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WSO2 Update: Goodbye Tyler, Hello Vinny!

Its time to update on some management changes in WSO2. Tyler became CEO of WSO2 in September 2017 and has decided to move on from WSO2 to pursue an opportunity in the investor side of the equation. Sometimes you do get opportunities you can’t say no to!

Before updating on what comes next, let me take this opportunity to thank Tyler for the hard work he did as CEO. When Tyler joined and I stepped down, I wrote a blog introducing him – so I won’t repeat that info here.

Thank you Tyler!

I’ve been around quite a few years now but I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone work so hard! Tyler epitomizes 24x7x365 and brought an amazing amount of energy and passion to everything he did during his tenure as CEO. In particular, Tyler brought a strong business focus to the company as previously we were much more tech focused. He helped re-organize our sales system in a more componentized way to help it scale better. He did numerous things across the board to keep the company growing – delivering another year of 50% YoY growth while maintaining cash flow positive execution.

Tyler is leaving the company strong and healthy! But he’s not fully leaving us – he will continue to be affiliated to us through the board and will continue to help evolve the company into a bigger and greater organization.

Thank you Tyler.

What’s next?

Hello Vinny!

Image source: https://www.ocregister.com/2013/05/24/smith-moves-on-after-grueling-battle-with-dell/

Vinny Smith is joining the WSO2 board and becoming Executive Chairman! Who’s Vinny?

Vinny is the founder of Toba Capital, an investment firm committed to helping create and build incredible technology companies.

Vinny began his career working for Oracle working in a variety of sales and sales management positions. From 1998 to 2012 he was responsible for leading the strategic direction of Quest Software and served as CEO/Chairman. Under his direction, Quest became a leading enterprise systems management company, scaling from just 25 employees to more than 4,000 employees worldwide and $1B in revenue.

Prior to joining Quest, Vinny cofounded Insight Venture Partners, which remains a leading venture capital firm based in New York. In the early 90’s he cofounded Patrol Software which he financed, managed, and sold in 1994 to BMC Software.

Outside of software, Vinny is an investor in real estate development projects throughout California. His foundation, Teach a Man to Fish, does philanthropic investing focusing on enabling passionate entrepreneurs who are devoted to vital causes. He is an advisor and financial supporter of organizations like Fuel Freedom, Gen Next Foundation, Augies Quest, Cure Duchene, Orphaned Starfish, Orange County High School of the Arts, MiddleBridge High School, and Mount Saint Joseph High School.

Vinny holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Delaware.

I first met Vinny a few months after Quest invested in WSO2. Later, after Quest was bought by Dell and Vinny went on to starting Toba Capital, I had the pleasure of working more closely with him.

Over the last several years, with successive investment rounds and with Toba buying Intel Capital’s shares in WSO2, Toba is now the majority share holder in WSO2.

Vinny’s been a passionate supporter of WSO2 and extremely bullish about the potential of the company. He has also been very committed and passionate about building a company that’s heavily based out of Sri Lanka and seeing it become a global player. Just as a reference, in 2018 Gartner, Forrester and KuppingerCole named us market leaders in Integration, API Management and Identity & Access Management, respectively. WSO2 is now an established player in the market and is here to stay!

I have long chatted with Vinny about getting him to join the board and become active in the company. He finally felt this is the right time as we’re now at a meaningful scale and his experience and expertise in building Quest from a small size into a billion dollar revenue business will really help us scale.

So it’s absolutely awesome to have him not only join the board, but also take over as Executive Chairman! Being the Executive Chairman means he’s not just providing strategic guidance as a board member but in fact the executive in charge of the company. I’m utterly excited to have him on board in this way and look forward to a fun ride!

Shevan, Paul, and Shankar

Shevan Goonetilleke, who’s our current Chief Operating Officer, will be promoted to President and COO and will take overall ownership of all business functions. With that he will own sales, marketing, pre-sales, delivery, admin, finance, HR, legal – basically everything that’s key to the company’s success as a business. Congratulations and good luck Shevan!

Paul Fremantle, co-founder and CTO, will also be reporting directly to Vinny. Paul’s CTO office team is now nearly a dozen and they are responsible for long term thinking and big picture aspects of everything we do.

Selvaratnam Uthaiyashankar (Shankar), who heads R&D is now SVP of R&D and will be reporting to Vinny as well. With Vinny coming on board and with additional long term thoughts, we expect to significantly increase our R&D investment over the next several years.

And me…

With Vinny becoming Executive Chairman of the company I will of course be stepping down from the Chairman role. I will however continue to be on the board.

In addition, my work on Ballerina will continue with added gusto. We’re still finalizing details but after close to 3 years of work, Ballerina is nearly ready for prime time! We’re hoping for a summer blockbuster release!

