IBM® Rational® DOORS® is hardly unknown to enterprise product development teams. As a legacy software suite for requirements management, DOORS has been a popular option for decades for managing requirements in the development of software products and physical devices with embedded software components.
However, user experiences show that both DOORS and its younger brother DOORS Next Generation (NG) have limitations that make their users feel the drawbacks of an outdated toolchain. To better support current and future processes, more and more DOORS and NG users are wondering how they could modernize (replace or extend) their current tool ecosystems without disrupting development processes.
Common problems with DOORS & NG
Poor customer support, the high upfront price of licenses, difficulty of use, and high maintenance costs are among the most often cited concerns regarding this old-fashioned IBM suite and DOORS Next Generation. While they both offer a wide range of features, DOORS is a clunky, antiquated solution with an outdated UI and demanding hardware requirements.
Next Generation fares better in terms of supporting collaboration and the use of Agile development methods in a modern environment. However, due to its lightweight architecture, users prefer to go the expensive way and adopt it in combination with DOORS – only to find that transferring data between the two is very difficult. Limited flexibility and scalability further reduce the value of DOORS Next Generation for developers aiming to keep pace with a fast-evolving technology environment.
Accelerating and Scaling Innovation with Next Generation ALM
Next generation ALM platforms respond to all these issues, and more. With codeBeamer ALM’s DOORS Bridge functionality, you can simply extend your current development toolset with a holistically integrated ALM platform without having to break any existing processes. This data migration facility enables you to transfer all your development data from DOORS or NG to codeBeamer ALM. In fact, DOORS Bridge transfers more data than IBM’s own solution can migrate from DOORS to NG!
Due to its organic integration, flexibly configurable architecture, and features covering the entire development lifecycle, codeBeamer ALM helps enhance the efficiency of your current processes. It fits snugly into your existing tool ecosystem, and gives your teams a powerful tool while also allowing them to keep using proven solutions along the lifecycle. To learn how implementing codeBeamer ALM could help you enhance traceability, scalability, and collaboration, download our free eBook below: