|Socially enabled WSO2 Enterprise Store is a complete platform for managing any type of digital asset: APIs, mobile and Web applications, e-books, gadgets, websites and more
Palo Alto, CA – October 30, 2013 – Mobile computing, the cloud, APIs and social networking are opening doors to new business models and connections across employees, customers and partners. However, they are also spurring a proliferation of disparate resources that are difficult to access and often disconnected from enterprises’ strategic initiatives, core operational systems, and corporate policies. WSO2 is addressing this challenge with today’s debut of WSO2 Enterprise Store (http://wso2.com/products/enterprise-store/), the first complete platform for managing and provisioning any type of digital asset—applications, APIs, gadgets, e-books and other resources—across the entire enterprise asset life cycle.
“By 2017, 25% of enterprises will have an enterprise app store for managing corporate-sanctioned apps on PCs and mobile devices,” Gartner predicts in the report, Enterprise App Stores Can Increase the ROI of the App Portfolio1. The report continues, “Enterprise app stores can make end users aware of low-cost in-house, open-source and commercial alternatives, creating more diverse and competitive automated software requiring less procurement intervention.”
The 100% open source WSO2 Enterprise Store expands on the concept of the enterprise application store. It enables IT organizations to set up their own Apple or Google Marketplace-like store where business users and developers alike can easily discover and subscribe to not only applications, but also APIs, e-books, gadgets, websites and any other asset types the enterprise chooses to offer. Only WSO2 provides a socially enabled enterprise store, so users can rate and review assets. Meanwhile, back-office life cycle management and governance ensure compliance with corporate and IT policies and procedures.
“Today’s connected businesses are capitalizing on technologies, such as the cloud, mobile, APIs and social networking, to gain a competitive edge through new models of agility, business collaboration, monetization and efficiency. However, accessing the many diverse assets supporting these initiatives is often like searching for the proverbial needle in a haystack,” said Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarana, WSO2 founder and CEO. “With the launch of our WSO2 Enterprise Store, organizations for the first time have a cohesive and comprehensive platform for effectively managing and accessing all of their digital assets while providing an intuitive, social consumer-like experience that fosters adoption.”
WSO2 Enterprise Store for Access to Any Digital Asset
WSO2 Enterprise Store enables users to manage and provision the entire enterprise asset life cycle, for any type of asset in one store. It provides both an Enterprise Store Front and Enterprise Back-Office.
Enterprise Store Front
The Enterprise Store Front is a central multi-tenant store that helps to increase the visibility of enterprise assets, and it can be viewed by a range of devices, including tablets. The customizable Store Front displays all asset types, as well as providing a navigation menu for them, and it can search based on asset attributes, tags or other categories. Each asset is given an individual page with comments, rating, tags and other details of the asset for easy reference, and users are provided a personalized “My Items” corner to display subscribed assets.
The Enterprise Store Front facilitates social interaction by allowing users to add asset reviews, rate assets, and “like” or “dislike” the asset reviews. The asset reviews are automatically filtered based on their popularity and date added, enabling users to gauge the quality of the available assets based on the user feedback. Users also can take advantage of filtering to sort by name and category.
The Enterprise Back-Office provides a powerful and flexible platform for adding assets and managing them throughout the entire asset lifecycle—from creation to retirement—while also allowing users to maintain asset versioning. It features built-in support for provisioning, managing and promoting three asset types: gadgets, websites, and e-books. In addition, an extensibility mechanism enables users to add new asset types, such as APIs, Web applications, mobile applications, and services.
The customizable Back-Office makes it easy to add new asset types and define asset type-specific life cycles with state chart configurations (SCXML) in which the back-office graphically renders the state chart for life-cycle transitions and management. It also provides an asset type-based view to manage each asset type as a group, and it presents a graphical view of the entire lifecycle of an asset. Users can customize the subscription process relevant to a particular asset, such as download an e-book, subscribe to an API, or install a mobile app.
Role-based interactions are used to review and publish assets, and authorized users can change and manage the life cycle of any asset. Users also can obtain historical views of asset life cycle updates and view the usage statistics of assets.
WSO2 Enterprise Store supports a clustered deployment for high availability and scalability. It enables single sign-on access, as well as the ability to connect to enterprise user stores and provide access to existing user bases.
WSO2 Enterprise Store Builds on Proven WSO2 Carbon Platform
WSO2 Enterprise Store is built on the same modular, fully componentized OSGi-compliant code base as the award-winning WSO2 Carbon enterprise middleware platform (http://wso2.com/products/carbon/). Like all WSO2 middleware products, it is inherently cloud-enabled and uses proven core framework components that provide a consistent set of enterprise-class management, security, clustering, logging, statistics, tracing, and other capabilities. Additionally, it offers a graphical management console, which is integrated with other WSO2 middleware products, for configuration, management and monitoring.
Significantly, WSO2 Enterprise Store offers proven scalability in a 1.0 product, since it uses the same core technologies and runtime of WSO2 Carbon already being used by enterprises (http://wso2.com/about/customers?032012a) around the world, including a Global 1000 company (http://wso2.com/casestudies/ebay-uses-100-open-source-wso2-esb-to-process-more-than-1-billion-transactions-per-day?032012a) that is handling more than 1 billion API calls per day.
The componentized architecture also gives enterprises unprecedented flexibility to customize WSO2 Enterprise Store by adding WSO2 Carbon middleware products or the 175-plus components on which they are based, as well as to migrate between servers and the cloud. Additionally, the componentized WSO2 Enterprise Store makes it easy to scale to meet growing demand, since any of the components can be decoupled and allocated more compute resources as needed.
Availability and Support
WSO2 Enterprise Store is available today as a software download that can run directly on servers or on top of WSO2’s platform as a service (PaaS) software; as a WSO2 Cloud Virtual Machine running on the Amazon Elastic Computing Cloud (EC2), Linux Kernel Virtual Machine (KVM), and VMware ESX; and as a public cloud service hosted by WSO2. As a fully open source solution released under the Apache License 2.0, it does not carry any licensing fees.
WSO2 Enterprise Store is backed by a world-class technical team in which the experts that helped create the software provide support, leading to direct and immediate access to the people with in-depth knowledge of the middleware. WSO2 service and support (http://wso2.com/support/) options include evaluation support, a special QuickStartSM consulting program, development support, and production support.
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1Gartner, “Enterprise App Stores Can Increase the ROI of the App Portfolio,” by Ian Finley, Phillip Redman, Brian Prentice, and Stewart Buchanan, February 4, 2013.