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Main Features
  • License + 1 Year Software Subscription and Support
  • 1 PVU
  • Passport Advantage Express
  • Linux
  • Win
  • UNIX
WebSphere MQ enables you to integrate your applications reliably and consistently, allowing you to leverage your existing software and hardware assets more effectively. As the current market leader for message-oriented middleware, it offers scalable, enterprise-class connectivity designed to grow with your integration challenges and needs. WebSphere MQ enables you to begin deploying your enterprise service bus (ESB) today and gain the benefits of an integrated service-oriented architecture (SOA).

WebSphere MQ provides reliable, resilient application integration by passing messages between applications and Web services. It reduces the risk of information loss and the need to reconcile communicating IT systems by using queuing and transactional facilities that help preserve the integrity of messages across the network. WebSphere MQ eliminates the need to write complex communications code and offers a choice of simple APIs (Message Queue Interface [MQI] and JMS) that are consistent across the range of more than 40 supported operating environments.

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General
Category: Networking applications
Subcategory: Network - connectivity & data sharing

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Brand: IBM
Compatibility: PC , Unix
Manufacturer: IBM
Packaged Quantity: 1
Product Line: IBM WebSphere MQ

Licensing
License Pricing: Volume

Service
Support Details Full Contract Period: 1 year

Service & Support
Type: New releases update

Service & Support Details
Response Time: 2 hours
Service Availability (Hours a Day): Business hours
Service Type: Phone consulting



Service Availability (Days a Week): Monday-Sunday
Service Availability (Hours a Day): 24 hours a day
Service Type: Web knowledge base access



Service Type: Emergency phone consulting



Service Type: E-mail consulting



Service Type: New releases update

Software
Bundled Support: 1 Year Software Subscription and Support
License Category: License
License Qty: 1 processor value unit (PVU)
License Type: License
Licensing Program: Passport Advantage Express

System Requirements
Platform: AIX , HP-UX , IBM i , IBM z/OS , Linux , Solaris , Windows

