IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation Overview

IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation is the #5 ranked solution in our list of top Application Requirements Management tools. It is most often compared to IBM Rational DOORS: IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation vs IBM Rational DOORS

What is IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation?
IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation offers a smarter way to manage your requirements that can help your teams reduce development costs by up to 57%, accelerate time to market by up to 20%, and lower cost of quality by up to 69%. Designed for collaboration, Rational DOORS Next Generation provides a single platform for managing requirements so that your teams can work more effectively across disciplines, time zones and supply chains.

IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation is also known as RDNG, Rational Requirements Composer and IBM RRC.

IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation Buyer's Guide

Download the IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation Buyer's Guide including reviews and more. Updated: July 2021

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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation pricing:
  • "The cost of maintenance is €20,000 to €30,000 ($22,000 to $33,000 USD) and there are no additional fees."
  • "Users can buy a three-year license for about 12,000 Euros."
  • "The price of this solution is very high, and it increases year after year."

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AntonKavcic
CIO at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
Simplified our requirement process, helping with requirement creation and reuse

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case of this solution and tool is to completely manage and also reuse requirements. We produce many different products which have a lot of reused requirements (for example for protocols etc.). Before we were writing big documents describing requirements and many parts of such requirement documents overlapped. We loose a lot of time reading such documents (R&D, VV, product management) so we want to make improvements. We use IBM Rational Doors tightly integrated with Quality Management for testing requirements- WIth such combination we slightly improve our product development… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable features are the versioning of requirements and the possibility to reuse them."
  • "When you are not working on it every day it is not very intuitive."

What other advice do I have?

I would suggest finding someone, who already has experience with implementing this solution, to help you with the implementation. It will be easier and you will have fewer problems, as product and configuration is quite complex. What we have learned from our experience is that upgrades should be done with the help of the external IBM partners of IBM services team. You can think also to have solution in cloud, but from price perspective the price in cloud is not attractive, specially in case as our when we use floating licences. The user interface could be improved, it is quite heavy and…
Greg Mazalo
Associate Director Systems Engineering & Safety Assurance at AECOM Technology Corporation
Real User
Top 20
Overly rigid layout and difficult user interface making it clunky

What is our primary use case?

Used on major rail projects for requirements management. Used to manage multiple design packages and contract requirements, technical requirements, and derived requirements. We're a customer of IBM and I'm a casual user of the product. We're looking at it possibly for another project.

Pros and Cons

  • "It's a cloud based solution."
  • "The whole layout of the screen could be improved, the layout is just so rigid."

What other advice do I have?

Be really clear about your business process, what you want the tool to achieve and how it's going to achieve that and work with the facilitator. I would rate this product a 3 out of 5 because it is not intuitive and is difficult for our users to use.
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MB
CEO at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Good integration capabilities, with good stability and an easy initial set up

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for system engineering. Typically, we receive a user requirement to produce or engineer specific equipment. From there, we derive requirements, system and sub-system specifications, and also design or create a test plan with a rationale quality manager, which is in the same suite as DOS next generation. There's full coverage provided, from building requirements to testing.

Pros and Cons

  • "It's web-based, so you don't have anything to install."
  • "When you are in Jira or Confluence, you have some freedom in how you type in text. That's also a weakness of Confluence, however, as it opens the doors to sloppy work. In DOS Next Generation, the text is very rigorous, but it might be difficult for people who don't have the discipline. Having a way to quickly enter requirements could help. It might already be in there, but I don't know. I don't have enough experience with the tool yet."

What other advice do I have?

I'm selling the solution to customers, as well as installing it, and configuring it. Currently, I'm using it for a customer. We use the on-premises deployment model. We're also IBM partners. I'd recommend the solution. It's a quality product. It's not cheap, but if you want quality you have to pay for it. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.
HL
Software Engineering Consultant at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Consultant
A stable product with good baselines and links features

What is our primary use case?

I am a consultant and this is one of the products that I use for my clients. They use DOORS Next Generation mainly for requirements management, in conjunction with other tools such as RTC for change management, and RQM for quality management. Together, these are all part of the software life cycle.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable features are the baselines and links."
  • "It offers a bad user experience and the usability is poor."

What other advice do I have?

My advice to anybody who is considering this solution is to adopt it. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.