What's new in Requirements Management from IBM?
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We had a series of announcements earlier this month during Innovate 2012. The major announcements pertaining to Requirements Management space were RRC 4.0, DOORS 9.4 and DOORS Next Generation Beta. This blog post aims to dive a little deeper into these and provide a few helpful links...so read on!
Introducing Rational Requirements Composer 4.0
Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) 2012 was announced on June 12 at the jazz.net website and Rational Requirements Composer (RRC) 4.0 continues to be one of the major pillars. CLM 2012 aims to provide the best integration experience available today in the industry between requirements, source control and quality management. For a detailed post on CLM 12, see Robin Garside's post in jazz.net.
In order to better the existing requirements management solution, RRC 4.0 comes up with a whole new set of improvements and features. The new and improved capability in this release will help project teams realize project change impact with downstream visibility using graphical and suspect traceability across requirements, test, and development items. Information access can now be controlled at a granular level - giving you the peace of mind knowing the exact requirements information that need to be modified. Project template upload and download as well as Requirements Interchange Format (ReqIF) are now available to give administrators and team leads easier control for multiple project environments. Additionally, project teams have greater cross project visibility through project dashboards. Some other significant highlights of RRC 4.0 are:
Watch out for another blog post detailing these improvements in RRC 4.0 soon…
Introducing Rational DOORS 9.4
Systems space was equally active this month with lots of announcements from IBM Rational. With the help Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC), continued efforts have been put in unifying lifecycle disciplines across systems and software engineering. DOORS 9.4 and DOORS Web Access 1.5 are the latest offerings in Requirements Management for Systems space. DOORS 9.4 boasts of significant enhancements in server side and new integrations with Rational Quality Manager, Rational Software Architect Design Manager beta and DOORS Next Generation beta using OSLC.
Significant usability enhancements have been made for both rich and web clients. Customer templates designed using Rational Document Studio are now supported by DOORS 9.4. An additional bonanza of producing documentation from DOORS without the need for an additional license of Rational Publishing Engine is now possible. For a detailed account on the improvements in DOORS 9.4; visit the announcement letter here.
Download IBM Rational DOORS 9.4 here. Learn more about Rational DOORS here.
Stay tuned for a detailed post on What’s new in DOORS 9.4…..
DOORS Next Generation Beta
IBM DOORS Next Generation aims to be the next generation requirements management solution for complex software and systems engineering environments. Today, we are releasing latest version, Beta 3 of DOORS Next Generation and is available for download from jazz.net. DOORS Next Generation is built on the learnings of DOORS and extends the technologies of Rational Requirements Composer and DOORS 9. If you are considering how different DOORS Next Generation is from DOORS, read the article written by Richard Watson, Senior Product Manager for RM tools at IBM comparing the two products in jazz.net.
With this beta version, data import/export between DOORS Next Generation and DOORS 9.x projects are possible. Also bi-directional linking between the two products is supported. Development of DOORS Next Generation is kept transparent following the jazz vision and all developments can be tracked at Rational DOORS Next Generation section in jazz.net.
Our intended direction for developing DOORS family is to allow a smooth transition between DOORS and DOORS Next Generation. For each DOORS license entitlement that has active Subscription and Support, a customer will be able to use either DOORS V9 or next-generation capabilities. A commercial version of DOORS Next Generation is expected in the last quarter of this year.
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