IBM MQ fundamentals course

This course is the ultimate course that gives an insight in the use of the message queuing technique as implemented through the IBM Message Queuing (MQ) software. Originally meant to help out in a Client/Server environment, a product like IBM MQ currently gets a lot of renewed attention in an SOA context. By using the IBM MQ product, the course shows how to work safely and efficiently in a C/S environment built around a Q-infrastructure. A lot of companies depend on IBM MQ infrastructure for reliable transmission of information.

At the end of this base course, participants will:

  • be able to describe the typical characteristics of a IBM MQ environment;
  • have an insight into the configuration and use of the product and its objects;
  • understand what IBM MQ can and cannot do for you;
  • understand the different ways IBM MQ objects can be accessed and used in applications based on the Messaging technique.

Participants will also learn 'when' and 'why' this technique can be used. Technical concepts will be discussed, a good practical understanding of the IBM MQ product as a basis for infrastructure design as well as troubleshooting is the goal of the course.


No public sessions are currently scheduled. We will be pleased to set up an on-site course or to schedule an extra public session (in case of a sufficient number of candidates). Interested? Please contact ABIS.

Intended for

System Programmers and administrators who will be responsible for the maintenance of the "IBM MQ" infrastructure get a good feeling of the scope and workings of "IBM MQ".

Software architects, designers and (system) administrators can also strongly benefit from this practical introduction of IBM MQ concepts. After all IBM MQ very often is the building block of the transport backbone of their company.

This course is required as a step up for delegates who are going to attend the course IBM MQ administration for Linux, UNIX & Windows or IBM MQ z/OS system administration, as well as for those delegates who are going to attend the course IBM Integration Bus - development & administration.


Being familiar with application development and programming is an advantage. Some experience (command line and graphical interface) in a distributed environment will come in handy.

Main topics

Day 1

  • Positioning IBM MQ as a product in the classic MQ and WebSphere Java software stack
  • Basic concepts of a Message Oriented Middleware (MOM) solution
  • Positioning IBM MQ in the system infrastructure:

Message and Q • Standalone • Distributed • Asynchronous infrastructure • what is IBM MQ used for

  • Communication patterns:

Send and Forget • Request/Reply • Publish/Subscribe

  • Technical concepts for configuration:

Commands and utilities • Queue creation/deletion • Channel manipulation • Distributed queuing • Security and Recovery • Priority • Monitoring & Performance

  • The use of commands in order to define and to manage IBM MQ objects
  • Description of the base IBM MQ objects:
  • Types of queues (local and remote queues, event queues, transmission queues, dead-letter queues, command queues .....)
  • components (queues, queue managers, .....)
  • Labs to illustrate the organisation of a Queue Manager and the configuration of the base objects

Day 2

  • The distributed setup explained:

remote queues • transmission Q • the use of channel agents • listeners • channel types

  • Lab to illustrate message transmission
  • The trigger concept

trigger types • initiation Q • trigger monitor(s)

  • Lab to illustrate Q triggering
  • Miscellaneous:

cluster concept • transactional behaviour • logging infrastructure • space/file management • shared data Q (z/OS) • CICS/IMS interface (z/OS) • MQ in an integration scenario • Publish/Subscribe support

  • Application programming: basic concepts

MQInterface (MQGET, MQPUT, MQCONN, MQOPEN, MQCLOSE, MQINQ .....) • anatomy of a call • MQMD structure

Training method

Part of the course time is reserved for the labs so that the functioning of IBM MQ products in a z/OS and a Windows environment is well illustrated. Foils and demos support the lectured subjects.


2 days.

Course leader

Koen De Backer.


4.2/5 (based on 36 evaluations; the most recent ones are shown below)

Very interesting, more hands-on would have been great

  (, )

Very interesting. Adopted for beginners and more experienced people aswell

  (, )

Course is really well done in terms of theory acquisition and practice

  (, )

Nice course with a good balance between practice-theory

  (, )

It was good to get more insights to better sequence time call flow in the application. It has helped to better understand of what IBM MQ is capable of and what not.Two days was not enough according to me.

  (, )

More exercises/examples should be better. Mr. De Backer explains very clearly and in detail. It's easy to understand for the beginner. Thanks a lot!

  (, )

Koen is a very detailed instructor and utilized whiteboards and course details to map out his knowledge on MQ

  (, )

Very good

  (, )

Click here to see more comments...

Fijne trainer. Wel veel stof weer in korte tijd.

  (, )

goed als basis

  (, )

Helaas 1 dag gemist, maar ik ben erg blij dat ik de 2e dag alsnog mocht aansluiten en daar heb ik ontzettend veel kennis opgedaan. dank daarvoor!

  (, )

I appreciated the class in general but the practical part is naturally more interactive and educative according to me

  (, )

Would be nicer on a Powerpoint but course is excellent. Would like a bit more balans of theory/practice on 1st and 2nd day

  (, )

Great course! Very balanced between theory/practice. Cours leader very knowledgeble

  (, )

I really appreciate the quality of the documentation and the execercises that we practice during the training

  (, )

Nice to get the fundamentals with some practical knowledge. Mayby some more exercises would have been nice

  (, )

Very good introduction to MQ. I will recommend this course for all people involved with middleware

  (, )

I found it a really interesting training however I do believe it would be even more interesting to go into deeper detail

  (, )

Interesting content, but difficult to follow as there is a lot of talking and many concepts, would need e more interactive presentation and labs on the 1st day

  (, )

Zeer goed, uitleg duidelijk en de inhoud is allemaal relevant. Vakkundige docent.

  (, )

Nuttige cursus om inzicht te krijgen in wat MQ is. Juist ook omdat er op conceptueel niveau goede uitleg wordt gegeven (basisprincipes van messaging en MQ).

  (, )

Very good

  (, )

Already much details for a fundamentals course. Practically already a Sysadmin course

  (, )

Good contents & very good teacher

  (, )