Let’s stop saying: ‘The end of… whatever technology’

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 18 Sep, 2018

I have a favor to ask you: Can we please stop saying the end of …..and then whatever technology you hope will stop using? If we have learned one thing over the 30 or 40 years that we have been doing IT, is that technology and software have a remarkable longevity. Look the COBOL language. COBOL stands for Common Business Oriented Language and first appeared in 1959. Almost 60 years ago we saw the first COBOL programs appear in the market. At one point COBOL was the language for business use but its popularity waned. But the simple fact that something is not popular doesn’t mean that it’s not still around! The Dutch tax authority has a summer school for students teaching them among others: you guessed it, COBOL. On their website one of their employees expects COBOL to be around for another two decades or so. But it’s not just Cobol. It is also all of the other languages that we welcomed into our IT landscapes and IT departments. Many of the payment processing systems in banks are written in COBOL. So, let’s stop declaring technology as being dead since in IT we mostly add technology to our IT landscape than deprecate it.

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Topics: WSO2 ESB, ESB, Digital Transformation, WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus, Digital Strategy, Strategy

WSO2 Micro Integrator, a first taste

Posted by Rutger van Iperen on 13 Sep, 2018

At WSO2 Con USA 2018, last July, Tyler Jewell announced the Micro Integrator (or MicroESB). The Micro Integrator was released with Enterprise Integrator 6.3.0 earlier that day. The Micro Integrator is more lightweight than its bigger brother and designed to be container-friendly. Of course, we would like to see this for ourselves so we took it for a spin.

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Topics: WSO2, WSO2 Enterprise Integrator, Technical, WSO2 Micro Integrator

Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence are changing the world

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 11 Sep, 2018

When you look at the hottest technologies at the moment, Machine Learning Learning and Artificial Intelligence are surely among the top. For many people these terms are both scary and incomprehensible. But when you look at it they’re not that scary at all. Especially when you consider that we have the technology already around us for a number of years. In this blog I will shed some light on Machine Learning Learning and Artifical Intelligence.

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Topics: Artificial Intelligence, Digital Strategy, Strategy, Machine Learning

Multi-tenant email support in WSO2 Identity server

Posted by Steve Liem on 6 Sep, 2018

I'd like to recall a blogpost that we published in 2016 about how to enable tenant specific SMTP support in WSO2 Identity Server:

Since moving to WSO2IS v5.3.0 onwards a lot of things changed. Using the Axis2 layer to configure email support became a legacy solution. Meaning that there is no guarantee that the email plugin we've published in 2016 will work now. Using the CEP engine integrated with Identity Server is the primary approach chosen by WSO2.

This blogpost will present a new solution for configuring multi-tenant specific SMTP settings for email events triggered by the Identity Server.

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Topics: WSO2 IS, Identity and Access Management

Amazon wants you to deliver packages

Posted by Ruben van der Zwan on 4 Sep, 2018

When I talk about Amazon, in most cases I talk about the Amazon Web Services. Amazon of course is the market leader in cloud services and is on the forefront of that side of IT that but there is also another Amazon and that is in retail, the part that actually started the company many years ago. The retail side that is grown over the years into a behemoth of online retail. Amazon has taken some decisions that at first were frowned upon. For instance, letting third-party vendors use their platform to sell products. Amazon takes a part of the deal but the product itself is actually sold by third-party vendor. Amazon is also innovating with delivery. Over the last year we have seen that Amazon is introduced delivering packages inside your house, inside your car and already a couple of years ago using drones. Its latest introduction allows you to become an Amazon package delivery person in your local area. Although it might seem low-tech there is actually a lot of high-tech going on in the background.

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Topics: WSO2 ESB, Digital Strategy, Strategy