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Helping You Say GDPRghh Less – Meet Us at the GDPR Summit London!

The process of becoming compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) isn’t simple. Anyone who says otherwise isn’t telling you the truth. However, you can make the process tolerable by using the right technology.

The prime focus of our spring release was to ensure that the entire WSO2 platform is compliant and for our products to be able to provide rapid growth by leveraging the regulation. For instance, WSO2 Identity Server is now able to provide end-to-end consent management as well as the ability to anonymize user data which adheres the ‘right to be forgotten’ rule.

To further help you accelerate compliance, Sagara Gunathunga, a director at WSO2 and a key member of the WSO2 IAM team, will be speaking on “Best Practices: How to Optimize Your GDPR Strategy” at the GDPR Summit held on April 23 at 155, Bishop Gate, London. During his session, he will explore

  • The main factors for optimizing your strategy
  • The role played by IAM
  • How technology helps organizations leverage GDPR to drive growth
  • How to stay up-to-date with other privacy regulations

The event usually witnesses at least 500 attendees and aims to provide an actionable and practical roadmap for organizations to become GDPR compliant. Described as high impact, content-rich and jargon-free, over 40 expert speakers are scheduled to speak at this one-day conference.

Come say hi to our team and attend Sagara’s talk at the GDPR roadmap theatre. Click here to find out more!

Won’t be able to attend? Sign up for our ongoing webinar series to learn about all things GDPR!

Agile Digital Transformation Strategies and Success Stories at WSO2 Summit

A packed audience of CXOs and solutions architects greeted us at our first WSO2 Summit for the year in London recently! Held in several locations around the world, WSO2 Summit offers C-level executives and architects a valuable opportunity to speak to our leadership, and discuss how WSO2 technology can help organizations create successful digital transformation strategies.

This year’s Summits are held on the theme of enabling organizations to create their digital transformation strategies and put them into practice. Our CEO Tyler Jewell started the event in London with an introduction to the many reasons as to why enterprises can choose the open source WSO2 platform for digital agility. He also gave a brief recap of our performance last year, including the growth of our global customer base and the other exciting initiatives we have planned for this year.

Continuing on the topic of digital agility, our CTO and Co-Founder Paul Fremantle elaborated on why the only competitive organizations in the future will be those that create adaptive digital experiences for their customers. Paul discussed in detail about what he means by an adaptive enterprise, how enterprises can become more adaptive, and the needs of such enterprises i.e. both centralized and decentralized integration, and architectural units of composition. His talk concluded on the point that open source (and open cross cloud) is of immense value in the business architecture of an adaptive enterprise.

Business architecture and the importance of adapting to change also formed the basis of Asanka Abeysinghe’s discussion. Asanka, who’s the VP of architecture at the CTO office, shared the essential guidelines for building a business architecture – understand consumer behavior, seek to create new consumer experiences, select the right channel to engage with them, and take advantage of data to improve these experiences. He then explained how the different WSO2 product capabilities (API management, integration, identity and access management, and analytics) can be used to connect, create, secure, and govern digital enterprises.

WSO2 Summits also feature success stories of enterprises that have used our technology to create digital transformation strategies and innovative experiences for their customers/users. The first of these stories was presented by the Malta Information Technology Agency (MITA), on how they used WSO2’s API management and integration capabilities to create myHealth NG application, enabling better interactions between patients and doctors, and thereby facilitating better primary healthcare services for individuals. Brian Muscat, a solutions architect from MITA who delivered this story, recounted the challenges which MITA had to overcome (such creating a secure and scalable application, creating an architecture resilient to change), in order for this project to become successful.

The other success story was presented by Wheeve (a WSO2 Partner), on how they used WSO2 technology to deliver business value for one of their customers in the engineering industry. Jack Hanison, CTO and Co-Founder of Wheeve, described how their customer faced certain data matching issues in several operational areas, which eventually had an impact on their financial reporting, revenue recognition, and overall customer perceptions of the organization. A cloud hosted WSO2 platform was used to overcome these challenges and improve business operations – resulting in cost savings for the organization.

A huge thank you to both Wheeve and Chakray who supported the WSO2 Summit in London as Partner Sponsors!

The Summit may have concluded in London, but we’re heading to Chicago and New York in June, and Sydney and Sao Paulo in October! If you’re in any one of these locations, do drop by to meet Tyler, Paul, and Asanka and discover what WSO2 technology can do for your enterprise.