WSO2 will then go all out on Ballerina and do a bunch of stuff. My involvement in product vision, strategy, and architecture will increase with the new structure. I look forward to helping the company reap benefits from the major investments in Ballerina.

Further, I will be part of guiding WSO2’s technical strategy for the long haul. As a tech company, we always have to look 5 – 10 years down the road and build towards that. I enjoy thinking long term and look forward to working closer with the incredible team in WSO2, and Vinny, to build the company to awesome heights!

It’s going to be a great ride.

Ready to be WSO2 Sales Certified?

In Q1 2019, we released the WSO2 Certified Sales Professional certification exclusively for our partners.

What is WSO2 Certified Sales Professional?

A certification for individuals on how to position and sell WSO2 offerings. If you belong to a partner organization and sell WSO2 products, you need to make sure this certification is on your short-term to-do list.

Why do we have a sales certification?

We want to

  • Enable current or potential sellers of WSO2 products to provide the best quality experience
  • Maintain the same sales knowledge and skill level among all those selling WSO2 products
  • Maintain the same standard and quality of sales for customers buying WSO2 products

How do we propose to test this?

We want to ensure that the test covers the theoretical knowledge as well as the practical aspects related to making a sale. In order to do this, the exam will consist of a multiple choice paper and a practical examination.

The multiple choice question paper will cover the following areas:

  • Presenting the WSO2 Story
  • WSO2 Value Proposition
  • Product Overviews
  • Positioning WSO2 Versus Competitors
  • Sales Operations
  • Objection Handling
  • Subscription Structure
  • Deployment Options and Pricing Methods
  • Partner Program

The practical exam will consist of the candidates making a presentation and answering interview questions based on a scenario.

What’s in it for you?

Once certified, you will be able to prove to the world that you are among the best sales personnel for WSO2 products. Just as we’ve listed out at Why become WSO2 Certified?, certification gives you the platform to prove your skills to yourself and others, gives you a chance to learn the best techniques to sell WSO2 products and sharpen your sales skills while preparing for the exam, and gives you a competitive edge, thereby increasing your employability.

How do I prepare for this test?

Log in to the partner portal where we have some learning material from our partner bootcamp.

Already a partner and ready to do the test?

Sign up for the exam on the partner portal today!

Want to check out our other certifications?

Have a look at WSO2 Certification.

Need more information?

Mail us at certification@wso2.com.

The API-driven World: WSO2 Integration Summit is Coming to a City Near You!

Starting in March, the WSO2 team, our partners, and I will be hitting the road for the 2019 WSO2 Integration Summit world tour. The 2018 Summit series was our biggest yet, featuring customer success stories from enterprises that have used our technology to fulfill digital transformation strategies and create innovative experiences for their customers. Refusing to sit back and relax, we’re making the 2019 Summits even better. We will be visiting at least 24 cities in 20 countries and 6 continents to show how you can achieve API-driven integration agility.

We are scaling our efforts by collaborating with our partners on each of our summits. We started this year by inviting all our partners for WSO2 Sales Bootcamp. For the first time ever, we had partners from all around the world participating in the 2019 kickoff alongside our own teams. Insights were gained, strategies were discussed, plans were made, and the summit tour was born. Because of our partners’ global presence, we are able to reach six of the seven continents (the penguins in Antarctica didn’t show much interest in WSO2!).

Group picture from Sales Bootcamp 2019

Summit Theme: The API-driven World

APIs are touching every facet of our society and the underlying trends are going to generate nearly 1 billion APIs in the coming years. All digital transformation depend on APIs and integration technologies underpin their evolution. Each WSO2 Summit will comprise a full day of vision and practical use cases focused on integrating a world of disaggregated APIs, cloud services, and data. We will discuss topics such as transforming integration projects from waterfall to agile, by moving from the centralized model to a decentralized architecture and methodology; combining enterprise integration, API management, and identity solutions; writing microservices that integrate APIs using Ballerina; and using open source technology for greater customization and flexibility. The summits will also feature guest speakers from digital-native organizations who will talk candidly about their API-driven transformations.

We’ll show you how to navigate current trends and use them to deliver innovation and new opportunities. Listen to visionary keynotes by WSO2 senior leadership, meet and network with industry experts and others who are striving to solve similar enterprise problems, and learn how integration agility could help with maximizing revenue and productivity. Join our interactive discussions to empower your team and stay one step ahead of evolving business needs.

While the the underlying themes of each summit remains the same, the agenda differs from location to location. The interactive sessions are tailored to each region, helping you gain relevant information on what matters to you and your enterprise. From open banking to retail and healthcare, our plan is to cover it all.

WSO2 Integration Summit 2019 global locations

If you are a customer or a community user and would like to speak at one of the summits, please let us know, as we have a limited number of spots still available. Get in touch with us at cfp@wso2.com.

I look forward to seeing you soon.

