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General questions about in-STEP BLUE
Which edition is the right one for me?
All in-STEP BLUE editions offer a wide range of features and benefits such as a central multiple-user product library, powerful rights and role management, document templates, version management, integrated time recording, states for activities and products and seamless MS Office integration. In addition to this, the individual editions include specific features for project planning and management. The in-STEP BLUE V-Modell XT Edition supports a V-Modell XT-compliant approach by featuring, among other things, a tailoring wizard, a project planning wizard and a QA wizard. The in-STEP BLUE Spice for Automotive Edition also includes the wizards, whereas the in-STEP BLUE Scrum Edition does not require tailoring but includes a task board, story cards and burn-down charts. The in-STEP BLUE PRINCE2 Edition features a project wizard which differentiates between management and technical phases. You can find an overview of all business processes and models supported by in-STEP BLUE here.
Our consultants will be happy to work with you to create the perfect process template that is exactly tailored to the requirements of your organization and projects.
What are the system requirements for in-STEP BLUE?
in-STEP BLUE is based on a client-server architecture. Both client and server have specific software and hardware requirements which can be found here.
What interfaces does in-STEP BLUE offer?
in-STEP BLUE offers a variety of interfaces that enable you to exchange, import and export data as well as control in-STEP BLUE through other tools. In addition, in-STEP BLUE offers a web service interface which lets you connect even more applications. An overview of interfaces and applications can be found here.
How much is in-STEP BLUE?
in-STEP BLUE is a client-server tool. All project data is managed centrally by the in-STE BLUE server which is part of your LAN. in-STEP BLUE requires at least one client-access license and one server license. in-STEP BLUE is available in different editions each of which comes with a specific project template and features for the planning and execution of projects based on the respective template. Detailed pricing information can be found here.
Do I need specific in-STEP BLUE training?
in-STEP BLUE is easy to use and training is not required, but we do offer trainings that help you get started more quickly with in-STEP BLUE. The existing documentation on how to administrate and configure in-STEP BLUE as well as on processes and methods are a solid basis for your project work. A little help from our experts may let you reach your goals quicker, though. And allow you to make full use of in-STEP BLUE. We will be happy to discuss your individual training with you to ensure that it supports your specific requirements and offers the help you need. Find more information on in-STEP BLUE trainings here.
What is a maintenance agreement?
We recommend a separate maintenance agreement to all users of in-STEP BLUE. A maintenance agreement includes individual support from installation to operation. Usually we release two new versions of in-STEP BLUE per year which are also included in the agreement. In addition, the maintenance agreement enables you to have a direct impact on the development of our products based on your requirements. For more information on the maintenance agreements available simply request a call-back.
Can I purchase additional licenses later?
It is possible at any time to purchase additional licenses. Depending on the number of client licenses you may be required to update your server license for an update fee.
Who typically uses in-STEP BLUE?
in-STEP BLUE is being used in a variety of scenarios, from single users to companies with just one license to teams of 10 to entire departments. Our customers come from industry sectors such as aviation, railway industry, automotive, medical technology, IT or embedded systems. To learn more about our customers and how they use in-STEP BLUE in their projects, click here.
More questions about in-STEP BLUE
Is there a feature list for in-STEP BLUE?
No. in.STEP BLUE was released in 1997 and is continually developed further. Our extensive documentation provides an overview of all its features, but there is no general feature list. To find out more about the possibilities and benefits in-STEP BLUE offers, take a look on our dedicated pages on project planning, requirements management, change management, multi-project management, resource management etc.
Can I use in-STEP BLUE for multiple business models?
Yes. For example, you could define specific project types and for each type define a specific approach, one business process for each project.
Where can I find manuals and other help on in-STEP BLUE?
After you have installed in-STEP BLUE various help documents will be available from within the tool, e.g. manuals, how-tos and “first steps”. You can also find a variety of documents in our Download Center, e.g. customizing manuals, whitepapers etc.
Where can I find in-STEP BLUE changelogs?
The changelogs for in-STEP BLUE can be found on our support page.
Can I use in-STEP BLUE solely for requirements management?
in-STEP BLUE offers support for a variety of areas and disciplines. When used as project management software you can plan and manage projects, resources and work packages, create documents, generate reports etc. Of course in-STEP BLUE features a vast range of functions for managing requirements, change requests, test cases, risks etc. Many of our customers do indeed use in-STEP BLUE only for their requirements management, or for areas such as document management, test management etc. An overview of the areas supported by in-STEP BLUE can be found here.