IBM MQ Valuable Features

Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

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 queue. That meant that the moment a user tried to write a message it would be authorized before it was written. 

In the ESB architecture, MQ is used to decouple synchronous consumer specific web services calls from the host system calls, by implementing state management. Request and response message matching rely on MQ Message ID & Correlation ID (MQMD header properties).

Message load balancing being implemented using MQ or achieving high throughput, while Message affinity ensures response messages are propagated to the very same host system which had generated the request message.

MQ publish subscribe feature being used to for notification where multiple instance of one or more applications can subscribe to the same topic at different time. 

Message expiry features ensures the redundant or unwanted messages are expired automatically from the MQ based on the settings. This feature is being used at times to ensure no duplication of payments.

Message persistence feature ensures the message availability even after any planned/unplanned downtime.

MQMFT feature ensures files are delivered asynchronously and complete file transfers are automated.

MQ authorization can help to ensure high level of security in accessing the messages from a MQ server or sending messages via MQ channels between two or more systems. 

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NK
Technical Lead at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

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 in the information and wait. When the remote system comes up and connects, we can push messages with the push function. So 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.

We can also expand it across many servers with the cluster, using load balancing and failover. We use that extensively as well. The load balancing works absolutely wonderfully.

Overall, it makes us very flexible in the architecture we can use at the moment. When someone comes to us and says, "I need ABC," we can put together the correct solution for him with all our flexibility.

We use Red Hat from a server point of view. With our Linux box, MQ is on the box itself. We use that quite extensively as well. Inside of that, we find the shared HA function quite useful. It allows us to do HA really quickly, compared to how things were before.

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AA
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.

Managing this solution is not difficult.

IBM MQ is very stable, which is important for our core banking application.

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JL
Lead Architect at a retailer with 10,001+ employees

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 have invested quite heavily in Azure. So we want to move away from all our legacy data centers and at the right time, we will move into the cloud as much as possible.

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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
IT Development Manager at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees

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.

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Websphere MQ Specialist at a maritime company with 10,001+ employees

The messaging queue is the main feature that we use. We use other products like publish and subscribe, which are very useful to us as well. 

We can share data and other people can subscribe to it. 

The solution is very stable.

The solution can scale well.

We've found the installation to be extremely straightforward and well laid out.

It's easy to maintain, easy to administer, and easy to see what's going on there. Overall, it's a good product.

Technical support is excellent.

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MB
Senior Developer at a media company with 10,001+ employees

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.

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VP
Lead Software Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees

The most valuable features are RDQM and queue sharing.

There has been a lot of improvement in architecture. It handles better with the new architecture such as Cloud, and Cloud-on-premises integrations.

Also, how Kubernetes can be deployed is helpful.

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ICT Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The MQ layout is quite easy.

It is very stable. We don't have many issues.

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Ops Innovation Platform Manager at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees

Encryption and the fact that we have not had any data loss issues so far have been very valuable features. IBM MQ is well encrypted so that we are well within our compliance and regulatory requirements, so that is a plus point as well.

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SK
Consultant at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees

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

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RH
Enterprise Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

What I like the most about IBM MQ is the 

  • reliability
  • robustness.
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SM
Integration Consultant at Dubai Technology Partners

The MQ protocol is widely used across multiple applications and it's so simple for connectivity. 

Other valuable features include the 

  • messaging format
  • message persistence
  • security features, including several connection channels and name-based and user-based authentication.
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DP
Enterprise Architect & Solutions Architect at AIA Australia

I think the whole product is useful. Their database and all is very good, and the product is fine. The fact that it ensures message delivery is probably the most important thing. I also like that you're able to trace and track everything. If it doesn't arrive at the destination, it will go back to the queue, and no message will be lost.

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Lead Architect at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

IBM MQ deals mainly with the queuing mechanism. It passes the data and it publishes it. These two abilities are the most valuable features. 

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SS
Senior Technology Lead at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees

The most valuable features I have found to be the message queue itself and its ability to bridge between mainframe type services to distributed services.

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IS
Project Manager/System Architect/Senior Mainframe System Engineer/Integration Specialist at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The message is delivered. This is the most important thing.

Overall, I have been satisfied with the solution's stability and scalability.

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Senior Technical Architect at Nagarro
  • Offers better reliability and monitoring compared to other tools.
  • Integrates well with other IBM solutions. Therefore, it makes sense to use this product when a company has a large IBM solutions portfolio.
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RV
IT Architect at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

Reliable messaging and throughput are the most valuable.

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Architect & System Engineer at Servicio de Impuestos Internos

The high availability and session recovery are the most valuable features because we need the solution live all day.

The product gives us security.

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IBM System Administrator at Arab Bank

The most valuable feature is the stability. It's perfect in this way. 

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KP
Consultant at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

From the time I joined this company I have been working with IBM MQ. Until now I haven't seen any severe issues related to it. Most of the time it's running. That is the advantage of IBM MQ.

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Assistant Manager at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

I like the architecture it provides seamlessly for assured delivery.

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Technical Manager at MetLife

There are many things that I like about IBM MQ, such as, its performance and reliability. 

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DG
Manager Specialist Platform (Java) at a tech consulting company with 10,001+ employees

It's very stable. 

It also has a backup queue concept and topics, features that I have not seen anywhere else. I like these features very much.

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PT
Database Administration Team Leader at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees

The subscribe and publish features are excellent. We use them a lot.

The usability of the solution is very good.

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Independent Consultant at State Bank of India

The reliability of the queuing is the most valuable feature. 

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AS
IT Team Lead at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

The clusterization which results in persistence is the most valuable feature. I only use a very small number of its features.

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SP
Administrator at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees

Everything looks fine. It is 

  • stable
  • reliable 
  • scalable.
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Chief of Integration Department at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees

The most valuable feature is the interaction within the system.

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IT Consultant at Ministry of Justice, Kuwait
  • Secure
  • Safe
  • Very fast

It's a very good product. Very easy to work with.

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NT
Service Delivery Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
  • Clustering
  • Multi-instance
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JQ
Software Engineer at Sita

The most valuable features are the point to point messaging and the MQ API. This solution is simple and very diverse.

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