Conference Material from 2018

There have been quite a number of events throughout 2018 that have had IBM MQ content delivered at them. I hope you were able to attend at least one. The presentation material is online for many of these events, and download links are shown below where we are aware of them.


← Conference Material from 2017

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Nostalgia: MQ’s 20th Birthday Party

As we approach the date for MQ’s 25th birthday at the end of this month, I want to provide you with some nostalgia from earlier birthday parties as MQ was growing up. I hope some of you recognise the parties that you attended, what fun we had.

Here are a few photos from MQ’s 20th Birthday Party.

The celebration for MQ’s 20th birthday was held at the IMPACT conference in Las Vegas on 1st May 2013. There was an evening drink reception with Hor D’Oeuvres and of course a birthday cake!

20th Birthday Invite

John McLean, who was at that time VP for WebSphere Connectivity Development, gave a speech about the importance of MQ and wishing MQ a Happy Birthday; then he cut the delicious looking chocolate cake.

MQ's 20th Birthday Cake

Were you there? Did you help celebrate MQ’s last major milestone?

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Nostalgia: MQ’s 15th Birthday Party

As we approach the date for MQ’s 25th birthday at the end of this month, I want to provide you with some nostalgia from earlier birthday parties as MQ was growing up. I hope some of you recognise the parties that you attended, what fun we had.

This is the party report from MQ’s 15th Birthday Party.

WebSphere MQ is 15 years old

On Wednesday 13th August [2008], at the SHARE Conference in San Jose, the MQ Project held a birthday party for WebSphere MQ to celebrate its 15th birthday. The theme of the party was MQ as your flexible messaging backbone.

All Birthday Party guests received a T-shirt, a WebSphere MQ pin-badge and a copy of the June/July issue of the z/Journal magazine containing the article “WebSphere MQ: A 15-Year Evolution to Today’s System z” [which can be read online here].

Twister

Twister to demonstrate your flexible messaging backbone

During the first half of the SHARE week, the MQ booth in the SHARE Technology Exposition was giving out quizzes for SHARE attendees to complete. The highest scoring completed quiz was award a prize, a $50 SHARE book-store voucher, at the birthday party. The winner of the quiz was Bruce Reinhardt.

Playing to the party theme there were games of Twister where the players represented the flexible messaging backbone joining up the red circles (transactions), to the blue circles (web services) and so on. Some players exhibited more flexibility than others!

Limbo Dancing

Limbo Dancing to demonstrate your flexible messaging backbone

There was also limbo dancing with a prize for the person who was able to demonstrate the most flexibility by limbo dancing as low as you can go. The winner of the limbo dancing prize, a $50 SHARE book-store voucher, was Bruce Reinhardt.

MQ snake computer game

High Score Table

MQ Snake Game High Score Table

Continuing on the theme of flexible backbones there was also an MQ Snake computer game, where you moved your snake, drawn as a flexible backbone round the screen consuming envelopes (representing messages) and attempting to avoid hitting your own tail. The MQ Snake game used many of the features in MQ Version 7, including publish/subscribe to move the messages about under the covers allowing all games to receive a copy of the high score table and, when playing in multi-player mode – to send around the messages detailing the positions of each snake to the other players. The winner of the MQ Snake game with an outstanding set of scores filling the top four places in the high score table was Jim Areges. Jim was awarded a $50 SHARE book-store voucher.

Snake Game

How many messages can your snake eat?

Birthday Cake

Once the party was in full swing we cut the MQ Birthday Cake and everyone had a slice, some had two or three!

15th Birthday Cake

15th Birthday Cake

The SHARE MQ Project would like to say a big Thank-you to all those that helped to organise the Birthday Party. A great time was had by all.

Nostalgia: MQ’s 10th Birthday Party

As we approach the date for MQ’s 25th birthday at the end of this month, I want to provide you with some nostalgia from earlier birthday parties as MQ was growing up. I hope some of you recognise the parties that you attended, what fun we had.

We start with the party report from MQ’s 10th Birthday Party.

WebSphere MQ’s 10th Birthday

MQ 10 year Logo
MQ’s 10th Birthday was celebrated in high style at the SHARE conference in Long Beach, California (http://www.share.org) this week [24th February 2004]. The party was held as part of a week long program of MQ and WBI sessions.

