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February 28, 2014

Rational Software Architect Design Manager &
Rational Rhapsody Design Manager

Analysis · Design change management · Lifecycle traceability

Good designs. Better outcomes.

Use the Design Management capabilities to architect, design, and develop software and systems in an iterative and collaborative way. Share designs, stay current with others, and understand downstream impacts of design changes.

Two options: Rational Rhapsody Design Manager for systems and embedded software engineers, or Rational Software Architect Design Manager for most software designers. Features >

Looking for lifecycle management?

Rational Rhapsody Design Manager is part of the Rational Solution for Systems and Software Engineering and Rational Software Architect Design Manager extends the Rational Solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management.

What's new in 4.0.6

See New & Noteworthy in the Downloads section for the latest on new features and enhancements.

Features and capabilities

Design in context

Work seamlessly with analysts, developers, and testers using RRC, RTC, RQM, and DOORS. Make designs first class artifacts in your lifecycle projects.


Invite users and other experts to collaborate on your designs. Use threaded comments, design mark-up, and automated design reviews. Sketch out ideas before turning them into designs.

Traceability and impact analysis

Link designs to requirements, test artifacts, work items, and other designs. Visualize relationships within a design and with other lifecycle resources. Know the impact of a design change.

Manage change

Collaborate with your team on changes to the same designs without conflicts.

Publish design documents

Generate customized design documents from a template or create living design documents as part of your project.

Designs at your finger tips

Quickly search across designs to learn from past projects and find reusable design components.