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Chairman's Reports


49th Chairman's Report - IBM South Bank

The 49th meeting of the WebSphere Integration User Group (UK) was held at IBM South Bank, on the 25th March 2014.

Mike Wyvill, Chairman, WebSphere Integration User Group (UK).


48th Chairman's Report - IBM Hursley

The 48th meeting of the WebSphere Integration User Group (UK) was held at IBM Hursley, on the 16th July 2013.

Mike Wyvill, Chairman, WebSphere Integration User Group (UK).


47th Chairman's Report - IBM Hursley

The 47th meeting of the WebSphere Integration User Group (UK) was held at IBM South Bank, on the 21st March 2013.

Mike Wyvill, Chairman, WebSphere Integration User Group (UK).


46th Chairman's Report - IBM Hursley

The 46th meeting of the WebSphere Integration User Group (UK) was held at IBM Hursley, on the 12th July 2012.

Mike Wyvill, Chairman, WebSphere Integration User Group (UK).


45th Chairman's Report - IBM Hursley

The 45th meeting of the WebSphere Integration User Group (UK) was held at IBM Hursley, on the 21st March 2012.

Mike Wyvill, Chairman, WebSphere Integration User Group (UK).


44th Chairman's Report - IBM Hursley

The 44th meeting of the WebSphere Integration User Group (UK) was held at IBM Hursley, on the 13th July 2011.

Mike Wyvill, Chairman, WebSphere Integration User Group (UK).


43rd Chairman's Report - IBM Bedfont Lakes

The 43rd meeting of the WebSphere Integration User Group (UK) was held at IBM Bedfont Lakes, on the 23rd March 2011, in collaboration with the WebSphere User Group (UK).

We put on a full integration stream, and also extra sessions for BPM and on the Cloud. As usual, the Bedfont event attracted a lot of java / WAS specialists who enjoyed picking through the varied agendas on offer. The emergence of Cloud based solutions is the latest big 'game changer' and a whole stream was devoted to IBM's offerings in this space.

As usual, the WUG put on a great event and in addition we were happy to join in the celebration of their 10th anniversary.

Happy Birthday WUG!

Mike Wyvill, Chairman, WebSphere Integration User Group (UK).


42nd Chairman's Report - GSE, Whittlebury

The 42nd meeting of the WebSphere Integration User Group (UK) was held on the 2nd November 2010 at Whittlebury. Further details to follow.

Keith Guttridge, Vice-Chairman, WebSphere Integration User Group (UK).


41st Chairman's Report - IBM Hursley

The 41st meeting of the WebSphere Integration User Group (UK) was held on the 29th June 2010 at IBM Hursley. We had around 50 attendees, which was good to see with the ongoing squeeze on staff and travel budgets. We are struggling to connect with all our members as many of you have moved jobs: we will be considering how we can increase our reach for future events to more WebSphere professionals.

The meeting had a great keynote speech from Kevin Turner, who took us through the key WebSphere integration products, how they may be used even more extensively in the future, and the changes that that could create, with more opportunities for novel interactions and the approach of Cloud solutions. IBM is continuing to expand its products, its technology, and its mindset by acquiring other companies and Kevin showed a slide of the pivitol integration-related ones over the last decade or so.

This was followed by an interesting architect's take on monitoring systems, using events, from Richard Whyte. This was backed up by detail on the approach taken for two real world solutions, and a practical demonstration of one of them.

The streams had a good spread of choices available. MQ proved the most popular, but there was plenty of interest across the board. I enjoyed the Lombardi presentation, and followed it up with the performance/tuning of Message Broker by Andy Piper.

To sign off, it was a pleasure to see you all. Now for a request - if anyone would like to volunteer to do a user presentation at a future event (probably in 2011), then we would be very grateful - please contact one of the committee.

Mike Wyvill, Chairman, WebSphere Integration User Group (UK).


40th Chairman's Report - IBM South Bank, London

The 40th meeting of the WebSphere Integration User Group (UK) was held on the 27th January 2010 at IBM South Bank, London as part of the WebSphere Conference. The meeting was a special 'credit crunch' version, consisting of two parallel streams of two sessions each. We managed to get over 60 of you away from your desks to hear the latest information from our speakers on WMQ version 7.0.1, Message Broker version 7, and BPM.

The half-day format meant city based workers had the chance to be back at their desks after lunch without too much downtime. In principle, I'd hope to do more of this type of event in the future as it seemed to be a great success. As usual, we asked for feedback forms to be filled in and we will be reading your comments with interest to see what we can improve on for next time.

Mike Wyvill, Chairman, WebSphere Integration User Group (UK).


39th Chairman's Report - IBM Hursley

The 39th meeting of the WebSphere Integration User Group (UK) was held at IBM Hursley, on 1st July 2009. This was a special event for me, as it was the first at Hursley for me in the role of chairman. It was a pleasure to see a good turnout, even in the difficult economic climate. I was able to use my speech to highlight our desire as a committee to improve, and to listen. To this aim we have started to revamp our web site, both the content and the style. We have also launched on LinkedIn, as a complimentary method of contact. The LinkedIn version will allow for discussions, and the odd commercial post if we spot any offers that might be of interest to you.

The event itself had a slot for 'favourite SupportPacs' as a direct result of feedback from previous events. I think the presenters were challenged by the time alloted to cover all the features of their offerings, but the sessions were designed to give a good taste of what they offer and met this task well.

