Opening DOORS to Rationalize Your Toolchain

doors-bridge-cb-2.pngAs software product development accelerates in all industries, tooling issues are becoming a major cause of headache for enterprise development teams. Legacy toolsets including IBM Rational DOORS prove incapable of supporting modern iterative and collaborative development methods, presenting dev teams with a challenge that’s becoming more and more pressing.

In a world increasingly driven by Agile, DevOps, ChatOps, SAFe, and other modern frameworks, using the outdated IBM Rational DOORS suite with its outdated features and clunky inner workings is far from being a rational choice. Its continued use means wasted development time and effort, and extra costs.

But this enterprise requirements management (RM) platform has historically evolved to be the most widely used software tool in enterprise product development. So for a company developing products in collaboration with multiple departments, suppliers, and other stakeholders, it seems impossible to enhance, extend, or even replace DOORS with an alternative. Below, we’ll outline a possible solution to this quandary.

Stuck with DOORS?

As an enterprise IT provider, IBM has been a trusted partner of large organizations worldwide for decades. No wonder that its Rational DOORS toolset is also widely accepted as an industry standard RM tool in several sectors including, primarily, automotive development.

That’s true despite its documented drawbacks, namely a clunky user interface that makes DOORS’s use complicated and difficult to learn; limited SCM capabilities and integrability; and terrible performance in distributed & scaled environments.

And you’d be wrong to think that price compensates for all this: with high license costs, loads of training necessary, the cost of manually creating interfaces with other tools, and hardware investments to control performance issues, DOORS’s total cost of ownership is extremely high.

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However, since its use is so deeply entrenched in how companies work and collaborate with each other, most teams don’t even dare think of replacing it. DOORS’s problematic interface is blocking its integration with other tools, so until now, a drastic rip-and-replace approach seemed like the only option – a path that few teams decided to take. With codeBeamer ALM’s new DOORS replacement features, your teams no longer have to be restricted by their legacy tools.

Don’t let DOORS limit your modernization efforts

The better-than-DOORS importing of codeBeamer’s DOORS Bridge enables the seamless migration of artifacts between the two systems. Using the best DOORS migration/integration facility on the market, you can simply transfer OLE objects and requirements with RTF tables, history, discussions, baselines, and baseline sets. DOORS Bridge enables the parallel use of DOORS and codeBeamer ALM without limitations.

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DOORS Bridge - Replacing DOORS with Next Generation ALM

codeBeamer’s DOORS-like document view will be familiar for those used to the IBM Rational suite, making the transition period smooth and painless. The system offers a modern and easy-to-learn UI, so with codeBeamer ALM your teams can efficiently realize value from day one. Total cost of ownership is another factor in favor of codeBeamer ALM. With a flexible license structure, minimal maintenance costs, and open architecture (out-of-the-box integrations and custom interfaces), codeBeamer ALM saves you costs while extending or replacing your current DOORS toolset without disrupting your processes.

To learn more, watch our webinar recording below, get in touch with us, or start your free trial of codeBeamer ALM!

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codeBeamer ALM and IBM DOORS Working Together via DOORS Bridge

codeBeamer ALM and IBM DOORS Working Together via DOORS Bridge

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