get your application form in early, and put in as much information about your requirements as you can
Here's the link to apply: https://www-304.ibm.com/partnerworld/wps/servlet/ContentHandler/isv_inv_tsp_iic_hursley_overview/lc=en_ALL_ZZ
Don't worry if you don't have all the requirements at this stage. We will use the information you put in this form to choose the best technical consultants to get on the initial “pre-port” telephone call with you, which is where we talk to you about what you'd like to do and how we can help you achieve this. The minimum we like to have at this stage is your dates, duration and platform(s).
On the pre-port call, we like you to tell us a little about how your application works, and what you'd like to get out of your Innovation Centre engagement, just so we can be sure we have understood all your requirements.
Part of the strength of the Innovation Centre is the skills of the technical consultants, and we can do much more than just build the systems for you – we cover all IBM hardware as well as the WebSphere, IM, and Lotus software brands, and we can call in development lab or other technical resource from the wider IBM as well. This is a great opportunity to do some hands-on skills transfer, and pick up practical skills and best practice on your own application deployment. IBM Hursley is a really nice location, including the original 18th century Hursley House, with offices built in the surrounding parkland in a campus style, and being away from the everyday demands on your time in your own office can allow you to make the most of the resources set aside for your testing.
have your test scripts completed before you arrive
Some partners use Loadrunner, some use Jmeter, some use their own in-house test harness. Whatever you use, it saves so much time and you'll get much more out of your time here, if you can plan to complete writing the scripts or test programs before your engagement starts.
have a test plan and a clear idea of your test objectives before you start
It really helps if you can communicate this plan to us (although you don't have to of course).
know which monitors and tooling you want to use in the tests
can help with suggestions for operating system monitors, and of
course WebSphere and DB2 monitoring. But if you have a favourite
tool or monitor that's fine too. Either way, it's best to have all
this decided in advance so you can collect information about all your
set aside enough time and skills from your side
To get the best use of your engagement, you'll probably need at least one person assigned to the testing, and since you might find some things that could be improved in your application code, it is useful to have someone from your development team accessible to the tester. For general PD and performance testing it's also useful to have someone on hand who has an end to end understanding of the architecture. Lastly of course, it's very valuable to document the results of your testing and your findings for configuration and tuning – even if just for your next engagement!
include some product validations in your engagement
If you haven't yet completed all the product validations that are relevant to your application, it is a great idea to do this during an Innovation Centre engagement. We can help with what logs to collect, and can track your application and liaise directly with the validation teams on your behalf. We also get measured on validations we assist with, so you're more likely to get priority in our queues if you include some of these!
visit the industry showcase labs while you are here
IBM Hursley Innovation Centre is one of the largest IBM innovation centres in the world, and as well as our server rooms and engagement rooms we have a number of industry showcase labs. These labs present partner solutions that integrate with IBM's industry frameworks, and are a great way of publicising your application to IBM's customers, and other visitors we have to the centre (e.g. IBM sales, IBM Global Services, academia, journalists, and government).