I have been using it for the last three months, it required that I attended a one hour training to learn the ropes, after the training it was very easy and simple to work with it. It's the PLM tool I have ever used.
Since it works on the cloud, you don't need to invest in a dedicated computer server to operate it. It runs in Windows, iOS, Mac, and Android OS so I can easily switch from one device to another and keep track of the approvals on my documents. It's user friendly, which reduced the learning curve and allowed me to ramp up my productivity in a short time. You can upload several documents, and the system will merge them as only one, which is very useful. It's an excellent tool for document control, it helps me to update versions, and nobody has to worry about finding the new version, they only need to know where is the master document.
There are some process that has to be done manually, like for example when you request the approval of a document once all the approvers give the ok, the platform still requires that an administrator approves the process.
Thank you for your great review of Arena PLM, rating it the best product lifecycle management platform you ever used! We're glad your experience with document and revision control has been so positive and we appreciate your feedback.
Likelihood to recommend: 10/10
I have implemented Arena PLM over the years. The basic PLM information is easy to create and control. The new features and functionality always make for a centralized location for all information on Products in all lifecycle phases. Supplier access allows seamless communication for critical changes incorporation to product lines throughout various product lifecycles. Change Order/Deviation/ Corrective Action Request interface for contract manufacturer to collaborate actions to take on factory floor with critical actions for inventory dispositioning, for material planning and procurement. Centralized location for compliance documentation associated to items within a product. Workflow for Change Orders and Change Requests. Redlines for all Change Order controlled revisions on BOM's. The system is easily modified for unique requirements per company policies. Cloud application eliminates maintenance and hardware requirements which reduces IT cost. Incorporation of best business practices for the release and controlling all product data. New enhancements make this PLM a gem in a fast pace industry.
Ease of use and all the features to control changes of product lines. On cloud enhancements and maintenance done by software provider. Many ways to make this software
Spellcheck. Minimal issues
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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10
Arena has served us well as our PLM. It does what we need it to do!
The thing I liked most about the product was the ability to customize it to fit our needs. Once you understand how to use it the software can keep an excellent record of your product, parts, documents etc. that is easy to navigate.
The thing I like least about this product is the number of steps required to complete a task. Updating information for lots of items is cumbersome and the import tool that is meant to speed this up lacks documentation making it frustrating to learn. While I understand that some of this might be related to the flexibility that it offers there are a few features that could greatly improve efficiency, specifically related to making the same change to a large batch of items.
Likelihood to recommend: 8/10
Visibility on key information that we need and ease in the set up of new account for access . Turn around time is short and approval process is easy to manage
No historical record on pricing and Arena pricing could only keep the price of one source , does not allow weighted cost for dual or multiple sources .
Ability to manage the product record and collaborate with supply chain partners
In the startup environment with fewer than fifty employee Arena is simple to deploy, maintain, and exceptional for collaborating with key supply chain partners. Arena's ability to scale with the growth of the company and our expanding supply chain is critical to our success. As the company evolves and grown to more that 200 employees, Arena can evolve and keep pace when your business model. The ability to add additional features such as Quality, speaks well for the capability of the Arena Solution to grow.
As an Arena system administrator and user I would like to see more flexibility to develop custom work flows. The stage one, stage two methodology is perfect for managing the review and release process gates. However, I need the ability to customize the workflow after the change orders has been released and locked. There is a need for review and approval after release with supply chain partners that can not be addressed and part of the Implementation process.
Likelihood to recommend: 10/10
For manufacturers and engineers, accurately tracking a product’s lifecycle is integral to success. Unfortunately, many manufacturers use simple spreadsheet software to track processes, with limited transparency for some team members and even less visibility for suppliers.
Arena Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) offers a cloud-based solution to the engineers, internal staff, and supply chain partners who have a vested interest in the lifecycle of a product. From concept to product support, Arena PLM can help businesses of all sizes get products to market. With a variety of modules to fit different business needs, Arena PLM can help with everything from purchasing to bill of materials control.
