Can’t We All Get Along? MQ versions, that is…

Can't our MQ releases all get along?You probably remember Rodney King.  All he wanted was for all of us to get along.  To peacefully coexist.  And really, that’s what we are asking for with the latest versions of IBM’s WebSphere MQ… to all get along, to coexist with previous versions. Continue reading

Need to run multiple installations of WebSphere MQ?

Running Multiple Versions of WebSphere MQDo you need to run multiple versions of WebSphere MQ, 7.1 and 7.5?

You can.  We have a TechTalk by our VP of Engineering, Richard Nikula scheduled that will help you out with this topic.

Here are 3 Reasons to attend:

  1. Learn how to install multiple implementations
  2. Find out about some of the challenges of running 7.01.x and 7.5
  3. Hear about the difference between coexistent and multiple installation support

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Are You Up To Speed? Monitoring Low-Latency Middleware

Monitoring Low Latency MiddlewareTo align the business with the technology, there needs to be two levels of middleware:  A lower level of communication middleware to handle lower level messaging and a high level of middleware responsible for handling application and data integration technology.  A high quality level of middleware needs to be flexible enough to accommodate all levels of requirements.
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Where are YOU in the Queue?

Where Are You In The Queue.Since the early versions of WebSphere MQ, IBM has traditionally delivered a new release about every 2-3 years.  With 2 releases of WebSphere MQ in the last 6 months, it does make you take notice.  Nastel recently did a TechTalk and published a white paper on 7.1 and 7.5 which went into more details on the features.   Continue reading

What’s new, MQ?

What's new in WebSphere MQ 7.1 & 7.5Are you tossing and turning at night trying to wrap your head around the new features WebSphere MQ 7.1 and 7.5? If this describes you, well you’re in luck. Our Tech Talk series continues with our 2nd event, What’s New in WebSphere MQ 7.1 and 7.5.” Please listen to the on-demand recording of our recent TechTalk for a walk through of WMQ 7.1’s new features and those that have been recently added to WMQ 7.5.

Check it out here here.

Help Find My Lost Payment

Help find my lost paymentWhat happens if a payment doesn’t arrive on time or fails during the transaction? How quickly can your organization react before this becomes a costly error to the business? What can you do now to ensure this does not become a reoccurring problem? As technology continues to evolve, middleware-centric enterprises can use middleware monitoring tools to track transactions in real-time, determine performance problems and help reduce the mean time from problem occurrence to resolution. In our “chalk talk” video, Nastel CTO Albert Mavashev provides a more in-depth look and insight into how to monitor, analyze and act using real-time Complex Event Processing analytics to track the behavior of applications and provide an early-warning when they first begin to veer from business normal.  To view this video, please visit here.

Creating a Signature Dish: A Recipe for Success

APM as a recipe for success - the signature dishThe key to mastering any recipe is finding the perfect balance of ingredients. English poet William Cowper wrote in his 1785 compilation, The Task, “Variety’s the spice of life, that gives it all its flavor.” It’s a poetic sentiment that needs to come with a caveat: too much spice overwhelms the dish.   Continue reading

Making big data into small data

Complexity in big data can be reducedIt isn’t every day you get to write about Immanuel Kant and Big Data in the same blog post but last week Gartner Analyst Will Cappelli did just that. As you’ll see in his post, “AI and IAM: Will Two-Tier Analytics Become the Norm for IAM?” context is the key. Cappelli addresses Kant’s conclusion that human reasoning is a two-tier process that first involves what is—the contextual lens in which we view our existence—and how the pieces all relate to each other. From this standpoint, we reason and make decisions.   Continue reading

The best view, is a unified view

A unified view across all middlewareMany enterprises utilize middleware as the “glue” linking their application infrastructure together. This application fabric is usually comprised of bespoke and commercial applications, some of which are sourced within the company and others obtained through acquisition. For these enterprises, middleware lets it all work together. Unfortunately, the middleware solutions are often used on a department or division basis with a box of overlapping tools to monitor and manage them.  As IT is still for the most part organized in silos (see Silos of Shame), this can be costly at best providing a technology-specific view of status and with little overall visibility of the application, itself.

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Don’t forget the CIO…he is also a customer

Keep Customers Happy!In 1909, Harry Gordon Selfridge, the founder of Selfridge’s department store, coined the phrase “The customer is always right,” and it has become the mantra of countless businesses since. At the time, Gordon could have been considered a customer service revolutionary in the world of modern business. Fast forward a century and there is little doubt that the customer is still king. Customer service has even been cited by some as the only true business metric for growth. Happy customers are profitable customers.

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