Space is limited, so save your spot today.

Follow @wso2 on Twitter to get the latest updates. We are using the #WSO2Summit hashtag.

WSO2: Our 2018 Results and 2019 Plan

10th straight year of subscription growth!

WSO2 had a stellar 2018 fiscal year. Continuing with the tradition began last year of financial transparency, I am pleased to share WSO2’s 2018 financial achievements and our 2019 plans.

WSO2 is starting our 14th year of operations. As our technology has become accepted as the best for open source integration, our business has started to grow at an increasing rate.

10th straight year of subscription growth; financial sound operations

WSO2 Subscriptions is our primary business. Customers purchase subscriptions to get support with an SLA, patches, security scanning, and developer query time. Subscriptions are purchased annually and are renewable. We use SaaS-style metrics and Annualized Recurring Revenue (ARR) as the benchmark for measuring the scale of our product sales.

In 2018, we exited with $37M in ARR, an expected growth of over 51% year-over-year. We added over 100 new subscription customers. We have more than 525 customers that have purchased a subscription or other professional services from us.

We now have customers in 65 different countries and in 2018, we crossed a milestone where more than 50% of our product sales originate outside North America. By the end of 2019, 65% of our business will reside outside North America making WSO2 a truly international-first business.

Financially, WSO2 is strong. We increased our balance sheet by $3.5M from operating cash flows while substantially increasing our staffing, opening new offices in Berlin, Mexico, and Australia, and continue long-term investments into next generation technologies like Ballerina.

WSO2 flirts around with GAAP profitability. We have profitable quarters, but don’t get there annually. Subscription businesses recognize revenue ratably over a 12 month period causing the revenue benefit from sales to appear delayed. This behavior is why we emphasize cash flow from operations as a better reflection of our business’ financial profitability.

Last year, WSO2 was the 8th largest pure open source software company. Given our growth rate, WSO2 is now the 6th largest open source company and we anticipate growing into the 5th over the next year!

WSO2 in 2019

In 2018, most of the changes that were made to the business were driven by territory expansion, globalizing our sales organization, expanding our field quality initiatives, and revamping our partner programs to capitalize on the dramatic increase in demand that we have seen in emerging markets.

In 2019, we will accelerate these initiatives while introducing a significant evolution of our product and open source initiatives.

We expect to grow 45–65% in 2019, exiting the year with more than 750 customers across 80 countries. We anticipate Latin America, Africa, and APAC to be the highest growth segments.

We’ll hire ~150 people through the year and expect to have close to 700 full time employees by year’s end.

For 2019, all WSO2 employees contributed to our strategic planning, and we have developed the WSO2 2019 vision; a commitment and description of our values, goals and strategies that will be driving our core efforts.

WSO2 2019: Our internal framework that helps us keep our priorities straight

WSO2’s 2019 Strategies and Priorities

When WSO2 was started, it was an experiment of middleware, integration and open source ideas. Those ideas unlocked a form of unanticipated profitability and prosperous employee base. We look back and then ask:

Could openness be a radical, more scalable, more profitable approach to integration software and business? How would WSO2 practice an open integration business alongside our open source licensing?

We use this mindset to collectively identify our strategic priorities for this year. Internally, we describe these efforts as Unifying Integration, Proving Ballerina, Win In Every Country, Open Everything, Agility Thought Leadership, and Culture of Transparency.

From a customer and investor perspective, we will:

  1. Launch New, Community-Driven Open Source Projects. We have written extensively on the evolution of integration; the need for the composable enterprise, standardizing reference architectures for integrations, and how microservices are shifting integration into code-first, instead of config-first capabilities. To further these ideas, we have community-driven efforts underway on new open source efforts including Cellery, Siddhi, a micro ESB, and a micro identity server. We will make public introductions as these efforts are readied for enterprise adoption.
  2. Invest Deeper Into API Management, IAM, and ESB. WSO2 is the industry-recognized leader in open source API management and IAM. We are one of the most widely adopted ESBs and recognized for the 1000s of enterprise integration projects we support. We are significantly expanding our engineering and dedicated support in these domains, effectively doubling our capacity by the end of 2019.
  3. Open WSO2 Hidden IP. We have pockets of intellectual property that is closed because we have the repositories hidden. This includes our cloud operating IP, certain types of configuration, and internal systems. Technically, our marketing, support, and sales content is not open either. We will open source all of this hidden IP.
  4. Open More of our Company Practices. We are expanding our partner network and simplifying how outsiders can participate with WSO2 in development, delivery and sales. We expect to grant 1000 certifications throughout 2019 and double the number of outside contributors to WSO2 projects and contributions made by WSO2 to external open source projects.
  5. Establish WSO2 as Open Source Champions. When outsiders engage in an open process started by someone else, they are joining a community. A community is a collection of people who share similar values. Committing to an open business model, in turn, means that we are advocates for community. We open our doors so that others may walk through. WSO2 will work on programs that make it easier for new developers to become participants in open source, create courses about how to run your own open source projects, and hiring dedicated staff that will be open source community champions within and outside WSO2.

