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Polarion ALM Alternatives and Competitors

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Technial Lead at a transportation company with 1-10 employees
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A plethora of advantages in a single, secure environment

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 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 their portfolio.

We are planning to go all out with codeBeamer. One of our clients has agreed. They have decided strategically that codeBeamer will replace their other tools. They will be retiring IBM Doors, XG, PTC Integrity, and Jama.

How has it helped my organization?

Two of my important clients were trying to work on a couple of big projects which were spread across the globe. CodeBeamer has provided them with an out-of-box solution that doesn't require any additional infrastructure. 

During this pandemic, my clients were able to conveniently work remotely thanks to codeBeamer. When the lockdown situation started happening all of a sudden in most countries, if you have a solution that is browser-based, you can easily provide access to your employees. CodeBeamer has proven to be a scalable solution for working from a home environment.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of codeBeamer is something called a Smart Requirement View. This feature really gives me an advantage and it's something that is available out-of-box. I haven't come across this particular feature in any other tool. Another feature that I like is its traceability.

I can do almost 95% of the customizations without any programming knowledge. I don't need to hire a programmer to do customization. I took a look at the other tools, like IBM and PTC Integrity and Polarion — with those solutions, a lot of programming is required to do even small customizations. With codeBeamer ALM, customization is very straightforward.

Smart View is a valuable feature because that particular view gives me the flexibility of how I should look at my project or how I should look at my work items.

The traceability is so simple that I don't need to do any additional configurations related to traceability. 

One more benefit that I am especially fond of is the ability to migrate from an on-premise server to the cloud, which was very smooth when I compared it to other tools. It just took a couple of hours for complete data migration. In contrast, my experience with PTC and IBM took quite a lot of time, and there was indeed a downtime there when we were migrating. With codeBeamer ALM, when we're migrating, there is almost zero downtime. There were just two minutes of downtime.

What needs improvement?

There are thousands of requirements that are modified or which are reviewed; those reviews cannot be seen at one single point in time. You need to click on each individual review item to check it out. 

The search and replace feature within the tool itself could be improved. Not using any other third-party tools. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used this solution for roughly 15 months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

My impression regarding the stability is that it's an excellent tool.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's a highly scalable solution compared to any other competitors in the market. In fact, this is one point wherein I rate this tool on top of all the other tools. When I say other tools, I am referring to PTC Integrity, Polarion, and IBM.

How are customer service and technical support?

In general, technical support is quite good, but you have to reach them during their live chat office hours. They should implement a hotline chat, that would be a good feature. Most of the time, emails are replied to within a day.

I would give their technical support a rating of nine out of ten.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was very straightforward. Almost everything is ready to go, straight out of the box — you don't need the assistance of a third-party solution.

The plugins are already ready. You don't need extra time for project configuration.

Deployment takes roughly two days.

What about the implementation team?

We follow a deployment strategy. Our first rollout happened within a week of trials.

We installed codeBeamer and we just enabled and configured the plugins. We tested it on guest servers and we rolled it out immediately within a week. 

Typically, two to three people are more than enough for deployment. One will be the system administrator, another will be the plugin developer and plugin manager, and the third will be the template configurator.

A little bit of maintenance is required, but not much. Specifically maintaining the databases, maintaining the artifacts, managing the access rules, etc. Typically, the admin activities need to be maintained.

What was our ROI?

Our clients are getting a huge dividend on codeBeamer. It allowed them to reduce their admin load by roughly 35-40%. They also experienced a nearly 65-70% reduction regarding customization and the deployment load.

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

They're not the most expensive product on the market, but they're not the cheapest either — I'd say codeBeamer ALM is moderately priced.

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 pharmaceutical industries.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
AsifSharif
President & CEO at Modern Requirements
Real User
Top 10
Fully integrated, good testing and can act as a single source of proof, excellent support

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is that it's fully integrated, where we have a single place to do everything that we need."
  • "Requirements management is an area that can be improved."

What is our primary use case?

I used Azure DevOps for work item management, sprint planning, source code repository, continuous integration, continuous build, and continuous release. I build whole chains.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is that it's fully integrated, where we have a single place to do everything that we need.

Testing is really good, it has come a long way.

It is the single source of proof or the single system of record that does everything you need, you don't have to put the different pieces together to form the whole chain.

We can do everything in one single platform, which is why it does a good job.

What needs improvement?

Requirements management is an area that can be improved.

Integration with Microsoft teams would be a good idea.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Microsoft Azure DevOps for five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's stable. It's been pretty good, especially in the last two years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

There are no issues with scalability. We have approximately 50 people in our organization who are using it.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have contacted technical support and they are excellent. I would rate them a nine out of ten.

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

I am using a mismatch of tools from HP and Atlassian, but they did not give us an integrated toolchain. Microsoft Azure does it exceptionally well.

How was the initial setup?

It is reasonably straightforward, but it is only as straightforward as the problems that you are trying to solve.

If you are trying to set up the whole chain, then the problem is complex, and the solution has to be as equally complex.

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

The price is reasonable, but of course, you can find others that are cheaper such as Atlassian. But, if you look at the more serious products like Polarion, it's very competitive. 

If you have good Microsoft programs, it's nearly free.

What other advice do I have?

I would certainly recommend this product.

There are a lot of parts to the toolchain for DevOps, so take each area at a time. My advice is to take one step at a time, don't overdo it, and over time build out all of the capacity difficulties. Automation is also one of the biggest things.

Overall, it seems like a really good solution.

I would rate it a ten out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Microsoft Azure
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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