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A Sneak Peek at WSO2Con and BallerinaCon 2018

We’re only one month away from our largest WSO2Con ever… as well as the first-ever BallerinaCon.

With nearly a dozen separate announcements that we’ll be making in the integration space, I’m really excited to be part of this. If you’re a developer, integrator or enterprise architect, or are just into the latest trends in APIs, enterprise architecture or microservices, then the conference is where you need to be. Here are some teasers about what is coming up…

Agile integration. Agile isn’t just for pure development projects anymore, integration is becoming agile and that is a major focus for the conference. We’ll be looking at agile integration from multiple angles: of course the tech will be key, but also people and processes are essential to agile. Transforming organizations into integration agile is front-and-center at this year’s WSO2Con.

Architecture and methodology are key. One of the major lessons we’ve learnt is that the architecture and methodology are key to successful integration. We’ve been working to capture those learnings in a reference architecture and reference methodology for agile integration, and we are really keen to see your feedback on them. As well as introducing our reference architecture, we are also going to be launching our maturity assessment methodology, which is designed to help any organization move towards more agile integration.

Desperately seeking serverless. What do you get when you combine integration agile technologies with Kubernetes and make it multi-cloud? You’ll have to come and find out about about our serverless strategy and solutions.

Microservices everywhere. The popularity and growth of microservices is challenging old approaches to integration. We have an amazing vision of how microservices architecture can enhance, accelerate, and re-energize enterprise integration. We will be unveiling this vision, addressing how integration fits into the microservices architecture.

Going global: new channels, offices, and partner programs. Partner outreach is demanding it, growth curves are predicting it, global reach is requiring it: yes, we’ll be announcing new global office locations. We’ll also have our first all-day partner conference where we’ll reveal an even better partner program for our global partner and global reseller community.

Integration simple and agile. At BallerinaCon (the day after WSO2Con) we’ll dive deep into the Ballerina language, the first cloud-native programming language aimed at targeting the integration gap. While companies have moved to agile, most integration is still on a fast waterfall approach. Integration products have been part of that challenge. But general purpose programming languages aren’t integration simple. We think we have an answer. Come and see what you think. And it’s #1 on TechWorld’s 2018 list.

Finally, some business stuff. We’ll be announcing a number of new pricing options, support model enhancements, and even better customer success and consulting offerings.

We can’t wait to see you in San Francisco.

You Do Not Want to Miss WSO2Con North America, July 16–18 in San Francisco

“This year is going to be the biggest, baddest, most monstrous year yet for our conference. Do not miss out!”

Each year, vendors around the world who host their own conferences make identical claims. With promises of special locations, intriguing speakers, and networking with food (and delightfully intoxicating substances), commercial events turn into rigmarole.

Not this year. Not this conference.

WSO2’s North American conference is going to be a doozy. If you are a developer, architect, integration specialist, partner, CIO, CTO, or CDO, we want to see you at this event as we unveil the next phase of our company, our technology, and our growth.

For the first time, we are hosting three events:

  1. WSO2Con: see us unveil our vision for how digital transformation is evolving and how we will help every organization become integration agile.
  2. WSO2Con Partner Day: our partner ranks have ballooned and our partners generate nearly $250M annually as part of the WSO2 ecosystem. We are hosting a business day dedicated to exploring collaborative opportunities to build markets together. We’ll be unveiling new channel programs, how resellers will shape future integration sales, introduce the global channel team that joined this year, and our investment plan that will help you build annuity and profit streams from our field collaboration.
  3. BallerinaCon: Ballerina is a programming language that makes it ridiculously easy to write microservices that integrate APIs. We are lucky and excited to co-host this first-time event with the language designers and the San Francisco Ballet. Ballerina is gaining global adoption and your experience will have you agree with why Google’s Kelsey Hightower called it “the dopest thing” and Redmonk’s James Governor declared Ballerina “the belle of the Kubecon ball. ”

These events are happening at a time where WSO2 has become the largest open source integration vendor. Integration is suddenly the hottest thing in enterprise software, and that is propelling tremendous growth for us. We are reinvesting all of our gains back into the business, and at the conference we’ll be announcing important software, services and solutions designed to make it easier for any organization to become integration agile.

