WebSphere Integration User Group (UK)

WebSphere Integration User Group (UK)
Tuesday 14th July was the WebSphere Integration User Group (UK) annual event hosted in IBM Hursley.

After the opening keynote, the break-out sessions split up into five tracks, Integration; Messaging; Cloud / API Management; Business Process Management; and Architecture & Related topics. I was there for the Messaging track.


We started in the Auditorium for the Keynote “2-Speed IT” by Andy Humphreys, a Cross Portfolio Product Manager at the IBM Hursley Laboratory. One strong message was that we’re still going to need lots of integration.

After the keynote we split into the five tracks, and first up on the Messaging track was “What’s new in IBM Messaging” presented by Mark Taylor. This presentation included the new features added in IBM MQ V8 FixPack 3 which was recently released, including the new 802 command level – which I recently updated my “What’s in Command Level 801” blog post to include; the deprecation of more weak CipherSpecs (read more in Deprecated CipherSpecs); PAM based Authorisation; and extensions to the Channel Exit Parameters structure to provide exits with RVERSION and RPRODUCT (very handy fields that I recently described in “IBM MQ Little Gem #2: RPRODUCT and RVERSION”). As a result of this presentation I have been able to update my earlier blog post about FixPack to be more complete.

After lunch in the central hall of Hursley House, and chatting to a number of people I hadn’t seen in a while, it was back to the sessions. Matt Whitehead kicked things off after lunch with “MQ Light and IBM MQ”.

After a very short break, next up in the same room was “IBM MQ and Security” by Mark Taylor. This was an overview of all the security features in IBM MQ, including details on those added in V8 at GA, and the features that were released later in Fix Packs 2 and 3.

After coffee and cake in the Central Hall, the last breakout session of the day was about the “MQ Appliance” with Anthony Beardsmore. This session was very interactive with lots of discussion in the room about the Appliance.

Links to the presentation material that is embedded above are also available on the WebSphere Integration User Group webpage.

The day finished off back in the Auditorium with a brief “Ask the Experts Panel” session before it was time to head home.

It was a great event, and I’d like to thank the organisers who I know work very hard to arrange this event, including lots of their own personal time. You guys rock!

Previous years events:-

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Morag Hughson is a Certified IBM MQ Specialist
IBM Certified System Administrator – MQ V8.0
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