[Sep 16th, 2011] Highlight of the day: Traditional opening of the 3rd office of WSO2 in Sri Lanka. Interestingly, WSO2's 2nd office was opened on 13th of Sep, 2010, the very same day we joined WSO2. WSO2 is growing and expanding. :) New office looks cool too. #PowerfulSeptembers
Sanjiva Weerawarana, Ph.D, Chairman, Founder & CEO, WSO2 started WSO2Con 2011 with the keynote "WSO2: Disrupting the middleware industry". In this key note, Sanjiva discussed the path he chosen, how WSO2 was founded, the history, its culture, the people, the technology, and the motivation behind him starting WSO2.
WSO2 is lean. The entire product stack is very small in package size compared with the gigantic IBM's. Sanjiva explained this was possible because we were lucky enough to start everything from the ground level from the scratch at WSO2, as re-thinking the middleware. Sanjiva didn't fail to mention that he is proud to see that WSO2 is often branded as a Sri Lankan company. He mentioned, contributing back to Sri Lanka was one of his personal motivational factor for starting WSO2.
Sanjiva's talk on WSO2 was very natural, and came without any exaggeration. I recall, a blog post titled "Work at WSO2" I wrote on Jan 2011 on my experience at WSO2 as a team member matches Sanjiva's talk on WSO2's values, traditions, culture, and people.
Pradeeban Kathiravelu is an Open Source Evangelist. He is a PhD
Researcher at INESC-ID Lisboa/Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade
de Lisboa, Portugal and Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium. He is
a fellow of Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate in Distributed Computing
He holds a Master of Science degree, Erasmus Mundus
European Master in Distributed Computing (EMDC), from Instituto Superior
Técnico, Portugal, and KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. He
also holds a Bachelor of the Science of Engineering (Hons) degree,
majoring Computer Science & Engineering, with a first class from the
University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. He is an old boy of Royal College,
Colombo, Sri Lanka.
His research interests include
Software-Defined Networking (SDN), Distributed Systems, Cloud Computing,
Web Services, BigData in Biomedical Informatics, and Data mining. He is
highly interested in FOSS development, and is an active participant of
the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) program since 2009, as a student and as