Anthony O'Dowd

Anthony O’Dowd

The session began with a brief history of MQSeries and WebSphere MQ, respectfully and humourously given by Anthony O’Dowd from the Hursley Lab. This historical look at the product recognized the various people who helped to bring MQ to the position it is in today. [The script from Anthony’s speech that day can be read here.]

After the serious business of a history lesson was over, the fun began, in the form of a “Weakest Link” style MQ quiz. Six volunteers dressed in T-shirts sporting the new WebSphere MQ 10 year logo, participated as contestants and were asked questions ranging from MQ topics; 10 year ago facts; UK and USA comparisons; and photos of developers at age 10. After each round of questions, the contestants were asked by quiz mistress Morag Hughson, to vote off the weakest link. In a change from the television program, the weakest link did not leave with nothing, but in fact left with a bag of nostalgic MQSeries goodies.

The final round of questions went to a sudden death stage with the final two contestants being equally matched. However, Victoria Albanese from JP Morgan Chase was the eventual winner. Once the nip-and-tuck of that final round was over, the audience sang “Happy Birthday” to MQ and we cut the cake generously provided by Candle Corporation. Everyone relaxed and enjoyed the cake whilst reminiscing.

Team Cake

The SHARE MQ Project Team
Gary Ward, Richard Harran, Steve Hanson, Victoria Albanese, Ian Harwood, Morag Hughson, Andy Wilkinson, Ray Sun, Matthew Golby-Kirk, Anthony O’Dowd, Prasad Imandi

All in all, the party was a great success and everyone who attended had a great time.

Audience

Audience at MQ’s 10th birthday party at SHARE

Conference Material from 2017

There have been quite a number of events throughout 2017 that have had IBM MQ content delivered at them. I hope you were able to attend at least one. The presentation material is online for many of these events, and download links are shown below where we are aware of them.


← Conference Material from 2016

Education Courses Prize Draw at MQTCv2.0.1.7

At the recent MQTC Conference, MQGem ran a Prize Draw where one lucky entrant would win access to five free education courses by MQGem which will be going live in November. These courses can be done by the winning entrant or any member of his company, so if he has any new members in his department that can benefit from some IBM MQ education, they could use them.

The draw was made at lunchtime on the final day of the conference and the lucky winner was John Edelmann from the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA).

The prize draw winner

Morag Hughson (MQGem) with John Edelmann, the prize draw winner.

John will receive access to his five free courses sometime around the beginning of November 2017 when the MQGem Education courses go live. Look out for further announcements on here if you’re interested in taking some online education courses yourself.

MQGem at MQTCv2.0.1.7

We’ve just finished a great three days at the MQTC v2.0.1.7 conference in Sandusky, Ohio. MQTC is the only conference dedicated to IBM MQ education, and was again very well attended by speakers, sponsors and attendees. Both Paul and Morag gave technical presentations as we mentioned in an earlier blog post.

For the first time in the 5-year run of this conference, we started the conference with an unopposed session, “What’s New in IBM Messaging”, before splitting into 5 tracks as in previous years. Roger Lacroix, who is the founder of the conference, made some opening remarks prior to that session, and then took his first ever selfie with the audience!

MQGem was a Gold Sponsor of the conference, and so also had a couple of vendor presentation sessions which were presented by Paul; the first on Monday, was about our MQ administration products, MO71 and MQSCX. Then on Wednesday, the second presentation was about our Message Manipulation products, MQEdit and QLOAD.

In the lab room this year, complementing the z/OS platform lab exercises provided by Lyn Elkins and Mitch Johnson, we made freely available our soon-to-be-released education courses. These were available for those people wanting to learn things on the distributed platforms, and a number of people tried them out. Our prize draw this year was to win access to five free courses, when they go live in around a months time. It was very heartening to see people learn new things while doing the courses, and good feedback was received on the exercises.

We also had a booth in the Sponsor Pavilion on Monday and Tuesday evening, where we gave personalised demos of any of the products to attendees who came by, gave out product brochures, free mouse mats, and beer koozies, and collected entries for our prize draw.

Yet again, the Kalahari Resort has done this conference proud, and huge thanks go to Capitalware for putting on a great three days.

Other blog posts about the conference: