IBM MQ Blogosphere in 2016

The IBM MQ Blogosphere is the set of blogs that cover content about the IBM MQ product. I wrote about the MQ Blogosphere at the end of 2015. This post is an update showing the new bloggers we’ve gained in 2016, and the existing bloggers that have continued to post great articles for you to read. I hope you’re following all these great blogs to get a feed of interesting an informative MQ blog posts.

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Andy OwenAndy Owen dipped a toe into the MQ Blogosphere this year – see his first post on the MQDev blog. developerWorks Logo
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Ant BeardsmoreAnthony Beardsmore has been blogging for several years, often about Queue Manager Clustering, but now he has turned his attention to blogging about the MQ Appliance. He blogs on the MQDev blog – see his posts. LinkedIn Logo
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Anil SahuAnil Sahu has rekindled his blogged career in 2016 after writing a little back in 2014. He blogs on the MQDev blog – see his posts. developerWorks Logo
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Arthur BarrArthur Barr started blogging about MQ in 2015 and it’s great to see more posts from him in 2016. He blogs on the MQDev blog – see his posts. LinkedIn Logo
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Chris MatthewsonChris Matthewson snuck in his first blog post on MQDev right at the end of the year. Is this a sign of things to come? developerWorks Logo
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Chuck MisuracaChuck Misuraca works for an MQ ISV, Perficient, and he occasionally blogs over on the Perficient blog – see his posts. LinkedIn Logo
Colin PaiceColin Paice has his own blog, Colin Paice Blog, where he writes stories about the things he discovers about MQ on z/OS. Colin has been stressing the performance and usability of MQ on z/OS for as long as I can remember, and gets changes made to the product for the benefit of its customers as a result of the things he discovers. He also makes regular appearances on the MQDev blog – see his posts. developerWorks Logo
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Gwydion TudurA brand new blogger in late 2015, Gwydion Tudur has continued his blogging on MQDev throughout 2016 – see his posts. I am very happy to see him continue to post. LinkedIn Logo
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Jamie SquibbA brand new blogger in 2016, Jamie Squibb blogs on MQDev – see his posts. Jamie has worked in the IBM MQ for z/OS area for many years, and I am glad to see he’s now also turning his hand to blogging. I hope to see many more posts from Jamie in 2017! LinkedIn Logo
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John ColgraveA new member of the IBM MQ Blogosphere in late 2015, John Colgrave has continued blogging throughout 2016 – see his posts. LinkedIn Logo
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Jon RumseyThose of you lucky enough to have met Jon Rumsey will soon realise the breadth and depth of his knowledge of the IBM MQ product is incredible. Most recently he’s majored in security, being extremely knowledgeable about Advanced Message Security and also channel security. He’s also a big fan of the IBM i platform. He’s been blogging for a couple of years now. You can read his posts over on the MQDev blog. LinkedIn Logo
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Leif DavidsenLeif Davidsen has his own blog, Leifdavidsen’s Blog, where he writes about Messaging, Connectivity and more. It’s a wordpress blog just like this one, and so is very easy to follow, and well worth it! He also comes up with some of the best titles for blog posts! LinkedIn Logo
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Lyn ElkinsLyn Elkins has her own blog, Lyns Random Thoughts, where she writes about MQ on her favourite platform, z/OS. After going offline last year, Lyn’s now got her domain back up and running with a new blog. LinkedIn Logo
Mark BluemelMark Bluemel is an occasional blogger, writing on subjects he is very knowledgeable about, namely the Java and JMS support in IBM MQ – see his posts on the MQDev blog. developerWorks Logo
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Mark CampbellMark Campbell snuck in his first blog post on MQDev right at the end of the year. Is this a sign of things to come? developerWorks Logo
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Mark TaylorMark Taylor started blogging on MQDev in late 2015, and has written a fair few posts this year too. See his posts. You’ll also find lots of MQ videos featuring Mark. LinkedIn Logo
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Mark WilsonMark Wilson has been blogging since 2014, and has written on the AIM Support Blog, the IBM Messaging blog and the MQDev blog. Mark started his MQ career on the z/OS platform, but has been expanding his knowledge to cover the distributed platforms too. LinkedIn Logo
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Mark WomackMark Womack has been blogging over on the AIM Support Blog for a number of years, always with a perspective to help MQ customers, his ‘tracking technical trends’ posts are always interesting – see his posts. LinkedIn Logo
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Matt LemingMatt Leming has been blogging about MQ since 2014. He writes about the MQ on z/OS product over on the MQDev blog – see his posts. LinkedIn Logo