We’ve become increasingly concerned that as architectures continue to disaggregate due to the drive to scale to support customer demand, those architectures have required organizations to support center-of-excellence integration approaches which impose waterfall constraints and limited agility. We will make sure that this doesn’t happen to you, and in my keynote we’ll be unveiling:

  1. Our agility strategy for organizations of any size, through the presentation of a new reference architecture for agility and agility methodology, including the introduction of cell-based architectures and philosophies to make the composable enterprise as agile as a microservice.
  2. How microservices will pervade all of our products giving you new forms of micro deployments, management and runtimes so that enterprise architecture can increasingly be delegated and crowd sourced.
  3. Our serverless strategy, including how a special collaboration between our engineers and the Apache OpenWhisk community is going to give enterprises an agile approach to event-driven architecture without fearing data or platform lock-in from the megaclouds.
  4. Our commitment and commercial strategy unveiling for Ballerina, a cloud native programming language, which can augment your Java,.NET and JavaScript development by making agile development of microservices accessible to any enterprise.
  5. Substantial new business programs, including microservices-based pricing / packaging and Technical Account Management.
  6. Our territory and local influence expansion plans including our plans for new offices in Mexico, Germany, and other MEAP locations.
  7. New partner programs designed so that WSO2 can make substantial investments into our global partners so that they can create annuity and profit streams.

This is going to be an amazing event and an experience that should not be missed. Come join us and learn about why we believe that WSO2 is going to become the world’s largest integration vendor. Let our passion, excitement, and experience help guide you on your own integration journey. And let’s hope I don’t screw up my very important keynote.

WSO2Con US 2014 kicks off with CEO Sanjiva unveiling several strategic product developments to support today’s connected world

Its our biggest user-conference yet! After a great day of pre-conference tutorials yesterday, WSO2Con US 2014 officially got going with traditional drumming and CEO Sanjiva Weerawarana, talking about how competing in a connected world requires a new holistic approach to IT architecture that harnesses the combined power of the cloud, APIs, mobile computing, Internet of Things (IoT), analytics, DevOps, and integration.

Here are some highlights from his keynote presentation:

Mobility and the Internet of Things

Enterprises are expanding the platforms they use to connect with employees, customers and partners. WSO2 is addressing the demands with two products: WSO2 Connected Device Manager and WSO2 App Manager.

WSO2 Connected Device Manager will build on the existing mobile device management capabilities of WSO2 Enterprise Mobility Manager (WSO2 EMM). New functionality will enable enterprises to deploy connected IoT devices to remotely manage them from a central point, update software, send out encryption keys remotely, and gather important information about devices’ physical locations.

WSO2 App Manager, in the first release, will extend the mobile application capabilities in WSO2 EMM to handle Web apps and desktop apps, providing unified management of these enterprise applications. Key capabilities will include:

  • Shared app store
  • Single-sign on solution
  • Publisher for managing enterprise applications throughout their life cycle
  • Application store that lets users search, view, rate and install applications on-demand
  • Console for administrators to manage users, administer policies, and install or uninstall  applications.

Expanding Public Cloud Capabilities

WSO2 continues to expand the capabilities of its WSO2 Cloud platform, which represents the company’s next generation of public platform as a service (PaaS). In conjunction with WSO2Con US 2014, WSO2 is rolling out added integration between WSO2 App Cloud, the application PaaS (APaaS) based on WSO2 App Factory, and WSO2 API Cloud, the API Management PaaS based on WSO2 API Manager, which are both in public beta. Through the integration, customers can develop and host Web services in WSO2 App Cloud, and then expose them as managed APIs in WSO2 API Cloud.

Additionally WSO2 is demonstrating early previews of two forthcoming WSO2 Cloud offerings:

  • WSO2 Device Cloud is the mobile and IoT device management PaaS that will be based on the forthcoming WSO2 Device Manager.
  • WSO2 Integration Cloud, based on WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus is an integration PaaS (iPaaS) that will enable the development, execution and governance of cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-enterprise integrations.

