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Broadcom Agile Requirements Designer vs. IBM Rational DOORS
May 2022
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"In terms of meeting business challenges, it helped to shorten the dev/testing cycle by identifying requirements gaps early in the process, by having models shared within the development team. It helped increase test coverage and reduce the number of issues experienced by clients/customers.""The ability to create models/diagrams at multiple levels (nest/embed them) helps in taking models from high-level business requirements and building them into detailed requirements models and test models. Plus, it helps reuse lower level models. It also allows maintaining models at appropriate levels, even for very complex systems/solutions.""The support that we get from Broadcom is great.""Measuring test coverage helps in one of the most challenging tasks. It has logic that can help to select the right set of scenarios and know what coverage it will provide.""Integration with TDM, test data management tool, provides the ability to generate data or use identified (preset or parametrized) test data. It allows significant expansion of test coverage and flexibility, without creating new tests and needing to maintain them.""Integration with automation is one of the reasons we started to consider moving to this tool from our original tool for implementing test modeling. ARD appears to have better integration with Selenium. It also has the ability to record scripts/flows using Selenium Builder and import them into ARD, which will then create and optimize a model based on that."

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"I like the way we can simply link requirements with one another and with test descriptions and then automatically produce reports that are required to show compliance to our customers. It is a combination of requirements management and reporting that I like, but I really have very little to do with the reporting part of it. I don't know how easy or hard it is to create those reports.""Starting to use the solution is pretty straightforward. There isn't too much of a learning curve.""Very customizable and can be as powerful as you want it to be.""It is a mature product that is stable.""The shell scripting is the solution's most valuable aspect.""Makes good work of prioritizing and planning product delivery.""What I like about DOORS is baselines, it's easy and I use the capability of multiple users. The traceability or links between different levels are very nice. Additionally, it is used by all of our suppliers, which brings us commonality.""I really like the customization that can be done using the DOORS Extension Language (DXL)."

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"It would help if it would save different subsets of test cases, use cases, etc., of a given diagram, for different purposes and provide an easy way to name those subsets.""Needs improvement in aligning models so they look clear and readable without having to move boxes around.""The solution could improve security and authentication."

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"The web application DOORS Web Access doesn't have the same functionality as the standard client, so it's not a real substitute. For example, web Access only provides writing requirements, but you can't do much more with it.""There are problems with communicating between DOORS and Microsoft Office.""It would be nice if it could be scaled-down so that it could be installed and implemented without much learning or training.""There needs to be quicker access to tech support. When I have a two minute question that takes two minutes to answer, it shouldn't take me 45 minutes and/or a few days of callbacks to get to the right technical support person. It's unnecessary and frustrating for the user.""One thing that I would like to see is a lower-cost version of it that we could use for smaller projects. Sometimes, we do projects for commercial customers who would benefit from something like DOORS, but it's just so expensive. It's just a monster, so a lower-cost version would be the thing that we'd like to see.""IBM should integrate some solutions they already own toenhance the utility of the product further. Specifically import and export to Office products is more difficult than it needs to be.""The user interface for the Change Proposal System could be improved.""The software and GUI is very outdated."

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  • "Recommendation is to go with concurrent licenses as oppose to seat license; this gives more flexibility."
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  • "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."
  • "It is expensive to onboard additional users."
  • "It's expensive."
  • "I don't personally know what the numbers are. I just know that one of the reasons we've limited it to three seats is a function of cost."
  • "Pricing can vary depending on the size of the organization and how contracts are negotiated."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:I'm not involved in the pricing. I'm more from the architect level and handle the product from a technical perspective. I can't speak to licensing costs.
    Top Answer:At this moment, I can't think of any feedback which would need action. We've very happy with the product. We struggled a bit with the initial setup. It could be easier. The solution could improve… more »
    Top Answer:When you install DOORS locally, you have the flexibility to do what you want with the solution. You can add functionality and do many things that you can't do with other tools or do well enough to… more »
    Top Answer:The web application DOORS Web Access doesn't have the same functionality as the standard client, so it's not a real substitute. For example, web Access only provides writing requirements, but you… more »
    Top Answer:I use DOORS to support my customers, who are heavy users of the tool. I try to figure out what's wrong whenever they have some issues. For example, if they need some help, I use the tool to recreate… more »
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    Also Known As
    Grid Tools Agile Designer, CA ARD, CA Agile Requirements Designer
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    CA Agile Requirements Designer is an end-to-end requirements gathering, test automation and test case design tool which drastically reduces manual testing effort and enables organizations to deliver quality software to market earlier and at less cost. The optimal set of manual or automated tests can be derived automatically from requirements modeled as unambiguous flowcharts and are linked to the right data and expected results. These tests are updated automatically when the requirements change, allowing organizations to deliver quality software which reflects changing user needs.

