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Sunil Sahoo
Real User
Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Apr 01 2020

What is most valuable?

We have been using the normal messaging along with channel authorization. At certain times — although not in this bank, in my previous experience — we had used the message authorization on top of the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

People have started using the likes of Kafka, Spark and other new messaging technologies. But when you take the likes of banks into consideration, which mostly are running on mainframes and AS/400… more»

What needs improvement?

Day-to-day, I don't really see anything much that we are lacking, but I have never really compared MQ with other products to see what it lacks. I am well aware of the way that IBM sells the suite of… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We have a multi-year OIO (open infrastructure offering) with IBM and if there is any additional licensing required it gets deducted from the OIO. We have been using IBM's other services as well.

What other advice do I have?

Overall, MQ is good, capability-wise. You still need a messaging platform and MQ is quite a reliable messaging platform. I have not seen hiccups using MQ across multiple environments in the bank. I… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have been looking at some competitors; for example, TIBCO Messaging and MuleSoft from Salesforce. One difference I have seen is that TIBCO is already a containerized edition. I have yet to discuss… more»
Real User
Technical Lead at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Apr 01 2020

What is most valuable?

What we find most valuable is the fact that we can decouple it from the application. If one side is down, but someone in the bank is serving a customer and needs to connect to an account, he can put… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We initially went with a single server or two servers. We used a lot of the mainframe and we used it on the one server. Then we realized that we were down to a single point of failure. What we did was… more»

What needs improvement?

At the moment we're very limited in the way we can interface with the cloud.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did not have a previous solution. Early on, we didn't have many options to choose from. A procurement person came along and told us that this is the best solution for us.

What other advice do I have?

You must be careful in that it must fit what you want it to do. A few years ago, we had a silo approach where everybody had their own IBM MQ and their own application support with their own teams… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

MQ's features are very extensive compared to SQS on Amazon or messaging from Microsoft. Those solutions have basic features in there. They say, "This is what 90 percent of the use cases will use,"… more»
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Abraham Ansah-Cudjoe
Real User
Unix/Linux Systems Administrator at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Apr 22 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the Queue Manager, which lies in the middle between our application and our core banking server. Managing this solution is not difficult. IBM… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have clients spread all over Africa and they have to process different types of requests, such as credit requests and debit requests. We use the Queue Manager to handle… more»

What needs improvement?

The memory management is very poor and it consumes too much memory. We have 24 gigabytes of RAM and almost every day, we had to free up processes so that it can run. Some… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

IBM MQ is expensive and they charge based on the CPU.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

As far as I understand, we did not use another solution prior to IBM MQ. Our old strategy did not use this type of technology.

What other advice do I have?

For the most part, this solution serves our purpose. It is not difficult to manage and the only challenges we have really had were to deal with some of the messages… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I am familiar with a couple of similar solutions, including Red Hat AMQ. In fact, I am trying to migrate to Red Hat. It is very easy to install and get it running. All you… more»
Real User
Lead Architect at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Jun 17 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is that it's a very strong integration platform and it is quite a monolithic solution. It's got everything. At the moment we're trying to be a little bit more nimble in terms of how we deliver things for the business. We need to look at using some of the cloud-first as we… more»

What needs improvement?

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. But we want to use the auto-scaling and scalability of some of the cloud services. It has developed a fair bit in terms of even the database of the board and stuff like… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did a selection and instead of going with some of the others, like TIBCO and whatnot, we went with IBM MQ.

What other advice do I have?

My advice would be to rethink the cloud strategy. Make sure to have certain components that you can put into the cloud. Think about cloud-first properly so that it scales automatically. It knows how to work with some of the container services that are out there so that it scales better. It has some… more»
Real User
IT Development Manager at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 09 2020

What is most valuable?

The solution is very easy to work with. The solution is very stable, it also offers transaction management and support. The solution offers very good integration with other services. It's one of the great advantages of the service.

What needs improvement?

We have had it for a long time now - version 7.1, which is not the latest. The admin interface of MQ Explorer that is used to interact with the server seems a little bit dated. It makes it somehow difficult to interact with it. It needs a major update to make it more modern and easy to navigate… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We're also using RabbitMQ. While IBM is more stable, RabbitMQ is easier to work with. We've been trying to change our architecture, and RabbitMQ is more appropriate for us as it's easier to put together with microservices.

What other advice do I have?

I'd recommend the solution. It's a very stable solution and very resilient. If there is not essential data that needs to be transported between services, then I would go for a RabbitMQ, because it's easier in style, and it's free to use. On top of that, you can have it to wrap around everything in a… more»
Real User
Senior Developer at a media company with 10,001+ employees
Apr 01 2020

What is most valuable?

I like the whole idea. But 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.

What needs improvement?

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. The reason that I'm emphasizing monitoring is that I used to work for the company that produced… more»

What other advice do I have?

Before joining this company I was mainly consulting for various companies in Germany, and I noticed the core problem was always that in projects where MQ was implemented, they were targeting too low on the management food chain. You need that to go as high as possible because it changes the whole paradigm, your ways of thinking. A lot of the implementations were bad because they were partially… more»
Walter Kuhn
Real User
ICT Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Apr 01 2020

What is most valuable?

The MQ layout is quite easy. It is very stable. We don't have many issues.

How has it helped my organization?

Most European companies have MQ, though we just added it four years ago. MQ changes the way people think about their applications. E.g., they are more integrated. We see synergies with the tool, but there is a long path to changing people’s… more»

What needs improvement?

We have had an issue with the migration. Most of our applications are running on Java and WebSphere. We have a project to get rid of an old .NET application since we are experiencing a loss in connection during the migration to 9.1. The… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

This solution has improved and influenced the communication between different applications, then standardized that communication. Before, we had a lot of different interfaces, which were partly handwritten. Now, we have two or three manned… more»

What other advice do I have?

We are happy with it. I would give it an eight (out of 10). We are not using containers.
SrinathKatamreddy
Consultant
Consultant at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Apr 01 2020

What is most valuable?

It is very stable. We haven't seen any failures.

What needs improvement?

You should be able to increase the message size. It should be dynamic. Each queue has a limitation of 5,000. Also, the maximum message length defaults to 4 MB. If it is more than that it should be able to increase and allow whatever the… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

For individual projects, IBM MQ may cost more. Here, we are using it globally. It is distributed around the world for our operations, so cost-wise it is less for us. But if you go with individual licenses, the cost of IBM is much more.

What other advice do I have?

My advice to someone who is looking into using IBM MQ would depend on their budget, the application criticality, etc. If applications are less critical, you can go with open-source products. Apache Kafka is growing quickly. People are using… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are also slowly moving forward into using Kafka. We calculated the costs for our total environment of going with RabbitMQ, and if we went with priority support for RabbitMQ versus the cost of IBM MQ, there was almost no difference in the… more»
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    IBM MQ provides the universal messaging backbone for service-oriented architecture (SOA) connectivity. It connects virtually any commercial IT system, whether on premise, in the cloud, or a mixture. For more than 20 years IBM has led the market in messaging middleware and more than 10,000 businesses across all geographies and industries rely on IBM MQ.

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