With more than 70,000 users around the globe, Arena PLM strives to make collaboration and tracking easier for engineering and manufacturing firms of all sizes. Through Arena Exchange firms can add supply chain partners to give them up-to-date information on product creation and production. Users have control of bill of materials and change management through the app, with the flexibility to meet a variety of businesses’ needs.
Arena PLM centralizes bill of materials, giving users the ability to view purchase orders, promised receipt dates, and cost estimates based on purchase transactions. By using this software, businesses of all sizes can avoid missed deadlines, supply chain under-utilization, and numerous production failures due to poor planning and miscommunication. By putting Arena PLM into practice, businesses will provide a central point of information for everyone involved in the process, preventing costly errors.
Arena PLM is recommended for organizations with between 15 and 2,000 employees. Everyone within an organization can benefit from the app, although it is most suited for engineers and those who work in operations.
Users in all industries are benefiting from Arena’s products. However, the company sees the most usage in organizations that specialize in high tech, consumer electronics, life sciences, consumer products, transportation, and industrial.
Bill of Materials (BOM) is an important part of any product manufacturing process. BOMControl helps businesses manage their item masters, approved manufacturers’ and vendors lists, and documents in files in one central location. This is the core Arena product, removing outdated spreadsheet-based products with a powerful tool for organizing item production.
Advanced search options make finding suppliers and parts in BOMControl easy. The app also offers side-by-side comparisons to let users compare multiple products to find the best one to meet their needs. Datasheets can be attached to each product to give a detailed description of that item.
All allowed team members have access to in-depth information on each item in the BOM, including any notes that have been entered by others. These notes can give fellow users insight into a product’s specifics, including any defined issues with those products. All communications are centralized in one place to ease the process of providing high-quality customer service.
One of the best features of Arena’s products is that it provides businesses the ability to add access to outside parties. In addition to internal staff, data can be shared with suppliers, contract manufacturers, and partners to give up-to-date information on every product. This means everyone involved will always be working with the correct information, avoiding costly delays due to misunderstandings.
As a project progresses, engineers often need feedback from the team. Managing multiple email requests can not only be counterproductive, it can also keep some members of the team out of the loop on what others are requesting. Arena PLM documents all requested changes and their corresponding actions in the system to help both team members and engineers track requests.
Making things even easier is Arena’s voting system, which presents changes to team members and asks them to approve, reject, or comment on them. To keep projects moving along smoothly, Arena sends reminders to team members who have not yet voted to remind them their input is necessary to proceed.
For most businesses, managing multiple projects and associated resources is a daily challenge. Arena Projects automates the process by giving users the ability to input projects and manage them in one central location. Through Arena Projects, leaders can assign tasks to specific team members and track the progress of those tasks.
The project module also allows team members to view up-to-date progress reports on all tasks. By connecting the product record to the product schedule, users can gain insight into the overall progress of a project. Over time, this visibility will allow businesses to realign their strategies to be more effective in bringing a product to market.
Through Arena PLM’s reporting module, businesses can gather information on the change lifecycle of any production process. The report will include all submitters and approvers, as well as the turnaround time for each approval. This information can help a business gain insight into the change process in order to pinpoint any slowdowns or bottlenecks.
Once complete, the report will appear in the user’s dashboard, where it can be downloaded and opened in Excel. This information can then be distributed to other team members.
Arena PLM works with a variety of the top purchasing, ERP, inventory management, and accounting tools on the market. Data in Arena can be exported to a business’s existing databases to ensure all data is where users will be searching for it.
Among Arena PLM’s many integrations are NetSuite, SAP Business ByDesign, Microsoft Dynamics, QAD, and Expandable. With NetSuite, data can be integrated in both directions, ensuring both Arena and NetSuite have the latest information. Data can also be exported to SAP Business ByDesign to prevent the need to duplicate efforts, saving time and expense.
Businesses with more than 25 employees pay an average of $79 per month per seat. This is a blended average, based on the typical Arena account configuration. Depending on the configuration requested by a business, this pricing may vary. An annual subscription is required to use Arena.
For businesses with less than 25 employees, pricing is based on configuration. Arena will work individually with each business to find a pricing model that works with its budget.