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IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation

IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation


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IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation is an application requirements management offering.

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April 03, 2018

RDNG - Review

Puja Doshi | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 3 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
[It's] Used to groom requirements, capture technical and functional details around each requirement. Rational DOORS Next Generation (RDNG) is a solid requirements management tool. I would certainly choose RDNG over legacy DOORS to manage requirements, whether for a program, project, system, software, or hardware.
  • All the discussion around business requirements, breaking it into functional requirements, capturing business expectations and steps to reproduce the acceptance criteria are captured on RDNG.
  • The fact that RDNG is web-based and cloud-based is already a major improvement over legacy DOORS. I find the user interface more intuitive.
  • There is a strong online community for help and support. IBM has been fairly responsive to our problem reports.
  • Using custom reports created with Rational Publishing Engine, we have been able to produce well-formatted documents that are deliverable to our client with very little manual formatting to do.
  • Should have a sorting feature.
  • Should improve the search capabilities.
  • The commenting feature is half-baked.
  • There are still some user interface bugs, such as the page not displaying properly after scrolling quickly.
  • There is no way to export the comparison between two baselines.
Whether you should choose RDNG over another vendor's requirements management product or not I cannot say. However, legacy DOORS was the industry leader for RM, and I recommend RDNG over legacy DOORS.
  • expensive in comparison to other requirement management tools like JIRA
Just recently migrated from RDNG to JIRA
Qaiser Islam, SPC4 | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
In our organization business analysts and systems analyst are using this module to develop their requirement artifacts. We have the complete IBM CLM suite so that other departments like development and QA use these requirement to develop and test the application. This end to end traceability and easy collaboration across the lifecylce help us a lot.
  • There are a couple of areas where IBM Rational DOORS is quite strong. First, it is part of the IBM CLM solution so the artifacts developed in this module can be easily available for other functions like development and QA. They can link with their stories and test cases and team leads and managers can use traceability matrix to find out where there are gaps in coverage.
  • Comprehensive configuration management functionality (concept of multiple streams and global configuration) is available, which can be helpful if you need to implement configuration management scenarios for your product or project. For example, a certain version of a requirement can be linked with one story and another version of same requirement can be linked with another story. This is the unique feature which other current tools in the market don't provide.
  • It's highly customizable so you can configure the project areas based on your need. You can have your own requirement types, and you can define templates to speed up the process. Comprehensive review functionality is there as well.
  • Wireframes are quite basic. If you need intuitive and interactive wireframes to elaborate the requirements. you probably need to define outside the tool and then upload as image.
  • ER (define data dictionaries) modeling is not there.
  • Use case modeling is quite basic. You can visualize the use case and actors relation but the tool does not enforce the rules.
  • Does not support offline work.
Very good tool for requirements management like baselining the requirements, traceability across the lifecyle, coverage matrixes, working on multiple version of requirement at a time, etc. But not up to the mark for requirement development activities like developing interactive wireframes, data modeling, BPMN, or Use case modeling. Also it does not support offline work.
  • It's part of CLM suite so it can be used to manage the whole lifecycle with tight integration with development module (Rational Team Concert) and quality module (Rational Quality Manager).
  • Comprehensive reports and dashboards provide better visibility.
  • License cost is on higher side.
It's well integrated with IBM products so it provides better coverage across the lifecycle with first class integration. Other producst are stand alone with limited integration with ALM tools.
System Analysts and Business Analysts
Requirement Analysis background with good experience in trouble shooting
  • Business Requirement management
  • System Requirement Management
  • Requirement Traceability
Giovanni Scioti | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 2 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Rational Doors Next Generation (DNG) has been used by the application division of my customer company, and specifically by several functional analysts. The tool appears to have really specific features that allow managing artifacts like embedded documents and stores them in a central repository, and then is able to track with a strict connection the work items and codes. It shows to be a not really easy tool to use. Surely it can give really good benefits enabling the business requirements of the CR and coding activity, but to provide a consistent connection you must always work on the embedded artifact and this scenario is really not so user-friendly.

Plus if you decide to extract the artifact in a Word document after you have modified it, it is not convenient to modify the external document and then import it again because it will not override the previous one with the document versioning. It means that even if there is an import feature it is not easy to repeatedly import the same document in a different session. The graphical design features provided are not very stable. I think that it would be a better choice if the artifacts could be implemented in HTML form and not embedded as an artifact.
  • Good feature of tracking artifacts with work items
  • Interesting graphics viewer for the mapping relationship
  • Interesting concept and technical solutions for the module
  • Versioning feautures of the artifacts revision
  • Transform the artifact in HTML in form template
  • Improve the import feature, because often it crashes the procedure
  • Improve the managing of the folder structure
I think that in cases where there is a skilled functional analyst team that is well trained in the use of the tools and completely dismisses the use of Word documents to collect the requirements, it is a good fit. It seems that a good solution to improve efficiency to collect the specification is to use the module. If you need to build more accurate artifacts containing even fields and not just free text this is not possible. It would be helpful to store the specific value in metadata, and it would be interesting to compile artifacts with predefined fields that could be queried.
  • The application teams were not able to provide a specific team to be able to work completely on the tool because most of the artifacts and documents were produced by the business division that creates sub-standard documents that are easy to import.
  • The approach to defining standard artifacts and ability to store them in a central repository was well understood but the way DNG works was considered really too complicated and not user-friendly.
  • Polaion and CodeBeamer
I found [them] to be more flexible and with the possibility to create [an HTML format].
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