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WSO2 had an Open House Party on 22nd of November 2013, showcasing their new own Workplace building in Palm Grove. Tasha Hettiarachchi, their Senior Marketing Officer gave me a tour of the building and she didn’t fail to amaze me. She said they are trying to bring in the transparent culture from top to bottom, hence they haven’t divided departments and workers. Furthermore they even can work from home if they don’t feel like coming to the office for the day or so.

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Each floor has its own theme and two Board Rooms as well. 1st floor consists of a Snooze Room with a Snooker Table, X-Box and Foosball Table, so that the workers could blow some steam off.

And the best part? The Basketball Court on the Rooftop.  Also there is a gym and a Crèche as well.

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Tasha also said that they moved-in last August and always wanted to have a work environment like this, and are getting to their goal, step by step.

Sanjiva Weerawarana, Founder of WSO2  conveyed his sincere thanks to all the well-wishers and to the crowd present there at the moment. The night was young and everyone was enjoying the hospitality of WSO2. Drinks were served so was Dinner. A gift hamper was given away to all the participants.

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SL2C Meetup

Sl2college, one of Sri Lanka’s premier volunteer-driven organization with the vision of  becoming “An information hub for Sri Lankan students seeking to pursue higher education”. SL2College helps Sri Lankan students with their higher education goals by providing free, accurate, in-depth and unbiased information about many aspects of higher education within Sri Lanka and overseas. Run by a global community of past and present Sri Lankan graduate students, faculty members and entrepreneurs residing in many countries, SL2College is the first of its kind in Sri Lanka.

The quarterly meet up of the organization happened on 22nd of October 2013 at WS02 premises Colombo-03. This meetup is a platform for its team members to meet each other and get to know more about the great work that is being done while showing different ways in which new volunteers can get involved. Indicating the success of having meetups, participation of new enthusiastic volunteers doubled when compared with the previous meetup. They all were willing to contribute their time and effort towards ongoing projects of SL2College.

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The event was started by Nayana Samaranayake, the founding member of SL2College, introducing the organization and its achievements. Then Kethika Kulleperuma, representing marketing team, explained about the activities of the marketing team. She pointed that Social Media is ever evolving and is highly dynamic which provides many opportunities to any organization to bring their name upfront. Furthermore, she invited new volunteers to join marketing team.

Next, Tilan Wijesooriya representing SL2College editorial team, focused on the importance of reaching rural areas in Sri Lanka with their local media, namely Sinhala and Tamil. He further stated about regular articles presented by SL2College for Vidusara and Navaliya magazines.

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Then, Rasitha Wijesekara and Charith Sooriyaarachchi introduced Volunteer and Team building activities of SL2College. SL2College organizes mentoring sessions for its team members in order to build their personal and professional skills, where high profiled and successful personnel will be mentoring the volunteers. In the past sessions, Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarna (CEO of WSO2), Mr. Rohan Jayaweera (Country Consultant at Google) and many industry professionals have shared their knowledge and ideas with SL2College members. Pasindu Perara and Thushan Ganegedara then spoke on SL2College web team and Asia student mentor network respectively.

Rashmika Nawaratne concluded the speeches explaining school seminar series conducted by Sl2College, in collaboration with Ministry of Education and US Embassy. Under the school seminar series SL2College has done a successful seminar at Richmond College, Galle and planning to conduct several school seminars in Gampaha and Jaffna in the coming months. Rashmika invited speakers to talk about higher education in both Sinhala and Tamil mediums.

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The speeches were to get newcomers up to speed on knowledge about SL2College and the current events happening. Then an interesting quiz session was conducted by Rasitha, which most the participants got thrilled and won chocolates.

The meetup concluded with refreshments and a networking session where the new volunteers met the SL2College core team members and showed their interested on various projects conducted by SL2College.

If you are interested in volunteering with us send your CV to info@sl2college.org

Website: http://www.sl2college.org/

For further updates on SL2College: https://www.facebook.com/sl2college

Article by: Mohammed Aasir

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SL2College meetup is a platform for its team members to meet each other and get to know more about the great work that is being done while showing different ways in which new volunteers can get involved. If you are passionate about volunteering and would like to make a change, SL2College is the place to be.

