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IBM Rational DOORS Valuable Features

Juergen Albrecht - PeerSpot reviewer
System Engineer / Requirements Engineer / Managing Director at CCC Systems Engineering Suisse GmbH

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.  

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.  

In the past, we communicated customization needs to Telelogic and IBM through huge customer meetings like conventions, but nothing happened. That was when we added our engineering offices and started our business using customization tools. The clients who can't find what they need come to me now and ask if we could please develop tools like so-and-so (whatever company and functionality). We make it for them and we make it better with customizations — specific to their purposes. As a tiny, small engineering office we often get called for special solutions, for special company needs, which formerly Telelogic and now IBM was not willing to do for the customer. This is a big reason why DOORS is valuable for us and has helped us make our business.  

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LV
Project Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

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 equipments 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.

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KM
Sr. Systems Engineer at a manufacturing company with 1-10 employees

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.

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Julie Kent - PeerSpot reviewer
Lead Modeling & Simulation Engineer at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees

Being able to track changes to requirements and being able to export is the solution's most valuable aspect.

Starting to use the solution is pretty straightforward. There isn't too much of a learning curve.

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FC
President at a outsourcing company with 11-50 employees

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.

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FD
Electronics and Software Development Area Manager at a transportation company with 501-1,000 employees

The shell scripting is the solution's most valuable aspect.

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Juergen Albrecht - PeerSpot reviewer
System Engineer / Requirements Engineer / Managing Director at CCC Systems Engineering Suisse GmbH

This solution is very simple to use.

I really like the customization that can be done using the DOORS Extension Language (DXL). I have developed a lot of tools and it is quite nice. For example, I have a tool that I wrote that can perform a trace analysis for automatic reporting. It only works on classic DOORS because it would have to be reprogrammed in JavaScript or another language.

The UML editing and reporting features are good.

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AV
Sr. Director, Software Engineering Director at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees

This solution is the Cadillac of similar solutions. I liked that we could export to Excel and Word. We could also link to other off-shelf tools.

Compared to other tools that I have used over the past 20 years, DOORS is the best of the best. It's expensive. It's a heavy-duty tool. 

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AV
ARP4754 Structured Development & Process Assurance at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees

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.

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Alexander Sena - PeerSpot reviewer
Spacecraft Systems Engineer at a aerospace/defense firm with 5,001-10,000 employees

The solution uses a custom object-oriented scripting language called DOORS Extension Language or DXL. It allows you to manipulate the software to your liking. It's very customizable and can be as powerful as you want it to be. User management is pretty straightforward and I generally enjoy using the solution. As the administrator for the program, it's very quick and easy to add a user, change permissions, rights, things like that within the software.

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Hubert Zenner - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Sales Specialist at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees

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. For example, you can save linked versions when you do baselines, and then I can handle linked changes between different baselines. You can't do this with other tools, or it's hard to do.

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Leith Mudge - PeerSpot reviewer
Systems Engineer at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees

What I like the most is probably requirement traceability in configuration management.  

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Shanice Hopson - PeerSpot reviewer
Software Engineer, Space Systems Department at National Aeronautics and Space Administration

The most valuable feature is the verification requirements for peer reviews.

It has a user-friendly interface.

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IBM Rational DOORS
June 2022
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