We are working to be the best integration-at-scale provider for layered and cloud native architectures

About Those Lawyers

All this means we can, and will, create a lot more open source that helps IT digitize assets, become increasingly agile, and help turn internal software development into a competitive advantage.

We will be working to turn WSO2 into an IT-household brand, bringing our form of integration into every application and service you are building. If you are new to WSO2 or open source, 2019 will be a great year for you to learn more about how we can help you solve your digitization, integration, identity or API challenges. I’m happy to guide you on your journey and you can get in touch with me directly at tyler@wso2.com.

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Since this blog post includes future operating plans, predictions, estimates, and forecasts, this is a good time to point out that we have lawyers, and that our lawyers want you to know that this information represents our current judgment on what the future holds and it is subject to risks, uncertainties, and other nightmares. In other words, don’t draw conclusions that have undue reliance on this blog post and understand that we may revise anything.

WSO2 Training: What We Offer

In the world of integration where things keep moving at breakneck speed, it can be a little difficult to keep up with the latest. That’s why we offer training at WSO2 to facilitate learning our products.

Currently, we offer three different types of training at WSO2: Self-Paced Learning, Online Instructor-Led Training, and Onsite Instructor-Led Training.

Self-Paced Learning

Self-paced learning is the most common form of training used by our customers. We share all our training material for free at https://wso2.com/training, and you can simply download and work on it at your own pace.

We also provide a learning-management system at http://lms.wso2.com/. This material is similar to what we have on our site but is optimized for self-paced learning.

Pros

  • Free of charge
  • Work on it at your own pace, whenever you have time

Cons

  • Carving out time for this can be a challenge
  • If you run into issues, you need to figure it out yourself
  • Only standard training topics are covered

Online Instructor-led Training

Our trainers can conduct training sessions for you using online meeting software. The trainer will share his/her screen and demonstrate the functionality in webinar style. A training session is typically 3-4 hours, and the number of sessions depends on the topics covered. The trainees can try out the hands-on exercises on their own as homework.

Pros

  • Costs less than onsite training
  • More interactive than self-paced training
  • Get your questions answered in real time
  • You can cover the standard topics as self-paced training and request instructor-led training for selected topics that you find difficult to figure out on your own

Cons

  • Less support for hands-on exercises than onsite training
  • Less individual attention than onsite training, as sharing the trainees’ screen is not recommended because it will disrupt the training
  • Difficult for highly customized topics
  • Connectivity and audio/video issues can cause delays and disruptions

Onsite Instructor-led Training

Onsite instructor-led training can be arranged at your premises as required. This is the most highly effective form of training. Training topics can be fit into 8-hour work days, and the number of days depends on the topics covered.

Pros

  • Face-to-face interaction ensures a better training experience
  • More support for hands-on exercises, as there will be a lab assistant in addition to the main trainer
  • Get questions answered in real time
  • Suitable for highly customized trainings where the trainer is given your use cases in advance. The trainer provides a customized agenda and is prepared to answer questions relevant to your specific use cases.

Cons

  • Costs more than online training

No matter which approach you choose, WSO2 training provides a fast and effective way for you to get up to speed on our products. To learn more, visit us at wso2.com/training.

New WSO2 Fall 2018 Release Helps Enterprises Close Today’s Integration Gap by Becoming Integration Agile

For years, integration has been viewed as the sidekick to application development—important but not the leading player. That has changed with the rise of digital businesses whose success is based on the strength of their interactions across communities—from internal teams to partner ecosystems, customers, industry groups, and government entities, among others.

John Rymer, Forrester Research vice president and principal analyst, captured this new reality in his keynote presentation at WSO2Con US 2018 where he observed, “Modern apps are distributed, meaning integration must now be built in, not bolted on.”

In other words, integration needs to move from being a sidekick to co-starring with app development in driving digital business innovation.

WSO2 Addresses Today’s Integration Gap

The central role of integration in software projects means that integration has to be as agile as app delivery. However, while code development has shifted to agile, the same can’t be said for integration, which is still trapped in a siloed, waterfall mentality. To address this challenge, we are helping enterprises transform into “integration agile” organizations.

Integration agile is an integration practice that favors short, continuous, iterative integration releases—similar in nature to agile code development. The approach is based upon organization, architecture, and methodology that enable multiple DevOps teams to code both applications and their integrations. The result speeds integration releases, minimizes organizational IT silos, and enables enterprises to respond rapidly to changing market and business demands.