The second quaterly SL2College meetup is happening at WSO2, Colpetty on October 22nd from 5.30pm – 7.30pm. Please join us to get to know more about SL2College and what we do and to network and mingle with the SL2College team.

 

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WSO2 Sri Lanka recently held a CxO Forum to showcase its latest solutions for a connected business. The forum also highlighted WSO2’s existing product offerings and provided insight into its pipeline of enterprise solutions.
Operations and information heads representing a cross-section of industries such as apparel, telecommunications, IT services, finance and the Government sector were among the invitees that attended the session which was held at Cinnamon Grand on 10 July 2013.
WSO2 Founder, Chairman and CEO Sanjiva Weerawarana inaugurated the session by providing an introduction to the company and some snippets on the history of WSO2. Other senior personnel of WSO2 touched on different areas, explaining how WSO2 has re-aligned enterprise application development by providing comprehensive, data to screen open source products that span the entire breadth of service-oriented architecture (SOA), yet remain lean, inexpensive, and easy to use. The key highlight of the session was the introduction of WSO2’s recently formed mobile subsidiary, WSO2 Mobile, and its solutions in the enterprise mobile space.
Chris Haddad, WSO2 Vice President of Technology Evangelism, spoke about new IT in terms of how re-thinking, re-inventing, and re-organizing a company’s processes and middleware platform will help an organisation to deliver significant business value.
“Organisations are not single, vertical silos anymore… they outsource a lot of their different business activities to partners and we see that this is becoming increasingly possible as the connectivity cost decreases,” said Haddad. He said that WSO2 can support this “because we’ve integrated many aspects and we’ve taken a holistic approach towards how we can re-energise a company’s IT operations.”
He also noted that there is the opportunity now with increasing capability and sophistication of WSO2’s middleware platform and the concept of DevOps to satisfy an organisation’s broader business requirements.
“Today, there’s greater focus on enterprise IT because this facilitates change and aids the adaption to change,” commented John Mathon, WSO2 Vice President of Product Marketing.
He said that a key challenge faced by most companies today is the lack of resources to keep pace with the required changes in enterprise development and open source middleware has been able to meet some of these challenges.
“It’s been a great growth phase for open source; we’ve seen tremendous adoptions in recent years and many companies today are using open source middleware in their operations because it enables them to lower their risks, reduce costs, and adapt to new technology faster,” said Mathon, who was also a co-founder of Tibco Software.
Harsha Purasinghe, Founder and CEO of WSO2 Mobile, spoke about how mobile has become a crucial element in today’s enterprise where enterprises need to shift towards a mobile first strategy. He also elaborated on the potential challenges faced by enterprises due to proliferation of smart mobile devices, distribution of mobile apps, and challenges faced with building mobile applications for enterprise use. “Some of the key challenges of an enterprise today include the proliferation of devices, apps distribution and building apps, and WSO2’s enterprise mobile platform will help companies to overcome these challenges,” added Purasinghe.
The WSO2 Mobile team also provided a preview of its planned enterprise mobile solutions through a live demonstration of its enterprise mobile device management and enterprise mobile application management offerings. These products are due to be released at the WSO2Con event, scheduled to be held in San Francisco later this year.
The speakers also highlighted that WSO2’s key advantage is that all of its products are built on a common foundation – WSO2 Carbon, a modular, reconfigurable, elastic, OSGi-based architecture, which in turn ensures a solid base for building large-scale enterprise applications, as well as seamlessly integrating with legacy and existing applications.
WSO2 also hosts a variety of events such as webinars, workshops, conferences, and meet-ups for knowledge sharing and networking around the various open-source SOA and other business communities.

