Requirements Management has been established to ensure seamless specifications along the product creation process. In order to manage complex specification processes and requirements dependencies companies introduced requirements management systems. As only vendor specific requirements exchange formats and methods exist so far, a proper requirements exchange between partners using different tools was not supported.
In order to address this issue, the project group "Simulation and Tools" of the HIS
(Hersteller Initiative Software) specified the generic „Requirement Interchange Format (RIF)“.
In summer 2008 the prostep ivip association initiated the project group IntRIF in order to increase the acceptance and application of RIF by transferring the recommendation into an international standard. With the successful standardization in April 2011 OMG ReqIF 1.0.1 has been published as the official successor of RIF.
The goal of the ReqIF implementor forum is to ensure interoperability between different ReqIF-based implementations. Therefore the ReqIF-IF works very tight together with the newly established ReqIF Workflow Forum.
In order to provide feedback to the evolution of ReqIF based on the lessons learned in the implementor forum, some of the project partners are also part of the OMG ReqIF Revision Task Force.
Michael Kraus, BMW
Asaro Systems Limited
:em engineering methods AG
IBM United Kingdom Limited
Individual Standard IVS
Siemens Industry Software GmbH & Co. KG
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