HTii to discuss DOORS data migration experience at IBM Las Vegas conference

Feb 22, 2016, 09:20 ET from HTii

LEXINGTON PARK, Md., Feb. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Defense contractor HTii will discuss its corporate experience migrating data between IBM's widely used DOORS requirements-management applications at the 2016 InterConnect conference February 25 in Las Vegas.

DOORS applications are used in many industries - from software to medicine to military aircraft - to manage the evolution of requirements for new products during their often years-long development process.

HTii's lessons-learned will help users avoid errors when preparing data for migration from IBM's legacy DOORS 9 to the new DOORS Next Generation (NG) in the Jazz lifecycle management suite, according to Andrew Ridenour, HTii program manager for the Navy's unmanned carrier-launched aircraft.

"There are a lot of 'gotchas' when configuring data for a migration," he said. "We want to show people how they can be avoided."

The HTii presentation will include a detailed examination of the Requirements Interchange Format (ReqIF) file created by DOORS for data migration. The ReqIF file provides a template for selecting and configuring the data to be migrated.  

"We'll delve into ReqIF's inner workings and present some customized scripts and solutions we've developed to make the job easier," Ridenour said.

Many DOORS 9 users have had to migrate their requirements data to DOORS NG to take advantage of the seamless integration Jazz provides with applications for scheduling, enterprise architecture, change management and other functions in its product suite. Since Jazz is web-based, it also allows real-time collaboration among team members on projects regardless of location.

"The problem is, a DOORS 9 database can be massive," Ridenour said, "terabytes of data in many cases."

With that much data the migration may churn for days before any indication of failure shows up, he said. "It's a big risk for teams on a tight schedule."

Making the problem far worse are the many potential pitfalls in configuring data before migration can take place. If it's not done exactly right, the migration will fail.

"Most migration problems originate in bad practices in the initial database setup," Ridenour said. "So we've developed ways to correct them."

Besides the unmanned carrier-launched aircraft program, HTii provides DOORS and data management services to several other Navy programs and aircraft test squadrons.

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