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Real User
Director, Computing Services at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 22 2016

What is most valuable?

We use it in a number of our applications for message queuing. As a broker dealer, it gives us the ability to queue things up and to send them out at a different time; and it works really well. We go to different reports, and get options and... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It gives us flexibility when it comes to offering different projects or different types of solutions to customers. Instead of somebody having to sit back and wait for something, we give them the option now to be able to say, "Hey, we can give... more»

What needs improvement?

It's probably more like everything else. We're running into this world where everything – MQ, mainframe – is looked at as legacy. I know that it's not, but if it could be a little more GUI-based; if it could be a little bit easier to manage.... more»
Real User
MQ Administrator at a government with 501-1,000 employees
Apr 24 2017

What is most valuable?

The product has a small footprint on our system. We don't use a lot of clients. They're very knowledgeable of MQ, which we use. It's what we use for monitoring our MQ system, so the features that they provide are just really, really good.

How has it helped my organization?

The monitoring that's available through their system alerts us early on to problems, so we're able to react quickly to the problems that come.

What needs improvement?

The product itself is very sound and Avada has done a great job of anticipating customer needs and keeping up with new MQ functionality. However, one area where they could improve is with their documentation. Some sections are not up to date... more»
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Real User
IT Manager at a aerospace/defense firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 18 2017

What is most valuable?

What I like about IBM MQ is that the ability to add applications to it is quite simple. There are a lot of extensible options for security, i.e., various things you can do. It's pretty easy to navigate. It's pretty easy to install and use... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It allows more people to be able to support the application. They have training and we get folks to actually go in and bounce services and update services through IBM MQ because it is graphical. It's fairly intuitive on what's there. It... more»

What needs improvement?

I think one of the things to improve on could be more administrative profiles which might simplify the experience. IBM MQ has a lot of settings. We're only using probably a fraction, maybe 10%, of the overall settings. Working for a large... more»
Real User
Director Of Technology at Compuware
Dec 20 2016

What is most valuable?

For us, the most valuable feature is the fact that we can move data from disparate systems quite easily. It's not a mountain of data for us, because of the nature of our business, but it's critical that we move information through the queues,... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It makes it much easier to have people from different experience levels be able to interface with one another, without having to be cross-trained on many different platforms. A business benefit is, it can take somebody who's a Windows guy or... more»

What needs improvement?

For our internal systems and connecting things together, it works really well. If we're trying to connect to something in the web or other things, we don't use it, because we feel that REST or other APIs are more easily adaptable to that... more»
Real User
Middleware Admin at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Jan 26 2017

What is most valuable?

The administration piece makes it very easy to do MQ administration. It gives us a lot more flexibility and capabilities.

How has it helped my organization?

One way it's helped the business is how you're able to empower MQ users, without your administrators, to be able to do different types of processes in the environment. It has user group privileges that allow you to set up security roles in... more»

What needs improvement?

Some of the graphics in the interface could be improved. It's pretty basic. Some interfaces are not up to what you're used to seeing on other, more Windows-like tools. I don't think it's a bad thing, but that might be an area where I would... more»
Real User
Sr Project Manager - Infrastructure Delivery (Mainframe Services) at a hospitality company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 22 2016

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the fact that it's guaranteed delivery; it's conversational. A lot of our transactions are basically transactions back and forth between either rewards members, reservations and even between our databases. MQ... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We're an IBM mainframe user. It folds into our hardware very well. Our support is covered that way. It's kind of an end-to-end type solution. It works well with the distributed partners. We use WebSphere, so we can go ahead, plug things in... more»

What needs improvement?

They might be able to improve the monitoring features. When you're looking at distributed platforms, you're looking at different breakpoints to it. MQ has a good support structure, but it would be nice if they could kind of fold MQ into other... more»
Real User
Security And Audit Analyst at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 20 2016

What is most valuable?

For me, the most important features are its interfaces with RACF and how we can set up the security to allow and disallow who can get to it, who can use it; and then what MQ gets to do on the mainframe and what it does not get to do, basically.

How has it helped my organization?

Our organization uses it a lot to interface applications that are outside the mainframe with applications on the mainframe, or to CICS, items like that. It helps meet that threshold between what do the application people want to do – because... more»

What needs improvement?

