2019-09-08T09:50:00Z
it_user434868 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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What needs improvement with IBM Rational ALM?

Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with IBM Rational ALM.

What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?

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RP
Associate QA Engineer at Cognizant
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2022-09-12T07:42:36Z
Sep 12, 2022

In the next release, we expect a traceability metrics configuration where we can configure the user stories. We also expect them to improve or simplify the query process.

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EF
Tool Manager at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
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2022-02-10T16:50:24Z
Feb 10, 2022

The user experience is something that can be improved. People ask me about getting a more modern and more innovative user interface. 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. ALM should use Git for code versioning but it doesn't. Instead, we integrate it with Git instead. IBM should buy a Git company such as GitLab because that would greatly improve their version control capabilities in the CI/CD pipeline. With respect to DevOps, both GitLab and GitHub are better than ALM It would be helpful if it were easier to set up. This would save us money because hiring an expert to do it is a little bit expensive. If we could instead do it ourselves then it would save this cost.

Petronela Ghergulov - PeerSpot reviewer
Engineering Quality Analyst at Visteon Corporation
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2021-09-28T17:05:52Z
Sep 28, 2021

The stability of IBM Rational ALM could be improved.

Srikumar Aravinda Krishnan - PeerSpot reviewer
Lead Engineer at a transportation company with 5,001-10,000 employees
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2021-07-31T05:32:13Z
Jul 31, 2021

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. All the traditional users are continuing with this solution, while new users they are preferring Jira. The solution could improve by providing an entire engineering life cycle management solution. When we want to use the solution we feel that it could be better because currently, we use SAP for a lot of our engineering life cycle management obligations, and IBM Rational ALM is only for mainly software management applications. It should be extended and provide more coverage from end to end, which would be helpful.

AH
Applications Developer Specialist at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2020-08-13T08:33:46Z
Aug 13, 2020

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 have some metrics related to lead time and throughput, but we cannot produce them out-of-the-box. There are two features called the Program Board and Quick Learning that need administrator access to use. This is risky and it is not good practice to have more than one administrator on the tool, so the problem is that we can't give this level of access to normal users and it is an obstacle in the way of using these features.

AK
Technology Architect at Infosys Technologies Ltd
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2020-01-05T07:29:00Z
Jan 5, 2020

The stability of this solution can be improved.

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Nitin Kaushik - PeerSpot reviewer
Quality Assurance at Varroc Lighting System
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Top 10Leaderboard
2019-09-22T06:41:00Z
Sep 22, 2019

Support for working with traditional methodologies must be extended if IBM wants to expand horizon in the System engineering domain. You cannot really work in the traditional way of development. In the automotive industry here we tend to follow the Agile methodology. The designer manager is uncivil. The design manager is clearly really unstable. In the next release, I would like to see traditional methodologies working within the tool and a traditional planning book in the toolbar.

Tarek Gaber - PeerSpot reviewer
Software Product Manager at a computer software company with 11-50 employees
Real User
2019-09-19T08:39:00Z
Sep 19, 2019

Of course, it would be related to customer experience. The solution is not user-friendly at all. It needs an expert to use it, although the reporting feature was okay. I'm fine with the tool. From my point of view, it's all about usability. It should be simplified and it should be more user-friendly.

MM
Group CEO at Mmusi Group
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2019-09-10T09:04:00Z
Sep 10, 2019

The cataloguing needs some improvement. It needs to be a bit more in-depth. It's an application that is supposed to do more governance around the application lifecycle. The features should be more intuitive. If I'm looking for something, its location should be easy to locate.

Lyubomir Gotsev - PeerSpot reviewer
Consultant
Consultant
2019-09-08T09:50:00Z
Sep 8, 2019

There are a few ways to potentially improve the product although it performs as expected. Reporting can be easier to do and customize, but it is adequate. Product support could be better for new users by providing more beginner-type tutorials. While the product itself is not so complex, step-by-step instructions that help new users understand the basics will make the product easier to adopt. When we started to use the product it was a little bit of mess because we were not used to using it and implemented it poorly in some ways that would have been easy to avoid. Using the product efficiently will be better if there are step-by-step and interactive guides. It would be nice if there were some more possibilities for storing either custom or standard information like stack information, memory cards type and capacity, or other details about products that can be visualized easily in case they may need to be upgraded to solve performance issues. It was a product we decided to use for educational purposes and to provide some guidance to complete projects on time.

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Srikumar Aravinda Krishnan - PeerSpot reviewer
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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.
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Engineering Quality Analyst at Visteon Corporation
Sep 28, 2021
We have a contract, but I am not aware of the details.
it_user434868 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Sep 12, 2022
How do you or your organization use this solution? Please share with us so that your peers can learn from your experiences. Thank you!
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Lyubomir Gotsev - PeerSpot reviewer
Consultant
Sep 8, 2019
Our primary use for implementing this solution was to use it for was for a science project at a university. We used it to monitor progress and enhance productivity.
Tarek Gaber - PeerSpot reviewer
Software Product Manager at a computer software company with 11-50 employees
Sep 19, 2019
We use the on-premises deployment model of this solution.
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