Product Reviews
IBM WebSphere MQ - license is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 17.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We value this product's reliability, simplicity, and pricing. Valuable Features:Reliability and simplicity.Improvements to My Organization:We have benefitted from the B2B integrations.Room for Improvement:It needs a User Interface which is better than the aging MQ Explorer. The existing solution MQ Explorer is outdated.Use of Solution:We have been using the solution for more than ten years.Stability Issues:We did not encounter any issues with stability.Scalability Issues:We did not encounter any issues with scalability.Technical Support:The technical support is good.Previous Solutions:We have always used MQ.Initial Setup:The setup was straightforward for simple usage. Load balancing is more complex.Cost and Licensing Advice:I think the pricing is reasonable, especially with IIB as a part of it.Other Solutions Considered:We did not evaluate any alternative solutions.Other Advice:Get a good MQ expert to get it right from the beginning.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Provides a lot of value in moving patient data from the entry point until the patient gets out of the building. Valuable Features: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 use to move data across. It's our backbone for data transmission.The important thing for us at this point is the amount of data that we move, the guaranteed delivery and message affinity that it offers. These are very critical features when you talk about patient data.Improvements to 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 doctor, the doctor makes a lab/pharmacy order and by the time a patient goes through the lab, the data needs to be there. It provides a lot of value in moving the patient data from the entry point until the patient gets out of the building.Room for 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 one version to another.There are some operation challenges; however, it could be not because of the product but instead in terms of how we use it. We might be looking for improvements by adding some self-service capabilities, in order to go through the hoops of different teams to get the objects created. Thus, this will make it easy for the developers to access some of those things.Stability Issues:There were no issues in regards to the stability or scalability so far. Like I mentioned elsewhere, I've been using it for years now and it has really matured, at this point. We are really happy.Technical Support:Lately, quality of the technical support is not that good, as it used to be in the past. IBM supports us from the infrastructure's standpoint to the part where they provide us product support as well. So, one of the things that we did notice recently was that the qualified people who were supporting all this stuff are not there anymore.Other Advice:It is important to understand how to implement it and for what exactly you want to implement it. Sometimes, we get into a situation where you may not be choosing the right solution and may not really need MQ to support your product. You may be expecting something that MQ doesn't offer, so it is important to understand your business requirements and the features that MQ offers, in order to see if it is effective in implementing the solution.The important thing while selecting a vendor is to help the customer go through the implementation phase. One of the typical situations that we run into are the people who you're interacting with, i.e., from a customer's standpoint, the vendor may or may not have the comparable knowledge that is required to make them move to where they want to go. That's the challenge we face across all our vendors. It doesn't have to be an escalation all the time so as to get what you want. The person you're working with should be knowledgeable enough to take the customer from the start to the end.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Provides a lot of value in moving patient data from the entry point until the patient gets out of the building. Valuable Features: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 use to move data across. It's our backbone for data transmission.The important thing for us at this point is the amount of data that we move, the guaranteed delivery and message affinity that it offers. These are very critical features when you talk about patient data.Improvements to 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 doctor, the doctor makes a lab/pharmacy order and by the time a patient goes through the lab, the data needs to be there. It provides a lot of value in moving the patient data from the entry point until the patient gets out of the building.Room for 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 one version to another.There are some operation challenges; however, it could be not because of the product but instead in terms of how we use it. We might be looking for improvements by adding some self-service capabilities, in order to go through the hoops of different teams to get the objects created. Thus, this will make it easy for the developers to access some of those things.Stability Issues:There were no issues in regards to the stability or scalability so far. Like I mentioned elsewhere, I've been using it for years now and it has really matured, at this point. We are really happy.Technical Support:Lately, quality of the technical support is not that good, as it used to be in the past. IBM supports us from the infrastructure's standpoint to the part where they provide us product support as well. So, one of the things that we did notice recently was that the qualified people who were supporting all this stuff are not there anymore.Other Advice:It is important to understand how to implement it and for what exactly you want to implement it. Sometimes, we get into a situation where you may not be choosing the right solution and may not really need MQ to support your product. You may be expecting something that MQ doesn't offer, so it is important to understand your business requirements and the features that MQ offers, in order to see if it is effective in implementing the solution.The important thing while selecting a vendor is to help the customer go through the implementation phase. One of the typical situations that we run into are the people who you're interacting with, i.e., from a customer's standpoint, the vendor may or may not have the comparable knowledge that is required to make them move to where they want to go. That's the challenge we face across all our vendors. It doesn't have to be an escalation all the time so as to get what you want. The person you're working with should be knowledgeable enough to take the customer from the start to the end.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from One of the most important features is data persistence. Some of the monitoring on some of the MQs did not meet our needs. Valuable Features:One of the most important features is data persistence. Anytime there is a failure or an unexpected outage, the data is still there. That is one of the biggest benefits of MQ on WebSphere.Room for Improvement:One of the things we did not see meeting our needs was some of the monitoring on some of the MQs. You have to use different tools for that; sometimes, MQ Explorer, sometimes for the flows and IIB, a completely different tool. If we could integrate the monitoring of both the flows and the queues in one product, that would be great.Stability Issues:The stability is pretty good, so far. We had some challenges with some of the clustering during the setup. But once that was done properly, it was quite stable.Scalability Issues:That's one of the shining features of MQ, that scalability. It is very scalable.Technical Support:Technical support is good.Previous Solutions:This is something that I inherited. There was a legacy system that was already using MQ.Initial Setup:There are a lot of things that MQ can do, so the configuration setup needs some involvement.Other Advice:Engage IBM and MQ experts from the beginning on the architecting and the proof-of-concept. There are a lot of configurations and a lot of things that, if you do not do properly early on, then it's going to be difficult to find those things, go back, and make those changes.One of the most important things when selecting a vendor is definitely their ability to meet our functional needs. On top of that, we are looking for partners that are going to be around in 10 years, 20 years, 30 years. We want dependability, longevity, and somebody who's going to be around when we need them.