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Brief introduction to me and what this blog is likely to be about:
I work on the development of the WebSphere MQ product, one of IBM’s extremely successful pieces of software. It’s developed at IBM’s Hursley laboratory near Winchester in England where I have been for more than 25 years.

My normal description of Hursley is that it is a typical English village – one shop, one church and two pubs. Except for the 3000 people working at the IBM site behind it.

Officially my job involves “strategy” for the MQ product – working out what we should be doing next. And that has meant in recent years, I’ve spent more of my time travelling, working away from the office desk, talking to people individually or in front of conference and seminar audiences.

This blog is intended to give an idea of some of what that involves, the planning, preparation and travel stories; talking about some of the aspects of MQ that are not necessarily part of the code.

I’m not expecting to write articles here about how to use MQ itself. There are plenty of other places to get that. But I hope it gives an idea of what’s going on behind the scenes, when trying to tell people what we’ve done and trying to understand what they would like us to do.

And there may be guest authors on here too.

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