IBM Rational DOORS Reviews

IBM Rational DOORS is the #2 ranked solution of our top Application Requirements Management tools. It's rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to Jira - IBM Rational DOORS vs Jira

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Juergen Albrecht
Real User
System Engineer / Requirements Engineer / Managing Director at CCC Systems Engineering Suisse GmbH
Jun 08 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 »
Real User
Project Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Aug 16 2020

What is most valuable?

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… more »

What needs improvement?

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… more »

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

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.

What other advice do I have?

Our requirement is not for a huge database, just around 30,000 records. It's a shame that IBM Rational DOORS Classic is so slow in accessing such a small number of records. It's really new to the data architecture approach from the past… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I am validating this solution. I still have a lot of solutions that look promising, such as Jama and Polarion. I'm more concerned about the effort to extract the system and to train people. In the world of requirement management, usability… more »
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Real User
Sr. Systems Engineer at a manufacturing company with 1-10 employees
Aug 21 2020

What is most valuable?

I like the user interface with regard to creating links between requirements and tracing links to requirements. I like the DXL Wizard, in particular, to build custom views that I save. I am a fan of the DOORS Change Proposal System, although a lot of people where I'm working have their own homegrown system. I continue to push them to migrate to the DOORS CPS.

What needs improvement?

The user interface for the Change Proposal System could be improved. When creating a proposal it is great and I have no problem with it. On the other hand, during a review phase, when many people are trying to look at the change and decide whether to accept it or not, the user interface is not really helpful because it just shows you the specific change. What we have done over the years to… more »

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is implementing IBM Rational DOORS is to start using it early in the program and use it consistently. In other words, don't let people do their own thing. Instead, come up with a standard process of what you do, which attributes you can use, consistent attribute naming, and consistent standard views. This way, everybody is using the same thing. There will always be custom… 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.
Julie Kent
Real User
Lead Modeling & Simulation Engineer at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Sep 22 2020

What is most valuable?

Being able to track changes to requirements and being able to export is the solution's most valuable aspect. Starting to use the solution is pretty straightforward. There isn't too much of a learning curve.

What needs improvement?

I found the user interface to be unintuitive. It's something they need to work on. I wouldn't say it is bad, per se. It is just like learning to write cursive. I would push for more extensive integration with other tools since, for example, I needed it to integrate with MagicDraw. Building in that… more »

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

I don't have much information about pricing. I do know that our organization bought more licenses than we need, however, so we can easily add more people to the solution when we need to.

What other advice do I have?

Although I cannot say with certainty, I do not believe my company has a business relationship with IBM. I do not know which version of the solution we are currently using. I would recommend the solution to other organizations. Overall, I'd rate the solution seven out of ten. While it's largely… more »
Real User
Electronics and Software Development Area Manager at a transportation company with 501-1,000 employees
Sep 08 2020

What is most valuable?

The shell scripting is the solution's most valuable aspect.

What needs improvement?

The strict requirements for synchronization of the data could be relaxed. It requires a permanent connection with good bandwidth. This means that in an environment with remote networking that you need to go through a VPN or use some kind of virtual machine in the middle. We had some issues with the disconnection of desktop software and so on. The strict requirements of time synchronization between… more »

What other advice do I have?

Our organization does have some commercial agreements with IBM. We're more of a customer, however. We arent an IBM partner. Whether this would be the correct solution for a company depends on the installation and requirements. You'll need to prepare a specific environment for the company according to how it works. Therefore, it depends on the customization requirements. If they want it related to… more »
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 »
Ian Hobson
Real User
Director at Innovation & Design Engineering Ltd
Mar 04 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the management verification and login.

What needs improvement?

The user interface is old and clunky and in need of some improvement. In order for DOORS to be as good as it needs to be, you have to be able to get normal people using it. 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. Because the users avoid it like the plague, you don't get the power out… more »

What other advice do I have?

My advice to anybody who is considering this solution is that if you're looking for a relational database, then it's probably not the first place that I would go. People are going to use it because the client requires it, as in our case, rather than because you choose it. There are much better database setups out there, which are scalable for non-IT database people. The learning curve is much… more »
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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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