Sometimes the applications people don't really understand MQ. For example, we had somebody set up a call through MQ and they ended up making dozens and dozens of calls when they only really only needed to do one. They don't understand how MQ... more»
Real User
Director Mainframe System Engineering at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 20 2016

What is most valuable?

It's fairly easy to set up and configure. It's very effective as far as what we need to do with the type of processing that we're trying to get done, message-based processing. It is easily replicate-able. We have tons of servers that actually... more»

How has it helped my organization?

In conjunction with some other products we use, such as IIB, it does a lot of the transformation. It cuts out a lot of programming that has to be done for transforming data from our carrier customers into the format that we need it to be.... more»

What needs improvement?

There is room for improvement with the price. It's actually not really one of the high-priced items, but everything's relative. I'm not really sure that there's a lot that we could really think of that we would need above and beyond where we... more»
Reseller
Senior Architect at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
Apr 04 2018

What is most valuable?

* It is easy for business users to learn. Those familiar with the concepts involved with creating charts in Excel can start building meaningful reports. * Oracle BAM's ability to be fed information from a variety of sources that include... more»

How has it helped my organization?

For a large AP project, the need to have highly paid outside AP technicians augment staff can now be easily tracked and their work adjusted based on the reports generated. For a mid-market ambulatory care B2B project, management now has... more»

What needs improvement?

Aside from the normal bug fixes that were in the previous release, Oracle BAM over a specified period of time * Trending Detection Template - e.g., detect when order processing time in a specified rolling window of time is trending down by x%... more»
Real User
IT Architect at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 20 2016

What is most valuable?

It's one of our core parts of a middleware platform for integrating our CRM billing application and our online transaction application as well. That's the key usage for day-to-day activities.

How has it helped my organization?

Integration is a key benefit; it integrates easily. Management is easy. Queue management is one of the key features of it; how easy it is to get set up, get started, get running, look at your queues, look at your workloads, etc., and see... more»

What needs improvement?

Everything that we need so far works, so I think I'd have to look at the road map, what we planned for internet of things and see if it meets that, which it should. At that point, we'll have a better understanding of what we need going... more»
Real User
Vice President - Enterprise Computing at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 13 2016

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is its stability because we're in the financial services; message persistence and reliability, speed, performance. Those are probably the key attributes that we appreciate.

How has it helped my organization?

It's incredibly flexible. It's not software that people get into a religion over; where it’s mainframe or distributed. MQ runs; you don't have to worry about what platform it's on. I find that to be very, very useful. It recovers extremely... more»

What needs improvement?

The very mainframe-centric zIIP offload is very critical to me. I appreciate any and all work IBM can do to offload work onto a zIIP engine to reduce my operating costs. I always tell every vendor that answer. It doesn't make a difference if... more»
Real User
Enterprise Architect at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 31 2017

What is most valuable?

It's ability to scale, it's ability to do guaranteed delivery and it's ability to do point-to-point of what we subscribe are the most valuable features. And finally, it's ability to handle messages in various formats and structures.

How has it helped my organization?

The benefit would be scale. Because of the way it works, you can really have many, many users who use the solution at the same time. Other benefits would be the ability to send messages between systems and do systems integration, without... more»

What needs improvement?

I would like the ability to connect with some of the more recent offerings, such as API Connect; being able to publish our MQ endpoints, the queues, the messaging infrastructure as IT assets. To control them, govern them and manage them and... more»
Real User
Systems Manager with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 26 2016

What is most valuable?

I inherited it when I took over administration of a platform. It is pretty core in our business. I haven't really dealt with configuration that much. It is used to push transactions throughout z/OS, IBM i, Windows, and Linux. It seems to be... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It gives us flexibility to drive a solution on any platform but have a reliable communication network.

What needs improvement?

I didn't know how to get into it. I had to Google how to get into it. Once I got into it, it made sense. It was a green-screen implementation, but it made sense. I don't know enough about it to really say, "This is where it's missing... more»
Real User
Senior Technical Architect at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 22 2016

What is most valuable?

Scalability and guaranteed delivery are the most valuable features. It's pretty straightforward to scale out. We use MQ to back our enterprise service bus. Guaranteed delivery is very important for most of the data that we send. Having a... more»

How has it helped my organization?

