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Travis Perkins: Disrupting the Retail Industry with WSO2 Integration Technology

Travis Perkins, UK’s largest supplier of building materials, embarked on their digital transformation journey last year in the hopes of enhancing customer experiences, growing their business and improving the usability of their systems. At WSO2Con EU 2017, Christopher Stone, the head of integration at Travis Perkins, talked about the steps they took to go digital with the help of WSO2 technology and key partners.

To help understand Travis Perkins’ current situation, Christopher used an analogy coined by their previous CIO Neil Pearce – the house of IT.

By looking at all the areas of the house that need improvement, Travis Perkins realized that they needed to adopt integration technologies that would allow their systems to be flexible, future-proof, innovative, and reactive. “Integration is the plumbing, electrical wiring, and foundation — basically the rooms of the house,” said Christopher. “Effective integration and quality data are the key enablers for our digital agenda that is built on a solid foundation such as reliable cloud infrastructure and networking.”

Once Christopher explained this analogy, he explored how they previously worked on integration projects. He would most likely be a part of a program delivery team who is pressured to deliver fast and within a strict budget. This hinders their vision of the overall enterprise benefits and results in a point-to-point spaghetti architecture that leads to high maintenance costs, difficult to support, inconsistent standards, reliability issues, and limited reusability.

Today, Travis Perkins has a central integration layer powered by WSO2 integration and API management products. Services are developed according to project requirements, but built with the entire enterprise in mind using a set of policies, patterns, and standards governed by the project diagnostic team. This results in maximum reusability, easier support and maintenance, and continuous improvement in delivery, quality, and speed. The replacement of their core ERP system from a legacy system to an ERP vendor named M3, for sales order entry, sales order management, pricing, tool hire, finance, and supply chain is the largest program Christopher’s team is currently delivering on. But they have been involved in various other integration projects too. “The right tools combined with the correct mindset, architecture, and governance allows you to meet your goals in achieving good enterprise integration which benefits your company as a whole,” he says.

Many external parties helped Travis Perkins along their journey. In their early days, Wheeve, integration technology experts partnered with WSO2, gave them a theoretical and conceptual mindset on how an integration department should run. They helped set up the department and build up the team and aided them with their architecture and processes. During the delivery phase, Travis Perkins’ engineers and analysts were supplemented by ICT solutions providers partnered with WSO2 — Chakray and Mitra Innovation. They offered integration specialists well-versed in the WSO2 platform who helped analyze the requirements and worked in an Agile Scrum fashion to deliver the projects. “They have helped us come leaps and bounds, not only in delivering projects but also in terms of learning from their experience and knowledge of the WSO2 platform,” said Christopher.

“WSO2 is a great platform. It enables us to deliver quickly and compliments our strategy to utilize open source technology wherever possible,” Christopher concluded. “When any of our engineers come across difficulties in development, the WSO2 Subscription gives us great SLA’s. We don’t need to use production maintenance support very often, but when it does happen we have a very good relationship with WSO2 for them to support us in getting back to business as usual.”

To learn more about how Travis Perkins is successfully traversing its digital transformation path, watch Christopher’s video at WSO2Con EU 2017 below.

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!

 

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!