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What is Cradle?

"Environment for agile/phase processes to capture and manage requirements, model business processes, test management, configuration management and risk management."

Cradle is a multi-user environment to manage the entire lifecycle of multiple projects using user-defined sets of information and a user-defined process. It contains facilities to:

  • Capture information from external sources
  • Manage the evolution of that information
  • Provide full change tracking and automated notification of changes
  • Provide full forward traceability and backward coverage analyses
  • Manage or reference any volumes of any types of data and documents
  • Fully supports requirements management, agile processes (sprints, feature backlogs etc)
  • Fully supports MBSE, with SysML, UML, ADARTS, BPM, SASD, architecture modeling, IDEF and other modeling notations - if you want to use them
  • Any number of analysis, process, logical, architecture and design models - all linked to needs, goals, objectives, requirements, issues, defects, test plans, test procedures, test cases, test results, validations, verifications
  • Manage product requirements and variants
  • Manage product and system SBSs, PBSs in multiple configurations
  • Fully supports test management, acceptance, and governance
  • Full built-in configuration management and control system with formal reviews, baselines, version control, formal change control, audit trail and user-defined workflows
  • Publish information into any type(s) of project deliverable documents

Cradle can track every word in every version of every source document through any complexity of process into every version of every formal document published form the tool.

Cradle can integrate with other products as part of your overall toolchain.

Fully customizable and delivered through web-based or non-web UIs deployed as SaaS or in-house in your IT infrastructure.

Cradle scored 77/100 in the Agile & Other Methods category. This is based on press buzz (32/100), and other relevant information on Cradle gathered from around the web.

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Cradle Product Overview

  • User-defined data model (item types and cross-references)

  • Full requirements management support

  • MBSE support with analysis, logical, architecture and design models

  • Parse and load multiple versions of multiple source documents

  • Track all changes to items through user-defined workflows

  • Built-in configuration management with reviews, baselines, version control and formal change control

  • User-defined data entry forms, tailored by user role and types

  • User-defined data views, tables, trees, nested tables, pivot tables, matrices, graphs and graphical traceability

  • Traceability and coverage analysis with UNIQUE indirect (transitive) traceability

  • Publish to user-defined documents, including full tracking of all versions of all formal documents published

Languages: English, Welsh, German, French, Dutch, Russian, Korean, Chinese

Cradle Features

  • 2-Factor Authentication
  • API
  • Batch Permissions & Access
  • Budgeting
  • Calendar Management
  • Chat
  • Customer Management
  • Dashboard
  • Data Export
  • Data Import
  • Data Visualization
  • Document Comparison
  • Email Integration
  • External Integrations
  • File Sharing
  • File Transfer
  • Forecasting
  • Gantt Charts
  • Google Apps Integration
  • History/Version Control
  • Multi-User
  • Notifications
  • Password & Access Management
  • Project Management
  • Scheduling
  • Task Scheduling/Tracking
  • Bug Tracking
  • Mobile App
  • Process Modeling
  • Form Builder
  • Process Reporting
  • Workflow Management
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Cradle Pricing Plans


  • Full featured 14-day product evaluation - direct from our website:

Proof of Concept

  • Full featured 1-2 month product evaluation - arranged with 3SL, contact: [email protected]

Cradle-RM Desktop

  • Cradle-RM Desktop - permanent licence - full featured requirements management - single user

Cradle-RM Pro

  • Cradle-RM Pro - permanent licence - full featured requirements management with document publishing - single user

Cradle-SE Desktop

  • Cradle-SE Desktop - permanent licence - full featured requirements management, systems engineering
  • Includes modelling / MBSE - including SysML, UML, eFFBD, SASD, ADARTS, architecture, IDEF
  • Single-user

Cradle-SE Pro

  • Cradle-SE Pro - permanent licence - full featured requirements management, systems engineering -
  • Includes modelling / MBSE - including SysML, UML, eFFBD, SASD, ADARTS, architecture, IDEF
  • Includes document publishing
  • Single user


Once-only, plus annual maintenance
  • Cradle Enterprise - requirements management, ALM, systems engineering
  • Full featured requirements management
  • Analysis / enterprise architecture / system architecture / design modelling
  • Full MBSE - including SysML, UML, eFFBD, SASD, ADARTS, architecture, IDEF
  • Docuemnt publishing
  • Metrics and dashboards
  • Integrated configuration management
  • User-defined access controls
  • User-defined information workflows
  • Collaboration facilities, incuding e-mail alerts
  • Multi-user
  • In-house or SaaS

Plans starting from: $30.00/month Credit card required: No

Cradle FAQs

What platforms does Cradle support?

  • Windows 7 (SP1, 32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Windows 8.1 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Windows 10 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (SP1, 32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2012 (64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 (64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2016 (64-bit)
  • Microsoft Office:
    • 2007 (SP3, 32-bit)
    • 2010 (SP2, 32-bit and 64-bit)
    • 2013 (SP1, 32-bit and 64-bit)
    • 2016 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Linux, any variant with kernel version >= 2.6.32 (includes CentOS, RHEL, Ubuntu, SuSE, Debian)

Web UIs are zero-thickness clients, support all current browsers (IE, Edge, Chrome, Firefox, Safari)

Does Cradle offer an API?

Yes, for Windows and Linux.

Is fully-featured, meaning that it provides full access to all database information and operations, to the same extent as 3SL-supplied tools.

Does Cradle offer multi-user capability (e.g. teams)?

Yes, up to 8,192 concurrent users.

Unlike most tools, Cradle applies locking to individual items in the database, each lock allowing 1 RW access with N simultaneous RO accesses.

Does Cradle offer guides, tutorials and or customer support?

  • Yes tutorials are provided with Cradle
  • Yes, online guides and a searchable + indexes help system is included with Cradle
  • Customer support is provided from support teams worldwide

What is Cradle generally used for?

  • Application lifecycle management
  • Requirements management
  • Business process modelling
  • Enterprise architecture
  • Product engineering
  • System and subsystem design
  • Systems engineering
  • Test management
  • Configuration management
  • Contract management
  • Supplier management
  • Acceptance management
  • RIsk management
  • Governance

Who are the main user groups of Cradle?

  • Business analysts
  • Enterprise architects
  • Process modellers
  • Product engineers
  • Requirements engineers
  • Software engineers
  • Systems engineers
  • Test engineers

What are some applications Cradle is commonly used in tandem with?

  • Desktop applications
  • Software development tools
  • CAD/CAE/PLM tools

Does Cradle integrate with any other apps?

  • MS Office
  • Open Office/LibreOffice
  • Collaboration tools
  • PLM tools

Details discussed on request

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