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Jan Adrian Links in DNG Part 2 

Due to the high interest in our previous webinar on Linking in IBM DNG, we are excited to announce a second session on July 23rd at 3:30 pm CET. Don't miss this opportunity!

During the session, we will continue our discussion on any topics related to links in IBM DOORS Next, such as:

  • Types of Links in DNG
  • Widgets
  • Link Reporting
  • Link terms and link sharing
  • Hyperlinks 
  • Link constraints and more

Additionally, we will answer any questions which have not been addressed during the first session.

Join us to master your link management skills and streamline your workflow.

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Jan Adrian Links in DNG July 2024

In the world of IBM DOORS Next, links are more than just connections—they're the backbone of effective requirements management

These links enable traceability, ensuring every requirement is tracked throughout the lifecycle, from conception to delivery. By linking artifacts, teams can maintain alignment, validate compliance, and streamline their development process. 

Understanding and utilizing these links effectively can make a significant difference in project success, enhancing collaboration and improving overall project visibility. 

Register now for our webinar on July 9th at 3:30 pm CET where we will dive into topics like:

  • Creating Effective Links
  • Linking by LBFA (Link By Frame Attribute)
  • Ensuring Link Validity
  • Advanced Link Filtering Techniques
  • Optimal Link Display Practices
  • Dos and Don'ts of LinkingLinking by View 
  • Utilizing Links in RELM (Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager)
  • Comprehensive Link Reporting
  • Overview of Existing Link Types

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At Softacus, we excel in providing migration services from IBM DOORS to IBM DOORS Next Generation, ensuring a smooth and seamless transition for our clients.

Whether you're contemplating migrating from DOORS Classic to DOORS Next or simply seeking to explore the benefits of the latter, our upcoming webinar is for you.

Key topics that will be discussed:

  • Custom link types usage for migrated links - link types can be defined based on source and target object's module path in DOORS Classic or DOORS Next
  • Creation of nested Global Configurations structure based on created during migration DOORS Next streams and baselines
  • Flexible definition of artifact types based either on a dedicated enumeration attribute or conditions built on queries for more attributes
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IBM Migrator Jan 1

As operations expand and projects grow in complexity, previously implemented information system sooner or later will require migration to a new platform. Although you may have successfully been using IBM DOORS in your engineering projects for a long time, new projects may need requirements management capabilities that are supported by IBM DOORS Next only.

To respond to the demand for sophisticated and advanced requirements management capabilities in current and future projects, DOORS Next was designed with an entirely new leading-edge architecture. Its scalability, support for Global Configuration Management, variants management and reuse are a game changer in reducing cost and time to market.

Now, the foundation for a successful migration process with a low risk for unpleasant surprises requires thorough planning and a good understanding of your current requirements meta structure.

Softacus has developed migration toolkits that help ensure a smooths transition process.

Join Jan Jancar, Solution Director and CEO of Softacus, on 30.05.2024 when he will delve into IBM DOORS and IBM DOORS Next solutions, focusing on:

  • Reasons for migration / motivations behind migration and when is the perfect time to migrate
  • Navigating the migration process: challenges and opportunities
  • Migration targets based on object types (requirements, norms, validation, work items)
  • Specific handling: data cleanup; target model; unsupported DOORS data
  • Project effort estimation
  • Tips and tricks
  • Softacus capabilities to make migration smoother and/or possible
  • Licensing

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Join us for our upcoming webinar, featuring Adrian Pitonak and Jan Jancar from Softacus, as they delve into the topic of "IBM DNG Export/Import.

Event Details:

Date: 25th of March 2024

Time: 3:30 pm CET

Location: Zoom

Link for registration: https://zoom.us/j/93121909731?pwd=dXRWb3gxUXhMUFFJdnpLYlNHSTFLdz09

Agenda Highlights:

The primary objective of the presentation is to highlight the diverse array of methods and techniques utilized with our clientele concerning Excel export and import processes.

  • How to create an excel export - different ways and options
  • Excel RoundTrip - how to do it
  • Excel exchange with suppliers and customers
  • Export of data from Publishing Engine to Excel
  • Export to Excel via JRS
  • Tips and tricks for Excel exporting

This event is tailored for professionals and users of Doors Classic and DOORS Next Generation (DNG), whether you hold the title of or have a keen interest in Excel export and import processes.

Softacus provides  a training program on the Automotive Compliance Process which is released with the IBM Engineering Lifecycle Management Solution. 


The history is an important part of the requirements management tool and the purpose of this article is to explain functions and capabilities of DOORS Next for history maintenance.

The Challenges to Managing History in DOORS Next Generation

On the very basic level history of requirements management items in DOORS Next is organized on artifacts level and is presented as revisions and audit history. This information is accessible for artifacts via ‘Open history’ action in the menu. The first tab you see when you open history is ‘Revisions’, it is splitted on ‘Today’, ‘Yesterday’, ‘Past week’, ‘Past month’ and ‘Earlier’ sections which include different versions of an artifact and baselines of project area or component. When you switch to ‘Audit history’ tab you see only versions of a current artifact with explanation of actions performed on it and changes which were created with information on date and time and author of it. Revisions can be restored to the current state (except revisions which were created with linking operations).