The approach is codified in the WSO2 Integration Agile Platform. First introduced in July 2018, it offers a cohesive architecture along with the components and processes needed to help simplify and unify complex integration projects. Architected on a common code base of open source technologies, the cloud native WSO2 Integration Agile Platform features seamlessly integrated functionality for full lifecycle API creation and management, enterprise integration, identity and access management (IAM), and event stream processing.

WSO2 Advances Integration Agile Platform with Fall 2018 Release

We are now advancing the ability of enterprises to become integration agile with the Fall 2018 Release of our WSO2 Integration Agile Platform—addressing people and processes as well as enabling technologies. This newest release of our platform introduces:

  • Unified monitoring and analysis of integration flows via out-of-the-box analytics in WSO2 Stream Processor
  • Adaptive authentication with WSO2 Identity Server to handle integrated apps and services where authentication cannot be predetermined
  • New WSO2 Integration Agile Consulting services and resources for transforming IT organizations’ development and integration silos into fully Integration Agile teams

Unified Analytics: WSO2 Stream Processor is an open source, cloud-native, and lightweight stream processing product that captures, analyzes, processes and acts on events using streaming SQL queries in real time. With the Fall 2018 Release, it adds out-of-the-box analytics for WSO2 Enterprise Integrator, WSO2 API Manager, and WSO2 Identity Server. Now, customers can apply rich analytics and alerting capabilities across the WSO2 products to obtain a holistic view of integration projects with large-scale instance volumes across a range of business use cases. WSO2 Stream Processor also introduces an industry first with the ability to calculate long-running, real-time aggregations with milliseconds accuracy—from seconds up to years—even when events arrive out of order. Users no longer face the complexity of adding specialized storage for big data to obtain this functionality.

Adaptive Authentication: WSO2 Identity Server is a uniquely extensible, open source IAM product featuring adaptive and strong authentication, which helps bridge identity protocols and is optimized for identity federation and single sign-on (SSO) across on-premises and cloud environments. The Fall 2018 Release of WSO2 Identity Server addresses the fact that authentication options available for any given application cannot be predetermined by enabling organizations to dynamically determine authentication at runtime without impacting usability. The new script-based adaptive authentication functionality gives identity administrators the flexibility to control how they authenticate users into their organization’s apps, integrate with external identity providers, and handle token transformation as required by the apps. Other new features include:

  • Basic-level support for User-Managed Access (UMA), an OAuth-based access management protocol, which facilitates integration by letting users register their resources and define policies for accessing them using APIs.
  • Simplified integration with Microsoft Office 365 by letting enterprises rely on WSO2 Identity Server to act as the identity provider and handle synchronization with Microsoft Cloud.

Integration Agile Consulting, Methodology and Architecture: We’ve taken a decade-plus of experience working on integration and digital transformation projects to develop the WSO2 Maturity Model for Agility. With the Fall 2018 Release of the WSO2 Integration Agile Platform, we’re rolling out new WSO2 Integration Agile Consulting services that apply this model to help executives take a pragmatic approach to accelerating their IT organizations’ journey toward integration agility. These include a range of assessment, planning and implementation services that are tailored to each customer’s current state, goals and desired outcomes. The services are complemented by two new reference documents available for download:

  • WSO2 Methodology for Agility is a prescriptive approach to assist digitally driven organizations in becoming integration agile by focusing on their people, processes and technology.
  • WSO2 Reference Architecture for Agility provides a five-stage evolutionary approach, technical guidance, and best practices for digital-native organizations that are implementing integration agile projects.

Many enterprises are now moving to agile digital business models that connect people, processes, and information to deliver new products and services. With our expanded WSO2 Integration Agile Platform, we are empowering these organizations to transform their teams, architectures and methodologies to speed their integration releases—and make integration and code development co-stars in accelerating innovation.

The world wants to integrate…or does it?

Hi everyone. My name’s Darin. I just joined WSO2 as the chief marketing officer. I wanted to share a few of my early thoughts about WSO2 and the idea of integration.

First, on a personal level, I am without a doubt, the most excited I’ve been in a long time. Over the past few months, I’ve spent time learning about the company, our customers, and the integration market. It’s clear to me that the magnitude of the opportunity for the overall community is literally awesome. I’m in awe of the potential before me. I can’t help but think of the many, many things that have happened and then come together to afford me the opportunity to be part of it. This is my wonderfully perfect storm happening at the perfect time.

Second, if you don’t already know this, WSO2 is the #1 open source integration vendor. The team of experts here understand the challenge of integration after having been a part of more than 2,000 enterprise integration projects. WSO2 has a vision for what integration will look like in the future, and the team would be happy to share steps you can take now to improve your current state and set yourself up for greater success moving forward. The open source approach means we aim to provide a ton of freely available value through our software, and we only earn the revenue we make through an amazing focus on customer support and service. Our cash flow positive and profitable growth of more than 50% is good evidence for the quality of the work this team delivers.