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Matt WhiteheadMatt Whitehead has been blogging for a year or two now. He writes about MQLight and Bluemix, over on the MQDev blog – see his posts. LinkedIn Logo
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Mayur RajaMayur Raja has worked on IBM MQ for z/OS for many years and is a very experienced z/OS developer. He has started blogging about MQ this year. He blogs on the MQDev blog – see his posts. developerWorks Logo
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Miguel RodriguezMiguel Rodriguez works in IBM in the L2 Service team for IBM MQ, and he blogs over on the AIM Support Blog – see his posts. developerWorks Logo
Morag HughsonMorag started her blogging career in IBM. After leaving IBM she joined MQGem Software, an MQ ISV that produces tools to assist with your MQ system, and she now blogs on the MQGem Software blog, and also over on the IBM MiddleWare User Community. You’ll also see her regularly answering questions on StackOverflow. LinkedIn Logo
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Nathan WilsonNathan Wilson works for an MQ ISV, W3Partnership, and he occasionally blogs over on the W3Partnership blog – see his posts. LinkedIn Logo
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Paul TitheridgePaul Titheridge started blogging at the start of 2016, although he’s been a successful IBM MQ writer through many IBM Technotes in the past. He writes up problems seen in his day job in Level 3 service that are useful for all users to see. It’s a great way to get the word out about common problems. He blogs on the MQDev blog – see his posts. Paul can also be found on the IBM MQ Service YouTube channel. LinkedIn Logo
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Pete SiddallAnyone who’s met Pete Siddall, the STSM for MQ on z/OS, knows how passionate he is about the platform and the MQ product that runs on it. Pete helps MQ on z/OS customers in a million different ways, and still has found time to write the occasional blog post over on MQDev – see his posts. LinkedIn Logo
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Richard PilotHaving started his blogging career in 2015, Richard Pilot continued with a few posts this year too – see his posts. Looking forward to more in 2017! LinkedIn Logo
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Rob ParkerRob Parker has been blogging for a year or two now. You can read his posts over on the MQDev blog. LinkedIn Logo
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Roger LacroixRoger Lacroix has his own blog, Roger’s Blog on MQ, Java, C, etc…, where he writes about MQ as well as a variety of other subjects. Roger works for Capitalware, an MQ ISV that produces exits and tools for your MQ system, and runs the annual MQTC Conference. LinkedIn Logo
Sajina Puthalath KandySajina Puhtalath Kandy started blogging in 2016. She blogs on the MQDev blog – see her posts. LinkedIn Logo
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Sam MasseySam Massey works in the performance team for Distributed MQ, and has entered the MQ Blogosphere this year with a few performance related posts – see his posts on the MQDev blog. LinkedIn Logo
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ShashiShashikanth Thambrahalli has been blogging for as long as I can remember. I think he might have been one of the founding members of the MQDev blog! Shashi is passionate about the service of our product, and the go to man for .NET and XMS too. This years he’s also been blogging about MFT. See his posts on the MQDev blog. You’ll also see him regularly answering questions on StackOverflow. LinkedIn Logo
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No PhotoSimon Davitt started his blogging career in 2016 with a couple of posts on MQDev. Hope to see more in 2017. developerWorks Logo
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No PhotoSridhar Ravindra started blogging in 2016. He blogs on the MQDev blog – see his posts. developerWorks Logo
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Thomas LeendTom started blogging at the start of 2016, writing up problems seen in his day job in Level 3 service, that are useful for all users to see. It’s a great way to get the word out about common problems. He blogs on the MQDev blog – see his posts. Tom can also be found on the IBM MQ Service YouTube channel. LinkedIn Logo
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T.RobT.Rob Wyatt has his own blog, Store and Forward – A blog about securing and using WebSphere MQ, where he writes about MQ, and then he also writes over on the IBM MiddleWare User Community. T.Rob has looked at MQ from every angle, he’s been a customer, an IBMer and now, a consultant offering his incredible knowledge about MQ, to get your MQ system running smoothly. You’ll also see him regularly answering questions on StackOverflow. LinkedIn Logo
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Tony SharkeyTony Sharkey is an IBM MQ for z/OS Performance expert. If you’ve got any interest in MQ on z/OS, you’ve probably read at lot of Tony’s writing over the years as he’s contributed hugely to the Performance Reports you get for every release. Now he’s blogging as well. He blogs on the MQDev blog – see his posts. developerWorks Logo
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It is so great to see so many IBM MQ experts taking the time to write blog posts for you all to read. If you don’t follow one or more of these blogs, you should. Clicking on the “Follow” button is easy! I look forward to reading many more blog posts in 2017, and sharing them in our Monthly Newsletter. Thanks to all our MQ bloggers!


