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We performed a comparison between IBM Rational ALM and Polarion ALM based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed IBM Rational ALM vs. Polarion ALM report (Updated: September 2022).
632,539 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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"The integration with Git works well.""The tools for requirement capture we have found very useful.""It's easy to use."

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"The technical support is quite good.""Polarion ALM helps us better structure our customer requirements, and we can also validate the specs of our products against those. If anything changes on our side, we see the impact, and we can see the effect If a customer changes requirements.""The best feature of Polarion ALM to me is its traceability link.""Polarion ALM has some valuable tools for managing our targets and requirements. I think that's its best feature."

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"One of the complaints from users is that they have to click buttons too many times for just a simple task. Changing this would lead to a better user experience.""The stability of IBM Rational ALM could be improved.""I think nowadays people are getting into Jira and other tools. What is happening is, this solution is becoming more traditional, whereas Jira and other tools are more attractive for the new users to learn and start using because of the graphical interfaces."

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"One of Polarion's shortcomings would be planning. It can handle plans, but the planning feature is very basic.""We use PTC Windchill, and Polarion ALM doesn't have native integration, so we had to purchase the connector to integrate it with Polarion ALM. We still haven't implemented it.""The configuration aspect of the solution is not easy. A person needs a lot of programming knowledge in order to successfully handle the job.""As Polarion ALM is a development-oriented tool, easy support or easy access is provided by default, but if I want to use detailed features, I need to write the script, particularly the VM script, and this is its area for improvement. I want Polarion ALM to have a graphical user interface that doesn't need scripting. In the next release of the tool, I'd like for it to not require scripting and programming because needing to run script language is time-consuming."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The price of the solution could be reduced. Many of our customers are not using all the features and this could be why our clients feel the price is too high."
  • "We have a contract, but I am not aware of the details."
  • "This product is a little expensive and we had to pay extra to have them set it up for us."
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  • "Our license for Polarion ALM is yearly. And it's not the cheapest tool that we've looked at. So if we had made our decision purely based on the licensing cost, we wouldn't have selected Polarion."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:You can customize the board according to your needs.
    Top Answer:The reporting functionality needs to be improved. They have developed a reporting model but it is not available out-of-the-box. It is especially important when we are talking about Kanban and KPIs. We… more »
    Top Answer:We began using this product in 2014 as a work management tool. After that, we gained knowledge of the Agile framework and implemented these features in Rational. We now have five scrum teams, all of… more »
    Top Answer:The technical support is quite good.
    Top Answer:The solution is not easy to use. The configuration aspect of the solution is not easy. A person needs a lot of programming knowledge in order to successfully handle the job. The cost of the product is… more »
    Top Answer:Polarion can be used typically for application lifecycle management. Typically it's used for requirement management, test case management, and defect tracking.
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    Also Known As
    Rational ALM, MKS
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    Lifecycle management capabilities built on the open, unifying IBM Rational Jazz platform can help agile and traditional teams: see at-a-glance status, access better data for decisions, manage costs, reuse the most efficient processes across the organization, manage cloud, web, SOA and mobile application design and development. Teams can also gain real-time traceability, manage work across vendors, unify across a diverse set of lifecyle tools, and provide collaborative development for continuous delivery as part of the IBM DevOps solution.

    The world’s first 100% browser-based ALM enterprise solution, which enables seamless collaboration across disparate teams, multi-directionally linked work items, full traceability, accelerated productivity and automated proof of compliance.

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    Sample Customers
    Tennis Australia, WeCloud AB, Port Otago Limited, Logicalis US, Valmer, The Chevrolet Volt, Ashurst
    Engineering Ingegneria Informatica, IBS AG, Zumtobel Group
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company38%
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Transportation Company13%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Manufacturing Company16%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Healthcare Company25%
    Transportation Company25%
    Manufacturing Company25%
    Consumer Goods Company13%
    Manufacturing Company23%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Healthcare Company8%
    Company Size
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise8%
    Large Enterprise75%
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise74%
    Small Business30%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise78%
    Buyer's Guide
    IBM Rational ALM vs. Polarion ALM
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Rational ALM vs. Polarion ALM and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    632,539 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    IBM Rational ALM is ranked 18th in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites with 3 reviews while Polarion ALM is ranked 8th in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites with 4 reviews. IBM Rational ALM is rated 7.0, while Polarion ALM is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of IBM Rational ALM writes "Integrates well with Git and the technical support is helpful, but the interface should be more modern". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Polarion ALM writes "It incorporates almost all engineering tasks we need to do for one project". IBM Rational ALM is most compared with Microsoft Azure DevOps, Jira, PTC Integrity, codeBeamer ALM and Atlassian ALM, whereas Polarion ALM is most compared with Jira, Microsoft Azure DevOps, PTC Integrity, codeBeamer ALM and Rally Software. See our IBM Rational ALM vs. Polarion ALM report.

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