Third, my mantra of ‘One Story. One Plan. One Team’ seems to resonate with the team and the WSO2 culture. It’s a simple framework for helping distributed and cross-functional teams work better together and to deliver greater value to the ecosystem of partners and the community of users/customers. Tyler (CEO) shared an email about the idea of ‘One WSO2’ right before I joined. It was music to my ears. And just yesterday, Sanjiva (founder and father of WSO2) shared an email with the global team that demonstrated the honesty and transparency for which he is known so well. These are characteristics that are necessary to truly live a culture of being One Team, with a shared purpose, that is bigger than any individual and bigger than the company.

It’s interesting to me (as a new team member) that we’ve had a dialogue going on about values and culture recently. Great discussion! The point was well made that writing down values and attributes of a culture can be an unnecessary action or a forced ‘corporate activity’. Rather than feeling compelled to write them down, values and culture are simply things you live, exhibit through actions, and communicate by example. I believe it’s both. Think about when you were new to your team, your department, your company. If that was too long ago :), think about the last person that joined your group. How easy was it for you/them to integrate into the culture? In order for a new person to integrate into a business culture, at a pace that business today demands, I believe we should give she/he a head start by telling the examples to look for in others, from the senior leadership to the interns. Don’t make people figure out how to integrate into the culture entirely by trial and error. While many cultures (especially in technology companies like WSO2) embrace a “fail fast!”, “break something!”, and “ask forgiveness over permission” mentality, this wonderfully freeing approach is a strange new world for many people. I believe we should all help people adjust quickly and integrate faster, regardless of the environment and circumstances.

When I think about the idea of integration — beyond just the technology of middleware, the ESB, APIs, security, microservices, etc. — I believe it to be a fundamental and foundational idea for all of us. And I think the world wants to integrate more. Sometimes, this desire comes from a feeling of wanting to be part of something bigger. Other times, maybe it stems from the acknowledgment that we often cannot do ‘it’ alone, whatever ‘it’ is.

Whatever the motivations, I do believe the integration of ideas, skills, and systems is a natural part of what the world wants (and needs), even at the evolutionary level. In fact, page one of the book I’m reading currently, Big Potential, by Shawn Achor, provides a great example of this by way of the behaviors of fireflies in the mangrove forest of Southeast Asia. Basically, a male firefly will light up in order to attract the attention of the female. In what is the oldest kind of integration there is, it’s a little like there way of putting on a new shirt and maybe some cologne. Research shows that when huge populations of males light up in unison, the success rate for attracting females goes up approximately 25X. The more the males integrated their effort, the more success they experienced, and the more that entire ‘world’ of little luminaries benefited.

I see other trends that seem to support this idea that the world wants to integrate. And, like any concept that isn’t just accepted as fact, there are counterpoints as well.

  • The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expects the number of air travelers will increase by approximately 95% by 2036, while experts agree the global population will only increase by about 17%. Face-to-face and in-person experiences help create a faster integration.
  • According to the World Trade Organization, merchandise trade between developing economies has increased from 41% to 52% of their global trade in the last ten years. Commercial integration is no longer just between the biggest nations that have the most to offer.
  • A compilation of research results from WeAreSocial shows 42% of the global population is active on social media — an increase of 13% YoY. That means more than 300M people are integrating their ideas with people they didn’t use to.
  • The same report states ‘Digital Confidence’ is largely high, which means the majority of nations believe new technologies present more opportunity than risk. India ranks near the top with 79% of people welcoming new technologies — that inherently will drive more integration [projects].
  • Deloitte reports that 20% of the acquisition of technology assets as the principal reason behind deals, up from 6 percent in the spring of 2016. 35% of $1B+ corporations intend to pick up the pace on acquisitions, and in parallel, 70% of both corporate and private equity respondents say they plan to sell units or assets in 2018, up from 48% in the spring of 2016.
  • Since 1990, more than 90% of US metro areas have seen a decline in racial stratification, signaling a trend toward a more integrated America. But, then why do we have ongoing tension and debates about segregation in schools and housing?
  • And at the same time, we have active crises in many corners of the globe that have produced a record high number of 68.5M displaced people in 2017 — that’s one every 2 seconds. The majority of these displaced people, looking for a new place in which to integrate, result from conflict and war (people certainly NOT integrating ideas and skills).
  • Finally, according to Gartner, over the next ten years, we will gravitate toward work and organizations that accelerate “We Working” — a work philosophy that depends on ensembles of autonomous and high-performing teams fulfilling crucial outcomes. Work will revolve around portfolios of diversified roles and skills performed in teams that dynamically resize and reform.

