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PrabhasMishra
Technical Manager at MetLife
Real User
Top 20
The performance and reliability are some of its valuable features, but I want to ensure event-driven mechanisms are included in the next release
Pros and Cons
  • "Combined with IBM MQ, this product is our primary data store."
  • "I'm not sure that current version has event-driven mechanism requests that people go for. I would like the latest version to come with both type of event mechanisms: an email server and a POP server. If that is not there, then that would be a great addition."

How has it helped my organization?

We work with an organization who has only one product and that works with IBM MQ. Combined with IBM MQ, this product is our primary data store.

What is most valuable?

There are many things that I like about IBM MQ, such as, its performance and reliability. 

What needs improvement?

I'm not sure that current version has event-driven mechanism requests that people go for. I would like the latest version to come with both type of event-driven mechanisms: an email server and a POP server. If that is not there, then that would be a great addition.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been with a company for the last three years who has been using IBM. I was with another organization before that who used it for four or five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

For the last three years, I haven't faced any stability issues. I would rate the stability as a nine (out of 10).

How are customer service and technical support?

Support is managed by the vendor management team. This is being taken care by some of the managers.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I was not involved in the pricing structure.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There are quite a lot of competitors of IBM MQ who have high capabilities.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate the product as a seven (out of 10).

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Manager Specialist Platform (Java) at a tech consulting company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Backup queue concept and topics are unique features, but throughput could be better
Pros and Cons
  • "It also has a backup queue concept and topics, features that I have not seen anywhere else. I like these features very much."
  • "It could provide more monitoring tools and some improvement to the UI. I would also like to see more throughput in future versions."

What is our primary use case?

We use it for data integration.

What is most valuable?

It's very stable. 

It also has a backup queue concept and topics, features that I have not seen anywhere else. I like these features very much.

What needs improvement?

It could provide more monitoring tools and some improvement to the UI. I would also like to see more throughput in future versions.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been dealing with IBM MQ for the last six months.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's scalable. It's not for every use case, but you can scale it.

We have about 50 users of IBM MQ.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is good.

How was the initial setup?

The setup is between straightforward and complex. It's not as straightforward as Apache ActiveMQ.

What about the implementation team?

We did the setup.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I like Kafka more. MQ is number-two compared to Kafka.

What other advice do I have?

It's a good product but I think it's too costly. That's one disadvantage because there are already many open-source products, like RabbitMQ, Kafka, and ActiveMQ. If you really need a solid MQ solution then go with IBM MQ. If you don't need such a robust solution then you can go with any of the other solutions.

I would rate IBM MQ at seven out of 10. It has less throughput.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Database Administration Team Leader at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 10Leaderboard
Good usability with very good publish and subscribe features
Pros and Cons
  • "The usability of the solution is very good."
  • "We need to have a better administration console and better monitoring features. Right now, they are not good and could be a lot better."

What is most valuable?

The subscribe and publish features are excellent. We use them a lot.

The usability of the solution is very good.

What needs improvement?

There isn't that much happening with the installation consoles and monitoring consoles. This could be improved.

We need to have a better administration console and better monitoring features. Right now, they are not good and could be a lot better.

The pricing could be better.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for ten years. It's been a decade so far, therefore, it's been a rather long time overall.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support has been pretty good. Every time I've used it, they were pretty good and I found them to be knowledgeable and responsive. I'm quite happy with their level of service.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing could be lower. It's not the cheapest option out there. However, I don't have comparison prices with other solutions at this time. We're working on comparison pricing currently.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are currently evaluating other options. We are starting the comparison now and we are starting on the technical scope, not on the budget. However, we will also consider pricing as we evaluate other potential options for our company.

What other advice do I have?

We're just a customer. We don't have any business affiliation with the organization.

On a scale from one to ten, I'd rate this solution at a nine.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Upendra Rao
Independent Consultant at State Bank of India
Consultant
Top 20
Can be integrated with multiple systems and has reliable queuing

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case is for messaging monitoring. 

What is most valuable?

The reliability of the queuing is the most valuable feature. 

What needs improvement?

I can't say pricing is good. It is a popular and reliable solution. IBM can be integrated with other products which is why it gets sold. People also like Oracle. They can be integrated with multiple systems. That is a selling point for these solutions. 

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using IBM MQ for fifteen years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We never have had a problem with the scalability. We had a problem but the company who was helping us figured out that it…

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case is for messaging monitoring. 

What is most valuable?

The reliability of the queuing is the most valuable feature. 

What needs improvement?

I can't say pricing is good. It is a popular and reliable solution. IBM can be integrated with other products which is why it gets sold. People also like Oracle. They can be integrated with multiple systems. That is a selling point for these solutions. 

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using IBM MQ for fifteen years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We never have had a problem with the scalability. We had a problem but the company who was helping us figured out that it wasn't because of IBM MQ, it was another problem. Scalability has been good.

We have a little more than 100 users. 

How are customer service and technical support?

