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"Starting to use the solution is pretty straightforward. There isn't too much of a learning curve.""I like the user interface with regard to creating links between requirements and tracing links to 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.""IBM Rational DOORS keeps everything organized.""I really like the customization that can be done using the DOORS Extension Language (DXL).""This product can help improve how your organization proceeds through solution development.""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.""It is a mature product that is stable."

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"Its flexibility and APIs are the most valuable."

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"There are problems with communicating between DOORS and Microsoft Office.""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.""It would be nice if it could be scaled-down so that it could be installed and implemented without much learning or training.""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much more with it.""The user interface for the Change Proposal System could be improved.""The software and GUI is very outdated.""The performance could be improved. It doesn't run as smoothly as it could.""Complexity, performance, openness are the three areas that can be improved. The IBM architecture and specifically Jazz looks more complex. There are a lot of servers. It's quite complicated. The search capabilities lack in IBM Rational DOORS Classic for customers who have a database with a requirement of more than 25,000 records. For example, you can search easily for a module, but it's really difficult to look for keywords through the whole database because all the modules are separated into small components, which makes the search quite complex. This is something that's really annoying because when we want to make an impact analysis, we would like to analyze the product globally. It's quite difficult to manage. The fact that you can interact externally with data makes it complex. The approach is complex and doesn't work as expected. For example, when I tried to experiment with exporting some records, the tool crashed, but I couldn't find out the root cause, that is, whether it happened because of Rational Windows or lack of memory. It was just crashing. Logs weren't very clear. IBM can try to use more recent technology for different aspects and make it easy. They can also provide free integration from DOORS Classic to DOORS. Currently, all the customization in Excel is lost, which makes it very complex. It would be a feature to make new versions compatible with features in the past versions."

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"Its user interface could be more user friendly. In addition, a lot of features are missing for test management. It should have the test case ordering feature."

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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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  • "It is expensive but not for what it is. It is just the right price for what it is. Its price is also similar to other solutions."
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    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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    Overview

    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
    Infosys, Chevrolet Volt
    NetSuite, Ottobock, Zumtobel Group, Kªster Automotive GmbH, Sirona Dental Systems, LifeWatch, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), PHOENIX CONTACT Electronics GmbH, Metso Corporation
    Top Industries
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    Aerospace/Defense Firm25%
    Manufacturing Company19%
    Transportation Company9%
    Computer Software Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Manufacturing Company21%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Government8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Manufacturing Company25%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Energy/Utilities Company5%
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    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise60%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise75%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise76%
    Buyer's Guide
    Application Requirements Management
    June 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Atlassian, IBM, Inflectra and others in Application Requirements Management. Updated: June 2022.
    610,229 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    IBM Rational DOORS is ranked 2nd in Application Requirements Management with 13 reviews while Polarion Requirements is ranked 7th in Application Requirements Management with 1 review. IBM Rational DOORS is rated 7.8, while Polarion Requirements 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 Polarion Requirements writes "Good flexibility, good price, useful APIs, and very stable". IBM Rational DOORS is most compared with Jira, Jama Connect, IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation, PTC Integrity Requirements Connector and 3SL Cradle, whereas Polarion Requirements is most compared with Jama Connect, Jira, IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation, Helix ALM and PTC Integrity Requirements Connector.

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