Telelogic opens Doors to smaller companies

Telelogic AB on Monday is shipping Doors 7.1, the company's requirements management software, which features a toolkit to tailor the product to smaller companies.

Doors provides for tracing and analyzing changes to information to ensure a project's compliance to specified requirements and standards, according to Telelogic. While Doors predominantly has been used in defense and aerospace applications, new mandates such as Sarbanes-Oxley have resulted in the product being deployed in more general business applications, the company said.

Included in Version 7.1 is a Test Tracking Toolkit for smaller companies. The toolkit provides a testing environment for fewer test cases than what has been the norm in Doors, with the kit providing for hundreds to approximately 1,000 cases. A test case is used to determine if software meets a particular requirement.

Also featured is document collaboration, in which documents can be compared side by side, with differences highlighted via a "redline" feature.

To boost productivity, multiple properties of each requirement can be produced inside of Doors, within a single view. "You can now see all those attributes in a single table cell," said Andy Gurd, director of product launches at Telelogic.

A Doors user at an insurance company touted the testing capabilities of Doors 7.0, a predecessor to 7.1. "We're tracing to the designs and to the tests," said Pete Carrion, divisional vice president for IT services at Great American Insurance. "Once we get from our business requirements to the technical requirements, we then trace those requirements down to the actual design" to ensure all requirements are covered, Carrion said. Great American Insurance switched from IBM Rational Requisite Pro to Doors because of what the company found to be superior functionality in areas such as document-sharing, Carrion said.

Doors 7.1 also adds platform support for Windows 2003 Server. Additionally, it can share requirements with tools such as Microsoft Excel. Pricing for Doors 7.1 is US$2,200 for a node-locked implementation and $5,500 for a floating version.

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