The aim of the EAP is to get early feedback on the output of each of the release themes. So as we progress with development we'll be periodically sharing what we have with EAP participants to gain feedback that can be incorporated before we reach the open beta stage.
The nature of the interaction will vary depending on the development theme in question. For some themes we'll be sharing design docs and asking for feedback (i.e. are we missing any key user stories/capabilities you'd expect in this area of the product?), others we'll demo working code, and ultimately share early drops of code for EAP participants to try in their own lab environment. EAP participants are not expected to invest time in all the themes, but you are welcome to contribute to those that are of interest to you.
To put some flesh on this framework, the first theme we'll be sharing via EAP is the new installer. Initially, we'll be sharing the approach we are taking with the new installer and looking for feedback on any gaps you see in the approach. Ultimately, the aim being to share early drops of code for customers to try on their own, looking for feedback on areas such as:
1. The mode of installation - pulling the install image from PPA vs setting up a local install image repository vs a tarball that contains the full image
2. The install time options - the new installer gives more flexibility in terms of the install options we can expose. What would customers like to see added?
3. Performance of the installer vs their experience with COI/DE base installs
4. Post install configuration - what post install activities would you want us to develop tooling around?
This is a new Open Transparent Development approach for the Netcool/OMNIbus development teams, using Agile methodologies and we hope that we can share our release content and development phases openly with all our valued clients. For an over view of the EAP Themes, please visit https://ibm.biz/BdxLGs
We look forward to your active participation on this discussion forum!
-- The Netcool/OMNIbus Development Team --