With Connected Education Reference Architecture, plug in your mind, connect with your dreams, and make a difference. Our education system must prepare citizens to thrive in a global economy, inspire constructive thinkers, instill personal responsibility, and empower passionate leaders. As we prepare next generation citizens who will drive economic growth, scientific advancement, social awareness, and personal satisfaction, we need to ask:
- Are students learning the right skills?
- Are students learning fast enough?
- Is collaboration between private industry and education effective?
- Are we successfully promoting research project intellectual property?
In many educational communities, students, parents, and mentors answer these questions with a resoundingly negative response. As education continues a technology driven transition towards new school models, we need to establish a roadmap plan that engages students, overcomes structural challenges, and builds connections into the educational experience.
Plug in your mind
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WSO2 is helping enterprise retail organizations fulfill their vision of digital transformation and connect their business to the world across both digital and brick and mortar channels. WSO2 is pioneering how the Industrial Internet of Things, Big Data, API-centric architecture, and Cloud services augment digital business strategy and facilitate execution.
Retail industry companies are evolving their 1.0 eCommerce platforms to embrace 3rd party channels, recommendation engines, social media, and user analytics. APIs enable secure, controlled, and timely access to the aforementioned business capabilities delivered by partners. By integrating 3rd party capabilities, rather than building and hosting the capability internally, retailers are able to tap into an extended ecosystem of best-of-breed analytics, customer preference repositories, social sentiment, and business capabilities (i.e. payment, digital marketing, shipment expeditors). Some retailers are adopting APIs to tap into a channel of mobile application developers, external suppliers, and 3rd party digital storefronts. Mobile application developers can connect the retailer with mobile app customers and extend the reach and exposure of retail goods (especially in ‘flash sale’ or ‘sale liquidation’ scenarios). Retailers tightly integrated with external suppliers can use APIs to gauge product demand across the supply chain and enhance product availability. Retailers may also use APIs to integrate with 3rd party retailers and vendors who desire to offer a white-label digital storefront on the retailers digital property. Similar to a department store allocating floor space and advertising to a specific vendor.
WSO2 technology is solving the biggest challenges retail companies face in scaling their transaction volumes (billions per day), lowering security risk, enhancing customer experience, and enabling new digital commerce channels.
eBay routes billions of transactions per day using WSO2’s Enterprise Service Bus. AAA Motor Club of Ohio delivers timely point of interest information to motorists via APIs secured using the WSO2 platform. StubHub deploys WSO2 API Manager to connect their ticket platform with 3rd party mobile applications and expand their new digital commerce opportunities. John Keells Holding captures Point of Sale information using mobile devices and augments their customer database using WSO2 Message Broker. A retailer uses WSO2 Business Activity Monitor (based on lambda architecture and complex event processing) to merge historical and real-time information, analyze temporal shopping patterns, rapidly adapt offers (product recommendations, prices, promotions, and assistance) to the customer’s context. WSO2 Enterprise Mobility Manager and WSO2 Device Manager reduces point of sale provisioning time and satisfies risk assurance mandates.
Do you have a digital platform that can drive your digital business forward across a connected world?
Politics is all about power. Whether in Washington DC, Brussels, or Beijing, individuals jockey for advantage using the political process. The politics of APIs centers on ‘knowledge being power’ and ‘data content being power’. Individuals and corporations gain a powerful advantage in the API economy by enforcing content ownership, access privileges, and distribution rights to their advantage.
In today’s connected business world, thriving businesses increase revenue and enhance customer satisfaction by interacting across mobile and social channels, understanding customer preferences and purchase patterns, and collaborating with customers to solve their problems and deliver a better experience.
Obtaining a well integrated business is a core connected business tenet. By integrating business data, processes, rules, services and capabilities between internal and external IT assets, IT teams create an environment accelerating business interactions inside, outside, and across organizational boundaries. Business interaction acceleration leads to increased revenue growth and enhanced customer satisfaction.
Operational intelligence enables an adaptable, connected business. Connected business’ grow revenue, optimize spend, and increase opportunity by gaining visibility and insight into business operations. Operational intelligence platforms analyze streaming data feeds, event data, and temporal patterns to deliver dashboard visibility, automated operational actions, and operational recommendations. Connected business teams react to operational intelligence feeds, adapt business activity, and gain business advantage over their competition.
Obtaining connected business attributes of accessibility, integrated, collaborative, and adaptive require next-generation platform infrastructure to realize connected business architecture components.
Innovative, next-generation platforms decrease the IT effort required to build a more accessible, integrated, collaborative, and adaptive connected business. To enable a Connected Business Architecture, incorporate the following product capabilities:
- Security solutions to provide authentication and fine grained entitlement inside and outside the company especially for outside organizations interacting with your company
- Enterprise Service Bus to connect all your internal legacy services and data sources into new managed APIs and services and legacy partners
- API Management to provide visibility and metrics of usage of APIs inside and outside your organization
- Business Activity Monitoring to give you the information on the operation and social data to give you the information you need to discover opportunities and issues
- WSO2 Complex Event Processor to give you actionable events
- Mobile integration to make developing and deploying mobile easy and safe
- Cloud Native, fully multi-tenant software to deploy and scale cheap and fast
- Ecosystem PaaS to enable rapid iterations and development of new applications quickly to meet new opportunities
- Enterprise store to enable social interactions among developers, improve re-use and extend your value chain beyond your internal organization, help you manage the new IT world of many applications and APIs.
To become a connected business, your business requires a connected business architecture. Connected business architecture centers around the business activity that drives business revenue, effective sales, streamlined manufacturing, and excellent customer support.
IT teams are partnering with their core business counterparts to map activities, define key business events, and establish business-oriented workspaces that incorporate business activity streams. Figure 1 below describes a logical connected business architecture.
Figure 1: Connected Business Architecture
Obviously, every business today is a connected business. What specific attributes can we use to benchmark connected business maturity?
Many smart architects think of WSO2 as simply an open source ESB vendor, and look towards WSO2 when they need to solve a point integration challenge. As a veteran of the SOA adoption wars, I encourage teams to think beyond the ESB, and consider how to build a connected business.