Footnote: If you’ve blogged about IBM MQ in 2016 and you’re not in the above list, let me know in the comments and I’ll add you to the list, and your blog to our IBM MQ Resources Page if it’s not already there.

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IBM MQ Blogosphere

The IBM MQ Blogosphere is the set of blogs that cover content about the IBM MQ product. There have been lots of great blog posts written this past year about IBM MQ, and new features thereof. The variety of writers has increased this year as well, with new writers on many different topics. How well do you know your bloggers?

Ant BeardsmoreAnthony Beardsmore has been blogging for several years, and is not afraid to tackle some of the difficult Queue Manager Clustering questions in his posts. Recently he has also turned his attention to blogging about the MQ Appliance. He blogs on the MQDev blog – see his posts. LinkedIn Logo
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Arthur BarrArthur Barr started blogging about MQ in 2015. He’s kept us up-to-date with the progress of Docker support in MQ by writing about it on the MQDev blog – see his posts. LinkedIn Logo
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Beverly BrownBeverly Brown has just started her blogging career late this year over the the AIM Support Blog – see her first post. Beverly is an experienced and passionate MQ on z/OS expert, and helps her customers tirelessly. It’s great to see her blogging now too. LinkedIn Logo
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Colin PaiceColin Paice has his own blog, Colin Paice Blog, where he writes stories about the things he discovers about MQ on z/OS. Colin has been stressing the performance and usability of MQ on z/OS for as long as I can remember, and gets changes made to the product for the benefit of its customers as a result of the things he discovers. developerWorks Logo
David WareDavid Ware is a well known face on the MQ Conference circuit, but also blogs on MQDev as well, often, but not exclusively, on Publish/Subscribe and Queue Manager Clustering topics – see his posts. David hosts a number of his conference presentations on slideshare, some of which include videos, definitely worth a follow! LinkedIn Logo
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Gwydion TudurA brand new blogger in late 2015, Gwydion Tudur wrote his first blog post on MQDev only last month. I hope to see many more posts from Gwydion in 2016! LinkedIn Logo
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John ColgraveA new member of the IBM MQ Blogosphere in late 2015, John Colgrave wrote his first blog post on MQDev only this month. I hope to see more MQ topics from John in 2016! LinkedIn Logo
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Jon RumseyThose of you lucky enough to have met Jon Rumsey will soon realise the breadth and depth of his knowledge of the IBM MQ product is incredible. Most recently he’s majored in security, being extremely knowledgeable about Advanced Message Security and also channel security. He’s also a big fan of the IBM i platform. He got into blogging with the Bitesize Blogging series about MQ V8 and has been an occasional blogger since. You can read his posts over on the MQDev blog. LinkedIn Logo
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Leif DavidsenLeif Davidsen has his own blog, Leifdavidsen’s Blog, where he writes about Messaging, Connectivity and more. It’s a wordpress blog just like this one, and so is very easy to follow, and well worth it! He can also be regularly found in front of John McNamara’s camera talking about the Messaging. LinkedIn Logo
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Lyn ElkinsLyn Elkins has her own blog, Lyn’s MQ for z/OS Stories, where she writes about MQ on her favourite platform, z/OS. Unfortunately her blog is offline at the moment, but I include it here as I hope she’ll be getting it back online soon with her great content available for you all to read again.
UPDATE: The domain is back online again!
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Mark TaylorMark Taylor has his own blog, Travels with my MQ, where he writes on a variety of topics, but recently he has also started blogging on MQDev. See his post. LinkedIn Logo
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Mark WilsonMark Wilson was a new blogger in 2014, getting into it during a term writing a Redbook, IBM MQ V8 Features and Enhancements, and has written on the AIM Support Blog, the IBM Messaging blog and the MQDev blog. Mark started his MQ career on the z/OS platform, but has been expanding his knowledge to cover the distributed platforms too. LinkedIn Logo
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Mark WomackMark Womack has been blogging over on the AIM Support Blog for a number of years, always with a perspective to help MQ customers, his ‘tracking technical trends’ posts are always interesting – see his posts. LinkedIn Logo
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Mark BluemelMark Bluemel dipped a toe into the MQ Blogosphere with the Bitesize Blogging series about MQ V8 and has been an occasional blogger since, writing on subjects he is very knowledgeable about, namely the Java and JMS support in IBM MQ – see his posts on the MQDev blog. developerWorks Logo
