In this post we look back on the year that was 2016 and what happened in both IBM MQ, and MQGem Software.
Both IBM MQ and MQGem Software products had a number of new releases in 2016.
MQGem Software products
Three new versions of our premier product, MO71 – a graphical administrative product for IBM MQ. Major version 9.0.0 was released in June to support the IBM MQ V9.0.0 release as well as adding several new features. Then two micro releases, version 9.0.1 was released in August, and version 9.0.2 was released in October.
An update to version 8.0.1 of MQSCX – our extended MQSC product, was released in January, and a series of blog posts described the new features. Then later in the year, major version 9.0.0 was released in July to support the IBM MQ V9.0.0 release as well as adding several major new features, for example, functions.
A new version of QLOAD – our unload/load IBM MQ queues product, QLOAD V8.0.2 was released in January.
Our newest product MQEdit – a live-parsing IBM MQ message editor – was announced in Beta in August, and is free to run until at least January 2017. A new driver was released in November providing a new major feature, user formats.
IBM MQ Fix Packs and new function
The last Fix Pack on IBM WebSphere MQ V7.0.1, Fix Pack 126.96.36.199 was released in August. Two new Fix Packs on IBM WebSphere MQ V7.1. Fix Pack 188.8.131.52 in November, and 184.108.40.206 in January. Two new Fix Packs on IBM WebSphere MQ V7.5. Fix Pack 220.127.116.11 was released in March. Fix Pack 18.104.22.168 was released in September. One new Fix Pack on IBM MQ V8. Fix Pack 22.214.171.124 was released in February.
2016 saw the latest major release of IBM MQ, V9.0.0, announced in April and available in June. At the same time, hardware updates were made to the MQ Appliance. As we were later to discover, V9.0.0 was the starting point for a new delivery model for IBM MQ. In November, V9.0.1, the first continuous delivery (CD) release was made available. You can now choose whether to move forward with new function in regular drops, or stay on the Long Term Service (LTS) release and get new function after a longer period has elapsed. At the same time, the MQ Appliance became a V9 queue manager.
Changes were also made to the MQLight function. Now it is available in IBM Message Hub, with advice to migrate from the MQLight Service to Message Hub if you’re a Bluemix user.
There have been quite a number of events throughout 2016 that have had IBM MQ content delivered at them. A separate post contains all the material that is available on-line from these various events.
There have been some really great blog posts written throughout 2016. Lots of the guys in IBM Hursley have been blogging about the new features they have been releasing throughout the year. The IBM MQ Blogosphere has really grown over 2016. Read more in IBM MQ Blogosphere in 2016.
2016 has been a great year for all things MQ. MQGem wishes all its customers, readers, and friends a Happy and Prosperous 2017. HAPPY NEW YEAR!