from all industries who are looking to digitally transform their businesses. We’ve announced most of the speakers and will be adding more customer sessions in the days to come. Check out our agenda for details.

So why should you attend our conference? You will be able to

  • Meet with experienced WSO2 architects who can understand your business goals and technical architecture.
  • Meet other customers who are in different stages of their journey with WSO2 and discuss how they have succeeded in meeting their goals of digital transformation.

Here’s a short clip by Jonathan Marsh, vice president of IoT at WSO2, on what other benefits you can get by attending.

Here are some of the exciting new things at this year’s conference:

  • A dedicated track for Ballerina that deep-dives into how you can use Ballerina for all your integration needs.
  • A hackathon on microservices that will let you get down and dirty with Ballerina and use it for real world integration use cases.
  • The Oxygen Bar gives you the chance to meet our solutions architecture team face-to-face. Request a demo or simply have a meaningful discussion on how WSO2 can help your enterprise innovate.

Also don’t miss out on

  • The opening keynote by WSO2 Founder, CEO and Chief Architect Sanjiva Weerawarana on how you can navigate the digital transformation landscape followed by a series of keynotes by industry thought leaders.
  • Real-world success stories of how our customers used WSO2 to digitally transform. You can expect talks from Travis Perkins, SUVA, Informatica, Finam and more.
  • A keynote by WSO2 Head of Financial Solution Seshika Fernando on the advantages of open banking and how WSO2 can help you help you become PSD2 compliant.
  • Technical sessions on API management, integration, identity and access management, analytics and IoT ranging from high-level introductions to advanced hands-on sessions.
  • A dedicated strategy track specially designed for CxOs that explores how you can address your enterprise challenges with the right technology and strategies.
  • A networking event that will let you mingle with like-minded peers over light music and tapas.
  • A conference after party that will help you cut loose and go wild!

Now doesn’t that sound exciting? If you haven’t registered already, you have until August 31 to get our early bird offer. Get your tickets now and don’t miss out!

Verifone: Using WSO2 Technology to Provide a Unique Payment Terminal that Increases Customer Engagement

In Honolulu, Hawaii, one man’s vision for the future of commerce has now become one of the world’s largest point-of-sale (POS) terminal vendors and a leading provider of payment and commerce solutions. Verifone still upholds this vision and keeps innovating for the future. At WSO2Con USA 2017 Ulrich Herberg, a senior Java architect at Verifone, joined us via Skype to speak about how they leveraged WSO2 technology when creating Verifone Carbon – a powerful device that combines elegant design into an integrated POS solution.

Verifone Carbon is a payment terminal that sets a new standard for a valuable and engaging consumer experience. It consists of two parts: a larger Android tablet facing the merchant and a smaller terminal with different kinds of payment functionality, such as Apple pay and payment through credit cards. These two devices are placed on a mobile base, which is used for charging the devices, printing receipts, and connecting to the ethernet.

What makes Verifone Carbon unique is that it’s embedded in an ecosystem called the Verifone Commerce Platform, which consists of a number of additional systems that provide more than what a typical payment terminal offers, explained Ulrich.

  • The developer portal allows third-party developers to create their own customer and merchant facing application by using Verifone’s APIs to download software development kits (SDKs) that can trigger payments, get information of successful or failed payments and more.
  • The app marketplace provides an interface similar to the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store where these apps can be placed and purchased.
  • The estate owner portal is used by large corporations that directly deal with the merchants to
    • Manage the estate (all the devices)
    • Get an overview of the devices
    • Manage, create, remove and update merchants
    • Purchase apps for the merchants
  • The merchant portal provides a smaller scope for the merchants only, which allows them to see their devices and purchase apps for their devices

With Verifone Carbon, merchants can now reward their best customers with loyalty points, display promotional media and coupons, leverage beacons for store analytics and invite customers to redeem personalized offers in real-time among other things.

Ulrich explained that for all of this to happen, they needed a solution that allowed them to manage and monitor all the Carbon devices. They started by evaluating commercial products. The commercial products worked on a pay-per-device model which would have been costly as they scaled up. At often times they didn’t have all the features they required and didn’t provide the flexibility to create any customized features.

The fully open source WSO2 Enterprise Mobility Manager (WSO2 EMM which is now significantly enhanced to provide enterprise IoT solutions as well as mobile device and app management in a single download via WSO2 IoT Server) overcame all of these challenges. “We were able to create a solution that fit our exact needs by either modifying the product on our own or getting WSO2 support services to help modify it,” said Ulrich. They avoided vendor lock-in and are independent of anyone else because they have control over the source code. They were also able to easily integrate WSO2 EMM with their existing terminal management infrastructure.

Ulrich then went on to discuss three major use cases of WSO2 EMM in Verifone Carbon.