Roses are red, violets are blue. We don’t have time to rhyme because the GDPR deadline is coming up soon!

At our last webinar on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) hosted by Prabath Siriwardena and Asanka Abeysinghe, we looked at technical aspects of the regulation and what steps you can take to ensure your security strategy is primed for GDPR.

With less than two months to go, what you need now is the right approach to accelerate your GDPR compliance journey. According to a survey conducted by Forrester research1 a few months ago, 11% of firms are still unsure of what needs to be done and 29% of fully compliant companies may have taken some incorrect steps. This can cause serious issues and lead to hefty fines when scrutinized by governing bodies. From an industry perspective, while financial industries are usually ahead given the constant regulations, media and retail industries could be lagging behind in getting their systems and processes into place.

Your enterprise’s longevity depends on the trust you build with your customers. That’s why user consent and privacy are vital. If the aftermath of the Facebook – Cambridge Analytica scandal taught us anything, it’s that. GDPR may seem like a daunting challenge at first, but by adopting the right technology you can move beyond compliance and take advantage of the regulation to gain your customers’ trust, strengthen their loyalty, and grow your business rapidly.

To help you grasp the complex processes involved in GDPR compliance, the WSO2 Identity Server team is conducting a series of seven webinars which explores how our products are GDPR compliant and what steps you can take to accelerate compliance.

  1. April 10: Accelerating Your GDPR Compliance with the WSO2 Platform – Sagara Gunathunga, Director, WSO2
  2. April 17: The Right Steps to Becoming GDPR Compliant – Darshana Gunawardena, Technical Lead, WSO2
  3. April 24: GDPR Compliance with WSO2 Identity Server – Ayesha Dissanayaka, Senior Software Engineer and Hasintha Indrajee, Associate Technical Lead, WSO2
  4. May 2: GDPR and API Security – Sanjeewa Malalgoda, Senior Technical Lead, WSO2
  5. May 8: The Role of GDPR in Customer Identity and Access Management – Rushmin Fernando, Technical Lead, WSO2
  6. May 15: GDPR Compliance by Design – Ruwan Abeykoon, Associate Director/Architect and Jayanga Kaushalya, Senior Software Engineer WSO2
  7. May 22: The Impact of GDPR on User Experience – Dakshika Jayatilake – Associate Technical Lead, WSO2

Sign up and spread the word!

1 Forrester Research, Inc. “The State Of GDPR Readiness GDPR Readiness Progresses, But Strategies Depend Too Heavily On IT” by Enza Iannopollo with Laura Koetzle, Stephanie Balaouras, Elsa Pikulik and Peggy Dostie, January 31, 2018

2017 Year in Review

We’ve had an exciting year here at WSO2. Here’s a look back at everything that’s happened in 2017.

The year kicked off with a few major announcements at WSO2Con USA including the launch of Ballerina – a brand new programming language created specifically for integration,  and the repackaging of our integration products along with a whole new look of the web site.

With the advent of the second Payment Services Directive (PSD2), WSO2 ventured into the open banking market with a powerful WSO2 Open Banking solution. Since its launch, we’ve attracted 3 of the top 10 EU banks among others, and has proven to be the first choice for many.

We also turned 12 this year and to commemorate we recognized the Humans of WSO2. Speaking of humans, we had some major changes to our leadership team with Tyler Jewell taking over as CEO after  Sanjiva Weerawarana, founder and chairman, stepped down to be chief architect to focus his efforts on the development of Ballerina. Paul Fremantle (WSO2’s co-founder who was on sabbatical to complete his Ph.D) returned this year as our CTO. 

2017 has been yet another successful year for WSO2 in terms of growing the business. We added a record number of new customers from various industry verticals who have partnered with us to fulfill their digital journeys.  We are excited and humbled by what these enterprises have accomplished in terms of becoming more digital native and offering new digital experiences. While providing cutting-edge technology to build digital platforms, WSO2 helped these enterprises to evolve business models, focus on customer experiences, and optimize operations.

Recognizing these customers and their achievements, Asanka Abeysinghe, WSO2’s vice president of solutions architecture will conduct a webinar titled ‘Another Year of Digital Transformation – Learning Through Reflection’ on Tuesday, December 19. He will share his experiences on a few digital transformation projects that WSO2 was involved in and successfully implemented this year. Sign up now to see how companies like you have realized their digital transformation needs with WSO2.

Here’s to a bigger and brighter 2018!