    IBM Rational DOORS is a requirements management tool whose software makes it easy to analyze, capture, trace, and manage changes to information.

    IBM Rational DOORS Features

    IBM Rational DOORS has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Requirements Interchange Format
    • Rational DOORS Web Access
    • Test Tracking Toolkit
    • Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC)
    • Requirements definition and management capabilities
    • Work item system for task management and planning
    • Reporting system

    IBM Rational DOORS Benefits

    There are many benefits to implementing IBM Rational DOORS. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Simple predefined change proposal system: By using IBM Rational DOORS, you can manage changes to requirements via a simple predefined change proposal system or a more customizable and thorough change control workflow.
    • Linking: With IBM Rational DOORS, you can link requirements to test plans, design items, test cases, and other requirements, making traceability easier.
    • Collaboration-friendly: Business analysts, business users, systems engineers, and marketing suppliers can collaborate directly through requirements discussions.
    • Boosts productivity: IBM Rational DOORS traces requirements and eliminates manual processes and spreadsheets, thereby improving productivity.
    • Cost-efficient: Because IBM Rational DOORS effectively manages the requirements of its users, it helps reduce development costs.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Below are some reviews and helpful feedback written by PeerSpot users currently using the IBM Rational DOORS solution.

    PeerSpot user Juergen A., System Engineer, Requirements Engineer, Managing Director at CCC Systems Engineering Suisse GmbH, says, “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 of an old-fashioned interface design. If you look at the software, you will notice that the layout is similar to the old Microsoft Windows Explorer. This is helpful to customers who have long-term experience because the look and feel is something they remember from the structure of Explorer and they find it familiar when they go to use DOORS.” He also adds, “There are several other features in the product that are valuable to users and to us. These features would have to do with the traceability and the possibilities for customization of the RP (Relying Party). This is important because several of our clients run an awful lot of customizations.”

    A Project Manager at a tech services company mentions, "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 equipment 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."

    A Sr. Systems Engineer at a manufacturing company comments, “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.”

    Julie K., Lead Modeling & Simulation Engineer at a tech services company, explains, “Being able to track changes to requirements and being able to export is the solution's most valuable aspect.”

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    Sample Customers
    Williams, Rabobank
    Infosys, Chevrolet Volt
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm54%
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Energy/Utilities Company15%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Computer Software Company34%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Energy/Utilities Company5%
    Aerospace/Defense Firm25%
    Manufacturing Company19%
    Transportation Company9%
    Computer Software Company6%
    Manufacturing Company21%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Company Size
    Small Business5%
    Large Enterprise95%
    Small Business12%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise81%
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise75%
    Buyer's Guide
    Broadcom Agile Requirements Designer vs. IBM Rational DOORS
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Broadcom Agile Requirements Designer vs. IBM Rational DOORS and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    609,272 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Broadcom Agile Requirements Designer is ranked 6th in Application Requirements Management with 2 reviews while IBM Rational DOORS is ranked 2nd in Application Requirements Management with 13 reviews. Broadcom Agile Requirements Designer is rated 8.0, while IBM Rational DOORS is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Broadcom Agile Requirements Designer writes "User-friendly with great UI but could offer an easier setup". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM Rational DOORS writes "Has given us a means for improving the way we proceed through solution development". Broadcom Agile Requirements Designer is most compared with Tricentis Tosca, Cognizant ADPART, TFS, Conformiq and Jama Connect, whereas IBM Rational DOORS is most compared with Jira, Polarion Requirements, Jama Connect, IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation and Inflectra SpiraTest. See our Broadcom Agile Requirements Designer vs. IBM Rational DOORS report.

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