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Cradle

Requirements management solution for engineering projects

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Cradle Pricing, Features, Reviews and Alternatives

Cradle product overview

Price starts from

$

399

Per Feature

What is Cradle?

Cradle is a requirements management solution designed to help businesses create, inter-link, and publish information across all stages of engineering projects. The solution enables administrators to create documents with user-defined layouts or templates, as well as track bugs, defects, and issues in the system, minimizing cyber threats.

Typical customers

Freelancers
Small businesses
Mid size businesses
Large enterprises

Platforms supported

Web
Android
iPhone/iPad

Support options

24/7 (Live rep)
FAQs/Forum
Email/Help Desk
Chat
Phone Support

Training options

In Person
Documentation
Webinars

Cradle pricing information

Value for money

4.4

/5

29

Price starts from

$

399

Per Feature

Pricing options

Free plan
Subscription
Free trial
Pricing range

Value for money contenders

Cradle features

Functionality

4.5

/5

29
Total Features25 1 categories

Most valued features by users

Task Management
Collaboration Tools
Projections
Prioritization
Reporting/Analytics
API
Third Party Integrations
Reporting & Statistics

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Cradle users reviews

Overall rating

4.5

/5

29

Positive reviews

90%

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Rating breakdown
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8.86/10
Rating distribution

5

4

3

2

1

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10

3

0

0

Pros
I see the productivity gains from replacing multiple tools with one very flexible and powerful tool. Support has been outstanding and I have nothing but high praise.

DR

Derek R.

Outstanding linkage and traceability features, nested views is a very powerful and simple method to carry out detailed traces.

SW

Stephen W.

The user interface is very accommodating and easy to use. Capability to collaborate with other tools very helpful and a top requirement when choosing the right tool.

Sarah K.

Cons
When making changes in requirements it is difficult to track other objects in the project they are concerned with.

Dmiriy M.

Actually I'm missing privileges to restrict link management (especially deleting a link).

FS

Frank S.

When developing a large volume of requirements (a large project), it is very difficult to track their interrelation.

Dmiriy M.

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Customers In Mind

Reviewed 3 years ago

I’m extremely impressed with the tool. I even enjoy having the capability to work in a sandbox area for practice. Training to excellent!

Pros

The developers kept the customer in mind when creating the tool. The user interface is very accommodating and easy to use. Capability to collaborate with other tools very helpful and a top requirement when choosing the right tool. The customer service is excellent! Always available and willing to work with the customer to the needs.

Cons

I have not run into any cons. I’m impressed with the tool.

Vendor response

Dear Ms Koctar Thank you very much for your very kind remarks about Cradle and particularly our support team! We are delighted that you have been pleased with Cradle over your years of using it and hope that when you need a RM / SE / MBSE / ALM tool, that you will once again rely on Cradle and 3SL! With best wishes Mark

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Usage and Administration of CRADLE

Reviewed 3 years ago

I think its a perfect tool to implement a process for requirements engineering at least to the level we are using it. (We don't do any modelling os far, also no systems engineering.)

Pros

It covers almost every task you may encounter during requirements management process. If you get used to the interface it is very flexible and can easily be adopted to specific needs. The text format of the Cradle export files allows a lot of additional (specific) data processing.

Cons

Actually I'm missing privileges to restrict link management (especially deleting a link). For people typically working with Microsoft Office application, the usage of CRADLE requires a change in mindset (but this may also be a 'Pros'). The upgrade process is really challenging for our IT. The direct connection of server and client version leads to a 1-day shutdown of CRADLE and parallel distributing of the clients to a lot of computers. The Document Publisher is really hard to use. Template definition requires a lot of effert and experiments until it is running. The publishing process is too time consuming.

Vendor response

Dear Mr Schindhelm Thank you for your review of Cradle and your kind remarks! We can help you with automated distribution and installation of Cradle clients. You can limit the ability to delete links in thr user-defined link rules - please contact me for details. I agree that configuring templates to publish documents can be complicated. I know that you have some exceptionally complex documents to produce - which is why we built some templates for you! You are welcome to add some MBSE to you Cradle system at any time - please contact me for details! With best wishes Mark Walker 3SL

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Cradle Life

Reviewed 3 years ago

I have been working with Cradle for the past 12 years and have not found a SE tool with Cradles functionality. Other tools do not allow you to follow the complete System Engineering Process from Modeling all the way to retirement.

