NY/NJ Hybrid Cloud IBM MQ & Integration User Group

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Cities covered: All (New York, New Jersey)

Group Detail: This MQ User Group was established in 1998 by an IBM employee, Jenny Chow. A user group committee was formed during the first meeting. The website was created in 1999. It has become one of the largest and longest running user groups world-wide. Currently, we have over 1,000 members.

The NY/NJ Hybrid Cloud IBM MQ & Integration User Group is designed to provide Hybrid Cloud MQ & Application Integration professionals, users and consultants a forum to share ideas, experiences and expertise related to Hybrid Cloud IBM MQ, IBM Integration Bus and other IBM Integration products and complimentary tools.

Next Event:  IBM MQ in the Cloud
Monday, December 5, 2022, 3:30 - 6:30 EST
Battello Restaurant
502 Washington Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07310
Register here

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Reception and Networking
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Presentation and Discussion

Nick will cover the architectural approach, best practices and where to begin. He will provide answers to some of the most frequent questions he gets on IBM MQ in the Cloud including:

  • When I move to cloud and containers wouldn’t that increase my licensing costs?
  • What are the resiliency options for MQ?
  • When moving to cloud where do I start?
  • When moving to cloud what MQ features should I consider?

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Date/Time:  Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Location:      ISO/Verisk in Newport Center

                       545 Washington Blvd, 21 floor, Jersey City, New Jersey

Please join our NY/NJ Hybrid Cloud IBM MQ & Integration User Group all day event. The Seminar, free of charge, will be held at ISO/Verisk from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. You will meet with other IT professionals and managers in your field, learn the new messaging and integration technologies, and share experiences. The event is sponsored by Nastel who provides the meals. The meeting site is donated by ISO/Verisk.

Registration is required for entry to the building. Please register before November 10, 2017 at https://community.ibm.com/community/user/imwuc/communities/community-home/recent-community-events?communitykey=be19eba8-e93d-43dc-ac8b-8d5ece01cffe&tab=recentcommunityeventsdashboard 

Please make sure you join our Community (Join button on upper right side of this page, but you need to Login first.) so that you learn of any meeting updates/announcements.

Pictures from the event can be found here.


8:00 am - 9:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast, Sponsored by Nastel Technologies

9:00 am- 9:15 am Meeting kickoff, welcome and introductions, NY/NJ MQ User Group Committee

 9:15 am - 10:00 am
Title:  Dockerizing MQ&IIB at Daimler North America  (Presentation posted here.) 
Presenter:  Benjamin Zhou, MQ/IIB Team at MBUSA 

Abstract: Started on an Ubuntu laptop in 2016, MBUSA’s MQ/IIB team has moved forward with containerizing MQ and IIB in Docker on RHEL. Despite Kubernetes establishment as the preferred container provisioning tool, for MQ & IIB, MBUSA decided Docker Swarm is a more appropriate platform due to its simplicity and ease of use. Ben will share with the audience their approach and experience.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Title: Solving Everyday Middleware Problems with AIOps  (Presentation posted here) 
Presenter: Albert Mavashev, CTO, Nastel Technologies
Abstract: Today’s middleware environments are a combination of planned evolution plus a lot of “just make it work” components. When something goes wrong it can feel like trying to find a needle in a haystack, or more accurately, “finding a needle in a stack of needles.” Where do you start looking when the problem statement starts with “my order was lost?” Is a message sitting on an MQ queue? Did a broker flow fail and send the request to an error node? Did a MFT transfer specify the wrong file name and not get processed? In these situations any of your middleware components could be at fault, and finding them using traditional tools is time consuming and sometimes nearly impossible. This session will define several use cases where AIOps (Artificial Intelligence for IT Operations) can be applied as a solution.

