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.
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/