AppFactory Cloud-Enabled DevOps

WSO2 App Factory is WSO2’s shared, elastic, and self-service enterprise DevOps platform that helps to eliminate the challenges of shadow IT projects. It enables multiple project teams to collaboratively write applications, manage the application life cycles, and provide continuous cloud delivery. At the same time, robust life-cycle management and governance ensure compliance with IT, corporate and government policies.

WSO2 is enhancing WSO2 App Factory with support for custom app types. The functionality, which will enable IT professionals to define their own application types, builds on the extensibility of WSO2 Private PaaS (based on Apache Stratos) and allows the easy provisioning of new runtimes using pluggable cartridges. In the same product release, WSO2 also will add support for .NET applications, PHP, and Node.js within WSO2 App Factory.

Eclipse Che Adoption

WSO2 today announced that it will adopt Eclipse Che, an open source platform for a software-as-a-service (SaaS) integrated developer environments, as the core platform for all WSO2 tooling supporting its middleware, cloud, and mobile platforms. WSO2 is migrating WSO2 Developer Studio from the Eclipse Rich Client Platform (RCP) to Eclipse Che with version 4.0, and has completed the first milestone. Additional details are available in the WSO2 press release from October 27, 2014, entitled “WSO2 Adopts Eclipse Che Platform for Developer Environments, Joins Eclipse Foundation to Contribute Technology to Eclipse Che.”

Analytics Evolution

Today, WSO2 delivers first solution for enabling data streams to be analyzed simultaneously in real-time with WSO2 Complex Event Processor (WSO2 CEP) and via batch processing through WSO2 Business Activity Monitor (WSO2 BAM). As a result, enterprises have unprecedented flexibility to gain valuable insights from the vast streams of events coming into the organization. An open architecture, this solution combines best-of-breed open source components, such as Apache Hadoop, Apache Hive, and Apache Spark, as well as WSO2’s own open source Siddhi CEP engine.

WSO2 will extend its analytics architecture with new offerings for machine learning and event stream management.

  • The machine learning product will provide a wizard to let users start with a data set, explore and play with that data set, try out many machine learning algorithms and create machine learning models in order to select the best algorithm for a given data set. The models then can be executed from other products in the WSO2 Carbon enterprise middleware platform, such as WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus (WSO2 ESB) platform or BAM/CEP offerings.
  • An event stream store and gateway, which is based on the same principles as the store and gateway capabilities in WSO2 API Manager, will let users catalog, manage and monitor event streams.

Unified Governance

Throughout 2015, WSO2 will roll out a strategic initiative to provide central governance for all artifacts and their relationships across the WSO2 platform, such as projects, applications, services, APIs, policies or people. The capabilities will be incorporated into WSO2 Governance Registry 5.0. Once artifacts are managed centrally, users will be able to apply policies to services, know which APIs are used by an application, or understand which people are working on a certain project—all from a unified governance center. Information will be published automatically from all WSO2 servers, ensuring that governance information is always up to date.

The next 2 days will be filled with awesome speakers covering these topics and more! Follow us on Twitter (@wso2con) and Facebook for live updates.

WSO2Con Hits Three Cities in 2014!

We are excited to announce not just one, but three WSO2 user-conferences, taking place in three different cities this year. The first of which is WSO2Con Asia, on March 24 – 26 in Colombo, Sri Lanka,  followed by WSO2Con EU in Spain, June 16 – 18, and WSO2Con US in San Francisco, October 27 – 29.

The 2-day conference and in-depth tutorials day of each WSO2Con will showcase how a connected business seamlessly integrates people, process, and data across an extended value chain, decreases interaction cost, and automatically adapts business activity in response to market events. The sessions will focus on:

  • New enterprise integration architectures
  • Cloud technologies that transform application delivery
  • Enterprise mobility solutions
  • Enhancing business opportunities with big data analysis, enterprise governance and security
  • Agile enterprise application development platforms

While the first cut of the agenda for WSO2Con Asia is now online, Call for Presentations (CFP) is now open for the event in Spain. We look forward to receiving your submission on how the revolutionary WSO2 enterprise middleware platform as has made an impact in your organization.

So do save the dates and start making plans today to join us at a WSO2Con closest to you! See wso2con.com for more details.

