Understanding the (Sri Lankan) IT Industry

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In the last 3+ weeks there's been war raging in the IT Crowd in Sri Lanka about the proposed CEPA/ETCA thing: Basically the part of a free trade agreement with India which might allow Indians in the IT and ship building industries to work freely in Sri Lanka. I know nothing about building ships so I don't have any opinion ...

WSO2 moving to a new building in Sri Lanka

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After many many months of painful work, we are finally starting work at our new location in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Here's a picture taken from my cell phone yesterday afternoon:The most awesome thing is that we will all be in one building again in Sri Lanka! That's after more than 3 years when we started adding new offices .. we ...

Congratulations Dr. Dasarath Weeratunge!

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It gives me great pleasure to post extremely belated (he completed in December last year!) congratulations to Dr. Dasarath Weeratunge on his completing his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana (where I got my Ph.D. too). Dasarath's Ph.D. was in compiler optimization (don't have the exact topic) and was co-advised by Suresh Jagannathan and Xiangyu ...

Congratulations Dr. Malinda Kaushalye Kapuruge!

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It gives me great pleasure to post extremely belated (he completed in October last year!) congratulations to Dr. Malinda Kaushalye Kapuruge on his completing his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Swinburne University in Australia. Kau's thesis topic was "Orchestration as Organization: Using an organisational paradim to achieve adaptable business process modelling and enactment in service compositions" and was supervised by ...

Launching WorkInSriLanka.lk Initiative

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Over the last many months, I've been privileged to be part of a fantastic team of volunteers working on a new effort:This is an effort to help people who are considering moving to Sri Lanka to work and live. Me? Move to Sri Lanka?? What?!Yes, Sri Lanka. No more war. No more bombs. No one trying to (systematically .. yeah ...

WSO2Con 2013 is here!

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After months of planning, WSO2Con 2013 is starting today in London. We already ran the tutorials in Sri Lanka last week - today (Tuesday 12th) is tutorials in UK and then the main conference is Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th.Yes this is a globally distributed conference! We have nearly 500 registrants (which is at least 50% more than we expected) ...

Congratulations Dr. Ajith Ranabahu!

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It gives me great pleasure to post belated congratulations to Dr. Ajith Ranbahu on his completing his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Ajith's Ph.D. topic was Abstraction Driven Application and Data Portability in Cloud Computing and his advisor was Prof. Amith Sheth. You can watch his Ph.D. defense on YouTube ... a sign of ...

Congratulations Dr. Nabeel Mohamed

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It gives me great pleasure to post belated congratulations to Dr. Nabeel Mohamed on completing his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Purdue University.Nabeel was an employee in WSO2 for a short time before he left to pursue Ph.D. work and is the first of many who have worked in WSO2 and gone onto doing Ph.Ds to complete the degree. Nabeel's ...

Congratulations Dr. Chathura Herath!

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It gives me great pleasure to congratulations Chathura Herath on completing his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Indiana University on the topic Programming Abstraction for Resource Aware Stream Processing in Scientific Workflows. Chathura is a student of Prof. Beth Plale.Chathura was also one of the original members of the Apache Axis2 crew and is now the 4th of the original ...

Are you attending WSO2Con 2011?

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WSO2Con 2011 is happening in Sri Lanka at the awesome Waters Edge Conference Center (just outside the capital Colombo) from Monday, September 12th to Friday, September 16th. Have you signed up yet? If not here are a bunch of reasons to do it NOW!The ProgramThe overal agenda is a combination of superb keynotes, talks by users about various solutions / ...

10 years since returning to Sri Lanka

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Today marks the 10 year anniversary of our returning home to Sri Lanka. I went to the US in 1985 where I lived for a total of nearly 16 years .. first arriving on August 18, 1985 to go to Kent State University for undergraduate studies. I lived in Kent, Ohio for 4 years, finishing both a BS and an ...

Congratulations Dr. Eran Chintaka!

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It gives me great pleasure to congratulate Eran Chinthaka on his completing his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Indiana University on the topic User Inspired Management of Scientific Jobs in Grids and Clouds. His advisor was Prof. Beth Plale.Eran is of course one of the founding team members of Apache Axis2 in the Lanka Software Foundation. Of the original 6 ...

Cricket World Cup - kudos to Sri Lanka Cricket

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I had the fortune of landing a ticket for Saturday's quarter final match between Sri Lanka and England. Someone who had 2 grandstand tickets got sick and I was lucky to be asked whether I want it at list price :). At Rs. 4000 each I felt they were pricey but then at the event I met a friend who ...

Congratulations Dr. Jaliya Ekanayake!

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It gives me great personal pleasure to congratulate Jaliya on completing his Ph.D.in Computer Science from Indiana University in late December. His PhD work was on extending the applicability of Map Reduce to a larger class of problems. The software he developed as part of his work is available at http://iterativemapreduce.org/. Jaliya was a student of Prof. Geoffrey Fox.Jaliya has ...

Celebrating 5 years of WSO2

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While our official birthday is August 4th (pretty much a random date that I chose between the various steps of starting that we went through!), this week we’re going to be celebrating our 5 year anniversary with a bunch of events! The entire WSO2 family has traveled (or are still traveling) to Sri Lanka – Paul is on his way ...

10 years of SOAP!

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This is a historic week for SOAP .. it was on April 26, 2000 that the SOAP v1.1 specification was published. Then, it was 10 years to the date today that we published IBM SOAP4J, the first ever SOAP implementation!Wow time flies when you're having fun.This is a good time for me to remember some of the various milestones that ...

On innovation by Indian IT firms - comment to TechCrunch

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There was a TechCrunch post about workforce education where the author claimed that India does it better. I posted a long comment which is posted below. The main point is that India has a lot to learn from America on playing in the right part of the value chain. Training people to be better cogs in a wheel will get ...