It boils down to…it’s complicated. But, integration and disintegration is happening at an amazing scale. Global integration — technically, commercially, and politically — is very complicated. It makes even the most complicated integration architecture and cloud-native development projects in the support of massive digital transformation seem relatively easy. For me, complications in the face of an undeniable trend spells opportunity. Opportunity abounds because of the idea of integration.

So, back to my first point. I’m excited to be involved in this idea of integration and its many angles. I’m excited to be part of the open source software approach to integration because it is an amazing form of integration at work. And, I’m excited to be at WSO2 because of the way we work on solving the problems associated with integration — as ONE WSO2.

It’s great to be here.

WSO2 Stream Processor Named a Representative Vendor in Gartner’s 2018 Market Guide for Event Stream Processing

Owing to the rapid increase in innovation in today’s highly competitive business environments, agile digital organizations require capabilities to quickly respond to new market trends, customer behaviors, and environmental patterns. WSO2 Stream Processor, with its use of big data, streaming, and historical and predictive analysis, allows organizations to gain a competitive edge. It allows businesses to analyze large data streams, react to changes in real-time, predict trends, and even open up new, domain-specific avenues for entirely new services and products.

As validation of WSO2’s strategy to deliver an open source, cloud native, and lightweight stream processing product that can easily scale up to handle large event rates, WSO2 Stream Processor was recently listed as a Representative Vendor in Gartner’s Market Guide for Event Stream Processing1. The guide looks at vendors with cloud and on-premises offerings, as well as proprietary and open-source products.

Gartner defines event stream processing platforms as, “software systems that perform real-time or near-real-time calculations on event data ‘in motion.’ The input is one or more event streams containing data about customer orders, insurance claims, bank deposits/withdrawals, tweets, Facebook postings, emails, financial or other markets, or sensor data from physical assets such as vehicles, mobile devices or machines.” The report identifies two sub-segments in the market: stream analytics event stream processing (ESP) offerings and stream data integration ESP offerings.

According to the report, “Increasingly demanding consumers and intensifying digital competition are pushing analytics from transactional to continuous. To achieve the necessary continuous intelligence, data and analytics leaders must understand and master the event stream processing market.”

WSO2 Stream Processor helps agile digital organizations accelerate time to insight from data by providing users more autonomy in managing tools. It is an open source, cloud native, and lightweight stream processing platform that understands streaming SQL queries in order to capture, analyze, process and act on events in real time. This facilitates real-time streaming analytics and streaming data integration. With the product’s simple deployment and its ability to rapidly adapt to changes, enterprises can go to market faster and achieve greater ROI. It comprises many features that enable enterprises to build streaming analytics capabilities and derive meaningful insights out of an organization’s data.

Unlike other offerings, it is the only stream processor that provides high availability and 100K+ throughput with just two nodes and scales to 30+ billion events per day with its Kafka-based distributed deployment. The Siddhi Streaming SQL language also enables users to adapt to the market faster with quicker development times. The product can be utilized as a lightweight deployment, with the ability to handle large event rates, sophisticated and complex streaming operators, or out-of-order message processing. It can also process real-time queries that span from seconds to years. With its rich and agile development experience, it also provides business users more autonomy in managing tools.

1Gartner, Inc. “Market Guide for Event Stream Processing” by Nick Heudecker and W. Roy Schulte, June 15, 2018.

Why Become WSO2 Certified?

We at WSO2 offer a certification program for partners, customers, and just about anyone who is an expert at our products. Our certification program is relatively new, but as the products rise in popularity, the number of exam registrations keep increasing at a steady rate making it more competitive. Currently, we offer certifications for three products and also a certification exam for Solutions Architects.

What can WSO2 certification do for you?

  1. Certification gives you the platform to prove your skills to yourself and others
    Have you worked on WSO2 API Manager for many years and can write extensions in your sleep? Certification provides the perfect opportunity to verify the skills you already have and prove to the world that you are an expert. Our products solve complex problems and are not the easiest to master, and you will have the satisfaction of knowing that your IT skills are up-to-date and in demand.
  2. Certification forces you to dig deep into the product
    You may have downloaded our products and tried out a few tutorials. But you may not have been able to motivate yourself to spend more time to master the product. The most effective way to learn something is to prepare for a test!

    If you register for certification, you will need to go through the self-learning material, navigate the documentation, dig deep into the code, and learn the product well enough to answer the questions. You will discover exciting features that you didn’t know existed. What’s more, our exams are open-book, which means you get to read and learn about the product even while doing the test!

  3. Certification gives you a competitive edge over your colleagues and increases your employability
    Certification is an investment in your career. If you are already employed at a company that uses WSO2, you are proving to your employers that you are serious about your work. Who knows, this might be exactly what you need to bargain for your next promotion! If you are searching for a job, a WSO2 certification will give a boost to your CV.

