How to have a successful Innovation Centre engagement...
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 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 initial 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.
plan to come onsite to IBM Hursley for at least the first part of the engagement
We 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 test runs.
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!
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!
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).