IBM MQ Pros and Cons

IBM MQ Pros

Sunil Sahoo
Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Whenever payments are happening, such as incoming payments to the bank, we need to notify the customer. With MQ we can actually do that asynchronously. We don't want to notify the customer for each and every payment but, rather, more like once a day. That kind of thing can be enabled with the help of MQ.
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NK
reviewer1302078
Technical Lead at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
What is quite useful is the asynchronous function which means we don't lose everything in the bank. Although we use a lot of things synchronously, asynch is the best thing so that no banking information is ever lost, even when the network goes down and comes up.
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AA
Abraham Ansah-Cudjoe
Unix/Linux Systems Administrator at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable feature is the Queue Manager, which lies in the middle between our application and our core banking server.
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JL
reviewer1332093
Lead Architect at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable feature is that it's a very strong integration platform but it is quite a monolithic solution. It's got everything.
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Prashant Powar
Senior Middleware Administrator at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Currently, we are not using many advanced features. We are only using point-to-point MQ. I have previously used features like context-based authentication, SSL authentication, and high availability. These are good and pretty cool features. They make your business reliable. For critical business needs, everyone uses only IBM MQ. It is the first choice because of its reliability. There is a one-send-and-one-delivery feature. It also has a no-message-loss feature, and because of that, only IBM MQ is used in banking or financial sectors.
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VB
reviewer1370595
IT Development Manager at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
The solution is very easy to work with.
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Jitendra Jethwa
Websphere MQ Specialist at a maritime company with 10,001+ employees
The solution can scale well.
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MB
reviewer1266369
Senior Developer at a media company with 10,001+ employees
The first things are its simplicity and its robustness. Compared to any other product, it's the most robust I've worked with. And it's extremely easy to manage.
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VP
reviewer1079856
Lead Software Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable features are RDQM and queue sharing.
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Walter Kuhn
ICT Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
This solution has improved and influenced the communication between different applications, then standardized that communication.
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IBM MQ Cons

Sunil Sahoo
Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
I would like to see it integrate with the newer ways of messaging, such as Kafka. They might say that you have IBM Integration Bus to do that stuff, but it would be great if MQ could, out-of-the-box, listen to public Kafka.
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NK
reviewer1302078
Technical Lead at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
The scalability is the one area where IBM has fallen behind. As much as it is used, there is a limit to the number of people who are skilled in MQ. That is definitely an issue. Places have kept their MQ-skilled people and other places have really struggled to get MQ skills. It's not a widely-known skillset.
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AA
Abraham Ansah-Cudjoe
Unix/Linux Systems Administrator at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
The memory management is very poor and it consumes too much memory.
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JL
reviewer1332093
Lead Architect at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
It's hard to put in a nutshell, but it's sort of developed as more of an on-premise solution. It hasn't moved much away from that.
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Prashant Powar
Senior Middleware Administrator at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
It would be an advantage if they can include streaming in IBM MQ, similar to Kafka. Kafka is used mainly for streaming purposes. This feature is clearly lacking in IBM MQ. If they add this feature to IBM MQ, it will have an edge over other products.
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VB
reviewer1370595
IT Development Manager at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
The solution isn't free. There are other solutions, like RabbitMQ, which are open source and absolutely free to use. It's one reason we are moving away from IBM.
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Jitendra Jethwa
Websphere MQ Specialist at a maritime company with 10,001+ employees
There could be a better front-end GUI interface for us, where we can see things more easily.
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MB
reviewer1266369
Senior Developer at a media company with 10,001+ employees
The worst part is the monitoring or admin, especially in the ACE or Broker. There is always a problem of transparency. In MQ you can observe any process and you know exactly what's going on behind the scenes, but with the ACE or Broker, it's a problem monitoring the HTTP inputs. It's like a black box.
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VP
reviewer1079856
Lead Software Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
I would like to see message duplication included.
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Walter Kuhn
ICT Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
I don’t like legacy view of MQ.
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