 

The WSO2 Impact

Last week in London at the Royal Garden Hotel, 330 professionals gathered for WSO2’s EU Conference. It was our 12th conference, 5th to be held in Europe, and my 4th. We hold this conference to help our customers, partners, and employees better understand how to create an agile approach to shaping their digital business.

Preparing for microservice API gateways

In my opening keynote, we discussed the nature of WSO2’s impact on digital transformation over the past decade. With 485 employees and 6 global offices, we are finding new ways to help people get regulated financial services through PSD2 compliance and API management (Deutsche Bank, Societe Generale), get better health care by managing patient info and drug usage (Prime Therapeutics), get convenient shopping experiences (Far Fetched), getting to places faster through tube digitization (Transport for London), get efficient public services with digitized taxation (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs), or become more productive through integration (Travis Perkins).

WSO2 touches billions of people, identities, systems, and data daily

As part of this impact, 40 million identities login through our identity server. And given current projects underway with public sector and telco projects in Latin America and the EU, this will grow to more than 250 million in a few years. Dimuthu Leelarathne’s presentation on how IAM is a catalyst for digital transformation explains how identity has become the quiet backbone of nearly every transformation project.

In a couple years, 3 out of every 100 people will authenticate with WSO2

Increasingly, APIs are now the leading driver of digital transformation initiatives. APIs provide a common way for partners, developers and customers to access digital assets. WSO2 API Manager has become our fastest growing product, managing more than 20,000 APIs which in turn reach another 200,000 organizations. Engineers from WSO2 held sessions on how APIs are impacting microservice architecture, crafting API strategies with marketplaces, cloud-native API management, API gateways for microservices, building an integration platform strategy, and container-native digital transformation architecture.

In breakout sessions, WSO2 engineers discussed a future of micro gateways with billions of APIs…

APIs will have an even bigger impact on our future. As developers become comfortable with authoring microservices managed through orchestration, services will become recursive, both consuming from endpoints and becoming an endpoint themselves. The very act of writing small units of code generate new APIs. Centralized API management may not be sustainable forcing governance down into the services built by developers. Micro gateways, registries, and storefronts are emerging, embedding observability and control on the edge within each API into a topology of interconnected API managers.

If you are curious how APIs are altering the course of 6000 banks throughout the EU, see Seshika Fernando’s session on PSD2 and Open Banking.

WSO2’s Future Impact

Over the past few years, we have seen a new tension emerge:

  1. Rapidly changing developer consumption models
  2. Explosion of IT assets required for digital transformation

Did you know that there are now 286,000 SaaS applications and the average knowledge worker connects to 84 systems? These systems are now considered IT assets which must be integrated so that they become appreciating assets. But our range of IT assets has increased, where we must treat the billions of devices, millions of APIs, exabytes of data, billions of events, and billions of identities all as assets that are essential participants in our digital experiences.

In a few years, there will be trillions of endpoints participating in digital transformation

IT managers are facing new challenges.

  1. How do you increase agility across legacy assets and emerging technologies?
  2. How do you enable developer choice while increasing release velocity?
  3. How do you build and deploy services with Google SLAs when you have 3rd party dependencies?

Digital transformation starts with unlocking your IT assets. But with so many different assets to be managed, there is growth in 3rd party providers, which has lead to significant infrastructure specialization to achieve hyper-scale, which leads to a large number of specialized development frameworks required to program these IT assets.

It’s no wonder that according to IDG and the Cloud Native Computing Foundation that IT managers now report a 60% skill gap that is expected to increase in future years. The breadth and volume of technologies that a developer must understand has grown faster than our industry’s ability to absorb those technologies. With developers gaining bargaining power to choose their programming language, development methodology, and tool chain, IT managers are stuck in the middle choosing between recruiting available talent that brings unique development standards versus standardizing their IT stack for group-wise productivity.

At WSO2, we view APIs, events, and streams as technologies that allow IT managers to standardize how all of their IT assets are made available to developers. These technologies are a standard language that allow developers to unlock any consumption model, programming language, and tool chain.

More than just technology, these assets are the foundation of the serverless IT operating model. Today, most digital transformation projects are still server-based which has your services deployed as servers with reserved capacity, upfront commitments, and weak task isolation that creates an economic incentive for architectural bundling of tasks together. IT seeks out an optimal bundling of tasks to avoid overpayment for idle server time. However, APIs, events, and streams offer a simplification of IT architecture that allows for individuals requests to be aligned with microservices. This creates a potentially new type of operating model where costs are allocated per request, payments are made in arrears, and there is strong task isolation leading to economic behaviors that encourage us to split tasks instead of bundling them.