Use case 1: Blank Android devices are shipped to the merchants so that they all have the same operating system image. WSO2 EMM uses individual device certificates to identify, authorize and authenticate these devices using mutual Transport Layer Security (TLS).

Use case 2: Verifone already has a legacy terminal management system which runs on a different operating system that can’t directly connect with and use Android features. So they used WSO2 EMM to communicate with the tablet.

Use case 3: Verifone doesn’t use the interface provided by WSO2 EMM so they had figure out how to use WSO2 EMM as a black box. They call it from their terminal management system, sends commands and monitors all the devices through it without having to know how it works internally. They did this by working closely with WSO2 to create a thorough list of RESTful APIs that were documented in Swagger.

Ulrich went on to list a few more WSO2 EMM features they currently use including

  • Getting device information including location data
  • Over-the-air (OTA) update that allows you to update the OS remotely
  • APK installation/update/removal in the background
  • Remotely locking, rebooting or factory resetting the devices
  • Debugging and sending Android logs to the server
  • Sending pop up notification to the tablet

He concluded by explaining in detail how they plan on scaling WSO2 EMM as the number of devices becomes larger.

To learn more about how Verifone used WSO2 technology to increase customer engagement through a unique payment terminal watch his talk at WSO2Con USA 2017.

West Interactive: Using WSO2 Identity Server to Enhance Customer Experience

Headquartered in Omaha, West Corporation is all about telecommunication – be it conferencing solutions, safety services, interactive voice response solutions or speech application automation. Pranav Patel, the vice president of systems development at West Interactive, recently spoke at WSO2Con USA 2017 about the unique customer experience they offer through their multi-tenanted role-based identity and access management solution built using WSO2 Identity Server.

An increasing numbers of users today are turning to various different channels like the web, mobile devices, and social media to interact with vendors. Pranav explained that knowing the customer and making sure that they can access West Interactive’s services from whichever channel they prefer is a key requirement for them.

West has been in the telecommunication industry for the last 30 years, and quite commonly, have many solutions that are siloed and distributed. Connecting all these solutions was a major challenge they needed to overcome in order to provide a holistic experience to their customers, explained Pranav. This meant dealing with and managing various different identities that belonged to many different customer portals. They needed to create a solution that revolves around centralizing user identities to a single user portal and creating an efficient identity and access management system.

Pranav then examined the requirements they needed to meet in order to achieve operational efficiency, easily manage accounts, save costs, and provide great customer experience. Other than the evident single sign-on and federation requirements, multitenancy with hierarchical tenant management was an important feature that enabled them to serve all their tenants (a client of West represented as a domain in the system) and users (individuals that require access to the portal and are grouped at the tenant level) through their portal. The system also needed to enforce rule-based access control that allows access to certain products (web applications that need to be integrated) depending on who the user is. In addition to this, they had corporate policy requirements for passwords, needed to maintain password history and had a password expiry date that prompted users to frequently change the password. Audit logging and user bulk imports were some other requirements.

“WSO2 fulfilled several of our requirements out-of-the-box, especially support for various protocols and heterogeneous multiple user stores,” observed Pranav. He went on to explain that they could easily extend the product and customize it for any features that it didn’t already have, making it the perfect solution for West.

WSO2 Identity Server is used for

  • Introducing a relationship hierarchy between the parent tenant and child subtenant and allowing multi-tenancy
  • Asking for and storing answers to five security questions per user
  • Defining permissions or roles for products (web applications) and users
  • Providing single sign-on and federation for users
  • Allowing employees to mimic a user and see how they perceive the user portal
  • Enforcing password policies set by tenants

Pranav expressed how WSO2 Identity Server meets all their current requirements and how they would like to introduce customizable login pages (by tenant), two-factor and multi-factor authentication, automated user provisioning and self-registration among other features in the future. He concluded by saying they were looking forward to adding WSO2 Data Analytics Server to the mix in order to monitor what’s really going on in the system.

To learn more about West Interactive’s story listen to Pranav’s talk at WSO2Con USA 2017.

WSO2Con USA 2017 – ballerinas, blockchain, oxygen bars and more!

San Francisco met us with bitter, cold winds, but we didn’t let that stop us from hosting the best user conference ever! With a fully restructured agenda, major product and roadmap reveals and phenomenal entertainment, this year’s WSO2Con USA was bigger and better than ever.

This year, we even had an actual oxygen bar inside the WSO2 Oxygen Bar: a place where attendees were able to meet with WSO2’s solutions architecture and engineering teams to answer all their questions on integration, API management, analytics, identity and access management, and the Internet of Things.

The conference started off with a bang, literally. The Taiko drummers marched on to stage and gave a warm welcome to everyone in the crowd!

