The ‘good enough’ trap. How WebSphere MQ can help. By Ewan Auguste
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WebSphere MQ provides application connectivity and integration through messaging between applications – connecting and exchanging information and data between applications, systems and services. It helps developers overcome the problems frequently associated with moving data between environments, while allowing the applications themselves to be decoupled, with no application layer dependency on the hardware platform, the network, or the availability of the other applications being connected. It also shields application developers from having to be knowledgeable about the other application. WebSphere MQ provides full tracking of the messages, with full reporting, and even transactional integrity along with once and once only delivery. WebSphere MQ has been providing this on multiple platforms for nearly 2 decades – allowing applications to connect across these platforms and send data in the form of messages.
Now I am sure most of you are probably thinking why should I care about this. My back-end infrastructure is “good enough”. And the truth is that is a fair statement, in some situations good enough is exactly that “good enough”. However, a far larger percentage of apps that you are working on are what I would like to call business critical. Meaning downtime or slow response time directly impacts your company’s bottom line to the tune of millions of dollars and these are the situations where you require a robust reliable transaction processing solution like WebSphere MQ.
Why you ask is WebSphere MQ so much better for such interactions that my homegrown piece part or open source solution. The most simple and obvious reason is that WebSphere MQ is built to deliver unmatched quality of service by ensuring that your data gets from point A to B no matter what. Regardless of if the receiving endpoint is down; WebSphere MQ will get it there by storing messages until the receiving endpoint comes up again. This is the quality of service needed for a tran
In addition to the core benefits for business critical applications WebSphere MQ now has three exquisite advanced features which makes it the Rolls Royce of messaging solutions but only at a fraction of the cost. For example we have extended the capabilities of the base product to include a Managed File Transfer Services formerly known as MQ File Transfer Edition. This is an extremely useful capability when your applications are writing data to files. And the reality of it is that many B2B transactions still are very dependent on receiving data from files and MQ brings is renowned reliability, security to an environment that is customarily unreliable, lacking in security and tracking.
So what does this mean for developers?
WebSphere MQ makes the adoption of new technologies simpler and accelerates the development of new applications by isolating integration code from application coding.
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