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"The most valuable feature for me is the ability to enter data into one table, or context, and link it across modules.""The solution is stable.""The program is very stable.""I really like the customization that can be done using the DOORS Extension Language (DXL).""It is very customizable and easy to scale.""The most valuable feature is the management verification and login.""This product can help improve how your organization proceeds through solution development.""We have different generations of all products. It lets us select and see unique attributes for each release or generation. You can use attributes to define a selection area to see which equipments are for the old versions and which ones are for the new versions. This inbuilt view is what I like in IBM Rational DOORS. So, for a database and a set of requirements, it will select and show unique attributes for a release or a generation."

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"The biggest improvement would be in the transparency we have now. We have very complex products. We make whole systems with difficult and diverse areas such as hardware, software, mechanical and printing, etc. To get the overview of all the requirements into a system, at that sizing, is the main advantage we have in the organization now.""I like the way this solution is structured.""A valuable feature from my side would be the comparison corporization.""Its flexibility and APIs are the most valuable."

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"It would have been ok ten years ago, but we are used to having better tools now.""It's difficult to set the code on the solution.""The kind of dashboard is not very convenient.""There are problems with communicating between DOORS and Microsoft Office.""The interface is not very user-friendly and has not evolved in a long time.""The problem is that because the GUI is so bad, you either have to spend a lot of money customizing the interface yourself, or a lot of money on training.""IBM should integrate some solutions they already own toenhance the utility of the product further. Specifically import and export to Office products is more difficult than it needs to be.""Complexity, performance, openness are the three areas that can be improved. The IBM architecture and specifically Jazz looks more complex. There are a lot of servers. It's quite complicated. The search capabilities lack in IBM Rational DOORS Classic for customers who have a database with a requirement of more than 25,000 records. For example, you can search easily for a module, but it's really difficult to look for keywords through the whole database because all the modules are separated into small components, which makes the search quite complex. This is something that's really annoying because when we want to make an impact analysis, we would like to analyze the product globally. It's quite difficult to manage. The fact that you can interact externally with data makes it complex. The approach is complex and doesn't work as expected. For example, when I tried to experiment with exporting some records, the tool crashed, but I couldn't find out the root cause, that is, whether it happened because of Rational Windows or lack of memory. It was just crashing. Logs weren't very clear. IBM can try to use more recent technology for different aspects and make it easy. They can also provide free integration from DOORS Classic to DOORS. Currently, all the customization in Excel is lost, which makes it very complex. It would be a feature to make new versions compatible with features in the past versions."

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"The one thing I would mention is the license policy is a little bit difficult. For different roles, you will need different license models. That seems a little bit difficult for us. Especially when you introduce such a complex system, you want to know the right way is to do licensing. It's not clear what that best way would be. The solution will be here for a long time, and I just think it could be more clear.""If we have more than one thousand work items in one live-book then it becomes almost unusable.""It is stable enough but if you would like to work with more requirement objects, then you will get timeouts.""Its user interface could be more user friendly. In addition, a lot of features are missing for test management. It should have the test case ordering feature."

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"Licensing fees are billed annually and there is no support included with what I pay.""Pricing can vary depending on the size of the organization and how contracts are negotiated.""IBM is a bit too expensive in terms of pricing. Customers are paying a lot for the license, and the price is quite high for this kind of environment. It is quite high as compared to what we can get today with other solutions.""It is expensive to onboard additional users."

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"It is expensive but not for what it is. It is just the right price for what it is. Its price is also similar to other solutions."

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Top Answer: The most valuable feature is the management verification and login.
Top Answer: This is an expensive solution. Licensing fees are billed annually and there is no support included with what I pay.
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IBM Rational DOORS is a requirements management application for optimizing requirements communication, collaboration and verification throughout your organization and supply chain. This scalable solution can help you meet business goals by managing project scope and cost. Rational DOORS lets you capture, trace, analyze and manage changes to information while maintaining compliance to regulations and standards. Rational DOORS provides requirements management in a centralized location for better team collaboration, and traceability by linking requirements to design items, test plans, test cases and other requirements. It also provides scalability to address your changing requirements management needs, test tracking toolkit for manual test environments to link requirements to test cases, and integrations to help manage changes to requirements with either a simple pre-defined change proposal system or a more thorough, customizable change control workflow with Rational change management solutions.Polarion REQUIREMENTS is designed from the ground for highly effective, transparent and secure collaboration, while teams have the option to work in their familiar environments.
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Infosys, Chevrolet VoltNetSuite, Ottobock, Zumtobel Group, Kªster Automotive GmbH, Sirona Dental Systems, LifeWatch, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), PHOENIX CONTACT Electronics GmbH, Metso Corporation
Top Industries
Aerospace/Defense Firm26%
Manufacturing Company22%
Individual & Family Service7%
Comms Service Provider7%
Computer Software Company24%
Manufacturing Company16%
Comms Service Provider14%
Manufacturing Company26%
Computer Software Company19%
Comms Service Provider19%
Healthcare Company5%
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Small Business24%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise61%
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IBM Rational DOORS is ranked 2nd in Application Requirements Management with 13 reviews while Polarion Requirements is ranked 7th in Application Requirements Management with 4 reviews. IBM Rational DOORS is rated 7.2, while Polarion Requirements is rated 6.0. The top reviewer of IBM Rational DOORS writes "Has given us a means for improving the way we proceed through solution development". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Polarion Requirements writes "Well-structured, but the import feature and the dashboards need to be improved". IBM Rational DOORS is most compared with Jira, PTC Integrity Requirements Connector, IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation, Jama Connect and 3SL Cradle, whereas Polarion Requirements is most compared with Jira, Jama Connect, IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation, Helix ALM and PTC Integrity Requirements Connector. See our IBM Rational DOORS vs. Polarion Requirements report.

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