codeBeamer ALM

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codeBeamer ALM is an affordable and complete Application Lifecycle Management solution that covers all phases of the development process including requirements, test, and risk management as well as demand management, development management, and DevOps. In addition, it offers a comprehensive wiki and advanced document management functionality.

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codeBeamer ALM review by <span>Martin D.</span>
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Using CodeBeamer ALM in a CENELEC development

What do you like best?

I like the simple core design where most of the business logic is based on trackers and issues.

Configurable business logic based on trackers and issues.

Easy generation of documents based on trackers.

Custom Extension based on WikiPlugins.

Seamless integration of GIT.

What do you dislike?

The access right administration is much to detailed for our use case.

Issues with exports to Microsoft office. Direct PDF export would help.

When a tracker based documents gets to big, not all issues are displayed in the browser.

Lack of documentation for promoted features.

The remote API does not support document export.

Export templates need to be configured on a per project base. Centralized export templates would help a lot and ease administration.

Jenkins integration not available as promoted.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use the 30 day trial to evaluate codeBeamer.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Document generation and life-cycle management starting from entering documents, review and release.

Automated generation of traceability information with custom made plugins to support safety cases.

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codeBeamer ALM review by <span>Jac S.</span>
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Perfect fit for regulated industries looking to move from fragmented to integrated ALM

What do you like best?

* Most everything you need in one place, yet cleverly designed and beautiful in its simplicity.

* The REST API makes it a breeze to integrate with in-house and third-party tools, which makes the transition process to codeBeamer much less painful.

* codeBeamer eats traceability for breakfast! You can literally track anything you desire by creating custom trackers.

* codeBeamer takes a lot of the sting out of the formal review process.

* Intland templates (e.g. DO-178) provide good guidance for engineers that are not familiar with rigorous regulatory processes.

* Innovative Kanban view for work management.

* Very decent document importation tools.

What do you dislike?

* Wiki markup: Basic document editing capability, compared to other Wiki platforms like Confluence.

* No built-in way to achieve traceability between low-level requirements and source code, down to function level. It is not common to need this level of traceability, but Level A software requires traceability down to object level code.

* No support for inline comments in live documents.

* Full text search not supported for old .doc format (however, it's easy to import these documents)

Recommendations to others considering the product

* Make full use of the evaluation period (even ask for an extension, if necessary)

* Try it on a real-world project, with a real team.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

* Replacing fragmented in-house ALM tools with an integrated solution.

* Implementing centralized, paperless engineering requirements management.

* Facilitate tighter collaboration between the various engineering departments.

* Streamline our already onerous processes and align it more with current best practices and methodologies.

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codeBeamer ALM review by <span>Matthias S.</span>
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Great ALM solution with many integration possibilities

What do you like best?

Wide range of possibilities to map any (software) project workflows (agile, traditional, regulated, custom)

Easy to use built-in hosting of GIT and SVN repositories

REST API opens up a wide range of integration possibilities with other tools of the project toolchain

Continuous improvements on the DevOps and ChatOps support

Great project templating for easy management of projects in companies with many projects / project types

What do you dislike?

There are some optimization potentials in UI performance and usability for some pages. Currently Intland is working on a mobile UI that seems to be promising to improve that.

Recommendations to others considering the product

A free online-trial of codeBeamer is possible which makes a quick evaluation easy. Try to customize one of your project workflows there to check if codeBeamer meets your requirements.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

codeBeamer helps us to keep all information and documentation for all of our software projects at one place. It enables us to link our projects to each other in terms of inter-project collaboration and coordination. It helps us to quick-start with new software projects by using prepared project templates for handling agile, traditional or regulated software processes.

codeBeamer ALM review by <span>Jared M.</span>
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Great ALM for Regulated Industries

What do you like best?

The codeBeamer platform is incredibly flexible and allows endless user customization to build the ALM solution that fits best for the user. The ease at which new Trackers can be implemented allows our team quickly add new sections to our deployment, making for a very complete solution. Tracker Document View and Microsoft Office export are extremely powerful and allow us to build functionality not found many other places. Support is top-notch and quick to respond.

What do you dislike?

Some codeBeamer-provided templates are still a work in progress. Templates and webinars don't always give detailed examples, sometimes making it difficult to understand relevancy of features. Wiki-based documentation is sometimes not up to date. Installation and upgrade process can be tricky in certain deployment scenarios. All relatively minor issues.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

codeBeamer allows us to have a Single Source of Truth for all of our product documentation, which allows our entire team to always be on the same page. The system allows us to do data entry once early in the project, and to link and format that data for use throughout the rest of the project lifecycle and documentation effort.

codeBeamer ALM review by <span>Cosmin F.</span>
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One of the best ALM tools

What do you like best?

Allows to define standardized activities and tasks to ensure the management of all phases and activities of the software development process.

What do you dislike?

Recorded webinars don't offer examples on specific topics, sometimes is hard to understand all the features. World wide support.

Recommendations to others considering the product

CodeBeamer offer integrations with third-party software development solutions and platforms. Such integration is important for other activities that are part of the development lifecycle such as software testing, build automation, continuous delivery, and continuous deployment.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With codeBeamer the SW release process is fully managed starting from requirements to deployment.

Before having an ALM tool project teams used partial components of an ALM tool for different purposes. CodeBeamer offers a standardized tool for application management and support across all the functional areas of life-cycle management.

codeBeamer ALM review by Administrator
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Comprehensive, powerful and intelligently architected flexible system

What do you like best?

The system has an attractive, clean design of interface with an easy-to-use drag-and-drop approach. It's straightforward to find most of the main things you need; data entry is smooth and reliable. Traceability is easy to get working. Technical support is prompt and friendly though bugs are not always fixed quickly. Installation is straightforward and uses industry standard server configurations.

What do you dislike?

Enforcing processes for sign-off etc can be a little challenging. Word export templates are tricky to get right and it may not always be possible to get exactly the format you need.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try it!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We were able to very quickly get up and running with embedded software development, using Git as the repository, and using the codeBeamer interface to capture and review all of our requirements and architecture. The wiki system is ideal to collect together design information during this process in an ordered fashion. The interface is enjoyable to use, resulting in excellent buy-in from the development team.

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