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Matt ChapmanMatt Chapman has been blogging for years, in fact it was he who introduced me to blogging. He blogged on the AIM Support Blog – before the MQDev blog even existed, and now more recently also on the MQDev blog. Matt has always been very passionate about the IBM MQ graphical interfaces and has blogged many times on the MQ Explorer and more recently the new MQ Console for the MQ Appliance. You can also see him on video here. developerWorks Logo
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Matt LemingMatt Leming got into blogging about MQ in 2014 with the Bitesize Blogging series about MQ V8. He’s flexed his blogging muscles many times since, writing about the MQ on z/OS product over on the MQDev blog – see his posts. LinkedIn Logo
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Matt WhiteheadMatthew Whitehead has really got into blogging in 2015. He writes about a topic he has been deeply involved in, MQLight, over on the MQDev blog – see his posts. LinkedIn Logo
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Morag HughsonWhen in IBM, Morag Hughson started blogging on the AIM Support blog after being introduced to it by Matt Chapman. Then when the MQDev blog became the place to write MQ posts, she moved to blogging there. After leaving IBM she joined MQGem Software, an MQ ISV that produces tools to assist with your MQ system, and she now blogs on the MQGem Software blog, and also over on the IBM MiddleWare User Community (formerly known as the Global WebSphere Community). LinkedIn Logo
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Paul HarrisPaul Harris snuck in his first blog post on MQDev right at the end of the year. Is this a sign of things to come? developerWorks Logo
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Pete SiddallAnyone who’s met Pete Siddall, the STSM for MQ on z/OS, knows how passionate he is about the platform and the MQ product that runs on it. Pete helps MQ on z/OS customers in a million different ways, and still has found time to write the occasional blog post over on MQDev – see his posts. LinkedIn Logo
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Richard PilotAnother first timer in the IBM MQ Blogosphere in late 2015, Richard Pilot wrote his first blog post on MQDev only this month. I hope to see more MQ topics from Richard in 2016! LinkedIn Logo
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Rob NicholsonAs the IBM Messaging Distinguished Engineer, Rob’s work covers the full breadth of the IBM Messaging portfolio, but he still finds the time to blog about the details too. Here are his posts over on MQDev. Rob also hosts a number of his conference presentations on slideshare, some of which include videos, definitely worth a follow! LinkedIn Logo
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Rob ParkerRob Parker got into blogging with the Bitesize Blogging series about MQ V8 and has been an occasional blogger since. You can read his posts over on the MQDev blog. LinkedIn Logo
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Roger LacroixRoger Lacroix has his own blog, Roger’s Blog on MQ, Java, C, etc…, where he writes about MQ as well as a variety of other subjects. Roger works for Capitalware, an MQ ISV that produces exits and tools to assist with your MQ system, and runs the annual MQTC Conference. LinkedIn Logo
ShashiShashikanth Thambrahalli has been blogging for as long as I can remember. I think he might have been one of the founding members of the MQDev blog! Shashi is passionate about the service of our product, and the go to man for .NET and XMS too. See his posts on the MQDev blog. You’ll also see him regularly answering questions on StackOverflow. LinkedIn Logo
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T.RobT.Rob Wyatt has his own blog, Store and Forward – A blog about securing and using WebSphere MQ, where he writes about MQ. T.Rob has looked at MQ from every angle, he’s been a customer, an IBMer and now, a consultant offering his incredible knowledge about MQ, to get your MQ system running smoothly. You’ll also see him regularly answering questions on StackOverflow. LinkedIn Logo
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Valerie LampkinValerie Lampkin has been blogging over on the AIM Support Blog for a number of years – see her posts. Valerie has always been passionate about helping IBM MQ Customers, and most recently she has been working in the MQ Light area, and blogging about it too. LinkedIn Logo
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It is so great to see so many IBM MQ experts taking the time to write blog posts for you all to read. If you don’t follow one or more of these blogs, you should. Clicking on the “Follow” button is easy! I look forward to reading many more blog posts in 2016, and sharing them in our Monthly Newsletter. Thanks to all our MQ bloggers!


Footnote: If you blog about IBM MQ and you’re not in the above list, let me know in the comments and I’ll add you to the list, and your blog to our IBM MQ Resources Page.

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.

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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 8.0.0.3 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!

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