WSO2 chief wins 2022 IEEE TCSVC Research Innovation Award – Business News
WSO2 Founder and CEO, Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarana, recently won the IEEE TCSVC Research Innovation Award 2022, for outstanding technical innovations in service computing that have had lasting impact.
The IEEE TCSVC Award for Research Innovation honors individuals or collaborators whose contributions have significantly influenced the direction of research and development in the field, transferred theory to practice in meaningful and innovative ways, and/or enabled delivering impactful business services products/systems/solutions. . Each year, the IEEE Computer Society Technical Community on Services Computing (TCSVC) recognizes outstanding individuals and
“I’ve been fortunate to be at the center of several major waves of software technologies that have provided opportunities to reshape the way technologists create solutions and experiences that improve the way we work, live, and play” , Dr. Weerawarana said in a statement to
“I am deeply honored to be honored with the 2022 IEEE TCSVC Research Innovation Award, and I look forward to continuing to push the boundaries of how software can support organizations and the people they serve,” said he added.
The IEEE TCSVC Research Innovation Award recognized Dr. Weerawarana for his more than 30 years of innovation, leading the creation of web services and open source technologies that, in many ways, enabled the API economy and served as the precursor to today’s microservices.
Dr. Weerawarana was a co-inventor and co-author of specifications, such as the Web Services Description Language (WSDL), which changed the game by enabling interoperability between formerly disparate environments, and the runtime language Business Processes for Web Services (BPEL4WS), laying the technical foundations for service composition. Additionally, he was a contributor and originator of the original WS-Policy and WS-Addressing specifications, among others.
Dr. Weerawarana has also pioneered open source implementations, such as the Apache Axis2 web service engine, which is considered a breakthrough in the adoption of service computing. More recently, building on concepts he first introduced with WSDL and BPEL4WS, Dr. Weerawarana invented the open-source programming language Ballerina. Ballerina greatly simplifies the development of distributed applications, in particular by orchestrating micro services or endpoints represented by APIs. Additionally, he has shaped open source development organizationally, notably through his work with the Lanka Software Foundation (LSF), which he co-founded in 2003.
At the same time, Dr. Weerawarana helped lead the commercial application of open source software through WSO2. Since the company’s inception in 2005, he has continued to serve as chief architect, spearheading the innovations used by Fortune 500 companies, top universities and governments around the world.