My organization has used MQ for a long time. It is a very scalable, common platform that we can use for sending messages. We use MQ in terms of messaging, MQTT, and MQ FTE for file transfers. It's versatile; it's very functional; and it... more»

What needs improvement?

The product itself is not difficult to use. I guess you could always ask for a little bit better GUI admin console. All in all, it's not hard to use. In a large organization like ours, sometimes we have a large MQ installation base; lots of... more»
Real User
IT Manager at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 23 2017

What is most valuable?

The thing that I like about MQ most is its reliability. It's one of those types of products that just works. You don't have to tinker around with it too much. One of the biggest things that I really look for in a product is from a reliability... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It allows us to do point-to-point integration in an easy manner. It allows different applications to talk to each other; applications that may speak different languages. You have mainframe technologies, Java-based apps, .NET, things of that... more»

What needs improvement?

I would just like a more user-friendly experience to do common administration tasks. I know that you can use MQ Explorer, but having something that's already built in would definitely be useful. We haven't necessarily experienced any issues... more»
Real User
RCM Engineer at a aerospace/defense firm
Mar 30 2017

What is most valuable?

So far, it's helped us with our Maximo integration between the users and the database administrators. I know we kind of lagged behind on some updates, which caused us problems. We recently upgraded, which had made things a lot easier, got rid... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It helped us with some of our security, on some of our roles, if I remember correctly. It helped us integrating; we’re trying to move a bunch of different things, like trying to move EZMaxMobile into our Maximo and a few other things. Part of... more»

What needs improvement?

Off the top of my head, I can't really think of any features I’d like to see in future versions. Right now, I don’t have any improvements to the version we’re using. We just upgraded two or three months ago, and we're still getting it all set... more»
Real User
Senior Systems Engineer at a wholesaler/distributor with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 27 2017

What is most valuable?

I've used other solutions, but the most valuable features of this solution are the search capabilities, consolidating the data and searching through the data. I think that these are some of the key things.

How has it helped my organization?

For this organization, it was the first log management solution. So, it definitely gave us the ability to search through the data when we had events. We could search based on the identity of the person, or the machine, or the IP address. We... more»

What needs improvement?

I want to see a three-dimensional perspective to the data. I don't want to see just an event perspective to the data. I want to be able to identify a user and within clicks, know the whole activity of the user. I don't want to see it in... more»
Real User
Manager at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 20 2017

What is most valuable?

It's wonderful and is our primary backbone for moving data across different applications, within our company. Especially when we're talking about the healthcare and pharmacy industries, where we have patients' critical data, this is what we... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has definitely brought a lot of benefit into our organization, especial when you talk about applications talking to each other. For example, when you look at a patient's experience, i.e., from the moment the patient comes in, sees the... more»

What needs improvement?

One of the features to pinpoint is migration. When we want to migrate from one version to another, it takes years. So, definitely, we want to see some solution for IBM's standpoint, in order to make it easy for the customers to migrate from... more»
Real User
Technology Solutions at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 29 2017

What is most valuable?

The major thing we like about it is zero transaction loss. The other thing, which is a plus point, is first in, first out (FIFO). You can be pretty sure that if MQ goes down for whatever reason, the transactions will still sustain; they won't... more»

How has it helped my organization?

There is a good user interface. It is a very good way of interfacing two systems. For example, in our case, the central bank clearing systems interface our systems using MQ. It is seamless. I did not face any problems. Initially, when you do... more»

What needs improvement?

It should be able to keep a copy, so that if there is an accident, we would still be able to record the transactions. Maybe processing could be faster, in terms of EPS. If you consider migration from one version to another, that is an issue... more»
Real User
Application Architect Lead at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 20 2016

What is most valuable?

Integration with my vendor product is the most valuable feature. The vendor strongly prefers MQ. We had a lot of configuration issues when we tried other products. The second-most valuable feature is the stability.

How has it helped my organization?

The reliability is a benefit. We rely on it to operate our business. The fact that it's stable enables us to run our business.

What needs improvement?

With the tooling around being able to see what's in the queue, we found third-party products to be friendlier than the out-of-the-box products, as far as, "Let me see what the content is of the object that's on the queue." I want to actually... more»
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