Cradle

Requirements management solution for engineering projects

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Cradle Overview

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.

Cradle allows businesses to define architectural models, design constraints, and utilize checklists to track task completion. Managers can store critical files in a centralized database and define policies to enforce role-based permissions across teams. Users can also import data to the platform via spreadsheets, document parsing, or manual entries, in addition to collaborating with team members on projects.

Cradle enables enterprises to maintain audit logs and receive alerts and notifications for projects. It allows users to reorganize the hierarchy of items such as requirements, user stories, or files using a drag-and-drop interface. Businesses can also generate reports with usage metrics, documents, and key performance indicators (KPIs).

Cradle Overview

Pricing

Starting from
US$399,00

Pricing options

Free Trial
One Time License
Value for money

Cradle is available as a cloud-based and on-premise solution with pricing as follows:

On-premise:
• Cradle-RM Desktop: $399
• Cradle-RM Pro: $479
• Cradle-SE Desktop: $559
• Cradle-SE Pro: $639

Contact 3SL for SaaS pricing details.


Cradle Features

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
United States, Canada, Australia, China, Japan and 3 others, Germany, Brazil, Mexico
Supported Languages
English

Media

Cradle workbench
Cradle user-defined user interface (UI)
Cradle built-in MBS
Cradle video Cradle screenshot: Cradle workbench Cradle screenshot: Cradle user-defined user interface (UI) Cradle screenshot: Cradle built-in MBS

Cradle Reviews

Cradle Reviews

Overall rating
4,4
/
5
Excellent
16

Very good
10

Average
3

Poor
0

Terrible
0

Value for Money
4,4
Features
4,5
Ease of Use
3,8
Customer Support
4,9
90% recommended this app
Sarah K.

Customers In Mind

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


Frank S.

Usage and Administration of CRADLE

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.)


Thomas W.

Cradle Life

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.


Verified Reviewer

Requirements Engineering Software - could not manage without it

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?


Stephen W.

Excellent Requirements Management Tool

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.


Sarah K.
Industry: Aviation & Aerospace
Company size: 51-200 Employees

Customers In Mind

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/08/30
Review Source: Capterra

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.

Response from 3SL

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

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Frank S.
Industry: Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing
Company size: 201-500 Employees

Usage and Administration of CRADLE

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/08/30
Review Source: Capterra

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.

Response from 3SL

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

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 8.0/10

Thomas W.
Industry: Entertainment
Company size: 10 000+ Employees

Cradle Life

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/08/29
Review Source: Capterra

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.

Response from 3SL

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

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 8.0/10

Verified Reviewer
Industry: Hospital & Health Care
Company size: 5 001-10 000 Employees

Requirements Engineering Software - could not manage without it

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2018/08/30
Review Source: Capterra

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.

Response from 3SL

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

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Stephen W.
Industry: Design
Company size: 11-50 Employees

Excellent Requirements Management Tool

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 2018/08/31
Review Source: Capterra

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.

Response from 3SL

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

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

User recommendation
8,9/10
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Cradle Pricing

Cradle Pricing

Starting from
US$399,00
Free Trial
One Time License
Value for money

Cradle is available as a cloud-based and on-premise solution with pricing as follows:

On-premise:
• Cradle-RM Desktop: $399
• Cradle-RM Pro: $479
• Cradle-SE Desktop: $559
• Cradle-SE Pro: $639

Contact 3SL for SaaS pricing details.

Cradle is available as a cloud-based and on-premise solution with pricing as follows:

On-premise:
• Cradle-RM Desktop: $399
• Cradle-RM Pro: $479
• Cradle-SE Desktop: $559
• Cradle-SE Pro: $639

Contact 3SL for SaaS pricing details.

Value for Money
4,4/5
Based on 29 user ratings
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Cradle Features

Cradle Features

API
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Automatic Notifications
Collaboration Tools
Drag & Drop Interface
Gantt Charts
Prioritizing
Progress Tracking
Project Management
Project Planning
Project Time Tracking
Project Tracking
Projections
Reporting & Statistics
Task Management
Task Planning
Task Scheduling
Task Tracking
Third Party Integration
Features
4,5/5
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Additional information for Cradle

Additional information for Cradle

Key features of Cradle

  • Change Management
  • Keywords
  • Multiple Projects
  • Reporting
  • Status Tracking
  • Task Management
  • Traceability

Cradle FAQs

Cradle FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Cradle.

Q. What type of pricing plans does Cradle offer?

Cradle offers the following pricing plans:

Starting from: US$399,00

Pricing model: One Time License

Free Trial: Available

Cradle is available as a cloud-based and on-premise solution with pricing as follows: On-premise: • Cradle-RM Desktop: $399 • Cradle-RM Pro: $479 • Cradle-SE Desktop: $559 • Cradle-SE Pro: $639 Contact 3SL for SaaS pricing details.

Q. What are the main features of Cradle?

Cradle offers the following features:

  • Change Management
  • Keywords
  • Multiple Projects
  • Reporting
  • Status Tracking
  • Task Management
  • Traceability

Q. Who are the typical users of Cradle?

Cradle has the following typical customers:

Small Business, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business

Q. What languages does Cradle support?

Cradle supports the following languages:

English

Q. What type of pricing plans does Cradle offer?

Cradle has the following pricing plans:

One Time License

Q. Does Cradle support mobile devices?

We do not have any information about what devices Cradle supports

Q. What other apps does Cradle integrate with?

Cradle integrates with the following applications:

Blissfully, Microsoft Word

Q. What level of support does Cradle offer?

Cradle offers the following support options:

Phone Support, Online Support, FAQs