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Beth Gold-Bernstein

MQ is Having a Birthday and You're Invited

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On Wednesday, June 4th, ebizQ is broadcasting the Connectivity in Action virtual conference. What you may not have realized is that this is really in large part a birthday celebration for WebSphere MQ (formerly MQ Series) which is turning 15 this year. As chair of the conference, I'd like to give you the inside scoop on the happenings for the day.

IMHO, the number one not to be missed event is the last. (What do you save for last - the ice cream, cake or presents?). This is the customer panel. I can tell you from experience that it's often very difficult to get customers to speak, but when they do it's some of the most valuable information the audience comes away with. From 3-4 pm (all times on the site are ET) we have Brian K. Mikesell, Director IT Architecture, Nationwide, Pasquale Iocola, HHS Integration Architect, Executive Office of Health and Human Services Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and Dennis Eccleston, Chief Information Officer, New York Power Authority discussing how they implemented their integration architecture, what obstacles they encountered, and what advise they would give others. My mother always told me that learning from other people's mistakes saves you the pain of making them yourself. You'll have an opportunity to ask your own questions as well.

Another not-to-miss event is only available LIVE 10-11 am (all times ET) when the Fathers of MQ are going to be in the networking lounge for a live chat session. I must say one of the favorite parts of my job is speaking with the brilliant technologists who actually create this stuff. Rob Drew and Robin Harrild, two of the original developers of MQ, will be on hand for the live chat.

Benn Mann, Worldwide Product Manager for WebSphere MQ, is participating in both the Technical Panel and giving a session on the Past, Present and Future of MQ. . Benn's bio says he is "regularly accused of being passionate about WebSphere MQ." After listening to him speak I think this might even be an understatement. He is interesting, informative, and a storehouse of knowledge about MQ.

Frankly, I think the title of "Technical Panel" sounds a bit dull and really doesn't do justice to the depth and breadth of knowledge the panelists have. I think it's more like a "whatever question you may have these experts can answer it" panel. If you're an implementor or responsible for managing an implementation, don't miss this one.

Larry Fulton of Forrester is giving the keynote on "Messaging and Infrastructure Needs for Mission Critical SOA". You knew SOA had to be in here somewhere. It's also in Marc-Thomas Schmidt's talk on "The Evolution of the ESB: Embracing a Federated Future". Mark-Thomas is an IBM Distinguished Engineer. Those of you who have not met one before, the distinguished engineers are generally PhDs who get paid to think deep thoughts. Marc-Thomas is going to be addressing a critical area for those who are moving forward with SOA in large organizations - how to implement, manage and secure federated architectures. If you're facing this now or in the near future, do yourself a favor and tune in to hear Marc-Thomas Schmidt.

We actually did save the presents for last. At the end of the day we're giving away prizes for taking a quiz and for visiting all the virtual booths. Check out Connectivity in Action. Sorry, no cake and ice cream. This is virtual you know.

Industry trends and vendor spotlights from Beth Gold-Bernstein.

Beth Gold-Bernstein

Beth Gold-Bernstein is a recognized expert in integration technologies and SOA with over 20 years experience View more


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