Arena

Arena

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4.3 out of 5 stars

Arena Solutions helps innovative electronic high tech and medical device companies create products that change the world. The Arena product realization platform unifies PLM, QMS, and ALM, allowing every participant throughout the product design and manufacturing process to work together. With Arena, teams accelerate product development and delivery to increase profits. For more information, visit ArenaSolutions.com.

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Arena review by <span>Dennis K.</span>
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Rigid But Powerful

What do you like best?

Arena's ability to track and record item data, provide access to suppliers, and release changes in a structured manor are its strengths. Items in Arena are separated between internal and external [supplier] items and provides a platform to set up complex relationships between the two sets - this along with the ability to control files/attributes for each item type separately creates a powerful way to control procurement and build to order specifications. Setting up partner access is quick and access parameters are straight forward. The change record features are sufficient and if processes can support supplier feedback in Arena, tracking implementation discussions and status of change records are available. The floor to implement Arena PLM is very low so long as the standard workflows align with company processes. The nature of Arena being a cloud based application makes accessibility its greatest feature. Item data is available anywhere in the world and complex supply chains are unified on one unified platform.

What do you dislike?

Process workflows and power user tools are somewhat rigid. Complex revision policies, proper product development tracking, and mass item update tools could all use improvement. Item revision policies force the latest revision to be the effective revision universally - in this model there is no control over the effectivity of incremental updates to BOM items. There are ways to get around this issue, but it leads to unnecessary complexity which is something a small business can't afford. Other PLM products offer linked/mirrored developmental and production workspaces, Arena does not have this feature. There is no straight forward way to track the incremental development stages for items that have already been released to a production lifecycle phase. For a small business in a constant state of growth and change - mass updates of item attributes is unfortunately a common place thing. Arena is constantly improving, but mass changes are largely still an incredibly manual process.

Recommendations to others considering the product

For a platform with such a easy set up, Arena is quite powerful. To get the most out of the platform, however, it would need someone familiar with the its limitations to properly set up the categories and item attribute fields to get the most out Arena from the start.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Arena provides a baseline and straight forward source of record. Despite some shortcomings that can often lead to confusion, processes can be created around the Arena platform that align worldwide suppliers together to build complex products.

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Arena review by <span>Kerry H.</span>
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Arena PLM Review

What do you like best?

Ease of implementation and product support. Once implemented the software is very good and easy to use. Of all of the various softwares that our company uses, Arena is at the top of the list.

What do you dislike?

Almost nothing. I would have to give a lot of thought into how the software could be improved.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I have recommend Arena to many others. It is a very well thought out product.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I was brought onboard to help our company move from being a product development company into the OEM phase. We needed to get BOM control in place and inventory control in place. Arena helped us do just that and interfaced with our ERP system to solve the inventory control problem. As the person responsible for setting up our systems and IT, the choice to go with Arena was one of my best decisions.

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Arena review by <span>Penny D.</span>
Penny D.
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Arena is a perfect one stop shop solution for start up to medium size medical device companies.

What do you like best?

First and foremost, I love Arena’s cloud base platform, which reduces cost by eliminating hardware and extra resources. It is easy to learn, easy to use and easy on the eyes - very GUI oriented. What you see is what you get - Arena's worlds make it extremely easy for a user to go from Item to Supplier to Quality process to Training.

What do you dislike?

Arena could improve on the Quality templates. It would help if we could move fields around in a template, like we would be able to in Adobe forms or Word.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The most cost friendly PLM/QMS solution in the market. Arena gives you more bang for the buck!!!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Working at start-up companies taught me to be creative with my time and resources because we tend to wear many different hats as we create and shape the company's processes and standard operating procedures. Arena has given us the ability to be extremely efficient with our time and the lack of resources. The biggest benefit is the fact that wherever I go, as long as I have my surface or my smart phone, I can be 'in the office' working on ECOs, or creating new templates, following up on implementation actions, uploading files, creating items or creating BOMs... and, wherever my approvers are, if needed, they can approve on the fly as long as there is internet connection and their smart phone or laptop.

Arena review by Administrator
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Sr. Document Control

What do you like best?

Arena PLM System is user friendly, very easy to use and very straight forward. I've been using this system for the last 15 years and it been wonderful, I'm a very heavy user on a daily basic and Arena seems to really help make my job so much easier to manage all the BOM's/ECO/Items and so on. I would highly recommend Arena to all new start up company, easy to use and very affordable.

What do you dislike?

Just like any other PLM systems, there are always room to improve over time and Arena seems to have lots of new released and new feature that they do add to their new released it

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Manage a lots of changes that Engineer make on a daily basic it's very hard to keep track of but with Arena system it's very automated and it does keep track of all history and traceable of all changes.

Arena review by <span>Anthony P.</span>
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Needs Robust Supplier Permissions Transfer

What do you like best?

All the page layouts are clean and organized. Hierarchy view is responsive

What do you dislike?

When a supplier user leaves, there's no easy process transfer visibility of changes to the new user.

Search is time consuming, and defaults to searching on single field instead of searching broadly and allowing user to filter.

Requiring entering password for every approval seems overboard.

Email notifications seem to be an all or nothing, instead of only notifying when an action is needed. And the emails are cluttered

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Controlling the Bill of Materials and Engineering Change Orders and communicating them to suppliers. It has been a big improvement over email.

Arena review by <span>Bill S.</span>
Bill S.
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Using Arena PLM in startup transition from pre-revenue to production

What do you like best?

1. Product and quality management that helps us scale a global supply chain.

2. Analytics provided integrated analysis of product development activities prior to establishing a production baseline; the change analysis feature was critical during the NPI phase.

3. Configuration management process metrics.

4. Initial implementation of Arena Project shows promise due to its seamless integration with item/change management and associated workflows.

What do you dislike?

1. Entering password on every approval seems a bit much and cumbersome from a user perspective.

2. More integration with ERP and Salesforce needed.

3. Continued improvement in reporting is needed.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Arena PLM has helped Kymeta make the successful transition from the lab to commercialization for our first product. It is a critical operational tool in NPI and product development that yielded real benefits in achieving time-to-market with a quality product.

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