Build APIs, events, and streams to prepare for the world you are imagining…

Serverless programming models, still in their infancy, offer the promise of altering the IT cost structure to align costs with transactions. We heard from dozens of customers and partners that they are beginning their serverless journeys with WSO2.

Whatever your destination may be, APIs, events and streams are a way where you can advance your digital transformation journey. They unlock different programming models including servers, VMs, microservices, and FaaS; allows your services to be authored in different programming languages; creates composable “digital building blocks” with recursive consumption built-in; and modernizes your distributed architecture without disrupting bi-modal IT.

If you haven’t already, I’d encourage you to consider WSO2 for your digital agility and transformation initiatives. We are the only provider that can connect all of your IT assets into APIs, events, and streams and then also provide a comprehensive governance. Our open source licensing model makes it easy to get started with WSO2 and forces us to align our subscription value to your project’s success.

WSO2 is the only provider that connects all IT assets into APIs, events, and streams

In Paul Fremantle’s keynote, he dove deeper into the concepts of APIs, events, and streams on how they are shaping an adaptive future for all of us. I wonder if we should be scared that he titled his session, “Darwin Ate My App”.

In Sanjiva Weerawarana’s keynote, he discussed the role of Ballerina, a new programming language designed to make it simple to program cross-cloud distributed transactions.

After my keynote, I was able to take private meetings with dozens of our customers and partners, and network with speakers and attendees. This group, collectively, makes up our ecosystem.

220 delivery partners, 50 technology partners, and 100 open source projects make an incredible ecosystem

I’ve never attended a conference where so many people were grappling with digital projects of such complexity and scale before. It’s incredible that we see WSO2 at the heart of all these projects and the excitement the community feels for how we can contribute even more significantly in the future. I’m eager to participate in our next conference and to further this vision, together.

I’d like to send a special thank you to the more than 100 WSO2 employees who participated in conference planning, logistics, organizing and speaking. Such an event is not possible without all of your passion and commitment.

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!

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!

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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How we ended up hatching startups

One of the first things anyone working at WSO2 learns is the email system. As an open source company, we stick to the Apache way of doing things, which means that all important communication is done across email – and these emails are open for anyone in the company to read and reply to, regardless of where they work and what they’re working on.

You’d think that this means a LOT of email on a daily basis, and you’d be right. On the other hand, it means questions, like “Is there anything we can do for startups” get picked up faster than a hot Stackoverflow thread.

In fact, the exact scenario happened a couple of months ago. Over the course of a week-long brainstorm across email, we realized that a lot of startups (at least, here in Sri Lanka) were sorely in need of technical expertise. Often, business-minded founders would invest capital, hire a third-party to build their application for them – and lacking the technical expertise to make architectural calls, they’d struggle with frameworks, iterations, system requirements and everything else thereafter.

We also realized that we could help fix that. For free.

And thus the Hatchery was born.

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WSO2 Hatchery (note the cute dragon) is our free CTO-as-a-service. The idea is simple: if you’re a startup, you pitch your problem to a panel of our best solutions architects. These folks have worked with everything from Fortune 500 companies to startups; you pair off with them – and get to consult them as your CTO, free, for a period of three months. They provide high-level technical understanding – the kind that non-technical founders often need.  

The caveat is simple: the problem has to be something we can solve with any of our open source products.

It’s a simple way of making sure it plays within our direct field of expertise. Given the vast range of problems that WSO2 products can solve – everything from securely logging into a website to connecting two enterprise systems together – it gives us a lot of flexibility to play with.

After much back and forth across email, we went ahead with our first Hatchery event in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Our Media Partner for the event, Readme.lk, did an excellent recap of the event. To summarize, we enrolled sixteen startups in the program – and over the next three months, our team will be working with them to ensure that their dreams become reality.

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What’s next? The Hatchery is not meant to be a solely Sri Lankan project. This first event is a learning experience for us, too. Once we have the data in place – participation, ideas for improvement, the kind of metrics we need to track – we hope to be able to scale this, and take it global. With our offices in the US and the UK, we have the right tools to bring everyone to the Hatchery. It’s just a matter of figuring out the tiny details.

Curious to see what it looked like? You can check out the event’s photo album on Facebook here.