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"Helix ALM enables users to build, make efficient and effective decisions, and use least-cost methods for maximum benefit, as fast as possible. They allow you to see and visualize your configuration."

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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.""Makes good work of prioritizing and planning product delivery.""Very customizable and can be as powerful as you want it to be.""The most valuable feature of this solution is traceability. We can track every requirement, including what the stakeholder must do and component-level requirements.""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 satisfy your users' requirements.""I like being able to sort and categorize the requirements and the exporting functions.""It is a mature product that is stable.""Starting to use the solution is pretty straightforward. There isn't too much of a learning curve."

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"It would be great to see Perforce's strategy is for implementing intelligence into the process via AI or ML. It's not clearly defined, at least not to my knowledge."

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"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 It's unnecessary and frustrating for the user.""The software and GUI is very outdated.""The interface needs an area to be able to type your query and actually be able to find them.""IBM should integrate some solutions they already own toenhance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.""One of the things that many people complain about is it's hard to manage attributes. For example, tables or figures. This is something that can be improved.""It would be nice if it could be scaled-down so that it could be installed and implemented without much learning or training.""The performance could be improved. It doesn't run as smoothly as it could.""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."

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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."
  • "I am not sure why it is so expensive, but one license will cost approximately $15,000 in US dollars."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Helix ALM enables users to build, make efficient and effective decisions, and use least-cost methods for maximum benefit, as fast as possible. They allow you to see and visualize your configuration.
    Top Answer:The product requires a clear understanding of what you want to do because it's a make environment. So it's like handing an artist a blank sheet with any color in any pallet or any paintbrush you want… more »
    Top Answer:It would be great to see Perforce's strategy is for implementing intelligence into the process via AI or ML. It's not clearly defined, at least not to my knowledge. There're other platforms that do… more »
    Top Answer:I like being able to sort and categorize the requirements and the exporting functions.
    Top Answer:I would tell them to be very cautious about how they initially import their requirements into the product because that initial import seems to carry more weight and effect than I would have… more »
    Top Answer:I would recommend that fuzzy logic be added to the search capabilities. I think there is probably room to improve by offering free training.
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    Also Known As
    TestTrack
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    Overview

    TestTrack provides a centralized suite of capabilities for managing requirements, defects/issues and testing throughout the software development cycle. [1] This suite tracks everything involved in the software development process from feature requests and requirements to design revisions and actual changes in the code. [2] It keeps track of what tests were done, what was tested, who performed the test and when, on what platform, under which configuration and in what language. [3] TestTrack offers the ability to create, manage, and link artifacts from the beginning through the end of a design and development project [4] providing end-to-end traceability of all development artifacts [5] and giving managers a better handle on the shifting requirements that define their projects. [6] TestTrack enforces regulatory compliance to meet regulatory compliance requirements, including 21 CFR Part 11 and Sarbanes-Oxley.

    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
    Invision, Softing, CACI, Hunter Industries, ITSO, Itron, EEC, Database Consultants Australia, VirtualScopics, March Networks, WorkForce
    Infosys, Chevrolet Volt
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Healthcare Company12%
    Government7%
    REVIEWERS
    Aerospace/Defense Firm27%
    Manufacturing Company18%
    Transportation Company9%
    Computer Software Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Manufacturing Company21%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Government8%
    Company Size
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise64%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise62%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise75%
    Buyer's Guide
    Application Requirements Management
    August 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Atlassian, IBM, Jama and others in Application Requirements Management. Updated: August 2022.
    621,703 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Helix ALM is ranked 8th in Application Requirements Management with 1 review while IBM Rational DOORS is ranked 2nd in Application Requirements Management with 15 reviews. Helix ALM is rated 8.0, while IBM Rational DOORS is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Helix ALM writes "Helps you measure, automate, and visualize your processes". 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". Helix ALM is most compared with Jira, IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation, Jama Connect, Polarion Requirements and Micro Focus ALM Quality Center, whereas IBM Rational DOORS is most compared with Jira, Polarion Requirements, Jama Connect, IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation and Micro Focus Dimensions RM.

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