Mq Series

Written by Shirley Parker
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IBM MQSeries products offer information systems that work with the customer's business processes in the real world. As a middleware product, the base MQSeries connects your system to any other system, or your application to any other application. Today, MQSeries is known as WebSphere MQ. The IBM site has spec sheets for AIX, HP-UX, Windows, Linux, iSeries and other operating systems.

MQSeries has been known for its enhancement of distributed applications in that it makes development and testing less complicated. Recent versions, including 5.1 in particular, also simplify the installation and setup of MQSeries itself. The Integrator software that is part of MQSeries has intelligent message routing. This directs data based on what the business stipulates. The Graphical User Interface (GUI) facilitates integration tasks. The whole package comes with preconfigured templates for use with well-known business applications and IBM has optional extensions for e-commerce.

In addition to the documentation that is bundled with any of its products, IBM produces redbooks that contain a great deal of helpful information about getting acquainted with MQSeries. Each redbook has an evaluation page in the back that buyers are encouraged to fill out and send in. Interestingly, IBM asks if the redbook was published in time to meet the customer's needs, as well as inquiring what other redbooks the customer might find useful.

Prerequisites for Taking Classes in MQSeries

A prospective student should be familiar with at least one IT application environment. While a class may only last one day, it is helpful if a student has already read some white papers and spec sheets ahead of time. An instructor-led class will cover everything from today's applications environment, to how WebSphere works, to a WebSphere MQ architecture workshop.

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