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IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation OverviewUNIXBusinessApplication

IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation is #5 ranked solution in top Application Requirements Management tools. PeerSpot users give IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation an average rating of 8 out of 10. IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation is most commonly compared to IBM Rational DOORS: IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation vs IBM Rational DOORS. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a manufacturing company, accounting for 22% of all views.
What is IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation?
IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation offers a smarter way to manage your requirements that can help your teams reduce development costs by up to 57%, accelerate time to market by up to 20%, and lower cost of quality by up to 69%. Designed for collaboration, Rational DOORS Next Generation provides a single platform for managing requirements so that your teams can work more effectively across disciplines, time zones and supply chains.

IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation was previously known as RDNG, Rational Requirements Composer and IBM RRC.

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IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation Pricing Advice

What users are saying about IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation pricing:
"The price of this solution is very high, and it increases year after year."

IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation Reviews

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Hubert Zenner
Technical Sales Specialist at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Offers good scalability as it's easy to expand to different servers
Pros and Cons
  • "IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation is easier to expand to build a backend with several servers, so you can also use it to scale up to several hundreds of users without major problems."
  • "Both the data storage and reporting for this solution need improvement."

What is our primary use case?

IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation is a web-based tool, based on relational databases such as BP2 or MSS cloud, so it's a different approach to work with it, to work over the web. We have all functionality over the web. There's no decline for it, so it's a completely remote working tool.

We have the data on the server with a sizable use case. Now at 47 under two, it is getting better.

What is most valuable?

IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation is easier to expand to build a backend with several servers, so you can also use it to scale up to several hundreds of users without major problems.

What needs improvement?

This solution is currently having some performance issues because they changed the data storage in the back between version 6 and version 7, so it needs some performance improvement.

The data storage is the relational database in the background, and it has changed and needs performance improvement. Performance is a very big thing that is needed when people are writing requirements. They have to wait too long for the page to return and then they don't like it. They are looking for different ways to do and complete their work. Good performance is very essential in this tool, same for DOORS Classic.

There is also a lot of possibilities to improve reporting.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for six years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This solution runs normally and is very stable. It's more in the integration with the asset tools in the Jazz platform that there can be some instability when linking different tools in the Jazz platform. If you only use this solution without integration tools, then it's quite stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is easy to expand to different servers. It's easy to split the user load among different servers, so scalability is good.

How are customer service and support?

I have experience with IBM support, working with different people as this is a different technology, but they're very good, and the help I get from them most of the time is very quick. I'm really satisfied with IBM's support on this solution.

How was the initial setup?

Setting up IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation is complex. You have to set up a Jazz Team Server and you have to set up the database. Depending on which tools you use, which database, which operating system: if it's Windows or Linux, etc., it sometimes requires complicated activities to install. Depending on what you install on the Jazz platform, you need the Jazz Team Server, so on the cloud, it's not really working. It's good to have a HTTP proxy in between.

It's a little bit difficult to install it. Normally, it takes half a day to complete the installation if it's a very simple installation. If it's a complex installation, it could take two to three days.

What other advice do I have?

IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation is a different approach than IBM Rational DOORS (Classic). It has the name because the plan was for it to take over the customers from DOORS Classic, but as the functionality is different and not the same as what's on DOORS Classic, both of the tools have their place in the market. It's a different kind of work and it's a different kind of functionality behind DOORS Next Generation vs DOORS Classic.

The first contact with this new DOORS solution was in 2008, but I was not working from 2008 until now, because at the beginning it was very cumbersome to work with it and I had more problems with it than the ability to work.

I've been using the latest version: 7.0.2 with the IPIX 8a, which is the latest IPIX of this version.

We have this solution on-premises. I have here some servers where the IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation is installed, then the Jazz platform. We have DOORS Next Generation, then we also have to complete the Jazz platform here, where it is implemented.

My main recommendation to people looking into implementing IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation vs IBM Rational DOORS (Classic) is DOORS Next Generation.

IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation is the future and it has a lot of very nice features in it. If possible, use it, but if you need specific things which you can do only in DOORS (Classic), then use the classic version. Normally, they should aim for DOORS Next Generation, as it is more future-oriented in the setup.

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten. It is very good, but it is not perfect, so not a ten. It is better than DOORS Classic because I know of a lot of problems when working with the Classic version for 20 years. There are all these different things that can go wrong with DOORS Classic.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Software Engineering Consultant at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Consultant
Top 10
A stable product with good baselines and links features
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable features are the baselines and links."
  • "It offers a bad user experience and the usability is poor."

What is our primary use case?

I am a consultant and this is one of the products that I use for my clients. They use DOORS Next Generation mainly for requirements management, in conjunction with other tools such as RTC for change management, and RQM for quality management. Together, these are all part of the software life cycle.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the baselines and links.

What needs improvement?

It offers a bad user experience and the usability is poor. A lot of engineers do not use it, primarily for two reasons. First, it is very abstract and hard to understand. Second, the operation seems to be very complex. For example, the setting is distributed in a lot of section and it is not easy to find where to configure it.

The baseline is not as good as it is in DOORS because you can't create a baseline for a module. Rather, you can only create on for the project.

The speed of technical support needs to be improved.

The DOORS Web Access (DWA) is not stable.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this product for about four and a half years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This is a stable product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

IBM has a support team in Australia that I contact when I encounter a problem from the end-users and I cannot solve it. I begin by submitting the issue to the technical support team through the website.

The problem with technical support is that they are very slow, sometimes taking between two and three months to resolve an issue.

How was the initial setup?

The configuration involves customizing attributes and the deployment is not easy.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The price of this solution is very high, and it increases year after year.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I did not personally use another similar solution prior to DOORS Next Generation. However, another person in the company did use a different requirements management product.

What other advice do I have?

My advice to anybody who is considering this solution is to adopt it. 

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: partner