MQ Technical Conference v2.0.1.8 (MQTC) is an event that will educate attendees on current practices, methodologies, administration, problem determination, security best practices and technology trends for IBM MQ. MQTC will offer 71 technical sessions and 15 vendor sessions that are designed to enhance the skills of IT professionals who are using IBM MQ on AIX, HP-UX, IBM i (OS/400), Linux, Solaris, Windows and z/OS. Since we have 5 session rooms at MQTC, there will be 5 concurrent MQ sessions at any given time.

MQTC is the largest conference in the world solely dedicated to IBM MQ (aka WebSphere MQ & MQSeries).

Richard Nikula presentated several topics at the conference - download the presentations using the form on the right:

Using IBM Activity Trace to better understand your application logic

IBM introduced Activity Tracing with the MQ appliance and is now available on distributed releases of MQ. Activity traces can be used for a variety of use cases. For example, they allow the MQ administrator to understand MQ and application behavior. They also allow application developers and support to determine if the expected MQ calls are being performed. Version 9 of MQ added subscription support which allow further control on who can request and display traces.

This session will cover how to activate traces, tips to avoid some of the pitfalls you can encounter, and using IBM sample programs to analyze the data collected

Delivering improved service with Nastel AutoPilot

Regardless of what you are doing today to ensure the health of your MQ environment, this session will show you how Nastel AutoPilot can greatly improve it. The MQ ecosystem is continuing to evolve. Your MQ stakeholders want access to information when problems are happening. Home grown and vendor tools may not be keeping up with demand. Nastel AutoPilot is evolving and has added access to version 9 system metrics and JSON based message logs. It provides real-time decision for your stakeholders to key performance indicators and trends, using integrated machine learning.

Tracking messages in your middleware environment with Nastel X-Ray

Being able to track message as they move through MQ provides a wealth of information. While MQ statistics provide summary information, they often only tell half of the story. With tracking, you are able to see detailed MQ requests that explain the exact behavior of your applications. While using standard MQ tooling provides a good place to start, more complex flows require a more robust tracking tool. In this session, you will learn how Nastel X-RAY allows you to answer questions such as are applications following the coding standards, is the application call efficient, what caused messages to end up in the dead letter queue, and many others.

If you can’t clone yourself, Delegate!

You already have more work to do than you have time to complete and your organization wants you to do more. With Nastel AutoPilot OnDemand, you can delegate work to the responsible teams. It’s not simply a matter of giving everyone access to MQ. You need a secure solution that gives just enough rights to get the job done. You need to satisfy the auditors when they come knocking at your door. You need to manage MQ as well as the other middleware you have in place. You need a solution that is easy to use and scales to the needs of your organization. In this session, come see how Nastel AutoPilot OnDemand provides these capabilities and more.