Jama Connect Competitors and Alternatives

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Steven Tompsett
CDA Engineer at Hastings
Real User
Top 20
Feb 12, 2019
You are never more than three clicks away from where you need to be

What is our primary use case?

We have a relatively splintered tool set and a number of tools which could not connect all of those things together. Therefore, the use case for ALM Octane was that we were trying to create a single version of the truth. A single source of everything to change within the IT department. I work in the programs management department. We are using the latest version of the product because we are cloud-based. We receive all the deployments as they are released.

Pros and Cons

  • "We are seeing some real improvements in the way we do things. We are becoming more agile in the way we do it because of that and in a way that stories are managed. Stories are given lifecycles as opposed to just being entities within a tool."
  • "We've only had a few stability issues. Generally, we have issues following any deployment they do, so if they do a deployment on a Sunday, then we may have a couple of issues on a Monday or Tuesday."

What other advice do I have?

If you're looking for a tool which will complement a CI or DevOps process, where you want to have a single point of visibility or a single version of the truth, and see all of the stuff that happens through that journey, Octane is the tool which will to give you that. The biggest lessons learned: When you start focusing on a new tool that prides itself on having a very tight process to make things visible, you learn how other people don't necessarily follow its processes as tightly as you would expect them to. Using the SAFe framework helps our workflow patterns. We have been using SAFe for…
reviewer1401858
Project Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Aug 16, 2020
Complex, slow, difficult to manage but has a good inbuilt view

Pros and Cons

  • "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."
  • "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."

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, that is, from Telelogic. In the new version, they no longer support Excel. So, we have to redo the whole configuration of the project, which takes a lot of time and energy. When I look at other solutions based on the results of the benchmark analysis, they look easier to work or install. I'm also looking into the capability to export, and I got several issues…
reviewer1253193
Technial Lead at a transportation company with 1-10 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Dec 10, 2020
A plethora of advantages in a single, secure environment

What is our primary use case?

I worked in the ALM and PLM industry, and for my various clients, I have evaluated, I have deployed, and I have come up with a strategy for lifecycle management solutions. Now I want to share the same with people around the world so that they can benefit from my knowledge. Regarding codeBeamer ALM, I have the SaaS version, I have deployed it on the cloud and I have used the on-premise version as well for my various clients. Our clients' primary use case was for automotive embedded systems, wherein they required ISO 26262 certification. They also use it as a stronger tool to manage the whole of… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "The traceability is so simple that I don't need to do any additional configurations related to traceability."
  • "The search and replace feature within the tool itself could be improved."

What other advice do I have?

codeBeamer is a great tool, but having said that, make sure that you have the proper expertise to understand the ALM. As there are around 1,000 plus advantages with codeBeamer, I'd recommend that you go to their website to fully understand just how beautiful that tool is. On a scale from one to ten, I would give this solution a rating of ten. one important aspect of codeBeamer is its overall capability in multifaceted domains and readily available templates. We talk mostly about it from the automotive aspect, but this tool is great for all industries, specifically the aerospace and…
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