11:00 am - 11:15 am  Break

11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Title: Microservices Architecture: Where Do ESBs, Messaging and APIs Fit?   (Presentation posted here)
Presenter: Ben Thompson, IBM Integration Bus Chief Architect, IBM UK Hursley
Abstract: This session explores the myths and realities of microservices in relation to integration architecture.  Microservices are as much a new approach to application architecture as they are a return to well-known good practices of isolation and decoupling. The complexities are all the more apparent when comparisons are drawn with evolved integration architecture concepts. The "ESB" concept is often derided in microservices architecture. Is the pattern completely invalid or does it still have its place? Messaging is the silent but essential partner that is key to decoupling among microservice components. But what type of messaging should you use where?  Where do APIs fit into the picture?  What different categories of API are present?

12:15 pm - 01:30 pm Lunch Sponsored by Nastel Technologies **

01:30 pm - 02:30 pm
Title: What's New in MQ  (Presentation posted here) 
Presenter: David Ware, Chief Architect for IBM MQ, IBM UK Hursley
It will soon be eighteen months since IBM MQ started its Continuous Delivery/Long Term Support delivery model and in that time we've delivered a lot. This session will touch on the features we've delivered and the general themes and direction we've been following and going forward. Showing you the benefits whether you're maintaining an existing MQ environment or embracing the Cloud and new practices and building new systems.

 2:30 pm – 2:45 pm  Break

 2:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Title: Using AIOps (Artificial Intelligence for IT Operations) to Understand the Impact of IT on Your Business  (Presentation posted here)
Presenter: Albert Mavashev, CTO, Nastel Technologies
Abstract: Most people think messages flow through MQ, IIB, DataPower, etc., but it’s really business on the move. That is, a bank transfers payments, a supplier processes orders, a retailer sells their goods, and so on.  Simply watching queue depth using MQ Explorer or other basic tools is not enough to understand the trends that impact your business. Nastel’s AutoPilot goes beyond traditional analytics and uses machine learning, predictive analytics, and real-time streaming data analysis to better manage your middleware technology and visually relate how IT performance affects the achievement of business objectives.

The Middleware Mash-Up:  Modernize and Optimize your MQ Environment
Nov 2, 2022 9 AM EST
Crowne Plaza
2055 Lincoln Hwy, Edison, NJ 08817
Join us for our first live meeting in some time! As infrastructure modernization spreads, most organizations running IBM MQ are at some stage of modernization – consideration, planning, just-begun, in-the-midst, or reaping the benefits. No matter what stage you’re at, we’ve worked with Middleware Mash-Up to put together an event to help you get more out of modernization.

Join us for in-depth sessions from MQ Experts, a real-world lessons-learned discussion panel, Ask the MQ Experts, and more. Afterwards we will have a networking afterparty!

  • 9:00 – 10: 00 am  - Breakfast Social
  • 10:00 – 11:00 am  - The Latest with IBM MQ – Amy McCormick, Principal Product Manager IBM MQ
  • 11:00 – 12:00 pm  - MQ in the Cloud  - Presented by: Nick Glowacki, Executive IT Specialist at IBM
  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm - Buffet lunch w 45-minute session Event Streaming: Apache Kafka and IBM MQ, where to use what  - David Ware, IBM MQ Chief Architect
  • 1:15 – 2:00 pm Ask the MQ Experts (Open question and answer session)
  • 2:00 – 3:00 pm – Expert Panel Discussion: IBM MQ Modernization and Optimization Lessons Learned
  • 3:00 – 4:00 pm - You’ve Arrived, did you plan correctly? - Peter D’Agosta, Chief Product Manager, Avada Software
  • 4:00 – 5:00 pm  - Social Networking Soiree
  • 5:00 – 7:00 pm - Recently Announced Art Afterparty

Sessions will not be available online. Space is limited. RSVP required.
The Middleware Mash-Up
(New Location):
November 2nd, 2022
9:00am Eastern Time
Crowne Plaza
2055 Lincoln Hwy, Edison, NJ 08817


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