Thursday, August 10, 2006

Optimal Trace: Analysis or Design Tool?

I got the following email today, about the Optimal Trace product for Compuware. It is marketed as a requirements tool, but it looks more like an external design tool. Has anyone used this tool?

Hello David,
The Optimal Trace (formerly SteelTrace) product primarily covers the front end of the application lifecycle, that is the activities concerned with gathering, documenting and managing the correct and appropriate business and technical requirements in a structured fashion. It forms the foundation for the downstream activities of design development and testing. Therefore Optimal Trace is primarily used in analysis and then forms the bedrock of the 'contract' by which design, development & testing is conducted. Other of the Compuware family of products such as OptimalJ, DevPartner, QACenter etc. support these other phases of the lifecycle. I've attached an information sheet from the Optimal Trace website at for your reference. It should help you understand the value offered.
You can get other downloads at: TRIALS. You may download Optimal Trace and receive a 15-day trial license at RECORDED WEBEXs.
You can get a real good feel for Optimal Trace by viewing recorded product WebExs at I will follow-up with you within a few days, but do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions or need clarification.

Java Development and Performance Management Inside Sales Representative
Compuware Corporation

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