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PeeringDB Product Management Process 2023

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Peering DB plans to improve the agility of its Product Management process in 2023.

This blog post describes what we have planned for the start of the year. It also describes how we want to work over the whole year and how you can help us make good choices.

As we begin the new year, new features are opening up new paths. Your input will help us choose how we move them down.
 
We have some big things planned for 2023, as noted in our roundup of 2022. The two most significant are two new objects. We deployed the first in our January release. The new carrier object allows providers of high-capacity links to show which interconnection facilities they are in. We've deployed the minimal possible structure for this new object. We want users to tell us what additional features they cannot do without.
 
The next significant new addition is a campus object. This will be a way for interconnection facilities to show that inter-building cross-connects are available with the same ease as those within a building. This will help buyers understand when they don't need to be in the same building as something they want to connect to.
 
We can expand either or both of these objects. We need your feedback to help us decide what would make them more valuable.
 
Respondents to our annual surveys have consistently told us that Network Configuration Data is what they value most. They are also quite divided about the website design. Some people love its simplicity, and others want something more modern.
 
We knew that we needed more information to make good decisions on improving things for the people who wish to change without disappointing those who like it the way it is. We have deployed Google Analytics for beta.peeringdb.com and would like to deploy it to www.peeringdb.com and docs.peeringdb.com. This will give us essential information about how people use our site. We’ll use this information to understand the problems people experience and develop ways to solve them.
 
We also have lots of users who rely on our API or a local cache of PeeringDB data. So, we want to make it easier for users to identify the deltas between what they have in PeeringDB and their local configuration management. This focuses on the projects we're taking to the NANOG 87 Hackathon.
 
We want to work with tool developers and anyone who relies on PeeringDB as a source of network configuration data. Ultimately, we'd like to offer a way for users to automatically identify deltas, the changes that could be made, and ways to make or approve those changes.
 
Across the rest of the year, we'd like to focus on one theme at a time and deliver a set of significant improvements there. Then we can move on to the next relevant theme.
 
So please let us know how we could make PeeringDB more valuable for your organisation. You can always submit an issue or comment on existing issues in GitHub. But you can also send us email or chat with us at various community events.

Author: Mr Leo Vegoda
PeeringDB Product Manager
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