Source: DailyFT

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As cloud and API management open doors to new business models, enterprises are seeking to control the applications being developed with those APIs; both within their organisations and across their partner networks.
WSO2 is addressing this demand with the launch of WSO2 App Factory, which enables continuous cloud delivery through a shared, self-service, multi-tenant and elastic enterprise DevOps platform.
WSO2 App Factory empowers teams to collaboratively create, develop and deploy enterprise applications into cloud environments without the delay of server provisioning. Robust lifecycle management and governance ensure compliance with IT, corporate and government policies. At the same time, the ability to create an intuitive Apple or Google Marketplace-like storefront means developers can easily subscribe to and consume APIs, applications and gadgets.
“Too often, enterprise agility is stalled by a proliferation of stovepipe deployments and shadow IT projects that are disconnected from enterprises’ strategic initiatives,” WSO2 founder and CEO Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarana said. “WSO2 App Factory removes those barriers by providing an open cloud-based platform for development collaboration backed by robust governance. Through WSO2 App Factory, enterprises now can extend their business capabilities across a connected ecosystem of internal teams, suppliers, channel partners, distributors and customers, while lowering the costs of integration and interaction.”
WSO2 App Factory provides an open source, open standards approach to cloud-enabled enterprise DevOps. It is built on and integrates with the award-winning 100% open source WSO2 Carbon enterprise middleware platform and WSO2 Stratos, the most complete platform as a service (PaaS) available. The capabilities include WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus (WSO2 ESB), WSO2 API Manager, WSO2 Application Server, WSO2 Governance Registry, WSO2 Business Activity Monitor, WSO2 Business Process Manager, WSO2 Business Rules Server, WSO2 Identity Server, WSO2 Complex Event Processor, WSO2 Message Broker, and WSO2 User Engagement Center.
WSO2 App Factory enables the integration of popular software development lifecycle (SDLC) tools, such as Apache Subversion (SVN), Git, Jenkins, Maven, Redmine, Clover, FindBugs and JUnit. At the same time, the open design of WSO2 App Factory also allows the integration of any SDLC toolset with widely adopted tools, such as Atlassian JIRA and Bamboo. Additionally, App Factory integrates with existing user repositories via LDAP or Microsoft Active Directory. Because all the third-party tools used in WSO2 App Factory are integrated through open, interoperable extension points, developers can easily configure new life cycle stages, workflows, and tools of their choice.
“There are several drivers for the use of application development life cycle management (ADLM) services. In load/stress testing, significantly larger loads can be created than in on-premises solutions, a more accurate representation of real-world conditions for client-facing applications, and more-effective pricing structures have combined to make this a rapidly growing market segment,” observed Gartner Research Director Thomas E. Murphy in the Gartner report, Platform as a Service: Definition, Taxonomy and Vendor Landscape, 20131, published on 13 June, 2013. He added: “The continued emergence of DevOps practices and the rise of new cloud platforms will drive adoption as organisations seek to drive productivity and adopt cloud deployment platforms.”
WSO2 App Factory is equipped with a complete SDLC tool chain and PaaS capabilities that aim to address many aspects of the application management process. It provides teams with a unified, controlled platform to manage this complex set of tasks across cloud portals for development, testing, production, and continuous builds in order to provision quality assurance environments, run continuous integration tests, and continuously promote and deploy software assets across development life cycle environments and production. With WSO2 App Factory, developers can easily create and administer projects, automatically build applications, and continuously deliver applications.
WSO2 App Factory provides the tools to create, manage and govern applications, along with the runtime to execute these tools. Developers only need to use the App Factory development portal to perform most of their daily tasks (builds and deployments). They also can consume APIs, applications and gadgets that have been published to an intuitive storefront to develop their own applications, as well as publish data into a shared storage server.
At the same time, developers can continue to use their preferred integrated development environments (IDEs) to develop applications, which run inside the App Factory runtime. WSO2 App Factory supports a range of application types, including web applications, ESB integrations, BPEL-based workflows and PHP applications, to name but a few.
WSO2 App Factory provides several benefits to enterprise development teams. The ability to impose policies and standards between life-cycle stages means an application won’t progress from one stage to the next before meeting regulatory and quality standards. Meanwhile, making an application publicly available in a storefront fosters cross-organisational collaboration and encourages reuse, speeding time to market. The storefront also helps developers understand what capabilities are available before starting a new project, reducing rework. Similarly, early detection of issues cuts the cost of development.
Automated processes also help to simplify the developer experience and streamline processes. Notably, WSO2 App Factory automatically manages dependencies. For example, when moving an application from development to staging, there is no need to connect to different APIs and databases. A developer can simply move the application through its life-cycle stages while the platform automatically connects it to the correct resources. WSO2 App Factory also creates a skeleton project automatically; developers simply select a project type. Additionally, App Factory’s numerous dashboards make it easy to manage and monitor projects throughout the life cycle.
WSO2 App Factory as a fully open source solution released under the Apache License 2.0, it does not carry any licensing fees.

Source: DailyFT