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A Connected Retail World Requires Digital Transformation, APIs, and Platforms

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?

 

 

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Enabling Cloud-native, complex enterprise development in the Cloud

Forklifting terrestrial middleware into the cloud provides incremental benefits. To revolutionize project delivery and build a responsive IT, organizations operating at the speed of business:

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Gain the WSO2 Advantage

WSO2 provides a competitive advantage to your connected business.  You obtain the WSO2 advantage by adopting: 

  • Complete, Composable, and Cohesive Platform
  • Enterprise-Ready Foundation
  • API-centric Architecture
  • Cloud-Native and Cloud-Aware Technology
  • DevOps for Developers Perspective
  • Open Source Value

 

complete-composable-and-cohesive-platformComplete, Composable, and Cohesive Platform

WSO2 has organically developed a complete, composable and cohesive platform for your complex solutions by integrating innovative open source projects .

  • Complete: Rapidly develop and run your complex solution across Apps, APIs, Services, Business Processes, Events, Data without time consuming product integration.
  • Composable:  Build a fit-for-purpose stack by mixing platform features on top of a common OSGI framework, and seamlessly integrate WSO2 components with your infrastructure components using interoperability protocols.
  • Cohesive: security, identity, logging, monitoring, and management services combined with interoperable protocols enable you to leverage what you know and what you have.

Learn more about WSO2 Platforms  and WSO2 Products

Read more about WSO2 Carbon composition scenarios and  WSO2 Carbon’s flexible topology advantage.

API commonsAPI-centric and Service-Oriented Architecture

Extend the reach of your business to mobile devices, customers, and partners by establishing and API-centric and Service-Oriented Architecture.

A forward-thinking architecture will include:

  • APIs fostering effective collaboration across business value webs, supply chains, and
  • Managed APIs incorporating security, management, versioning, and monetization best practices
  • Enterprise Integration Patterns (EIP) streamlining integration process activities used to build, publish, connect, and consume endpoints
  • Application services governance promoting service re-use and guiding versioning.
  • Hybrid integration infrastructure supporting service discovery,  evaluation, and composition.

Read more about Enterprise Integration Patterns, API Management Technical Evaluation, and Promoting Service Re-use.

enterprise-readyEnterprise-Ready

WSO2 pre-integrates and hardens opens source projects into an enterprise-ready platform exhibiting unparalleled benefits:

 

  • Scale and Performance to handle enterprise-scale load at the lowest run-time footprint
  • Enterprise governance policy definitions and best practices embedded in developer studio, dashboards, enforcement points, and management consoles.
  • Identity and Entitlement Management provides information and access assurance across complex business relationships and interactions.  Supports role based access control (RBAC), attribute based access control (ABAC) using XACML, cloud identity (e.g. SCIM), and web native authorization mechanisms (e.g. OAuth, SAML).
  • Re-shape Architecture by wrapping legacy application infrastructure and data repositories with APIs, services, and event interfaces.  Bring Cloud scalability, on-demand self-service, and resource pooling to traditional application infrastructure servers.

Read more about WSO2 Carbon scalability and performance, security and identity, and a New IT architecture.

 

Cloud-Native and Cloud-Aware

Reduce time to market, streamline processes, rapidly iterate by adopting a New IT platform that includes the following Cloud-Native concepts and Cloud-Aware behavior:

  • Automated governance safely secures Cloud interactions, hides Cloud complexity, and streamlines processes
  • DevOps tooling delivers an on-demand, self-service environment enabling rapid iteration and effective collaboration
  • Multi-tenant platform reduces resource footprint and enables new business models
  • On-demand self service streamlines processes and reduces time to market
  • Elastic scalability broadens solution reach across the Long Tail of application demand (high volume and low volume scenarios)
  • Service-aware load balancing creates a service-oriented environment that efficiently balances resources with demand
  • Cartridge extensions transform legacy servers into Cloud-aware platforms

 

Learn more about Cloud-Native Platform as a Service.   Read more about multi-tenant platform advantage and how to select a Cloud Platform.

