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Lyubomir Gotsev
Consultant
Consultant
Sep 11 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable component of this solution was in its ability to help us with the management of tools and the resources that we were using.

How has it helped my organization?

The product helped us organize projects and effectively use our resources. Essentially it helped with time management. It improved our resource utility and helped assure on-time completion.

What needs improvement?

There are a few ways to potentially improve the product although it performs as expected. Reporting can be easier to do and customize, but it is adequate. Product support could be better for new users by providing more beginner-type… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were using JIRA for other larger projects. That is a product which is more difficult to learn. ALM was not very complicated and we did not need something that would take time for people to learn when doing short-term projects. It is… more»

What other advice do I have?

I was satisfied using this product because it has done what it was intended to do. It's user-friendly and technical support wasn't too bad. We used IBM Rational ALM as it was created by one of the leaders in the industry. Apparently it was… more»
Nitin Kaushik
Real User
Quality Assurance at Varroc Lighting System
Oct 01 2019

What is most valuable?

Abilities to share ideas in terms of tasks, lifecycle traceability from requirement to development to testing and designs gives a clear understanding of the system.

How has it helped my organization?

It certainly helps from the requirement management for the deployment phase. Starting with the requirement engineering the customer requirements certification and then to the system requirement analysis, the designing. The tool is quite collaborative. There is no need for overhead in getting the… more»

What needs improvement?

Support for working with traditional methodologies must be extended if IBM wants to expand horizon in the System engineering domain. You cannot really work in the traditional way of development. In the automotive industry here we tend to follow the Agile methodology. The designer manager is uncivil… more»

What other advice do I have?

It's a good solution. It's comprehensive. The support is good. If you want to develop your own customized use cases there are better solutions than this one, like JIRA. I would rate it between a six and seven out of ten.
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Abdulrazzaq Huneidi
Real User
IT Agile Supervisor at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
Jun 14 2018

What is most valuable?

The planning features are rich with Scrum concepts: Sprint, Sprint retrospective, the rules in the Scrum framework.

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved relations with the customer through the Product Backlog and prioritizing their needs before launch. It has improved the cycle between the developers and the analysts, through redefining the acceptance criteria. Everything is clear from the beginning of the Sprint. It provides a lot… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see better reporting features. The out-of-box reporting is - I don't want to say limited - but the focus is on the Scrum and Sprint reports. We need more reporting features regarding the history of the work, tracking it more deeply.

What other advice do I have?

The most important criteria when selecting a vendor are technical support, and, of course, the total value of ownership. In terms of advice, ultimately this is a tool. You have to change the process and train your people to utilize this tool. I would rate Rational ALM at eight out of 10. It covers… more»
Tarek Gaber
Real User
Software Product Manager at a software R&D company with 11-50 employees
Sep 22 2019

How has it helped my organization?

It helped us contain critical things, like source code and several documents, which is very important to us.

What needs improvement?

Of course, it would be related to customer experience. The solution is not user-friendly at all. It needs an expert to use it, although the reporting feature was okay. I'm fine with the tool. From my point of view, it's all about usability. It should be simplified and it should be more… more»

What other advice do I have?

When giving a recommendation, I would say that if you are looking for stability, you have to go for this product. If you are concerned with usability and simplicity of the product, I would recommend Microsoft Team Foundation or JIRA instead. The problem is the complexity of the installation and it's… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The decision was made, because we are partners, so we could do the installation ourselves.
Mpho Morake
Real User
Senior Developer at SBV
Sep 10 2019

What is most valuable?

The cataloging is a very valuable feature. For a lot of enterprises, they end up not knowing which applications do specific features. The cataloging helps with this. It's not that verbose but it still gives you allowances to put in more detail.

What needs improvement?

The cataloguing needs some improvement. It needs to be a bit more in-depth. It's an application that is supposed to do more governance around the application lifecycle. The features should be more intuitive. If I'm looking for something, its location should be easy to locate.

What other advice do I have?

I implement the solution and I'm an IBM partner as well. For those considering implementing the solution, I'd advise when they're doing their planning, that they begin with the end in mind. Before they even start to consider the software, they should first know what they plan to achieve. They have to have a clear goal that they hope to achieve with the solution. Then they can build the tool. It… more»

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What is IBM Rational ALM?

Lifecycle management capabilities built on the open, unifying IBM Rational Jazz platform can help agile and traditional teams: see at-a-glance status, access better data for decisions, manage costs, reuse the most efficient processes across the organization, manage cloud, web, SOA and mobile application design and development. Teams can also gain real-time traceability, manage work across vendors, unify across a diverse set of lifecyle tools, and provide collaborative development for continuous delivery as part of the IBM DevOps solution.
Also known as
Rational ALM, MKS
IBM Rational ALM customers
Tennis Australia, WeCloud AB, Port Otago Limited, Logicalis US, Valmer, The Chevrolet Volt, Ashurst
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