WSO2 Founder, CEO and Chief Architect Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarana then presented the repositioning of WSO2’s product strategy to focus on providing a platform that enables digital transformation through integration, API management, identity and access management, smart analytics, and the Internet of Things.

Thomas Squeo, the senior vice president of digital transformation and enterprise architecture at West Corporation, followed this with another keynote. He explored how to digitally disrupt from within your enterprise by empowering your employees who will in turn engage with customers, transform your products and optimize operations.

Next, cue the ballerinas…

…which led to WSO2’s big reveal: Ballerinalang

Sanjiva examined Ballerina in detail: the general purpose, concurrent and strongly typed programming language with both textual and graphical syntaxes, optimized for integration. Following this, Sameera Jayasoma, the associate director, architect and lead choreographer of Ballerina showcased a few demos of the language in use.

The first day then broke off into the individual tracks; integration, analytics and strategy; with introductory, advanced and hand-on sessions as well as customer talks from Motorola Mobility and State of Arizona.

The end of day one was met with smooth Jazz sounds of The San Francisco Metro Combo at our networking event where attendees got to mingle with their peers and WSO2 experts.

The second day commenced with a keynote by State of Arizona Chief Technology Officer Jason Simpson who examined their cloud-first strategy towards becoming a digital government. He spoke on the challenges of moving their legacy technology and systems to the cloud with low budgets to meet the increasing demands of their users and went on to explain how State of Arizona overcame them.

This was followed by an insightful customer panel on bridging IT and business in digital transformation moderated by our very own Vice President of Solutions Architecture Asanka Abeysinghe. The panel consisted of Jason Simpson, the CTO of State of Arizona, Sri Harsha Pulleti, an integration architect at Motorola Mobility and Naresh Sikha, the chief architect at StubHub.

The second day’s tracks consisted of technical sessions on integration, analytics, API management, IoT and Security by WSO2 experts and many customer talks and panels including:

Yet another day of learning and exchanging ideas came to an end. But that wasn’t it for day two! Right after the sessions we went into the carnival themed conference party where attendees got to mingle, play old-school arcade games like Street Fighter, take funky pictures at the photo booth and dance the night away. DJ Nikkie Matteo scratched some killer beats but the band, Pacific Soul, stole the show and made everyone cut loose, footloose and kick of their Sunday shoes!

Day three went straight into the tracks that included technical sessions in the areas of IoT, security and devops. It also had a track specially for partners and one specially by partners. The customer and partner talks on day three included:

  1. IoT in Airline Operations, Suresh Subasinghe, Principal Architect, United Airlines
  2. Multi-tenanted, Role-based Identity & Access Management Solution at West, Pranav Patel, VP, Systems Development, West Interactive
  3. 0-60 with WSO2: API Management and User Authentication and Authorization Automation, Ismail Seyfi, Lead Software Architect, iJET International and Matt Barnes, Automation and Software Engineer, iJET International
  4. Enhancing Customer Experience with WSO2 Identity Server, Manoj Thirutheri, Director, SaaS and Tools Engineering, Nutanix
  5. Providing a Pathway from Stovepipe Systems to a Secure SOA Enterprise, Neil Custer, Senior Enterprise Systems Engineer, Eagle TG
  6. Rise to the Challenge with WSO2 Identity Server and WSO2 API Manager, Stefan Smeets, Enterprise Architect & Unit Manager, RealDolmen
  7. Journey of Migration from Legacy ESB to Modern WSO2 ESB Platform, Michael Enos, Senior Director, Techsoup and Ratnavel Sundaramurthi, Integration Architect, Aspire Systems
  8. Integrating Systems for University of Exeter Using Zero and the WSO2 Platform, Jack A. Rider, CTO, Chakray

We even had a session through Skype on Managing Verifone’s New Payment Device “Carbon” with WSO2’s EMM by Ulrich Herberg, a senior Java architect at Verifone, who couldn’t be physically present at the venue!

For the unconference sessions, Sameera had to get back on stage to do more Ballerina demos for the eager crowd. They just couldn’t get enough of it!

The attendees gathered in the main hall once again to listen to the last few keynotes of the conference.

Catheryn Nicholson, an engineer, entrepreneur, mother, and former U.S. Naval Officer, who is also the Founder of BlockCypher gave the first engrossing keynote on blockchain’s digital disruption and why developers, startups, corporations, academic institutions, and governments are all examining what blockchain technology can solve.

After exploring the past and present of blockchain technology and how it may influence your business, Catheryn made quite an exciting reveal on the future of blockchain and cryptocurrency. A group of open source developers with Harry Potter pseudonyms are currently developing a protocol (called Mimblewimble), which is still largely theoretical but has a lot of potential to solve a number of the clunkiness issues that bitcoin has. She predicts that the project will come out this year. So make sure to keep an eye out for that!

