Category Archives: Events

WSO2Con and the Small World

WSO2Con 2011 starts next week in Colombo, Sri Lanka – and no matter where you are in the world, it’s not too late to participate!

We’re very excited at the scope of this year’s conference – we have speakers and guest speakers from Sri Lanka of course, but also from across the world.  When we opened the call for papers, we were astonished at the results.  Users from Russia, Chile, Mexico, Canada, the Ukraine, New Zealand, even Cuba responded with interesting case studies and session topics.

WSO2Con 2011 features three full days of sessions – although I’m having trouble choosing which of the two tracks to attend!  And bookending the conference two full days of tutorials are available.  Keynotes by Dr. Mohan of IBM, Gregor Hohpe of Google, and Sastry Malladi of eBay, all folks with compelling experience that we love to introduce to the wider WSO2 community.

So, with such an impressive program, isn’t Colombo a bit of an odd choice for a venue?  Not really. WSO2 users – as well as employees! – come from around the world.  There isn’t a single place that would be convenient for all of them.  Where ever we bring the conference, many attendees need to travel.  And with Sri Lanka being one of the world’s top travel destinations (#1 in New York Times for 2010), isn’t it an excellent choice?  And believe me, our event team really knows how to deliver a memorable event that goes beyond the conference rooms!

Still on the fence?  Let us know how we can help tip the scale and get you to Sri Lanka to join us for this exciting global event.  But act quickly – folks around the world are already packing.

Jonathan Marsh, VP Business Development and Marketing
Jonathan’s blog: http://jonathanmarsh.net/blog

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

Get Ready for Summer – SOA Style

As you gear up for summer, sign up for our ever-popular SOA Summer School program starting in June.

No idea what SOA Summer School is? Well it’s a two-month program that offers weekly online sessions on various topics relating to enterprise SOA. We started WSO2 SOA Summer School in 2009 to help IT architects and developers beat the recession and update their knowledge and insights into the latest SOA technologies and best practices. We got such great feedback, we ran it again last year and are expanding it with brand new content this year.

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While we’ve covered basic technology in the previous sessions, this year we focus on practical solutions to real world challenges faced by enterprises today. We’ll showcase WSO2-based solutions, from security to governance to enterprise integration and cloud. We’ve also changed the format a little bit as well — the sessions are now more intensive and only two hours long.

Here’s the list of sessions that you can sign up for by going to http://wso2.org/training:

  • Security policy enforcement for the enterprise
  • Identity Management in the Cloud
  • End-to-end governance in the enterprise
  • Enterprise integration with SAP and WSO2 ESB
  • Enterprise Integration with the FIX Protocol
  • Mobile-izing enterprises with the WSO2 Mobile Services Gateway
  • Master Data Management in your SOA
  • Platform-as-a-Service: The WSO2 way
  • Wrap-up: The Best of Summer School 2011

Here the link to the press release we issued this week, for more info.

Hasmin AbdulCader, Director, Marketing

Think Again.

Tomorrow at the Forrester Enterprise Architecture Forum 2011 (WSO2 is a Gold Sponsor and talking about Ultra-scale deployments) we are launching a new campaign – the “Think Again” campaign.  The theme of our booth and materials is:
Think there’s nothing new in middleware? Think Again.
This campaign idea originated during a conversation we had recently during an investor analysis of WSO2 technology and business.  The comment was “WSO2 is the only new thing in the middleware space.”  We received similar excitement from analysts over our platform at the Gartner AADI conference last year, a recognition that our deliverables today match the Platform-as-a-Service vision predicted at the conference for five years out.

The foundations of this claim are solid:

  • Our lean and modular approach is unique and provides clear customer value.
  • Our cloud-native platform gives you a full range of deployment options, from on-premise server installations, virtualized environments on- or off-premise, or fully multi-tenant, elastic cloud deployments on public or private infrastructure.
  • And our open source business model and world-class support services raise the bar on software vendor-customer relationships.

A small taste of the campaign is available at http://wso2.com/thinkagain.

So, think we’re just a low-cost alternative to IBM, Oracle, Tibco, and the rest?  Think again.

Jonathan Marsh, VP Business Development and Marketing
Jonathan’s blog: http://jonathanmarsh.net/blog

WSO2 Workshop Tours: an Easy Intro to an Easy Platform

The workshop series just completed in the US (San Jose, Salt Lake City, Orlando) was attended by a diverse set of people having interests in the platform and on particular set of products. I had the pleasure of meeting people who were there to build their own skills in SOA, Cloud, and WSO2 technology and those who were looking to evaluate and potentially deploy WSO2 platform in the enterprise.

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Since the workshops run pretty much like a discussion with lots of whiteboarding and demonstrations, everyone is able to pose their questions and get a clear understanding of the platform. It was quite interesting to hear from people who have already used WSO2 as well as from those who have not.  The questions ranged from “What exactly does an ESB provide to an enterprise?” to “What mechanisms support LDAP within the WSO2 Identity Server?” to “Tell me in concrete terms what is Cloud?”

One particular message that echoed throughout this workshop series was the fact that WSO2 technology is very easy to understand. Within the short span of one day, the audience learns the product well enough to run a basic end-to-end scenario and literally start to answer each others questions! That is a pleasant moment to experience. :-)

I’m sure as much as the audience learned from WSO2, we learned from them as well. Nothing like a teaching moment to bring home both the great ease of use of the product — and what can be even easier to achieve the same effect. The simplicity and straightforwardness of the product are prime ingredients on which the WSO2 platform is built, and we continually strive to improve on these goals through user contact opportunities like the workshop.

My thanks to everyone who came to visit us and give us the time to share the world of WSO2. We’re planning many more workshops this year, on a wider array of topics, and we hope to meet even more of you through these great events.  Keep an eye on the WSO2 events calendar — and let us know where you’d like to see a workshop!

Devaka Randeniya, Director of Sales
Devaka’s Blog: http://devakar.blogspot.com/