Paul co-founded WSO2 in 2005 in order to reinvent the way enterprise middleware is developed, sold, delivered and supported through an open source model. Prior to taking leave to pursue his PhD studies, Paul served as CTO and spearheaded WSO2’s overall product strategy. Previously, he served as WSO2 vice president of technical sales where he led the development of the groundbreaking WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus. In 2008, Paul was recognized as by InfoWorld as a Top 25 CTO.
Prior to WSO2, Paul was a senior technical staff member at IBM for nine years. There, Paul created the Web Services Gateway and led the team that developed and shipped it as part of the WebSphere Application Server. He also was on the team that put the Service Integration Bus technology into WebSphere Application Server 6. Additionally, Paul was the key WebSphere technical sales lead for Europe, working closely with development to manage beta programs, develop training materials, and enable first-of-a-kind J2EE projects.
Paul has played a central role in emerging open standards for more than a decade. While at IBM, he co-created the Web Services Invocation Framework (WSIF) with Sanjiva Weerawarana while also co-leading JSR 110: Java APIs for WSDL, which produced WSDL4J. Paul is currently co-chair of the OASIS Web Services Reliable eXchange Technical Committee, which is charged with creating the industry standard for reliable message exchange over SOAP.
Paul also has played a pioneering role open source development. He is an elected member of the Apache Software Foundation and vice president of the Synapse project, leading the launch of Apache’s ESB. Paul’s original contributions to open source go back to the original Apache SOAP project, where Paul donated code to enable access to Enterprise JavaBeans. He has also led IBM’s involvement in the Axis C/C++ project.