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Juergen Albrecht
Real User
System Engineer / Requirements Engineer / Managing Director at CCC Systems Engineering Suisse GmbH
Jan 16 2020

What is most valuable?

One of the most valuable features of the program is the usability. It is really simple to use and its logic, look and feel are familiar to most customers. Let's say it is… more»

How has it helped my organization?

This product improved our organization because it has given us a means for improving the way we proceed through solution development.

What needs improvement?

What could make sense for this product is to improve is to develop a more efficient way to import and export documents from Office 365 like Excel, or Word and the other… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

All my clients are running under a special agreement using a client-server version of the DOORS product where they get a discount on the product and then only pay… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Before we used IBM Rational DOORS, we just used Word and Excel to create our solutions.

What other advice do I have?

What we actually have learned — or even maybe accepted and are comfortable with is now — is that for the user projects work best and most efficiently, it is absolutely… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Our evaluations are ongoing. As an independent requirement engineer and system engineer, I'm running my own engineering office. From time-to-time, I have a client that… more»
Consultant
General Manager & Founder/consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Feb 11 2020

What is most valuable?

The most important feature is that it is able to manage a lot of requirements. It helps to maintain global compliance during all of the stages of development. When you… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Using this solution will streamline processes and generally improve the quality of them.

What needs improvement?

Implementing processes should be easier. The interface is not very user-friendly and has not evolved in a long time. People like to have a nice tool that is up to date… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

This is an expensive solution. Licensing fees are billed annually and there is no support included with what I pay.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have also used REQTIFY.

What other advice do I have?

The difficulty with implementing this solution is that you are asking the organization to change its processes. The important part is, however, that you are trying to… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There is another solution called Rational DOORS Next Generation that has a nicer interface and it is easier to use, but it is less scalable.
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Juergen Albrecht
Real User
System Engineer / Requirements Engineer / Managing Director at CCC Systems Engineering Suisse GmbH
Dec 23 2019

What is most valuable?

This solution is very simple to use. I really like the customization that can be done using the DOORS Extension Language (DXL). I have developed a lot of tools and it is quite nice. For example, I have a tool that I wrote that can perform a trace analysis for automatic reporting. It only works on… more»

What needs improvement?

There are problems with the communication between DOORS and Microsoft Office. It doesn't matter which version of MS Office is used. When trying to communicate between Excel and DOORS or Word and DOORS and vice versa, problems arise. I would like to expect a more professional application here. A tool… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Before using this solution I did everything in Microsoft Word.

What other advice do I have?

I have been using classic DOORS version 9.6.1.11 and I was interested in switching to IBM DOORS Next Generation, but it is not as easy as I thought. The complexity is quite different and it is not very user-friendly. You used to have your own client and database, but now that it is mixed with the… more»
Real User
PLM Development at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Jun 04 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature for me is the ability to enter data into one table, or context, and link it across modules.

What needs improvement?

The GUI needs improvement in the following ways: * The OLE embedding is not very user-friendly. * The whole concept of having to lock and unlock, in order to switch the edit mode, is not user-friendly. In the next release of this solution, I would like to see integration with other tools. For… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We have used this same solution from the start.

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody looking to implement this solution is to first get the processes right, and then look for the tools. The whole idea behind this solution is great but, the execution and the handling is old fashioned. It would have been ok ten years ago, but we are used to having better tools… more»
GuillaumeRAYNAUD
Real User
Corporate Engineering at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Nov 20 2019

What is most valuable?

Traceability is the most valuable feature of this solution. I like that is has the capacity to manage traceability from one level of requirement to another.

What needs improvement?

The HMI is difficult to use and the user interface should be better.

What other advice do I have?

If you have a high number of requirements to manage and if there is a need to sustain these baseline of requirements for a couple of years, it is the right solution for you. However, if you have a small project, it's not mandatory. In the next release of this product I would like to see a better user interface. I would like it to have the capacity to include drawing and to produce KPIs on the… more»
BrunoPencole
Real User
DOORS Expert at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Sep 23 2019

What is most valuable?

The recommendation aspects of the solution are good.

What needs improvement?

It's difficult to set the code on the solution. The testing part needs to be improved, but they have too much legacy to move to the latest IBM versions. I do not believe there are any more plans for this product. It's now a legacy solution. They should just ensure that they keep the technical… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used a different solution, but the change was the company's choice.

What other advice do I have?

The solution can be used in the studio environment, but you need to manage it correctly. I would rate the solution six out of ten.
Real User
Team Lead SAP ERP at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 04 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features include: * Traceability (the ability to link between different items) * Configuration Management (ability to baseline things and create new views) * User Access (to control who does what to different items)

What needs improvement?

They have recently upgraded the product. And, it is definitely more user-friendly. It was really clunky to use previously. It might not be very fancy, but it always gets the job done. I think it would be nice if there was better integration with other tools, particularly diagrammatic tools so that you can do things like enterprise architecture.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It is very expensive. But, it depends on the project. The project must warrant the expense paid.
Kerem Coban
User
Engineering Consulting Service with 1-10 employees
Mar 11 2018

What do you think of IBM Rational DOORS?

What is our primary use case?

I am within the automotive electronics industry. The requirements management widely used in my field for change management is the key to delivering your product without any hitches. It is hard to manage requirements in a big project, therefore having a traceability feature is great.

How has it helped my organization?

Traceability on requirements for a huge project in an organization is a big gain.

What is most valuable?

Traceability The ability to use any type of document in any format. These features make our job easier in requirements management.  

What needs improvement?

I would like to see them improve in agile management the Scrum/Kanban Board to work with overseas team members.

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five…

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What is IBM Rational DOORS?

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.
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