We performed a comparison between IBM Rational DOORS and Jira based on our users’ reviews in five categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.
Comparison Results: Jira is the clear winner in this comparison. According to its users, it is very stable and user friendly. Based on reviews, it is more reasonably priced and has better support than Rational DOORS. In addition, Jira has a proven ROI.
"I like being able to sort and categorize the requirements and the exporting functions."
"It's a very interesting tool. I like that it's simple. You have to create your document, add your templates, and have your headings and definitions, and it's done. You must attribute the discipline and fill out the comment field for requirements. It also provides you with unique IDs for each requirement. I like that it never duplicates IDs."
"Rational DOORS' most valuable feature is that you can write any kind of requirement you want."
"The next-generation features are good."
"It is a stable solution."
"The data logs are ver conveneint."
"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."
"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 was able to do real-time reports myself without having to wait for data import."
"This solution focuses on lean methodology which we have found useful and it can also be used on any device."
"I have found Jira to be stable."
"We've found the scalability to be good."
"Scaling the product wouldn't be difficult."
"In terms of scrum teams, I find that usually, the product backlog depends on charts and especially reports like Sprint Reports. I find the reports to be very useful."
"The features on offer are great. It has everything we need."
"It's very simple to change the workflow and adapt it. Jira is very user friendly for the agent and the user."
"They need to provide users with information on what options would be best for their setup."
"It would be helpful if Microsoft provided a more user-friendly interface for updating and querying updates. Additionally, if there was a way for users to notify developers of any changes in requirements, it would allow for faster and more efficient updates to the solution's architecture. This could be in the form of a notification system that alerts developers of any changes that need to be made. Additionally, the solution is document-driven and it should be more digital."
"It could be more user-friendly. It's not a beautiful tool. The user interface is gray. It has only lists inside, and it's horrible when you want to add tables. It's tough to add tables and manage them. It also becomes difficult when you want to add images."
"Both the performance and the price could be improved."
"The customer must also have the tool to import the changes and accept them as a part of the review."
"The images are not clear. We have to use them as OLE objects. And in the testing part, I'm not sure how to link it with it. This is my main concern."
"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."
"The low performance of the solution is probably because it is quite an old tool."
"The way to configure it can definitely be improved. It is very difficult and complex to configure. Its configuration should be simplified."
"Nowadays, many organizations are moving toward the Objectives and Key Results (OKR) framework, and this is something that Jira should be able to accommodate."
"The initial setup was a bit problematic in terms of getting access to Jira. That goes for a few users, including me."
"Jira could improve the workflow, screen, and field configurability. They are lagging behind other solutions, such as Allegra in work system configurability."
"I find the dashboard to be Jira's most problematic feature."
"We'd like to see Jira have more integration with a development ID."
"Jira could provide more insight into sprints such as how did we perform in the last sprint compared to other sprints. It would be helpful to have metrics and a dashboard feature for others to see."
"In Jira Cloud, integration with Excel is missing. Previously, I could import our Excel files into Jira, and I could also download a big Jira report in the Excel format, but now, it needs to be manipulated after that, which is not good. It looks like they've done that on purpose, but I don't understand the reason for it."
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:
IBM Rational DOORS Benefits
There are many benefits to implementing IBM Rational DOORS. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:
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.”
Jira is a powerful cloud- and subscription-based application lifecycle and issue management solution. It is designed to aid users both in project management and in resolving any issues that arise at any point in the software development process. It is especially concerned with easing the ability of developers to collaborate.
Some of the ways that organizations can benefit by choosing to deploy Jira include:
Real-time notification feature. Users can set Jira so that it offers them notifications that contain critical information in real time. It can send users email notifications when pressing issues have been updated. They can also set it to notify them about tasks that may be due, or other similar events.
Reviews from Real Users
Jira is a powerful solution that stands out when compared to many of its competitors. Two major advantages it offers are its workflow engine and its highly customizable dashboard.
Bharath R., the tool implementation and project management lead at a financial services firm, writes, “I feel the strongest feature of Jira is its workflow engine. It empowers us to automate our workflows within our organization. It's the one characteristic of Jira which I think can help any organization, be it in any domain.”
Uday J., a staff engineer at a computer company, says, “Another thing that I like a lot about Jira is that in the dashboard, you can plug the modules that you want. You can enable certain sections. For example, you can show trend history, open Jira tickets, etc. Some of the managers have created a dashboard for each engineer.”
IBM Rational DOORS is ranked 1st in Application Requirements Management with 13 reviews while Jira is ranked 2nd in Application Requirements Management with 57 reviews. IBM Rational DOORS is rated 8.2, while Jira is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of IBM Rational DOORS writes "Has given us a means for improving the way we proceed through solution development". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Jira writes "Great reporting with lots of useful dashboards and excellent flexibility". IBM Rational DOORS is most compared with Polarion Requirements, IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation, Jama Connect, Helix ALM and PTC Integrity Requirements Connector, whereas Jira is most compared with Microsoft Azure DevOps, OpenText ALM Octane, Polarion ALM, Rally Software and TFS. See our IBM Rational DOORS vs. Jira report.
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