Pros

Modeling, Requirement Management, Click and Drag objects. Can support almost any SE task. Full SE life-cycle support capabilities.

Cons

Performance, Web Access, Older looking, Proprietary Database, Difficult to integrate with other systems. Sometimes that amount of functionality makes it hard to remember how to use the system unless you are in it every day.

Vendor response

Dear Mr Wieckowski Thank you for your kind remarks about Cradle. As a long-time user of Cradle, we apprecaite your remarks and your suggestions for improvements. We hope that you will find that our next release in a few months' time will answer these suggestions! We all forget some of Cradle's features from time to time - there are so many of them! Please consider searching the product's on-line help, contacting our support team, or browse our blog at: https://www.threesl.com/blog/ With best wishes Mark Walker 3SL

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Requirements Engineering Software - could not manage without it

Reviewed 3 years ago

From the initial engagement with the staff at 3SL through implementation and support we have been well supported. The few gaps we found for our particular use of have been filled as an enhancement, initially for us, but then will become part of the core product. A very responsive organisation. The flexibility of its metamodel (Schema) has allowed us to extend our use well beyond traditional Requirements Engineering. Where will Cradle take us next?

Pros

Designed to manage engineering and operational requirements first. Will handle software requirements as well, but I like the fact that it uses terms recognised by civil, mechanical, electrical, marine, aerospace, automotive, nuclear engineers. Second important plus point is its graphical capability. To be able to show how a requirement links to a process or an organisation brings the whole subject of RE to life making it so much simpler to ensure users can record all their requirements and that they can verify that they have been met.

Cons

The user interface is very traditional and is ready for a facelift. It works well for requirements engineers but is not as intuitive as would be needed for infrequent access and use by business users.

Vendor response

Dear Sir / Madam Thank you for your kind remarks about Cradle and, in particular, our support team! These are very much appreciated. We are delighted that Cradle is delivering real benefits to you and that our enhancements have filled the gaps in Cradle's functionality! If you have a favourite style of UI - let us know! With best wishes Mark Walker 3SL

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Excellent Requirements Management Tool

Reviewed 3 years ago

I have been very impressed with Cradle, import and export of data is more robust and much more deterministic over my previous RM tool. The ability to perform analysis from source requirements through to verification steps and make edits in the same view is very powerful. The further my project has developed the value of Cradle has become very apparent, even for small projects where a spreadsheet in the past may have been used, we will use Cradle.

Pros

The software is highly flexible and once you understand how to setup the items you can use the tool for many aspects of a project at various stages of the project life-cycle. Outstanding linkage and traceability features, nested views is a very powerful and simple method to carry out detailed traces. Great Customer support.

Cons

Being a flexible tool it can take a bit of time to get used to particularly in you have come from other RM tools that work in a particular way. I recommend getting training on the tool if you need to get going on a project straight away. Once you understand the basic principles it becomes easy to use. Some elements of the user interface could do with improvement especially around the layout of forms but this is only minor and does not impact of the capability of the Cradle.

Vendor response

Dear Mr Walton Thank you for your review of Cradle and for your encouraging remarks about using Cradle and extending its use across your process. I am particularly pleased that you have been able to load your data easily and see real benefits from using Cradle's traceability, unique indirect (transitive) cross referencing and nested tables! As ever, please do not hesitate to contact 3SL and our local partner at any time - we are always ready to help! With best wishes Mark

Cradle FAQs and common questions

Cradle has the following pricing plans:
Starting from: $399.00
Pricing model: One Time License
Free Trial: Available


Cradle has the following typical customers:
Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Small Business


Cradle supports the following languages:
English


Yes, Cradle has an API available for use.


Cradle integrates with the following applications:
Microsoft Word


Cradle offers the following support options:
24/7 (Live rep), FAQs/Forum, Email/Help Desk, Chat, Phone Support

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