IBM Rational DOORS

IBM Rational DOORS

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IBM Rational DOORS


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IBM's Rational DOORS is an application requirements management offering.
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Steffen Jäschke | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
IBM Rational DOORS is designed to match paradigms of requirements engineering that matched the state-of-art up to lately 2011. It is still at the top of the list since many engineers have been educated with the paradigms in mind. But as can be already drawn from the name there is a mismatch in concepts that have developed bigger since. This is a package from the broader IBM Rational software suit. This emphasizes the Rational Dynamic Object Oriented Requirements System that has been extended by the DOORS eXtension Language (DLX). In the selling logic of IBM, it is superseded by IBM Jazz. For many of my customers, it is a hybrid between knowledge management and lifecycle management. It is important that it is bound against several trusted and approved engineering databases. These are sources of unmatched quality still despite contradicting facts. It is still under development and is supported by the IBM expert team. At IBM the product name is now Engineering Requirements Management DOORS. The product is cross-platform. Clients are Windows, servers are Unix. That has advantages and causes problems. The new focus in the development of the product is to be tech-savvy, enhance simplicity and overview, and grow clarity.
  • Open Services supporting Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC).
  • Required definition management and managed capabilities enabling.
  • Rational DOORS Web Access for local on the test field presence.
  • On-sites established reporting system.
  • Approved linking requirements to test plans
  • Engineering Requirements Management DOORS traces requirements thereby eliminates manually processes and spreadsheets, for improved productivity.
  • Returns the investment efficiently.
  • It is hard to conserve the achieved qualities for the experienced customers under futher technological changes.
  • The growing diverge of the product lines causes worries about the appropriateness of the software package for futures requirements policy package in software development.
  • Windows is seemingly not the best platform choice for the future. Security issues pertain and new come to the problem atop.
  • It seems more probable the IBM favors Jazz to Engineering Requirements Management DOORS due to advantages in the development process and the technologies reused from the infrastructures on which the servers will be run.
  • The advantage the Engineering Requirements Management DOORS is well established at the customers will be melted in the sun very soon and Jazz will be favored by the customers too.
  • The recognized databases will be updated to newer software platforms making a difference in manageable size and depth of knowledge at the same broadness.
  • The size of the software is already a problem for present day installations. There is no or little space to grow further. New splits and adopted packages are unavoidable.
IBM Engineering Requirements Management DOORS former IBM Rational DOORS profits very much from the mighty market position it had till today. It had been the most favored requirement engineering tools suite with the highest investments in the infrastructure concerning hardware, software, and knowledge sources. It was embedded in knowledge sources of test stands, hardware labs, and knowledge database servers. It allowed for some of the highest profit changes and made the fame with it. But the paradigms of requirements engineering change. If not were superseded by completely different approaches for the target solution worlds. The foremost position in the selling tables is unstable if changes are not solved or coped with by the strategist at IBM and their customers. Since the highly successful alternative suits are already at the market, and some are from IBM already the lifecycle for IBM Engineering Requirements Management DOORS is at the later highs. But the suite is still at the very top and very popular. There are still many problems unsolved and many wishes at the customers to make the use more comfortable and efficient at the overall level. If the time of setting up the software package is passed the adoption get more extended and complicated. There is a lot of work at the stage around and the expertise will be required for a long time from now.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I have used IBM Rational DOORS to manage high-level and low-level requirements as well as test procedures and the linking and traceability between them. I have used IBM Rational DOORS to run reports and wizards for export to show requirements compliance and test and requirements coverage.
  • Manage requirements
  • Manage traceability between different modules
  • Linking between the modules is very easy and can be done with different methods.
  • The DXL scripting is not as intuitive as it could be.
  • Integration with other software applications or requirements management tools is not as easy as it could be.
  • Formatting and editing could be expanded a bit more like Word.
IBM Rational DOORS is great for requirements management and traceability between different documents (called modules). It provides the opportunity to create custom reports that bring in information from several modules. One thing that it does not do well is collaboration since it locks either sections or an entire document at a time.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
DOORS is our tool of choice on large programs with a large number of requirements to manage at various levels of integration.
  • Parent to child requirement traceability
  • Auto tracking of all changes made to an object
  • Ability to create a toolkit to generate documents straight from DOORS
  • Linking between DOORS modules using DXL
  • Not web based
  • Better interface with other tools
  • Ability to track requirements approval and sell off
DOORS works well for requirements management. It's better than using MS Excel especially for a large number of requirements at different levels.
Internal to our company we have several experts who have extended DOORS functionality to include some great features. And these folks are well regarded by IBM as DOORS experts in the industry.
October 16, 2020

Powerful but Clunky

Kathy Ding | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 5 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use DOORS as a requirements repository for the product and software. We use it to track, edit, and trace requirements coverage. It's used all across the business group I'm a part of amongst many roles. It is robust and large enough for all of our products both current and legacy.
  • Stores requirements
  • Compatible with HP ALM
  • Filters well and is customizable
  • Terrible UI and not intuitive
  • Too slow to connect to, launch and run
  • Scripts to use the features are way too complicated to write and maintain.
It is quite powerful and robust as a tool for all of our requirements. It is also compatible with HP ALM, our formal test management tool so that we are able to export comprehensive trace matrices for reporting purposes. However, it is a clunky, difficult, and extremely slow tool that is not well adapted to agile software development.
It does a basic job and has the potential to complete some robust reporting tasks, however, it really is a clunky piece of software with a terrible user interface that makes using it routinely quite unpleasant. Many of our legacy and maintenance projects still use DOORS but our department and company use many alternatives and are looking for better tools.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We currently use DOORS to manage the project requirements for one or more projects. We use the software in one department for one or two lines of service that the company offers. DOORS allows us to manage a vast amount of data with relative ease. Although the program is very powerful, it is sometimes difficult to use.
  • Allows linking of information in different parts of the program.
  • Works fairly well with other programs like Excel and Word.
  • Has a layout that is familiar, with a ribbon-like bar at the top.
  • The program can seem overwhelming because it is very complex. Maybe a beginner, intermediate and advanced mode?
  • The software has some dependencies on other software that make it easy to break at times.
  • Setting up the software was a nightmare. It has too many components, and once the connection between them is set you cannot make changes easily.
DOORS is a very specific piece of software. It is suited to managing contract/project requirements. It works well to list and connect a lot of data, and then gives you the opportunity to show these relationships in several different ways, both graphical and in reports. The software is costly, so your project needs to be large enough to support it.
Miguel Angel Merino Vega | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
In the many consulting jobs that I have been doing, I have occasionally encountered companies with solid and extensive processes (necessary bureaucracy for manufacturers and factories, since they need to manage big production flows). For projects in that environment, we need extensive traceability tools, like IBM Rational DOORS.
  • Big panorama view in relation to requirements. You can have all your artifacts in one place with total traceability.
  • MS Office templates and IBM Requisite Pro compatibility.
  • IBM ways of doing things, like customizing your variables and so on.
  • Too complex for projects or businesses that don't really need the detail. It is basically overkill.
  • If you are new to IBM Rational tools, it may be a medium learning curve. You'd also need lots of training from your people, since, as usual, this tool shouldn't be managed alone.
  • It may seem old fashion compared to JIRA and the current control tools used in IT industry.
If you are using IBM software and more importantly, if you have work with huge process flows (and lots of resources invested on it), DOORS is the way to go. On the other hand, if you have mostly an IT focused agile team or your project is not too big, I can't recommend its use.
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