If you regularly exchange requirements with partners, Axiom may be the solution you have been looking for. It is designed to support the HIS-Process, a recommendation for requirements exchange between two partners.

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How it Works – Step By Step

The manufacturer is ready to send the requirements to the supplier for comments. As the supplier is using formalmind Studio, they can define an export as ReqIF. This typically includes (but is not limited to) status and comment fields. The data can be sent to the supplier by any means: email, secure portal, etc. The supplier can then import the data with Axiom or any other tool of their choice. When they are ready with their changes, they can create an export of the affected requirements. These go back to the manufacturer. The supplier uses Axiom to process the data. They can selectively chose the attributes to be imported and whether the requirements structure should be updated as well. A number of use cases can be implemented with Axiom.

The Problem: Requirements are the central communication tool for collaboration across company borders.  Until recently, this was only possible by converting the requirements into a common format, e.g. PDF or Excel.  This resulted in a significant loss of information (no traceability, formatting, etc.)  Merging information back was error prone and time intensive. There were expensive proprietary solutions that required all parties to use the same tools.

The Challenge: The ReqIF Standard was created to allow for a lossless, open exchange of requirements by creating a standardized data format.  This has been realized now, and many commercial tools, including Rational® DOORS® or PTC Integrity® support the standard.  But these are expensive tools that are overkill for small and medium sized companies.

Solution: With the open source Eclipse Requirements Modeling Framework, Formal Mind has been helping to make ReqIF-based tools available as widely as possible.  The result is the free formalmind Studio, a ReqIF editor that allows you to inspect and edit ReqIF data.  But this is not enough to collaborate, which requires intelligent merging and updating of data.

Results: We are proud to introduce Axiom, a new component for formalmind Studio.  It allows you to perform selective exports of your requirements data, and the subsequent selective merging and updating.  As the data is exchanged in ReqIF, interoperability with any tool that supports ReqIF is given.

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