Tasha Hettiarachchi, Senior Marketing Officer at WSO2, and General-Chairperson WSO2Con 2014

WSO2Con 2013 CFP Now Open

It might be a bit of a challenge to get an elephant to cross London Bridge but WSO2Con will be just as exciting in 2013 as it has been in the past few years!

Our annual user conference takes place February 12 – 14, in London, UK with a simultaneous live stream event in Colombo, Sri Lanka. With presentations from both cities, interactive Q & A sessions and panel discussions, this year’s agenda hopes to provide an excellent opportunity to explore WSO2 products, learn how others are using WSO2 middleware and connect with peers and experts.

Call for papers is now open with an extended deadline of October 14, 2012. We invite you to submit a talk on any topic related to using WSO2 products for integration, SOA, API, mobile, data and analytics, application development, governance, business services, cloud computing, and REST. If you don’t see your particular area covered in this list, do send in your proposals anyway. We would love to hear your unique WSO2 case study or experience.

For more details and updates on WSO2Con 2013 you can follow us on twitter, like us on Facebook or keep an eye on the event website.

WSO2Con 2011 was a real Tweet!

WSO2Con 2011 is winding down – last set of tutorials conclude today.  I may be biased but IMO this has been the best technology conference I’ve ever attended.  Great speakers from around the world, lots of insight and frank discussion, tons of intra-conference networking and info sharing, fabulous keynotes, and a great mix of the practical and the visionary.  And the conference organization was … outstanding?  impeccable?  jawdropping? … I’m kind of speechless!  You’d think our WSO2 event team had been doing this for decades.

And ripples of the event went out well beyond Water’s Edge – hundreds of sessions were viewed live through the simultaneous webcast (recordings will be available at some point.)  Facebook pictures are still popping up from dozens of attendees (what was the last tech conference you went to that included elephant rides?)  And twitter was going nuts – #WSO2con was used over 1000 times, and broke the top 100 of trending topics during the conference.  So I’d thought I’d share a few highlights as expressed through some of my favorite tweets:

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(Paul answering a question about how we can compete technically against IBM’s R&D budget.)

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(The question was about how we assign “resources” to projects and tasks.)

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(Samisa talking about how a company of our size builds the impressive number of “products” and services that we do.)

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(That’s on two units over the first two months of deployment, equal to approx 250K US $ – a very cool iPod-based point-of-sale app modeled after the Apple Store experience – read the just-released case study.)

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(During Shankar’s building of a complete application in StratosLive during his session.)

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(Dimitry made heavy use of free public forums during his evaluation and development.)

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Just a small taste – start planning now not to miss WSO2Con 2012.  I won’t miss it for anything!

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

WSO2Con 2011 – More than just another tech conference

You’ve probably seen the agenda which has over 22 guest speakers and over 30 presentations covering the unique convergence of SOA, Open Source software, mobile and cloud computing, along with IT strategies for improving productivity and competing in a global economy.

You’ve also probably taken note of the stellar keynote sessions taking place on all three days of the conference by distinguished guests from IBM, eBay, Google and Cognizant Technologies.

What you probably don’t know yet is that WSO2Con 2011 is more than just a technology conference.

Held in the beautifully landscaped Waters Edge Resort, amidst a golf course, the 3 day conference also includes the most entertaining evening networking sessions you’ll ever come across.

Day 1: Cultural performances that showcase Sri Lanka’s rich set of cultural dances that are diverse and unique. From lithe graceful movements to the more vigorous, they reflect the complex rhythms of various drum beats. There is also a special appearance of a jumbo guest that should not be missed!

Jam with the WSO2 crew on Day 2. The team has been tuning up guitar strings, and vocal cords for an evening of smooth tunes and moving local flare. Even if you don’t play an instrument or have a voice of a nightingale, you can still join in the fun by singing and clapping along.

Ending the conference in style, one of the biggest names in the Sri Lankan music industry will perform. Mixing Sinhala, Tamil and English lyrics in their originals, bringing out their contemporary style and revolutionary music, this internationally acclaimed duo will make the evening definitely one to remember!

Can’t be here live? No problem, watch all sessions online, as and when they happen. Log in to http://wso2.org/events/wso2con-2011-colombo starting at 9PM Pacific time tonight!

Hasmin AbdulCader, Director, Marketing
http://www.twitter.com/hasmina

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