The product is stable and reliable. We don't generally have support issues. If the product isn't good, people will say that it's not a good product but the support is good. If it's a good product, you won't need much support. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup for the messaging part is straightforward. For other features, it's of medium complexity.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate it an eight out of ten. Not a ten because of the pricing.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
IT Team Lead at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Clustering is good, but the setup is difficult

What is our primary use case?

We use it to send a notification to our customers.

What is most valuable?

The clusterization which results in persistence is the most valuable feature. I only use a very small number of its features.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using IBM MQ for about three years. For about one year I wrote adapters for IBM Broker and for two years or more I wrote services that used IBM MQ. This was a Java application by JMS.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is okay.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability is not an issue of IBM MQ. There is no replication of messages and that is very bad for systems. Only persistence can solve this issue.

How are customer service and

What is our primary use case?

We use it to send a notification to our customers.

What is most valuable?

The clusterization which results in persistence is the most valuable feature. I only use a very small number of its features.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using IBM MQ for about three years. For about one year I wrote adapters for IBM Broker and for two years or more I wrote services that used IBM MQ. This was a Java application by JMS.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is okay.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability is not an issue of IBM MQ. There is no replication of messages and that is very bad for systems. Only persistence can solve this issue.

How are customer service and technical support?

IBM technical support is good.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is difficult. Creating your own cluster is difficult and working with cluster repositories is difficult. Issue management with IBM MQ is difficult.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It's a very expensive product.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I like RabbitMQ more than IBM MQ.

What other advice do I have?

If you have a lot of money then I would, of course, recommend IBM MQ.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Administrator at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Stable, reliable, and scalable, and helps keep our data safe
Pros and Cons
  • "It is stable, reliable, and scalable."
  • "If they could come up with monitoring dashboards that would be good. We are using external monitoring tools, apart from our IBM MQ, to monitor IBM MQ. If we could get monitoring tools or dashboards to keep everything simple for the user to understand, that would be good."

What is most valuable?

Everything looks fine. It is 

  • stable
  • reliable 
  • scalable.

What needs improvement?

I am not involved with it at the architect level. I am providing entry-level support for the product. But perhaps if they could come up with monitoring dashboards that would be good. We are using external monitoring tools, apart from our IBM MQ, to monitor IBM MQ. If we could get monitoring tools or dashboards to keep everything simple for the user to understand, that would be good.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability looks good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is good. I don't have any issues with it.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is not complex. It's very simple. I didn't find any difficulty with it.

What other advice do I have?

Apart from IBM MQ, we are using IBM Integration processor. We are pretty satisfied with the product.

I would strongly recommend the solution, depending on the elements and architecture you're using. If you want to keep your data safe, I would definitely recommend using IBM MQ. We are satisfied with the service provided by IBM MQ. We don't have any issues.

I would rate it at 10 out 10. It's the best.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Sergey Sidorov
Chief of Integration Department at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Enables us to integrate core applications and external solutions from our partners

What is our primary use case?

We use it for all our integration cases, including the integration of core applications within our company and external solutions from our partners. We use IBM MQ and IBM Integration Bus, App Connect.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the interaction within the system.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been dealing with IBM MQ for five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is very stable. There are some bugs, but they are very small.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scaling is difficult with IBM MQ.

How are customer service and technical support?

The support from IBM Russia is good.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is 50/50, between…

What is our primary use case?

We use it for all our integration cases, including the integration of core applications within our company and external solutions from our partners.

We use IBM MQ and IBM Integration Bus, App Connect.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the interaction within the system.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been dealing with IBM MQ for five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is very stable. There are some bugs, but they are very small.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scaling is difficult with IBM MQ.

How are customer service and technical support?

The support from IBM Russia is good.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is 50/50, between straightforward and complex. The difficult part is because for the integration of other systems with IBM MQ, they need to use software from the IBM client. But the installation itself is not difficult.

What about the implementation team?

We had assistance from an integrator.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It would be a 10 out of 10 if it wasn't so expensive.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend the solution, but it is very costly.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Technical Specialist at a maritime company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
Offers very good performance as well as scalability and stability

What is our primary use case?

I'm a technical specialist and we are customers of IBM. 

What is most valuable?

This solution offers good performance as well as scalability and stability. It offers a template that's beneficial for any company.

What needs improvement?

I'd very much like to see more integration in the monitoring tools.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for nine years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is good. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution offers very good scalability. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward. It's all about planning because we have multiple application teams involved. Deployment takes somewhere…

What is our primary use case?

I'm a technical specialist and we are customers of IBM. 

What is most valuable?

This solution offers good performance as well as scalability and stability. It offers a template that's beneficial for any company.

What needs improvement?

I'd very much like to see more integration in the monitoring tools.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for nine years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is good. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution offers very good scalability. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward. It's all about planning because we have multiple application teams involved. Deployment takes somewhere between half an hour to an hour, but for the coordination to check and perform from the application side, takes almost a full day because we have critical, multiple applications. It needs to be coordinated and we need to be sure they are able to connect perfectly with our environment or with the MQ.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We pay an annual license fee. 

What other advice do I have?

I recommend this product and rate it a nine out of 10. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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