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Its versatility and portability are valuable features. Valuable Features:MQ is a very affordable and easy to use messaging product. I like how fast you can write an API and send a message. Thus, its versatility, portability and easy to use functionality are valuable features of this product.Improvements to My Organization:We use MQ for our insurance claims and use it heavily for CICS in the IBM Mainframe and use the IBM IMS for our applications.Room for Improvement:Right now, with the new functions such as z/OS & distributed, I don't see any need for additional features as such. This is because everything that MQ provides, we do it. It's okay right now. Things are working fine.The migration aspect is different and it depends on who is doing it, i.e., whether a person is doing it for the first time or a person who has done it for 18 times. I have done a lot of migrations in MQ, starting from this product version 2 and now it is on version 9. I have done a lot of migrations, so it all depends on how much experience you have, how you set up your migration task and so on. Migration is fine. I don't see any problem there.If IBM develops a tool inside the MQ product for monitoring, then that will be better for the other IBM products available.Use of Solution:We have been using this solution for 17-18 years.Stability Issues:It's a very stable product. Being one of IBM's high-end messaging solution, it's a very robust product.Scalability Issues:We have not had any issues. It is scalable.Technical Support:I use the technical support from time to time in Hursley because MQ is developed in Hursley. I keep in contact with Hursley developers because in my organization, we use MQ a whole lot for our messaging. I am very happy with the support.Other Advice:It is a good messaging product from IBM and is easy to use. It is very affordable and flexible, so I will advise other customers/companies to look into this product and use it.The most important criteria while selecting a vendor are the customer support and easy to use the product. It is also important if the vendors can provide training to the staff and always be behind the customers to help them.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It delivers the stability and security within our applications that we desire as an organization. Valuable Features:It's certainly a product that you can rely on. It delivers the stability and security within our applications that we desire as an organization.Improvements to My Organization:The time to deployment is quick and easy. Again, it is stable, auditable, and uses automation to deploy products and keep the systems up and running while the business is still functioning.Room for Improvement:I think the cloud is our next solution. Because we’re in the healthcare industry, I want to make sure the security is really strong and capable of keeping our members' data secure.Scalability Issues:It's very scalable. It's very easy to build out with high availability, and you're also able to scale both vertically and horizontally very easily.Initial Setup:I was not involved in the initial setup.Other Solutions Considered:We used all the big players and we chose IBM just because of the fact that we've used them before with other solutions. We know their capabilities. Their delivery solution team has helped guide our solutions across the board and has delivered high availability, high quality to our members.We also used Oracle, and we also used the Tomcats and JBoss product lines.The most important criteria when selecting a vendor is reliability; knowing that they're going to be there to support you when you need them; the ability to bring solutions to an issue in a quick manner that allows you to keep your business going.Other Advice:Every application could always use improvements, but it's a very stable application and delivery solution tool that we are able to implement quickly and add applications to it quickly; keep us going in an ever-changing environment.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It is robust. Its dependability and reliability are its most valuable features. Valuable Features:The most valuable feature of IBM MQ is that it is robust. Its dependability and reliability are its most valuable features.Improvements to My Organization:It has allowed us to take applications that would not normally be able to communicate, to be able to talk to each other.Room for Improvement:I would like to see more integration into the security back end.Stability Issues:It's very stable.Scalability Issues:It’s very scalable.Technical Support:Technical support is OK. Quicker escalation would make it better.Previous Solutions:This was the first solution of this type and it was the one that was the best fit.Other Advice:It's very stable and it's pretty straightforward. It just needs some more integration features to make better.The most important criteria for me when selecting a solution is that it meets the needs.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Allows close coupling between different domains. Valuable Features:It doesn't lose transactions, it's fast, and it runs on every platform.Improvements to My Organization:The benefits are the same as the most valuable features. Close coupling between different domains, which reduces your total cost of ownership by not inter-tweaking everything.Room for Improvement:For me, there are no areas with room for improvement. We are happy like it is. I don't think we have any special additional needs. I think it does what it's supposed to do and it caters to the requirements we have at this moment.We would actually like some dashboard improvements, because we've set up some manual dashboarding. We use other tools to monitor MQ. But, if that would be a part of MQ, then we're looking at a TCO reduction again. So it would be interesting if we could get rid of these additional tools.For me, the management is lacking. It's doable, but it's not graphical. Almost everything you need to do in command line mode. It's pretty technical.Stability Issues:There is no downtime. It is very stable.Scalability Issues:We have no problems with scalability. It scales all the way around.Technical Support:We have used technical support. For MQ, it's very good, compared to other products.Previous Solutions:We didn’t have a previous solution. There was a new requirement to handle asynchronous transactions, and MQ seemed to be the best solution at that moment.Initial Setup:I was involved in the setup of the distributive systems. It was straightforward.Other Solutions Considered:We did't look at other vendors, because, at that moment, IBM was our preferred partner, and still is, so we first looked at the IBM solution.Other Advice:Just do it.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-04-06
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