MQ

Application Performance Monitoring Best Practices – Dealing with False Positives

When monitoring any application for anomalies, the challenge can be that each individual parameter being monitored will stray outside of its expected normal range of operation, but unless other parameters are also showing stress this may not be important. But when a series of different parameters all start to show a change in the same [...]

What is IBM MQ?

IBM MQ (often called “MQ”, WebSphere MQ or “IBM MQ”) is IBM’s Message Oriented Middleware offering that enables an asynchronous program-to-program communication via queues. It has been designed to operate largely as a “black-box”, in that it supports unattended operations, and is largely transparent to applications, and runs as multiple background processes. It enables applications [...]

The Basic Ways of Monitoring MQ

There are several facilities and techniques available to identify and resolve problems with MQ Series. EVENT MONITORING MQ Series publishes several event messages in some special SYSTEM Queues to indicate a failure, potential slowdown, change in configuration, security violation etc., These events can be turned on or for the Queue Manager level and for Queues [...]

IBM Partners: Top Picks of Disruptive Offerings at Think 2018

In a recent Forbes article, leading industry analyst and Forbes contributor Jason Bloomberg lists his top picks from Think 2018 of disruptive capabilities and offerings complementary to IBM’s focus on cloud and data, artificial intelligence (AI),  blockchain and security. Among the vendors listed from Think 2018, he included Nastel's comprehensive monitoring capabilities across hybrid environments. [...]

Stirring Apache Kafka into the Middleware Mix (Part 1)

Stirring Apache Kafka into the Middleware Mix (First of a six-part blog series that describes how a team of IT pros and managers at one of the world’s largest global banks accommodated a bank acquisition and mastered a complex hybrid messaging environment spanning mainframes, distributed systems, and clouds.) About the Author Charley Rich has decades [...]

3 Ways to Solve App Performance Problems with Transaction Tracking – Part 2

In part 1, I discussed the important of tracking applications and how that is similar to tracking packages.   However, there is one significant difference between the two, applications don’t have bar codes.  The collecting of the tracking events as the data moves through the application requires additional processing.   There are many techniques for doing this.   [...]

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3 Ways to Solve App Performance Problems with Transaction Tracking

Transaction Tracking can provide tremendous insight into the performance and behavior of applications. However, this can be challenging when transactions traverse platforms and technologies.  Often it can be similar to tracking someone in the old Westerns where you follow the trail to the river and then lose track of where they went next.  Tracking MQ [...]

4 Key Benefits from Using Self-Service for IBM MQ – Part 2 of 3

[This is Part 2 of a 3 part series. Catch-up with part 1, here.] Drivers for MQ Self-Service In Part I, we discussed the extensive interest in MQ Self-Service.  This interest is due to a number of factors, including:  the shrinking size of middleware staff, growing workloads and increasing application complexity. At the same time [...]

4 Key Benefits from Using Self-Service for IBM MQ” Part 1 of 3

The concept of self-service has evolved over many years.  It has led to very important innovations and technology in many industries in the way we work and live.  Until the earliest 20th century, people who went shopping were entirely dependent on clerks.  They would go to a store and give a list of items that [...]

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Making a Happy Marriage of WebSphere & TIBCO Infrastructures (Part 6 of 6)

Making a Happy Marriage of WebSphere & TIBCO Infrastructures (Part 6 of 6) (The conclusion of a six-part blog series that describes how a team of IT pros and managers at one of the world’s largest global banks accommodated a bank acquisition and mastered a complex messaging environment.) I’ve talked about some particulars associated with [...]