If you are a developer who has been working with our products for a while, it doesn’t matter if you are working for a customer or partner or on your own—go ahead and register for our certification. If you are new to WSO2 products, check out our resources, learn on your own, or request on-site or online training, prepare some more, and go ahead and take the test!

WSO2 Summer 2018 Release Fosters Innovation via New Microservices Integration Features

Summer is the time for road trips. And this year, all roads point to microservices becoming the software architecture of choice as enterprises seek greater agility, resiliency, reliability, performance and efficiency in delivering their apps and services.

Nowhere is that more striking than in the April 2018 “Global Microservices Trends” report by Dimensional Research, which found that 91% of senior development stakeholders surveyed are using or plan to use microservices. Dimensional Research conducted the independent research study on behalf of application performance management provider LightStep, and it revealed that 86% of respondents expect microservices to be the default approach within five years.

Today, we are supporting enterprises’ move to microservices architectures with the Summer 2018 Release of our WSO2 Agile Integration Platform. With the new release, development teams now have powerful capabilities for bringing robust microservices-based digital services to market rapidly to meet market demand.

WSO2 Advantage in Driving Microservices Innovation

By delivering WSO2 functionality on a cloud native, open source platform, we facilitate the agility and innovation that enterprises require to thrive in rapidly evolving markets driven by disruptive technologies and digital business models—while protecting against lock-in. Now with our Summer 2018 Release of the WSO2 Agile Integration Platform, we extend those advantages with platform-wide support for the development and deployment of highly distributed, lightweight microservices. These capabilities extend across our integrated API management, enterprise integration, analytics, and identity and access management (IAM) offerings.

Management of microservices APIs is addressed by WSO2 API Microgateway, which provides secure, low-latency access to microservices and eliminates the need for a central gateway by enabling enterprises to apply API management policies in a decentralized fashion.

Real-time microservices analytics are enabled by WSO2 Stream Processor, a lightweight runtime that can run in distributed deployments using Kafka and container-native environments, such as Kubernetes. With the Summer 2018 Release, it adds support for message tracing across microservices using the OpenTracing standard for better insights into performance.

Microservices integration is optimized using the MicroESB in WSO2 Enterprise Integrator. Available with the Summer 2018 Release, the MicroESB is a lightweight mediation runtime that includes all core mediation capabilities. As a profile of WSO2 Enterprise Integrator, the MicroESB is based on the same features as the Integration profile and offers a significantly faster startup time, making it ideal for containers. In addition, the newest release of WSO2 Enterprise Integrator supports Eclipse Oxygen, the latest version of the Eclipse integrated development environment (IDE).

Secure microservices are provided by WSO2 Identity Server which now supports role-based access control (RBAC) and validation using the Java Web Token (JWT) standard that has been widely adopted for microservices.

Support Designed for Microservices Environments

The rise of microservices means that middleware capabilities increasingly are deployed as a dynamic collection of services or microservices, rather than as a set of servers easily counted in advance. At the same time, many customers want to benefit from access to the breadth of WSO2 platform capabilities for advanced integration, API management, identity management, and stream processing. To support these environments, we’ve also introduced the WSO2 Platform License for WSO2 Subscription, our commercial offering.

WSO2 Subscription features access to WSO2 Update for continuous delivery of bug fixes, security updates, and performance enhancements, along with WSO2 Support for 24×7 support. Now, with the WSO2 Platform License, customers can purchase a simple single subscription tiered to the number of CPUs allotted for WSO2 deployments. Within this allotment any of WSO2’s primary products can be deployed as needed to meet the scalability or functional demands of the day, making adoption of WSO2 in container-based environments simpler and more cost-effective.

The WSO2 Platform License for WSO2 Subscription is complemented by other service and support enhancements to maximize customers’ success using our technology:

  • The new Technical Account Manager (TAM) program provides a named technical support contact. This TAM acts as the first line of support, manages a priority support queue during working hours in a customer’s time zone, and can be embedded onsite. A TAM enables faster response and resolution times, maintains context across issues, and stays alert to address potential problems before they become support issues.
  • A new WSO2 Update Service “security-only” channel is available for customers who need to keep current with security features but are not ready in their lifecycle stage to make all updates. The security-only channel includes just security updates and selected bug fixes with clear dependencies from a security update.
  • Expanded WSO2 product installation experiences simplify the evaluation, deployment and integration with DevOps systems. Today, they include Docker images, native installers for popular operating systems, and an updated version of WSO2 Update Manager. Many options include pre-installed WSO2 Updates that make it easier to deploy bug fixes and security updates into development, test, and production environments. Additional installation offerings set to launch in Q3 2018 are Kubernetes, Cloud Foundry Tiles, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud Formation.

More organizations are turning to microservices to innovate a new generation of digital solutions that are powering businesses and economies around the world. WSO2 brings you the technology, expertise and services to ensure that the integration of those microservices is as agile as the development of those services, themselves.