Cognition Corporation Announces Cockpit Version 6.0 to Streamline the Interaction Between Requirements, Risks, Tests, Documents, Costs, and Product Structure

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Cognition Corporation is taking product development one step further by adding systems engineering functions to support real time Web 2.0 / Enterprise 2.0 collaboration by product teams. The release of Cognition Cockpit 6.0 includes significant enhancements to bring PDM/PLM functions directly into Cockpit for real time, remote, simultaneous users to see instant traces and instant updates on all project information.

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Well, on tools, I could go on and on about Cockpit vs DOORS. One should never use DOORS unless forced to.

Cognition Corporation, a worldwide leader in Web 2.0 / Enterprise 2.0 Product Development, Systems Engineering, and Requirements Management software, announced today the release of Cockpit version 6.0. Visit the Cognition Corporation site to learn more about this significant software release.

As a Cockpit lead user recently said, "Well, on tools, I could go on and on about Cockpit vs DOORS. One should never use DOORS unless forced to."

"The Cockpit tool does the requirement management part, just like DOORS does. But that is effectively all that DOORS does. Cockpit does it all in a native Web 2.0 / Enterprise 2.0 environment."

This major Cognition Cockpit release includes the following significant new functionality:

  • Bi-directional Visio Link – In version 6.0 there is a new Native Visio document type. This document allows you to incorporate a Visio diagram that links elements of the diagram directly to Cockpit objects and data attributes on those objects.
  • Sequential Group Relationships – In order to better represent a process flow, groups can now have both hierarchical and sequential relationships. This means a single group has four relationship types: Parent, Child, Successor, and Predecessor. These relationships are particularly important when connecting groups to Visio diagrams.
  • Group Types – Groups now support types similar to requirements. These types can also be configured to have hierarchical or sequential type relationships. Some of the important capabilities that are made available by group types include:

         o Ability to link to specific Visio shapes based on group type
         o Control of the group icon displayed
         o Custom user interface control such as filters and home page customization based on the type
         o Mapping into a company’s specific terminology for hierarchical and sequential data using group type names that match the company terminology

  • Inter-project Linking – With version 6.0 you can now link requirements, groups, and documents between all projects. This allows you to divide large projects into more manageable sub-projects. Each project can have its own access control and version management. The items can then be linked into other projects and any changes in the source project will be reflected in the destination.
  • Default From Data Sections – In order to make it quick to perform design trade studies, new parameter data sections can now inherit their values from another existing data section. You may have a design that has thousands of parameters but only a small number of them will change for a new design alternative. Using the new “Default From” option on a data section, you can quickly derive all the parameters for the new alternative and only the parameters that are different need to be specified.
  • Custom Data Requests – Custom data requests are a feature available in the Site customization area of the Cockpit. This new feature allows a wide range of both database queries and modifications to be created when configuring the Cockpit at your site.

As stated this week by the Cognition Cockpit Product Manager: "Cockpit also is useful for requirements development. Like what a system engineer does versus what a management bureaucrat does. Can Cockpit provide linkage to documents? Absolutely. And to about anything else you might want to link to: like System Elements, Functions, Parameters, Test Cases, Test Data, Customer Voice captures, other documents/attachments, Risks, Costs, etc. What would you like to link to?”


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