Mike Wyvill, Chairman, WebSphere Integration User Group (UK).


38th Chairman's Report - IBM Bedfont Lakes

The 38th meeting of the WebSphere Integration User Group (UK) was held at IBM Bedfont Lakes, on the 3rd March 2009, in collaboration with the WebSphere User Group (UK). We were very grateful for the organisation and running of the event by the WUG, who never fail to put on an exciting schedule with diverse streams to pick from. Our integration stream helped to provide its own excitement with a look at the features of WebSphere MQ version 7 - the largest rewrite of MQ in its history.

The Bedfont event normally attracts a lot of java / WAS specialists; with this in mind we rounded out our stream by also covering DataPower, WebSphere ESB and Process Server. These are all key enablers that can be slotted into many existing architectures to provide robust new functionality.

Mike Wyvill, Chairman, WebSphere Integration User Group (UK).


37th Chairman's Report - GSE, Kenilworth

The 37th meeting of the WebSphere Integration User Group (UK) was held at the Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth, on the 28th and 29th October 2008. The autumn meeting is organised by GSE UK, and we chair an integration stream.

The keynote speech was by David Clarke, CEO of the British Computer Society, on their push for certification and potential charter status for the computing profession. This was a very interesting topic, and to date they have set up training and certification for z/OS and mainframe skills.

In our integration stream we had two packed days. Day One was a relatively high level spin through the topics of ESBs, Business monitoring, processes, business events and there was also an introduction to WMQ.

Day Two was a deeper dive into the technology and products that back WebSphere integration. High Availability, WMQ Security, WMB performance and the new capabilities of WMQ v.7 were covered by our IBM speakers.

A new product, WMQ File Transfer Edition was covered. This product allows secure ‘FTP’ using WMQ and is definitely worth a look. All the presentations, as usual, can be downloaded from our site.

The meeting was relatively poorly attended overall, and our stream had much lower numbers than prior years. A mixture of the credit crunch, and holding the event during half term caused some of the drop-off in numbers.

In general, we like the ability to showcase WebSphere integration products in a different part of the country, and to a more mainframe-orientated group of attendees. However, we will be reviewing whether this event serves the needs of our users, or whether a different approach is required in the current tough economic climate.

Mike Wyvill, Chairman, WebSphere Integration User Group (UK).


36th Chairman's Report - IBM Hursley

The 36th meeting of the WebSphere Integration User Group (UK) was held at IBM Hursley, on the 18th June 2008.

The highlight of the meeting was the unveiling of WMQ version 7, by our IBM presenter Morag Hughson. This version is described as the largest rewrite in MQ’s history, with major performance enhancements, ease of use enhancements, a large increase in the MQI verbs and behaviours, pub/sub changes and much more.

Our AGM was an opportunity to thank previous committee member Chris Howarth and ex-chairman John Scott for their hard work. Sadly, Trevor Andrews has decided to step down as chairman of this user group, after many years of sterling service. I have been appointed in his place and hope to provide continuing service to you, our user community.

Mike Wyvill, Chairman, WebSphere Integration User Group (UK).


35th Chairman's Report - IBM Bedfont Lakes

The 35th meeting of the WebSphere Integration User Group (UK) was held at IBM Bedfont Lakes, on the 4th March 2008. The WebSphere User Group (UK) hosts this event, and we organise an integration-based stream.

The presenters took us on a journey through choosing the right ESB, to the latest 6.1 version of WebSphere ESB (Java-based) and of WebSphere Message Broker (now GA-ed). Finally, Andrew Ferrier of IBM showed how enterprise applications can be accessed via WebSphere ESB and Process Server.

Paul Verschueren, Chair of IBM’s Patterns Governance Board, held two sessions describing patterns based engineering techniques and tools that can result in rapid development of similar applications based on previously identified ‘exemplar’ solutions.

In the other rooms, multiple streams were tackling other parts of the WebSphere family, plus in some cases open source offerings like Apache Tuscany. This just proves what a diverse and interesting meeting this is.

Mike Wyvill, Treasurer, WebSphere Integration User Group (UK).


34th Chairman's Report - GSE, Kenilworth

The 34th meeting of the WebSphere Integration User Group (UK) was held at held at the Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth, on the 30th and 31st October 2007. The autumn meeting is organised by GSE UK, and we chair an integration stream.

This year’s keynote speech was “What happened to my mainframe?” by Mark Anzani, VP of IBM System z Hardware. It covered some of the ways that mainframe are helping to save the planet, by being ‘greener’ than other servers and able to handle big workloads. IBM itself is leading the way by taking their own medicine and consolidating some of its server farms back onto mainframe systems, to reap cost savings.

The meeting started for our stream with an introduction to Message Broker, and followed with a user perspective given by Ruud van Zundert, of UBS, of their experiences with WebSphere MQ v.6.

Day Two highlights included Matt Lucas describing WSRR, and how it has been implemented in a high performance, cached manner. This is a subject dear to my own heart having just done a home-grown solution in the same area for Message Broker routing information. Other topics of interest included Process Server from Sharuff Morsa and SOA with Web 2.0 from Charlie Martin.

Mike Wyvill, Treasurer, WebSphere Integration User Group (UK).


33rd Chairman's Report - IBM Hursley

The 33rd meeting of the WebSphere Integration User Group (UK) was held at IBM Hursley, on the 14th June 2007.

Nigel Roper, Communications Secretary, WebSphere Integration User Group (UK).