Another source of history of an artifact are system attributes which preserve information on date and time of creation and modification of an artifact and a user who created and modified an artifact. These attributes are updated by the application on creation of an artifact (Created On for date and time of creation and Created By for username) and Modified On and Modified by for the latest modification. Additionally, if you use ReqIF import to add artifacts, attributes with prefix ‘Foreign’ will show you related information from the source.

Of course, a revision list and attributes of a single artifact is not enough to manage requirements history, so versions of artifacts are aggregated to baselines. The first kind of baselines is a DOORS Next baseline, in other words it can be explained as a snapshot  which includes certain revisions of artifacts. Baselines are created to preserve some agreed state of requirements. 

When we are talking about artifacts revisions It is meaningful to mention that module artifacts revisions are specific - they are created when module structure is changed (set and / or order of included artifacts) or attributes of module itself. So when you edit an artifact in module context without changing position of this artifact in module - you do not create new revision of module automatically. To capture the state of a module you need to create a DOORS Next baseline.

DOORS Next with configuration management capabilities has more options to manage history of requirements. First of all  - streams, which allow you to have parallel timelines for different variants of requirements.  All requirements in DOORS Next have their initial stream, which is the default timeline for requirements changes. DOORS Next has an option to create a parallel timeline using additional streams, which is mostly used to manage variants of requirements.In this case usually some existing version of requirements is used as an initial state for a new stream. And changes of artifacts in a new stream will not affect the initial stream - revisions of artifacts created in a new stream are visible only in this stream unless the user initiates synchronization. During synchronization the user has options with merging approaches, and one of them is using changesets, which is explained below.

Changesets are another kind of data set in DOORS Next which can be observed in the audit history. There are two types of changesets - user created changeset (name of changeset in this case is specified by user) and internal changeset, which is a reference for changes in the audit history. Internal changesets can be found in the audit history and can be also used as an option to deliver changes across streams. Created by user changesets aggregate small changesets automatically created by DOORS Next, which can be found in audit history and in the merging menu when you deliver changes from one stream to another. Both types of changesets can be found on stream’s page, and if a stream is allowed to be edited only via changesets - it means, users are forced to create a changeset to edit requirements in a stream - a list of changesets of a stream gives you a good representation of history for a stream.

Another functionality to manage history is Global Configuration baseline. When you enable DOORS Next project area for configuration management, links between requirements in different components are created via Global Configuration stream - you need to switch to Global Configuration context to create a link across DOORS Next components and also to see such links. As each component is baselined independently in DOORS Next, in order to preserve cross-component linkage state you need to create a Global Configuration baseline. When you perform this action, baselines are created on each component level automatically and included to a Global Configuration baseline. Switching to this baseline in the future will show you the exact state of linking at the moment of global baseline creation - proper links between proper revisions of artifacts. 

Specialized solutions, Approaches, Tips

  • As mentioned above, baselines are created on component level (or project area level if project area is not enabled for configuration management). When number of baselines grows, some maintenance of baselines is required - to shorten the list of baselines, some of them need to be archived
  • To help users with navigation in list of baselines we provide special widget, which filters from the flat baseline list those baselines which were created in a certain module context

FMEA Widgets extensions are designed and developed to calculate the value(s) of the resulting attribute based on input from the other predefined attributes and their values and to display the resulting risk in FMEA Table or even directly in the ERM Module View

Feb 10, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (PT)

An Introduction to DOORS Next - IBM DOORS Next 101

IBM DOORS Next is a requirements management tool that provides a smarter way to capture, track, analyze, and manage changes to requirements while maintaining compliance with regulations and standards. In this presentation and demonstration, we will introduce you to this web-based collaborative tool that helps project teams work more effectively across disciplines, time zones, and supply chains. Leveraging many of the key concepts and capabilities of IBM DOORS 9. x, it addresses many needs of a variety of users focused on requirements while being tightly integrated with other tools to support the entire lifecycle.

IBM Engineering Lifecycle Management (ELM) is the leading platform for today’s complex product and software development. ELM extends the functionality of standard ALM tools, providing an integrated, end-to-end solution that offers full transparency and traceability across all engineering data. From requirements through testing and deployment, ELM optimizes collaboration and communication across all stakeholders, improving decision-making, productivity, and overall product quality.

Nick Manatos of ENA Focus
Jim Marsh of IBM
Marsha Knudsen of IBM



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Option 1:  Project Area or Component Template

How to:

  1. In the current project go to Project or Component Properties > Templates
  2. Create New
  3. Click on data which you want to copy (if you click on Artifact then all artifact will be part of the template
  4. Create a new project area or component and use a template for creation (template must be downloaded and uploaded if you are porting to a new server)


  • Works also for porting to a new server
  • Links between artifacts are kept
  • project area properties are automatically saved
  • Are links within the project area/component are kept
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