 

DevopsDevOps for Developers

DevOps principles and practices bridge the divide between solution development and run-time operations to deliver projects faster and with higher quality.  WSO2’s DevOps for Developers perspective automates deployment and also offers:

  • Complete lifecycle automation guides projects from inception through development, test, production deployment, maintenance, and retirement
  • Collaboration oriented environment eliminates communication gaps
  • Project workspaces and dashboards communicate project status, usage, and deployment footprint to all stakeholders
  • Continuous delivery fosters responsive iterations and faster time to market

 

Learn more about DevOps PaaS capabilities, and read more about how WSO2 integrates DevOps with ALM in the Cloud

 

Open Source Initiative LogoOpen Source Value

Open Open source is embedded in every infrastructure product (even proprietary offerings).  Being based on 100% Open Source, WSO2 products and platforms deliver:

  • Rapid Innovation by integrating Apache open source projects (e.g. Cassandra,  Hadoop, Tomcat) used by FaceBook, Google, Yahoo, and IBM
  • Affordability by and passing on development savings gained by working with the community
  • Visibility into how the products operation under the hood
  • Flexibility in configuring and extending the open source code to meet your use cases and requirements

 

Read more about how WSO2’s entire corporate approach follows the Apache Way and delivers Open Source Value to you.

What is Operational Intelligence

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.

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SSO, Access Control, Federated Identity, and API Security – 2013 Webinar Roundup

In the security, identity, and entitlement space, popular 2013 WSO2 webinars described single sign-on (SSO), access control patterns, federated identity use cases, and API security practices.   As you prepare your 2014 plans, review how WSO2’s Identity and Entitlement Platform can simplify security best practice adoption. The following best-of 2013 resources are recapped below:

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WSO2 Big Data Platform

WSO2 Big Data Story

The Big Data Story was rejuvenated by open source, and the WSO2 Big Data Story integrates Big Data with SOA, integration, Cloud, and applications.

Why build a Big Data Platform?

CIOs, IT leaders, and business teams who separate business signals from transaction noise can transform business operations into a proactive, collaborative model that increases customer-centric interaction, streamlines partner coordination, and enhances revenue growth.

WSO2’s Big Data Analytics platform captures business activity across multiple data formats and message channels, performs temporal complex event processing and map-reduce analytics, and presents relevant, real-time business alerts and dashboards to enable timely operational management and business planning.

WSO2 Big Data Analytics Platform enables an API-centric architecture, enhances business visibility, Contextual Web, and helps build an adaptive business.

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WSO2 Community Event – WSO2Con13 – San Francisco

Open Source is fueled by  community.    Join the WSO2 community event, WSO2Con13, to network and learn from the individuals who build their connected business, accelerate agility, and solve complicated IT challenges with the WSO2 Platform.

Conference presenters include representatives from  BarclaycardUS, Accenture, Trimble, BNY Mellon, StubHub, Spectrum Health, West Interactive, and T-Systems.    The end-user stories will showcase how teams are building making their business more accessible, integrated, collaborative, and adaptive.

At the conference, I will be presenting two visionary sessions:

  •  Re-design Enterprise IT with WSO2 App Factory and WSO2 Cloud
  • Apache Stratos on OpenStack

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Dashboards and microsites drive user engagement

Dashboards and microsites drive user engagement and convert raw data into information that business participants turn into insight.  Everybody can agree on that “Data is worthless if you don’t communicate data correctly”.  Rather than presenting mind-numbing rows and columns of raw numbers,  visualization techniques enable individuals to quickly identify trends, patterns, and correlations.

Now available on GitHub, WSO2 User Engagement Server helps business participants achieve insight by delivering dashboards and microsites.

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Apache Stratos brings Cloud-Native PaaS to Apache

WSO2 has proposed the Apache Stratos project at the Apache Foundation.

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Apache Stratos will be a polyglot PaaS framework, providing developers a cloud-native environment for developing, testing, and running scalable applications.  With Apache Stratos, IT providers will gain high utilization rates, automated resource management, and platform-wide insight including monitoring and billing.

Apache is the obvious choice for a project that already embodies Apache values and is driven by developers who are committers on many other Apache projects.  By donating the project to Apache, WSO2 desires to attract open community members from the following constituencies:

  • Organizations adopting Private PaaS deployment within an enterprise and accelerating enterprise application deployment.
  • PaaS providers relying on a PaaS framework to build a PaaS that is customized to their particular vertical industry, ecosystem, or internal development processes.
  • SaaS providers requiring a widely-deployed and supported elastic, multi-tenant Cloud-native platform.
  • ISPs offering hosted application services with higher resource utilization capabilities than provided by IaaS layers.
  • IaaS vendors providing higher-level PaaS services to their customers.
  • Analytics, data, integration, and application server vendors adding cloud capabilities to their products through Stratos Cartridges.

The proposed committer list includes individuals from SUSE, Citrix, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL), Sungard, and EngineYard.   Join the Apache Stratos community, participate in extending the 100% Open Source PaaS framework, and create a Cloud-Native fabric.

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Figure 1.0: Apache Stratos Architecture

Recommended Reading

Apache Stratos Proposal

WSO2 Stratos Product Page

 

 

 

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