WSO2 Vice President of Solutions Architecture Asanka Abeysinghe, gave the closing keynote on a pragmatic approach to digital transformation through iterative architecture. He spoke of his experience as a consultant and evangelist of digital transformation and examined how to overcome technical and non-technical barriers to your vision by thinking big and acting small.

Before the final adieu, we made sure to recognize customers who have been with us for the past ten (of our eleven) years. Sanjiva presented Ron Murphy from eBay, Jey Bala from Kaiser Permanente, Prakash Iyer from Trimble, and Concur (who wasn’t able to attend the conference) with a small token of appreciation for taking our first steps with us, and helping us get to where we are today.

Stay tuned for news on our next conference, and hope to see you there soon!

Join the #WSO2 Identity and Access Management Tweet Jam!

In today’s connected business, increased business interactions and activities create complex environments. Because of this, identity and access management not just across organizations, but across different technologies, standards, and models becomes a key factor in an enterprise architecture.

We’re hosting our first two-hour long Tweet Jam on Thursday, December 2 at 12:00 p.m. PT. Prabath Siriwardena, the director of security architecture at WSO2, will be moderating this session and answering all questions on the topic of ‘Identity and Access Management’. Anyone with a Twitter account is welcome to join us by using the #WSO2 hashtag to accompany all tweeted questions.

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Participation Guidelines

  • To participate, just follow the #WSO2 hashtag at 12:00 p.m. PT.
  • Ask any of your questions related to the topic, accompanying #WSO2
  • Start all questions with the question number and #WSO2.
    • Example – “Q1: <question> #WSO2”

About the Moderator

Prabath Siriwardena has over 11 years of industry experience that currently involves providing security architecture solutions to many of WSO2’s key customers such as Dubai eGovernment, WEST, Seagate and VeriFone. He has spoken at numerous conferences including ApacheCon, OSCON, QCon and European Identity Conference. He has also authored four books related to Apache Maven, enterprise integration, and API security.

What questions about identity and access management would you like to see at the jam? Questions can be given ahead of time by direct messaging us on Twitter.

We look forward to your participation!

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Managing Identity Across the Internet of Things

 

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It’s estimated that at least 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by end-2020. That’s more than six times the entire population of the world! With this rapid increase of the Internet of Things (IoT), the concept of identity management has extended to the Identity of Things (IDoT).

WSO2 Director of Security Architecture Prabath Siriwardena wrote a white paper that explores the benefits, risks and challenges of implementing an IDoT solution based on the concept of “connected identity”.

He explains that through IDoT, organizations can assign unique identifiers with associated metadata to devices, enabling them to connect and communicate securely and effectively with other entities over the Internet. Your ultimate goal is to reach out to as many customers, partners, distributors, and suppliers as possible that would result in more business interactions and revenue growth. This would greatly increase the number of external digital identities that interact with your enterprise. An external identity provider can be treated as an identity silo that shares its identity data or IDoT via APIs. You first need to trust the identity provider in order to accept the given user identity. Beyond this, you need to speak the same language to transport the identity data. If not, you need to either fix the identity provider’s end to speak the same language or do the same for your own enterprise.

This is not a scalable approach, and will eventually end up in a spaghetti identity anti-pattern. To avoid this, you should build a protocol-agnostic security model. With the identity bus or identity broker pattern, your enterprise isn’t coupled to a specific identity provider or a given federation protocol. The broker maintains the trust relationships between each entity as well as identity tokens between multiple heterogeneous security protocols. This creates a common, connected identity platform that enforces controlling, auditing and monitoring of identities.

Some benefits of this pattern include

  • Frictionless approach to introducing new service and identity providers and removing existing ones.
  • Easy enforcement of new authentication protocols.
  • Ability to perform claim transformations, role mapping, and just-in-time provisioning.
  • Centralized monitoring, auditing and access control.
  • Easy introduction of a new federation protocol.

When implementing an identity broker you need to follow certain fundamentals. It needs to be federation protocol, transport protocol, and authentication protocol agnostic. Additionally, it should provide the ability to perform claim transformations, home realm discovery, and multi-option and multi-step authentication, among others.

WSO2 helps you solve identity management needs across your enterprise applications, services, and APIs by utilizing the full breadth of the WSO2 platform. By combining WSO2 Identity Server’s comprehensive security model based on OAuth 2.0 with WSO2 API Manager, you can easily build an end-to-end API security ecosystem for your enterprise. Avoid vendor lock-in and enable integration across systems with WSO2’s open source model, which acts as a fully functional enterprise identity bus.

To learn more, download Prabath’s white paper here.