Every software geek in Sri Lanka is guaranteed to have heard of WSO2, which makes no bones about what they do – powerful, open-source enterprise middleware. Ebay, the world’s largest online marketplace, uses WSO2’s Enterprise Service bus to handle over a billion transactions everyday.
What of Microimage? They keep a low profile. Nevertheless, they’re literally all over the world. Microimage and their branches see a lot of sunlight. Their mStudio software drives every major radio broadcast station in Sri Lanka – and a large chunk of South East Asia to boot. The Etisalat Bookhub a.k.a Sri Lanka’s first and only ebook store – that’s MicroImage at work. With their credits list, it’s hard to imagine how they’ve eluded the public eye for so long.
Top personnel from both companies are teaming up in a joint venture of sorts: WSO2mobile. The purpose: to extend proper enterprise management systems and services into the mobile world, onto smartphones, tabs and the like, while maintaining data security, ease of use – the whole nine yards required to keep the corporate ship sailing smoothly.
We met up with Harsha Purasinghe and Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarana, the founders and CEOs of Microimage and WSO2 respectively.
[quote] “Every large organization is trying to deal with how mobility affects enterprise,” says Dr Sanjiva. “More and more computing is shifting onto mobile devices – smartphones, tabs – integrating all of this into enterprise management is something very, very few have pulled off successfully. That’s what we’re going to do.” [/quote]
WSO2mobile, explained Harsha in detail, would offer two main blocks of services: Mobile Device Management, Mobile Enterprise Application Platform & Mobile Backend as a Service (mBaaS): designed and built from the ground up to form a seamless, cross-platform layer that handle all the technical challenges of integrating an enterprise with mobile tech. Harsha calls it “mobileware”. To get more technical – what they’re offering is mobile device management, an enterprise application store, API gateway, enterprise service bus, platform analytics, cross-platform application development APIs and lifecycle management, and quite a bit on the side. Security is a major aspect. WSO2mobile will be providing security at all three levels – application, platform and the handset level itself.
The new products will be built off the already established WSO2 Carbon and Stratos platforms, and will come out for Android and iOS – support for every other major platform is already being planned. “We’re going to extend this to every major platform,” stated Harsha. “iOS, Android, Windows Mobile – even Blackberry: they stand a strong chance of coming up again with their new OS10. We’re looking into all of that.”
WSO2mobile is owned and funded by WSO2, with Harsha serving as the CEO. Joining WSO2Mobile as director of architecture is Shan Shanmugarajah, the director and CTO at Microimage Mobile Media.
You can visit WSO2mobile on the ‘net at www.WSO2mobile.com. It’s still a work in progress, though. “If you aim for the stars, you’re going to land on the moon,” says Dr. Sanjiva. “We’re different. We’re going to land on the stars. The potential is enormous, and we’re going to get there.”
“The hard work starts now,” adds Harsha.
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