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DavidLewis1
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... 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... 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»

What other advice do I have??

I know open source is a big thing these days. I know a lot of people are talking about going out and buying open-source things or trying open-source things. I say, “Stick to... more»
ITManage0ce4
Real User
IT Manager at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ 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... 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... 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... more»

What other advice do I have??

I don't think I'd give anyone any advice at all. It's pretty straightforward to go and implement. The only thing that I would say is that perhaps if you're - depending on what you... more»
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Keith Sisson
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,... 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... 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... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We've had MQ for a long, long time. It was something that we've always supported.

What other advice do I have??

If you have a lot of internal systems that you rely on passing queue transactional data, and queuing data back and forth between a lot of... more»
seniorpr5a3d
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... 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... 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,... more»

What other advice do I have??

Consider the pros and cons. For us, it’s reliability; it’s stability; it’s reputation. Do not get hung up on the fact that it is one of those "legacy"-type connectivities. A lot of... more»
Security5361
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... more»

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... 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... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

I was involved in the decision process of how we were going to use RACF, and what they were going to set up to do their calls, but they decided... more»

What other advice do I have??

Before you implement it into RACF, really investigate the classes and how you're going to set those up, and make sure it's clear with the... more»
Director7e3f
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... 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... 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... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

The decision to invest in MQ was made prior to my starting at the company I'm at. I can't take claim for that. I was at another site, and we... more»

What other advice do I have??

One of the things that we've been asked about is using open-source message queuing alternatives. One of the things we've always fallen back on... more»
itarchit1b63
Real User
IT Architect at a comms service provider with 10,001+ 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.... more»

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... 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... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

I was not involved in the decision to invest in MQ.

What other advice do I have??

It's a great tool. It's a great integration middleware tool. Once you have your requirements set, MQ should meet it, but review: Make sure that... more»
Executivbe07
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... more»

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.... 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... more»

What other advice do I have??

The most important criteria for me when selecting a vendor to work with are that it has to match a business need. Stability, for me, is incredibly important. Ease of use,... more»
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